SUPERIOR, Wisconsin – The No. 14/13 MSOE hockey team forced overtime with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation but Concordia College netted the game-winner with 7.1 seconds remaining in the OT period to escape with a 4-3 victory in the consolation game of the Superior Showdown Saturday afternoon at Wessman Arena.
The Raiders (7-4-1) played catch-up the entire game, netting three equalizing goals each time the Cobbers (6-4-3) pulled ahead.
Each period featured a goal scored in the final 1:02, including three times inside the final 17 seconds. Concordia opened the scoring at 18:58 of the first period.
Rogers answered back off assists from senior James Ring and Makowski to even the score at 1-1 at 12:05 of the second period. The Cobbers then regained the lead with just 17 seconds to go in the frame with a power play score.
Makowski quickly answered with his first collegiate goal just 53 seconds into the third period. He was assisted by Ring and Rogers and made it 2-2.
At 15:29 of the final frame, the Raiders fell behind once again, before adding drama in the final seconds. Freshman Rock Boynton abandoned the goal for the extra attacker with 47 seconds to go in regulation. Makowski narrowly missed tying the score again when he hit the post, but seconds later Garris lit the lamp to force OT with just 3.2 seconds on the clock.
The Cobbers then picked up the victory when Jake Ellingson struck for the winner in the dying seconds of the extra period.
The Raiders had a significant 40-19 shot advantage, forcing Sam Nelson into 37 saves for Concordia. Boynton stopped 15 shots for the Red & White.
There were just two penalties in the game, one each way, with CC striking for a power play goal on its only chance and MSOE going 0-for-1.
Senior Chris Hinrichs was named to the Superior Showdown All-Tournament Team.
The Raiders will kick off the new year Tuesday, hosting St. Norbert at the Kern Center.