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1980-81 Cobber Hockey

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Hockey Cobbers share conference crown

Al Rice's 1980-81 Concordia hockey team ended the season as MIAC co-champions with Augsburg,  with identical  12-4 records. Their overall season record was 21-9-1 - the best record in the history of the school.

The Cobber team anticipated growing pains last season with 10 freshmen on the roster. But they easily advanced to the national tournament on the basis of their winning season and a two-game, total-goals playoff victory over St. Cloud State.

Concordia's season could be characterized by balanced scoring and persistence. The Cobbers made their first appearance in the NCAA Division II tourney in Andover, Mass., but failed to capture a title. "It was, no doubt, an educational trip for us," Rice said. "By advancing as far as we did, we extended our season by four weeks and four games. That will pay off next year."

High scorers this season include Tom Bruce, St. Cloud, Minn; Tom Samuelson, Duluth, Minn.; Jeff Goos, Andy Odegaard, Lonnie Vatnsdal and Brian Vatnsdal, all from Roseau, Minn.; Brad Howard and Steve Baumgartner, both from Regina, Sask.; Paul Bjorklund, Fergus Falls, Minn.; and Mark Jordahl, Austin, Minn.

Three Cobber skaters were named to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference hockey team. They were defenseman Kevin Johnson, International Falls, Minn., forward Steve Baumgartner and forward Lonnie Vatnsdal.

Jeff Goos, Mark Hedstrom, Fergus Falls, Minn., and Tom Samuelson were given honorable mention status.
 
 


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Schedule
H/A  Date  Opponent             Cord Opp
  A  11/15  St. Cloud             4   8
H    11/21  St. Scholastica       3   3 (OT)
H    11/22  St. Scholastica       5   4 (OT)
  A  11/27  St. John's            3   5
  A  11/28  Bethel                7   2
  A  11/28  St. Mary's            6   5
  A  12/5   U of Alaska-Anchorage 4   3
  A  12/6   U of Alaska-Anchorage 8   1
  A  12/8   U of Alaska-Fairbanks 5   2
  A  12/9   U of Alaska-Fairbanks 4   0
  A   1/9   Bethel                6   8
  A   1/10  Bethel                4   6
H     1/16  St. Olaf              4   3 (OT)
H     1/17  St. Olaf              6   2
H     1/20  St. Cloud State       4   2
  A   1/23  St. Mary's            9   6
  A   1/24  St. Mary's            6   5
H     1/27  St. John's            7   5
H     1/30  Hamline               5   2
H     1/31  Hamline               4   7
  A   2/3   St. John's            6   3
H     2/6   St. Thomas            7   4
H     2/7   St. Thomas            2   0
  A   2/13  Augsburg              1   2
  A   2/14  Augsburg              8   5
H     2/20  Gustavus              6   5 (OT)
H     2/21  Gustavus              8   3
H     3/6   St. Cloud State       4   5
H     3/7   St. Cloud State       5   2
A     3/12  Plattsburg @Merrimack 4  10
A     3/14  Mankato St @Merrimack 7   9

Overall 21-9-1
MIAC    12-4-0



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Stats
Player              G  A Tot
Mark Vatnsdal       0  3  3
Tom Fisher          1  1  2
Brian Vatnsdal      4 17 21
Jamie Ross          4  3  7
Andy Odegaard      15 15 30
Tom Samuelson      12 14 26
Steve Baumgartner  14 18 32
Paul Bjorklund     15 12 27
Mark Jordahl        7 10 17
Lonnie Vatnsdal    11 20 31
Mike Pitsenberger   6  5 11
Gary Tolkinen       2  7  9
John Latterell      4  3  7
Steve Geatz         2  3  5
Brad Howard        17 11 28
Dave Noah           6  5 11
Jeff Goos          16 10 26
Tom Bruce           3 11 14
Chip Ammerman       3  8 11
David Larson        4  4  8
Kevin Johnson       4 10 14

Goalie
Player         Games  W-L-T  GA  Saves
John Harlander   3    1-1-1  15    63
Mark Hedstrom   24   19-7-0  79   657
Steve Little     2    1-1-0   8    23
 



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MIAC Race
 
1980-81
    SCHOOL       W  L  T
    Augsburg    12  4  0
    Concordia   12  4  0
    Gustavus    11  5  0
    St. Thomas   9  7  0
    Hamline      7  8  0
    St. Mary's   8  8  0
    St. Olaf     7  7  1
    Bethel       3 12  1
    St. John's   0 14  2
    Concordia-1st Title
    Augsburg-6th Title


 

 
 
 
 
 



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Roster
NO. Player, Pos,Yr, Hometown
 1  John Harlander, G, Jr, Brooklyn Park
 2  Mark Vatnsdal, D, Fr, Roseau
 3  Tom Fisher, D, Fr, Fargo
 4  Brian Vatnsdal, D, Fr, Roseau
 5  Mike Musich, W, Fr, International Falls
 6  Jamie Ross, C, Jr, Duluth
 7  Andy Odegaard, W, Fr, Roseau
 8  Tom Samuelson, W, Sr, Duluth
 9  Steve Baumgartner, C, Jr, regina, Sask.
10  Paul Bjorklund, W, Jr, Fergus Falls
11  Mark Jordahl, W, Jr, Austin
12  Lonnie Vatnsdal, C, So, Roseau
14  Tony Marturano, W, Fr, Chisholm
15  Mike Pitsenberger, W, Fr, Rosemount
16  Gary Tolkinen, D, So, Anoka
17  Byron Smith, C, Fr, Fox Creek, Alberta
18  Steve Geatz, W, Jr, Thief River Falls
19  Brad Howard, W, Fr, Regina, Sask.
20  Dave Noah, C, Fr, Fargo
21  Jeff Goos, W, Jr, Roseau
22  Tom Bruce, D, Fr, St. Cloud
23  Chip Ammerman, D, So, Roseau
24  David Larson, W, Fr, Roseau
25  Kevin Johnson, D, Jr, International Falls
26  Mark Hedstrom, G, Fr, Fergus Falls
    Steve Little, G, Fr, Rosemount
    Scott Heinz, G, Fr, Rochester
    Jon Peterson, D, Fr, Rice Lake, WI
 
 



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All-MIAC
 Three Cobber skaters were named to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference hockey team. They were defenseman Kevin Johnson, International Falls, Minn., forward Steve Baumgartner and forward Lonnie Vatnsdal.

Jeff Goos, Mark Hedstrom, Fergus Falls, Minn., and Tom Samuelson were given honorable mention status.



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