Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Holy Cross hockey team picked up its second straight series sweep over the weekend playing host to Robert Morris University-Springfield. RMU kept the Saints on their toes on Friday night with the scored tied at 4-4 before the Saints scored five third period goals to win 9-6. Holy Cross turned in a more dominating performance on Saturday's finale, sending December graduate Michael Harding (Avon, Ind.) with a goal in his final game at the Ice Box. The Saints defeated the Eagles 11-2 in the finale and have now won four consecutive games. With the sweep, the Saints improve to 14-7 on the season.
Prior to the start of Friday night's game, senior Michael Harding was honored with his family for his contributions to the Holy Cross hockey program over the last four years.
Neither team was able to find a goal in the first 20 minutes of Friday night's series opener. The second period, however, provided plenty of entertainment. The Saints netted a goal with eight minutes left in the period to take a 3-2 advantage. Robert Morris found the back of the net two more times and we entered the third period with the score tied a 4-4.
Holy Cross proved to be the dominant team in the third period netting five goals. The Eagles added two of their own, but it wasn't enough as the Saints outdueled them for a 9-6 win to open the series.
B.J. Kolcz (A) (Marysville, Mich.) filled up the stat sheet with one goal and five assists to lead the Saints. Doni Gendel (A) (South Bend, Ind.) and Drew Brodbeck (A) (Stillwater, Minn.) each had three points while Alex Haygood (South Bend, Ind.) and Tommy Lyons (C) (Valparaiso, Ind.) contributed with two points each.
Brad Hajec (Dearborn, Mich.) got the start in net and stopped 14-of-18 shots he faced. Devin Nyers (Mishawaka, Ind.) appeared for the third period and stopped 8-of-10 shots faced.
The Saints were active on the ice in Saturday's series finale with 16 players registering at least one point in the game. Of the seven players who recorded multipoint games, B.J. Kolcz (A) and Doni Gendel (A) led the way with four points each.
The domination on offense was apparent throughout the entire game. The Saints were fluent with the puck getting everyone involved and were able to finish their opportunities.
Devin Nyers got the start in the finale and finished the game with 19 saves.
In his final shift at the Ice Box, senior Michael Harding netted his second goal of the year to put the stamp on the series sweep for the Saints.
Holy Cross (14-7) will return to the ice on Wednesday, December 11 with a one-game matchup against the University of Notre Dame. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.(NOTE: Game was originally scheduled for 7pm) at the Compton Family Ice Arena as a part of the Austin's Cup Challenge. For more information on the game, click here.