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Concordia scored two goals in the first period and never looked back as they betterd Bethel 3-2. Captain Mike Gast (Sr., Fargo, ND) scored two of the three goals, and helped the Cobbers sweep Bethel and remain in first place in the MIAC. Junior Craig Walter (Jr., Grand Forks, ND) opened the scoring when he netted his scored his first goal of the season at 13:13 of the second period. Concordia never trailed after that, as Bethel could only get to within one at 2-1 and then 3-2. The Royals stormed the Cobber net in the third and forced Concordia All-American goaltender Bryan Howard (Sr., Gold River, CA) to make 22 saves in the period. For the game Howard had 41 stops while Bethel goalie Jeff Hall made 24.
Concordia remains undefeated in MIAC play at 5-0-1 and moves to 5-2-1 overall. Bethel, in second place coming into the weekend, drops to 3-3 in league play and 3-6 overall.
The Cobbers do not play anymore MIAC games until after Christmas and will host two important non-coference games against NCHA opponents next weekend. On Friday Concordia plays host to UW-Stout, and on Saturday UW-River Falls will travel north. River Falls is currently leading the NCHA and Stout is tied for second. Both games start at 7:00.
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Concordia returns to MIAC action on December 1-2 when they travel to St. Paul, MN to take on Bethel, in a battle of the top two teams in the conference.
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to UW-Stevens Point 3-1.
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The experience gained along the way will help Concordia take aim at the MIAC title, with the hope of returning to the NCAA playoffs. Besides Howard, the team will return three All-MIAC players from last year, MikeGast (Sr., Fargo, ND), Brady Burgess (Jr., Moorhead, MN) and Brian Nelson (So., Moorhead, MN). The team will have to replace several key defensemen from a year ago, mainly All-American and three time All-MIAC player Rob Gramer (Moorhead, MN) who is now behind the bench serving as an assistant coach. Other players that will be counted on to provide depth will be defensemen Shawn Rehm (So., Detroit Lakes, MN) and former Elk River teammates Andy Crook and Kyle Becklin. The offense will be led by the hard working Gast and the playmaking of Burgess, along with Nelson and Jason DiMatteo (Sr., Anchorage, AK). Newcomer Toby Schneider (Jr., Grand Forks, ND), a transfer from the University of North Dakota, will also be relied upon to add a physical attacking presence to the first line.
The Cobbers will be tested early, as they open the regular season with a tough road series against St. Mary's before returning home to face St. Olaf. Other highlights in the schedule include a return trip to UW-Superior on January 6th in a rematch of last seasons NCAA quarterfinal series, and a midseason road trip to defending MIAC regular season champion St. Thomas. The Cobbers are hoping that all roads lead to another MIAC playoff berth and then a return engagement in the NCAA playoffs.
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