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Hockey - Thu, Dec. 13, 2012

(Chicago, Ill.) The Saints took the ice over the weekend with a road series against the Robert Morris University (White) Eagles. A tough weekend for the Saints found them losing their fifth and sixth consecutive games of the season.

Game One (12/7/12)

Friday night's matchup was a tough one for the Saints. Robert Morris was able to extend their lead to two goals after they scored with just 25 seconds left in the first period.

The first period was all the Eagles would need to take down the Saints.

For the first time in the 2012-2013 season, the Saints were shutout in a game. Robert Morris defeated the Saints 6-0 giving the Saints their fifth consecutive loss.

Game Two (12/8/12)

After Friday night's loss, the Saints looked to come out and split the series with Robert Morris. After one period of competitive hockey, the Saints found themselves trailing the Eagles just 1-0 at the end of the first period.

The second period, however, didn't go very well for the Saints. Robert Morris scored four straight goals in the period which extended their lead to 5-0 heading into the final 20 minutes.

Two quick goals from junior Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.) cut the Eagles lead to 5-2 with just over thirteen minutes left to play; but two goals from Robert Morris once again put the Saints in a tough hole to climb out of as they trailed 7-2 with 4:59 left in the game.

Freshman Phil Abate (Hindsdale, Ill.), played in first two games of the season after recovering from off-season knee surgery, scored his first career goal for the Saints with 46 seconds left in the third period. Abate's goal would be the final one in the game as the Saints would go on to lose 7-3 to the Eagles.

After being swept, the Saints have dropped their last six, and eight of the past ten after starting out the season 9-1.

"It was another tough weekend for our team as we continue to face tough competition," said head coach Bill Schmatz. "Goals were hard to come by in both games as Robert Morris played a very strong defensive style. Even when we were able to execute our offensive game plan, we could not find a way to get the puck past their hot goaltending. We will look to regroup and prepare for Aquinas this coming weekend."

The Saints, 11-9, will continue season play with a home and home series with the Aquinas Saints beginning on Friday, December 14th at the Ice Box. The puck is set to drop at 9:15 p.m.