SHELTON -- Tom Roche knew that his Division II Fairfield co-op squad would have to bring its "A" game into Monday night's game against Division I St. Joseph if it was to have a decent chance at pulling off the upset.

The Mustangs brought their "A-minus" game, which was good but just not good enough.

St. Joseph (4-4-1) took advantage of the one mistake the Mustangs made -- a giveaway deep in the Fairfield zone at the 6:25 mark of overtime -- and Adam Usinger's shot from between the circles deflected off the cross bar and into the goal to give the Cadets a 2-1 win Monday night at the The Rinks.

"It was definitely a good way to finish," Cadets coach J.R. Bria said. "It definitely wasn't our best game by any means. I think we played a little lazy. I would have liked to win more of those one-on-one battles. I felt we showed a lack of effort but sometimes you steal a game and that's what happened tonight . We stole one."

For a while it looked as if it would be Fairfield (4-3) that would steal the game as Jake Fuss scored just two minutes into the third period to tie the game at 1-1. But despite outshooting St. Joseph 12-6 in the third period, the Mustangs couldn't muster the go-ahead goal.

"We played well. We played well going into overtime, but one mistake and that's all it takes," Roche said. "We made one mistake, we left a guy open in the slot and he shoots and the game is over. But the kids played hard. They played better than I could have expected."

With the game scoreless midway in the second period, Fairfield's Matthew Roberts was whistled for tripping at 7:41 and the Cadets made the Mustangs pay. Filippo Petrini got control of the puck along the side boards, fed a pass to Kevin Finn at the right circle, who found Will Foldesi alone to the left of Mustangs goaltender Mike Grace. Foldesi stuffed it into the back of the net for a power play goal at 9:15 to make it 1-0.

But Fairfield tied the game at 1-1 at 2:04 of the third period when Fuss beat Cadets goaltender Ryan Wilson from the doorstep. The assists went to P.J. O'Reilly and Rutger Gaillard.

"After the first period, we felt that we should be able to beat this team," Roche said. "It shouldn't be a problem if we play hard and play our `A' game. And we did. We played well. We had a lot of opportunities in overtime but that one mistake and that's all it took."

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FAIRFIELD 0010 --1

ST. JOSEPH 0101--2

Records: F--4-3, SJ -- 4-4-1.Goals: SJ--Will Foldesi (Filippo Petrini, Kevin Finn), Adam Usinger (Petrini); F--Jake Fuss (P.J. O'Reilly, Rutger Gaillard)

Shots: F--28, SJ--23. Goaltenders: F--Mike Grace (21 saves), SJ-- Ryan Wilson (27)