(Adrian, Mich.) The Holy Cross hockey program surpassed something over the weekend that they have never been able to accomplish: they not only beat Adrian College for the first time in program history, but they swept them in the two game weekend series.
Game 1 (10/5/12)
The Saints were able to able to garner a lot of production Friday night as 10 players scored at least one point in the win over the Bulldogs.
Junior goalie, Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) finished the game for the Saints stopping 30 of the 34 shot attempts he faced. The win for Hajec brings his season record to 2-1 with a save percentage of .87.
The Saints defeated the Bulldogs by a final score of 6-4.
Game 2 (10/6/12)
Holy Cross was able to pick up where they left off Friday night in game two of the series, as the Saints once again jumped out to an early lead.
Another productive and collective team effort, the Saints had 9 players with at least one point in Saturday's sweeping victory over Adrian.
Leading the way for the Saints in Saturday's game was Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) recording his 9th and 10th goals of the season. Gendel finished the game leading the Saints with three points (2 goals and 1 assist).
Sam Soukup (Stillwater, Minn.) continued his big weekend with another two points in Saturday's win (1 goal and 1 assist).
Goalie Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) took over between the pipes in game two. Stopping 43 of the 46 shots faced, this was the best performance for Tallet as a goalie for the Saints. The win for Tallet brings his season record to 3-0 with a save percentage of.91.
Holy Cross defeated the Bulldogs 6-3 to sweep the series.
The sweep over Adrian gives the Saints 5 straight victories, including back to back sweeps.
"It was great to get this win for the boys," said Saints Captain Tommy Lyons (C) (Valparaiso, Ind.). "This has been a team that has been an incredibly tough matchup for us since I've been here. I think it really tells a lot about the team we have to go on the road to their rink and sweep them like we did."
"This weekend's games marked a truly special milestone for our program as we beat a solid Adrian opponent for the first time ever," said Saints head coach Bill Schmatz. "I'm very proud of how hard the entire team worked to pick up two solid wins."
"In games like these, it's critical that we play three solid periods and that's exactly what the guys did. Even when Adrian was able to get the puck in the net, the guys rallied, and took back control of the game. Both our goalies played exceptional once again coming up with big saves over the course of the weekend. I can't begin to describe how proud I am of the guys to pull off this series sweep."
The Saints will travel to Dimondale, Michigan next weekend for a weekend series with Lansing Community College at the Summit at the Capital Centre.
The next home games for the Saints will begin on Friday, October 27th as they take on Illinois State University at the Ice Box in South Bend, Indiana. The puck is set to drop at 9:15pm EST.