Cory Johnson heads up ice with the puck in Concordia's 6-3 win over St. John's. Johnson had three assists in the game.
Break On Through!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 23, 2007
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1 1st 05:23 SJU EV Joel Stacklie/4 (Tom Freeman)
4 2nd 10:02 CC EV Alec Holen/12 (Johnson, Clukey)
8 3rd 01:48 CC EV Knut Bitustoeyl/9 (Tony Janssen)
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/23/07)-- Concordia used a three-goal outburst in the second period to overcome a 2-1 deficit and go on to beat St. John's 6-3 in Moorhead on Friday. The win snaps the Cobbers' 13-game losing streak. CC also wins for the first time in the 2007 calendar year.
Knut Bitustoeyl and Alec Holen both scored a pair of goals for Concordia and freshman goalie Mike Persson gave CC a chance for the win by making several key stops in the first two periods. The Johnnies had three different players score goals as they lost for the first time in three games.
The game started off on the wrong foot for the Cobbers as they gave up a goal at the 5:23 mark of the opening period and allowed the Johnnies to control the flow of the game for the first 10 minutes of the game.
Concordia (7-17-0/3-12-0 MIAC) finally found their offensive legs on the power play midway through the opening frame. With one of the SJU players in the box for a high sticking call, Bitustoeyl scored the first of his two goals in the game. Cory Johnson was credited with the first of three assists in the game on the goal.
St. John's (8-14-2/5-9-1 MIAC) quickly doused the Cobber enthusiasm as they finished off an odd-man rush just 26 seconds later to take back the lead at 2-1.
That score would hold up until midway through the second period when Concordia was able to score three goals in a span of 2:34. First up was CC scoring leader Holen who netted an even-strength goal at 10:02. Blaine Gamst followed that up with a score at 10:58 and Adam Campbell scored the eventual game-winner at 12:36. Johnson had a hand in both Holen's goal and Campbell's game winner.
The Johnnies were bale to get one goal back before the end of the second stanza when Justin Wild scored after the puck took a strange carom off the boards and found Wild all alone by the goal.
Bitustoeyl then scored the most important goal of the game when he took a Tony Janssen pass and found the back of the net less than two minutes into the final period to give the Cobbers a 5-3 lead. Holen then finished off the scoring with an empty net goal at the 19:41 mark.
For the game, Concordia was outshot by St. John's 36-25. For the first time in several games the Cobber penalty kill unit did not stub their toe and put CC in a hole. Concordia held SJU scoreless in their six power play attempts on the night. The Cobbers were 1-for-4 in their man-advantage situations.
Concordia was whistled for eight penalties for 16 minutes, while the Johnnies took five penalties for 10 penalty minutes.
Persson made the key saves when he needed to in the first and second periods. He finished with 33 saves to collect his second win of the season. St. John's split the goaltending duties. Andy Cook started the game and made 10 saves in 32:36 minutes of action. He was replaced by Vince Wheeler who turned aside nine shots in the final 26:02.
The two teams will complete their seasons tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Sports Center.