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Four FCIAC boys ice hockey teams ranked in state’s top 10

It was an impressive victory for Darien when the Blue Wave shut out previously top-ranked Greenwich, 3-0, Monday.

A key consequence of that was Darien vaulted over Greenwich and up to the top spot in the most recent GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 Boys Ice Hockey Poll.

Greenwich slid down to No. 2 as Darien and Greenwich are two of the four FCIAC teams ranked among the top nine in the poll.

Darien improved to 7-1-0 overall and Greenwich dropped to 8-1-0 overall when Darien sophomore Eddie Glassmeyer scored two goals and goalie David Voight had 20 saves en route to Monday’s shutout at Greeenwich’s Dorothy Hamill Rink.

Darien, which was ranked third in the previous state poll, received 12 first-place votes and 135 points in the latest poll. Greenwich had 126 points while Notre Dame-West Haven (7-3-1) got one first-place vote and 112 points to move up from No. 4 to No. 3.

Xavier (8-3) received one first-place vote and 100 points to drop from No. 2 to No. 4 and Notre Dame-Fairfield (5-4) completed the top five.

St. Joseph (5-3) was the ranked sixth as the third FCIAC team among the top six.

Simsbury (6-3) and Northwest Catholic (6-1) were tied for the seventh spot.

New Canaan is the fourth FCIAC team among the top nine after not being among the Top 10 in the previous poll. The Rams may have a 3-7 overall record but they always play a demanding schedule and they impressed pollsters with a 5-1 victory last week over Xavier when Xavier was ranked second in the state poll.

Glastonbury (4-3-1) moved into the Top 10 and grabbed the final spot.

Two more FCIAC teams – Ridgefield and the Westhill/Stamford cooperative program – are in the “Others receiving votes” category.

Ridgefield (2-5-1) dropped from No. 10 and received the 12th most points in the polling. Westhill/Stamford (5-1-2) had one point as the 20th and final team that received at least one point.

Curiously, the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe cooperative program did not receive any votes although it improved to 5-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the FCIAC with a 3-1 victory over New Canaan on Jan. 16.

Darien, Greenwich and St. Joseph are also 2-0-0 in the FCIAC standings as Monday’s Darien-Greenwich game was one of the many non-league games that conference teams play against each other when they happen to play each other twice a year.

New Canaan is 1-2 in the FCIAC.

Darien plays host St. Joseph at Shelton Ice Rink on Jan. 20 (6:30 p.m.) in a pivotal matchup that would commence a run of key conference games that will eventually decide the upper seeds for the FCIAC Tournament.

In other future showdowns involving the four FCIAC teams ranked in the Top 10: New Canaan hosts Darien on Jan. 30 at the two teams’ mutual home Darien Ice Rink, New Canaan and St. Joseph play each other on Feb. 6 and Feb. 22, while Greenwich plays at St. Joseph on Feb. 9 and at Darien on Feb. 15.

The Darien Blue Wave celebrates a goal during last year's FCIAC final. Darien topped Greenwich, 3-0, in a rematch of that game on Monday, and returned to the top of the state poll. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network Photo

The Darien Blue Wave celebrates a goal during last year’s FCIAC final. Darien topped Greenwich, 3-0, in a rematch of that game on Monday, and returned to the top of the state poll. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network Photo

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