(South Bend, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints hockey program continued their 2012-2013 season with a home series over the weekend against the University of Michigan-Flint. Flint, currently the 3rd ranked team in the North Division, swept the Saints by scores of 6-5 (overtime) on Friday, and 6-3 on Saturday.
Game 1 (11/30/12)
Friday night's contest was the start of the final home games for two Holy Cross Saints players. Shane Leo (A) (Austin, Tex.) and Steve Bridgeman (Dearborn, Mich.) were honored at the start of the game being greeted by their families as part of a special ceremony to the seniors who will be graduating in December.
The Saints were able to get on the board early in the first game jumping out to a 1-0 lead off a slap shot from Jake Radde (Granger, Ind.) from the blue line.
Holding a 1-0 lead heading into the break, the Saints looked to continue their momentum heading into period 2.
Michigan-Flint was able to get on the board to tie the game at 1-1, but the Saints once again got things going to get the lead back in the period.
Leading 2-1 in the second period, things were looking promising for the Saints. Michigan-Flint, however, went on a run that put them up 5-2 early in the third period.
Despite trailing by three goals with less than 20 minutes left to play, the Saints rallied in the period to score three unanswered goals to tie the game at 5 with only minutes left in the game. The game would eventually head to a five minute four on four overtime.
The Saints started out the overtime with a man advantage but were unable to capitalize on the power play. Michigan-Flint ended up netting the game winner with one minute left in overtime off a rebound in front of the net to defeat the Saints.
Jake Radde put together in an incredible night for the Saints netting 3 goals and tallying 1 assists. Freshman B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) put together another solid night with 4 assists, while junior Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) netted 2 goals and 1 assist.
Goalie Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) got the start in goal on Friday night stopping 52 of the 58 shots he faced.
Game 2 (12/1/12)
After an emotional loss on Friday night, the Saints looked to rally against #3 ranked Flint in their Saturday contest.
Saturday's game proved to be a tough one to rebound for the Saints as they found themselves trailing Michigan-Flint 3-1 after the first period. The Saints would get one back back in the second, but still trailed by 2 goals (4-2) at the end of the second period.
The Saints fell to Michigan-Flint 6-3 on Saturday night for their 4th consecutive loss of the season.
"Despite dropping two games to a top team in Michigan-Flint, I was happy with the way the guys played this weekend," said head coach Bill Schmatz. "We battled hard in both games, never quit, and put ourselves in a position to win."
"I thought our exeuction was solid, but we ended up being short of getting the win on Friday," continued Schmatz. "We definitely proved we have what it takes to compete with the best. Now we must turn our focus to Robert Morris University and try to get back in the win column this weekend."
The Saints received goals from Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.), Jake Radde, and B.J. Kolcz in Saturday's loss. Goalie Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) got the start and finished with 22 saves on 28 shot attempts. Ethan Palmer (Granger, Ind.) got some action in the third period and stopped all 5 shots he faced.
The Saints, 11-7, will travel to Chicago, Illinois this weekend to take on Robert Morris University. They will return home to the Ice Box on Friday, December 14th to take on Aquinas College in a home and home series. The puck will drop at 9:15 p.m.