(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints hockey team took the ice over the weekend against the 11th ranked Aquinas College Saints in a home and home series. The Struggles for Holy Cross continued as the team fell short in both contests extending their losing streak to eight straight games.
Game 1 (12/14/12)
(South Bend, Ind.) A rather clean first period on Friday night found the Saints and Aquinas College tied at zero after the first twenty minutes. Tyler Joy (Hobart, Ind.) got it started in the second period with his third goal of the season giving Holy Cross a 1-0 lead.
Aquinas would respond and tie the game late in the first, and eventually net their second straight goal with six seconds left in the first period to take a 2-1 lead to the break.
Two more goals from Aquinas had the Saints trailing 4-1 halfway through the third period until Jake Radde (Granger, Ind.) scored for the Saints to the cut the lead to 4-2. However, one more goal from Aquinas off a Saints turnover put the Saints behind 5-2 late in the third period in which they would eventually fall to the 11th ranked team in the North Division.
Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) finished the game with 19 saves on 24 shots faced. Freshman Alex Haygood (South Bend, Ind.) also tallied two assists in the loss.
Game 2 (12/15/12)
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Alex Haygood got the Saints started off quickly with two goals in the game on Saturday which gave Holy Cross an early 2-1 lead.
Aquinas would once against respond against the Saints and control the remainder of the game.
Holy Cross, playing their second game in a row with just twelve healthy bodies, ran out of gas and weren't able to overcome the lack of depth. Aquinas defeated the Saints on Saturday 7-2, giving Holy Cross their 8th consecutive loss of the season.
Drew Brodbeck (Stillwater, Minn.), Sam Soukup (Stillwater, Minn.), Austin Pedue (Granger, Ind.), and Tommy Lyons (C) (Valparaiso, Ind.) each recorded an assist in the loss.
Goaltender Shawn Tallet (Baldwinsville, Ny.) saw a lot of action on Saturday stopping 43 of the 50 shots he faced.
"Another tough weekend for our guys," said head coach Bill Schmatz. "We were down a number of key guys this weekend with injuries and just could not hold on to leads when we had them. We need to take this off-time to get healthy and be ready to get back on track in 2013."
The Saints, 11-11, will return to the ice on Friday, January 11th against Indiana University. The game will be played at the Ice Box and is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. EST.