Concordia goalie Jeremy Boniface stopped 37 shots to help the Cobbers win their first MIAC game since the 2004-05 season.
Ding, Dong The Streak Is Dead!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: December 8
Complete Gameday Program vs. Hamline (pdf)
1 1st 07:28 CC PP Mark Buchholz/3 (Clukey, Holen)
2 2nd 00:20 CC PP Shawn Goos/1 (Buchholz, Gamst)
4 3rd 17:43 CC EV Ryan Clukey/3 (Chris Babich, Holen)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Hamline - Now Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/08/06)-- The streak is dead! The streak is dead! Concordia received four goals from four different players and rode the hot goaltending of Jeremy Boniface to beat Hamline 4-0 in Moorhead on Friday and earn their first conference win since January 29 of the 2004-05 season.
The Cobbers showed a quick step in their skates all night long as they continually beat the Pipers to loose pucks in the center of the ice and were able to gain control of the game for large portions during the first and second periods.
Mark Buchholz, Shawn Goos, Sean Lofgren and Ryan Clukey all scored goals for Concordia in the win and Boniface stoned the Pipers all night long to pick up his second shutout of the season.
For the game, Hamline outshot the Cobbers 37-33. The telling statistic of the night came on the power play where Concordia went 2-for-7 but held the Pipers scoreless in their four power-play attempts. Of those four man-advantage situations, Hamline had a pair of 5-on-3 situations and also had a five-minute major power-play midway through the third period. Boniface and the Cobber penalty kill units kept the Pipers from scoring which helped Concordia earn their first conference win in almost two years.
Buchholz struck first for the Cobbers when he notched his third goal of the year on a power play at 7:28 of the first period. That would be the lone goal in the period thanks to Boniface who stopped a Hamline breakaway that would have evened the score at 1-1.
The "highlight reel" goal of the game came just 20 seconds into the second period. After Hamline had taken a penalty at the very end of the first period, Goos took the puck near his own blueline and proceeded to race down the left side past the Hamline forecheck. He then sped past the defense, turned the corner and tucked the puck past Hamline goalie Matt Wanvig.
Concordia added to the lead less than four minutes later when Lofgren scored his first goal of the season. Lofgren's goal was set up by the persistance of Tony Webber and Casey Olson who were credited with assists on the play.
The final goal came with less than three minutes to play in the final period. Clukey finished off a pretty passing play when he took a pass from Alec Holen and Chris Babich and finished off the scoring in the game.
Concordia took nine penalties in the game for 29 minutes while the Pipers were whistled for 10 penalties and 28 penalty minutes.
Boniface turned aside 37 shots to earn his third win of the season and even his record at 3-3-0. Wanvig stopped 29 shots and fell to 2-5-0 on the year.
The two teams will complete the series on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Sports Center.