(Notre Dame, Ind.) One year after finishing 10-17 with their best regular season record, the Saints hockey program has exceeded all expectations in 2010-11.
With 20 wins on the season the Saints will finish their regular season this weekend at the Icebox as they host Robert Morris on Friday and Saturday.
"If I had to sum up the 2010-2011 hockey season I'd have to say we definitely took a giant step forward in many ways," said Head Coach Bill Schmatz. "We certainly put up a solid winning season which has not gone unnoticed by the ACHA, the HCC community, as well as the local hockey community."
The Saints will look for their 21st and 22nd victories this weekend. The 20 wins this season already doubles the win total from a season ago. Holy Cross defeated the Eagles this season in a weekend sweep on October 30th, and 31st. The Saints outscored the Eagles 21-5 in the two games.
"At the start of the year, I commented on what I predicted would be a well balanced attack from our team on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice as well as solid goaltending," said Coach Schmatz. "The team proved to be just that. A solid returning group of players was complimented by a very talented group of incoming players. On any given night, different players would "step it up" and make big contributions. Team camaraderie combined with a hard work ethic was an essential key to our success."
Sophomore Mitch MacLeod (Spring Lake, Mich.) currently leads the Saints in total points with 54. In 25 games, MacLeod has netted 16 goals and recorded 38 assists. Freshman Brendon Gendel (South Bend, Ind.) is right behind MacLeod with 52 total points scoring a team high 29 goals.
"As we wrap up our season, I look forward to finishing strong tonight in our final home stand as we honor our graduating seniors and "Set the Tone" for the future."
More important than the 20 wins is that for the second year in a row the Saints will honor four seniors Friday night that will graduate from Holy Cross this May.
"I'd like to thank all the players for their hard work and dedication in what was a long and challenging year," Coach Schmatz said. "In addition, many thanks to the faculty and staff of Holy Cross College, the student body, and a special shout out to Coach Horn and the entire HCC athletic department. It also goes without saying; the support we get from the players and parents is much appreciated."