Gess Goes Gonzo In Season Opener

Gess Goes Gonzo In Season Opener

SAINT BONIFACIUS, Minn. (8/31/19)---Senior Sam Gess had a career game as he scored a pair of goals and had an assist on a third to help Concordia roll to a 3-0 win at Crown in the season opener for both teams.

Gess, whose top goal-scoring season came last year when he netted three scores, notched the game-winning goal in the 17th minute of the first half and then finished off the scoring with a goal in the final 14 minutes of the second half.

Gess' 5-point game is a career high for a single game and gives him 29 total points for his career in maroon and gold. His previous career-high point total in a single game was three points.

The Cobbers controlled the game for the entire 90 minutes as they outshot the Storm 35-1 in total shots and 15-0 in shots on goal.

In addition to his two goals, Gess also had a career-high 12 total shots and five shots on goal. He had 21 total shots in all of last season with 10 shots on goal.

Sophomore Nate Weaver picked up the second goal of the game just 2:10 after the halftime break. Gess set up the play to earn his third point of the night. Weaver was tied for the team lead in goals scored last season with seven.

Senior goalie Keith Sullivan wasn't credited with a save in earning his second career shutout. He also blanked another UMAC opponent – Northwestern – last season. Sullivan has now played in six games in his career for the Cobbers and has a 0.65 goals against average.

Tyson Aberle, TJ Anderson and freshman Matthew Nemer also got on the scoresheet. Aberle assisted Gess' first goal and Anderson had the helper on the final goal of the game. It was the first collegiate assist for both Anderson and Nemer.

UP NEXT: Concordia will host Minn.-Morris in the home opener on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.