WEST HAVEN \u2014 Notre Dame-West Haven junior Ty Battipaglia understands the rivalry between the Green Knights and Fairfield Prep. When the Jesuits jumped out to an early lead on Saturday afternoon, Battipaglia took over. Behind two first-period goals by the Cheshire junior and a solid goaltending performance by Peter Alfano, Notre Dame topped Fairfield Prep 5-2 in a Southern Connecticut Conference Division I contest at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. \u201cI thought it changed the momentum of the game,\u201d Battipaglia said after his fourth-ranked Green Knights improved to 4-2. \u201cWe knew it was a big game. We knew it was going to be a battle for us.\u201d Notre Dame, which also improved to 2-1 against state competition, controlled play for much of the contest and used its depth to its advantage. \u201cWe feel very confident in the four lines we have,\u201d Notre Dame coach Larry Vieira said. \u201cWe are very pleased with how they are playing. It feels good to do that (beat Fairfield Prep). It has been a while.\u201d The Green Knights picked up their first win over Fairfield Prep in four years, the last coming in overtime in the first year coached by Vieira. \u201cThis is only the first round,\u201d Vieira said. \u201cI am sure we will see them again. We will see them in the postseason. You don\u2019t win a state championship in January. We have a long way to go.\u201d Six different players were in the scoring column for the Green Knights with sophomore James Mascari also adding a goal and an assist. The key for the Green Knights was how quickly they responded to an early deficit. That response shifted the momentum, which Fairfield Prep never got back. \u201cThey outplayed us for huge stretches of the game,\u201d Fairfield Prep coach Matt Sather said after his team fell to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in state. \u201cThey won all the little battles, especially in front. They were much better than us today.\u201d The game had a somber feel before the start as both teams came together at center ice to honor Teddy Balkind of St. Luke\u2019s, who tragically passed away in a game this past Thursday. Once the game got started, it was a frantic pace in the opening period, which saw a combined 14 shots and a 3-1 Notre Dame lead. While Notre Dame\u2019s Battipaglia was denied in front by Fairfield Prep goalie Nicholas Ambrosio less than three minutes in, Battipaglia would have something to say about the remainder of the opening period. The Jesuits got on the board first when James Murphy put a rebound past Alfano 4 minutes, 24 seconds into the contest. Battipaglia then shifted the momentum. Off the ensuing faceoff, the junior found himself in front of the Prep goal where he beat Ambrosio just seven seconds later to even the game at one. \u201cI thought the first period was the best first period I have seen a Notre Dame team play,\u201d Vieira said. \u201cWe battled from that point on.\u201d The Green Knights went to the power play with 5:57 left in the opening period and needed just 11 seconds to capitalize when Battipaglia again beat Ambrosio from in front for a 2-1 advantage. \u201cWe really worked hard as a team,\u201d Battipaglia said. \u201cWe moved the puck really well today. I thought that was big for us.\u201d The Jesuits had a golden opportunity to even the game in the final two minutes of the period on the power play, but Alfano denied Aksel Sather in front and Luke Noonan with a pad save seconds later to keep Notre Dame on top. \u201cHe is really getting his first shot at varsity action,\u201d Vieira said of Alfano. \u201cHe has been very good. He is a calming influence for us. There are not many ups and downs with him.\u201d Those saves by Alfano proved big as Ashton Delmonico raced down the right wing and beat Ambrosio to the top right corner with 23.1 seconds left in the first for a 3-1 Notre Dame advantage. \u201cIt is early enough where if we work hard, we can solve some of our problems,\u201d Sather said. \u201cIt is obvious we have a lot of work to do.\u201d The Green Knights distanced themselves from the Jesuits in the middle period as they scored twice to tale a 5-1 lead. After Alfano (19 saves) kept the Green Knights ahead by two by denying Tiernan Curley in front and Robert Rotondo on the doorstep within two minutes, Prep had another golden opportunity, but William Huntington\u2019s shot rang off the post with 4:10 left in the second. The Green Knights pulled away with a pair of goals in the final 4:03 of the second as freshman John Donohue scored in front off an assist from Mascari, before Mascari scored off an assist from Colby Faughnan with 1:15 remaining for a 5-1 lead. Ambrosio finished with 17 saves in the loss for Fairfield Prep. Player of the Game Ty Battipaglia, Notre Dame-WH: Junior was a force all game, scoring twice in the first period to give the Green Knights the lead for good. Battipaglia\u2019s goal seven seconds after Prep opened the scoring shifted the momentum to Notre Dame for the remainder of the game. Quotable \u201cIt is horrendous beyond belief. The hearts of Notre Dame go out to them. The game today pales in comparison to what the family, the team, and the community are going through.\u201d \u2014 Notre Dame coach Larry Vieira on the death of Teddy Balkind of St. Luke\u2019s Notre Dame-WH 5, Fairfield Prep 2 Fairfield Prep1 0 1 \u2014 2 ND-WH3 2 0 \u2014 5 First Period: F \u2014 James Murphy (Luke Noonan, Tiernan Curley) 10:43; N \u2014 Ty Battipaglia (Michael Pilato) 10:36; N \u2014 Ty Battipaglia 5:46; N \u2014 Ashton Delmonico 0:23; Second Period: N \u2014 John Donohue (James Mascari) 4:03; N \u2014 James Mascari (Colby Faughnan 1:15; Third Period: F \u2014 Luke Noonan 8:55; Shots: F: 21, N: 22; Saves: F: Nicholas Ambrosio 17, N: Peter Alfano \u2014 19; Records: F:3-4; N: 4-2.