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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.