DARIEN \u2014 Darien senior Patrick Thurlow was answering a question about playing against a goalie as talented as New Canaan\u2019s Beau Johnson when he quickly shifted some of the focus closer to home. \u201cI will say Chris Schofield is the best goalie because he\u2019s mine, but Beau Johnson is right up there,\u201d Thurlow said. Thurlow and his goalie could share the spotlight on Wednesday, after Thurlow scored the game-winning goal 4:10 into overtime to give No. 3 Darien a thrilling 2-1 win over top-ranked New Canaan at the Darien Ice House. Thurlow scored both Blue Wave goals, and earned the team\u2019s hard hat award for the game, according to Darien coach Mac Budd. \u201cThere was no doubt in the locker room today that he deserves that,\u201d Budd said. \u201cHe got the goals obviously, but that doesn\u2019t do justice to all that he does for this team. He does an awesome job killing penalties and he\u2019s really a selfless player and a great example of what buying in and working hard means.\u201d The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Wave (4-2-1), which had fallen to Rhode Island powers Bishop Hendricken 3-2, and LaSalle Academy 2-1 over the weekend. New Canaan (4-1-1) suffered its first loss despite a strong performance from Johnson, who made 31 saves against 33 shots. \u201cIt\u2019s tough being on the wrong end,\u201d New Canaan senior co-captain Michael Rayher said. \u201cWe haven\u2019t been on that side in the past, so it\u2019s tough to be there tonight. Beau played a good game. He made the saves, we\u2019ve just got to help him out more back there.\u201d On the other end, Schofield collected 27 saves to put the Wave in position to win. \u201cWhen you talk about the best goaltenders in the state, he\u2019s obviously right there,\u201d Budd said. \u201cHe\u2019s played very well for us for the last three years and the bigger the game, the better he generally plays.\u201d Rayher gave the Rams a 1-0 lead when he skated into the zone and fired a shot top shelf from the left circle with 8:34 remaining in the second period. The Wave answered quickly when Thurlow notched the equalizer just 1:28 later. Grafton Ely and Graham Kreppein assisted. \u201cIt was perfect, great timing,\u201d Thurlow said \u201c(New Canaan) is so explosive, their offensive is just ridiculous. That top line is just a ton of superstars. We knew if we had just rolled over, they would\u2019ve pounded on us and run away with the game pretty quickly. To get that back and force overtime was great.\u201d Each team had chances throughout the third, but Johnson and Schofield were walls, sending the game into overtime. New Canaan had the advantage in the extra frame, but Darien was able to counter for the game-winner. \u201cThey were laying it on us in overtime, they had just a brutal forecheck,\u201d Thurlow said. \u201cWe were getting stomped on, then I just saw an opportunity, there was a sliding puck, Grafton Ely poked it out and then it was just a footrace from there.\u201d Darien and New Canaan will square off again on Feb. 12, and could see each other again in the playoffs. \u201cWe\u2019ll see them again, we\u2019ll know what to do, and we\u2019ll be better,\u201d Rayher said. PLAYER OF THE GAME Patrick Thurlow, Darien: The senior forward scored both Darien goals, including the game-winner in overtime. QUOTABLE \u201cIt wasn\u2019t clear which side was going to end it that way; I\u2019m certainly happy that it was us that ended up getting the goal, but it was a great hockey game as it usually is against New Canaan. It\u2019s a great rivalry and you can pretty much count on having a good, fast end-to-end game.\u201d \u2014 Darien coach Mac Budd email@example.com; @dstewartsports No. 3 DARIEN 2, No. 1 NEW CANAAN 1 (OT) Darien 0 1 0 1-2 New Canaan 0 1 0 0-1 Scoring: Second period: NC - Michael Rayer (Gavin Fitzpatrick, Brendan Briggs), 8:34; D - Patrick Thurlow (Gharam Kreppein, Grafton Ely), 7:06; OT: D - Thurlow (Ely), 3:50. Goalies: D - Chris Schofield 27 saves; NC - Beau Johnson 31 saves. Records: Darien 4-2-1 overall, 1-0-0 FCIAC; New Canaan 4-1-1, 1-1-1.