(South Bend, Indiana) The Saints finally returned to home ice this weekend after a long series of away games during the month of October.
The Tigers of NCAA Division III Wittenberg University awaited the Saints Friday night in front of a spirited crowd at the South Bend Ice Box.
The Tigers came out and skated hard against the Saints, scoring the opening goal of the game midway through the first period. The Saints, already down a defenseman in Shane Leo (Granger, Indiana), and forward Sam Soukup (Stillwater, Minnesota) to an injury in the opening period, kept their focus and answered the Wittenberg goal with their own, and outplayed the Tigers the final 2 periods to earn the win 6-4.
Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minnesota) led the way for the Saints by netting 3 goals and assist in a four-point outing for the sophomore forward. Brodbeck is averaging almost a goal a game (eight goals in nine contests), and has 5 assists for 13 points on the season.
Sophomore Captain Tommy Lyons shared the puck beautifully during the game, earning 3 assists. Lyons' leadership role on and off the ice has helped the Saints perform better as a unit so far this season.
The Saints also received goals by Sean Root (Livonia, Michigan), Doni Gendel (South Bend, Indiana), and freshman Jake Radde (Granger, Indiana).
Freshman Brandon Norcutt (Yorba Linda, California) dished out 2 helpers in the game, bringing his season total to 6. Tyler Schmatz also helped out the Saints with his consistent two-way play, recording an assist and a broken pane of glass from a monstrous check in the second period.
Sophomore net minder Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Michigan) earned another victory after stopping 32 shots in 60 minutes. Hajec's save percentage is now 0.870.
On Saturday, the Saints faced-off against the Tigers again, and it was Jake Radde leading the way for Holy Cross as he tallied a goal and 2 assists to have a 3 point game to raise his season total to 14 points. The Saints completed the sweep with a 5-4 victory.
Sophomore goaltender Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, New York) got the start in between the pipes for the Saints, stopping 30 of 34 shots (88%) in 60 minutes and earning the win.
Additional Holy Cross goals were scored by Schmatz (4), Lyons (2), Brodbeck (8), and Clairmont Ruff (Tustin, California) (2). Norcutt and Leo added assists for the Saints.
The Saints (6-2-1) head to Flint, Michigan this weekend for a 2-game series with the University of Michigan-Flint. UMF will present quite a challenge to the Saints, as they are 9-1 on the year (5-0 at home) with their only loss coming in overtime.