April 24, 2010

Winter's OT Goal Sends Bucknell into Playoffs

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Austin Winter (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes), one of six Bucknell seniors honored before the final regular-season game of the year, made sure that his Senior Day game would not also be the last one of his career when he scored in the final minute over overtime to lift the Bison to an 8-7 victory over a never-say-die Colgate team Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. While a loss would have ended their season, the sudden-death victory sent the Bison into next week's Patriot League Tournament, where they will face tournament host and No. 1 seed Army.

Bucknell seemed poised to waltz into the postseason when it carried a 7-1 lead into the final minutes of the third quarter. But perhaps buoyed by a second three-minute illegal equipment penalty on the Bison, the Raiders stormed back to tie the game with six consecutive goals.

The Bison head to the playoffs with an 8-5 overall record and a 3-3 Patriot League mark. Colgate, which had won two straight over Lafayette and Lehigh on the heels of overtime losses to Army and Navy, finishes its season at 3-9, 2-4.

Bucknell came into the game with an 0-5 record in one-goal games this season, and for the better part of the day it appeared that that record would in no manner be a factor.

After the Bison won the opening faceoff back going back toward its own zone, they took too much time to clear the ball. The turnover led to Peter Baum's goal on Colgate's first shot of the day. Little did the Raiders know at the time that it would be their last goal for almost three full quarters.

Bucknell tied the game on its first possession when Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) walked in from the right side and planted a shot past Jared Madison's headgear. The goal was Klipstein's 31st of the season, a new Bucknell record for midfielders.
 
Chris Palmer (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) made it two shots and two goals at 8:03 of the opening period, and Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) put the Bison ahead 3-1 when he scored in traffic off a Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) feed with just 28 seconds left in the quarter.

Bucknell scored three times in the final four minutes of the second quarter to take a 6-1 lead to the locker room. With an even four minutes remaining, Palmer made a nice extra pass to Tim Brandau (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) on the left wing, and Brandau scored on a sidewinder from a sharp angle. Only 50 seconds later middie Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) inverted behind the cage, then dodged both a defender and a slide for a shot into the upper left corner and a 5-1 lead.

With 3:02 left in the half, Bison defenseman John Collett (Randolph, N.J./Delbarton) was flagged for an illegal stick, drawing a three-minute, non-releasable penalty. Any momentum that Colgate may have spun from the break quickly went for naught, as Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) won a great ground ball between two Colgate players behind the Bucknell goal. Clarke weaved through traffic on the clear and finally drew an illegal body check penalty on Colgate. Now playing 5-on-5 in the Colgate end, Bucknell stalled for over a minute, then drew yet another penalty, in effect nullifying the Raiders' three-minute EMO. This time the Bison held the ball looking for the last shot of the half, and they got a big one from Klipstein with two seconds remaining. Klipstein carried it in from deep in the left corner, used a fake pass to freeze his defender, then rolled in front for his 32nd goal of the year.

Bucknell's terrific defense continued into the third period, and Danylyshyn scored his second goal of the day off another assist from Palmer with 6:34 remaining to make it a 7-1 game. Stunningly, the game was a long was from finished.

Colgate scored only one goal in the first 43:13 of the game, then scored five in the next 6:33 to get back in it. Baum ended the Raiders' drought with a roll dodge from the left side, followed by a dribbling shot beneath sprawling goalie Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich). Feeney had stopped eight straight Colgate shots on goal since allowing the first-quarter tally.

Leading 7-2, the Bison incurred yet another three-minute penalty between periods when Danylyshyn's stick was deemed to be illegal. Unlike the previous penalty, this time the momentum swung in favor of the Raiders. Ben McCabe scored an extra-man goal 49 seconds into the final quarter to make it 7-3. Bucknell killed off the rest of the penalty, but the three-minute man-down appeared to tire out the defense that late in the game, and Colgate took advantage.

Whereas earlier in the game the Raiders where spraying shots all over the park, now they were finally finding their mark. Patrick Campbell, Ian Murphy and Ben McCabe all scored just 1:39 apart to make it a 7-6 game with 9:41 to play, and the Bison had not even had a possession in the fourth quarter yet.

McCabe's third goal of the quarter, off a pass from Campbell, tied the game at 7-7 with 4:33 left. After the two teams swapped turnovers, Feeney made a great save on a hard shot from Baum. Bucknell cleared, and after two shots went wide, Madison returned the favor by stopping Winter's stuff attempt with three seconds remaining.

Jason Neithamer (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scooped up the ground ball on the all-important overtime faceoff, but the Bison quickly turned the ball over. Colgate then failed to connect on a pass and Alex Lyons (Owings Mills, Md./Boys' Latin) picked up the ground ball in a dangerous spot right in front of the goal.

After one more exchange of turnovers, the Bison went to their two-time All-American, who had been quiet offensively for most of the day. In fact, only once in Winter's four-year career had he failed to generate at least one goal or assist in a game, but with a minute left in overtime he was scoreless.

Winter changed directions a couple of times behind the goal before coming out to the left side. With a defender planted all over him, he somehow worked his hands free and deposited the winning shot into the back of the net from close range.

Colgate outshot Bucknell 37-27 and won nine faceoffs to Bucknell's eight. The Bison had a slight 25-23 edge in ground balls, led by five each from Feeney and Neithamer. Feeney finished with 11 saves for the Bison, while Madison had eight for Colgate.

This will be the third straight year Bucknell and Army have met in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Fourth-seeded Bucknell upset No. 1 Army 8-7 at Michie Stadium in 2008, and last season the Bison prevailed 10-8 at home.

Bucknell and Army will meet on Friday at Michie Stadium at a time to be determined. The game will be televised live on CBS College Sports.


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