No. 15 Bucknell Runs Past Colgate to Clinch No. 2 Seed in PL

HAMILTON – Four straight goals to open the second half – for the second week in a row, no less – weren't enough this time as 15th-ranked Bucknell posted a 13-8 victory over Colgate here Saturday.

Senior Day festivities prior to face-off had the Raiders and their fans looking forward to the home finale for 10 team members. But the visiting Bison delivered the last punch in a back-and-forth affair to clinch the second seed at next weekend's Patriot League Tournament.

Colgate will be seeded either third or fourth, pending tonight's Army-Holy Cross game in Worcester, Mass.

“Obviously with it being Senior Day, we wanted to go out with our last game on Andy Kerr as a victory – especially against Bucknell,” senior captain James Queeney said. “Things just didn't go our way. We just let them get too many easy ones down the stretch and turned the ball over a little too much.”

Colgate, now 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League, turned a 5-3 halftime deficit into a 7-5 lead on goals by Brendon McCann, Eric Foote, McCann again and Matt Clarkson. Last Saturday, Colgate rallied from a 5-4 halftime hole by scoring four straight en route to a 14-10 victory.

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HAMILTON, N.Y. – David Dickson and Sam Grinberg sparked an 8-1 run to finish the game, vaulting No. 15 Bucknell to a 13-8 win at Colgate on Saturday afternoon at chilly Andy Kerr Stadium. Sean Doyle scored four goals, Dickson dished out four assists, and Grinberg made six saves in the final 22:07, as the Bison improved to 11-3 and clinched the No. 2 seed for next week's Patriot League Tournament.

The Bison had an early 4-1 lead, but Colgate (8-5) gained control of the game with a 4-0 run to start the second half and had everything going its way at the midpoint of the third period. Bucknell had just turned the ball over twice on clears, took two penalties and found itself behind 7-5 when coach Frank Fedorjaka replaced all-league goalie Kyle Feeney with Grinberg in an attempt to spark the team.

The move paid off, as Bucknell scored two quick goals to pull even, which launched a dominating 8-1 run over the final 20:56. Dickson assisted on four of those eight goals to give him 42 on the year, breaking the Bucknell single-season record, previously held by Chris Cara (40). Only a sophomore, Dickson also moved up one spot into seventh place on Bucknell's career assist chart with 68.

Ryan Gutowski kept winning faceoffs – he was 10 for 14 in the second half and 15 for 22 with eight ground balls in the game – and Grinberg kept turning aside shots. He was beaten on the first shot he faced after coming in, after a Bison defender fell down behind the cage allowing Ryan Walsh to come in untouched for a bounce shot. But Grinberg went 6 for 6 after that, including three big stops on reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner Peter Baum in the final nine minutes. In fact, defenseman Jackson Place and the rest of the defense kept Baum without a goal and just one assist in the game.

Doyle also had an assist in the game, and his four goals and five points both equaled career highs for the freshman. Chase Bailey logged two goals and an assist, giving him a career-high 30 on the season, while Thomas Flibotte scored twice as well. Walsh led Colgate with three goals.

The victory was the school-record 42nd for this year's senior class, one more than the previous mark held by the Class of 2011. This is the first class ever to record at least 11 wins in a season twice.

Bucknell led 5-3 at the half after Kyle O'Keefe scored with no time remaining, but the Bison could not sustain that momentum into the second half. They won the second-half faceoff but turned the ball over. At the other end Brendan McCann scored in a flag-down situation, and then on the ensuing EMO Eric Foote scored again to tie it at 5-all. McCann gave Colgate its first lead of the day at the 9:01 mark, and then Matt Clarkson's tally at 7:07 made it 7-5 and brought Grinberg on.

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