Goalie Taubl saves Fairfield Prep in win over West Haven
When you win and you play well, the coach is usually happy. When you win and you don't play well, the coach is usually unhappy.
After the game, Fairfield Prep's Matt Sather was very unhappy.
Fairfield Prep posted a 4-1 win over West Haven Wednesday night at the Bennett Rink but Sather was disappointed -- to say the least -- in his team's play, or lack thereof.
"I thought we got outplayed," Sather said. "I thought we got a fortunate (first) goal, a lucky bounce off the boards and off one of their kids ... but other than that, they had really good opportunities and it was our goaltender that was the difference. He was sensational, like he has been all year. We're asking too much of him and we need to start playing better if we're going to be competitive."
Taubl was strong throughout but especially in the first period when he stopped a blast from between the circles just 30 second in from Jeremy Borelli, and later, twice stoned Wyatt Condon from the doorstep with six minutes left.
"A big part of my game is getting out of the crease, I'm not too big so I need to get out and see the puck," Taubl said. "I work really tight with the defense, I make the first save and they clear the rebound. We have good mutual trust that way."
Prep, the No. 1 team in the latest state hockey poll, improved to 6-3 with the win and 2-0 in the Southern Connecticut Conference.
It didn't take long for Prep to seize the momentum as defenseman Vinny D'Amore pinched in on a Jesuits rush and banged a loose puck behind West Haven goaltender Michael Savino just four minutes in to give Prep a 1-0 lead. An unassisted tally from Jack McGowen at the 9:28 mark pushed the Jesuits lead to 2-0.
The Blue Devils finally solved Tabul at the 12:24 mark of the second when Borelli, who had been stopped from in close on three different occasions by Taubl beforehand, stuffed home a rebound off a shot from Tyler Paine to cut the Prep lead to 2-1. Kevin Coyle also assisted on the goal.
But that was the only thing that got past Taubl on this night.
"He's been like that all year," Sather said. "We've been asking an awful lot of him and he's risen to the occasion; no question about it, he's been fantastic."