MOORHEAD, Minn. – A strong defensive effort from Concordia College Moorhead handed the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team a 2-1 non-conference loss Thursday night at the Moorhead Youth Rink. The contest was the first of a five-game road swing for the Falcons.
CUW was limited to just 12 shots on goal in the game and were held scoreless until 15:28 into the third period. Freshman Veronika Metanova (Palatine, Ill.) scored her fifth goal of the season at that point but the Falcons couldn't get an equalizer in over the final 4:32 of play. Junior Emily Heckendorf (Merrill, Wis.) and freshman Brandi Muller (Anchorage, Alaska) assisted on the CUW score.
CCM (2-6-3) built a 1-0 lead just 4:22 into play on a goal off the stick of Brittany Oliver, which was assisted from Bekah Wright. The Cobbers held a big advantage in shots over the first 20 minutes, outshooting CUW 17-2 but the score read just 1-0 thanks to strong goaltending from junior Jennifer DeGeorge (Waukesha, Wis.).
The 1-0 lead would remain until the 5:12 mark of the third period when CCM extended its lead to 2-0 on a power play score from Amber Schaack. The power play opportunity was the only one of the game for the host Cobbers as the two teams combined for just three penalties totaling six minutes.
DeGeorge finished the night with 32 saves as CUW was outshot 34-12. Andrea Klug picked up the win by making 11 saves.
CUW will return to the ice Saturday when they continue their Minnesota road trip with a non-conference matchup against Hamline University. The puck is set to drop at 2:00 p.m. and live stats will be available courtesy of Hamline.