Eisenreich Leads Bucknell Over Navy for PL Win

Bailey and Burke followed with goals to make it 7-4, and then following a timeout, Bucknell ran a set play with Eisenreich feeding David Dickson in the slot for an 8-4 lead with just 0:09 left in the half.

Navy stormed out of the locker room with three goals in just 45 seconds, with Nikk Davis' tally reducing Bucknell's lead to 8-7 just 1:58 into the half. But the Bison again had a response, scoring four straight times to go up 12-7 after three periods.

Bucknell's run started after Navy took a slashing penalty, and Eisenreich found Burke on the left wing for a critical momentum-shifting goal. Freshman Joe Kearney followed just over a minute later with a shot on the run to make it 10-7, and then in quick succession it was Bailey and Todd Heritage to make it four goals in a span of 4:13.

The Bison moved the ball around and burned some clock early in the fourth quarter, but Dickson retaliated for a push in the back and took a non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with 8:35 left in the game. Navy scored twice on that penalty, with Erik Hoffstadt and Bryce Dabbs finding the net 26 seconds apart. Just after Navy crept within 12-9, the Bison were flagged again, but this time they killed off the 60-second penalty. Then with 5:26 left Eisenreich made a slick backdoor pass to a cutting Gantsoudes for a 13-9 lead.

A big save from Kyle Feeney and a nice takeaway by defenseman Mike Huffner helped the Bison get the ball back near the three-minute mark. Navy desperately tried to get the ball back but was flagged for seven penalties in the process. With only three defenders on the field, Eisenreich finished the scoring with an empty-netter in the final minute to give Bucknell its highest scoring total in 12 all-time meetings with the Midshipmen.

Bucknell outshot Navy 35-27, but the Mids led 37-21 in ground balls. Feeney finished with eight saves for the Bison, while Navy's Wickham had seven.

Bucknell is back in action next Saturday at home against Hobart in a non-conference game. Opening faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

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2012-03-03



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