DAIREN -- When Darien and New Canaan girls hockey meet on the ice, there is only one rule: Expect the unexpected.
While most would have given undefeated New Canaan the edge on Monday night at Darien Ice Rink, few would have expected the 7-1 thrashing that the Rams handed the Blue Wave. After all, the young Darien team is having a stellar season with a 13-3-1 overall record and 10-2 in the FCIAC.
Additionally, the Blue Wave gave New Canaan (16-0, 13-0) a run for the money when these long-time rivals met earlier in the season. In that high-octane contest, the Rams barely managed to scratch out a 2-0 win.
Monday night, though, was different. From the opening puck drop, New Canaan was firing on all cylinders while Darien seemed out of sync.
"Darien is a very good team, and I did not expect this," New Canaan coach Rich Bulan said. "But when we come out and play like that, we're hard to beat."
"Hopefully next time we get the whole team to show up, because we didn't tonight," said Darien head coach Jamie Tropsa, who was obviously disappointed.
The Rams outshot the Wave in each of the three periods and amassed a 32-15 shots-on-goal differential.
New Canaan's Catherine Granito set the tone early when she stuffed in a wrap-around goal just 1:40 into the game, and then three minutes later netted her second goal.
Two other Rams also had multi-point nights. Madzie Carroll chalked up three assists, and yet again this season Olivia Hompe displayed her fireworks by putting away four goals and three assists for a seven-point game.
Emma Rosenstein also struck gold for the Rams.
"We never take Darien lightly; we love the rivalry," Carroll said. "We also have a lot of big games coming up, and there is definitely a lot we can still work on, so we're not taking anyone lightly."
Hompe had a similar take. "Darien's a classy team, so we always like playing them."
"We wanted to come out and make a statement heading into the playoffs," Hompe added. "A lot of people are stepping up on all the lines, and I think that's made a difference."
New Canaan was whistled for six penalties in the game, while Darien went to the box three times. The Rams tallied one power play goal.
New Canaan 7, Darien 1
Darien 0 0 1 - 1
NC: 3 3 1 -- 7
Records: New Canaan 16-0, Darien 13-3-1
Goals: NC: Hompe (4), Granito (2), Rosenstein; Darien: Zaro. Assists: Hompe (3), Ma. Carroll (3), Mi. Carroll; Darien: Conley, Vanden Broek.
Shots on Goal: NC: 32, Darien: 15.