By Ed Flaherty
The New Canaan High School girls hockey team saw its title hopes dashed by upstart Hall/Conard a year ago in the Connecticut state championship game, falling 3-2 in overtime.
On Jan. 12, the Rams had the chance to earn some revenge and they capitalized with a 4-3 victory.
New Canaan held a dominating 4-1 advantage late in the contest before Hall/Conard scored twice in the final 1:14 to account for the 4-3 final.
As usual, New Canaan was led by Connecticut’s all-time leading scorer, Olivia Hompe, who had two goals and an assist in the victory. Corbett Ripley and Mackenzie Lewis also scored for New Canaan, while goaltender Nathalie DeNey had 23 saves in goal.
On Jan. 14, New Canaan improved to 10-0 with a 2-0 win over rival Darien, in a battle of Connecticut powers.
Hompe and Madzie Carroll scored New Canaan’s goal, while DeNey made 22 saves to record the shutout.
Hompe, who eclipsed the 300-point mark in her career earlier this year, has 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points to pace New Canaan.
Bangor High School’s boys hockey team had a statement victory on Jan. 12 with its 12-5 victory against two-time defending Class A state champion Thornton Academy.
Bangor, which is 7-1 in Eastern Maine Class A, entered its contest against Western Maine’s Thornton Academy on the heels of a 3-2 loss against Falmouth, another Western Maine power. Bangor was held to just 12 shots against Falmouth, but broke out against Thornton.
The Rams had nine different goal scorers in the win. Parker Sanders, Zach Papsador and Justin Courtney scored two goals each for Bangor.
“It was a huge win. It was one of our best games of the year,” Bangor coach Quinn Paradis, told the Bangor Daily News.
Senior center Josh Edwards of Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton became Massachusetts’ latest 200-point scorer in a 6-1 win over Nantucket on Jan 16.
Edwards reached the milestone in style as he recorded a hat trick, assisted by his younger brother Nick Edwards, a Blue Hills junior.
Edwards needed four points to reach 200 and added an assist to go along with his three goals.
For his career, Edwards has 98 goals and 102 assists and is currently the top scorer in Massachusetts this season with 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points.
Nick Edwards is the second-leading scorer in the state with 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points.
A midseason showdown between a pair of New Hampshire Division II boys powers was a casualty of a winter storm on Wednesday, so Merrimack High School and Dover High School will have to wait until February for their much anticipated meeting.
Merrimack is currently the lone unbeaten team in Division II with an 8-0 record. Dover stands at 6-1-1 heading into weekend play.
Merrimack has dominated throughout its first eight games of the season, outscoring the opposition 47-5. The Tomahawks have posted three shutouts.
Connor Powell is Merrimack’s leading scorer with eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. The Tomahawks also have four other players who have reached double digits in scoring: Dom Valuzzi (8-8-16), Jason Fortin (3-10-13), Shane Foye (7-4-11) and Josh Roy (5-5-10).
Goaltender Brett Glendye has a 0.70 goals-against average and a 0.966 save percentage for Merrimack.
Lincoln High School is one of just two remaining undefeated Rhode Island boys hockey teams, along with West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich.
Division II North Lincoln is 12-0, while West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich stands at 10-0 in Division III.
Lincoln has been dominant on its way to 12-0, outscoring opponents 66-15 with five shutouts.
Lincoln has featured a highly balanced offensive attack throughout its opening 12 games, with eight players scoring in double digits.
The Lions are led by Ryan Krohto with nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. Drew Wood has 14 goals and seven assists for 21 points and Lincoln has three players with 13 points apiece: Tyler Rego (7-6-13), Jerzy Polak (8-5-13) and Tyler Duquette (2-11-13).
Goaltenders Chris Leclaire (98 saves, 0.933 save percentage) and
David Jessey (five goals against, 0.932 save percentage) have split
the netminding duties for Lincoln.
The Northfield High School boys had an inauspicious start to their season with an 0-2-1 start.
The Marauders were without goaltender Ben Tucker in those three games, however, and Tucker’s return has coincided with a Northfield resurgence.
Northfield has won its last six games to improve to 6-2-1 and looks to be a Division II contender once again after falling in the title game a year ago.
Northfield has scored 42 goals during its six-game winning streak.
In addition to Tucker’s return, the Marauders had reason to celebrate when Jackson Watson recorded his 100th career point with three goals and four assists in a win over Harwood.
New England Hockey Journal State Rankings
1. Fairfield Prep (8-0)
2. Notre Dame-West Haven (7-2)
3. Darien (6-1-1)
4. Northwest Catholic (7-0)
5. Xavier (6-3-1)
6. Ridgefield (6-3)
7. Glastonbury (6-4)
8. Simsbury (5-3)
9. St. Joseph (6-3)
10. Hamden (4-3-1)
1. Skowhegan (9-0)
2. Scarborough (9-1)
3. Bangor (7-1)
4. Messalonskee (8-1)
5. Cheverus (8-1)
6 Falmouth (8-2)
7. Camden Hills (8-0)
8. Lewiston (5-2-1)
9. Brewer (6-2)
10. Greely (6-2)
1. Springfield Cathedral (8-0-1)
2. BC High (7-1-2)
3. Reading (9-1-2)
4. Austin Prep (6-0-3)
5. Winchester (8-0-2)
6. St. John’s Prep (8-2)
7. Duxbury (7-1-3)
8. Walpole (7-1-3)
9. Central Catholic (7-2-1)
10. Chelmsford (7-2-1)
1. Manchester Memorial (7-1)
2. Salem (7-1-1)
3. Merrimack (8-0)
4. Londonderry (6-1-1)
5. Spaulding (7-0-1)
6. Dover (6-1-1)
7. Berlin (8-0)
8. Manchester Central (5-2)
9. John Stark/Hopkinton (8-0-1)
10. Bedford (6-1-1)
1. Bishop Hendricken (8-1)
2. La Salle (7-3-1)
3. Lincoln (12-0)
4. Prout (8-3)
5. East Greenwich (7-4)
6. West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (10-0)
7. North Kingstown (6-3)
8. Tolman (7-2-1)
9. East Providence (6-2-1)
10. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill (6-3)
1. Rutland (6-0-2)
2. South Burlington (7-1)
3. North Country (7-1)
4. Essex (5-2-1)
5. U-32 (9-1)
6. Champlain Valley (6-2-1)
7. Colchester (4-2-2)
8. Brattleboro (7-1)
9. Northfield (6-2-1)
10. Milton (4-2-2)
Ed Flaherty can be reached at email@example.com