(Notre Dame, Indiana) The Saints faced off against the Mastodons of Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne this past weekend at the new Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of Notre Dame.
The Mastodons and the Saints have been locked in an intense rivalry over the past two seasons, and this weekend was just the latest edition of some physical and fast-paced hockey.
The Saints started off on the right foot Friday night, taking an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Sam Soukup (Stillwater, Minnesota) with assists from Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minnesota) and Doni Gendel (South Bend, Indiana) in the early going. IPFW stormed back, tying the game at one goal apiece just a few minutes later, and capitalized twice in the second to take a 3-1 advantage.
The Saints were plagued with numerous penalties this weekend, including three consecutive penalties to open the game Friday night, and four consecutive to open the game Saturday afternoon, including a 5:00 major.
Soukup's marker in the first would be the only goal the Saints would push across, falling to IPFW 4-1 Friday evening.
Saturday's contest was more of the same, as the two teams again faced off at Compton Family Ice Arena, but in the much bigger Olympic-sized rink adjacent to the NHL-sized rink they played Friday night.
The result was pretty much identical, and after 60 minutes of hard play, the Saints had only one unassisted goal from sophomore defenseman Tommy Lyons (Valpariaso, Indiana). The Mastodons outshot the Saints 42-25, and took four fewer penalties to steal the game 5-1.
The Saints record now stands at 6-9-1-1. The Saints travel down to Bloomington, Indiana to face the Indiana University Hoosiers January 13th and 14th.
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