(Cincinnati, OH) The Holy Cross hockey team traveled to Cincinnati this past weekend to take on Xavier University. The Saints erupted in a scoring frenzy on Friday night. The team put up a season high twelve goals.
The Saints started the first period off with seven goals in a span of ten minutes. Tyler Schmatz struck first for the Saints, putting a goal in at 14:53. Three minutes later Sean Root added a power play goal. The Saints added three more goals within three minutes. The goals were scored by Jamie O'Conner, Mitch MacLeod, and Kevin Smith. With 5:48 remaining in the period Tyler Schmatz added his second goal of the game. Less than two minutes later Dan Merkle continued the scoring for the Saints to give them a 7-0 lead.
The Musketeers finally added a goal of their own at the 11:47 mark. However, 40 seconds later Brad Gendel scored for the Saints to put them back up by seven. The Musketeers added a second goal in the period to cut the lead to 6.
The Saints once again came out firing in the third period. Ty Robbins and Levi Burkins each added a goal. Mitch MacLeod netted two more goals to give the Saints a decisive 12-2 vicotry. In goal for the Saints was Andrew Ebright.
On Saturday the Musketeers came out firing scoring twice in the first period. Ty Robbins was able cut the lead in half with 4:28 to go in the period.
Xavier once again started the scoring in the second period with a goal at the 9:20 mark. Saints' defenseman Richie Rectenwal answered with 5:07 left in the second to cut the Musketeer lead back to one. The one goal deficit did not last long as Xavier added a late goal in the second
The third period went back and forth until Xavier went up 5-2 with 3:36 remaining in the contest. Mitch MacLeod scored with just over a minute to go in the game, but it would be too little to late. Xavier added an empty net goal with 41 seconds remaining in the game as the Saints fell 6-3.
Holy Cross returns home to the Ice Box this Saturday, November 7, to take on the Mastodons of IPFW. The game is scheduled for 1 pm