Concordia took a 2-0 lead on last year's NCAA Final Four particiapnt Gustavus but allowed a pair of goals in the final period and lost 3-2.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 11, 2006
1 1st 16:24 CC PP Kayla Thorson (Unassisted)
2 2nd 04:03 CC EV Bre Bian (Kayla Thorson)
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ST. PETER, Minn. (11/17/06)-- Concordia pushed two-time defending MIAC champion, and 2005-06 NCAA semifinal participant, Gustavus for the entire three periods before falling 3-2. The Gusties needed a pair of third-period goals to pull out the come-from-behind victory in the conference opener for both teams.
The Cobbers (1-1-1/0-1-0 MIAC) scored the first two goals of the game and took a 2-1 lead into the final frame before Gustavus (2-1-0/1-0-0 MIAC) scored two goals in a span of three minutes at the start of the period to erase the deficit and gain control of the game.
Concordia used their hot-scoring connection to jump to a 2-0 lead. Freshman Kayla Thorson scored her fifth goal of the year to open the scoring on a power play at 16:24 of the first period. The goal came against the flow of play as Gustavus outshot Concordia 11-6 for the period.
The Gusties came out flying in the second period and put up 24 shots on goal but were frustrated by an opportunistic Concordia offense and the stellar goaltending of sophomore Amber Malcolm. The Cobbers once again scored on the counterattack when Bre Bian scored her first goal of the year with an assist from Thorson. Concordia has scored ten goals on the season and Thorson and Bian have combined for six goals and six assists.
Malcolm finally conceded a goal at 6:50 of the second period but that would be all the Gustavus offense would produce until the opening five minutes of the third period.
The game changed in the first five minutes of the final period as Gustavus scored a pair of even-strength goals to take their first lead of the game. The Gusties would hold onto the one-goal margin to come away with the win.
For the game Malcolm stopped a career-high 49 shots as Gustavus held a 52-18 advantage in shots on goal. The Gusties split the goaltending duties. Kitty Hurley made 11 saves in the first two periods of play. Amanda Rosequist came on in the third period and made five saves to earn her first win of the year.
Both teams took six penalties in the game. Concordia went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Gusties were held scoreless in their five man-advantage situations.
The two teams will finish the two-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m at the Don Roberts Ice Rink on the campus of Gustavus.