Release: February 26, 2011
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tallies fourth career hat trick to pace BU offensively
EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette (0-1) outscored the visiting Bearcats
(0-1) 4-2 in the final quarter to break a 5-5 tie and secure
the season opening win on a bitter cold day at Bigler Field Saturday
The host Nittany Lions outscored Binghamton - a squad that started
four freshman - 3-1 over the final 10 minutes to post the narrow
victory. Sophomore Tyler Perrelle registered
BU's only goal over that stretch to close the gap at 8-7 with
5:23 left in regulation. However, the Bearcats couldn't muster
any production in the final minutes and Billy Lloyd tacked on
an insurance goal at 1:53 to make it 9-7.
With the score knotted at five apiece entering the fourth quarter,
each team traded goals in the opening 2:13 of the final frame.
Senior co-captain David Raleigh found
the net 31 seconds into the quarter as BU took a 6-5 edge. Penn
State's Shane Sturgis scored less than a minute later to even
the score at six apiece.
Sophomore Matt Springer supplied
more than half of the team's offensive production en route to
his fourth career hat trick.
Springer, who became the second player in school history to record
a point in every game last season, extended his streak to 15
consecutive games with a point, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010.
A selection to the America East All-Rookie Team last season,
Springer's streak warrants national recognition as he represents
one of only 18 players in the country to have registered a point
in 15 straight contests.
Trailing 5-3 in the closing seconds of the second quarter, Perrelle
connected with Springer, who netted his third goal of the game
with one second remaining on the clock.
Penn State raced out to an early 2-0 lead in the first minute
of the contest before Springer answered with his first goal of
the 2011 campaign. He registered another goal at the 6:23 mark,
followed by a goal from freshman Brandon
Planck in his collegiate debut to open the second quarter,
pushing BU's lead to 3-2.
Neither team led by more than two goals at any point in a tightly
Binghamton faces the Lafayette Leopards in another road matchup
next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.