The first game of the series on Friday was a goaltender showdown. IPFW struck first with the only goal of the period at the 12:25 mark. Luc Luthermuer recorded the goal and Kip Kinder had the assist.
The Saints hung tough but could not break through the IPFW defense. The Mastodons added a late goal with 2:14 to go in the game. Andrew Ebright led the Saints in goal with 35 saves.