The Utica College Pioneers Mens Hockey Team won both of their games this weekend.
The Utica College Pioneers continue to show why they are ranked third in the entire country in Division III hockey.
Last weekend, the Pioneers began their UCHC schedule by annihilating both Arcadia and Lebanon Valley by a total combined score of 21-1. Both of these games were in the friendly confines of the Pioneers home rink, the Adirondack Bank Center.
This weekend would present a new set of challenges for the Pioneers, as they would head out to the road for the first time this season. The first stop was on Friday night when they travelled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on the Chatham Cougars. Chatham did very little to slow down the Utica College attack, as the Pioneers won the game 10-1. Defenseman Justin Allen led all scorers with five points (two goals and three assists), while goaltender Sean Dickson made fifteen saves to earn his second straight victory.
The next day, the Pioneers were in Reisterstown, Maryland to face the Stevenson Mustangs. Although not ranked in the top fifteen of the USCHO Division III poll, they did receive votes, and would prove to be stiffer competition than the Pioneers faced the night before. A little over eleven minutes into the game, Stevenson opened the scoring when Luke Benitez beat Sean Dickson – who was making his second start in goal in as many days. A mere eighteen seconds later, the Pioneers would tie the score when Regen Cavanagh lit the lamp behind Stevenson goaltender Ryan Kenny. With one and half minutes left in the first period, Utica College took the lead on the first of Eric Holland’s two goals. From that point, the Pioneers would not relinquish the lead, and rode Buster Larsson’s four assists to a 5-3 victory – completing the sweep of their games this weekend.
Notes: The Pioneers record is now 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the UCHC….Goaltender Sean Dickson has only given up four goals in the three starts he has made this season….In the six games they have played this season, the Pioneers have outscored their opponents by a total of 42-11….The went 4 for 9 overall this weekend on the power play, and killed all three power plays they faced….The Pioneers next game is on Friday, November 19th when they travel to Rochester to face Nazareth.