Two boys ice hockey teams that found themselves among the Top 10 teams in preseason rankings open up their season at Bennett Rink in West Haven on Monday, Dec. 21. The game between No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven and No. 10 New Canaan was carried live by the HAN Network.
The Connecticut boys hockey season officially got underway for the 2015-16 season with a doubleheader at Bennett Rink in West Haven. You can watch the first game of the night, Staples-Weston-Shelton vs. Amity, at this link.
Here’s Monday’s complete game broadcast in high definition. (If you don’t see the player window, click here to watch):
Play-by-play: Rob Adams; Analyst: John Kovach; Director: Eric Gendron
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.
After Christmas, HAN has more boys ice hockey with St. Joseph at West Haven on Monday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m.; and rivals New Canaan and Darien facing off on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m.
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/.