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Concordia Rallies With Six-Goal Third

3-1 Eau Claire Lead Evaporates Late In Game

— Concordia scored six times in the third period to turn a two-goal deficit into a 7-4 victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Eau Claire led 3-1 going into the final 20 minutes as goals by Michelle Coughlin, Kristy Bolling and Maria Falcone offset a lone goal by Concordia’s Sandra Johansson.

But Lindsay Curtis started the barrage at the 4:29 mark, and Annie Knierim tied the score just over a minute later.

Eau Claire’s Sarah Zollars gave her team a short-lived 4-3 lead at the 6:32 mark, 42 seconds after Kneirim tied the score. Then Concordia struck for four more goals, including the game-winner by Katie Jacques at 8:27.

Kurtis, Knierim and Ann Birgenheier closed out the scoring.

Concordia used two goalies: Sarah Kuecher and Shyla Wilson combined for 16 saves. Eric Bray turned away 38 shots for Eau Claire.

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  • http://twitter.com/sweeney_318 Brendan Sweeney

    Pretty sure your win % should be .596.

    (115 W + (24 ties* 0.5)) / 213 total games. 

  • nmu dad

    I hope for better for both Western and Northern but no flaming.   Your scenario puts WMU in the donut hole (5th) and leads the Cats to Big Rapids in the second round if they play to the seeding. 

    • NoVa

      Fifth is indeed an unfortunate seed to land… makes one wonder if a 10-team tournament, campus-site series in the first round with a final-five weekend (play-in game between 4 and 5 Thursday, semis Friday, final and consolation Saturday) like the WCHA used to do might not be fairer.  Hurts to be 11 and left out completely, but that’s at least the result of a poor record rather than an accident of seeding for the fifth-place team, watching the 1-4 and 6-8 seeds host home series.  Then again, maybe the reward of a first-round bye for the fifth seed makes up for the loss of a home series (personally I’d rather take the home games than the rest, but I could be in the minority).  Generally speaking, which would people rather see for the conference?    

      • IHF

         I’d rather the CCHA used the format that Hockey East uses.  Top 8 for the quarterfinals, top 4 seeds host, then Boston for the conference final four.  I think there is little need to reward bad teams for bad seasons by giving them a shot at the NCAAs.  Conferences do it to potentially increase their representation in the NCAAs (lets face it, FSU is going to be in the NCAAs, and as a top seed at that, even if they lose in the second round of the CCHA tourney).  The format the CCHA uses is also done to potentially increase revenue.  This way there are 8 guaranteed series before 2 days in Detroit, instead of 4 or 5 using the other various scenarios and 2 or 3 days in Detroit.  That first day was ALWAYS a joke in the old Super-6 era.  Notre Dame played in one where there were perhaps 1000-15000 people in the stands. 

        Of course it doesn’t matter much anymore since we only have 2 more of these things to go, and I’m betting the CCHA doesn’t bother to come up with a new formula next season as a lame-duck conference. 

  • Roymiracle

    I was going to flame you Paula, but really there is no point. There is already enough negativity in the world.

  • KAW

    Another streak that you shouldn’t call against is WMU’s pattern, for 4 weeks in a row, to win on friday and lose on saturday. I expect nothing different this weekend, especially since it’s a home-and-home series. I bet they get a shootout win tonight.

    • Buster Bronco

      You were absolutely correct and had good reasoning for making that prediction.

      WMU and LSSU are the only CCHA teams to have won 100% of their shootouts, 4 for both teams.

      On the other end, Ferris is tied with Ohio State for second worst record in shootouts, 20% (1 of 5) for both teams.  The only team with a worse shootout record is Notre Dame, having won none of its 3 shootouts.

      • KAW

        Looks like I was wrong about Saturday night, though, but I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Hopefully we’ll see them again in the championship game (If I understand the seeding correctly.)

  • Sundance

    Bu…, bu…, but,,,, couldn’t we just weight the 24 “ties” at 0 and the 74 misses at 0.5 so we come out to exactly .713?

  • Lawson Lunatic

    Western has the only win in Big Rapids by any team NOT named Ferris.  Interesting factoid

    • nmu dad

      blanked then in the last home / home series

  • bluetell

    I bet Michigan’s games are more lopsided. The best goaltender in the CCHA, a strong defense, and a long streak of winning. I’d bet more like 5-1, 3-0

    • KAW

      haha whoops.

  • JJFP

    Notre Dame can finish as high as 6th.

  • Guest

     Go ‘Nooks!  Beat the Seapuppies!

  • Ghawes76

    Western owns Ferris!!!

    • GUEST

      FERRIS OWNS THE CCHA TITLE!!!  

      • Ghawes76

        Yes they do, we blew our shot the last 2 weekends.  They better hope we don’t meet in the tourney, because everyone knows Ferris can’t win that one.

  • KAW

    If I get the tiebreakers correctly, this is the playoff picture:
    #6 Northern Michigan vs. #11 Bowling Green.
    #7 Lake Superior vs. #10 Alaska Anchorage.
    #8 Notre Dame vs. #9 Ohio State. 
    Second Round (quarterfinals):
    #1 Ferris State vs. lowest remaining seed#2 Michigan vs. second lowest remaining seed#3 Western Michigan vs. third lowest remaining seed#4 Miami vs. Michigan StateWith the exception of Miami, all of the Michigan-based teams are on top of the league. We like hockey here.

  • dusty bronco

    Finally the Saturday streak is Broken…gooo Broncos!!!

  • Ghawes76

    I guess the flames from Kazoo would be warranted!  Fight on, fight on for Western!