Prep saves best effort for last in 2011
On the state's largest stage, the Fairfield Prep boys ice hockey team provided its finest performance.
The second-seeded Jesuits played a nearly flawless team game, overpowering the No. 4 seed St. Joseph 5-0 on Saturday in the Division I hockey final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven.
"I don't think there's a whole lot about that game not to be happy about," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "We played as well as we could today, and to do that in the biggest moment is very rewarding."
The Jesuits' top-line of Bryan Puffer, David White and David Griffin combined for seven points for the second straight game, exuding its dominance, and capping an impressive run through the state tournament. The trio combined for 19 points in Prep's four tournament wins.
"We've been really clicking all year," Puffer said.
And if Prep needed defense, it had it too on Saturday. The Jesuits kept the high-powered Cadets -- who scored six goals against top-seeded New Canaan in the semifinals-- to just 25 shots in the shutout.
"There's really only one word: unbelievable," Puffer said of Galiani, "all year long."
Sather thought that the senior goaltender, who was only credited as a second-team All-SCC goalie, deserved better and was more worthy than the recognition he received.
"He doesn't get a lot of notoriety, and I don't know why," Sather said. "He's been the best I've
seen anywhere we went. And he was awesome today."
Prep had finished its season with heartache each of the last two years, something that would be considered a drought for the Jesuits. However, the feeling of reaching the top in 2011 was not lost on any of the Prep players, especially its seniors.
"It's the best feeling in the world," Puffer said. "To go out as a senior like this is special."