Concordia was never able to solve the St. Mary's defense or the goaltending in their 7-2 loss on Saturday.


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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Concordia gave up three goals in the first period and the first five in the game and lost 7-2 to St. Mary's. The win gives the Cardinals the series sweep - the first sweep of the season for St. Mary's.

The Cobbers lose for the sixth straight game and are now winless in their last 10 games. Concordia has also dropped their last 16 conference games in a streak that dates back to the middle of last season. The Cobbers are now 0-8-0 in the MIAC and 5-11-1 overall.

St. Mary's, who entered the weekend with only two wins on the year and winless in their last seven, improves to 3-7-0 in league play and 4-13-1 overall. The Cardinals received goals from six different players and on the weekend scored 14 goals which is one more than they had scored in the previous seven games combined.

For the second straight game, Concordia outshot St. Mary's but was unable to solve the riddle of Cardinal goalie Curtis Nosal. Nosal stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in the game and 67 of the 68 shots he faced in the series.

St. Mary's won the game on Saturday in a :16 stretch at the end of the first period. Leading 1-0 in a game that was going back and forth, the Cardinals scored a pair of goals in less than 20 seconds to take command of the game.

St. Mary's tacked on two more goals in the second period before the Cobbers got on the board at the 18:37 mark. Dan Perry scored his team-leading 10th goal of the year to end a stretch of four scoreless periods.

Trailing 5-1 heading into the final period, Concordia was unable to take advantage of four straight power play attempts and watched as St. Mary's struck for a power play goal of their own and then a shorthanded goal in the final five minutes of the game. The shorthanded goal is the fifth in the past three games that Concordia has allowed and 11th on the season.

Cory Johnson finally cracked the net on the man-advantage situation with :27 remaining in the game to give the Cobbers their first power play goal in the past two games. Concordia went 1-for-8 in the game on the power play and is now 3-for-36 (8.3%) on the power play in the last four games.

Mike Dowers made 21 saves for Concordia. Nosal stopped 30 shots before giving way to junior Andy Nadeau with 5:50 remaining in the game. Nadeau came in and made a brilliant save on a breakaway attempt and played very well throughout his appearance. Nadeau finished with four saves.

The Cobbers will play at St. Olaf next weekend in a two-game series that starts on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:00pm.