Concordia (Minn.) edges St. Olaf in Northfield Ice Arena finale

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NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Visiting Concordia College (Minn.) held off a third-period push from the St. Olaf College women's hockey team to defeat the Oles, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in St. Olaf's final game at Northfield Ice Arena.

Concordia (5-3-1, 5-0-1 MIAC) got goals from Sage Barta and Kaitlyn Page early on in each of the first two periods to take a 2-0 lead into the third. St. Olaf (0-8-1, 0-5-1 MIAC) closed to within a goal on a Margeaux Cohen goal at 11:57 of the third period, but the Cobbers held on to post a one-goal win for the second-straight day.

The game marked the final game for St. Olaf at Northfield Ice Arena, as the Oles will move into their new on-campus rink prior to their next home game against UW-River Falls on Friday, Jan. 4.

After having to rally late with three goals to post a 4-3 victory the night before, the Cobbers started quickly on Saturday, getting an unassisted goal from Barta at 2:55 of the first period to take a quick 1-0 lead. From near the left corner, Barta drove towards the net, holding off an Ole defenseman before sliding the puck home for her second unassisted goal in as many days.

Concordia doubled its lead at 2:52 of the second period when Page grabbed her second goal of the weekend, collecting a stretch pass off the right boards and beating Kaitlyn Pellicci up high after racing onto the pass from Maddie Ellingson.

St. Olaf spent nearly half of the second period on the penalty kill, committing a major penalty and two minor infractions, but stayed within two goals entering the third period. The Oles, who entered the weekend as the third least-penalized team in NCAA Division III, killed off all six of their penalties in the game.

Past the midway point of the third period, St. Olaf tallied its second power-play goal in as many games when senior defenseman Margeaux Cohen netted her first-career goal at 11:57. The senior was on hand near the right post to put home the puck off a cross-crease pass from classmate Kalli McCullen.

McCullen's assist marked her third-straight game with a helper and her fourth-straight game with a point. St. Olaf pulled Pellicci for the final 2:05 of the contest but could not muster a tying goal.

Pellicci recorded 24 saves in her second start of the season for the Oles, while Brittany Boss posted 25 stops for the Cobbers. Shots for the game were even at 26 for each team.

St. Olaf has over a month off between games until they open St. Olaf Ice Arena by taking on UW-River Falls on Friday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.

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