The HAN Network will hit the ice with a boys hockey doubleheader from Bennett Rink in West Haven on Monday, Dec. 21.
The Staples-Weston-Shelton co-op team will be in action against the Amity Spartans at 4 p.m., with the New Canaan Rams taking on the Notre Dame-West Haven Green Knights at 6 p.m.
The games will be available for free at live.HAN.Network, FCIAC.net, NCAdvertiser.com, TheWestonForum.com, SheltonHerlad.com as well as all of the HAN Network’s websites. HAN’s Rob Adams will lead the call.
No. 4 vs. No. 10
The New Canaan Rams and Notre Dame-West Haven Green Knights, ranked 10th and fourth, respectively, in the GameTimeCT preseason poll, have met in their season-openers for five straight years, with the Rams winning three times. New Canaan had matching 4-3 overtime victories in each of the past two seasons.
The Rams and Knights have played five times during the past two years, with New Canaan winning four times. Notre Dame’s one victory over New Canaan was a big one, however, as they scored a 2-0 shutout in the 2014 CIAC Division I state boys hockey quarterfinals.
Last year, New Canaan was 12-8-3, while Notre Dame was 9-10-2.
The Knights feature a deep offense, led by senior forwards Joe Andsaldo and Calvin Hoban.
On defense, Notre Dame stars seniors Doug Caliendo and Paddy Connors, along with senior goalie Conor Hylton.
New Canaan’s attack features junior forward Tyler Hill, George McMahon and Brooks Gammill, while the defense is led by junior Drew Morris and senior James Franzis.
The Rams also have a pair of junior goalies with experience: Liam Mooney and Peter Windas.
Staples-Weston-Shelton vs. Amity
The Staples-Weston-Shelton co-op had a regular-season record of 11-9 last winter, and split two games in the CIAC Division III state playoffs, beating Joel Barlow (Redding-Easton), 4-3, before losing to eventual champion E.O. Smith-Tolland, 5-0, in the quarterfinals.
They return plenty of veterans this year and could contend for the Division III title.
Staples’ standouts include seniors Jesse Greenspun and Ryan Johnson at forward, and senior Ian Offenberg on defense.
Amity struggled at 4-15-1 last year, but in 2013-14, the Spartans were 16-8 and finished as the runners-up in the Division II sate tournament. They lost to Daniel Hand, 5-4, in the final.
Amity is led by senior defensemen Anthony Uscilla and McGovern Deane, and senior forward Graham Hughes.
Upcoming games and more
The HAN Network will be covering numerous events throughout the FCIAC’s winter season, including ice hockey, basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, and the conference’s postseason championships.
Upcoming boys ice hockey broadcasts include St. Joseph vs. West Haven at 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28; and New Canaan vs. Darien at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Basketball and wrestling make their HAN Network debut in January with Ridgefield vs. Trumbull wrestling on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Danbury vs. Norwalk boys basketball on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.
Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.