Junior Brett Gravelle's extra-attacker goal with 44 seconds left in regulation helped St. Thomas Men's Hockey claim a 1-1 tie with second-place Concordia in Friday night's MIAC game in Mendota Heights.
In the conference tie-breaker, the Cobbers (11-6-3 overall, 7-2-2 MIAC) scored 15 seconds into the sudden-death skating portion of the shootout after a St. Thomas turnover in front of the net. That allowed Concordia to claim the second point in the standings to the Purple's one point.
The teams play again Saturday in Mendota Heights at 2:30 p.m.
Both goalies impressed over the 65-minute contest and combined to kill off the four power plays. St. Thomas freshman Cam Burggrabe allowed one fluke goal in 31 Cobber shots and remained unbeaten on his young college career (7-0-3). Concordia's Jacob Stephan (9-4-2) saved 39 of 40 Tommie shots allowing only the extra-atacker score.
The game was scoreless over the first 56 minutes before Cobber Beau Wilmer flipped the puck from the side towards the net and it slipped under the Burggrabe's pad for a 1-0 lead.
The Tommies (10-4-4, 4-1-4) are unbeaten over their last nine games (6-0-3). The Purple pulled their goalie twice in the last 1:40. Gravelle, the reigning MIAC Athlete of the Week, took a laser shot from just inside the blue line after a face off and buried the tying goal.
Gravelle now has nine goals and five assists over his last eight games.