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The Saints look to continue their strong start in 2013 on the road in Flint, Mich. (IndyPix.net)
Hockey - Fri, Oct. 18, 2013

John Brodbeck

Sports Information Director

Holy Cross (6-2)

Game #9 & #10: Friday, Oct. 18--8:00 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 19--2:00 p.m.

vs. Michigan-Flint (3-1-0-2)

Perani Ice Center (Flint, Mich.)

Next up in Saints Hockey: The Saints hit the road to Flint, Mich. following their 4-game home stand, where the went 3-1, for a weekend series with the University of Michigan-Flint.

Recapping Last Week: Following their series sweep of D'Youville, the Saints continued their 4-game home stand against Robert Morris (White) University. Friday's series opener was one of the most exciting games in Saints hockey history. Scoreless through the first 40 minutes, the Saints opened up a 2-0 lead early in the third period only to see the Eagles score back-to-back goals and tie the game up at 2-2. Alex Haygood scored the go-ahead goal for the Saints with 1:06 to play but once again, the Eagles tied the game with 17 seconds left. After a scoreless overtime the game went to a shootout, the second for the Saints this season. Devin Nyers stopped both attempts while Alex Haygood and B.J. Kolcz (A) scored for the Saints to clinch the 4-3 victory. Saturday's series finale was a tougher game for the Saints. After being tied at 1-1 through the first period and trailing just 3-2 midway through the second, the Eagles converted on several power-play's to go up on the Saints 5-2 through two periods. The lead was extended to as high as 7-2 before B.J. Kolcz (A) scored the final goal of the game. The Saints fell 7-3 but salvaged a series split.

Head Coach T.J. Lyons: The third head coach in the history of the Saints hockey program, coach Lyons is off to a 6-2 start in his first season as  head coach.

All-Time vs. Flint: This weekend marks the ninth and 10th times that the two programs have faced-off. In the previous eight games, Flint owns a 7-1 all-time record against the Saints. The two last met for a series on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Ice Box; Flint defeated the Saints 6-5 in overtime on game one and capped off the series sweep on Dec. 1 by a score of 6-3. The lone win for the Saints came on Dec. 4, 2010 in overtime by a score of 5-4.

Scouting Flint: Currently off to a 3-1-0-2 (W-L-T-SOL) through six games, Flint has outscored their opponents 24-9. In two games at home, they hold a record of 1-0-0-1 while only allowing one goal. Dan Cowan leads the team in points with 10 (2g, 8a). Nathan Robson and Daniel Smith are tied for the team lead in goals at four. In four starts this year, Schuyler Ferguson holds a record of 3-0-1 while allowing just one goal. In over 208 minutes between the pipes, Ferguson has allowed just 0.29 goals against and stopping 64-of-65 shots.

This and That: Through eight games this season, the Saints have already been in two shootouts ... four Saints skaters have at least 13 points through the first eight games, led by Alex Haygood with 17 ... Devin Nyers is off to a 4-0 start in net this year while stopping 87% of  shots faced.