Grebosky And Doerring Book Em'

Jon Grebosky (#9) and Zach Doerring combined for three goals with Doerring getting the overtime game winner in the Cobbers' 5-4 win at St. Thomas.
Jon Grebosky (#9) and Zach Doerring combined for three goals with Doerring getting the overtime game winner in the Cobbers' 5-4 win at St. Thomas.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (2/03/17)---Grebosky and Doerring might sound like the next cop show on the AMC network but on Friday it was Concordia's junior partnership of Jon Grebosky and Zach Doerring that put the handcuffs on St. Thomas.

Grebosky and Doerring combined to score three of the Cobbers' five goals in a dramatic 5-4 overtime win in the series opener. The duo also had two assists as Concordia extended its win streak to three games.

The three straight wins have pushed Concordia into sole possession of fifth place in the MIAC standings with a 6-4-1 record. CC is now 12-7-1 overall. League-leading St. Thomas falls for just the second time in conference play this year and is now 8-2-1 in the MIAC and 10-6-4 in all games.

Doerring capped the exciting back-and-forth game in the fourth minute of overtime when he scored a power play goal at 3:45. The Tommies were whistled for a rare penalty in overtime at the 2:51 mark and then Doerring netted the game winner midway through the man-advantage opportunity. Grebosky and Jeremy Johnson earned the assists on the play.

The game was tied after all three periods and neither team had more than a one-goal advantage during the 60 minutes of regulation and 3:45 of overtime.

St. Thomas started the goal-trading spree at 7:37 of the opening period and then Concordia evened the score at 1-1 on a goal from Dalton Mills at the 11:33 mark. The teams would head into the first intermission.

The Tommies and Cobbers would then score twice each in the second period and take a 3-3 score line into the third frame. Once again UST started the back-and-forth blitz with a goal at 2:55. The partnership of Grebosky and Doerring then got on the case at 5:14 when Grebosky scored the first of his two goals in the period. His crime-fighting partner Doerring set up the goal and the game was tied at 2-2.

St. Thomas then took its third lead of the game in the final minute of play in the period. The Tommies were then booked for a slashing offense at 19:29. Grebosky won the ensuing faceoff and then tied the game for the third time with a goal at 19:37 – just 8-seconds into the power play. The draw went back to Jordan Krebsbach and played through senior Garrett Hendrickson before Grebosky notched his ninth goal of the year.

The Cobbers switched up the scoring script when they took their only lead of regulation at the 19-second mark of the third frame. Sophomore Mario Bianchi grabbed his fifth goal of the year and Johnson and Quinn Fuchs were credited with the assists.

The Tommies tied the game at 4-4 at 4:17 and then the teams would skate through the rest of the third without a goal.

St. Thomas outshot Concordia 40-30 for the game. Doerring led his unit with five shots on goal while partner added four. Bianchi also had four shots on goal for CC.

Cobber freshman goalie Sam Nelson stopped 36 shots to pick up his team-leading eighth win of the year. He has been in goal for all three games of the Cobbers' win streak.

Both teams were whistled for five penalties in the game. Concordia made the most of their power play attempts as they went 3-for-3 while UST was 1-for-4.

DYNAMIC DUO: Not only do Jon Grebosky (#9) and Zach Doerring (#10) appear next to each other on the roster but they are also within a point of one another at the top of the Cobber scoring chart. Grebosky leads the team with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points while Doerring has six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

DYNAMIC DUO PART DEAUX: Either Grebosky or Doerring has scored in seven different games  this year and the Cobbers are 6-1 in those games.

DANDY DOZEN: Concordia has now won at least 12 games in four of the past five years.

TOMMIE TAMER: Junior Dalton Mills has played in six games against St. Thomas in his career at CC and has a goal in four of those games. The Cobbers have played the Tommies twice this year and Mills has scored in both including the game winner in the season-opening win on Oct. 29.
   
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will be hoping for its second straight sweep when they tangle with the Tommies in the series finale on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights.