Jesuits earn Sather's 200th win in 3-1 victory over Amity
Updated 2:33 pm, Thursday, January 12, 2012
Fairfield Prep boys ice hockey coach Matt Sather certainly didn't take long getting to 200 wins.
The Jesuits jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and held on for a 3-1 win over Amity on Wednesday night at Wonderland of Ice.
"It's nice," Sather said. "Milestones are times to reflect on what you do and why you do it."
Prep athletic director Steve Donahue lauded Sather for both his commitment to excellence, and was happy for him and his club.
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"I'm very proud for Matt," Donahue said. "Not only his success on the ice, but the way he holds the kids accountable...He's really able to manage them and I'm proud to call him a friend and I wish him congratulations."
Peterson praised Sather as well.
"He's one of a kind," Peterson said. "He's by far the best coach I've ever played for."
Ny Walker scored Amity's lone goal. The Spartans fell to 2-5.
Despite Amity's struggles, the club outworked Prep in the first, outshooting the Jesuits, and nearly taking the lead. Sophomore goalie Matt Beck made several key saves in the first.
"They battled real hard," Sather said of Amity.
Sather preached to his club about working harder to get to the front of the net, and it did in the second. Prep outshot Amity 20-7 in the second, including a pair of power play goals that put the team up 2-0.
"I felt we were on the perimeter and content with not being aggressive in the first," Sather said. "It's tough to consistently push and their goalie started getting hot."
"I just got the rebound," Peterson said. "Our line is really just starting to click."
White's first came from Tom Worsfold, also on the power play. The senior skated to the high slot, ripping a shot over Nuzzolo's stick and under the crossbar to put Prep up 2-0.
"It was a nice shot," Sather said. "We attacked the middle."
Walker's goal on a rush seven minutes into the third put a scare into Prep, but Sather admitted the goal was bittersweet. Walker, Bridgeport-native, is a friend of Prep's Liam Ferguson and learned to skate at Wonderland of Ice.
"He's a kid we're real familiar with around here at Wonderland," Sather said. "To bury that put a smile on my face, made me nervous at the time."
Just 90 seconds later, Amity went on the power play, but the Jesuits did not even allow the Spartans a chance, White's empty-netter sealed the win with just 10 seconds to go in the game.
"There was a little more energy there," Sather said.