(South Bend, Ind.) The Holy Cross hockey team swept their home opener series over the University of Northern Illinois Huskies over the weekend. With strong offensive performances both nights, the Saints were able to put the Huskies away early in the game.
Game 1 (9/28/12)
The Saints got production from a number of players on offense which really helped them control the flow of this game from start to finish.
Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.), Tyler Schmatz (A) (South Bend, Ind.), and Alex Haygood (South Bend, Ind.) all had 4 points for the Saints in game 1 of the series.
Goals were surely not a shortage throughout the game as the Saints built an early 5-0 lead after the first period. Junior Goalkeeper Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) received the start Friday and finished the game with 12 saves while allowing 2 goals against.
Over the course of the game, 15 Saints players recorded at least 1 point in the game. The final score of game 1 was a 14-3 Saints win.
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 (9/29/12)
Game 2 of the series proved to be similar to Friday night's game. The Saints once again jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back.
After losing freshmen Daniel Vaughan (Littleton, Col.) and Nick Hernandez (Indianapolis, Ind.) on Friday night, the Saints depth really stepped up and helped contribute to the blowout win. Every skater who stepped on the ice Saturday evening recorded at least 1 point.
Getting the start in game 2, Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) finished the game with 6 saves on 8 shot attempts over the two periods he saw action in.
Ethan Palmer (Granger, Ind.) received action in both games and recorded 10 saves on the 12 shots he faced over the weekend.
Senior Tyler Schmatz (A) (South Bend, Ind.) led the Saints in scoring in game 2 recording a season high 7 points (2 goals 5 assists).
Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.) and Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.) both recorded hat tricks (3 goals) during Saturday's game.
Freshmen forward B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) finished off a great weekend with 6 points (3 goals 3 assists).
The final score in game 2 of the series was 15-3.
Game 2 Box Score
"Despite the mismatch, our team played a well disciplined and high intensity two game series this weekend," said Saints head coach Bill Schmatz. "The guys prepared well and took advantage early in both games getting off big early leads and never looked back. Everyone on our team made valuable contributions and gained valuable experience that will be vital to our success this season."
The series sweep for the Saints brings their early season record to 3-1 including 3 straight victories. The Saints will travel to Adrian, Michigan this weekend to take on the Adrian College (Black) in a two game series at the Arrington Ice Arena beginning Friday night, October, 5th at 7:00pm EST.