Last weekend, the women’s hockey team took on the MIAC conference leader, the Concordia Cobbers, on the Cardinal ice. With a double-header weekend of games, Friday, Dec. 4 brought a big win. Until Friday, the Cobbers had a record of 4-0-0 in the conference, so this was truly a big game for the Cardinals.
It was an exciting game from start to finish, with a final score of 4-2. Neither team earned a goal until the last few minutes of the first period. McKenna Parent brought a point to the Cardinals, which was quickly answered by the Cobbers. In the final minutes of the first period, Jamie Henderson got a second goal on a power play, securing a lead over the undefeated Cobbers.
Nearly at the halfway point of the second period, the Cobbers managed to get a goal while the Cardinals were on the penalty kill. The game remained tied for the remainder of the second, although the puck traveled back and forth across the ice as both teams attempted to take the lead.
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Early in the last period, Cardinal Kassie Lien scored a goal, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the home team. With no power plays or penalties in the third period, the teams faced each other in even numbers until the final few minutes when the Cobbers pulled their goalie in an attempt to tie the game. However, the Cardinals took advantage and Parent scored her second goal of the evening on an empty net. The game concluded at 4-2, marking Concordia’s first loss of the season.
Macki Fadness commented, “I thought we played very well. It was a fast-paced game and we were moving the puck a lot.”
Saturday brought the teams together on Cardinal ice once again. The second matchup brought a few penalties and a strong desire on the Cobbers’ side to leave with a victory. Both teams fought hard, but Concordia ultimately walked away with the 2-0 win. “Saturday’s game wasn’t as close as Friday,” Fadness said of the second matchup.
Both of Concordia’s goals came when the Cardinals and Cobbers each had equal strength on the ice, one early in the second period and another midway into the third. Despite the lower number of goals in the second game, it was still exciting.
The games against Concordia were the Cardinals’ last before winter break. The win on Friday night was huge for the Cardinals, although there is always room for future success.