Thanksgiving and hockey went hand-in-hand over the weekend as Concordia made the trip east to play the Great Northern PrimeLink Shootout in New York and fashioned a 1-1 record, including a win over nationally ranked Plattsburgh State on Friday night.
The Cobbers scored twice in each of the first two periods to nail down a 4-3 victory, improving to 3-0 in games played in the prestigious East Coast tournament.
Jon Grebosky and Dalton Mills both scored in the opening period, with Grebosky scoring his first goal of the season. The goal for Mills was his fifth. Jordan Krebsbach’s first goal of the season tied the score at 3-3 and Garrett Hendrickson tallied the game-winner. Grebsbach’s goal came off the power play and marked the fifth consecutive game in which the Cobbers have scored a power-play goal. Jeremy Johnson tallied one assist in the win and now has a team-best seven on the season.
Concordia had its weekend end with a 3-0 loss to Norwich on Saturday and is now 4-4 on the season. It’s only the first time this season the Cobbers haven’t scored in a game.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point is now winless in two games against NCHA powerhouses. A weekend after falling to St. Norbert, the defending national champions lost 6-3 to Adrian.
Wis.-Stevens Point fell to 6-2-1 and Adrian improved to 6-1. Vincent Paquette paved the way for the Bulldogs, scoring a goal and two assists as he finished with a career-high three points. Connor Armour and Kyle Brothers both tallied a goal and an assist and Kevin Entmaa won his fifth game of the year in goal, tallying 21 saves in the victory.
Lawrence Cornellier paced the Pointers with a pair of goals. Max Milosek suffered his first loss. He is 3-1-1 on the season.
Adrian jumped in front 4-0 in the game and dominated the rest of the way to secure the win. The Bulldogs have scored first in every game they have played this season. The game was a rematch of the 2016 NCAA quarterfinal showdown between the Pointers and Bulldogs. Wis.-Stevens Point won that game 5-2 at Adrian.
Concordia (Wis.) swept the Thanksgiving Cup series with Bethel over the weekend, winning 6-4 and 4-0. The sweep propels the Falcons to their fourth Thanksgiving Cup crown.
Six different players scored a goal in Friday’s win. The Falcons jumped in front 2-0 on goals by Mac Ferner and David Haaf before Bethel tied the game on goals by Marvin Dallas and Andrew Bjorklund. The goal by Dallas was the first of two that he scored in the game. Jim Pearson gave the Falcons the lead for good at 3-2 in the first period and a goal by Nick Erb made the score 4-2 after one period of play. Jack Romanuik earned his fifth win of the year for the Falcons, racking up 28 saves. He is now the career leader in wins at the school with 12.
On Saturday, Concordia scored three times in the third to secure the 4-0 win. Pearson scored two of those goals and Erb had the other in the third as the Falcons improved to 6-3-1. Chase Hollander earned his first win of the season. The transfer from Wisconsin-Stout now has seven wins in his career, winning six times in three seasons at Wis.-Stout. The shutout was the fourth all-time in the history of Concordia hockey.
The Falcons were solid on the power play, stopping all five of the Royals’ chances. The Falcons and Royals started playing the Thanksgiving Cup during the 2013-14 season and Concordia is 7-0-1 all-time in it.
Marian went on the road Saturday and rallied for a 5-4 win over St. John’s in a nonconference game. The Sabres trailed 3-0 after one period and were behind 3-2 after two periods of action. The score was tied at 4-4 late in the third before Cole McCaig punched in a goal to lift the Sabres to the victory. Marian won despite being outshot 35-29 and giving up two power-play goals. Derek Perl, Scott Minthrop, Braden Crone, and Brodie Jamieson all scored to give the Sabres a 4-2 lead before Brady Heppner tied the game at 4-4.
Mike Baldwin nailed down the win for the Sabres, racking up 31 saves and pushing the Sabres’ win streak to two games. Marian has scored five or more goals in those two games and it’s the first time this season it has won back-to-back games.
St. Olaf won for only the second time this season with a 4-1 victory over Lawrence Saturday. The Oles got a pair of goals from Drew Otto. Otto also tallied an assist while Steven Sherman came through with two assists. JT Paine and Caleb Callaway both scored as well. The Oles skated out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back as they snapped a three-game losing streak. They scored twice off the power play and killed off the Vikings’ three power-play chances.
The game marks the fourth time this season St. Olaf has scored at least four goals. They are 2-2 in those games. Eric Hancock earned the win as he tallied 25 saves. The win is his first of the season.
Wisconsin-Superior got back on track Saturday with an 8-1 win over Finlandia. The Yellow Jackets snapped a five-game losing streak with the dominating victory at home. Viktor Sahllhag led the way for the Yellow Jackets, dishing out five assists. He also scored a goal. Anton Svensson finished with two goals and an assist. Matt Audette tallied four assists and Danile Litchke racked up two goals and an assist.
Chuck Marcoe scored the lone goal for the Lions. It was his first of the year.
Bryce Fink earned the win in goal for Wis.-Superior, racking up 17 saves. It’s his first win of the season for the Yellow Jackets, who held the Lions to an 0-for-6 showing on the power play. The win by Wis.-Superior marks the third time this season the Yellow Jackets have scored eight or more goals in a game. It’s the second time this year they have held an opponent to one goal.