(Detroit, Mich.) The Saints began their current four-game road trip over the weekend as they took the ice at the City Sports Center in Detroit, Michigan to take on the Warriors of Wayne State University.
An up and down series which had the Saints playing tough on Friday night became difficult in game two as seven straight Warrior goals blew the game out early. The Saints lost 7-2 on Saturday dropping to 13-15 on the season.
Game 1 (1/25/13)
A late first period goal from Wayne State opened up Friday night's contest with the first goal of the game. Trailing 1-0 late in the first period, the Saints new their offense needed to keep up with the Warriors to get back in the game.
After an intense second period where neither team was able to find the back of the net, the Saints now had 20 minutes to get back in the game.
Unfortunately, they were unable to get the puck in the net and a late goal from Wayne State sealed a 2-0 victory for the Warriors.
Junior goaltender Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) was impressive in the game stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced.
"Despite the loss, I thought we played solid," coach Schmatz said. "We knew coming in that Wayne State was a solid program and it would be a tough series. "Brad Hajec stood tall out there and really gave us a great shot to win the game."
Game 2 (1/26/13)
With Friday's down to the wire game in the books, the Saints looked to split the series as they took the ice on Saturday night. Three first period goals for the Warriors, however, had the Saints on their toes early.
However, for the Saints, things became a lot more difficult before they got better and they found themselves trailing 7-0 early in the third period.
Tyler Schmatz (South Bend, Ind.) got the Saints on the board, their first of the weekend, at the 15:34 mark in the third period and freshman B.J. Kolcz (Marysville, Mich.) scored his 18th goal of the season five minutes later making it a 7-2 game.
Unfortunately for the Saints, their third period spark would fade and they fell to the Warriors for the second straight time 7-2.
Brad Hajec started the game for the Saints and had 9 saves on 13 shots. Ethan Palmer (Granger, Ind.) came in and had 19 saves on 22 shot attempts.
"Saturday was a tough game for us," continued coach Schmatz. "We got behind early and just weren't hitting on all cylinders. I was impressed with how we came out in the third period, but it unfortunately was too late."
The losses drop the Saints to 13-15 on the season. They will continue on the road in Springfield, Illinois this weekend as they are set to take on Robert Morris University- Springfield.