Sophomore Nick Thielen fires the puck on the UST net. Thielen had a pair of goals in the Cobbers' 4-4 OT tie with the Tommies.

3 Out Of 4 Ain't Bad!

Courtesy of, Release: January 16, 2010


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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/16/10)-- For the second straight game Concordia rallied from a multiple-goal deficit and came away with a positive result against St. Thomas. Saturday, the Cobbers fell behind 3-1 but then tied the game and played to a 4-4 OT tie with the Tommies. With the tie, Concordia comes away with three points in the series, the most against an MIAC foe since 2006. The three points pushes the Cobbers' MIAC record to 3-2-3 and into a tie for second place in the league standings.

A pair of Cobber sophomores played a huge role in helping the team come away with a point on the day. Nick Thielen scored two goals and Erick Galt added three assists on the day. Thielen's second goal of the game tied the score at 4-4 with exactly 1:09 to play in regulation. Galt finished the series with five assists to bring his team-leading season total to 11 assists.

Concordia fell into a 2-0 hole in the first nine minutes of play on Saturday as the Tommies came out with all intentions of getting revenge for Friday's loss. St. Thomas (5-8-4/2-4-2 MIAC) scored an even strength goal at 3:31 and then a power play tally at 9:18. Alex Arnason gave UST a 1-0 lead before Kevin Mahoney notched his second goal of the year to stake the Tommies to a 2-0 lead before the period was halfway finished.

The Cobbers would get their first goal of the game when Thielen cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play goal at 12:49. Galt picked up his first assist of the day and Aaron Wheeler was also credited with a helper. St. Thomas then regained their two-goal lead less than two minutes later when Kelly Kranz scored another power play goal. Concordia did all they could to get into the locker room down by only two as the Tommies outshot CC 17-9 in the first period.

After regaining their composure in between the periods, the Cobbers netted the only two goals in the second period. CC outshot the Tommies 10-8 in the middle period and got goals from Brian Kang and Shawn Goos.Kang scored his fifth goal of the year with an assist from Galt at 3:14 and then Goos scored a shorthanded goal at 19:00. Jared Collen picked up the assist on Goos' fourth goal of the season.

With the score tied at 3-3 at the start of the final period, the two teams played more conservatively, not wanting make a make a mistake that would lead to the go-ahead score. St. Thomas tipped the table in their favor when Chris Hickey scored his first MIAC goal. Hickey, who transferred from the University of Wisconsin after being drafted by the Minnesota Wild, scored on the power play at 9:14. The lead would last until the final 1:09 of play when Thielen stepped up and connected on the game-tying goal. Cobber head coach Chris Howe elected to pull goalie Jacob Vatnsdal with 1:45 to play in regulation. Concordia then held the puck in the UST end and Thielen finished off a scoring play from Galt and Dietz to bring CC back one more time.

The teams skated through the five-minute overtime period without many scoring opportunities. The teams combined for only four shots on goal in the extra session.

Buoyed by the strength of their eight-shot advantage in the first period, St. Thomas wound up outshooting Concordia 34-27 in the game. Vatnsdal made 30 saves for CC while Tommie freshman goalie Tyrone Simcoe stopped 23 shots in his first collegiate start.

Concordia will finish off their home schedule for the regular season when they host Augsburg in another key MIAC matchup next weekend. The Cobbers and Auggies will square off on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at the Moorhead Sports Center.