Central NY College Hockey Recap for the Weekend Ending February 6th

Utica College and Colgate Men’s teams notch big wins, Hamilton College Women nearly pull off a pair of upsets.

It was a good weekend for most of the four men and women’s college hockey programs as the Utica College Pioneers and Colgate Raiders men’s teams notched big wins. Among the women’s teams, the Hamilton College Continentals nearly upset a ranked team two nights in a row but fell just short both times. Here’s a look at the weekend that was for the local college hockey scene for the weekend ending February 6th, 2022.

Men’s

  • The Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team vaulted to number two in the latest USCHO Men’s Division III poll on the strength of wins over Nazareth and SUNY Canton in the friendly confines of the Adirondack Bank Center. The Pioneers overall record improved to 19-2-0 overall with a perfect 14-0-0 UCHC mark. Click on Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team Moves to Number Two for more details about the Pioneers big weekend.
  • The Colgate Raiders had a huge weekend, upsetting the now sixteenth ranked Cornell Big Red at home on Friday night by a score of 3-2. Ethan Manderville and Griffin Lunn each had a goal and an assist with Manderville’s third period goal proving to be the game winner. Mitch Benson made twenty-seven saves in net for Colgate picking up his second winn of the season. The following night the scene shifted to Ithaca for a rematch on the Big Red’s home ice. This time the teams skated a 2-2 tie with Colgate winning the shootout portion. Alex Young had a goal and assist for the Raiders and also scored in the shootout along with Josh McKechney. Benson started for the second consecutive night in goal for Colgate and made thirty-two saves. The Raiders record now stands at 10-14-3 overall and 5-7-3 in the ECAC.
  • The Hamilton College Continentals split a pair of NESCAC games on the road this weekend. On Friday night they defeated the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in Brunswick, Maine by a score of 2-1 in overtime. Grisha Gotovets scored the game winning goal in overtime and Sean Storr made twenty-seven saves to pick up the victory. On Saturday night they traveled to Waterville, Maine to face the fiftheenth ranked Colby Mules for another game that went to overtime – but this time the Continentals ended up on the short end of the stick. Hamilton got one point from six skaters and John McElaney notched the game winning goal for Colby. Storr made his second consecutive start for the Continentals and made thirty-three saves in the losing effort. Hamilton College now sports an overall record of 7-8 with a 6-7 NESCAC mark.
  • The Morrisville Mustangs had two games this past week starting with a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night at home against fellow SUNYAC member the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles. Curtis Abbott scored both goals for the Mustangs and Garrett Boyonoski stopped twenty-seven shots in net for Morrisville. On Saturday night Morrisville visited the SUNY Canton Kangaroos for a non-conference game and earned a 1-1 tie. Cameron Clarke scored the Mustangs goal on the powerplay in the third period, and Boyonoski made thirty-three saves in goal. The Mustangs are now 7-11-2 overall and 2-9-0 in the SUNYAC.

Women’s

  • The Utica College Pioneers had a very successful weekend in the state of Pennsylvania, sweeping both games against UCHC rival Lebanon Valley at the historic Hersheypark Arena. On Friday, the Pioneers won by a score of 4-1 with Maggie Rylott leading all scorers with a goal and an assist. Goaltender Angela Hawthorne made twenty-seven saves to pick up the victory. The next day Hawthorne once again allowed only one goal, this time making sixteen saves to lead the Pioneers to a 3-1 win. Georgiana Santullo had a big day on offense, notching one goal and two assists, with Carly Stefanini chipping in one goal and one assist, while Erica Sloan posted two assists. For her efforts over the weekend, Hawthorne was named the UCHC Goalie of the Week. Utica College now has an overall record of 18-3 and is 15-1 in the UCHC. The Pioneers also earned one vote in the latest USCHO Women’s Division III poll.
  • The Hamilton College Continentals came oh so close to scoring a major upset on both Friday and Saturday nights at Russell Sage Rink against NESCAC rival the ninth-ranked Colby Mules. On Friday night they dropped a 5-4 overtime decision with Allie Curry scoring two goals, and Sidney Molnar making twenty-nine saves in goal for the Continentals. Saturday night’s contest was a defensive battle as Colby edged Hamilton by a score of 1-0, with Molnar making twenty-six saves in her second start of the weekend. Hamilton College’s overall record is now 8-8 and they are 5-7 in the NESCAC.
  • The eighth ranked Colgate Raiders split a pair of ECAC games over the weekend. On Friday they defeated the sixth ranked Harvard Crimson at home by a score of 6-2. Kalty Kaltounkova had a huge night on offense posting two goals and two assists, while Rosy Demers, Kaitlyn O’Donohoe, and Tanner Gates each had one goal and one assist, with Sydney Bard chipping in two assists for the Raiders. In goal, Hannah Murphy made twenty-seven saves to pick up the win. On Saturday, the Raiders were tripped up in Ithaca, NY by rival the Cornell Big Red by a score of 3-2. The Raiders got one point each from six different skaters, and Murphy made seventeen saves in taking the loss. Colgate’s overall record now stands at 21-7-1 overall and 11-5-1 in the ECAC.
  • The Morrisville Mustangs played one game this past week, defeating NEWHL rival the Buffalo State Bengals at the Morrisville Iceplex on Tuesday night by a score of 9-2. Allie Davidson had a hat trick and added an assist for Morrisville while teammates Pippy Pritchard and Rhys Brown had two goals and two assists each. Allicen Bouchard completed the four point club for the Mustangs by posting one goal and three assists. Morrisville goaltender Emma Plett made twelve saves to pick up the win. The Morrisville Mustangs now have a 5-13-1 overall recoed and are 3-10-1 in the NEWHL.

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