Concordia continued to struggle in conference games, allowing seven goals to Hamline and falling to 0-5 in the MIAC.
Powerless Cobbers Clipped!
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two words sum up the recent Cobber conference debacle "power play." Or to be more precise, four words - "lack of power play."
The Cobbers went 0-for-9 on power play attempts and gave up two shorthanded goals in the process and lost their fifth straight league game, falling 7-0 at Hamline. Concordia is now 0-5 in the conference and has been shutout in three of the five games. The Cobbers have lost one game in all three series by the identical score of 7-0. Concordia drops to 5-8-1 in overall games.
Hamline wins for only the second time all season and for the first time in conference play. The Pipers are now 1-5-1 in the MIAC and 2-12-2 overall.
The game was decided in the second half of the first period when the Pipers scored a pair of shorthanded goals 5:22 apart. The goals came on the first two power play attempts of the game for Concordia and broke open a tight, 1-0 game into a 3-0 struggle.
The two teams were even before that critical stretch with Hamline notching an even-strength goal at 5:06 to open the scoring.
Concordia never recovered from the special teams slip up and allowed three more goals in a span of 3:30 in the second period. Steve Festler and Joe Long provided the scoring for the Pipers in the period. Festler notched a pair of goals and Long added his second of the game. Long also added an assist on Festler's second goal.
Griffin Kilby scored his only goal of the game to finish off the scoring in third period.
Hamline outshot Concordia 37-23 for the game. The Pipers were 2-for-8 on the power play and scored four special teams goals in the entire game.
Mike Dowers stopped 20 shots in the first 35:55 before being relieved by Josh Hand in the second period. Dowers was saddled with the loss and is now 3-4-0 on the year. Hand played the final 24:05 and made 10 saves.
Hamline goalie Todor Petkov stopped all 23 Cobber shots to pick up his first shutout and win in a Piper uniform. He is now 1-8-0 on the season.
The two teams will finish their series tomorrow afternoon at 2:00pm at the Drake Arena in St. Paul, Minn.