MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia exploded for four goals in the second period, including two shorthanders, and went on to beat St. Olaf 8-0 Friday.
Eight different players scored and goaltender Bryan Howard stopped all 26 shots he faced to record his first shutout on the season.
The teams combined for 54 minutes of penalties despite a relatively clean, outbreak-free game.
Early in the game seemed, St.Olaf goalie Jake Bullard made several key saves as Concordia failed to produce on two power-play opportunities. But on the third power play, Brian Nelson jammed home a rebound at 10:16 to put Concordia up.
In the second period, Concordia was penalized four times and converted shorthanded goals on two penalty kills. At 12:23, Mark Schiller finished off a rush from the Cobbers’ blue line as he swatted his own rebound out of midair after taking a pass from Jon Tranby. Three minutes later Tranby once again gained possesion on a penalty kill at his own blue line. This time he fed captain Mike Gast, who raced past the Ole defense and beat Bullard on the backhand.
Concordia added four more goals and Howard thwarted several St. Olaf power-play chances in the third period to post his ninth career shutout. The Cobbers successfuly killed all six power-play opportunities for St. Olaf.