DARIEN \u2014 The Darien boys ice hockey team is facing a veritable gauntlet of powerful teams this week. And for coach Mac Budd, it couldn\u2019t come at more opportune moment. \u201cThese are tough games\u201d Budd said. \u201cI think for us it comes an at absolutely fantastic time in terms of our development as a team. We\u2019re going to come out of this, one way or the other, knowing where we stand as a team and what we need to work on. It\u2019ll make us a better team when it counts at the end of the year.\u201d Kicking off that stretch, the second-ranked Blue Wave scored two late goals to make it interesting but dropped a 3-2 decision to Bishop Hendricken (RI) Saturday at the Darien Ice House. Darien will take on LaSalle Academy (RI) at 3:40, Sunday, with rival New Canaan, the top-ranked team in the GameTimeCT poll, on tap for 4:20, Wednesday. The Hawks scored once in the first period and twice in the final 3:25 of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Darien averted the shutout when Grafton Ely clanged a shot off the crossbar during a power play with 2:17 remaining. Bobby Whittaker then ripped in a goal from the top of the circle to make it a one-goal game with 54.6 seconds on the clock. The Hawks\u2019 defense and goalie Colin Murray held off the Wave\u2019s final push for the victory. Michael Soscia, Colton Whitfield, and Dylan Cappelli scored Bishop Hedricken\u2019s goals. Budd was happy with the late rally, but said the Wave\u2019s offense has to find a way to put more pucks in the net. \u201cWe did have some opportunities tonight, but without more high-quality scoring chances, it\u2019s going to be difficult,\u201d Budd said. \u201cWe\u2019re playing very good team defense, but it\u2019s not reasonable to think that you\u2019re going to be able to continually win 1-0 or 2-1 games. We\u2019re going to need to score more goals.\u201d Murray, a freshman, was making his first start for Bishop Hendricken and delivered with 20 saves, allowing only two late goals with one coming on the power play. \u201cHe did a great job,\u201d Bishop Hendricken coach Mike Soscia said. \u201cIt\u2019s his first high school start so we couldn\u2019t have asked for anything more.\u201d IN HONOR OF TEDDY Before the game, the Blue Wave and Hawks held a moment of silence for St. Luke\u2019s sophomore Teddy Balkind, who died from an injury suffered during an ice hockey game at The Brunswick School in Greenwich on Thursday. The teams stood in a circle at center ice, alternating players from either team, a poignant gesture which added to the hockey community\u2019s outpouring of emotions during the past two days. \u201cIt\u2019s a really, really difficult time,\u201d Budd said. \u201cEveryone in the hockey community, which is very close-knit with a lot of togetherness, is absolutely heartbroken. You play hockey, it\u2019s such a great sport, and you go out there to have fun, and something like that is distressing. My thoughts are with the family and the St. Luke\u2019s and Brunswick communities.\u201d PLAYER OF THE GAME Colin Murray, Bishop Hendricken: The freshman goalie made his first start a good one, making 20 saves to help the Hawks take a 3-2 win. QUOTABLE \u201cWe took some penalties and Darien capitalize, so we just had to bear down and do the little things to survive that at the end.\u201d \u2014 Bishop Hedricken coach Mike Soscia BISHOP HENDRICKEN (RI) 3, DARIEN 2 BISHOP HENDRICKEN 1 2 0 \u2014 3 DARIEN 0 0 2 \u2014 2 Scoring: First period: BH \u2014 Michael Soscia (Andrew Smith), 7:47; Second period: BH \u2014 Colton Whitfield (Jack Hornstein), 11:35; BH \u2014 Dylan Cappelli (Matthew Moretti, Whitfield), 13:15; Third quarter: D \u2014 Grafton Ely (Billy Branca, Charlie Schwind), 11:49; D \u2014 Bobby Whittaker, 14:06. Goalies: BH \u2014 Colin Murray 20 saves; D \u2014 Chris Schofield 21 saves. Records: Bishop Hendricken 4-1, Darien 3-1-1.