Despite scoring at a 32 percent success rate for most of the season, the Fairfield Prep boys ice hockey team's power play had been struggling.

On Saturday, however, the Jesuits' man-advantage had no such trouble.

Prep potted three power play goals, and another with a 5-on-3 advantage as the Jesuits rolled for an 8-1 win over rival ND-Fairfield on Saturday at Wonderland of Ice.

The Jesuits finished 4-for-7 with the man-advantage in the game, after only scoring two power play tallies in its last six games. AJ Unker scored three times, David White netted a pair Matt Brophy had a goal and three helpers in just his third game back from a broken hand.

"Our power play had been sputtering," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "The big thing, of late, is having Brophy back. With him in there, that's the difference."

Matt Wikman and Liam Ferguson potted single goals and Tom Worsfold and Sean Henry each added two assists as Prep improved to 12-2 and 11-0 against Connecticut opposition.

David Canfarotta scored ND's lone goal, a shorthanded tally midway through the third, as the Lancers lost for just the second time under interim head coach Steve Heatherman. ND needs just one victory in its final four games to qualify for the state playoffs, after starting the year 3-8.

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Heatherman was displeased by the number of opportunities the Jesuits' man-advantage had. The Lancers power play only had two chances as opposed to Prep's seven.

"I want the officials to let the boys decide the outcome," he said. "They made some calls that were legit and others were questionable."

Justified or not, Prep made the most of those chances, especially early. After ND took a hooking penalty just 1:21 in, Unker scored on a 3-on-2 rush, backhanding a rebound shot by Lancers' goalie Scott Kline, putting Prep up 1-0 at 2:24.

"It wasn't our natural power-play setup," Unker said. "But we made the most of our opportunities."

An ND cross-check six minutes later put the Jesuits on the PP, and Unker tipped Tom Worsfold's shot past Kline, putting Prep ahead 2-0 after one.

"They had two power plays on questionable calls," Heatherman said. "Prep is a fabulous team...if you give them a power play, they're tough to stop."

White scored two in the second, including a power-play tally that he banked in off Kline. The Jesuits then capped the rout with four goals in the third, including Unker's hat trick capper, when he took a pass from Brophy, and fired a snap-shot from the left circle just three seconds after a Prep power-play had expired.

"Working with (White) and (Unker) is easy," Brophy said. "They have skillsets that any set up you give them they finish."

Sather was excited to get his seniors-- including his three captains Unker, White, Worsfold-- senior day redemption. The Jesuits lost to ND-West Haven on senior day a year ago.

"Last year on senior day we got beat," he said. "The guys remembered that and wanted to make sure that didn't happen again."; 203-522-8387;