Utica College Pioneers lose a heartbreaker on Sunday

The Pioneers lose the second of a two game set against Adrian College.

The second game of the much ballyhooed matchup between the Utica College Pioneers and the Adrian College Bulldogs was just as close and exciting as the first one – this time the result was not what the Pioneers wanted.

Taking a page out of the Pioneer’s book from Saturday, the Bulldogs overcame a two goal deficit to secure a 4-3 win on Sunday at the Adirondack Bank Center. With the win, Adrian College and Utica College would split the weekend series. Both teams will have a prominent place in the upcoming USCHO Division III national poll.

Utica College got on the board one minute and nineteen seconds into the game when Brandon Osmundson fired a shot from the right face off circle that eluded Adrian starting goaltender Dershahn Stewart. The Pioneers would control play until Ryan Pitoscia of the Bulldogs was able to put a loose puck past Utica goaltender Felix-Louis St. Jean to tie the game at one. St. Jean was making his second start in as many days.

Action from Sunday’s Utica College vs Adrian College game. Photo credit: Dave Warner.

Utica would get the lead back about six minutes later, when Eric Holland burst through the middle of the Adrian defense and beat Stewart to make the score 2-1. The Pioneers would hold that lead for the rest of the period.

The second period would feature something that was non-existent in the first game – power play goals. Utica College extended their lead to 3-1 when Brandon Osmundson scored his second goal of the game by putting a rebound off of a Mic Curran shot in the net, giving the Pioneers their first power play goal of the season.

After the third Utica goal, Adrian made it’s presence known. They would get a power play goal themselves at 13:21 in the second period when Hunter Wendt one-timered a pass from the point by Ty Enns past St. Jean to make the score 3-2. One minute later Enns would score on another power play opportunity in almost the exact same fashion that Wendt scored his goal, when he blasted a one-timer into the net on a feed from the point by Jacob Breckles. The second period ended in a 3-3 tie setting up a pivotal third period.

Action from Sunday’s Utica College vs Adrian College game. Photo credit: Dave Warner.

Like yesterdays game, the third period was filled with excitement and opportunities for both teams. Utica attacked the Adrian offensive zone in waves, peppering Stewart with fourteen shots on goal. Despite the barrage, the Pioneers just couldn’t get one past Stewart. It looked like the game was heading to overtime for the second day in a row, but with one minute and thirty-seven seconds left, Adrian’s Chase Spencer went top shelf from a very sharp angle to score an improbable goal and give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead. Utica could not breakthrough in the final minute, and Adrian hung on to take the victory.

Utica College is back in action next weekend with two games at home. On Friday November 5th, they face Arcadia University, and on Saturday November 6th they play the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen. The game against Arcadia will open UCHC play for the Pioneers. For information on all Utica College athletics, including scores and schedules, visit https://ucpioneers.com.

Notes: Utica College outshot Adrian College 38-19….Power play: UC 1/7, AC 2/5….Brandon Osmundson (2 goals) and Mic Curran (2 assists) led Utica College scoring, Ty Enns (1 goal, 2 assists) led Adrian College scoring.

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