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Stanton, Granito BlueStreak-Ruden Report Winter Players Of The Year

It is a New Canaan hockey sweep: Harry Stanton of the Rams’ boys team and Catherine Granito of the Rams’ girls team are the first-ever BlueStreak-Ruden Report Winter Players of the Year.

Stanton and Granito will receive trophies from BlueStreak Sports Training and The Ruden Report.

Stanton finished with 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points.

Granito finished with 50 goals and 13 assists for 63 points.

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Colon Comes Up Big For Darien In 2-1 Overtime Loss To Fairfield Prep In Division I Final

NEW HAVEN — Michael Colon is not unlike any other hockey goaltender. The more action the better.

It is all about living for the big save.

“It’s kind of fun in a way,” Colon said from the bowels of Ingalls Rink Saturday afternoon, not long after the Darien High School boys hockey team missed out on the chance to win its first state title in 45 years following a 2-1 overtime loss to Fairfield Prep in the Division I final. “I’d rather be doing that than standing there bored. It’s tiring, but I play the sport for a reason. I like playing it and I have fun when I get action.”

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Darien Looking To Scratch 45-Year Itch In Division I Championship Game

The Darien High School boys hockey team can scratch a 45-year itch Saturday afternoon, while putting the end to some other droughts when it faces Fairfield Prep for the Division I state title at Ingalls Rink.

The Blue Wave’s only championship came in 1969. There have been four other trips to the final, the most recent in 1987.

A Darien win would give the FCIAC its first Division I state champion since Trinity Catholic, under the legendary Mickey Lione, won in 1998.

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New Canaan Hockey Team Eliminated But Wins Hardest Prize: Coach’s Respect

BRIDGEPORT — I’ve known Bo Hickey for over 20 years. At the risk of sounding immodest, I consider myself something of a Hickey-ologist. Most times you can tell what he is thinking as much as by his looks and expressions as his words.

Two things about Hickey: there is no coach in the FCIAC — no coach — who has better stories to tell. And there are few coaches that can equal his candor.

Praise is earned, not parceled out indiscriminately. It has been obvious for over three months how much respect and admiration Hickey has for this year’s team. That was confirmed in the bowels of Webster Bank Arena late Saturday afternoon, about 10 minutes after the Rams’ season ended with a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame of West Haven in the Division I quarterfinals.

Boys Hockey

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.