Concordia freshman Guy Grivas gets upended as he goes through center ice in Concordia's 4-1 loss to UW-Stout.
Cobbers Upended By UW-Stout!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 10
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- After falling behind 2-0 in the second period, Concordia scored the next goal to get to within one after the second intermission and had hopes of duplicating their Friday night feat against UW-Stevens Point. Unfortunately UW-Stout had other ideas and came out to score two unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes and came away with a 4-1 victory.
The Cobbers lost for the fifth time in the past six times and watches their overall record drop to 5-7-1. The game marks the final non-conference contest for Concordia in the 2005-06 season. They finish with a 5-3-1 record and will now play 12 straight MIAC games to finish the regular season.
UW-Stout, who was playing in its first game since Dec. 10, improves to 9-6 on the season. The Blue Devils are currently tied for first place in the NCHA.
The two teams played an up-and-down first period, combining for 27 total shots and coming up with several quality chances on goal. Cobber goalie Jeremy Boniface stoned Stout for the first 17 minutes of the game before Andrew Stearns finally broke the scoreless tie at 17:37.
The Blue Devils captured a 2-0 advantage at 13:29 of the second period when Jeff DeFrancesca swatted a centering pass out of mid air to finish off a well-choreographed odd-man rush.
Concordia finally got on the board with less than two minutes remaining in the period. Tyler Neu was set up on a platter on the power play when Brett Johnson's pass dissected the Blue Devil defense and gave Neu a wide-open opportunity right in front of the net. Neu finished off the pass for his third goal of the year.
Stout pulled away from Concordia in the final half of the third period. Leading 2-1, the Blue Devils scored the critical "next goal" at 14:16 to go up by two and put the Cobbers on the ropes. Stout finished off the game at 16:30 when Jake Erickson scored his fourth goal of the game to put the Blue Devils ahead 4-1.
Boniface, playing in his first game since November 19, made 39 saves as Stout outshot the Cobbers 43-29. Blue Devil goalie Matt Koening turned aside 28 shots to pick up his team-leading fifth win of the year.
Neither team was able to find a rhythm on the power play. Concordia went 1-for-6 on the power play and Stout was held scoreless, going 0-for-4.
Concordia will have a 10-day break before returning to action on Jan. 20 when they play at Hamline at 7:00pm.