ND-West Haven goalie Harney stops Fairfield Prep
Published 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Martone planted his immovable body in front of the Jesuit net and tipped in two power-play goals and Harney turned away 43 shots to lead the Green Knights to a 3-2 SCC victory at the Wonderland of Ice. It was the first regular season victory by Notre Dame over Prep in four years.
"Year in, year out, Prep's the best in the state," Notre Dame coach Bill Gerosa said. "We're not as talented as they are, but I was pleased that we matched their intensity and got a couple of great power-play goals."
Just over a minute later, with Martone, who Gerosa says is "not afraid to get dirty," planted in front of the Prep goal, R.J. Bishop unleashed a shot from the point that the Knights' burly captain deflected past goalie John Galiani for a 1-0 lead.
The duo struck once more in an identical manner with just 33 seconds left in the opening period to make it 2-0.
Both goals broke the Jesuits' cardinal rule of penalty-killing, said coach Matt Sather.
"Rule No. 1 on the penalty kill is we're not supposed to give up direct shots from the point," Sather said. "Two got through and they both went in."
The Knights went into the locker room with a 2-0 lead, despite being outshot 17-8 in the opening period.
The game turned physical in the first minute of the second period, with two Green Knights and one Jesuit getting sent off during a battle of cross checks in front of the Prep goal. Jesuit senior Don Carnicky converted a pass from Brophy on the ensuing power play to make it 2-1 with 13:08 left in the second.
The Knights responded with a Colby Cretella wrist shot that deflected off teammate Joe Travaglino to restore their two-goal lead.
Carnicky scored his second goal of the game from in close early in the third period, but that was the last time the Jesuits would beat Harney, who stopped another 16 shots in the final period .
"He made 43 saves and we needed every single one of them," Gerosa said. "They have some great skaters and were able to get inside on us a lot. They really know how to shake and bake."
Prep responded on Monday with a 7-2 win over North Haven on Monday. The Jesuits will play again today at 1 p.m. against Catholic Memorial (Mass.) High School.