That Old 2-1 Feeling

Senior captain Sage Barta carries the puck up the ice during the Cobbers' series finale at Hamline. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Coleman, D3photography.com)
Senior captain Sage Barta carries the puck up the ice during the Cobbers' series finale at Hamline. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Coleman, D3photography.com)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/02/19)---Concordia conceded a power play goal midway through the second period and lost 2-1 at No.5-ranked Hamline. The Cobbers tied the score in the 13th of the first period but were unable to get another game-tying goal and lost for the second straight game to the Pipers.

The loss marks the first time the Cobbers have been swept in MIAC play this season. It is also the third time in the past seven games CC has been on the short side of a 2-1 decision. The one-goal decision is also becoming a trend as the Cobbers have now tied, or had the score settled by one goal, in seven of the past nine contests.   

Concordia is 9-9-3 overall and 6-5-3 in conference play. The Cobbers are currently in sole possession of the fifth, and final spot, spot for the MIAC playoffs. Hamline remains unbeaten in its last 15 games and moves to 17-1-3 in all games and 11-1-2 in the league.

Hamline jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second minute of the opening period and it looked like the Cobbers might be in for a repeat of Friday night's 10-0 loss. The goal came on the first shot on goal.

Concordia was able to settle into the game in the next several minutes and freshman goalie Emily Musielewicz found her groove and stopped the final 11 shots on goal she faced in the period and 32 of the final 33 she saw for the remainder of the game.

The Cobbers would tie the game at the 12:30 mark of the first period when Brenna Mjoness knocked home her second goal of the season. The tally was an even-strength goal and Maiah McCowan and Megan Mohr were credited with the assists.

The two teams would skate into the second period knotted at 1-1 before Hamline scored the game-winning goal at the 10:48 mark. The goal came on the power play after CC was whistled for a hooking call at 9:30.

Neither team was able to score in the third period. The Cobbers had full 2-minute power plays in the final frame but couldn't come up with the game-tying goal. CC pulled Musielewicz in favor of an extra attacker with 1:26 left in the game and put up one shot on goal during that final stretch.
  
Concordia went 0-for-6 on the power play and is now 2-for-18 on man advantage situations in the past five games. The Pipers were 1-for-3 on the power play.

Hamline outshot the Cobbers 33-24 but CC held a 9-7 edge in the final 20 minutes of play. Amanda Flemming had a team-high four shots on goal.

Musielewicz made 31 saves in the game.           
 
UP NEXT: Concordia will stay on the road and travel to St. Peter for another key MIAC series. The Cobbers will play at Gustavus on Feb. 8-9. The Gusties are three points ahead of the Cobbers in the standings and are 11-5-5 overall.