Concordia junior Dan Perry scored a pair of goals for the third straight game and led Concordia to a 4-3 win over UM-Crookston.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 5
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CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Concordia junior forward Dan Perry started the season by scoring four goals in the first two games of the season. After the Cobbers' 4-3 win over UM-Crookston on Wednesday, Perry has made a statement.
For the third straight game the 6-5 Perry used his size and new-found scoring touch to notch a pair of goals and propel Concordia to its third straight victory. Perry is letting opposing teams know that this year's Cobbers are a different breed and that the team is ready to make a run at the top of the MIAC. He also added an assist in the game and now has 10 points in the first three games this year.
Perry and the Cobbers are now 3-0 on the season, the first time Concordia has started the season with three straight wins since 2002-03 season when they also started with three victories before losing in the fourth game.
UM-Crookston remains winless on the season as they drop to 0-2.
The Cobbers have also scored 19 goals in their first three games, a feat that didn't happen until the seventh game last year.
Concordia never trailed in the game, and were only ahead by more than one goal for 49 seconds as the teams traded goals throughout the game. Perry started the scoring in the first period and then finished off the scoring for the Cobbers in the third period when he scored his second consecutive game-winning goal. Sandwiched in between were goals by Ryan Clukey and Anthony Olson. Both goals were the first collegiate tallies for the two freshmen.
Perry started the game off on the right foot for Concordia, scoring his fifth goal of the year at 3:53 of the opening period. The Golden Eagles then started the game of cat-and-mouse by getting evening the game at 11:53. Clukey then put the Cobbers ahead just before the first intermission when he scored his first collegiate goal at 19:31. Perry picked up the assist on the play, his fourth of the year.
Crookston waited until the second period before putting the game back in a tie. Teal Plaine scored at 6:29 to level the game at 2-2. The Cobbers responded quickly on a goal from Olson at 7:57.
Concordia finally claimed a two-goal lead when Perry scored his second goal of the game, and eventual game-winner, at 11:03 in the third frame. The two-goal cushion was short-lived as the Golden Eagles countered with a goal 49 seconds later.
Crookston pulled their goalie in the final two minutes of the game but was never able to get the ultimate equalizing goal.
Freshman goalie Jeremy Boniface stopped 27 shots for Concordia and picked up his first collegiate victory. Crookston netminder Brett Shelanski turned aside 38 shots in the losing effort.
Concordia outshot the Golden Eagles 42-30. The Cobbers went scoreless on the power play, going 0-for-6, while Crookston scored one time in their six power play attempts.
The two teams will play again on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:00pm at the Moorhead Sports Center in the second half of the home and home series.