Greenwich High boys ice hockey, basketball teams start FCIACs Saturday

Greenwich High School Ian Fulton works the puck past his West Haven in a previous Cardinals game. — Avery Belicka photo

Greenwich High School Ian Fulton works the puck past his West Haven in a previous Cardinals game. — Avery Belicka photo

The Greenwich High School boys basketball and ice hockey teams will be busy Saturday, as they both start play in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

The Greenwich High boys ice hockey team picked up the No. 5 seed in the FCIAC tournament, which gets underway tonight at the Terry Connors Rink in Stamford.

Greenwich, which finished the regular season with a 7-5-0 FCIAC record and 9-10-1 overall this season, will battle Trinity Catholic High School. The Crusaders grabbed the fourth seed in the conference tournament, grabbing an FCIAC record of 9-3-0 and 14-5-1 overall. The game will be played at Terry Connors, starting at 2:20 p.m.

The last time these two teams met up, back on Jan. 10, it was Trinity Catholic that came away with the 2-1 victory.

The FCIAC tournament will start quarterfinal play at Terry Connors tonight when No. 3 seed New Canaan takes on the No. 6 seed Fairfield/Ludlowe combined team at 6:10 p.m. Immediately after, the second-seeded Tigers of Ridgefield High will battle No. 7 seed St. Joseph High School.

Greenwich and Trinity Catholic start Saturday’s slate of FCIAC tournament games. At 4:20 p.m., top-seeded Darien High School will face off against No. 8 seed Staples.

The winners of quarterfinal round will hit the ice on Wednesday, when Terry Connors host the two semifinal games starting at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Terry Connors host the FCIAC championship game, which will be played at 3 p.m.

After going through a rough start to the hockey season, Greenwich ended its season on a high note, going 5-1-1. Big Red scored big victories against St. Joseph twice (3-2 and 4-2), Westhill (5-0), Trumbull (5-0) and Wilton (6-0). The Cardinals tied a tough Rye Country Day School team 1-1.

Also looking to reach FCIAC gold this season is the GHS boys basketball team, as they start play in the FCIAC tournament Saturday.

At 2 p.m., the GHS boys basketball team, seeded second in the tournament, will look to advance to the semifinal round of the FCIAC tournament when they battle No. 7 seed Wilton High School at the Fairfield Ludlowe High School gym.

The Cardinals finished the basketball regular season 18-2 overall and 16-2 in the FCIAC. After steamrolling throughout the most of their schedule to start the season, Big Red battled FCIAC No. 1 seed Bridgeport Central High School back on Feb. 11 and picked up its first loss of the season, falling 45-43. A game later, Greenwich traveled to Brien McMahon High School and again were defeated, losing to the Senators 68-64.

However, Greenwich finished strong, winning its final four games to enter the FCIAC tournament as the league’s second seed.

Wilton High School enters the FCIAC postseason as the No. 7 seed and won the FCIAC Eastern Division championship with a 10-8 conference record. Overall the Warriors are 12-8. Against Greenwich back on Jan. 24, Big Red came away with the commanding 63-38 victory.

The FCIAC boys basketball tournament starts tomorrow at noon, as the No. 3 seed Ridgefield High School Tigers battle sixth-seed Brien McMahon at noon. After Big Red’s game against the Warriors, it will be a battle of Stamford, as No. 4 seeded Westhill High School takes on No. 5 seed Stamford High School at 5.

The late game, which gets underway at 7, pits top-seeded Central against No. 8 seed St. Joseph High School. All FCIAC quarterfinal games will be played at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. The semis will be played Tuesday night, with the championship game Thursday at 7:30 and Fairfield Warde High School will be the site for those rounds.

 

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