By Ed Flaherty
The top two teams in the New England Hockey Journal’s Connecticut Top 10 hit the ice last Saturday night at Bennett Rink in West Haven.
By the end of the night, Fairfield Prep had taken over the top spot with a 3-1 win against Notre Dame-West Haven.
Fairfield Prep improved to 7-0 with the victory, while Notre Dame-West Haven fell to 7-1.
Matt Wikman paced Fairfield Prep with a goal and an assist, while Connor Henry and Dean Lockery added a goal apiece.
It was the goaltending of Matt Beck, however, that made the difference for the Jesuits.
Beck made 33 saves in the victory to keep Notre Dame-West Haven under control.
Darren Capobianco scored Notre Dame-West Haven’s lone goal and Luc Amatruda had 30 saves in goal for the Green Knights.
Fairfield Prep took control of the contest in the first period, scoring all three of its goals, before Notre Dame-West Haven made it 3-1 in the second.
Fairfield Prep held off Notre Dame-West Haven’s comeback bid in the third as Wikman made 12 of his 33 stops.
The Skowhegan Area High School boys have put Class A on notice with their 8-0 start this season.
The Indians have outscored their opponents 39-13 in their eight victories and are the New England Hockey Journal’s top-ranked team in Maine.
Skowhegan has had a pair of close encounters in its last two games, pulling out wins over Gardiner (3-1) and Hampden (2-1).
Skowhegan has displayed a balanced scoring attack, with four players in double figures: Jacob Johnson (7-6-13), Trey Michonski (8-4-12), Camden DesPres (4-7-11) and Kyle Demchak (4-6-10).
Skowhegan goaltender Sam Edmondson has allowed 13 goals on 159 shots for a goals-against average of 1.63.
When it comes to Division 1 boys hockey in Massachusetts, Malden Catholic has been the premier program for the past two seasons.
The Lancers have won the last two Super 8 titles and have proven to be virtually unbeatable in Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association contests.
St. John’s Prep of Danvers put an end to Malden Catholic’s nearly two-year, 40-game unbeaten streak against in-state competition with its 3-2 victory over the Lancers.
The loss was Malden Catholic’s first against a Massachusetts opponent since Jan. 15, 2011 (a 2-1 setback against Hingham).
Andrew Brandano had a goal and an assist for St. John’s Prep, with Mark Azarian and Ean Mendeszoon also adding goals.
Billy Price made 20 saves in goal to record the win for St. John’s Prep.
Connor Maloney had 18 saves for Malden Catholic.
The Hanover High School girls have won three straight New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association state titles and four of the last five, and the Marauders are showing no signs of slowing down.
Despite losing five players to graduation and a senior who transferred to prep school, Hanover has opened its 2012-13 season with a 6-0 record.
In those six victories, Hanover has outscored its opponents by a dominating 39-1 mark.
Hanover sits atop New Hampshire’s Division 1 standings with its 6-0 record, but is followed closely by a trio of teams with identical 6-1 marks: Bishop Guertin of Nashua, Lebanon and Oyster River of Durham.
Starting with Saturday’s game against Bishop Guertin, Hanover will play each of those 6-1 teams over the next eight days during a four-game stretch.
Already this season, Hanover has handed both Oyster River(4-1) and Bishop Guertin (3-0) with their only losses.
Last season’s Division 1 state finalists met on the ice again last week, with defending champion Bishop Hendricken once again enjoying the upper hand in a 4-0 win over Mount St. Charles.
Mount St. Charles trailed just 1-0 late in the second period, but a two-goal outburst over the course of 18 seconds put the game away for Bishop Hendricken (7-1).
Bishop Hendricken led 1-0 late in the second, but Andrew Fera scored with 30.7 seconds left in the period to put the Falcons ahead 2-0.
Bishop Hendricken then made it 3-0 Matthew Creamer scored to give the Falcons command of the contest.
Fera had two goals in the Bishop Hendricken victory and Brandon Waterman also scored for the Falcons.
Mitchell Proulx made 44 saves in goal for Bishop Hendricken to record the victory.
South Burlington/Mount Mansfield girls coach Mickey Toof earned his 100th career victory with a win over Colchester last week.
Toof is in his ninth season as a head coach. He is in his fifth season with South Burlington and served four years as Burlington’s coach.
Toof has a career record of 100-64-15.
“All the credit goes to all the players I have coached for nine years,” Toof told the Burlington Free Press. “I thank all the players; they have done all the hard work.”
New England Hockey Journal State Rankings
1. Fairfield Prep (7-0)
2. Notre Dame-West Haven (7-1)
3. Darien (4-1)
4. Glastonbury (6-2)
5. Xavier (6-2)
6. Northwest Catholic (5-0)
7. Ridgefield (3-3)
8. Hamden (3-3)
9. St. Joseph (6-2)
10. Hamden (3-3)
1. Skowhegan (8-0)
2. Scarborough (7-1)
3. Bangor (6-1)
4. Messalonskee (8-0)
5 Falmouth (6-2)
6. Cheverus (7-1)
7. Lewiston (4-2-1)
8. Brewer (6-2)
10. Camden Hills (7-0)
10. Bonny Eagle (5-0)
1. BC High (6-0-2)
2. Springfield Cathedral (6-0-1)
3. Catholic Memorial (8-1)
4. Reading (8-1-1)
5. Winchester (5-0-2)
6. Barnstable (5-1-2)
7. Austin Prep (5-0-3)
8. Chelmsford (6-1-1)
9. Arlington (5-1-3)
10. St. John’s Prep (5-2)
1 Manchester Central (5-0)
2. Manchester Memorial (5-1)
3. Londonderry (5-1-1)
4. Merrimack (7-0)
5. Dover (6-0-1)
6. Spaulding (6-0-1)
7. Salem (5-1-1)
8. Berlin (7-0)
9. John Stark/Hopkinton (7-0)
10. Bedford (5-1-1)
1. Bishop Hendricken (7-1)
2. La Salle (5-2-1)
3. Lincoln (10-0)
4. East Greenwich (7-3)
5. West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (9-0)
6. North Kingstown (6-2)
7. Cumberland (6-3)
8. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill (5-2)
9. Tolman (6-1-1)
10. East Providence (6-2-1)
1. Essex (5-1)
2. South Burlington (5-1)
3. North Country (5-1)
4. Colchester (4-1-2)
5. Rutland (4-0-2)
6. U-32 (6-1)
7. Champlain Valley (4-2-1)
8. Brattleboro (7-1)
9. Northfield (4-2-1)
10. Middlebury (3-2)
Ed Flaherty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org