(Louisville, Ky.) The Holy Cross Saints hockey team opened up the 2012-2013 season on the road against the Louisville Cardinals over the weekend. After a tough 5-4 loss on Friday night, the Saints rallied to win 7-2 on Saturday to split the first series of the season.
Game 1 (9/14/2012)
The Saints offense started off quick on Friday night gaining a quick goal from junior forward Brendon Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) to take an early 1-0 lead. Shortly after defensemen Shane Leo (A) (Austin, Texas) notched his first of the season to give the Saints a 2-0 first period lead.
Louisville went on to go up 5-3 in the 3rd period when Brodbeck tallied his 2nd of the game from freshmen Bradley Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) making it 5-4 Cardinals with under 4 minutes remaining.
The Saints Friday night rally would eventually fall short, as they would fall to Louisville 5-4.
Junior Goaltender, Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.), finished the game with 34 saves for the Saints.
"Certainly this was not the outcome we had hoped for," said Saints head coach Bill Schmatz. "Even though we scored early, and for the most part controlled the tempo of the game, we did not execute as sharply as we should have which allowed Louisville to capitalize on our mistakes. We spent too much time in the penalty box and just could not finish our offensive rushes and find the back of the net."
Game 2 (9/15/12)
Game 2 of the weekend series turned out much better for the Saints Saturday night. They were able to start the game fast, and capitalize on their opportunities, which led to 4 1st period goals, and a 4-0 Saints lead.
The Saints also received goals from Austin Pedue (South Bend, Ind.), Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, Ind.), Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.), Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.), and Ryan Gallup (Fishers, Ind.) in the 7-2 win.
Junior goalkeeper, Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) made his first start of the year recording 26 saves, and only allowing 2 goals against.
"We definitely turned things around for this game," said Saints head coach Bill Schmatz. "We were able to control the tempo of the offense, and keep the puck in Louisville's zone for the majority of the game. Putting up 53 shots on goal while only allowing 28 demonstrated the dominant effort we were hoping to accomplish. I'm proud of the contributions that we got from the entire squad, and feel the guys played disciplined for all 3 periods."
Brendon Gendel (A) : 1 Goal
Shane Leo (A) : 1 Goal 1 Assist
Drew Brodbeck : 3 Goals 1 Assist
Austin Pedue : 1 Goal 1 Assist
Bradley Kolcz : 1 Goal 2 Assists
Sean Root : 1 Goal
Ryan Gallup : 1 Goal
Clairmont Ruff : 1 Assist
Jake Radde : 1 Assist
Tyler Schmatz (A) : 1 Goal
Daniel Vaughan : 1 Goal
Steve Bridgeman : 1 Assist
Tom Lyons (C) : 3 Assists
Brad Hajec 39 shots faced 5 goals against 34 saves
Shawn Tallet 28 shots faced 2 goals against 26 saves
The Saints will return to the ice on Friday, September 28th for their home opener against Northern Illinois University. The game will begin at 9:15pm EST at their home arena the Ice Box in South Bend, Indiana.