The Darien and New Canaan rivalry hits the ice as the #2 Rams battle against the #3 Blue Wave in the FCIAC girls hockey semifinals live on the HAN Network on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m.
You can watch the HAN Network’s live pregame show at 7:50 p.m., and the game live at HAN.Network, or on Frontier Communications’ Vantage Sports Network (Chs. 600/1600).
We will have live coverage of of the first semifinal game between #1 Greenwich and #4 Ridgefield/Danbury on the HAN Network. Scheduled puck drop at 6 p.m. Click here to watch Greenwich vs. Ridgefield/Danbury.
In their two meetings this season, New Canaan has beaten Darien twice, 2-1 on Dec. 23 and 2-0 on Jan. 24.
The Darien Blue Wave (11-2-1 FCIAC, 16-3-1 overall) enter the conference tournament winning five out of their last six games. One of those wins was against Hamden, 3-2 in overtime on Feb. 10. The Blue Wave defeated Hamden last year, 3-2, to earn the second of its back-to-back state titles.
The Blue Wave is on a mission this season not only win states for a third year, in a row but also reclaim the FCIAC crown which they won four years in a row (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016). The Blue Wave fell to Greenwich 2-0 in last year’s conference title game.
The Blue Wave will rely on the leadership and skill from senior captains Kiki Tropsa and Sally Cassidy but also will look to the young talent on this roster including freshmen Kate Bellisimo who continues to shine in her first season.
The New Canaan Rams (12-2 FCIAC, 17-3 overall) locked up the second seed with a 9-0 shutout of Wilton/Norwalk/McMahon on Monday.
In their 9-0 victory on the final day of the season, senior Liz McCarthy recorded a hat trick, Kelly Benson had two goals, Brooke Dean had a goal and an assist, Courtney O’Connell had a goal and two assists, and both Jess Eccleston and Katherine Reiss found the back of the net. The Rams have won six out of their last seven games entering postseason play. A balanced roster filled with upperclassmen skill and young up and coming talent, head coach Rich Bulan will look to get past their rival and punch a ticket to the FCIAC title game.
Frank Granito, John Kovach and Kevin Coleman will be on the call.
The HAN Network will have full coverage of the FCIAC girls hockey semifinals and championship game. Semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, with the first game scheduled at 6:00 p.m. and the second at 8:00 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 12:40 p.m.
How To Watch
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On TV: All Frontier Communications subscribers in Connecticut can watch the simulcast of most HAN Network Connecticut sports broadcasts on the Vantage Sports Network at Channels 600 and 1600-HD.
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