OLIVET, Mich. – Concordia University Wisconsin's offense took control in the middle quarters of Monday's non-conference contest at Olivet College, and Derek Brueske's three goals in the second period helped the Falcons earn a 15-7 victory.
Following a Comets goal to begin the second quarter at Cutler Athletic Complex, which tied the game at 2-2, the Falcons scored 10 of the game's next 11 goals to take a commanding 12-3 lead entering the final 15 minutes of play. CUW scored back-to-back man-up goals during the scoring spree to help them win its fourth game in a row.
CUW (5-2) finished with a 45-29 advantage in ground balls, cleared 12-of-15 attempts and won 16-fo-25 faceoffs. The Falcons did commit seven penalties, but the defense limited the Comets to just one man-up score.
Brueske (junior, Hopkins, Minn.) led all players with six points (four goals, two assists), while junior Matt Larsen (Gurnee, Ill.) ended with a hat trick and an assist. Senior Danny Dahms (Calgary, Alberta) also had a hat trick and assisted on a marker.
Sophomore Danny Bundra (Lake Zurich, Ill.) won 16 faceoffs and picked up 10 ground balls, while freshman Colin Raley (Inverness, Ill.) caused a career-best three turnovers. The Falcons defense also forced a season-high 27 turnovers.
Dakota Badder and James Collins paced OC (4-4) with two goals each. Sheldon Berry picked up a team-high five ground balls and Kyle Borek caused three turnovers.
Between the pipes, junior Emmet O'Malley (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) earned his fourth win of the season after making 10 saves.
The Falcons have won three of their four scheduled games during a difficult week span.
CUW returns to action on Wednesday at Adrian College in a non-conference game scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT.