Here at last.
The long-awaited FCIAC boys hockey tournament will get underway tomorrow from Terry Conners Ice Rink when no. 3 New Canaan (15-4-1, 10-1-1 FCIAC) squares off with no. 6 Fairfield (7-13, 7-5) at 6:10 p.m. Soon after, no. 2 Ridgefield will take the ice against no. 7 St. Joseph’s.
Take a look back at the season:
The Rams’ quarterfinal match will be their fourth game in just the last week, one of which was a 7-2 victory over this same Fairfield team last Sunday. Over that stretch, they also topped Cheshire and Norwalk-McMahon by a combined margin of 13-4.
Since the turn of the calendar year, New Canaan is 13-2-1 with losses only to Notre Dame-Fairfield and Ridgefield. The Tigers missed the FCIAC’s top seed by just a single point, and the non-conference Lancers are currently ranked third in the state. The Rams tied No. 1 Darien (17-2-1, 11-0-1) back on Jan. 11 by the score of 1-1.
Speaking of the Blue Wave, they will conclude quarterfinal play on Saturday with their game against No. 8 Staples (8-11-1, 4-7-1) at 4:20 p.m. Excluding their season-ending loss to Notre Dame-Fairfield, the blue and white have been on an unmatched roll. However, Darien has not played a top-4 FCIAC team dating back to Jan. 25, a 3-0 victory over Trinity Catholic. Should all the higher seeds advance, Darien will battle the Crusaders in one of the semifinal matchups on Wednesday night.
No. 4 Trinity Catholic and No. 5 Greenwich will battle in the early Saturday game at 2:20 p.m.
Last season, Darien fell one game shy of the title game in a 2-1 overtime thriller to eventual champion Ridgefield. Meanwhile, New Canaan lost to St. Joseoh’s in the other semifinal.