Concordia allowed St. Mary's to score the first six goals in the game and lost 7-1 in Winona at Saturday.
Winless In Winona!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 20, 2007
1 1st 04:00 SMU- EV Kevin Eidsmo/1 (Anthony Bohn)
4 2nd 06:24 SMU- EV Jeff Miller/1 (Anthony Bohn)
6 3rd 02:19 CC PP Ryan Clukey/5 (Lofgren, Johnson)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Mary's - now online
WINONA, Minn. (1/20/07)-- Count Concordia head coach Steve Baumgartner as one of the top spokesmen for the Fargo-Moorhead Tourism Board. The Cobbers left the friendly confines of the Red River Valley just after the turn of the year with a three-game winning streak and an overall record of 6-4-0. Five away games later, CC is mired in a five-game losing skid and has fallen to 6-9-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the MIAC.
The latest road kill happened on Saturday in Winona as Concordia gave up five straight goals in the first two periods of play and lost 7-1 to St. Mary's . The Cardinals completed the series sweep by outshooting the Cobbers 47-37 and never allowing CC to come up with a stretch of quality chances.
The game was also marred by a string of skirmishes and 116 penalty minutes. The Cobbers were tagged for 16 penalties and three 10-minute misconduct infractions. The Cardinals bested CC in penalties as well as they committed 18 penalties for 60 penalty minutes and three 10-minute misconduct penalties.
Both team's penalty kill units saw a lot of action in the game and were up to the challenge. Concordia killed five of the six SMU power play attempts, while the Cardinals snuffed out six of the seven CC man-advantage situations.
St. Mary's (6-10-1/3-4-1 MIAC) continued the momentum they gained in the final period on Friday night when they scored three unanswered goals to turn a 3-3 tie into a 6-3 victory. The Cardinals broke out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period by scoring three different types of goals. They scored an even-strength at 4:00 then added the eventual game-winner at 6:31 while they were shorthanded. They finished the trifecta of nuggets at 13:48 when they bagged a power play goal at 13:48.
Those three goals would turn out to be more than enough as the CC offense couldn't get past a tough SMU defense and the solid goaltending of junior Dan Smith. Smith stopped 29 shots as he played 54:22 to earn his fifth win of the year.
Cobber goalie Jeremy Boniface gave up five goals in the first 30:27 and has now given up as many goals in his last four appearances (20) as he did in his first nine games of the season when he was at the top of the league's goals against chart.
The lone Cobber goal in the game was scored by sophomore forward Ryan Clukey. Clukey finally got the Cobbers on the board at the 2:19 mark of the third period. His power play goal was assisted by Sean Lofgren and Cory Johnson and was his third of the season.
Concordia will happily return home to host St. Olaf in a two-game series on Jan. 27-28. The game on Saturday night will feature a 7 p.m. first-period faceoff while the Jan. 28 tilt will start at 2 p.m.