Ryan Clukey carries the puck up the ice against UM-Crookston. He helped CC beat Crookston 8-0 and earn their third straight win.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: December 16
1 1st 11:33 CC PP Knut Bitustoeyl (Tony Janssen)
4 2nd 06:14 CC EV Chris Babich (Joachim Flaten)
7 3rd 05:17 CC PP Tony Janssen (Bitustoeyl, Flaten)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. UM-Crookston - Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/16/06)-- Concordia scored three goals in the first period and three in the second period en route to posting their third consecutive win and third shutout of the season as they hammered UM-Crookston 8-0 on Saturday in Crookston.
Eight different players scored for the Cobbers with freshman forward Knut Bitustoeyl scoring a goal and adding three assists to lead the way for CC.
The Cobbers scored three times in a six-minute span in the middle of the first period to break open their sixth win of the season and move their overall record to 6-4-0. The Golden Eagles had no response for Concordia's offensive outburst and fell for the fourth straight time. Crookston is now 2-7-1. The win also completes the series sweep for the Cobbers over the Golden Eagles. Earlier in the season CC had beaten Crookston 8-3 in Moorhead.
The three-game winning streak is the second time this season that CC has won three straight. Concordia opened the season by winning three-in-a-row before dropping four straight.
The three shutouts on the year is the most since the 2000-01 season. Cobber sophomore goalie Jeremy Boniface played the first two periods and Mike Persson came on in relief to shut down the Golden Eagles in the third period. Boniface also lowered his league-leading goals against average to 2.14.
The two teams battled through an even first ten minutes in the game - a game that featured 35 penalties and 81 penalty minutes. Concordia was finally able to seize control of the game midway through the opening period when Bitustoeyl scored the first of his four points on the game when he scored on a power play at 11:33. Bitustoeyl would add three more assists in the game to bring his game total to four and his season total to 10.
The power play goal was one of two for CC in the game, which finished 2-for-13 on the extra-man chances. Crookston saw their chance to stay close in the game vanish in man-advantage situations as Concordia held the Golden Eagles scoreless in their 10 attempts.
After Bitustoeyl scored the eventual game-winner, Adam Campbell and Sean Lofgren added even-strength goals in the next six minutes to give the Cobbers a 3-0 break heading into the second period.
Chris Babich, Blaine Gamst and Joachim Flaten would tack on goals in the middle frame to put the game out of reach and open the way for a plethora of penalties in the final 30:30 of the game. During that period-and-a-half stretch, the two teams combined for 20 penalties.
The scoring was finished in the third period by goals from Tony Janssen and Alec Holen. Janssen finished the game with a goal and two assists and Holen added another assist to bring his team-leading season point total to 17 on the season.
For the game, Concordia ended up outshooting Crookston 41-22. The 22 shots by Crookston is the fewest allowed by the Cobbers to any opponent all season.
Boniface finished his 40 minutes by stopping all 18 shots to pick up his fifth win of the year. He is now 5-3 on the season. Persson made four saves in the final period. Like the Cobbers, the Golden Eagles split the goaltending duties in the game. Brett Shelanski played the first two periods and made 18 saves and Kyle Knudsen played the final period and turned aside 15 shots.
Concordia will take an extended break for the Christmas holiday. CC will return to action when they play at UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.