The Utica College Pioneers Mens Hockey Team remains at number three in the USCHO college hockey poll, Hamilton College, Morrisville, and Colgate also in action.
The Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team is simply put, rolling.
The Pioneers played two games this weekend and did not give up a goal in either game, blanking both Lebanon Valley and Arcadia by identical 7-0 scores. Both contests were UCHC games.
Friday night’s game against Lebanon Valley was played at the historic Hersheypark Arena. The Pioneers peppered Lebanon Valley with thirty-eight shots on goal, with captain Dante Zapata leading the way with a hat trick. John Moncovich opened the scoring, and Jayson Dobay had a big night notching four assists. Goaltender Sean Dickson recorded the tenth shutout of his illustrious career at Utica College.
The following night the Pioneers traveled to the Hatfield Ice Arena in Colmar, Pennsylvania to take on the Arcadia University Knights. This time, it was Freshman goaltender Bryan Landsberger picking up the shutout, which is the first of his career. John Moncovich once again opened the scoring with his team-leading sixteenth goal and Jayson Dobay had another big night – this time posting a goal and two assists. For his efforts this weekend, Dobay was named the UCHC player of the week.
The Pioneers now have an overall record of 15-2 with a UCHC mark of 11-0. They are ranked number three in the country in the latest USCHO Division III poll. They return home to the Adirondack Bank Center this weekend for two more UCHC games. On Saturday they play the Stevenson Mustangs (9-4-1 overall, 5-2 UCHC) and on Sunday they face the Chatham Cougars (5-7-2 overall, 4-3-2 UCHC).
The Hamilton College Continentals Men’s Hockey Team had a rough week. On Thursday, they fell to Bowdoin 3-1 at Russell Sage Rink, and then their game on Saturday against Buffalo State was canceled. On Sunday they traveled to Amherst, Massachusetts where they lost to the Amherst Mammoths by a score of 2-1. Both games were NESCAC games. After these games, the Continentals overall record is 5-5 with a NESCAC mark of 4-4.
The Continentals will not have time to dwell on the losses as they have a busy week. On Tuesday they visit Middlebury, Vermont to play the Middlebury Panthers (1-8-2 overall, 0-7-1 NESCAC). They will be at home on Friday and Saturday for games against Wesleyan (5-7-2 overall, 4-4-2 NESCAC) and Trinity (8-6 overall, 6-4 NESCAC).
The Morrisville Mustangs (6-9-1 overall, 1-7-0 SUNYAC) return to action this week after having not played since January 14th. On Tuesday they will take the ice at the Steele Hall Ice Arena in Fredonia, NY to take on the Fredonia Blue Devils (5-6-1 overall, 3-4-0 SUNYAC), and then return home for a game on Saturday night against the Buffalo State Bengals (4-12 overall, 2-6 SUNYAC).
The Colgate Raiders (8-13-2 overall, 3-6-2 ECAC) opened a five-game homestand last weekend with a loss to the number one ranked in the nation (Division I) Quinnipiac Bobcats by a score of 5-1. The following night they tied the Princeton Tigers 2-2. The homestand at the Class of 1965 Arena continues this weekend when on Friday night the Raiders will face the Harvard Crimson (9-6-1, 7-4-1 ECAC), and on Saturday night they take on the Dartmouth Big Green (3-11-2 overall, 2-7-1 ECAC).