DARIEN—Three games into its state title defense, Darien is making a statement.

Darien defeated New Canaan 8-0 at home Tuesday to stay undefeated, outscoring three perennial powerhouses in Hamden, Fairfield Prep and the Rams by a combined 18-1 margin.

Early in the game it looked as if the Rams (0-3) would give their rival a test they hadn’t yet faced this season, but with 22 seconds left in the first period Jake Kirby found himself on a breakaway and buried the puck into the top left corner of the net.

“It started the last shift of the first period,” New Canaan coach Pat Gore said of his team’s demise.

“Allowing them to get that goal, to give a kid like Jake Kirby a wide-open breakaway with 20 seconds left — that set the tone — and then we give up a goal first shift of the second period.”

That goal would enable Darien to sustain the momentum at the hands of Max Romeyn, who scored from point-blank range.

The rest of the second period would see Darien outshoot New Canaan 21-3 and feature a goal from Owen Collins and two from Herbie Hazelton.

“The key thing is we just keep on coming,” first-year Darien coach Mac Budd said. “I feel like that first line particularly with Herbie (two goals, one assist), Romeyn (one goal, one assist) and Mullin (one goal) pounded the net in the second period; we’ve been trying to get more goals like that, I call them ugly goals, where we whack away at the puck and get in that dirty spot and score, and I feel like we did that tonight.”

During Darien’s early run, one player has quietly done his job and has perhaps been overlooked due to the offensive show the Wave are putting on — goalie David Voigt.

“David Voigt has done a remarkable job,” Budd said of the senior who has allowed only one goal through nine periods. “I’ve known him since he was a little boy and he is a heck of an athlete, he reminds me of these guys who are in the NHL; they’re big guys that are very athletic, he’s a big kid who fills up the net and he’s a tremendous athlete. What I like about David is he has a lot of poise, he gave up a goal in the Fairfield Prep game and some guys will get down, but he didn’t at all, he’s a heck of a goalie and we’re thrilled to have him.”

Gore, who has seen what his rival Wave have done all year, thought they didn’t even have their best stuff in the blowout.

“I didn’t think Darien played their best game,” Gore said. “They were slow to start and let us hang around--even though they were eight goals better than us tonight, I think if they brought their top game it would have been even worse.”

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Darien 8, New Canaan

DARIEN 1 4 3—8

NEW CANAAN 0 0 0—0

Records; Darien 3-0; New Canaan 0-3. Goals: D—Jake Kirby, Max Romeyn, Owen Collins 2, Herbie Hazelton 2, Riley Mullin, Sam Knowlton. Assists: D—Knowlton, Hazelton, Romeyn 2. Goalies: D—David Voigt (17 saves); NC—Liam Mooney (28). Shots: D—37; NC—17.