The Holy Cross hockey team opened up their 2008-09 season this past weekend with a pair of games against Delta College. Friday's game marked the first ever conference play for any sport at the College.
This past year, the hockey team joined the Midwestern Collegiate Hockey Conference (MWCHC) and Friday's game marked the first ever MWCHC conference game.
It started off with the Saints taking an early 2-0 lead as Jamie O'Conner scored twice with 13:27 remaining, and again with 13:14 remaining in the first period. They were both assisted by Tyler Schmatz. Delta answered with a goal 3 minutes later. Jamie O'Conner added another goal with 9:22 remaining to give him a hat trick in the first period. Delta fired back with 3 goals late in the period as they took a 4-3 advantage into the second period.
The second period became more physical as 12 fouls were given out, totaling 37 minutes. The period went back and forth without any team scoring until Delta broke out with three goals at the end of the period, including one with :22 seconds left. The Saints did not go down without a fight as they scored 3 goals, including one with 1:43 to go in the third. Unfortunately, the Saints fell short as the game ended 7-6.
The Saints had a quick turnaround and played again less than 24 hours later against Delta at the Ice Box Saturday afternoon. Once again, the Saints jumped to an early lead as Kevin Hamilton put one past the Delta goalkeeper with 14:30 remaining in the first period. Delta was able to once again add goals late in the period and it ended in a 3-3 tie. Delta outshot the Saints in the second period 9- 5 and recorded 3 goals. The Saints then scored two of their own, one by Tyler Schmatz and the other by Shane Leo with 10:45 left in the second period.
The third period would be won by Delta as they converted 15 shots into 4 goals. Delta was able to shut down the Saints and held them to just 4 shots. The Saints look to rebound as they travel to the University of Akron on October 3rd and 4th for another MWCHC conference meeting.
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