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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2850
President : Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur
Athletic Director: Dr. Larry Papenfuss
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Stadium: Moorhead Sports Center (3,150)
Press Box Phone:  None

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Concordia Men's Hockey Information

Concordia Men's Hockey History
First year of men's hockey: 1927-28
All-time play-off record: 9-18-2
Years in post-season play: 11
Last postseason appearance/result: 2002-03/ Result:  3-1 loss to Gustavus in MIAC Play-In Game
All-time men's hockey record: 461-601-33

Men's Hockey Staff
Head Coach:  Steve Baumgartner
Alma Mater/Year: Concordia College/1982
Record at school (years): 204-234-30 (18)
Career record: 204-234-30 (18)
Head Coach's office phone: 218-299-4166
Best time/day to reach coach: 11am-2pm
E-Mail Adress: baumgart@cord.edu

Assistant Coaches:
Tony Kunka/Armstrong State/1994
Craig Tietz/Concordia College/1986

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2003-04 Results and MIAC Standings

2003-04 Cobber Results
Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Nov. 7 UW-Stout Home W 6-2
Nov. 8 UW-River Falls Home L 1-3
Nov. 14 St. Scholastica Away L 0-5
Nov. 15 UW-Superior Away L 2-12
Nov. 21 UW-Stevens Point Home L 4-8
Nov. 22 UW-Eau Claire Home L 2-4
Nov. 26 UM-Crookston Home L 2-4
Dec. 5 St. Thomas Home L 1-4
Dec. 6 St. Thomas Home L 2-6
Jan. 7 UW-Superior Home L 3-4
Jan. 9 Augsburg College Home T 3-3 OT
Jan. 10 Augsburg College Home L 5-7
Jan. 14 UM-Crookston Away T 5-5 OT
Jan. 16 St. John's University Away L 2-4
Jan. 17 St. John's University Away L 1-8
Jan. 23 Gustavus Away T 1-1 OT
Jan. 24 Gustavus Away L 2-4
Feb. 6 Hamline University Away W 4-3
Feb. 7 Hamline University Away W 2-1
Feb. 13 St. Mary's University Home L 3-4
Feb. 14 St. Mary's University Home W 3-2
Feb. 20 St. Olaf College Away W 6-4
Feb. 21 St. Olaf College Away L 1-3
Feb. 27 Bethel College Home L 3-4
Feb. 28 Bethel College Home L 2-6

Final Overall Record: 5-17-3
Final MIAC Record: 4-10-2 (7th Place)

2003-04 MIAC Men's Hockey Race
School MIAC Pts. GF GA All GF GA Str Home Away
St. John's 15-1-0# 30 63 22 22-4-1 120 50 L1 10-3-0 12-1-1
St. Thomas 13-2-1% 27 72 36 16-7-3 98 73 W3 8-2-0 8-5-3
Gustavus 9-5-2 20 57 40 12-10-3 83 67 L2 5-4-3 7-6-0
St. Mary's 8-7-1 17 56 45 13-11-2 94 80 L2 10-5-0 3-6-2
St. Olaf 7-6-3 17 56 53 11-12-4 89 89 L1 7-4-2 4-9-2
Augsburg 5-8-3 13 41 60 8-13-4 69 98 L2 3-6-1 5-7-3
Concordia 4-10-2 10 41 64 5-17-3 66 111 L3 2-11-1 3-6-2
Bethel 4-12-0 8 47 61 6-17-1 73 102 W2 3-8-1 3-9-0
Hamline 1-15-0 2 24 75 3-22-0 55 117 L2 3-13-0 0-9-0
# Clinched MIAC Regular Season Title
% Clinched Automatic NCAA Tournament Berth

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Concordia Series  Records
Opponent:   W-L-T    (Series Started)
Augsburg:   38-57-3  (1958)
Bethel:     34-23-1  (1978)
Gustavus:   24-69-5  (1958)
Hamline:    60-27-3  (1958)
St. Maryís: 40-45-4  (1959)
St. Olaf:   39-27-6  (1955)
St. Johnís: 48-44-8  (1947)
St. Thomas: 29-70-3  (1958)

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2004-05 Team Information

2004-05 Cobber Schedule
All  home games are at Moorhead Sports Center (324 - 24th Street South)
Click here for directions from Concordia to the rink.
Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Nov. 5 UW-Stout Away 7:05pm
Nov. 6 UW-River Falls Away 7:05pm
Nov. 12 St. Scholastica Home 7:00pm
Nov. 13 UW-Superior Home 7:00pm
Nov. 19 UW-Stevens Point Away 7:05pm
Nov. 20 UW-Eau Claire Away 7:05pm
Nov. 24 UM-Crookston Home 7:00pm
Dec. 3 Augsburg Away 8:00pm
Dec. 4 Augsburg Away 3:00pm
Dec. 10 St. John's  Home 7:00pm
Dec. 11 St. John's  Home 2:00pm
Jan. 5 UW-Superior Away 7:05pm
Jan. 14 Gustavus Home 7:00pm
Jan. 15 Gustavus Home 2:00pm
Jan. 26 UM-Crookston Away 7:30pm
Jan. 28 Hamline Home 7:00pm
Jan. 29 Hamline Home 2:00pm
Feb. 4 St. Mary's  Away 7:05pm
Feb. 5 St. Mary's Away 2:05pm
Feb. 11 St. Olaf Home* 7:00pm
Feb. 12 St. Olaf  Home* 2:00pm
Feb. 18 Bethel Away 7:00pm
Feb. 19 Bethel Away 2:00pm
Feb. 25 St. Thomas Away 7:00pm
Feb. 26 St. Thomas Away 2:00pm
* Games played at the Moorhead Youth Rink - 707 Main Ave SE

Player & Team Information
Overall record last year: 5-17-3
Conference record/finish: 4-10-2/7th
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/7
Starters Returning/lost: 3/3

Returning Key Players
Shawn Kleven, Sr., Crookston, Minn., 2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention
Jon Rudnick, So., Moorhead, Minn., 2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention
Matt Hansen, Sr., Fargo, N.D., Led the team in goals (11) and second on the team in scoring in 2003-04 (18 pts).
Brett Johnson, Jr., Thief River Falls, Minn., Top returning defensemen in 2003-04 
Mark Buchholz, So., Moorhead, Minn., DI transfer in 2003-04 

2004-05 Season Outlook:
The 2004-05 Concordia menís hockey team will have to punch the clock and bring their hard hats to the rink every game. This yearís edition of the Cobbers will not have any superstar or game-breaking playmaker, but will have a boatload of players who have MIAC experience and the work ethic to keep Concordia in every game.

Steve Baumgartner begins his 19th season behind the bench for Concordia. He will be hoping to bring the Cobbers back into the playoffs after missing the MIAC postseason last year for the first time in six seasons. Baumgartner will have to rely on the teamís depth and a much-improving defensive corps to get back into the top five in the conference. 

The biggest question mark for Baumgartnerís Blue Collar Bunch will be between the pipes. The Cobbers have four goalies on the roster, and not one has any game experience for the Cobbers Three of the four are freshmen and the fourth is a transfer from UM-Crookston. The preseason favorite to win the starting job is Josh Hand (Fr., Temple, Pa.). Hand played for Thunder Bay in the SIJHL last year and his 6-2, 205 frame will be an imposing wall for opposing shooters. Mike Dowers, (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn.), Drew Dvorak (Fr., Litchfield, Minn.) and Lee Baldwin (So., Horace, N.D) will all push Hand for playing time. Baldwin played in eight games last year for UM-Crookston, and Dvorak was the #1 golfer on the Cobber menís golf team this fall.

On defense, Concordia will ham-and-egg it with a group of five experienced blueliners. Brett Johnson (Jr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) and Steve Rosenfeldt (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) bring the most experience to the table. Johnson is a three-year starter while Rosenfeldt has been a regular since his freshman season. Mark Buchholz (So., Moorhead, Minn.) transferred back home after spending the first semester of last season at Division I University of Findlay.  Aaron Bruggeman (Jr., Crookston, Minn.) and Chris Wothe (So., Park Rapids, Minn.) appeared in over 20 games each in 2003-04 and will form the backbone for the 2004-05 defensive group.

Besides goaltending, Concordiaís ability to put the puck in the net will also be key to the teamís success in 2004-05. Last year the Cobbers were ninth in the MIAC in goals scored. Their top scorer, Shawn Kleven (Sr., Crookston, Minn.), was not even in the top 25 in the MIAC in scoring. The Cobbersí highest goal scorer, Matt Hansen (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) finished 15th in the league in goals scored. 

Both Kleven and Hansen will be the offensive leaders for the Cobbers in 2004-05. The pair was first and second in scoring for Concordia last season, and Kleven was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. After Kleven and Hansen, Jon Rudnick (So., Moorhead, Minn.) was the next highest returning point-getter. Rudnick was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team, and will be benefited from a year of experience. Another forward who could have a big year for Concordia is junior Brice Berggren (Dassell, Minn.). Berggren had four goals and three assists in 2003-04 and is the epitome of Baumgartnerís Blue Collar Boys. His ability to create chances from sheer hard work and persistence will pay off for him and his linemates.

If Concordia can equate work ethic and desire into success, then the Cobbers could be looking at returning to the holiday vacationland of the MIAC playoffs after having spent four hard months of working their fingers to the bone. 

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