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The Concordian  - February 1, 2002 

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Hockey team skates hard despite inexperience
by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

Concordia’s men’s hockey team is fighting for the fourth and final playoff berth in the MIAC. 

The Cobbers are currently neck and neck with Augsburg, tied for fourth place with 11 points each.

The Cobbers were briefly in third place, winning against Gustavus in the first game, 4-2 last weekend, before losing the second game, 3-2, which allowed Gustavus to stay in third place with 12 points.

Concordia (5-6-1, 7-11-1) gets a break from its fast-paced schedule before the team’s final run at the playoffs.

“I think inexperience is part of the reason for our record,” junior goaltender Jason Gregoire said. “There are three seniors and a lot of sophomores and freshmen on the team. The other teams seem to be older and more experienced. We are learning from our mistakes and it is also a learning process for the younger players. The playoffs lay in our own hands,” Gregoire stresses the need of the team to get their game on. “We need to win the next four games. We have the caliber players to do that. We are starting to gel now.”

One of the major differences between last season and the current season is that last year Concordia won three series against MIAC opponents and this year they have failed to take a series against their MIAC foes.

The team has split two-game series with St. Olaf, Bethel, St. Thomas, Augsburg and Gustavus.

While the team has had trouble with penalties, it has improved greatly throughout the season.

“Penalties hurt us early this season,” Gregoire said. “It interrupts the follow of the game. I think players took note of it and tried to be more disciplined. There have been a lot less penalties lately. I have been a little disappointed so far; we have a lot of talent on this team.”

Inconsistency has been another reason for the lack of series wins. Concordia has done well in the first and third periods. In the first period the Cobbers have outscored their opponents by 5 (24 to 19). However, in the second period the opponents gain the upper hand outscoring Concordia by 19 (13 to 32). In the third period it evens out to a one-goal advantage for the Cobbers, but by that time the damage has been done.

“I think we have struggled on defense early on this season, but the guys are maturing and understanding what the coaches want them to do,” Gregoire said. “The defense is still giving up a lot of first shots, but is doing a better job to limit second shots.”

The Cobbers lost two offensive weapons to graduation in Mike Gast, a three-time All-Conference wing and Mark Schiller who was the team’s third leading scorer last year. Concordia also lost MIAC MVP goaltender Bryan Howard in the net to graduation.

Gregoire, who has stepped up in Howard’s wake as the main goaltender, is 5-10-1 with a 3.97 goals against average and a .880 save percentage. 

“If I start thinking about the past it will hurt my game,” Gregoire said. “I try and focus on what I need to do for this team right now.”

The leading scorer for the Cobbers is senior Toby Schneider with 11 goals. Six of those goals have come off of power plays. Junior Aaron Marsh and sophomore Andy Vix have seven goals apiece.

Concordia’s next game is Feb. 8 when the team travels to Hamline for two games and then the Cobbers play their final two games at home against St. Mary’s the weekend of Feb. 15 and 16.

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Track team performs well at Bison Open
by Kimberly Koch - The Concordian

Last Saturday, the men’s and women’s track teams competed at the Bison Open, hosted by NDSU.

Senior captain Kelli Tranby highlighted the meet with her performance in the long jump. She placed fifth overall with a NCAA Division III national provisionally qualifying mark of 17 feet 11 1¼2 inches. 

“I was actually really surprised and happy with my jump.” Tranby said. “I didn’t think it would happen so early in the season.”

Tranby also recognizes that the team as a whole performed well. 

“We have some big shoes to fill from last year, but our efforts are paying off,” she said. “and I see a lot of positive things happening.”

Sophomore Lisa Owen also ran well on Saturday. She placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:34.51, and fourth in the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:13.56. 

“They were both tough races,” Owen said. “but I felt that I gave it my best effort.”

Topping off the women’s team was two fourth-place finishes by senior Beth Moen and junior Katie Martin. Moen ran the 3,000-meter in 10.59.13, and Martin ran the 5,000 in 18:41.49.

Leading the men’s team was senior Brad Ragan in the shot put with a third-place finish, throwing 48 feet 4 1/4 inches.

Seniors Paul Poduska and Brian Stotts completed the team with seventh and eighth-place finishes, respectively. 

Poduska placed in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 2 1/4 inches, and Stotts ran a time of 16:10.58 in the 5,000-meter.

Concordia’s next track meet will be at home on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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