Fairfield Prep ice hockey stays undefeated with win over East Haven

After outshooting the East Haven squad 17-3 in the first period and having nothing to show for it, the Fairfield Prep ice hockey team could have gotten down and frustrated.

Instead, it stayed patient and got another win.

The Jesuits out shot East Haven, 43-18 and got a goal and an assist from freshman David White and junior Bryan Puffer as Prep stayed unbeaten with a 4-0 win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon at DiLungo Rink in East Haven.

"It was a good game," Prep Head Coach Matt Sather said. "We did everything we wanted to do."

Senior defender Jackson Bargiello added two assists and backup goalie John Galiani got his first shutout of the season in his first start of the year. Galiani stopped 15 shots after the first period, including one in the third period on East Haven's Justin Vanderharten that came on a breakaway with the score 1-0.

"I was happy that he could get a shutout and a league victory under his belt," Sather said of Galiani.

The Jesuits were buzzing around the East Haven net from the start, but could not beat Yellow Jackets' netminder Matt Mullally. The junior goalie thwarted each of the Jesuits' four power plays.

"Their goalie was outstanding, I give him a lot of credit," Sather said. "We told them to keep doing what we're doing. Sometimes that happens."

"It's a little frustrating," Bargiello said. "We just kept going to the net."

Prep also got some bad luck when center David Griffin rang the puck off of the post in the second period, but the Jesuits got on the board directly after when Puffer took a pass from White and deposited a backhand shot past Mullally to put Prep ahead 1-0.

"We worked really hard today," Puffer said. "He gave me a nice pass and I was able to beat the goalie."

White was playing on the top line after his brother, and Prep's leading scorer, Darric, left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury.

"Our depth is our strength," Sather said. "You hope when you lose a player of Darric's caliber for a game, somebody can step in and distribute. It's sweet that it's his brother."

Puffer returned the favor to White at 7:44 of the third when he centered a pass to White who beat Mullally with a backhand to put Prep ahead 2-0.

Just two minutes later, Bargiello got his first assist with an outlet pass to Griffin, who found Alex Matarazzo on the wing. Matarazzo roofed a shot and bowled over

Mullally to put Prep ahead 3-0.

The Jesuits exploded for three goals in the third after a 10-day layoff from games.

"We were a little rusty around the net," Bargiello said. "Sometimes that is the last thing that comes back."

Bargiello led a rush on Prep's final goal, feeding Patrick Hayes for a shorthanded tally, his first of the year.

"It was good hard work by him," Bargiello said of Hayes.

The Jesuits keep on rolling as Prep is now 9-0. Prep will play again tonight against rival West Haven at the Wonderland of Ice at 6 p.m.