(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Hockey Team took on the visiting Flyers of Lewis University on Saturday.
The first game was cancelled because of weather related conditions so the Saints took full advantage of their only game over the weekend routing the visiting Flyers of Lewis University 12-4.
The Flyers scored the first goal of the game a minute and thirteen seconds into the first period, but that was the only consolation of the evening for Lewis. Holy Cross scored 16 seconds later, and then scored 3 more unanswered goals giving them a 4-1 advantage midway through the first period. Lewis added another goal late in the period, but the Saints till held a 4-2 advantage heading into the first intermission.
Junior Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, IN) scored two goals off of assists from sophomore Brendon Gendel (South Bend, IN) to lead the Saints in the first period. Sophomores Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, MN) and Tyler Joy (Hobart, IN) scored the other two Saints' goals that were assisted by junior Sean Root (Livonia, MI).
The Flyers came out with a renewed vigor in the second period. Root scored the first goal of period off and assist from Brodbeck widening the margin to 5-2. Lewis, however, scored two straight goals midway through the period making it a one goal game at 5-4. Sophomore Sam Soukup (Stillwater, MN) scored late in the period to give the Saints a 6-4 advantage heading into the third period.
It was all Saints in the third period. Holy Cross scored seven unanswered goals and six of them were in the third period. Gendel led the scoring in the third period with two goals off of assists from Brodbeck. Root got his second goal of the game off of an assist from Joy, and freshman Ryan Gallup (Fishers, IN) scored his only goal of the game off of an assist from sophomore captain Thomas Lyons (Valparaiso, IN). Schmatz finished off the scoring in the third and completed his hat trick with an assist from Lyons.
Root led the Saints with 5 points scoring 2 goals and recording 3 assists. Three Saints players recorderd 4 points on the day. Schmatz scored a hat trick while dishing out one helper, Gendel had 2 goals and 2 assists, and Brodbeck scored a goal and recorded 3 assists of his own. Lyons also had 3 assists from his defensive spot in the win. Sophomore Brad Hajec (Dearborn, MI) got his seventh win of the season getting 23 saves off of 27 shots faced on the day.
The Saints are now 8-11-1 on the year. Their next games are on the road this weekend against Northwestern. They play the 28th and the 29th and both games are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.