Senior Sam's Scoring Spree Sinks Viterbo

Sam Gess (L) finished off his 2-hat trick weekend by scoring all three goals in the Cobbers' 3-2 OT win over Viterbo.
Sam Gess (L) finished off his 2-hat trick weekend by scoring all three goals in the Cobbers' 3-2 OT win over Viterbo.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/6/10) --- Sam Gess continued his electric goal-scoring weekend as he scored all three goals in Concordia's 3-2 overtime win over non-conference opponent Viterbo. 

Gess also had a hat trick on Saturday in the Cobbers' 4-2 victory over Hamline which marks the first time in program history that one player has posted back-to-back 3-goal games.    

The pushes Concordia's record to 7-3-1 on the season. The seven wins ties the Cobbers' victory output for all of last season and is the most by a CC team since the 2010 campaign.

Gess' goal-scoring frenzy began early as he redirected a Nate Weaver shot into the left corner of the net in the sixth minute of the first half.  

Gess would double the lead three minutes later when he scored his 11th goal of the season. Weaver once again picked up the assist on the goal at the 8:43 mark. .

In addition to the early high-powered offense, the Cobber defense was rock-solid in the first half, not allowing a single shot from Viterbo.

The V-Hawks offense elevated their play early in the second half when Andrew Weddle put Viterbo on the scoreboard at the 53:41 mark. Calvin Brown was credited with the assist to Weddle's goal.

Viterbo (6-7-0) tied up the game at the 70:39 mark with a goal from Flabio Ulmos.

Neither team was able to find the net in the remaining twenty minutes of regulation, sending the game into extra time at Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex.

The stalemate would be broken quickly once the extra period started. Gess once again stepped into the spotlight as he netted the game-winning goal at the 3:16 mark of the first OT session. Patrick Smith recorded his second assist of the weekend.

Despite the close score, the Cobbers owned the stats column. They outshot the V-Hawks 26-4 and tallied 10 shots on goal as compared to three for Viterbo. Concordia's 26 shots were the third most they've recorded in a contest this year. The team now averages 19 shots per game.

Cobber goalkeeper Noah Sahr entered the game with 3:03 left in regulation and then played the the 3:16 of the OT period to earn his fourth win of the season. He is now 4-2-1 on the year. Senior Keith Sullivan started the game and made one save in the first 86:57 of play.

Gess' hat trick brings his season total to 12 goals. He is now tied for the most goals in the MIAC. His stellar performance puts him in first place in the conference for total points (29) and shots (53).

Gess' 29 points is tied for the sixth most in a single season by a Cobber player and his 12 goals are the fourth most in CC history.  

UP NEXT: The Cobbers return to conference play on Friday, Oct. 11 as they head to St. Paul to take on Macalester in a 7:30 p.m. match-up. The Scots are 5-3-4 and 3-1-1 in MIAC play.

T1. 42 - Peter Curry (16g 10a) - 1994
T1. 42 - Riley McGlynn (16g 10a) - 2010
T3. 33 - Todd Hashbarger (8g 17a) - 1997
T3. 33 - Mike Hashbarger (11g 11a) - 1993
5. 32 - Justin Foss (15g 2a) - 2008
T6. 29 - Peter Curry (11g 7a) - 1995
T6. 29 - Chance Buzzell (9g 11a) - 2001
T6. 29 - Sam Gess (12g 5a) – 2019

T1. 16 - Riley McGlynn - 2010
T1. 16 - Peter Curry - 1994
3. 15 - Justin Foss - 2008
4. 12 - Sam Gess - 2019
T5. 11 - Josh Spaulding - 1999
T5. 11 - Peter Curry - 1995
T5. 11 - Mike Hashbarger - 1993
T5. 11 - Riley McGlynn - 2009
T5. 11 - Dustin Allard - 2001
T5. 11 - Brett Wegleitner - 2013