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South Bend, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints hockey team kicked off the T.J. Lyons era with a series sweep over the visiting Cardinals of the University of Louisville. A balanced scoring attack on both nights propelled the Saints to open up the season with two consecutive wins.
"It was good to see the guys competing on the ice against someone else," said first year head coach T.J. Lyons. "I thought the guys did a good job executing on the ice, and we were able to start the season off with two wins."
Friday night's home opener at the Ice Box got off to a great start with a large and excited crowd.
An intense first period saw a number of chances for both teams.
After struggling to stay out of the penalty box, the Cardinals capitalized on the power play and scored the first goal of the game. The Saints continued to put pressure on the Cardinals but were unable to score in the first period.
The second period was when the Saints took control of the game.
Just minutes into the start of the second period, Alex Haygood (South Bend, Ind.) got the Saints on the board for the first time of the year and knotted the score at 1-1.
Senior captain Tommy Lyons (C) (Valparaiso, Ind.) continued the strong second period for the Saints with back-to-back blasts from the blue line to extend the lead to 3-1.
The Saints would extend the lead to 7-1, with seven unanswered goals, before the Cardinals got back on the board with a goal in the third period to make it a 7-2 game. The dominant second period helped contribute to the Saints first win of the season, and the first win in the T.J. Lyons era.
"It's good to a get a win, but it's all about the guys on the ice," continued Lyons. "I knew we were in good shape after the first period despite trailing 1-0. The guys were moving well on the ice and I knew our chances would come."
Senior goaltender Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) picked up his first win of the season after stopping 28-of-30 shots faced.
Sophomore B.J. Kolcz (A) (Marysville, Mich.) had the highlight of the night after his dazzling stickhandling led to his first goal of the season.
With a solid win in game one, the Saints looked to close out Saturday's game with their first series sweep of the year.
Much like Friday night's game, an intense first period had it a 1-0 game after the first period; this time with the Saints in front.
The game stayed close in the second period as the Saints clung to a 4-3 lead. Senior Drew Brodbeck (A) (Stillwater, Minn.) scored two goals in the second period.
The Saints were able to pull away in the third period en route to a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals, and a series sweep.
Freshman goaltender Devin Nyers (Mishawaka, Ind.) picked up his first career win between the pipes stopping 32-of-36 shots.
The Saints (2-0) will enjoy an off weekend before traveling to East Lansing, Mich. for a weekend series with Michigan State University beginning on Friday, September 27th.