Redbirds Swept by Maryville, Prepare for NIU after the break

Mark Imburgia has a 35 save performance and penalty shot stop in Friday's loss


St Louis, MO- The Redbirds hit the road this past weekend to play division rivals, Maryville Saints. The Redbirds were looking for another two wins to keep the lead in the division.

On Friday, the Saints started the game with a goal in the opening seconds of the 1st period. Tim Sloan wouldn’t let the Saints lead be for long as he nets his third of the season tying the game up at 1. Not even a minute later, Tony Campise would put in his fourteenth goal of the season and the Redbirds had the lead heading into the 2nd period. The 2nd period saw no goals on either side and the Redbirds were looking to cruise to the final frame with the lead. As the 3rd period got underway, Maryville would tie up the game at 2 with over half the period left to play. Maryville would get a penalty shot opportunity after a tripping call against Matt Garcia, but Mark Imburgia stops the attempt to keep the Redbirds in the game. The Redbirds were looking for a game winning goal but ultimately, Maryville would grab the GWG and the Redbirds lose a heartbreaker as they looked for their redemption Saturday. Mark Imburgia had a strong showing stopping 35 of 38 shots and stopping a penalty shot in the 3rd period.

On Saturday, the Redbirds were kept off the score sheet by the Saints, losing 6-0. Caleb Sauer had a 32 save performance against a very offensive heavy Maryville team. The Redbirds couldn’t stay out of the box which lead to their downfall against Maryville.

In summary, The Redbirds take two losses against divisional rivals, Maryville as they fall to second place in the standings behind Midland. The Redbirds will return from Thanksgiving Break as they play at home against the Northern Illinois Huskies in the final games of the semester before winter break.