Wave by the Numbers: Postseason spolight for Darien basketball, ice hockey, and gymnastics

There’s a little bit of everything in this week’s Wave by the Numbers, as Darien’s winter sports teams are in full postseason mode. The boys ice hockey team had a huge win over rival New Canaan to kick off their postseason run, while the girls ice hockey team lost a heartbreaker and is now gearing for the states. On the hardwood, we look at a little boys and girls basketball, while a Wave junior delivers a fine performance in gymnastics.
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Unanswered goals for the Darien Blue Wave in their 5-2 win over rival New Canaan in the FCIAC boys ice hockey playdowns on Saturday. The game was tied at 2-2 midway through the second period, when Darien put the game out of reach with its three-goal run. Darien fell to Ridgefield 2-1 in the semifinals on Wednesday, but will resume play in the state when they play at Notre Dame-West Haven at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 6.
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Consecutive goals scored by Parker McLane, who put Darien ahead 4-2 in its playdown game against New Canaan. With the score tied at 2-2, McLane scored with an assist from Connor McCarthy with 3:41 remaining in the second period to give the Wave the lead for good. He added an unassisted tally at the 4:32 mark of the third period. McLane is a nominee for HAN FCIAC Athlete of the Week honors and you can vote for him at han.network.
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Time played in the FCIAC girls ice hockey semifinal game between rivals Darien and New Canaan last Wednesday at the Darien Ice House. The Wave rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score at 2-2, but then lost when New Canaan freshman Courtney O’Connell scored in double overtime to give the Rams a 3-2 decision.
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Seed in the state tournament for the Darien girls ice hockey team. The Blue Wave had an opening-round bye and hosts No. 10 Simsbury in the quarterfinals at 6:35 p.m., Saturday, at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford.
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All-around score for Wave gymnastics tri-captain Nicole Carlo, a junior, at the CIAC Class M championships Saturday at Pomperaug High School. Carlo’s performance included an 8.5 on vault and an 8.475 in the floor exercises, as she qualified for the State Open in both events.
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Margin of victory for the Darien boys basketball team, which defeated the Norwalk Bears 79-45 in the regular-season finale Feb. 21 at DHS. The Wave finished the season with a 10-10 record and will begin play in the CIAC Div. III tournament when they host the Daniel Hand Tigers on March 7.
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Points scored by Justin Jordan in the Wave’s boys basketball win over Norwalk. Jordan scored 10 of those points during the third quarter when Darien outscored the Bears 24-7 to open up a 40-point lead heading to the fourth frame.
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Final record of the Darien girls basketball team for the 2017-18 season. The Blue Wave, under first-year head coach Melba Chambers, came on strong down the stretch and finished the regular season 11-9, qualifying for both the FCIAC and CIAC Class LL playoffs. In the postseason, Darien ran into a couple of hot teams, falling to eventual league champ Trumbull in the FCIAC quarterfinals, and then to Notre Dame-Fairfield in the first round of the states on Monday.
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Darien’s Corinne Bevill (10) battles New Canaan’s McKenna Harden for position in front of the Rams’ net. — Dave Stewart photo

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