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Fairfield Prep skates past ND-Fairfield 5-2

Published 10:23 pm, Thursday, January 9, 2014

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  • Fairfield Prep's Dean Lockery, right, tries to block a drive by Notre Dame of Fairfield's Christian La Croix, during boys hockey action at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday January 9, 2014. Photo: Christian Abraham / Connecticut Post
    Fairfield Prep's Dean Lockery, right, tries to block a drive by Notre Dame of Fairfield's Christian La Croix, during boys hockey action at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on Thursday January 9, 2014. Photo: Christian Abraham

 

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BRIDGEPORT --This wasn't the kind of Fairfield Prep 5-2 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield where the victors were home and happy Thursday night before the opposing coach was done talking to his players.

Notre Dame's Steve Hetherman was done with his team, with Webster Bank Arena staff and with reporters before the Jesuits' Matt Sather left their room. Well, what'd Sather like from his team?

"Not much," he said, summing up a night when the Jesuits scored three goals in the second and an empty-netter in the third. "The penalty kill."

The No. 3 Jesuits (4-2-1) sent co-captain Matt Wikman to the box 41 seconds into the game for a hit from behind. They had to kill his five-minute penalty -- Sather said he couldn't recall the Jesuits' last major, thinking eight-10 years ago -- and Wikman also had to serve a 10-minute misconduct.

"The kid turned; I couldn't hold up. I went to finish my check," Wikman said. "It was from behind. It was the right call. I shouldn't have done it. We just kept rolling ... and we got it done."

The Jesuits killed the major but gave up two goals later in the first period. Once Wikman got out in the second, he scored the game-winner on a puck that bounced to him in front of the Lancers' net.

"We got a couple of lucky bounces," Sather said of a team that's inexperienced at the varsity level, "but I didn't really think we played to our potential. We were pretty sloppy, all in all. We need to get a lot better."

The No. 7 Lancers (3-3) mustered eight shots in the second and only five in the third.

"It's a loss in January, right? Not March, where you've got to go home and get out of the locker room, where there's no tomorrow," Hetherman said.

As Hetherman said, a five-minute power play that early in a game can go either way. And in a way, it did.

The Jesuits killed it crisply, and then Dean Lockery scored a power-play goal.

"I thought we played well for five minutes," Sather said. "It was a tough spot to be in, especially without our best penalty killer (Wikman)."

The Lancers didn't score but got their legs going. Christian LaCroix's and Garrett Gintoli's goals gave them a 2-1 lead.

They had some chances early in the second and a few others on odd-man rushes, but they didn't match the Jesuits' intensity in the middle period. Ryan Deering, Wikman and Mike Ventricelli scored goals.

Both goalies made big saves, Notre Dame's Justin Krochko at times throughout, Gutierrez particularly at the end of the first to keep it a one-goal game.

"(Gutierrez) had 10 days off," Sather said. "He had a little rough start, but after that, he was excellent.

"He controlled rebounds. There were a lot of bouncing pucks in front of the net."

A bigger arena like this, a little warm Thursday, isn't like the Wonderland of Ice, Sather said, with hard ice and fewer bounces.

The Lancers girls beat Lauralton Hall 7-0 earlier on the same ice. Gabby Vitelli had four points.

mfornabaio@ctpost.com; http://twitter.com/fornabaioctp; http://blog.connpost.com/fornabaio

FAIRFIELD PREP 1 3 1--5

NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD 2 0 0--2

Records: Fairfield Prep 4-2-1; Notre Dame-Fairfield 3-3. Goals: FP--Dean Lockery, Kenny Kochiss, Ryan Deering, Matt Wikman, Mike Ventricelli; ND--Christian LaCroix, Garrett Gintoli; Assists: FP--Kochiss 2, Justin Blanchette, Deering, Wikman, Brandon Powell; ND--Tyler Henchcliffe, Justin Dupuis, Cooper Demchak; Goalies: FP--Chris Gutierrez (22 saves); ND--Justin Krochko (29); Shots: FP--34; ND--24

Girls hockey

LAURALTON HALL 0 0 0--0

NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD 3 2 2--7

Goals: ND--Jess LeMere 2, Ally D'Aurio, Becky Stefanatos, Sarah Dewley, Gabby Vitelli, Jasmine Gaudreau; Assists: ND--Vitelli 3, Emily Rowland 2, Stefanatos 2, D'Aurio, Lauren Berard, Sierra Chavez, Mallory Mancini; Goalies: LH--Michaela O'Donnell (35 saves); ND--Brooke Bonetti (14); Shots: LH--14; ND--42

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