Despite winning its state record 14th Division 1 championship in 2010-11, the Fairfield Prep boys ice hockey team could be better in 2011-12.

The Jesuits return 16 letterwinners, including their top-defender and an all-state forward from a club that finished 21-3, and dominated St. Joseph in the state final a year.

"We expect to be deep and experienced," coach Matt Sather said.

Prep did lose its top-scorer, Bryan Puffer and his linemate David Griffin to graduation. But AJ Unker, who had 30 points a year ago and was an all-state forward, will anchor the top line along with David White and his 28 assists from a season ago. White led the club with 36 points and along with Evan Antisdale and Unker will

spearhead a talented scoring unit.

Prep's all-state netminder John Galiani and his 1.14 goals-against average also graduated. But Sather will look to Matt Beck, Chris Gutierrez and Riley Wikman as Galiani's replacement.

The Jesuits also return six defenders, including all-state captain Tom Worsfold. Kevin Brown, Matt Brophy and Sean Henry will defend the back line as well.

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"They're a fast and physical defensive unit," Sather said.