Prep hockey suffocates rival ND, 2-0
Published 3:41 pm, Tuesday, February 15, 2011
In perhaps its hardest week of the season, the Fairfield Prep hockey team continues to roll.
The Jesuits won their third game in five days by methodically beating their crosstown rival Notre Dame-Fairfield, 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Wonderland of Ice.
"It was a good game," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "I thought we played a really good second period and a really smart third period."
"John played great in goal for us," Griffin said. "He's one of the best goalies in the state."
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Eric Sugrue made 35 saves as ND fell for the first time in three games. ND is now 3-10-1 and needs to win five of its final six games in order to qualify for the state playoffs.
"I was pleased with the way they worked," ND coach Marty Roos said. "I think they're coming along."
The Lancers had opportunities in the first period, playing a counter attack game. ND hit a pair of posts in the first period, and Sugrue kept ND in the game with 15 saves in the first period as the game remained scoreless.
"We just didn't get any luck," Roos said. "The game plan was to keep it tight and close."
The game stayed scoreless well into the second. Prep's frustrations grew when Griffin hit the crossbar with 3:25 to go in the second.
"There was a whistle after that," Griffin said. "My linemates said it was going to come."
"We needed to do something there in the second," Sather said. "When you hit the crossbar, and you start to wonder if this is going to be our day."
The Jesuits tallied just 1:06 later when Henry took a feed from AJ Unker and flipped the puck past Sugrue to put Prep ahead 2-0.
"They tend to come in bunches," Sather said.
After that, the Jesuits hunkered down and played defense. Prep held ND to just four third period shots, as the Jesuits tried to keep the puck deep and protect the shutout.
"Every puck got deep," Sather said. "We played really well."
The Jesuits won for the fourth time in six days when they beat Xavier, 3-1 on Sunday. Prep will play again on Wednesday when it will host Ridgefield on 6 p.m. at Wonderland of Ice.
"It's been a tough week," Griffin said. "It's a fun time."
"This was a momentum turner in the season," Sather said.
The Lancers will play again on Wednesday against ND-West Haven at Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:15 p.m.