Hockey: Fairfield Prep Remains No. In State; Xavier Top-Ranked Area Team

Not much movement in the top-10 this week. The biggest result was a 3-2 Darien win over Greenwich on a goal with four minutes to play. The loss flip-flops Greenwich with Ridgefield, winner of five straight, before their big matchup on Wednesday.

Notre Dame-Fairfield leapfrogs Notre Dame-West Haven into fifth thanks to a 2-1 showing against a trio of out-of-state teams. The Green Knights, meanwhile, fall to sixth, just ahead of Xavier, which they edged 1-0 Saturday.

Northwest Catholic falls back a spot after a 3-1 loss to New Canaan, with New Fairfield/Immaculate jumping up one after giving Fairfield Prep everything it could handle in a 3-1 loss. With two wins over Division I teams last week, Farmington Valley stays at No. 10.

1. Fairfield Prep (8-0): Prep had plenty to handle when it visited New Fairfield/Immaculate, a 3-1 win in its lone game of the week. LW: 1. TW: West Haven Wednesday, at Darien Saturday.

2. Ridgefield (6-2): The defending D-I champ has rebounded nicely from a 1-2 start with five straight wins, including victories over St. Joseph, Westhill/Stamford and Glastonbury. LW: 3. TW: at Greenwich Wednesday, Trinity Catholic Saturday.

3. Greenwich (5-1): The Cardinals topped Norwalk/McMahon on Monday but fell 3-2 to Darien on Saturday for their first loss. LW: 2. TW: Ridgefield Wednesday, at Wilton Friday, North Haven Saturday.

4. Hamden (4-2): The Green Dragons have been idle since losing two straight. They get back underway Monday. LW: 4. TW: at Guilford Monday, Amity Wednesday, Notre Dame-West Haven Saturday.

5. Notre Dame-Fairfield (6-2): The Lancers went 2-1 last week, defeating Iona Prep (N.Y.) and Prout (R.I.) while losing to St. Peters (N.Y.). LW: 6. TW: at New Canaan Saturday.

6. Notre Dame-West Haven (5-3): Lost 6-2 at Pope Francis (Mass.) on Thursday and edged Xavier 1-0 on Saturday. LW: 5. TW: Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) Monday, at Hamden Saturday.

7. Xavier (6-3): The Falcons picked up wins over Smithfield (R.I.) and a game Conard team before falling in a tight one to Notre Dame-West Haven 1-0 on Saturday. LW: 7. TW: New Canaan Monday, Simsbury Wednesday.

8. New Fairfield/Immaculate (4-1-1): Suffered its first loss this season in attempting to upset Fairfield Prep. The Jesuits used a late power play goal and an empty netter to win, 3-1. LW: 9. TW: at North Branford Wednesday, at Amity Saturday.

9. Northwest Catholic (5-2-1): The Lions topped Glastonbury on Wednesday before falling 3-1 to a surging New Canaan team Saturday. LW: 8. TW: at Conard Wednesday, Simsbury Saturday.

10. Farmington Valley (7-1): The Generals continue to pour in the goals, topping D-I foes East Catholic 7-1 on Wednesday and Simsbury 5-2 on Saturday. LW: 10. TW: at Glastonbury Saturday.

Fab Five

Tim Arena, Farmington Valley: Had a hat trick and three assists in a 7-1 win over East Catholic on Wednesday.

Connor Melanson, Northwest Catholic: Had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win over Glastonbury on Wednesday.

Connor Matthews, Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks: Had a hat trick in a 6-0 win over the Redhawks on Wednesday.

Trevor Piecewicz, Wethersfield/Middletown/Rocky Hill/Plainville: Had a goal and two assists in a win over BCR on Wednesday and had two goals and an assist in a win over the Newington co-op on Saturday.

Paul Wilson, Conard: Had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over East Catholic on Saturday.

Games to Watch

Ridgefield at Greenwich, Wednesday, 7 p.m.: A non-area matchup featuring the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the Courant’s ratings.

Enfield/East Granby/Stafford at Hall/Southington, Saturday, 1:10 p.m.: Hall/Southington had a four-game winning streak snapped and hopes to start another by getting revenge for an early season loss to Enfield.

Farmington Valley at Glastonbury, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The Generals bring their high-powered attack against Glastonbury.

Sheehan at Wethersfield/Middletown/Rocky Hill/Plainville, Saturday, 8:25 p.m.: Sheehan looks to rebound from its first loss of the season when it visits Wethersfield.

Ratings compiled by high school hockey writer Sean Begin. Follow The Courant’s coverage of the winter high school season on Twitter @CTHSsports.

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