Chik Chatting: New Canaan playoff picture
It's that time again. Another regular season is winding down, and several New Canaan teams are making a playoff push. The boys and girls hockey teams are both in a very favorable position to make the FCIAC and State playoffs, the girls basketball team is on the bubble and the boys basketball team will look to play the role of spoiler.
So, with only five or six games remaining on most New Canaan team's schedules, we're going to take a peek at the FCIAC playoff picture and size up the Rams' chances in each tournament.
Don't look now, but the New Canaan boys hockey team may again be emerging as the favorite to walk away with the FCIAC and/or State Tournament crowns. Coming off of a season which saw the Rams fall two wins shy of perfection and with a roster composed of seemingly endless new faces, many had doubts as to whether or not this team would be able to recapture the magic from the previous season. After a 2-3 start to the season, the Rams have caught fire. A dominant 6-1 win over St. Joseph on Jan. 4 seemed to springboard these Rams into their current undefeated streak (6-0-1 in their last seven games). At 8-3-1, they certainly appear playoff bound.
With an impressive 4-2 win on the road against Ridgefield on Wednesday, the New Canaan girls hockey team improved to 14-0 on the season. With only six regular season games to play, perfection is becoming a distinct possibility. New Canaan has a few tough teams left to play in the regular season (Simsbury and Darien), but the Rams already have a win against both of those teams. New Canaan has used its extraordinary depth to outlast some of the best competition in the state, and it has to be considered the favorite for a third consecutive FCIAC and State Championships.
The New Canaan girls basketball team heads into the final quarter of the season in a bit of a slump, having dropped its last three games. By their own admission, the Rams haven't been able to play their best basketball in the fourth quarter. There's still some time to turn that trend around, but at 8-7, New Canaan has little margin for error if it is to make it to the FCIAC Tournament. With eight wins, these Rams have already punched their ticket to the Class L State Tournament.
The New Canaan boys basketball team will not be appearing in postseason play, but while it has endured its fair share of struggles this season, it still has a chance to play the role of spoiler for other FCIAC and/or State playoff hopefuls. In addition to affecting the playoff pictures, this team would certainly like to come up with a signature win before season's end.