No. 15 Bucknell Scores Late to Secure Upset of No. 2 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. No. 15 Bucknell showed why it has the fourth-best defense in the nation, becoming the first team all season to hold No. 2 Cornell to single digits, as the Bison earned the 9-8 upset on Schoellkopf Field.

Max Van Bourgondien tied the game with just over two minutes to play, but moments later Chase Bailey notched the game-winner. With the loss, the Big Red slips to 6-1, while Bucknell improves to 7-1.

Cornell was led by Rob Pannell with two goals and two assists, while Matt Donovan added two tallies. Dan Lintner, earning his first career start in place of reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Steve Mock, finished the day with one goal, as did Max Van Bourgondien, John Edmonds and Connor English. Connor Buczek also added an assist for the Big Red.

The Big Red made the most out of its offensive chances, scoring eight goals on 14 shots on goal, but struggled to get the ball into the offensive end as Bucknell won 16 of 21 face-offs and used long offensive possession to keep the ball away from Cornell. When the Big Red did manage to force Bucknell into one of its 21 turnovers, or capitalize on one of senior goalie AJ Fiore's 10 saves, the Bison used a smothering 10-man ride to hold the home team to just 16 of 22 successful clears.

Bucknell was led by Sean Doyle's four points (three goals, one assist), while David Dickson handed out three assists. Thomas Flibotte and Chase Bailey added two goals each. Bucknell's faceoff man Ryan Gutowski won 11 of 16 chances, while Gavin Sullivan was a perfect 5 of 5.

The Bison held the edge in shots (40-34) and ground balls (37-25). They also managed to clear the ball successfully in 19 of 22 chances.

While Fiore was impressive with 10 saves in the loss, Bucknell goalie Kyle Feeney made just six saves to earn the win.

While the game proved to have a dramatic finish, that certainly wasn't the way the contest started as the Big Red jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 2:08 of the contest as the snow fell hard on Schoellkopf Field.

Litner got Cornell on the board exactly one minute into the game when he knocked a loose ball back into the net after Feeney made an initial save off a Donovan shot. Donovan went on to score moments later when he took a pass from Buczek and buried it to put the home team up, 2-0.

The Bison won their first faceoff of the game but moments later Thomas Keith caused a turnover and Pannell scored an unassisted goal, putting the Big Red up by three and sending the teams back into the locker room for approximately 30 minutes as the facility crew worked to clear Schoellkopf Field.

Out of the break, things continued to go Cornell's way, as Pannell scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first period, before assisting on Edmonds goal early in the second period to make it a 5-0 game.

Bucknell finally got on the board at the 7:24 mark when a shot by Filbotte ricocheted off Fiore and into the goal. From there, the Bison rattled off three goals, all from point-blank range, in the span of three minutes to make it a 5-4 contest.

Donovan scored off a pass from Pannell to halt the run with 41 seconds to go before the half, but moments later Todd Heritage scored in an unsettled situation off the faceoff to make it a one goal game once again going into the intermission.

Time of possession in the third period was dominated by Bucknell and Doyle scored the only goal of the frame at the 3:20 mark to knot the contest at 6-6.

English scored early in the fourth period to restore the lead to the home team as he dodged the alley and pinged the ball off the pipe and into the net, but consecutive goals from Doylw and Filbotte restored the 8-7 lead to the visitors with 7:12 to play in the game.

Van Bourgondien tied the game a final time on a dramatic goal at the 2:03 mark, as he hit the pipe with his initial shot but scooped the rebound and scored from his knees, but just over one minute later Bailey and Dickson teamed up for the game winner.

Cornell is back in action on Saturday, March 23 as it welcomes No. 9 Penn Schoellkopf Field. Faceoff is at 1:00 p.m.

2013-03-19



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