(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Hockey Team went on the road this weekend playing a pair of games at Indiana University Friday and Saturday.
Holy Cross lost the Friday night game to hosts Indiana University 6-4, but bounced back to win the Saturday game against the Hoosiers 7-5.
The first game started out slow for the Saints as Indiana opened the game with two goals and an early 2-0 lead. The Saints cut that lead in half as junior Sean Root (Livonia, MI) opened the scoring with an assist from sophomore Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, MN). The Saints went into the locker room down 2-1, but ended the period on a positive note heading into the second period.
The momentum the Saints had at the end of the second period got slowed again by the Hoosiers as they scored first in the second period making the game 3-1. Holy Cross cut the lead back to one goal when junior Brendon Gendel (South Bend, IN) scored an unassisted goal midway through the period. Indiana built the lead back up to two goals heading into the third period as they scored to make it 4-2 going into the second intermission.
The third period started exactly like the second as Indiana scored to make the game 5-2. The Saints mounted a furious comeback scoring two straight goals. Junior Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, IN) scored a goal that was assisted by Gendel, and sophomore Sam Soukop (Stillwater, MN), and Brodbeck scored a goal that was assisted by sophomore Captain Thomas Lyons (Valparaiso, IN) making it 5-4. The Saints pulled their goalie, but could not get their tying goal as the Hoosiers put the game away scoring the final goal on an empty net making the game 6-4.
"I thought we played well, but the we just couldn't get out of the penalty box. It is tough to play at Indiana, and when you are constantly killing penalities it is tough to beat a team like Indiana on the road. When we played even I thought we outplayed them, but we just spotted them too big of a lead to overcome in the end," said Head Coach Bill Schmatz.
The Saints sought revenge in the second game, and they got it by beating Hoosiers 7-5 on Saturday night in Bloomington.
The Saints started off down 1-0, but responded with 2 straight goals by sophomore Brendon Gendel (South Bend, IN) that put Holy Cross up 2-1 at the end of the first period. The first goal was assisted by sophomore Thomas Lyons (Valparaiso, IN), and the second was assisted by sophomore Sam Soukop (Stillwater, MN) and junior Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, IN).
The Saints opened the second period widening the gap to 3-1 after an unassisted goal from Soukop, but Indiana quickly responded with a goal making it a one goal game again at 3-2 in favor of the Saints. Holy Cross bounced back and gave themselves another two goal advantage after Soukop scored his second goal of the game off assists from senior Shane Leo (South Bend, IN) and Gendel. Holy Cross went into the second intermission up 4-2.
The third period had it's drama as the Saints came out ready to go scoring three straight goals and opening a five goal margin with the game score being 7-2 midway through the third period. Schmatz opened the scoring with assists from Leo and Soukop. Gendel then completed his hat trick for the game scoring the second goal of the period off assists from Soukop and Leo. Schmatz then got his second of the period, and second of the game, with assists from Gendel and Lyons.
The Saints thwarted off a later furry from the Hoosiers as they scored three straight goals shortening the gap to 7-5, but they would not get any closer as the Saints beat the hosts 7-5.
"I was happy with the way our guys responded after the first game. It is hard to win at Indiana, and to get a split is a job well done by our boys," said Coach Schmatz.
In the end Brendon Gendel had a big night with a hat trick and two assists which was good for 5 points on the evening. Tyler Schmatz finished with 3 points scoring two goals and followed that up with one assist as well. Sam Soukop also had a fantastic game putting up 5 points by scoring 2 goals and dishing out 3 assists on the night.
The Saints are now 7-11-1, and they play their next games at home this weekend at the Ice Box. They are slated to play Lewis University at 9:15 p.m. this Friday, and then they will play Lewis again on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.