Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND/FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Holy Cross Saints hockey team took to the ice over the weekend with a home-and-home series with ACHA North Division rival IPFW. A series looked forward to by players and fans over the years, the Saints took control early in Friday's opener at the Ice Box as they downed the Mastodons 9-3. Despite traveling to Fort Wayne for the series finale, the Saints offensive attack continued to play strong as they finished off the series sweep with a 7-3 victory. This was the first time in program history the Saints have swept IPFW. With the wins, Holy Cross improves to 12-7 on the year.
A fast start in Friday night's series opener helped propel the Saints to a 2-0 first period lead. Holy Cross moved the puck well and took advantage of their offensive opportunities to take a two-goal lead to the first intermission.
In the second period, senior Sean Root (Livonia, Mich.) continued the strong start for the Saints with back-to-back goals. Root capped off the nicest goal of the night, his second, with a top-shelf snipe over the glove of the 'Dons goaltender. The Saints were now leading 4-0 over IPFW.
Holy Cross scored their fifth consecutive goal in the second to take a 5-0 lead late in the second period before IPFW scored their first goal of the night on the power play. The Saints took a 5-1 lead to the third period.
A tip-in goal to start the third period was followed by back-to-back Holy Cross goals as the Saints accrued an 8-1 lead over the 'Dons. IPFW answered with their second goal of the night, again on the power play, to cut the Saints lead to 8-2.
Drew Brodbeck (A) scored the final goal for the Saints, his third of the game, to make it a 9-2 lead before IPFW would add one final tally to bring us to the final score of 9-3.
Brodbeck and B.J. Kolcz (A) (Marysville, Mich.) led the Saints with four points each. Sean Root and Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) each contributed with three points apiece. Monty Ruff (Tustin, Calif.) scored his first goal of the year as 12 players registered at least one point.
Devin Nyers (Mishawaka, Ind.) 29-of-32 shots in the victory.
The series finale on Saturday in Fort Wayne had the Saints trailing 1-0 after the first period. An active second period had the game tied at 2-2 before the Saints got into an offensive rhythm and built up a 5-2 advantage following Nick Hernandez's (Indianapolis, Ind.) first goal of the season.
The Saints wrapped up the game with two more goals as they defeated the Mastodons 7-3 and swept the series for the first time in program history.
Devin Nyers picked up back-to-back wins with 35 saves in Saturday's finale.
The Saints (12-7) will enjoy a week off for the holidays before returning to the ice on Friday, December 6 against Robert Morris University-Springfield. The series will begin on Friday at 9:15 p.m. and will wrap up on Saturday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m.