The Holy Cross Saints hockey team continued action over the weekend with their in-state rival IPFW in a home and home series. An action packed weekend where goals were hard to come by had the Saints fall to the ‘Dons 2-1 and 3-2, suffering their first losses since opening night, and first sweep of the season.
Game 1 (11/2/12)
(South Bend, Ind.) The Saints entered Friday's game against IPFW coming off nine straight victories after their season opener loss at Louisville.
IPFW was able to control the game early after getting a first period goal from Tyler Mason. The ‘Dons added to their 1-0 lead in the second period when Dillon Kelley snuck it passed Saints goalkeeper Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) and brought the score to 2-0.
The Saints were in need of offense in the third period when junior forward Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.) got a one-timer goal off a feed from line mate B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) The goal for Brodbeck got the Saints within one with a little under half of the third period remaining.
Holy Cross continued with a number of offensive chances over the final period but couldn't get the tying goal. IPFW took game 2-1.
Saints goalie Brad Hajec finished the game with 26 games on 28 shot attempts.
Game 2 (11/3/12)
(Fort Wayne, Ind.) Game two of the weekend series took the Saints to Lutheran Health Sports Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Saints came out Saturday afternoon looking to avenge Friday night's loss to IPFW at home. A tough first period had the score tied at 0-0.
IPFW got the first goal of the game in the second period giving them another lead on the Saints. The score held at 1-0 after two periods as the Saints looked to finish strong and get back to their winning ways.
The Saints received goals in the third period from Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.) and B.J Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.), but it proved to not be enough. IPFW added two goals of their own and went on to win the game 3-2 and give the Saints consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Goalie Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) finished the game with 21 saves on 24 shot attempts.
"It was a tough weekend for us this time suffering two one goal losses," said Saints head coach Bill Schmatz. "Overall, I thought the guys played hard and controlled the tempo for the majority of the games."
The Saints outshot the ‘Dons 39-28 in game one and 42-24 in game two.
"We had a lot of chances this weekend but just couldn't get it passed their hot goaltender," continued coach Schmatz. "Despite the two losses, we played extremely tough against a great opponent which can only make you better down the road. We will learn from this series and prepared for our next opponent Northwestern this weekend."
The Saints will look to get back to their winning ways with a home series beginning Friday, November 9th against the University of Northwestern. The puck is set to drop at 9:15 p.m. EST at the Ice Box.