Riding The M-AT To The "W" Station

Senior Mario Bianchi and his linemates celebrate his goal in the third period of the Cobbers 5-2 win over Wis.-Superior.
Senior Mario Bianchi and his linemates celebrate his goal in the third period of the Cobbers 5-2 win over Wis.-Superior.

STORY LINE: Concordia's top line of Mario Binachi, Aaron Herdt and Tyler Bossert accounted for four of the team's five goals as the Cobbers scored three goals in the third period and beat Wis.-Superior 5-2. CC had a power play goal and a shorthanded strike in a span of nine minutes to earn the win.

RECORDS: Concordia rebounds from its first loss of the season on Friday night to win its third game of the season. The Cobbers are now 3-1-0 on the year. The Yellowjackets fall for the second straight day against an MIAC opponent and are now 1-2-1.

RIDING THE M-A-T: The Fargo-Moorhead area has the MAT bus service to take them where they want to go - and the Cobbers now have their own version. Mario Bianchi, Aaron Herdt and Tyler Bossert have combined for 12 goals and have carried the team to three wins in the first four games of the year. The M-A-T line has had a hand in all but two of the Cobbers' goals this season. Senior Mario Bianchi and sophomore Tyler Bossert are tied for the team lead in points. Bianchi has seven goals and three assists for 10 points while Bossert has a goal and nine assists. Their 10 points puts them atop the MIAC scoring list. Bianchi leads the league in goals and Bossert has the lead in assists. Herdt is fourth in the conference in points with three goals and five assists for eight points.

PUTTING THE SPECIAL IN SPECIAL TEAMS: Concordia opened the season last weekend by going 0-for-3 on the power play. CC scored a power play goal on Friday night and then added another on Saturday. The Cobbers went 1-for-4 on the power play against Superior. CC held the Yellowjackets to a single goal in six man-advantage attempts on Saturday. Concordia also got the "shorty" from Bossert in the third period.

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY: Concordia has been outshot in three of its four games this year but holds a 3-1 record. On Saturday, Superior held a 34-22 edge in shots. That total included a 17-3 margin in the second period but the Cobbers got the only goal of the frame midway through the period.

JUMPING FOR JACOB: Junior goalie Jacob Stephan earned his second consecutive win of the year as he stopped 32 shots. Stephan has now pushed aside 74 of the 76 shots he has faced and has a 1.00 GAA. Stephan leads the MIAC in goals against and save percentage (97.4%).

SECOND-PERIOD SUCCESS: Concordia has only allowed two goals in the second period of their four games this year. The Cobbers have scored five goals in the second frame. Both totals are single-period bests for CC.         

Concordia will head back on the road next weekend. The Cobbers will travel to Wisconsin to take on Wis.-River Falls in a 2-game series on Nov. 9-10. The Falcons are 2-1-1 on the season and are coming off a 7-3 win over Augsburg on Saturday.