Concordia freshman Knut Bitustoeyl fires a shot from the point during the Cobbers' 5-2 loss to Gustavus. Bitustoeyl had one of the two Concordia goals in the game.
Penalty Fest 2006!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 18
Complete Gameday Program vs. Gustavus (pdf)
1 1st 12:19 GAC EV Mike Hosfield/1 (Eric Bigham)
3 2nd 07:11 GAC PP Mike Hosfield/2
7 3rd 18:38 GAC EN Joe Welch/1
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Gustavus - Now Online
MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/18/06)-- Usually when a game features 25 total penalties and 50 penalty minutes, fans think the game was a chippy, overly physical affair that was more of a push-and-shove battle than a hockey game. That wasn't the case on Saturday as Concordia and Gustavus played their second straight penalty-filled game with the Gusties coming out on top 5-2 on the strength of two goals in the final eight minutes of the first period.
Despite the numerous penalties, the game was played from end-to-end with the officiating crew clamping down on the holding, hooking and interference that usually slows the game down.
In the end, Concordia's down fall was their inability to score or find any offensive output on the power play. The Cobbers went 2-for-11 in man-advantage situations on Saturday and 3-for-18 for the weekend. Gustavus was equally ineffective on the power play, going 1-for-7 on Saturday and 1-for-15 in the two-game sweep.
The first period went back and forth and did not show any signs of turning into a chopped up penalty fest. The two teams had only one penalty in the first 20 minutes of play. The game turned in the final eight minutes of the opening frame when the Gusties scored two even-strength goals. Mike Hosfield scored the first of his two goals and then Steven Jensen netted his first goal of the year at 17:08 to give Gustavus the 2-0 lead.
The Gusties extended the lead to 3-0 at the 7:11 mark of the second period and then Concordia was finally able to get on the board on the power play when freshman Knut Bitustoeyl scored his second goal of the series, and of his collegiate career, at 16:30.
Gustavus countered less than two minutes later before Carl Babich brought Concordia back to within two with a power play goal at 19:16.
The third period was hard for the Concordia special teams. After going 2-for-5 on the power play in the second period, the Cobbers were held scoreless in six attempts in the final 20 minutes. The game could have been closer had Concordia converted on one of their chances throughout the final period.
The final goal came after Concordia pulled their goalie with 1:33 left in the game and were on the power play. Joe Welch picked off a cross-ice pass in his own end and raced the length of the ice to slide the puck into the open goal.
Concordia and Gustavus traded shots in the first two periods with the Gusties holding a 19-18 edge after 40 minutes of play. That changed in the final period as Gustavus outshot Concordia 9-2.
Concordia goalie Mike Persson made 23 saves in the game and lost for the first time on the year. He also picked up an assist on the second Cobber goal. Gustavus goalie Kevin Johnson stopped 18 shots and picked up his second win of the weekend.
The Cobbers will play outside the MIAC when they host NCHA foe St. Scholastica on November 24-25. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and both will be played at the Moorhead Sports Center.