WEST HAVEN >> It’s always an exciting Southern Connecticut Conference hockey matchup whenever Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame-West Haven face off.
On Saturday at Bennett Rink, penalty killing and power plays took center stage with the Jesuits scoring on two of their three power-play opportunities and the Green Knights going 0-for-5.
Center Jack Quinn had two goals and an assist, left wing Ryan Deering added a goal and four assists and goalie Jack Taubl had 28 saves to lead No. 2 Fairfield Prep to a 7-2 win over No. 8 Notre Dame.
The game was actually close for two periods. Prep (4-2) outscored Notre Dame 5-1 in the third to take control.
“The power play was big in this game,” Fairfield Prep coach Matt Sather said. “It was a good game for our power play and a great day for our penalty killing. When you can kill five penalties it gives the team a lift. We had a lot of guys do well on our penalty killing, including Ryan Deering and Justin Blanchette.
“It was great to see Jack Quinn do well because he’s missed a lot of games the last two years with injuries (two shoulder surgeries). Our goalie has been our rock this season. He saw over 100 shots on goal when we played at the Mount St. Charles (R.I.) Holiday Tournament. He’s been special for us.”
The teams entered the first intermission tied at 1 with the game’s first two goals scored 28 seconds apart.
With the Green Knights’ Joe Ansaldo serving a hooking penalty, Blanchette, camped out in front of the left post, scored off a pass from Deering for a 1-0 Prep lead at 10:10 of the first period.
Ansaldo quickly made up for his penalty. He scored at 10:38 off a shot from the left circle to tie the game at 1.
The Green Knights (2-3-1) outshot the Jesuits 12-8 in the second period, but Prep came away with a 2-1 lead at the second intermission.
Notre Dame center Alec Andreucci had six of the Green Knights’ shots, but Taubl made the save each time. Quinn gave his team the lead off a shot from in front of the left post at 10:16 of the second period.
Quinn scored a power-play goal 50 seconds into the period to make it 3-1 Prep. Mike Yonnone scored at 6:48 and Vin D’Amore at 9:24 for a 5-1 lead. ND’s Ansaldo scored his second goal of the game at 10:09 to cut the lead to 5-2.
“This is a big ND, SCC win for us,” Quinn said. “We worked primarily on our power play during practice this past week and the hard work paid off. That part of our game, our whole game, is getting better with each game we play.”
A short-handed, empty-net goal by Deering at 13:06 and a goal by Colin Smalkais at 13:22 finished the scoring.
“Penalties and the power play were big today,” Notre Dame coach Tim Belcher said. “They cashed in on the man advantage and we didn’t. That was the difference today. It was definitely a battle the first two periods, but they took it to us in the third period. When they scored that power-play goal to start the third, we had to climb a mountain the rest of the way.”
Notre Dame goalie Wade Conlan made 25 saves.
Fairfield Prep 7,
Notre Dame-West Haven 2
(at West Haven)
Fairfield Prep 1 1 5 — 7
ND-West Haven 1 0 1 — 2
First period—FP: Justin Blanchette (Jack Quinn, Ryan Deering) 10:10; NDWH: Joe Ansaldo (Alec Andreucci) 10:38; Second period—FP: Jack Quinn (Ryan Deering) 10:16; Third period—FP: Jack Quinn (Ryan Deering) 14:10; Mike Yonnone (Chris Brown) 6:48; Vinny D Amore (Brennan Henry, Ryan Deering) 9:24; NDWH: Joe Ansaldo (Vin Paolillo) 10:09; FP: Ryan Deering 13:06; Colin Smalkais (Geoff Hadden) 13:22;
Shots—FP: 34; NDWH: 30;
Saves—FP: Jack Taubl 28; NDWH: Wade Conlan 25; Justin Daddio 2;
Records—Notre Dame-West Haven 2-3-1; Fairfield Prep 4-2