Fairfield Prep plays up to No. 1 billing
BRIDGEPORT -- The 2009-2010 high school hockey season is less than a month old, but the gulf between Fairfield Prep and the rest of the state's hockey teams is growing wider.
Playing their second game in as many nights, the top-ranked Jesuits rode the shutout goaltending of Spencer Sodokoff to a 6-0 romp over No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven Wednesday night at the Wonderland of Ice.
Sodokoff turned aside 20 shots and Conor Peterson scored a pair of goals as Prep won its eighth straight game, clinching a spot in the CIAC Division I hockey tournament. The Jesuits defeated defending state champion and second-ranked Hamden 5-2 Tuesday and have outscored their opponents 46-6 this season.
"It's been a great start to the season," Sodokoff said. "But, we've got to look forward to the game in front of us. There's no letting up with our schedule."
Prep wasted little time getting on the board against the Green Knights, with Peterson doing the honors just 3:07 into the game. The sophomore forward was camped out in front of the Notre Dame goal and was able to knock in the rebound of a Don Carnicky wraparound.
Bryan Puffer and Carnicky added power-play goals late in the period to give the Jesuits a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.
Prep's leading scorer Darric White made it 4-0 less than five minutes into the second period, beating Green Knight goaltender Michael Federico (20 saves) with a high wrist shot, just under the crossbar.
David Griffin added a goal late in the second period, and Peterson finished what he started by scoring the game's final goal with 9:50 to play.
The shutout was Sodokoff's third this season, and the senior netminder was particularly sharp in the first two periods, stopping eight shots in each.
"We did a good job clearing away rebounds, but Spencer did a great job of putting the rebounds in places where (Notre Dame) couldn't get to them," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "I thought he was the best player on the ice tonight."
The Green Knights played hard without their top defenseman, Alex Stevens, who was forced to miss the game due to a disqualification in a loss to New Canaan Saturday, but were no match for the relentless Jesuits.
"We got a good butt-kicking tonight and hopefully we'll learn a lesson about what it takes to compete at a high level," Notre Dame coach Bill Gerosa said. "Right now, we're just not in Fairfield Prep's class."
Despite the decisive victory and with 10 days off until their next game, Sather can't wait to get his team out on the ice for practice.
"We've got some things to iron out," Sather said. "I certainly like the chemistry on our team and the energy, but we've gotten away with some things that we won't get away with later on in the season.
ND-WEST HAVEN 0 0 0--0
FAIRFIELD PREP 3 2 1--6
Records: Notre Dame-West Haven 3-2, Fairfield Prep 8-0.
Goals: FP--Conor Peterson 2, Bryan Puffer, Don Carnicky, Darric White, David Griffin. Assists: FP--A. J. Unker 2, Jackson Bargiello 2, Carnicky, Lucas Dennison, Scotty Bialczak, Kevin Brown, Alex Matarazzo. Goalies: NDWH--Michael Federico (20 saves), FP--Spencer Sodokoff (20). Shots: NDWH--20, FP--26.