Prep Hockey blanks Easties

Prep Hockey blanks Easties
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Fairfield Prep hockey blanks Easties

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Minuteman Newspapers, January 19, 2011
By John Hopkinson

BRIDGEPORT - Though not playing their best hockey, Fairfield Prep was still able to dominate East Haven and win 4-0 in a Southern Connecticut Conference match-up last Saturday afternoon.

From the start, the Jesuits dominated possession of the puck and kept the action mostly in their attacking zone throughout. But it wasn't until 4:05 left in the first period that sophomore Conner Henry weaved right in front of the goal and lifted a shot high over the glove of East Haven goalie Sam Gavigan and into the top corner for a 1-0 lead.

East Haven got a power play early in the second period but could not take advantage, unable to maintain possession and getting no shots on goal. At the 10:43 mark of the period sophomore David White's wrist shot from close range hit Gavigan's glove and fluttered over his shoulder and into the net to extend Prep's lead.

Late in the middle period, on a delayed penalty call, junior defenseman Tom Worsfold threw the puck on target from long range and it found its way into the goal to make the game 3-0. As the game progressed, Prep's superior skating skills and increased physicality became apparent.

"I felt like we were certainly deeper," said Prep Coach Matt Sather afterwards. "As their better players got a bit tired, we were able to take advantage of that." The game's final goal came with 9:30 left when junior Ray Boudiette deftly slipped a pass to Senior co-captain Bryan Puffer in front of the goal for an easy score.

Despite the result, Coach Sather seemed unimpressed afterwards. "We played OK," he said flatly. "I was a little disappointed at the start that we weren't more aggressive. I thought in the second period we gave up way too many chances. The team defense was pretty bad."

Goaltending was one area where Coach Sather could not help but find praise as co-captain John Galiani notched his third shutout of the season for Prep. "John has been great all year," Sather said. "He has a knack for not just making the first save but also controlling the rebound. He's a strong goaltender. It's nice having a senior leader back there - makes up for a lot of sins." Continued...

East Haven senior goalie Sam Gavigan also played quite well, keeping the game from becoming a blowout even as he was continuously peppered by Prep shots throughout.

The win takes second ranked Prep's overall record to 7-2 on the season and 2-1 in SCC divisional play. The Jesuits are back on the ice next Wednesday, Jan. 26 in West Haven against Amity.