(Cincinnati, Ohio) The Saints headed down to Cincinnati this past weekend to take on the Muskies of Xavier University.
The Musketeers headed into play with a (1-2) mark, and the Saints entered the game with a record of (3-2-1). The Saints were looking to keep some positive energy flowing after earning a split with rival IPFW back on October 14th and 15th.
The Saints began the game slightly sluggish, but nonetheless put goals on the board. Sophomore Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minnesota) opened the scoring for the Saints just a few minutes into the game with an assist from Captain Tommy Lyons (Valparaiso, Indiana).
The Saints kept the pressure on later in the period when Jake Radde (Granger, Indiana) netted his first goal of the game with helpers from Austin Pedue (Granger, Indiana) and Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, Indiana).
Sophomore goalie Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Michigan) helped out the Saints cause by pitching a shutout first period for head coach Bill Schmatz. "Our sluggish play early on is something I'll be working on in practice," said Schmatz, "We were ahead on the scoreboard, but Xavier's hustle plays and spirited effort kept them nipping on our heels."
In the second period, South Bend product Doni Gendel increased the Holy Cross lead to 3-0 with help from Radde and Schmatz. However, the sluggish start almost doomed the Saints in the second period when Holy Cross' lead was cut to just one after two unanswered goals by Xavier in the second.
In the third, the Saints shifted into sixth gear and ran by the Muskies scoring 5 goals while not allowing any. Jake Radde started the rally at the 7:30 mark with assists from Gendel and Schmatz, which cleared the way for Brodbeck's second goal of the game from freshman Brandon Norcutt (Yorba Linda, California). Radde scored his third goal of the game just a couple of minutes later, with a feed from Sam Soukup (Stillwater, Minnesota).
It was all Saints the rest of the way with insurance goals from Soukup and Gendel late in the third period, separated with a desperation goal by Xavier and the 3:41 mark in regulation. Jake Radde's hat-trick was paired with two assists, and joined a stat-sheet-filling day for the Saints line-up, as Doni Gendel recorded two goals and two assists, Tyler Schmatz passed out 4 helpers, and Drew Brodbeck dished out two goals and assist of his own.
Hajec improved to 3-3 on the year, as the Saints improved to 4-2-1 on the year, and are off until a home series November 4th and 5th against Wittenberg University at the South Bend Ice Box.