NORWALK — After essentially using the first quarter as a live warmup, Darien showed why it’s one of the best teams in the country over the final three periods.

The top-ranked Blue Wave scraped out just one goal in the first, but exploded for eight in the second and never looked back, downing No. 4 Wilton 17-5 on Wednesday night at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

“It’s getting your legs underneath you and getting yourself settled in,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. “Logan (McGovern) is back after a week and a half and getting used to that. He’s a difference maker, but we haven’t played with him as much in the last couple weeks … so those are the little things.”

The Blue Wave will look to with their 73rd straight game and fifth straight FCIAC title Friday night against rival New Canaan.

“They just played a great game, no one expected them to beat Ridgefield and they beat them handily,” Brameier said of the second-seeded Rams, who Darien beat 9-7 earlier in the year. “We have to have a mental preparation day tomorrow and be ready for New Canaan to come and play.”

After McGovern scored the lone goal of the first. He and Brian Minicus each recorded a hat trick in the second period, while Blake Sommi and Hudson Pokorny added a goal apiece to stake the Wave to a 9-2 halftime lead.

“The second quarter they started getting some momentum,” Wilton coach John Wiseman said. “And you can’t let them do that because they just go and that’s the challenge.”

Darien scored four times in the third off four different sticks — Henri Pfeifle, McGovern, Pokorny and Matt Gould — and the rout was on.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Andrew Darby, Darien. While the Wave offense was on full display, it was Darby shutting down Wilton’s Duke-bound star Connor Drake, completely holding him off the score sheet.

“He’s the best defensive guy in the area, I think,” Brameier said. “He may not be as well-known as some, but he certainly has shut down everybody that I’ve locked him on.”

THAT WAS COOL

While the goalie-assist is a feat on its own, Wilton’s Andrew Calabrese put his own touch on it when he carried the ball deep into Darien territory then hit his older brother Brian with a cross-field pass that Brian turned into a goal.

CLASS L IS STACKED

It doesn’t get any easier for Wilton, which could have another matchup with Darien in its near future in the Class L tournament.

“We’re going to play them again, assuming we get by Farmington,” Wiseman said. “It’s going to be a death march. That top bracket, now you got Staples, New Canaan, Wilton and Darien all in that bracket, so it’s going to be feast or famine.”

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NO. 1 DARIEN 17, NO. 4 WILTON 5

WILTON 0 2 1 2—5

DARIEN 1 8 4 4—17

Scoring: W—Dean DiNanno 1 goal 1 assist, Zachary Zeyher 1g, Brian Calabrese 1g 1a, Tyler Previte 1g, Ryan McDermott 1g; D—Logan McGovern 5g 2a, Blake Sommi 1g, Brian Minicus 3g 4a, Hudson Pokorny 2g, Henri Pfeifle 2g, Matt Gould 1g, Thomas Hellman 1g, Tanner Strub 1g, Jackson Peters 1g. Goalies: W—Andrew Calabrese (7 saves), Jake Beshlian (1); D—Sean Collins (5), Andy Demopoulos. Shots: W—17; D—41.