The Shelton Gaels faced a first period blitz by Fairfield Prep and fell behind by a wide 7-0 margin.
The Jesuits went on to a 13-0 win over Shelton as the Gaels fell to 0-4 on the season The worst may be over for Shelton as the young squad has earned their battle scars facing the top four teams in the SCC to start the season.
“It’s certainly not from a lack of effort,” said Gaels head coach Matt Read. “Not to make excuses but we just went through a rough stretch to start the season facing the top teams in the SCC. We are young but we are battling till the final horn. The next three games we feel we can be competitive and if we get a little momentum going we can put a few games in the win column.”
Teams may see a young team battling through the growing pains but what they won’t find is a team going through the motions. Shelton picked up its defensive effort and allowed only six goals over the next three periods with Tim Schiffer (7 saves) and Craig Melvin (5 saves) splitting duty in the net.
The inconsistencies in the passing game that led to early turnovers began to come together in the second half with Kyle McGinnis leading the assault with seven shots on goal. Paul Russell sent three shots on goal with Matt Wadeka adding a pair of shots.
Fairfield Prep goalie John O’Connor managed to keep Shelton off the board with John Edmunds (4 goals) and Chris Brown (3 goals) leading the attack for the Jesuits.
Shelton is back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Sheehan and will be at Foran on Tuesday at 7 before returning home next Friday at to take on West Haven.