(South Bend, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints hockey team got back to their winning ways over the weekend with a sweep of the Northwestern University Wildcats.
With news breaking of the Saints #12 ranking in the North Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) on Friday, the Saints looked to continue their strong start to the season at home facing a tough Northwestern University team.
Game 1 (11/9/12)
Friday night's game got off to a fast start for the Saints going up 3-0 early in the first period. Ethan Palmer (Granger, Ind.) got his first start of the season, and made a number of big saves for the Saints stopping 39 pucks.
Freshman standouts B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) and Alex Haygood (South Bend, Ind.) continued their stellar performances totaling 5 of the Saints 10 goals Friday night. Kolcz finished with a game high 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist, while Haygood scored 1 goal paired with 3 assists.
Doni Gendel (South Bend, Ind.) finished the game with another hat trick (3 goals), his second of the season. The Saints also received goals from Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.) and Sam Soukup (Stillwater, Minn.).
The final score in Friday night's contest was a 10-5 Saints victory.
Game 2 (11/10/12)
Saturday night's game proved to be similar to Friday night's impressive victory. The Saints scored early and often once again.
Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, Ind.), Doni Gendel (South Bend, Ind.), and Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.) all chipped in with two goals apiece.
Junior goaltender, Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) picked up his 6th win of the season stopping 32 of the 37 shots he faced.
B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) recorded another impressive game posting 4 points on 1 goal and 3 assists. Kolcz is now the Saints leader in total points on the year with 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 14 games played this year.
A productive game for the Saints overall had 14 skaters record at least one point in the 11-5 victory over Northwestern.
"I thought we came out and executed well this weekend," said Saints head coach Bill Schmatz. "There was a lot of pressure on the guys to get it rolling after last week's losses to IPFW. I thought they handled it extremely well and executed when needed. We now need to shift our focus to Xavier and keep the wins coming."
The Saints, 11-3, will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio this coming weekend for a series with Xavier University. They will return home the weekend of Nov. 30th-Dec. 1st with a series against the University of Michigan-Flint. The puck is set to drop at 9:15 on Friday and 4:00 on Saturday at the Ice Box.