An Early Thanksgiving Break
MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/23/11)—Concordia started their Thanksgiving break a little early as they gave up five straight goals in the first two periods and lost 6-1 to No.12-ranked UW-Superior in Moorhead on Wednesday.
The Cobbers allowed a goal in the first four minutes of the opening period, were never able to match the Yellowjackets jump to the puck and lost for the first time in the last four games. CC is now 5-3-1 on the year. Superior scored a season-high six goals as they upped their overall record to 5-2-2 on the year.
After a wrist shot beat Cobber goalie Chris Neamonitis at 3:11 of the first period, Superior added a second at 15:41 of the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead into the break. The Yellowjackets then added three more in the second period to take a commanding 5-0 lead after 40:00 of play. Concordia then came up with their lone goal of the game when sophomore forward Braden Rahman fed Jared Maetche in front of the Superior goal. Maetche, who was left all alone, slid the puck to the left side of the net and then flipped it over Superior goalie Drew Strandberg. The score at the 5:24 mark was Maetche's first collegiate goal.
Concordia's momentum lasted less than 2:00 as the Yellowjackets reestablished their five-goal margin with an even-strength goal at 7:19.
Despite being outscored by five, the Cobbers were only outshot 28-17 for the game. Superior had 12 shots in each of the first and second periods before Concordia was able to contain the Yellowjacket offense in the third period.
The Cobbers split the goaltending duties between Neamonitis and Kelly Andrew. Neamonitis played the first 32:31 and stopped 17 shots and Andrew finished off the game and made five saves. Strandberg made 16 saves in goal for Superior to earn his fourth win of the year.
Concordia will return to conference action on Friday, Dec. 2 when they host league-leading St. Thomas in the first of a two-game series.