Mandi Samuelson (#22) and Hannah Impola celebrate one of the three Cobber second period goals against St. Mary's.
Very Special Teams!!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 19, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. Mary's Hockey
Complete Gameday Program vs. St. Mary's (pdf)
1 1st 07:21 CC EV Erin Johnson/2 (Samuelson, Dahl)
3 2nd 09:55 CC PP Han. Impola/2 (Bian, Vander Kooy)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Mary's - online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (01/19/07)-- Concordia finally ended their two month long road trip in style by beating St. Mary's 6-3 in Moorhead on Friday. The game was the home opener for the Cobbers who played their first 12 games of the season on the road.
The difference in the game was black and white. Concordia went 3-of-6 on the power play and scored on their two-man advantage while the Cardinals were held scoreless in their six power play attempts and did not find the net on a pair of 5-on-3 situations.
Mandi Samuelson was the scoring hero for CC as she scored a pair of goals in the team's highest offensive output of the season. The six goals scored for Concordia is also the most tallied in a conference game since they downed St. Kate's by a similar 6-3 score on Dec. 4, 2004.
The win also helps the Cobbers end a five-game losing streak on the season and a 12-game winless skid against the Cardinals. The victory moves CC to 3-5-1 in the league and 4-7-2 overall. St. Mary's loses for the seventh straight game and falls to 2-4-1 in MIAC play and 2-10-2 overall.
The game turned in the pivotal second period. After the two teams traded goals in the opening period, with Erin Johnson scoring her second goal of the year for the Cobbers and SMU countering with a shorthanded goal from Melissa Mondo, Concordia broke the game wide open with three power play goals in the middle stanza.
Hannah Impola started the second period power play scoring spree by tallying a power play goal at 9:55. That came while the Cobbers were on a 5-on-3 advantage. Kelsey Puffe then put CC up 3-1 on the ensuing 5-on-4 advantage at the 11:00 mark. Samuelson finished off the trifecta of power play goals when she slammed home the first of her two goals in the game at 17:04.
Alyssa Dahl then came up with the critical fifth goal for CC to put the Cobbers up by four at 5-1. Dahl's shorthanded goal just 31 seconds into the final period was her third of the season.
The Cardinals then cut the lead to two goals by scoring at 5:06 on a goal by Rachel Harrison, and then again at 18:01 on Rebecca Jelenc's first score of the season.
SMU then took a timeout and promptly pulled its goalie to try and cut into the 5-3 lead. That tactic last for over a minute before Samuelson scored her second goal of the game to seal the victory.
The Cobbers had a decided 36-21 edge in shots on goal. Both teams took eight penalties in the game for 16 penalty minutes.
CC goalie Maddie Haroldson stopped 18 shots to earn her second win of the season. St. Mary's started the game with Nikki Jung, who played all the way until the first Cobber goal in the third period, and was relieved by Amanda Gage who finished the game. Jung made 20 saves in the game and was saddled with the loss. Gage turned aside 10 shots in a little over 18:00 of play.
The two teams will finish the two-game series on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Sports Center.