Utica College Pioneers win the Teddy Bear Toss game

Utica College makes it a weekend sweep of UCHC opponents.

It was a very good weekend for the Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team, their fans, and for people who like to toss teddy bears on the ice.

On Friday night, the third-ranked Pioneers defeated then-undefeated and eleventh ranked Wilkes at home by a score of 3-2. The following night, Utica College took down the King’s College Monarchs 8-0 in the New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss game – considered by many to be the biggest regular-season game on the Pioneers schedule. The game is so popular that it was broadcast live on local television station WKTV. With the win, the Pioneers improve their overall record to 9-2 and 7-0 in the UCHC.

Utica College Pioneers defeat Wilkes University

The Teddy Bear Toss was started seventeen years ago as a way for the Pioneers to collect teddy bears to give to children who could use a present at the holidays they otherwise would not get. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to this particular game every year to be tossed on the ice when the Pioneers get their first goal. According to https://ucpioneers.com “over 50,000 teddy bears and other stuffed toys have been collected to benefit local charitable causes since the event began in 2005”. A capacity crowd at the Adirondack Bank Center would contribute to that total on Saturday night.

They wouldn’t have to wait for long, as just over five minutes into the game senior Eric Holland found himself all alone against King’s goaltender Tyler Sayger. Holland put the puck past Sayger to light the lamp and send the stuffed animals flying.

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The rest of the game would not get any better for King’s College, as the Pioneers kept their foot on the gas all night long. John Moncovich and Mic Curran led all scorers with three points on the night (each had one goal and two assists), while Eric Holland (two goals), Brandon Osmundon (one goal and one assist), Blake Holmes (one goal and one assist), Justin Allen (one goal and one assist), and Jayson Dobay (two assists) each had two points. Goaltenders Felix-Louis St. Jean and Bryan Landsberger each play half of the game making a combined twenty-three saves to earn a combined shutout.

Notes: The Utica College outshot King’s College 49 to 23…Utica College was 1 for 3 on the power play, King’s College was 0 for 5…The game was quite chippy, as a total of fifteen penalties were called against Utica College and eight against King’s College…Utica College now heads into the holiday break and won’t return to action until January 8th when they play the Curry College Hawks. Curry College is currently ranked thirteenth in the nation in the USCHO poll.

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