Concordia freshman Ben Payne gets hauled down from behind during the Cobbers' 4-1 loss to Augsburg on Friday.
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 22, 2010
Opponent's Website: Augsburg Men's Hockey
MIAC Website: MIAC Men's Hockey
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/22/10)-- Concordia outshot Augsburg 44-23 and had the run of play against the Auggies but ran into a hot goaltender and lost 4-1 in Moorhead on Friday. The Cobbers had several quality chances throughout the 60 minutes but was stonewalled by Augsburg goalie Justin Lochner and had their two-game unbeaten streak come to an end.
Concordia is now 3-3-3 in the MIAC and falls to fourth place in the league standings after Bethel beat St. Mary's on Friday. Augsburg is now 10-5-2 in all games and 3-3-1 in conference play and only two points behind the Cobbers.
The game had all the signs of being a one-goal contest as each team played conservatively in the first 20 minutes of play. Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period, and despite a 10-5 advantage in shots by the Cobbers, neither team had any real quality chances to score.
The game changed in the second period as the Auggies scored three times and took command of the contest. The first two goals came :14 seconds apart and forced the Cobbers to play catch up for the rest of the game. The first goal came at 5:40. Jim Jensen was able to slide the puck under Cobber starting goalie Mike Persson from a close angle. Persson was on the ice but somehow the puck slid underneath and into the goal. Nick Guran scored the game's second goal at the 5:56 mark when he jumped on a Concordia turnover in the neutral zone and fired a puck from the right wing that went between Persson's pads.
Concordia's Nick Thielen then completed the trio of goals in less than :40 seconds when he was able to slide the puck past Lochner after being brought down by a defenseman. Thielen's outstanding individual effort brought the Cobbers within one at 2-1 and gave CC new life in the game. For Thielen it was his team-leading ninth goal of the year. Pat Dietz and Aaron Wheeler were credited with the assists on the play.
The goal of the game came late in the period. Concordia had been taking it to the Augsburg goal and were continually denied by Lochner or misaligned shooting sights as they tried to come up with the equalizer. The Cobbers were fighting to get their second goal of the game when the Auggies' Joel Sauer broke free on the left wing, crossed over the blue line and snapped home a shot that went over Cobber netminder Isaac Vatnsdal, who had replaced Persson after the second goal, and just under the crossbar. Jensen earned the assist and his second point of the game.
Concordia then pressed to get to within one for the remainder of the second and the first half of the third until Kris Reinthaler put the game away with a power play goal at 9:49 of the final frame on assists from Chris Johnson and Mario Mjelleli.
The game was an up-and-down skating affair with few penalties or late hits. Both teams were whistled for three penalties. The Cobbers were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Auggies scored one goal in their two chances.
Persson finished with six saves in the first 25:56 of play before Vatnsdal finished the final 34:04 and turned aside 13 shots. Lochner made 43 saves to earn his sixth win of the season.
The two teams will finish off their series on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead Sports Center.