Concordia sophomore Matt Cosmos carries the puck in overtime on his way to scoring the game-winning goal.
A Fifth For A Fourth
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 15
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Dan Perry and the Concordia men's hockey team extended their perfect start to the 2005-06 season by overcoming a 3-1 deficit midway though the final period to rally and defeat UM-Crookston 5-4 in overtime.
Perry, who has caught lightning in a bottle to start the year, scored two more goals against the Golden Eagles and now has eight on the season. He has scored two goals in every game this year and currently leads the nation in points and goals per game. Perry also added an assist in the game and has eight goals and four assists for 12 points this year.
The Cobbers win for the fourth straight time at the start of the 2005-06 campaign. It is the first time since the 1999-00 season that they have started a year with four consecutive victories. Concordia has never started a season with five straight wins in the history of the program.
UM-Crookston loses for the second straight game in overtime by an identical 5-4 score. The Golden Eagles remain winless in their first five games of the 2005-06 season.
For two periods it looked as if Perry's and Concordia's streaks would come to a crashing halt. Perry was held scoreless for the first 40 minutes and the Cobbers were unable to find the net on their shots and most of their passing attempts to set up a scoring chance were also off the mark. Crookston also looked as if they had found a jump in their stride and were ready to snap their four-game losing skid. The Golden Eagles held a decisive 18-10 advantage in shots over the first two frames.
Thanks to some stellar goaltending by Cobber sophomore netminder Mike Dowers, Concordia was able to limit Crookston to only one goal.
The game might have turned in the final 10 seconds of the second period. Instead of taking a 1-0 lead into the third period and being able to add to their total in the final period, the Golden Eagles watched as Matt Cosmos scored the first of his two goals in the game at the 19:56 mark.
Crookston did a good job of putting the last-second road bump behind them in the first seven minutes of the third period. The Golden Eagles received goals from Wyatt LaVigne and Teal Plaine to claim a 3-1 lead.
That is when the Cobber finishing and passing sights finally became aligned. Anthony Olson scored his first collegiate goal at 8:15, and then Perry finally broke free of the Crookston shackles and tied the game at 15:28.
Crookston responded 2:32 later when it looked like they would finally get a game-winning goal as Patrick Knutson pushed the Golden Eagles to a 4-3 lead with 2:00 to play.
Perry used some more magic to knot the game one last time. He roofed a shot as he was falling onto his back at 18:59 to tie the game at 4-4.
The overtime period was short-lived as Concordia pounced on the stunned Golden Eagles and delivered the game-winner just 29 seconds into the extra period. Cosmos scored his second goal of the game on an assist from Brice Berggren to give the Cobbers the victory and extend their winning streak.
Crookston outshot the Cobbers 25-20 for the game. Dowers turned aside 21 shots to pick up his second win of the season. Golden Eagles goalie Jaden Isakson made 15 saves in the losing effort.
The Cobber power play was 1-for-3, while Crookston went 1-for-4 in man-advantage situations. The two teams skated a clean, fast-paced game as only seven total penalties were called in the game.
Concordia will go for their record-setting fifth straight victory when they play at St. John's on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:00pm at the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud. The two teams will finish their two-game series on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:00pm at the same location.