Concordia senior Hannah Impola fires the puck past the UST goalie for CC's second goal in their impressive 4-0 win on Friday.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 9, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. Thomas Hockey
1 1st 00:39 CC EV Erin Johnson/3 (Samuelson, Dahl)
3 2nd 14:22 CC PP Mandi Samuelson/4 (Ceara Bergsrud)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Thomas - Online!
MOORHEAD, Minn. (02/09/07)-- The thermometer outside read a crisp -9 degrees, but the temperature inside the Moorhead Youth Hockey Rink on Friday was a balmy 95 degrees as Concordia heated up the cold February night by blanking perennial league power St. Thomas 4-0.
The shutout win is the second straight for the Cobbers and is also the second time in the past three games against the Tommies they have recorded a shutout. More importantly, the victory keeps Concordia in the thick of the MIAC playoff hunt. CC is now 5-7-1 in league play and 6-9-2 overall.
The Tommies fall for the fourth time in the past five games. It is also the third time in the past five games they have been shutout. They entered the game in second place in the MIAC and will hold steady as they fall to 9-4-0 in the conference and 11-9-0 overall.
Four different Cobbers scored in the game, but in the end, it was the outstanding play of Cobber goalie Maddie Haroldson that proved to be the difference maker. Haroldson turned aside all 31 shots to post her second straight shutout. She was in goal for the Cobbers' 2-0 win over Bethel last Saturday.
The game started in dramatic fashion for Concordia. They were able to get the jump on the Tommies in the first minute of play when Erin Johnson slammed home her third goal of the season just :39 seconds into the contest.
St. Thomas was still reeling when the Cobbers struck for the second goal of the game. CC senior Hannah Impola was allowed to skate out of the right corner unattended and fire a shot past Tommie goalie Katie Jetland who had dropped to her knees to make the save. The score at 8:30 kept the Cobbers on edge for the entire first period as they outshot UST 11-3 in the opening frame.
St. Thomas had more jump in their skates in the second period. Both teams were able to get quality shots on goals but it was Concordia that came away with the only goal of the period. Mandi Samuelson scored from close range at 14:22 on the power play to give the Cobbers a surprising 3-0 lead.
That would score would hold up until the final three minutes of the third period. St. Thomas pulled Jetland with just under five minutes to give themselves a 6-on-4 situation after Cobber forward Alyssa Dahl was whistled for a hooking penalty. The Tommies were unable to get the puck past Haroldson in the two-minute, two-man advantage and then Dahl stepped out of the penalty box, the puck found its way right to her stick and she happily slid it into the empty net.
The only thing left to determine was whether Haroldson would hold onto the shutout. She gave the emphatic answer in the final seconds of play when she stoned Kara Ledel who was wide open just in front of the crease.
The Tommies had a commanding 19-5 edge in shots in goal in the final period as CC tried to protect their lead. For the game, UST held a 31-26 advantage in shots on goal.
Concordia took five penalties in the game and went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Cobber penalty kill once again lived up to its top two billing in the conference. St. Thomas went scoreless in their four power play attempts.
The two teams will complete the series on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Youth Hockey Rink.