Back on Dec. 23, Notre Dame-West Haven lost in the waning seconds of overtime to New Canaan. Nick Megdanis’ winner was New Canaan’s fourth goal.

Never again did the Green Knights allow a state team to score four. Simply twice in their viii out-of-state games did they allow more three. Running the table against Connecticut teams after that early loss, Notre Dame-West Oasis is a unanimous No. 1 in the GameTimeCT Top 10 Boys Hockey Poll.

“Our mantra all twelvemonth,” Green Knights coach Larry Vieira said Tuesday after a iv-2 win over Darien in the Sectionalization I final,

“was ‘get to 3.’ We don’t give up more than than three.” Notre Dame scored its 3rd goal 4:ten into the third period, and sure plenty, that was enough.




Notre Dame became No. 1 in the poll on Jan. 17 afterward wins over Fairfield Prep and Rhode Island’s Mount Saint Charles. It began receiving every first-identify vote on Feb. seven and never missed a first-place vote again. The Light-green Knights defeated No. 2 Xavier the next solar day to seal the ranking.


“What stood out is these kids never missed practice. I ever say, they punched the time clock,” Vieira said.

“They come to work. They enjoy being with each other, enjoy being on the ice.”

Notre Dame trailed afterwards the beginning and 2d periods Tuesday. The squad talked in the dressing room about skilful teams finding a manner to win. The Green Knights scored ii quick goals.

The championship was the school’s starting time hockey title in a decade. It had been a surprise finalist in 2019, the concluding time the CIAC tournaments reached a conclusion, in Vieira’south first yr at Notre Dame. Vieira has coached in the country since the mid-1980s, only this was simply his second state championship, joining Branford’s 1988 Partitioning Two title.

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“I told them before the game, it’due south been a pleasure coaching you,” Vieira said. “I was in tears, and I never cry. I said, for me to watch you guys, information technology’southward a cute thing. And whatever fourth dimension kids can come and work like that without us — I never had to raise my vocalisation. They simply come to work.”

Darien, which was sixth in the poll before the state tournament, took 2d in the final poll.

“At that place’s a few cardinal moments during a season. We had a tough loss to St. Joseph (v-ane on Jan. 24); that could’ve been a moment where we had a little fleck of a backstep,” Blueish Moving ridge charabanc Mac Budd said Tuesday. Losing to Ridgefield (1-0 in the FCIAC semifinal) was a little flake of a setback every bit well.”

Only the team rebounded and played some of their almost consequent hockey all season in the playoffs. Budd thought their starting time menstruum Tuesday might’ve been their best flow all flavor.

Darien’s leap to second pushed Xavier and Fairfield — which did not play in the CIAC tournament, ineligible subsequently opting out to keep its co-op together — down a spot to third and quaternary. Semifinalist New Canaan moved up to fifth. FCIAC champion Ridgefield was sixth, a spot ahead of CCC North champion Northwest Cosmic, and 2 ahead of Fairfield Prep.

Division II champion Wethersfield moved into the top 10 for the first time this yr at ninth, knocking runner-upwardly Northward Oasis out of the top ten. Hamden held on at 10.

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The GameTimeCT Top 10 Water ice Hockey Poll (Concluding)

1. NOTRE DAME-WH (12)

20-4-0

120

ane

I

Final result:
Won Partitioning I championship, 4-2 over Darien.

The Bottom Line:
Most consistent team all year, battle-tested across New England, played a team game best, unanimous No. 1 for nigh two months.


2. DARIEN

xv-9-ane

107

vi

I

Final result:
lost Division I final to Notre Matriarch-Westward Oasis iv-2.

The Bottom Line:
They knew from Twenty-four hour period ane they weren’t going to be the high-flight law-breaking they’ve been in the past, and the Blue Wave figured information technology all out in March.


3. XAVIER

14-viii-1

88

2

I

Last result:
lost Sectionalization I semifinal to Darien 3-1.

The Bottom Line:
The Falcons have get one of the land’southward peak programs, and eventually they’ll get to show it on the biggest stage.


4. FAIRFIELD

xix-4-0

76

3

I

Final event:
Ineligible for CIAC tournament, lost FCIAC concluding to Ridgefield 1-0.

The Bottom Line:
But for the Darien finalist’southward hop, the Mustangs held their place in the guild despite being off since March v.


five. NEW CANAAN

fifteen-7-3

69

seven

I

Final upshot:
lost Sectionalisation I semifinal to Notre Dame-W Oasis 4-1.

The Lesser Line:
Who was the last No. one team before the Green Knights took charge? The Rams, for two weeks in January.



vii. NWC

17-5-ii

52

four

I

Terminal result:
lost Partition I quarterfinal to Darien two-one.

The Bottom Line:
A 7-game winning streak from the cease of the regular season to the playoffs included two wins over Wethersfield and a victory over Xavier.


8. FAIRFIELD PREP

13-8-0

47

8

I

Terminal issue:
lost Division I quarterfinal to New Canaan three-2 (OT).

The Lesser Line:
A rare spot for the Jesuits, who finished eighth in the 2014-15 terminal poll also. Injuries hampered them all season.


nine. WETHERSFIELD

18-half-dozen-2

sixteen

NR

Ii

Concluding result:
won Division Two championship, iii-0 over North Haven

The Bottom Line:
The Eagles were correct there all yr in Division Ii and played their all-time game in the final later on surviving a heck of a scare in the quarters.



ten. HAMDEN

12-nine-i

12

x

I

Concluding result:
lost Division I quarterfinal to Xavier ix-1.

The Bottom Line:
That last game was a disappointment for the Green Dragons, merely they had a few dainty wins over the year, including ane over Ridgefield.

Source: https://www.nhregister.com/gametimect/boys-hockey/article/Final-2022-GameTimeCT-Hockey-Top-10-Poll-Notre-17026856.php