Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Holy Cross Saints hockey team returned to the ice over the weekend hosting No. 2 Aurora (Ill.) University. After falling behind by two goals on Friday night, the Saints responded to tie the game before the Spartans took control in the third period to win 5-3. The Saints played Aurora tough for two periods in the series finale on Saturday as they went into the third period trailing only 2-1. It was a four-goal outburst from the Spartans in the period that led to the 6-2 loss. This weekend marked the first time this season that the Saints were swept on their home ice. Holy Cross falls to 10-7 on the year.
One of the most anticipated series on the schedule, the Spartans entered the game with a 13-game winning streak.
An aggressive first period from the visiting Spartans had the Saints down 2-0. Fast skating, quick passes and shots on net gave Aurora the clear advantage through 20 minutes.
A more focused and active Saints team took the ice in the second period. Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) and Nick Wink (Western Springs, Ill.) each netted goals to tie the game at 2-2 midway through the period. Aurora would respond, however, with two more goals to close out the second period with a 4-2 advantage.
The Spartans scored on the power play in the third period before Doni Gendel (A) answered with his second of the game to bring the score to 5-3. However, the Saints were unable to strike up any more offense in the final minutes as they dropped the series opener 5-3.
Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) faced plenty of action on the night stopping 31-of-36 shots.
The Saints hung around for most of the series finale as they went to the third period trailing 2-1. It was a four-goal period from the Spartans that led to the Saints being swept at home for the first time this season as they fell 6-2.
Freshman goaltender Devin Nyers (Niles, Mich.) finished the game 30 saves.
Holy Cross (10-7) will return to the ice this weekend with a home-and-home series against rival IUPUI. The series will open on Friday, November 22 at 9:15 p.m. at the Ice Box and will conclude in Fort Wayne on Saturday.