(Bloomington, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints hockey team travelled to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers for the first games of the New Year.
The Saints fell behind early on Friday going down 2 to 0 after Max Kons scored twice for the Hoosiers 50 seconds apart. Doni Gendel scored a power play goal with 16 seconds left in the first period to cut the deficit to 1.
Heading into the second period the Saints had all the momentum going their way. Chris Rodriguez scored the first of 6 consecutive goals in the period for the Saints. Sean Root and Sam Soukup assisted Rodriguez. Scoring the other 5 goals for the Saints in the period were Jamie O'Conner (2), Dan Merkle, Doni Gendel, and Chris Rodriguez.
Three minutes into the third Andrew Weiss scored for the Hoosiers to cut the lead to 7 - 3. Just 28 seconds later Doni Gendel scored his 3rd goal of the game to put the Saints back up by 5. Three minutes later Drew Brodbeck added another goal for the Saints. One minute after Brodbeck's goal Ryan Prust scored for the Hoosiers but it was too little too late as the Saints took game one 9 - 4.
On Saturday the Saints jumped out to an early 1 to 0 lead with a goal scored by Ty Robbins. The Hoosiers responded with 2 goals to take a 2 to 1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Indiana scored the first 3 goals of the second period to take a 5 - 1 lead. However, Saints responded by scoring the next 4 goals of the game. Scoring the goals were Doni Gendel, Chris Rodriguez, Sam Soukup, and Kyle Welsh.
With just under 6 minutes to go in the game Ryan Prust scored for the Hoosiers to retake the lead. Just as the game looked over Doni Gendel scored with 12 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 6. Just 42 seconds into overtime Doni Gendel scored his third goal of the game to give the Saints their second come from behind victory in as many days.
The Saints run their record to 13-7 on the year and swept the season series from the Hoosiers. Holy Cross returns home to play Lake Superior State this Friday at 9:45pm in the first game of the Holy Cross Tournament. They will either play at 1pm or 4pm on Saturday at the Ice Box.