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Rams Advance After Overcoming A Lapse, Not Complacency

DARIEN — The pieces were in place for the kind of hat trick no one on the New Canaan High School boys hockey team wanted: a third straight first-round exit from the Division 1 state tournament.

The Rams were coming off a 5-2 upset of their biggest rival, Darien, for the FCIAC championship four days earlier. Their opponent on Wednesday night: Northwest Catholic, a team they knew little about.

Then New Canaan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 11 1/2 minutes on two goals by Jack O’Rourke.

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Commentary: New Canaan’s Road To 3rd FCIAC Hockey Title In 5 Years Started In A Spanish Class

STAMFORD — Harry Stanton is prominent in the discussion about the FCIAC’s most valuable hockey player this season.

That was evident again on Saturday afternoon, when he finished with a goal and an assist, leading New Canaan High School to a come-from-behind 5-2 win over Darien at Terry Conners Rink for its third league title in five years.

But Stanton’s greatest contribution to the victory did not take place on the ice. It occurred in a Spanish class at the school before the season even started.

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Trinity Catholic Goaltender Kyle Odierno Is Master Of The Save

STAMFORD — Kyle Odierno originally became a hockey goaltender out of admiration for a friend who played the position, and because his brother Patrik needed someone to work with while practicing his shooting.

When he was 8, Odierno was cut from a mite league team.

“I was a little kid so I didn’t really know what was happening,” Odierno recalled. “It was a new coach and he didn’t know anything about hockey.”

The story is more amusing in retrospect now that Odierno, a junior at Trinity Catholic, has emerged as one of the state’s best goaltenders. He is a primary reason why the Crusaders are also one of the most improved teams, with an 8-2-1 mark.

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Commentary: Trinity Hockey Team Perfect — With Room For Improvement

STAMFORD — On the day the Oscar nominations were announced, here’s a candidate for most surprising sentence in the high school winter sports season: Trinity Catholic is the last unbeaten hockey team in the state.

How far have the Crusaders come? Almost exactly a year ago they were 2-10-1 after an 0-5 start. They went 7-3 the rest of the way and earned a state tournament berth.

Trinity has been the talk of the Division II world so far, improving to 7-0 on Wednesday night after scoring four third-period goals in a 6-2 win over Westhill at Terry Conners Rink.

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Trinity Catholic Hockey Team Ruden Report Team Of The Week

The Trinity Catholic hockey team is The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week.

The Crusaders will get our T shirts, courtesy of our sponsors: BlueStreak Sports Training, Karl Chevrolet, Innovative Health and Rehabilitation, Riko’s Pizza, Bobby V’s Sports Bar, Chicken Joe’s of New Canaan, Zody’s 19th Hole, Building Blocks, New Balance of New Canaan, The Concussion Center of Fairfield County, The CT Center for Advanced ENT Care and Resource Management Group.

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New Canaan Hockey Team Is Just Wild About Harry — Stanton

NEW CANAAN — Few people put more value in tradition and leadership than Bo Hickey, the venerable coach of the New Canaan High School boys hockey team.

So when Hickey named Harry Stanton as a captain last season, it was rippling news.

Stanton was a junior, and juniors rarely are afforded such status. Eclipses are more frequent than the instances when Hickey has elevated a non-senior to the position.

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Colon, Granito BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Michael Colon of the Darien boys hockey team and Catherine Granito of the New Canaan girls hockey team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Players of the Week, presented by Chicken Joe’s.

Colon and Granito will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training and $25 gift certificates from Chicken Joe’s in New Canaan.