Concordia sophomore forward Cory Johnson digs the puck out of the corner in the Cobbers' 3-2 loss against St. Olaf on Sunday.
One Goal Short Again!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 28, 2007
Complete Gameday Program vs. St. Olaf (pdf)
1 1st 10:55 CC EV Alec Holen/11 (Markowsky, Johnson)
3 2nd 05:15 STO EV Nick Stalock/4 (Dynan, Hampson)
5 3rd 14:47 STO PP Jeff Budish/5 (Mike MacMillan)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Olaf - Now Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/28/07)-- For the second straight game Concordia lost by a single goal to St. Olaf - and for the second straight game special teams proved to be the difference. The Cobbers gave up a pair of power play goals, including the game-winner with six minutes left to play in the third period, and lost to the Oles 3-2 in Moorhead on Sunday.
The loss is the second straight one-goal defeat as CC fell to St. Olaf 4-3 on Saturday. In that game, the Oles went 3-for-6 on the power play and also scored the game-winning goal while on the power play. On Sunday, St. Olaf scored their first and third goals on the man-advantage situation and went 2-for-2 on their only two power play attempts. For the weekend, the Oles went 5-of-8 on the power play. The Cobbers had six power play chances on Sunday and went 1-for-6. For the two-game series, CC was 2-of-11 on the power play.
For the second straight game, Concordia held a slim edge in shots on goal. The Cobbers outshot St. Olaf 33-30 for the game and 62-58 for the weekend.
Concordia jumped out front in the first period when Alec Holen slammed home his team-leading 11th goal of the season at the 10:55 mark. Holen scored three of the team's five goals on the weekend. St. Olaf countered a little over five minutes later when John Paulson scored the first of the team's two power play goals. His seventh goal of the year at 16:07 sent the teams into the first intermission tied at 1-1.
Nick Stalock gave St. Olaf a 2-1 lead at the 5:15 mark in the middle period before Concordia's Tony Janssen tied the game at 15:01 on the power play. Janssen's goal came after Knut Bitustoeyl fired a shot that rebounded out to the left side of the net. Janssen hustled to get to the puck and fire it into the open side of the net just before Ole goalie Jeff Wilde was able to recover from the first shot and slide over to make the second stop.
With the score tied at 2-2 after two periods and then for much of the third period, St. Olaf scored the all-important "next" goal when Jeff Budish scored at 14:47 on the power play. The goal was Budish's fifth of the season.
Concordia had one final opportunity to score the equalizer when they went on the power play with under three minutes to go. Unfortunately they were never able to get a quality chance on goal and wound up falling by one.
Jeremy Boniface made 27 saves in the game and looked solid throughout the three periods. He is starting to find the form that he had before the Christmas break when he led the MIAC in goals against average. Wilde stopped 31 shots in the game to pick up his fifth win of the year.
The Cobbers will travel to St. Paul, Minn. next weekend when they take on Bethel on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at the National Sports Center - Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.