Editor’s Note: The NFHS Network is the exclusive broadcast partner of CIAC Championships. Several CIAC member schools have also partnered with the NFHS Network to provide streaming coverage of regular season events. Every Monday CIACsports.com will feature a handful of games to check out in the new feature “What to Watch.” All records are at the time of posting.
The winter sports season has hit its stride and with the NFHS Network broadcasting from a handful of gymnasiums around the state, that provides a bounty of games to choose from. The Network is scheduled to broadcast 70 contests across Connecticut this week, so let’s take a look at a few to highlight. Check out all the upcoming and live events here https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/CIAC or go to the landing page for your favorite team. Here are a few selections to watch this week, and remember a one-month membership to view all these games and more is just $9.99. All photos courtesy of MaxPreps.
Monday, 1/14, Trumbull vs. Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball, 7 p.m.: It’s a relatively sparse start to the week with just a few basketball games available for streaming on Monday, but the FCIAC provides a good option to whet the appetite for the week. Trumbull is off to a league-leading start and is also near the top of the highly-competitive Division I standings with its 8-1 record. Its only setback was a one-point road loss and it is unblemished in league play thus far. Fairfield Ludlowe is 3-5 as it approaches the midway point of the season and could see a big turnaround to its record if it can come up with better results in tight games. Three of the team’s five losses (including one to unbeaten Bassick) are by four points or fewer.
Tuesday, 1/15, Hamden vs. Shelton, girls basketball, 7 p.m.: Tuesday provides a much more full schedule with more than 20 varsity and sub-varsity basketball games on the slate, but we focus on one of the few girls games that evening; an SCC battle between Hamden and Shelton. Hamden is off to a 7-1 start that has the team near the top of the unofficial Class LL and SCC standings through this point in the season. Five of the team’s first eight games this year were at home, so it will try and stay hot while dealing with a road league test. The team’s defense has allowed just two teams to reach 50 points against them this season. Shelton enters the week at 5-5 exactly halfway through its regular season and snapped a three-game losing skid with a home three-point win over Lyman Hall on Friday. The team’s next three games will be on the road so a win over a League leader could provide a boost as it begins the second half of its schedule.
Wednesday, 1/16, Notre Dame-Fairfield vs. New Fairfield wrestling, 6 p.m.; Notre Dame-West Haven vs. Xavier ice hockey, 8 p.m.: Basketball is the predominant Network sport available during the winter, so Wednesday night we offer a pair of rare non-hoops viewing options. Notre Dame-Fairfield travels to face SWC for New Fairfield in a dual wrestling meet, while rivals Notre Dame-West Haven travels to square off with Xavier in ice hockey. The two SWC Patriot-division foes square off both looking earn a critical league win. In ice hockey, the records aren’t important when these two rivals meet up. Xavier is looking for its first victory over a Connecticut school and would love for it to come against ND-West Haven, while the Green Knights enter the week a game below .500. The teams split the two meetings last season, with both games decided by one goal including a 6-5 overtime thriller.
Thursday, 1/17, Trumbull vs. New Canaan, 7 p.m.: More Trumbull featured this week as the Eagles are also enjoying a successful girls basketball season thus far, and they get a good challenge on Thursday with a road game at New Canaan. Trumbull girls are one of two unbeaten teams in the FCIAC as the week begins with a 10-0 record, which also happen to be the only unbeaten teams in Class LL. Thus far they have not only not lost, they have been dominant with only a single game decided by fewer than 10 points. New Canaan will look to derail the team’s success as it comes into the week with a 4-5 overall record. The Rams have struggled of late dropping four of five, but have been the opposite of Trumbull playing numerous close games. New Canaan has had three losses come by less than four points, including a quadruple-overtime loss to rival Darien.
Friday, 1/18, RHAM vs. Enfield, boys basketball, 6:45 p.m.: Basketball fans will have plenty of options to choose from on Friday night with 11 varsity (and 27 total) games streaming that evening. We move to the northern part of the state for the game to watch as CCC foes Enfield and RHAM square off. Both teams are in similar positions with records hovering right around .500 as the meet up with RHAM at 4-4 coming into the week and Enfield holding a 3-4 mark. Enfield has won two in-a-row entering the week, topping 70 points in wins against Bristol Eastern and E.O. Smith last week. Friday’s game will wrap a stretch of four-straight road games for RHAM which has split the first two games of the four-game stretch. Enfield won both of the meetings between the two squads last season, one of which was a one-point thriller.
Saturday, 1/19, Basick vs. East Haven girls basketball, 7 p.m.: Wrap up this busy week with one more girls basketball contest with Bassick traveling to play East Haven. Bassick wraps up a three-game week with this Saturday night contest against East Haven. The team is 3-8 coming into the week and is in the midst of a long stretch of road games — it will play six consecutive games on the road, finally returning home on January 25. East Haven are the defending Class M champions and have picked up where it left off last season with a strong 7-2 record through its first nine. Its two losses were by one and three points respectively and the Yellow Jackets certainly have their eyes on another state title.