Utica College Pioneers Remain at Number Three in new National Poll

The Utica College Pioneers win both of their games this weekend, Hamilton College and Colgate in action as well.

The Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team did not miss a beat in their return to games this weekend from holiday break as they won both of the games they played.

On Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers played their first game in just over one month at the Adirondack Bank Center when they defeated the then fourteenth ranked Curry College Colonels by a score of 6-2. After exchanging goals in the first period, John Moncovich scored his second goal of the game and the Pioneers were off and running – scoring the next three goals in the game. Standout Pioneers goaltender Sean Dickson picked up the win and for Curry College Colonel Mic Curran scored Utica College’s sixth goal of the game against his former team.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Pioneers were supposed to take on the Oswego State Lakers, but a late cancellation instead found Utica College playing the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. The unexpected opponent gave the high flying Pioneers a tough battle, as the game was scoreless heading into the third period. The Pioneers brokethrough early in the final frame on a powerplay goal by Buster Larsson and sealed it on an empty net goal by Brett Everson for the 2-0 victory. Sean Dickson made his second start in as many days, and earned the ninth shutout of his career – adding to the Utica College career shutout record he already owns.

Central New York College Hockey Returns This Weekend

Utica College is back in action next weekend with two games – both are on the road. On Friday night they are at the Neuman Knights, and then on Saturday night they travel to the Playland Ice Casino to take on the Manhattanville Valiants. Both games are UCHC games.

In other local men’s college hockey action, the Hamilton College Continentals won their game Friday night on their home ice at Russell Sage Rink by defeating Colby 3-1 in a NESCAC conference game. Scott McKenzie notched the game winning goal and goaltender Sean Storr made twenty-two saves to pick up the win for Hamilton. The Continentals now have an overall record of 5-2-0 to go with a NESCAC mark of 4-1-0. Hamilton College plays again on Friday January 14th against Tufts and January 15th against Connecticut College. Both games are at home and are also NESCAC games.

The Morrisville Mustangs did not play this weekend, but will play on the road both Tuesday January 11th at Albertus Magnus, and Wednesday January 12th at Division II Post University. Morrisville currently has an overall record of 4-8-1 and a SUNYAC mark of 1-7-0.

On the Division I side of the things, Colgate had a rough weekend in the upper penisula of Michigan as they dropped both of their games over the weekend to Northern Michigan. On Friday night, the Raiders fell by a score of 4-2, then on Saturday night they defeated by the Wildcats 6-3. Colgate’s overall record is now 8-12-0 that includes a 3-5-0 ECAC mark. They return home to the Class of 1965 Arena next Friday and Saturday nights for games against Brown and Yale respectivley. Both matchups are ECAC games.

Episode #58 features John Moncovich of the Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team and later on a discussion about how injuries and illnesses on the New Jersey Devils will affect the Utica Comets and Adirondack Thunder will Neil Villapiano of The Devils State of Mind Podcast and Armand Klisivitch of https://thepuckauthority.com. Subscribe to Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and all major podcast platforms.

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