MOORHEAD — the Concordia women’s hockey team fell 3-2 in a matchup against St.Catherine University at the Moorhead Sports Center on Friday, Nov. 17.
The Cobbers fell behind quickly. 48 seconds into the game St. Kate’s senior forward Madi Flemming scored unassisted. After that the Cobbers defense settled in and held strong for the rest of the period, however they were unable to get on the scoreboard themselves.
After one period the Cobbers were leading in shots on goal seven to five, but trailed the Wildcats by one.
The Wildcats once again got off to a fast start and tacked on another goal less than three minutes into the second period. Senior defender Samantha Lackmann found the back of the net assisted by first-year forward Lilly Gillespie and sophomore forward Raechel Painovich to put St. Kates up 2-0.
Following the Wildcats goal both teams traded penalties with neither power play resulting in a goal. With a little under five minutes left in the second period, first-year forward Taylor Severson assisted by sophomore Kaylie Zimmerman was able to get the Cobbers on the board for the first time and make it a one goal game.
At the end of the second period the Cobbers trailed 2-1 while leading in shots on goal 12-10.
For the third straight period the Wildcats jumped on top first with a goal from sophomore forward Paige Loidolt assisted by sophomore defender Lauren Sundgren and senior defender Maiah Robert.
“Just silly mistakes that we’re making… not completing some passes that we needed to make early” Head coach of the Cobbers, Jason Gregoire said.
With about eight minutes remaining the Cobbers got a chance to get back in the game after a two minute holding penalty by St. Kate’s senior defender Samantha Lackmann. With 6:42 left in the game the Cobbers were finally able to convert on a power play opportunity and once again make it a one goal game still trailing 3-2. This time it was first-year defender Jayda Krikorian assisted by first-year forward Reagan Wohlers.
Concordia was still behind 3-2 as time was running out in the game, and with 1:35 remaining the goalie was pulled as a last ditch effort to tie up the score and send the game to overtime. Despite some opportunities the Cobbers couldn’t find the back of the net and the final buzzer sounded signifying the nail in the coffin for any comeback attempt.
Following the game Gregoire talked about why Concordia had such a tough time scoring and wasn’t able to convert on many of their good looks.
“We really try to get the goalies to go lateral. I don’t think we did a great job of that tonight, we hit her a lot, we didn’t make her work real hard” Gregoire said.
Following the game the Cobbers had a quick turnaround as they had a rematch against St . Kates on Saturday, Nov. 18. Two players senior goalie Becca Macklin and first-year forward Charlotte Kotlarchuk commented after the game about what they needed to do tomorrow to flip the script and come out on top in the next game.
“The effort was there tonight, I think we just need to capitalize on our chances and bring the same intensity tomorrow” Macklin said.
“We don’t wanna let them score in the first 40 seconds, we just wanna keep pushing and bounces will go our way” Kotlarchuk said.
The Cobbers did improve and tied their next game against the wildcats 3-3 moving their record to 1-3-1 on the season.