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Fairfield hockey wins fourth straight

Updated 4:04 pm, Thursday, January 24, 2013
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The Fairfield co-op hockey team's top line is playing at a high level these days.

On Wednesday night, in fact, all three forwards got onto the scoresheet

Kevin Robinson, Matthew Larouche and Charlie Meder each scored as part of a four-goal second period as Fairfield blitzed Wilton 5-0 at Wonderland of Ice.

"We've always wanted to play together," Robinson said. "Coach finally gave us a chance; we're putting the puck in the net, and we have good chemistry."

Sophomore P.J. O'Reilly recorded his first varsity goal, Meder added two assists, and Connor Frawley stopped 18 shots, pitching his second straight shutout. Frawley's consecutive scoreless streak now stands at 98 minutes, 35 seconds.

"It means a lot," Frawley said. "It's more of a team accomplishment. My defense bails me out a lot."

Wilton goaltender Nicholas Wells made 25 saves before exiting after two periods. The Warriors fell to 1-10.

Wells stopped all 17 first-period shots he faced, as Fairfield peppered the Wilton netminder with shots.

"In the first period, we couldn't put the puck in the net; their goalie was playing well," Fairfield coach Mark Pettorini said. "We were definitely playing good hockey in the first. It wasn't that we were doing anything wrong, we just couldn't get that first one."

Meder finally broke the ice at 3:03 of the second when Robinson sent him a pass across the crease that he finished, giving Fairfield a 1-0 advantage. Just 20 seconds later, Larouche made it 2-0.

"It definitely takes a little bit of the edge off," Pettorini said of getting the two-goal lead.

Tim Grace's goal made it 3-0. Then Robinson's highlight-reel goal, in which he dangled by a Wilton defender, then beat Wells, making it 4-0.

"I tried it," Robinson said of the move, "and it just happened to go my way this time."

All the while, Frawley and Fairfield's defense held the Warriors down. The senior goaltender faced just three shots in the first-- and didn't see his first until more than 10 minutes into the game.

"You get a little cold," Frawley said, "but you've always got to be mentally prepared."

ppickens@bcnnew.com; twitter.com/Pat_Pickens

Fairfield 5, Wilton 0

WILTON 0 0 0-- 0

FAIRFIELD 0 4 1-- 5

Records: Wilton 1-10, Fairfield 6-4; Goals: F-- Charlie Meder, Kevin Robinson, Matthew Larouche, Tim Grace, P.J. O'Reilly; Assists: Meder 2, Robinson, Larouche, Dan Silvestri, Grace, Mike Aquila, Matthew Roberts; Goalies: W-- Nicholas Wells (25 saves); Derek Prario (6 saves); F-- Connor Frawley (18 saves); Shots: W 18, F 36.

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