Three's a crowd.
Fordham Prep made it three-for-three against St. Mary's as William Wrotniak stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout victory Thursday afternoon at Cantiague Park in Hicksville.
The boys from The Bronx were well aware what St. Mary's had to offer, especially with it being its third meeting together in two weeks.
The previous two contests were easy for the Rams with 5-1 and 8-1 victories respectively against the Gaels, but this time felt a little different.
"Having played them basically three times in two weeks, I think we knew what they had," said Fordham Prep coach Willie Beck. "We told our guys to not look past anybody. Their goalie had a great game. It was a close game the whole time."
The Rams threw 18 shots on St. Mary's goaltender Matthew Atwell in the first period, only for the Gaels netminder to turn aside every one of them.
"He was stopping a lot. He was moving around the net quickly and stopping everything we threw at him," Fordham Prep senior Daniel Mellilo said. "(Coach said) to make one less move and move thte puck side-to-side more."
And wouldn't you have it, that's where great coaching pays off.
Fordham Prep (5-6 CHSHL A) got on the board just 2:33 into the middle frame as Trevor Turnbull gave his team a 1-0 lead.
Beck didn't stress the frustration of not being able to score on Atwell in the first period, which helped his team's pysche.
"I think we didn't want to let that get to us because that can take us out of the game," Beck said. "I told them that they were doing the right things and getting the shots, we just got to fine tune it a little bit and get him going side to side. We eventually got it in the second period."
Once the Rams solved the mystery that was Atwell, it was easy pickings for the Bronx-based squad. Nicholas Fiorentino doubled Fordham's lead just 2:44 into the final frame, while Mellilo potted his first of the season with 2:05 remaining.
"I think we were getting a lot of shots and moving the puck well down low," Beck said. "I think the goals we had, Nick was very consistent. Trevor had a great feed to Nick and he put something nice together on his goal. Danny was working hard on his goal. It was his first of the season."
All the while, Wrontniak stopped 25 shots for Fordham's first win since Dec. 26 - which also came against the Gaels, who fell to 2-7.
"He was solid," Beck said. "He was in front of all the shots."
"I think he was consistent and he did what he had to do."