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CEDARBURG, Wis. - For the second straight day, the Concordia University Wisconsin was tied with No. 9 Adrian College going into the third period; but the Falcons came up short once again, losing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
CUW (1-9-2, 1-6-1 MCHA) scored three goals in the second period to erase an early 3-0 deficit, but couldn't find the back of the net in the third despite some good scoring chances.
The Bulldogs scored an early goal in the third period to give themselves a 4-3 lead, before tallying an empty net goal in the game's final seconds to seal the win.
Adrian (8-3-0, 7-1-0 MCHA) lit the lamp three times in the first 15 minutes of the regulation, with Josh Ranalli scoring twice and Jordan Watts adding another goal to give the Bulldogs a three-goal cushion going into the first intermission.
But the Falcons roared back in the second period, scoring three goals of their own to tie the score.
Sophomore Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.) put CUW on the board with an unassisted goal that beat Bulldog goaltender James Hamby.
With just over five minutes remaining in the second period, freshman Morgan Sanchez (Corona, Calif.) trimmed the Bulldogs' lead to 3-2 when he finished off feeds from juniors Jake Furey (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Michael Zirk (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).
Only three minutes later, freshman Lukas Allen (Lakeville, Minn.) got the Falcons back on level terms, firing a shot from the point that beat Hamby with the help of a screen from junior Graylyn Douglas (Plano, Texas).
Just like in Friday's loss to the Bulldogs, however, the third period proved to be the difference.
Lukas Ciotti netted the game-winner at 5:26 in the third, before Kyle Gallinger converted an empty net chance as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
The Falcons will now have a week of practice before hosting Gustavus Aldophus College at the Ozaukee Ice Center's new rink on Friday night at 8 p.m.
For more information on Friday's grand opening of CUW Hockey's new facility, click here.