The Fairfield Prep ice hockey team honored the loss of a friend of its program in its game with Amity on Wednesday.

Then it laid its regular season to rest with a win.

The Jesuits got three points from sophomore forward David White as Prep closed out its 17th win of the season, a 3-0 victory over Amity at Bennett Rink.

"I was really proud of the way we handled ourselves today," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "We did a nice job."

The victory over the Spartans came with heavy hearts for the Jesuits as Prep mourned the death of senior Ryan Brennan. Brennan lost a two-year bout with cancer on Monday and the team hung a jersey with his name on it on its bench as a memorial to the 18-year old's life.

"It's been a rough week," Sather said. "We've been dealing with

some emotions."

Senior Bryan Puffer scored and added an assist and David Griffin also added a goal and a helper as well. Prep goalie John Galiani stopped 23 shots to preserve the shutout.

The Jesuits' 5-on-3 penalty kill was the story early in the game, as Prep shut down a pair of Spartans' two-man advantages. The Jesuits' killed three Spartans' two-man advantages in the game, shutting down a brief four second 5-on-3 in the third period.

"It's nice to work on," Sather said. "The guys played the system the right way."

"The harder we work on [killing penalties], the better we are as a team," White said about the team's penalty kill.

Galiani was also instrumental in the Jesuits' kills. He stopped seven shots in the first period.

"He's been our rock all year," Griffin said. "He's making saves every time we need him to."

Prep got on the board first when White tallied. Griffin's initial shot was blocked by an Amity defender, but White was there to beat Amity netminder Alec Mansfield to put the Jesuits up 1-0.

"We move the puck well," White said of his line. "We have good chemistry on the ice."

Puffer scored a power play goal from White and AJ Unker in the second to put Prep ahead 2-0. Griffin capped the scoring in the third from Puffer and White.

"The three of us have really molded together well," Griffin said. "All three of us have a knack for the net."

Sather said he was happy that his team could get some distraction from the sorrow it feels from losing Brennan.

"This is kind of your sanctuary," Sather said. "It allows us to be thankful for the blessings that we have."

Prep will now look forward to the Division I playoffs, which will begin on Monday.

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