Concordia forward Bre Bian and the rest of the Cobbers were unable to score in their 1-0 loss at home against Bethel.
Blanked By Bethel!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 2, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: Bethel Hockey
Complete Gameday Program vs. Bethel (pdf)
1 1st 16:39 BU EV Bethany Murphy/10 (Amy Beitzel)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. Bethel - Now Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (02/02/07)-- There are many great mysteries in life. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Who built Stonehenge? If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it really make a sound? The Cobber women's hockey team has added another mystery to that list. How does one get a puck past Bethel goalie Beth Spurrier?
Concordia recorded 24 shots on goals against the Royal goalie, but none found the back of the net and the Cobbers wound up losing at home to Bethel 1-0 on Friday.
The shutout victory marks the third straight blanking of Concordia by Spurrier in a streak that stretches back to the two games in the 2005-06 season. CC has now gone 180 straight minutes without getting a puck by the sophomore netminder.
The loss delivers a sever blow for Concordia's playoff hopes. They entered the game 3-6-1 in the MIAC and only three points back of Bethel for the fifth, and final, spot in the conference playoffs. Now, CC is 3-7-1 in league play and a full five games adrift of the Royals. Concordia is now 4-9-2 overall.
With the win, Bethel climbs above the .500 mark in conference play. The Royals are now 5-4-2 in the MIAC and make a jump into fourth place in the league standings. Overall, they are now 6-8-2 on the year. The victory also snaps a seven-game winless skid for BU.
The lone goal of the game came towards the end of the first period. Bethel sophomore Bethany Murphy finished off a pass from Amy Beitzel to give the Royals the only goal they would need in the game at the 16:39 mark of the opening frame.
From then on, Spurrier did the work. She stopped everything the Cobbers could throw on net and did not allow any quality second chances.
Cobber goalie Amber Malcolm matched Spurrier save for save but unfortunately conceded the only goal of the night. In the end, she turned aside 16 shots.
Neither team could score on the power play. Concordia went 0-for-6 while the Royals were held scoreless in their five attempts.
The biggest chance for the Cobbers came midway though the second period when CC had a 5-on-3 advantage for over a full two minutes. They were unable to find a way past Spurrier and the Bethel goalie only got stronger from that point forward.
For the game, Concordia outshot Bethel 24-17. The Cobbers were whistled for five penalties for 10 penalty minutes and the Royals recorded eight penalties for 16 minutes.
The two teams will finish off their two-game series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Sports Center. Fans can follow all the game action with live stats from the Cobbers athletics website.