Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross hockey team closed out their 2013-2014 regular season over the weekend playing host to the stars of Lansing Community College. Prior to the puck being dropped on Friday night, six players and one manager were honored in front of their friends and families for their accomplishments as members of the hockey program. Despite a slow start on Friday night, the Saints fought to within two goals but were unable to get closer as they saw their four-game winning streak end on in a 5-3 loss. With just one game remaining in the season, the Saints took control late in the first period during Saturday's finale as they took their first lead of the weekend and never looked back. The Saints knocked off the Stars 6-2 in the season finale and ended the year with a program-best 23 wins.
An emotional start to Friday night's opener in front of a packed house at The Ice Box sent the 2014 senior class off with a nice sendoff in front of their family and friends. Following the acknowledgement's of the player's successes at Holy Cross the final Friday night opening faceoff took place.
Lansing stole the early momentum in the game after notching the first goal four minutes into action. Following the early goal, both teams struggled to find the back of the next over the next 10 minutes before the Stars answered with their second of the night with 4:21 remaining in the period.
The Saints started to gain some positivity after a pair of penalties were handed out to the Stars. However, Lansing forced two shorthanded breakaways, capitalizing on both attempts, to open up a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. The Saints were in a desperate need for some positive momentum.
Following the difficult first period, the Stars once again were first to strike in the second period as they extended their lead to 5-0 with 14:41 remaining in the period. Sophomore Mike Pilcher (St. Louis, Mo.) got the Saints on the board late in the second period following a breakaway to cut the deficit to 5-1. B.J. Kolcz (A) (Marysville, Mich.) added a shorthanded goal late in the second period to bring the Saints within 5-2 at the end of the second period.
The Saints got some much needed momentum to open the third period as Nick Hernandez (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored the third straight goal for the Saints to bring them within 5-3 with 16:53 to play in the game. They would continue to have chances over the course of the period but were unable to find the back of the net as they dropped the series opener by a score of 5-3, snapping their previous four-game winning streak.
Brad Hajec finished the game with 19 saves.
Similar to Friday night's opener, the Saints found themselves trailing in the first period as the Stars buried home a rebound to take a 1-0 lead with 6:08 remaining in the period. Nick Wink (Western Springs, Ill.) gave the Saints a much needed boost with his first goal of the series to tie the game up with 1:48 remaining before B.J. Kolcz (A) gave their first lead of the weekend with 1.7 seconds left in the first period.
After the strong close to the first period it was all Holy Cross. Ryan Gallup (Fishers, Ind.) added a breakaway goal while Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.) and Drew Brodbeck (A) (Stillwater, Minn.) added a pair of shorthanded goals to extend the Saints advantage to 5-1 with 2:18 remaining in the period.
Lansing opened up the third with a quick goal less than a minute into the period but Will Bauers (Villa Park, Ill.) put a stamp on the game with a shot from the point as the Saints cruised to their program-best 23rd win of the season.
Devin Nyers (Mishawaka, Ind.) finished the game with 30 saves.
- Four Saints players added multiple points in Saturday's win over Lansing while 11 players added at least one point.
- Brad Hajec, normally a goaltender, got the start at center for the Saints during the season finale.
- B.J. Kolcz (A) (77) and Drew Brodbeck (A) (71) each finished the season with at least 70 points. Kolcz handed a program-best 52 assists while Brodbeck added a program-best 43 goals.
- The 2014 class won 71 games over their four-year careers and closed out with a record of 71-47-1.
Until Next Year
On behalf of Holy Cross athletics, we'd like to thank you for the constant support for the hockey team throughout the 2013-2014 season. The team saw plenty of success this season on their way to a program-best 23 wins. Until next season, stay tuned to hcsaints.com for all of your hockey news along with the rest of Saints athletics. Thanks again for another memorable season. To the seniors, thanks for an incredible four years! Most importantly, thanks for always making it #FTB.