Ridgefield High School boys hockey coach Shaun Gallagher cringed when he heard the “P” word mentioned in the same sentence with his team that finished the regular FCIAC season undefeated and untied.
RIDGEFIELD — Three versus one was decided by two.
In a battle of the league’s two best teams — and a pair of state title contenders — Ridgefield scored a pair of goals three minutes apart late in the second period and held on for a 3-1 win over New Canaan tonight in a physical, penalty-filled game. The outcome was not decided until Matteo van Wees delivered an empty-net goal with 34 seconds left.
Gavin Dolan of the Westhill/Stamford boys hockey team and Adnerys De Jesus of the Greenwich gymnastics team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.
When the Ridgefield boys hockey team’s season ended last March with a 5-4 loss to Greenwich in the first round of the state tournament, a championship drought was extended and an offseason of reflection commenced.
If you have scanned your Twitter feed at any point during the past month, it is easy to see why there is a strong sentiment to give 2016 a swift kick into the rear-view mirror. Often this has been in response to the growing list of celebrity losses in the entertainment world; we have seen the deaths of an extraordinary number of performers with visionary talent, especially in the music world.
After what was probably the most successful boys hockey season in league history, the question begs: What can the FCIAC do for an encore?
Well, think of begging Bruce Springsteen back on stage following a rousing rendition of Born to Run. Or imagine the late George Carlin coming back out after doing his Baseball vs. Football schtick.
NORWALK — The following quote was not spoken after a regular-season game, or even in an early-round state tournament contest. It came after Saturday’s state Class L championship boys lacrosse game between No. 1 seed Darien and No. 2 Simsbury.
“Never once coming in did we think we couldn’t win this game,” Simsbury coach Jim Martocchio said after Darien won its third consecutive state championship in an 18-3 victory. “But sometimes . . . well, there’s just nothing you can do.”
It took 46 years between state championships for the Darien hockey team last season.
The wait was much shorter this time.
Jay Dickson scored two goals and Jake Kirby and Sam Knowlton added one each as the Blue Wave defeated Fairfield Prep, 3-2, in Saturday’s Division I final.