Recapping the weekend that was for men’s and women’s college hockey in central New York.
The Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team (20-2-1 overall, 15-0-1 UCHC) remains ranked at number two in the latest USCHO Men’s Division III national poll released on Monday, February 14th as they clinched their sixth UCHC Regular Season title over the weekend.
On Friday night, they traveled to Pittston, Pennsylvania to take on the King’s College Monarchs (5-17-0-0 overall, 4-12-0 UCHC). The Pioneers had no problem disposing of the Monarchs, as they won by a score of 7-1 behind four points (three goals and one assist) by Regen Cavanagh. Captain Dante Zapata chipped in two goals and an assist, and Buster Larsson had three assists as well. Freshman goaltender Felix-Louis St. Jean made seventeen saves to earn his fifth win of the season and improve his record to 5-1-0.
Saturday night was a much tougher task for the Pioneers as they stayed in Wilkes-Barre to face the ninth-ranked Wilkes University Colonels (16-4-1 overall, 13-2-1 UCHC). This was a rematch of a hard-fought 3-2 victory for Utica College on December 3rd at the Adirondack Bank Center. This game was a goaltending battle, as Utica College goaltender Bryan Landsberger and his Wilkes counterpart Nico Pidro each yielded only one goal. The rock-solid play of both netminders led to the score being tied at one at the end of overtime, and although the game is officially a draw, the Pioneers got goals from Dante Zapata and Brandon Osmundson to pick up an extra point in the standings. By earning at least a tie against Wilkes, Utica College secured its ninth overall regular-season title and the sixth UCHC regular-season championship for Coach Gary Heenan’s team.
The Hamilton College Continentals (10-8 overall, 9-7 NESCAC) had a very successful weekend, sweeping all three games they played. On Friday night, they upended the Tufts Jumbos (5-13-2 overall, 5-9-2 NESCAC) in overtime by a score of 4-3 on the Jumbos home ice in Malden, Massachusetts. Nick Rutigliano scored the game-winning goal, Fred Allaire chipped in two assists, and Sean Storr made twenty-five saves to earn the victory.
The road trip continued to New London Connecticut on Saturday where the Continentals took down the Connecticut College Camels (5-11-3 overall, 4-9-2 NESCAC) by a tally of 5-2. Matt Gellerman posted a hat trick for Hamilton, and team-leading scorer Grisha Gotovets had a goal and an assist, while Storr made seventeen saves to pick up his second straight win of the weekend.
The Continentals returned home to Russell Sage Rink in Clinton on Sunday for a rematch against Tufts. This game would not be nearly as close as Friday night’s game was, as Fred Allaire had one goal and two assists to lead the Continentals to a 6-1 thrashing of the Jumbos. Charlie Archer made twenty-five saves to earn his second victory in as many starts this season.
The Colgate Raiders (12-14-2 overall, 7-7-4 ECAC) went undefeated in the three games they played over the past four days. On Friday night, they took down the Union College Dutchmen (10-16-3 overall, 7-10-1 ECAC) in Schenectady by a score of 6-4. Josh McKechney and Colton Young each had a goal and an assist, while Arnaud Vachon and Alex Young each had two assists for the Raiders. Mitch Benson made twenty-seven assists to earn the win in goal.
On Saturday night, the Raiders continued on to Troy, NY to face the RPI Engineers (13-18-3 overall, 8-10-0 ECAC). There, they won a 3-2 thriller behind goals by Paul McAvoy, Colton Young, and Levi Glasman – whose tally would wind up being the game-winner. Benson made twenty-two saves to pick up his second victory in as many nights.
The Raiders road trip continued on to Providence, Rhode Island on Valentine’s Day to take on the Brown University Bears (6-16-2 overall, 6-10-2 ECAC) in a game that was originally supposed to be played on January 14th. A tight-checking defensive battle ended in a 1-1 tie, with the Raiders picking up the extra point in the standings on a shootout goal by Levi Glasman. Mitch Benson ended his busy weekend in goal for Colgate by making thirty saves against Brown, and he now has a record of 4-4-3 on the season.
The Morrisville Mustangs (7-13-2 overall, 2-11-0 SUNYAC) had a rough week losing both games they played on home ice at the Morrisville IcePlex. On Wednesday night, they dropped a 4-0 decision to the twelfth ranked Oswego State Lakers (16-5-1 overall, 11-2-1 SUNYAC). On Saturday night they returned to action against the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons (12-9-2 overall, 7-5-2 SUNYAC). The Mustangs held a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals by Cameron Clark and Jensen Dodge but were unable to hold the lead and fell to the Red Dragons by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Garrett Boyonoski made thirty-eight saves in goal for Morrisville.
The Utica College Pioneers (20-3 overall, 17-1 UCHC) won both of their games on Friday and Saturday at home against Wilkes University (3-16-0 overall, 3-14-0 UCHC) in a big way. On Friday they disposed of Wilkes by a score of 12-1, with Erica Sloan (three goals and two assists) and Georgiana Santullo (two goals and three assists) leading the way with five points each, while Carolyn Whitney had three goals, one assist, and seventeen shots on goal. Maddie Esposito made seven saves in forty minutes of work guarding the Pioneers net and Angela Hawthorne made three saves in the other twenty minutes.
The following days the Pioneers once again put a dozen goals on the scoreboard, this time defeating Wilkes by a score of 12-2. Erica Sloan had her second straight five-point game, posting four goals and one assist, while Georgiana Santullo (one goal and three assists) and Carly Stefanini (four assists) each had four points. Savannah Gutierrez (one save) and Lauryn Brown (seven saves) split the goaltending duties for Utica College.
The Pioneers received one vote in the latest USCHO Women’s Division III National Poll.
The Hamilton College Continentals (10-8 overall, 7-7 NESCAC) continued their winning ways this past weekend, sweeping the Wesleyan Cardinals (7-12 overall, 3-11 NESCAC) at Sage Rink. On Friday they downed the Cardinals by a score of 5-2 with Hyla Mosher leading the way with three goals and one assist, with Nancy Loh posting one goal and two assists. Gab Venne made eighteen saves to earn the victory in goal for the Continentals.
The next day would see a much closer game between the two teams as this time Hamilton College edged Wesleyan by a final score of 2-1. Mya Berretta and Abby Smith were the goal scorers for the Continentals and goaltender Sidney Molnar made twenty-four saves to pick up the win.
The eighth-ranked Colgate Raiders (23-7-1 overall, 13-5-1 ECAC), did not surrender a goal en route to a perfect weekend on their home ice at the Class of 1965 Arena. On Friday, they faced Union College (4-27-1 overall, 1-19-0 ECAC) and skated away with an 8-0 victory. Danielle Serdachny led the way on offense with one goal, three assists, and eleven shots on goal, along with two goals and one assist from Dara Greig, and three assists from Tanner Gates. Hannah Murphy made eighteen saves in goal for Colgate to pick up the shutout win.
On Saturday, the RPI Engineers (9-20-0 overall, 5-14-0 ECAC) paid a visit to Hamilton, NY to play the Raiders, and like Union the night before suffered a defeat to the home team, losing 3-0. Sydney Bard had a goal and an assist to pace the Raiders offense, and Murphy made nineteen saves to record her second straight shutout and improve her record to 11-2-0.
The Mustangs played just one game over this past week, dropping a 2-1 decision on Tuesday on their home ice to the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons (16-4-1 overall, 11-4-1 NEWHL). Pippy Pritchard picked up the only goal of the game for Morrisville, and despite being credited with the loss, goaltender Emma Plett was outstanding in the contest. She made forty-eight saves to keep the Mustangs in the game until the end.