DARIEN -- After losing twice to Ridgefield last season, including in the FCIAC championship game, Darien coach Chris Gerwig knew his team would be fired up for Wednesday night's game.
But even Gerwig was surprised with just how motivated the Blue Wave players would be and certainly did not expect to be up two goals before the water left behind by the Zamboni even had a chance to freeze.
Darien (3-1) scored twice in the first two minutes of both the first and second periods, beating Ridgefield 6-2 in front of a raucous crowd at Darien Ice Rink.
"I knew we had the potential to come out quick but they even surprised me and our staff. They were really up for this game," Gerwig said. "Let's face it, Ridgefield is two-time defending FCIAC champions and they seem to have our number. Hopefully we will see them again in some kind of playoff format."
Forty-seven seconds into the game, Connor Davis beat the Ridgefield goalie with a wrist shot.
Just under a minute later Dillon Fitzpatrick skated across from the left circle, firing a shot into the net for a 2-0 Darien lead with 13:22 to play in the opening period.
"We just had to be fast," Darien forward Robbie Juterbock said. "We put all the pressure we could on them and played the best offense we could."
With the cushion in place right away, the Darien defense made its stand, turning away and Tiger chances before they reached the Wave net, holding Ridgefield without a quality chance the entire first period.
"We had to pay attention to both sides," Juterbock said. "We went off last year, them beating us twice in big games and we couldn't take that."
Juterbock finished with two goals for Darien.
Juterbock's first tally came just 30 seconds into the second period, besting the time on the quick goal to begin the game.
The Blue Wave made it 4-0 on a goal by Jack Massie with 13:26 left in the period.
From there Darien stayed in control, limiting the looks the Tigers had on net while continuing to apply pressure themselves.
"This team played Fairfield Prep well opening night and we know they are dangerous," Gerwig said. "We don't take anybody lightly. We don't care who it is, we have a job to do and these guys are focused. We have had very good, up tempo practices and it had carried over into our games."
Gerwig said the focus was even sharper with Ridgefield in town.
"No doubt in my mind," Gerwig said. "I remind them all the time. It's great to get a league win but hopefully we see them in the playoffs and get a better result than the last two years."
Owen Koorbusch scored a late goal for the Blue Wave.
Darien 6, Ridgefield 2
DARIEN 2 3 1 -- 6
RIDGEFIELD 0 1 1 -- 2
Goals: D --Connor Davis, Robbie Juterbock 2, Dillon Fitzpatrick, Jack Massie, Owen Koorbusch; R--Liam Smith, Matthew Keegan
Goalies: D--Michael Colon (10 saves); R--Alec Schneider (7 saves), Patrick Sheehan-Delany (3 saves)
Records: D 3-1; R 3-3