Tough Loss at Home to Visiting Vikings

Tough Loss at Home to Visiting Vikings


On Saturday night, the Thunder hosted the Augustana Vikings for their first home game of 2019 where the Vikings would take the win 5-4 in a physical battle that went right down to the wire. 

Concordia found themselves in a tough spot early on as defensemen #14 Jakob Lavoie was awarded a game misconduct and a major penalty for a check to the head on #28 Lukas Biensch which led to two power play goals from #17 Adam Osczevski for the Vikings. 

The Thunder responded well to the early deficite by scoring two short handed goals from #21 Tyler Benko and #39 Romano Morrison. The Vikings outshot the Thunder 9-7 in the first period however the sore remained 2-2 after one. 

The second period opened up with some intensity once again, this time it was the Thunder striking first with a power play goal from #37 Phil Dillon. The Vikings were quick to respond as #51 Jimmy Sheehan was able to even it up with another power play goal for the Vikings. Thunder's #37 Phil Dillon found the back of the net once more midway through the second period to give the Thunder the 4-3 lead. Offensive pressure continued throughout the second period for Concordia as they outshot the Vikings 13-8 and would head into the locker room up by one.

Penalty troubles continued to haunt the Thunder in the third period and at 16:55 #16 Evan Warmington for the Vikings tied the game up 4-4 on the power play. The Vikings used this offensive momentum to their advantage and took the lead with 7:47 to go with a goal from #25 Reed Gunville. The Thunder failed to capitalize on a power play opportunity at the 6 minute mark and could not find the equalizer with a last minute effort. The Vikings would hold on for the 5-4 victory on the road.

Vikings goaltender #31 Curtis Skip stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced and was awarded the win. Between the pipes for the Thunder was #30 Tanner McCorriston who stopped 25 of the 30 shots he faced. 

The player of the game for the Augustana Vkings was #17 Adam Osczevski (2G) and for the Concordia Thunder was #21 Tyler Benko (1G, 1A).