Gess' Trick Sparks First Conference Win

Senior Sam Gess collides with a Hamline player during the Cobbers' 4-2 win. Gess scored three goals in the second half.
Senior Sam Gess collides with a Hamline player during the Cobbers' 4-2 win. Gess scored three goals in the second half.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/05/19)---Concordia and Hamline played through a driving rain storm and cfailed to score a goal in the first half but then exploded for six goals in the second period as the Cobbers came away with a 4-2 victory.

Senior Sam Gess scored three of the four goals for Concordia (6-3-1, 1-3-0 MIAC) to help the Cobbers post their first conference victory of the season.

Gess started the scoring spree just 2:04 into the second period when he put Concordia up 1-0 on an assist from Telvin Vah.  

Hamline (3-5-1, 1-3-0 MIAC) wasted little time getting the equalizer. They took the following kick and scored 24-seconds later at the 47:24 mark to tie the game at 1-1. The Pipers then grabbed the lead with a goal at 50:45. The three goals in the first 5:45 of play offset the first 45 minutes of the game where the teams combined for eight shots with two on goal and no goals.

Gess added his second goal of the game when he fired home a shot off of an assist from Casey Haldis at the 58:38 mark.

Vah scored the game-winning goal at 68:13 before Gess added picked up his hat trick, and a much-needed insurance goal at 87:30. Patrick Smith was awarded the assist on Gess' third goal of the game – and ninth of the season.

The 4-goal second half is the most goals in a second period this season and ties for the most in a single period in 2019. The Cobbers also scored four goals in the first half in a 5-0 win over Neb. Wesleyan on Sept. 8.

Concordia was outshot 11-10 in total shots with both teams had five shots on goal. Gess scored on all three shots he took in the game. He led all CC players in shots.

Gess now has nine goals and five assists on the year for a team-leading 23 points. He is currently second in the MIAC in both goals scored and total points. Gess' 23 points is tied for the 15th most by a Concordia player in program history. It is also his high water mark for points in a season. His previous season high was 13 which he posted last season.

Freshman goalie Noah Sahr stopped three shots to earn his third win of the season.

UP NEXT: Concordia will have little time to enjoy its first MIAC win as they host Viterbo in a non-conference game on Sunday Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.

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