OT Loss Drops Cobbers To No.4 Seed

Sophomore Brock Montgomery scored his first collegiate goal in the Cobbers' regular-season finale at Augsburg.
Sophomore Brock Montgomery scored his first collegiate goal in the Cobbers' regular-season finale at Augsburg.

STORY LINE: Concordia never trailed until the final score in overtime as the Cobbers fell 5-4 in OT at No.6-ranked Augsburg. Concordia led 2-0 after one period and took a 4-3 lead in the first minute of the third period before the Auggies tied the game in the eighth minute of the final frame and then earned the game winner at 1:06 of the extra period.

RECORDS: The Cobbers finish the regular season with a 13-9-3 record in all games and a 9-5-2 mark in the MIAC. The nine league wins are the most since the 2013 season when they went 10-6-0. Augsburg wins the MIAC regular season crown with a 13-1-2 mark and head to the postseason with a 19-3-3 overall record.

PLAYOFF RAMIFICATIONS: Concordia's loss coupled with a win by St. John's and loss by St. Thomas drops the Cobbers into a tie for third place in the final conference standings. CC will enter the conference tournament as the No.4 seed and host St. Mary's in the quarterfinal game on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

SCORING DEPTH: Concordia got goals from four different players – three of which came from players with less than four goals on the season. Jake Ellingson scored his second goal of the weekend to give CC a 1-0 lead at 12:53 of the first period. Brock Montgomery then recorded his first collegiate goal at 18:19 to put the Cobbers up 2-0. After Augsburg cut the lead in half in the fourth minute of the second period, Quinn Fuchs scored his second of the season 52-seconds later to restore the lead to two goals. Junior Aaron Herdt broke the trend of scoring newcomers when he put Concordia up 4-3 in the first minute of the third period. Herdt's power play goal was his team-leading 17th of the season.

HERDT FACTS: Herdt's 17 goals on the season are the most for a Cobber since Brian Nelson had 23 in 2000. Herdt has a total of 28 points on the year which is third most on the team. He has at least one point in all but four games he has played in this season and CC is 0-2-2 in those contests.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED: Concordia led 3-1 midway through the second period when they were whistled for a 5-minute major penalty for checking from behind. Augsburg would use those five minutes to score one goal and grab the momentum in the game.  

STAT STUFF: Concordia was outshot 46-32 for the game. Augsburg had the only two shots on goal in the overtime period.  Aaron Herdt and Jake Ellingson led the Cobbers with four shots on goal each. Both teams had one power play goal. Concordia was 1-for-3 in man-advantage situations while the Auggies were 1-for-4. Cobber goalie Jacob Stephan made 41 saves in the game.

UP NEXT: Concordia will host its first playoff game since the 2016 season when they were also at home for a quarterfinal game. CC lost 3-0 to Hamline in that game. The Cobbers will square off against St. Mary's on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Moorhead Sports Center. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $2 for students. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free.