Team Effort = First Win

Junior Mario Bianchi scored the game-winning goal in the Cobbers' 3-2 victory at Wis.-Stout.
Junior Mario Bianchi scored the game-winning goal in the Cobbers' 3-2 victory at Wis.-Stout.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (11/03/17)---Concordia scored the first three goals at Wis.-Stout but allowed two power play goals in the third period and then hung on to beat the Blue Devils 3-2.

The three goals in the first 24 minutes helped the Cobbers earn their first win of the season. CC had nine players earn points as they evened their overall mark at 1-1-1. Stout loses for the first time in the 2017-18 season and is also 1-1-1.

Concordia wasted little time in getting on the board in the first period. Sophomore defenseman Blake Berg netted his first collegiate goal at the 1:41 mark to give CC a 1-0 lead. Jon Grebosky and Zach Doerring earned the assists on the play.

Concordia would add to the lead in the final four minutes of the opening period. Once again the goal would come from a player who isn't known for his scoring touch. Sophomore Joe Burgmeier matched his goal output from all of last year when he scored a shorthanded goal at 16:48. Eddie Eades and Jake Ellingson recorded the assists to give six players points in the first period of play.

The Cobbers played their best period of the game in the second frame but only got one goal out of the middle 20 minutes of play. The CC defense held the Blue Devils in check and only allowed four shots on goal. Concordia was able to get 10 shots in the second period and pushed its lead to three goals in the first five minutes of play.

Junior Mario Bianchi became the third CC player to earn their first goal of the season when he scored at the 4:00 mark. Freshman Marshall Barnes recorded his first collegiate point and Turk Scatliff equaled his college point total by earning assists on the play.

The game changed directions after the 5-minute mark. The teams traded shots to start the period but then Concordia took a pair of penalties at 7:33 and 8:22 and Stout would score on each man-advantage situation to bring the score to 3-2.

The Cobbers only allowed five shots in the final 11 minutes of play and three of those came in the final 1:15 of play after the Blue Devils had pulled their goalie.

Stout outshot Concordia 24-19 for the game. Bianchi led all players with four shots on goal. Burgmeier and Dalton Mills had three shots each.

Concordia went 0-for-4 on the power play while Stout scored on two of their three man-advantage situations in the third period and was 2-for-6 in the game.

Cobber goalie Jacob Stephan made 22 saves to earn his first win of the year and remain unbeaten for the season.

POINT A GAME PARTNERS: The Cobber first line trio of Jon Grebosky, Zach Doerring and Mario Bianchi all have one point in each of the team's first three games of the year. The three lead the team in points while Doerring has a team-best two goals.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will return to Moorhead to host its first home games of the year. The Cobbers will square off against Wis.-River Falls on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11 on the north rink at the Moorhead Sports Center.