Sports Information Director
East Lansing, MICH. -- The Holy Cross Saints hockey team continued their strong start to the 2013-2014 season with a series split with the Michigan State University Spartans. A back-and-forth game on Friday had the Saints tied at 4-4 after 60 minutes of action. With both teams unable to net a game winner in the five minute overtime session, the game was destined for a shootout. The Saints, led by freshman goaltender Devin Nyers (Mich.), blanked the Spartans in the shootout en route to the 5-4 victory, their first over Michigan State in the history of the program.
"Friday's game was probably the biggest win in the history of the program," said first year head coach T.J. Lyons. "I knew when we were heading to a shootout that Devin was going to give us a great chance to win. Our guys finished them off and we got a big win for the program."
Junior Ryan Gallup (Fishers, Ind.) had his best game of the season in Friday's series opener, scoring two of the Saints four goals in regulation. Senior captain Tommy Lyons (C) (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Alex Haygood (South Bend, Ind.) netted the remaining two goals for the Saints.
With 65 minutes of hockey completed, the Saints and Spartans were heading to a shootout to decide the winner.
Freshman goaltender Devin Nyers stood tall and blanked each Spartan attempt while Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) and B.J. Kolcz (A) (Marysville, Mich.) netted both attempts to give the Saints their first victory over Michigan State.
Nyers finished the game with 34 saves on 38 shot attempts en route to his second career victory.
Gallup, Kolcz and Nick Hernandez (Indianapolis, Ind.) each finished with a team-best two points.
Saturday's series finale was another tough battle for the Saints.
Through two periods, the Saints trailed the Spartans by a score of 3-2. However, a penalty filled period for the Saints put them in a tough position where the Spartans were able to capitalize on the power play. The Saints fell to Michigan State 6-3 on Saturday, salvaging a series split over a tough opponent.
Senior Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.) finished with a team-best two points.
Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) suffered his first defeat of the season after stopping 26-of-32 shots.
The Saints (3-1) will return home for a series against D'Youville (Ny.) College on Friday, October 4 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The series will conclude with a 2:00 p.m. start on Saturday.