Chris Babich heads up ice with the puck. He scored two goals in his first collegiate game.
Cobbers Roll In Opener!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 4
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MOORHEAD, Minn. --Concordia scored six times and had 49 shots on goal as they rolled past Northland (Wis.) 6-1 in both team's season opener. Freshman Chris Babich and veteran Dan Perry each scored two goals in the Cobbers' most lopsided victory since the third game of the 2002-03 season.
The Cobbers have now won five of their past seven season openers and have a 5-1-1 record during that time. The win also snaps an eight-game losing streak for Concordia.
It didn't take long for Concordia to open the scoring in the new season. Before the fans were barely in their seats, Mike Vlasak put the Cobbers up 1-0. Vlasak took a feed from Jake Dibble and gave Concordia the one-goal lead at :49.
Babich put the Cobbers up by two late in the period when he scored his first collegiate goal. The two-goal lead was to be shortlived as Northland'ds Jim Junker scored less than two minutes later to bring the Lumberjacks to within one at 2-1.
The rest of the game was all maroon and gold as they wound up outshooting Northland 31-6 in the final two periods. They would also score four more times to push the final margin to 6-1.
Babich scored the second of his two goals just :14 into the period, and then Perry netted a power play goal at 2:24 to put the Cobbers in the driver's seat for good.
Zach Ringsak scored the final goal of the period at 16:09 when he put a sweet little inside-out move on the defenseman and buried the puck over the top of Northland goalie Justin Grant.
Perry would finish off the scoring in the third period with his second goal of the game. He was sent free on a breakaway on a pass from Babich and also beat Grant upstairs.
For the game, Concordia outshot the Lumberjacks 49-17. The Cobbers were 1-for-8 on the power play, while Northland sputtered to go 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
Concordia netminder Mike Dowers made 16 saves to pick up the win. Grant turned aside 43 shots and was given the loss.
The same two teams will finish their two-game series tomorrow afternoon at 2:00pm at the Moorhead Sports Center.