Thus far in the 2011-12 season, the Fairfield Prep boys ice hockey team's offense has been carried by its top line.

That top line came through again on Saturday, but it was an unlikely offensive source that put the Jesuits over the top against one of their staunchest rivals.

Senior Patrick Hayes put Prep ahead for good with a second-period goal and junior Connor Henry scored twice and had an assist as the state's top-team, beat No. 2 Notre Dame-

West Haven at Wonderland of Ice.

"It's nice," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "I think we have some things to work on and get better from."

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David White added a goal and an assist as Prep improved to 6-2 and 5-0 against teams from Connecticut.

Notre Dame's Greg Zullo scored a goal and added two assists as the Green Knights fell for the first to 7-1.

"We gave them a couple," ND coach Bill Gerosa said. "We made way too many mistakes to beat a good team like that."

Hayes' goal was just his second of the season. His other tally came in the team's second game of the year against South Windsor, and put Prep ahead 2-1 at the end of the second period.

"Our line has been struggling," Hayes said. "It was about time. When our top-line is the only one producing, we want to help them out a bit."

Henry's first goal came at the end of the first period when AJ Unker took an errant pass from an ND defender, then found Henry, who patiently maneuvered around ND goalie Luciano Amatruda, to put Prep up 1-0.

Zullo scored just 33 seconds into the second, on an odd goal that sailed over Prep goalie Riley Wikman and into the Prep cage to tie the game at 1.

But Hayes' goal turned the game's tide. William Brophy's slick pass to the center found Hayes' stick and he beat Amatruda over the blocker, to give Prep the lead for good.

"To get that second goal, the way we got it, and who got it, was a nice lift coming into the locker room," Sather said. "For him to finally break through and get that for us was a nice lift."

White gave Prep a two-goal lead with a snap shot early in the third. Then-- after killing a 1:16, 5-on-3 power play-- Henry took a great pass from White, scoring a short-handed goal from put Prep up 4-1.

"When you have a great player like (Henry), you've got to give it to him," White said of Henry's second. "It was an easy finish."

Despite trailing for the third period, ND scored twice in last four minutes, to get to within the one-goal difference. Cretella Colby cut Prep's advantage to 4-2 with 3:57 to go in the game when his tip beat Prep goalie Riley Wikman.

"They also made a nice push," Sather said. "I think guys were trying to do a little too much there."

William Vizzo scored with 13.7 to go, making the game 4-3, but Prep's defense pinned ND against the boards in the final seconds to clinch the win.

"We can't turn it on and turn it off," Gerosa said. "We've got to come with it every shift."

The win was Sather's 199th, he'll go for No. 200 on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when Prep hosts Amity.

"He's a great coach," White said of Sather. "He always encourages us to bring out the best in each other."