Utica College Pioneers and Central NY College Hockey Recap

The week (January 24th through January 30th) that was for central NY college hockey teams the Utica College Pioneers, Hamilton College Continentals, Morrisville Mustangs, and Colgate Raiders.

It was a bittersweet weekend for the Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team.

The Pioneers (17-2 overall, 13-0 UCHC) remain ranked third in the latest USCHO men’s Division III poll, after winning two more games over the weekend. On Saturday, they defeated UCHC rival the Stevenson Mustangs (9-5-1 overall, 5-3 UCHC) by a score of 5-2, and then on Sunday, they blanked another UCHC opponent in the Chatham Cougars (5-9-2 overall, 4-5-2 UCHC) 3-0 behind Freshman Bryan Landsberger’s second career shutout. For his efforts, Landsberger was named the UCHC Rookie of the Week.

The Pioneers were led on offense over the weekend by Justin Allen who had one goal and two assists versus Stevenson, while Brian Scoville (two goals), and Dante Zapata (one goal and one assist) led the way against Chatham.

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That was the good news. The bad news is they may have lost starting goaltender for a while after he had to leave the game against Stevenson with what appeared to be a right leg injury. The Senior netminder has been outstanding this season, posting a record of 12-1 with a 1.18 GAA and .934 save percentage. There is no update yet on the extent of the injury.

The Pioneers will remain at home this weekend when they face another UCHC opponent, the Nazareth Golden Flyers (7-11-2 overall, 6-6-1 UCHC). On Sunday, they take on the SUNY Canton Kangaroos (6-10-1 overall, no conference record).

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John Moncovich of the Utica College Pioneers sets a screen against Stevenson during their game on Saturday at the Adirondack Bank Center. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Hamilton College Continentals

The Hamilton College Continentals (6-7-0 overall, 5-6-0 NESCAC) had a busy week, playing three games in five days. On Tuesday night, they traveled to Middlebury, Vermont to take on fellow NESCAC members the Middlebury Panthers. They lost that game in heartbreaking fashion dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime.

They returned home to Sage Rink for a pair of games over the weekend against the Wesleyan Cardinals (7-8-2 overall, 6-4-2 NESCAC) on Friday night and the Trinity Bantams (9-7-0 overall, 7-5-0 NESCAC) on Saturday night. They suffered a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals but rebounded nicely with a 4-3 overtime win over the Bantams. Fred Allaire got the first two goals for Hamilton against the Bantams (with Jordi Jefferson drawing the assists on both), and Grisha Gotovets scored the game-winning goal.

Utica Comets Notch a Victory Over the Cleveland Monsters

The Continentals were supposed to play this past Sunday as well at home against Tufts but that game was postponed. Their next two games will now be on Friday, February 4th against the Bowdoin Polar Bears (5-6-4 overall, 5-4-3 NESCAC) and then on Saturday, February 5th against the fifteenth ranked Colby Mules (11-3-0 overall, 8-2-0 NESCAC). Both of the Continentals games will be on the road.

Morrisville Mustangs

The Morrisville Mustangs took the ice twice this past week. On Tuesday night they traveled to Fredonia to take on the Fredonia Blue Devils (7-7-1 overall, 5-5-0 SUNYAC), a game in which they lost 5-3. On Saturday night returned home to the Morrisville Iceplex to defeat the Buffalo State Bengals (4-14-0 overall, 2-8-0 SUNYAC) by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Cameron Clark had a big night for the Mustangs scoring two goals -including the game-winner.

This week Morrisville will host the Brockport Golden Eagles (12-6-1 overall, 5-4-1 SUNYAC) on Wednesday night, and then go to Canton, NY on Friday night to play the SUNY Canton Kangaroos (6-10-1 overall, no conference record).

Colgate Raiders

Central New York’s only Division I college hockey team split a pair of games over the past weekend. On Friday night the Raiders (9-14-2 overall, 4-7-2 ECAC) lost to the Harvard Crimson (10-7-1 overall, 8-5-1 ECAC) by a score of 5-3 at the Class of 1965 Arena. Josh McKechney and Matt Verboon each had a goal and assist and Elliott McDermott had two assists for Colgate. The next night the Raiders rebounded with a home win over the Dartmouth Big Green (3-13-3 overall, 2-9-2 ECAC) by a score of 2-1 in overtime with McDermott scoring the game-winning goal. Mitch Benson made thirty-two saves to pick up the victory.

The Raiders will play a home and home series this Friday and Saturday night against the eleventh ranked Cornell Big Red (13-4-3 overall, 8-2-3 ECAC). Friday night’s game will be played at Colgate and Saturday night’s game will be on Cornell’s home ice in Ithaca, NY.

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