Cobber sophomore Brit Vander Kooy scored the game-winning goal in Concordia's 2-1 win over St. Ben's on Saturday.
A Savory St. Ben's Sweep!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 24, 2007
Opponent's Home Page: St. Ben's Hockey
1 1st 10:26 CC EV Amanda Matchett (Marya Losinski)
Game Stats: Final Stats vs. St. Ben's - Online!
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (02/24/07)-- Too much, too little, too late. That sums up the Cobbers last three games in the 2006-07 season. Concordia closed out the season by sweeping St. Ben's and posting a three-game winning streak that will most likely leave them one point shy of the playoffs.
Concordia scored the first two goals of the game on Saturday and held on to beat the Blazers 2-1 and claim their first conference sweep of the season. It is the first sweep for CC since they beat St. Kate's in a pair of games at the beginning of December in the 2005-06 season.
The victory also pushes the Cobbers' season win total to nine. That is the most wins since they won 14 games in the 2002-03 campaign. CC finishes they year with a 9-11-2 overall mark and an 8-9-1 record in MIAC play. The eight conference wins is also the most since the 2002-03 season.
St. Ben's fall for the fourth straight time and ends their season with a 2-17-5 overall record and 2-11-5 in league play. It is the fifth straight season that the Blazers have been below the .500 mark for the season.
The storyline for the game was the same as in Friday night's 2-0 win. Concordia used a stingy defense and solid goaltending to overwhelm the Blazers. The CC defense allowed just 21 shots on goal for the game and sophomore goalie Amber Malcolm held off CSB until the final two minutes of play to record her third win of the year. Malcolm made 20 saves in the game.
Like Friday, two different Cobber players scored goals. For the weekend, four different CC players found the back of the net. Amanda Matchett gave Concordia a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. She tallied her first collegiate goal at the 10:26 mark on an assist from Marya Losinski.
Concordia held onto the 1-0 lead until the beginning of the third period when sophomore Brit Vander Kooy scored the eventual game winner on assists from Alyssa Dahl and Mandi Samuelson. Like Matchett, it was Vander Kooy's first goal of the season. Samuelson's assist gave her 12 points on the season and established her as the team leader in points for the year.
St. Ben's finally scored with just 1:46 remaining in the game on a goal from Erin Baldwin.
The Cobbers outshot the Blazers for the second straight night. On Saturday, they held a 31-21 edge in shots and for the weekend they claimed a combined 62-40 advantage.
The two teams combined for 16 penalties on Saturday. Both squads were sent to the box eight times. CC went 0-for-8 on the power play and CSV was 1-for-6.