Concordia senior Brice Berggren digs the puck out of the corner in the Cobbers' 2-2 overtime tie with #11 St. Thomas.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- In between the first and second periods, Concordia honored their four seniors during their annual Senior Night celebration, and during the next two periods the Cobber seniors made sure they gave the fans in attendance at the Moorhead Sports Center the real honor. With three of the four combining on the first goal of the game just 11 seconds into the second period, Concordia went on to battle to a 2-2 overtime with 11th-ranked St. Thomas.
The conference point earned via the tie is the first point in league play for the Cobbers in the 2005-06 season. Concordia is now 0-12-1 in the MIAC and 5-15-2 overall. St. Thomas, looking to gain two points to pull away from St. John's in the race for the MIAC title, settles for a single point and sees their conference record go to 10-2-1. They are now 13-8-1 overall.
The two teams played three periods in regulation and a five-minute overtime period of exciting up-and-down hockey. Neither team was able to establish an edge in momentum, with both teams having quality chances throughout the entire 65 minutes.
After senior Mike Vlasak scored the first goal of the game at the beginning of the second period on assists from seniors Brice Berggren and Aaron Bruggeman, St. Thomas evened the score 4:01 later on a power play goal from Nick Harris.
Neither team was able to score for the remainder of the period. The Tommies posted their first lead of the game when Brandon Wilcox scored an even-strength goal at 2:23 of the final frame. Like St. Thomas in the second period, the Cobbers were quick to counter as Kevin Kratz scored his second goal of the season at 6:06.
The most exciting play of the night came less than three minutes after Concordia evened the score. Cobber defenseman Chris Babich was whistled for a tripping penalty on a breakaway and St. Thomas was awarded a penalty shot. Colin Greenlees was stopped cold by Concordia goalie Jeremy Boniface after Greenlees tried to fire a shot low to Boniface's glove side.
The following 11 minutes turned into the teams trading chances without being able to find the back of the net. In the overtime period, the Cobbers were able to escape a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation to come away with the tie.
St. Thomas outshot Concordia 46-19 in the game as Boniface made 44 saves in the game. Tommie goalie Treye Kettwick turned aside 17 of the 19 shots he faced.
St. Thomas was 1-for-8 on the power play while the Cobbers went scoreless in their three man-advantage situations.
The two teams will finish the weekend series on Saturday at 2:00pm at the Moorhead Sports Center.