Concordia sophomore Bre Bian had three assists in the Cobbers' 5-2 win over Finlandia on Saturday. She had five assists in the series.
3 Out Of 4 Ain't Bad!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 11, 2006
1 1st 05:04 CC EV Kayla Thorson - Bre Bian
4 2nd 12:30 CC PP Paige Stone - Impola, Dunn
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Finlandia - online!
HANCOCK, Mich. (11/11/06)-- Concordia completed a successful season-opening weekend by beating Finlandia 5-2 on Saturday in Hancock, Mich. and taking three out of a possible four points on the weekend. It also marks the first time since the 2002-03 season that the Cobbers have not lost in their opening two games of the season.
Concordia scored four of the first five goals in the game on Saturday to take a 4-1 lead that helped the Cobbers to their first win of the season. Freshman Kayla Thorson continued her hot scoring ways in the series. On Friday, she scored two of the team's three goals and on Saturday she equaled that total by netting the first two goals of the game.
After the Lions scored a goal midway through the opening period to bring the game to within one at 2-1, Concordia busted the game open in the second period. Paige Stone scored a power play goal at 12:30 and then Kelsey Puffe added the fourth goal less than two minutes later. It was both Stone's and Puffe's first goals of the year.
The two teams traded goals in the final 4:30 of the second period to finish off the scoring in the game. The last goal of the game was scored by Cobber captain Ceara Bergsrud on the power play.
One of the difference-makers in the series was Concordia sophomore forward Bre Bian. Bian had two assists in the series-opener on Friday and then added three more on Saturday to bring her two-game total to five. That total is as many as she had in all of last year.
Freshman goalie Maddie Haroldson picked up her first collegiate win in her start of the year. Haroldson made 27 saves to earn the victory.
For the game, Concordia outshot 33-29 for the game. The Cobbers were a proficient 2-for-6 on the power play, while Finlandia was 1-for-5 in man-advantage situations. The two teams combined for 12 penalties and 24 penalty minutes.
Concordia will open MIAC play next weekend when they play at Gustavus on Nov. 17-18.