Concordia scored four unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit and claim a 6-4 victory and a series sweep over Hamlne.
Sweet Series Sweep!
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1 1st 06:07 CC PP Knut Bitustoeyl/3
2 2nd 08:22 HU PP Joe Long/8 (Justin Hanna, Lee Joos)
5 3rd 05:47 HU PP Matt Buckley/3 (Cory Krogen)
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/09/06)-- Concordia scored four unanswered goals after Hamline had taken a 4-2 lead in the third period and rallied to claim a 6-4 victory in Moorhead on Saturday.
The win completes the series sweep for the Cobbers. It is the first conference sweep for Concordia since they swept the Pipers at the end of January in the 2004-05 season. The two weekend wins evens the Cobbers' record at 2-2 in conference play and pushes their overall record above .500 at 5-4-0 on the year. Hamline loses for the fifth straight time and falls to 1-5-0 in the MIAC and 2-8-0 overall.
The game started out with all the inclination of Friday night's game as the two teams skated back and forth through the first 20 minutes of the game. The Cobbers were able to put up the lone goal of the period on the power play when Knut Bitustoeyl scored the first of his two goals in the game at 6:07. Cobber goalie Jeremy Boniface once again had the Pipers' number as he calmly turned aside all eight shots in the period.
The game took on a different tone just before the midway point of the second period when Joe Long was able to bang a goal past Boniface to tie the score at 1-1. Injected with the confidence of finally having beaten Boniface in the series, Hamline continued to attack the Concordia goal for the next two minutes. The Cobbers were able to hold back the Piper push when they answered with their second power play goal of the day off of the stick of Ryan Clukey. For Clukey, it was his fourth goal of the year.
The Pipers tied the score one more time with less than three minutes to go in the middle frame. Michael McDonough score his second goal of the season to send the teams into the second intermission tied at 2-2.
The third period turned out to be the wildest, most exciting 20 minutes of play the entire weekend. The final period started with Hamline scoring a pair of goals lass than one minute apart to take a 4-2 lead and seemingly grab control of the game. Matt Buckley scored at 5:47 on the power play and then Lee Joos scored an even-strength goal at 6:43.
Concordia response was quick and much-needed as Bitustoeyl scored his second goal of the game just 42 seconds after Hamline's fourth goal.
The flurry of four goals in less than four minutes was finished at 9:05 when Brent Sands scored his first collegiate goal to knot the game at 4-4.
Having lost the momentum and then regained it all in a matter of four minutes, Concordia started to play the best hockey of the weekend, snapping the puck around the rink to find the open spaces. The game-winning goal came on a perfectly executed passing play that started when senior defenseman Mark Buchholz stepped up to win the puck in the neutral zone. He then patiently waited for the defense to split and skated the puck into the Hamline end. As the defense finally converged on Buchholz, he slipped the puck over to Adam Campbell who drew the attention of Hamline goalie Todor Petkov. Campbell then neatly fed the puck to Tony Janssen who was standing all alone at the side of the net with an open goal in front of him. Janssen tapped the puck in the empty net and gave the Cobbers' the lead for good.
Blaine Gamst added an insurance goal at the 14:26 mark to bring the final score to 6-4.
Concordia outshot Hamline 40-30 in the game and held a 73-70 advantage in shots on goal for the series. Boniface made 26 saves on Saturday to earn his fourth win of the season. He is now 4-3 on the year. Petkov turned aside 34 shots and remains winless on the season at 0-3.
Hamline was whistled for 10 penalties for 20 penalty minutes and the Cobbers took six penalties for 12 minutes. Concordia was 2-for-7 on the power play for the game. The Pipers were finally able to captalize on a man-advantage situation in the second period and finished the game 2-for-6 on the power play.
Concordia will play at UM-Crookston on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. to finish off their 2006 portion of the season.