December 31, 2010

Falcon buzzer-beater ends Piper women's streak of ties at Coliseum

The two teams skated through a brisk opening period that only took 25 minutes of actual clock team with just 10 whistles.

The key whistle in the period came at 18:23 as the visiting Falcons gained a 1-0 lead when Samantha Meuwissen (So., Chanhassen, Minn.) banked a shot in off the post for her ninth goal of the season. Jaime Athens (Sr., Eagle River, Wis.) and Sarah Luberda (Sr., De Pere, Wis.) were credited with the two assists.

Concordia out-shot the Pipers 13-3 in the period as Caitlin Nosanov (Fy., Detroit, Mich.) kept it a one-goal game for Hamline with 12 saves.

In a similarly-paced second period, the scoreboard at center ice saw a lot of action just after the five-minute mark. The Falcons put a pair of penalties up on the board at 5:09 and 5:46, allowing the Pipers 1:23 of 5-on-3 skating.

Just over a minute after the second penalty, Jestina Koenigsmark (Jr., Oakdale, Minn.) took a shot from the point that was saved but Rachel Deick (Jr., Edina, Minn.) was in front of the net to pick up the rebound. Her second goal of the season came at 6:49 to tie the score, 1-1. Megan Campbell (Fy., Grand Forks, N.D.) was credited with the second assist.

A scoreless third period gave way to the Pipers’ third overtime frame in as many games at the Coliseum. Both of the prior OTs ended in 1-1 ties.

At 3:20 in the overtime, Hamline was called for a bench penalty for too many skaters on the ice, giving the Falcons a final power play opportunity.

The Pipers appeared to be headed for another tie as they killed off 1:39 of the penalty, but in the final second of play, a flurry of Concordia activity around the goal left a loose puck at the top of the crease for Alisha Java (Sr., Hudson, Wis.).

With approximately two-tenths of a second on the clock, Java flicked the puck in for the game-winner off of assists from Hilary Christiansen (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) and Alyssa Isaackson (Jr., Marshall, Minn.).

The Falcons out-shot the Pipers 44-18 in the game as Nosanov recorded 42 saves for Hamline. Lea Jondal (Jr., Somerset, Wis.) had 17 saves for the Falcons.

With the non-conference loss, the Pipers are now 2-4-3 overall and the Falcons are 5-7-1 overall. The same two teams will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, January 1, at 2:00 p.m. The game will be the first in a women’s-men’s double-header at the Warner Coliseum. The Piper men will take on the Milwaukee School of Engineering at 6:00 p.m.