Turning the corner?

Turning the corner?

Men's Hockey Preview

Heading into his third season at the helm, CUW men's hockey coach Tony Hrkac knows that his team needs to improve in all facets of the game after a 4-22-1 record in 2008. Concordia was 4-16-0 in the league, ahead of only Northland (1-18-1).

Top scorer Sam Aide is gone but Jon Smith (8 goals and 8 assists), and Niclas Soderberg (4 goals and 14 assists) return. Hrkac likes what he has seen of first year players Dustin Partacz and Bradley Lukasz in terms of scoring potential.

The Falcon defense, very suspect one year ago, returns team leaders Jari Sanders, who scored 3 goals and added 12 assists, and Steve Panas (1 goal and 13 assists). Sanders and Panas were 5th and 6th in conference scoring among defensemen. Concordia, however, was last in the league in scoring defense, giving up an average of 5.5 goals per conference game.

"It will take us a while to get everyone on the same page, but we are collectively faster and more skilled than the past two years," said Hrkac. "I look for us to defend better and be in position to win games in the third period."

Season ends for Falcon skaters
February 20, 2010 Season ends for Falcon skaters
Adrian rolls over CUW 11-1
February 12, 2010 Adrian rolls over CUW 11-1
MSOE skates past CUW
February 6, 2010 MSOE skates past CUW
Sabres too strong for CUW
January 22, 2010 Sabres too strong for CUW
Third period dooms Falcons
January 15, 2010 Third period dooms Falcons
Adrian completes the sweep
December 5, 2009 Adrian completes the sweep
Falcons swept by Augsburg
November 21, 2009 Falcons swept by Augsburg
Finlandia rallies past CUW 5-3
November 13, 2009 Finlandia rallies past CUW 5-3
Viking skaters blast CUW
November 6, 2009 Viking skaters blast CUW
MSOE skates past CUW men 9-1
October 30, 2009 MSOE skates past CUW men 9-1
Turning the corner?
October 28, 2009 Turning the corner?