Mohawk Valley College Hockey Recap for the Weekend Ending Feb. 20th

Recapping the action for the Men’s and Women’s college hockey teams of Utica University, Hamilton College, Morrisville, and Colgate University.

The regular seasons for most of the men’s and women’s college hockey teams in and around the Mohawk Valley (NY) wound down this weekend. With conference tournaments looming, here’s a look at the weekend that was ending February 20th, 2022. All rankings are per https://uscho.com.

Men’s

Utica University

The number two ranked team in the country ended their regular season with a pair of dominating wins at home. On Saturday, they defeated the Manhattanville Valiants (9-12-3 overall, 6-9-3-5 UCHC) by a score of 6-2. Jayson Dobay and Buster Larsson each had two goals in the game, Brian Scoville posted one goal and one assist, while Dante Zapata and Brandon Osmundson each chipped in a pair of assists. Sean Dickson made twenty-two saves to pick up his twelfth win of the season.

On Sunday the Pioneers completely overwhelmed the Neumann Knights, winning by a score of 12-1. Brett Everson had a five-point game with one goal and four assists, with Buster Larsson (two goals and two assists), Dante Zapata (one goal and three assists), and Justin Allen (four assists) each posting four points. Bryan Landsberger continued his excellent freshman season for the Pioneers, making twenty-three saves to earn the victory and improving his record to 5-0-1 with a GAA of 0.67 and a .965 save percentage.

For his efforts this weekend, Buster Larsson was named the UCHC Player of the Week. The Pioneers begin the UCHC Tournament at home against the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen (6-16-1 overall, 5-12-1-1 UCHC). Click here Utica University Pioneers Roll Into the UCHC Playoffs for more Pioneers coverage.

Hamilton College

The Continentals (10-9-1 overall, 9-8-1 NESCAC) finished the regular season with a pair of home games at Russell Sage Rink in Clinton. On Friday night, they skated to a 2-2 tie with the Williams College Ephs (10-10-1 overall, 10-7-1 NESCAC). Nick Rutigliano and Jordi Jefferson were the goal scorers for Hamilton with Jefferson also picking up an assist on Rutigliano’s goal to complete a two-point night. Sean Storr stopped thirty-four Ephs shots for the Continentals in goal.

Saturday was Senior Day for Hamilton against the Middlebury College Panthers (6-12-3 overall, 5-11-2 NESCAC). Middlebury built a 3-0 lead that Continentals nearly overcame but ultimately fell short, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Panthers. Six Continentals picked up one point each with Nick Hawkins and Scott McKenzie scoring the Hamilton goals. Storr made twenty-five saves in the losing effort, ending his regular season with a record of 8-9-1 with a GAA of 2.11 and a .924 save percentage.

Hamilton College opens the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday, February 26th on the road at the Wesleyan Cardinals (10-11-3 overall, 8-7-3 NESCAC).

“The voice of the Utica Comets” Jason Shaya is the special guest on Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast this Wednesday, February 23rd at 7:30 pm EST on Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast YouTube channel.

Colgate

The Colgate Raiders (13-15-4 overall, 8-8-4 ECAC) split a pair of games over the weekend on their home ice at the Class of 1965 Arena. On Friday night, they lost by a score of 4-1 to the seventeenth-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights (18-8-6 overall, 13-3-4 ECAC). Alex Young scored the lone Colgate goal, and Mitch Benson made eighteen saves in goal for the Raiders.

The Raiders rebounded on Saturday with a win over the St Lawrence Saints (8-16-6 overall, 6-10-4 ECAC) by a 4-2 margin. Colton Young’s three assists led the Colgate offense and Josh McKechney had one goal and one assist as well. Mitch Benson made twenty-six saves to pick up the victory, improving his record to 5-4-3 on the season.

The Raiders wrap up their regular season this coming weekend on Friday night February 25th at Princeton (8-16-2 overall, 7-11-1 ECAC) and on Saturday at number five ranked Quinnipiac (26-4-3 overall, 15-3-1 ECAC).

In an ECAC sidenote, Utica Comets head coach Kevin Dineen’s son William Dineen was named the ECAC Player of the Week. William is a first-year player at Yale University.

Morrisville

The Morrisville Mustangs (7-16-2 overall, 2-14-0 SUNYAC) finished their season with a pair of losses over the weekend. On Friday night they dropped a 6-5 decision to the SUNY Potsdam Bears (5-16-1 overall, 4-11-1 SUNYAC) on their home ice at the Morrisville icePlex. Trevor Grasby and Eric Melso each had one goal and one assist while Chris Mott and Curtis Abbott each had two assists to lead the Mustangs offense. Ryan Creenan made twenty-three saves in net for Morrisville.

On Saturday the Mustangs traveled to Geneseo to take on the third-ranked Geneseo Knights (20-3-1 overall, 12-2-1 SUNYAC). It didn’t go so well for the green and white as they fell to the Knights by a score of 10-1. Domenic Della Civita scored the lone Mustangs goal, and Creenan made thirty-eight saves in goal for Morrisville. This game was the season finale for the Mustangs as they are not playing a postseason tournament.

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Women’s

Utica University

The Utica University Pioneers (20-5 overall, 17-3 UCHC) finished the regular season with a pair of games on home ice against the seventh-ranked Nazareth College Golden Flyers (24-1 overall, 20-0 UCHC). They lost the first game in heartbreaking fashion on Friday by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Pioneers held a 2-0 lead in the third period on goals by Carolyn Whitney and Erica Sloan but the Golden Flyers tied the score on a pair of shorthanded goals nine seconds apart to send the game to overtime. Hailey Redders scored in overtime for Nazareth to complete the comeback to avert their first conference loss of the season. Despite the loss, Angela Hawthorne was outstanding for the Pioneers as she made forty-nine saves to keep her team in the game.

Saturday’s game was not so close, as Nazareth rolled to a 5-1 victory over the home team. Caley Susitti scored Utica’s only goal, and Savannah Gutierrez made thirty saves in net for the Pioneers. After the games against Nazareth, Utica finished the regular season in second place in the UCHC standings.

Postseason play for the Pioneers begins on Tuesday when they host the Alvernia University Golden Wolves (11-13-1 overall, 9-10-1-2 UCHC) in the quarterfinals of the UCHC tournament. Should they win on Tuesday, Utica will play again on Saturday in the semifinals of the tournament.

Hamilton College

The Hamilton College Continentals (11-9 overall, 8-8 NESCAC) finished their regular season by splitting a pair of road games against the Connecticut College Camels (8-14-2 overall, 4-12-0 NESCAC). On Friday they lost 1-0, suffering their second shutout of the season. Sidney Molnar made twenty-three saves in goal for the Continentals.

Saturday was a much better day for Hamilton College as they turned the tables on the Camels and won by a score of 4-1. The Continentals got goals from Abby Kuhns, Maura Holden, Sami Quackenbush, and Nancy Loh to power the offense. Molnar made eighteen saves to pick up the win in the rematch and ended her regular season with a record of 7-9-0 to go with a GAA of 2.00 and a .928 save percentage.

The Continentals begin the NESCAC Tournament at home on Saturday against the Williams College Ephs (11-9 overall, 7-7 NESCAC).

Colgate

The eighth-ranked Colgate Raiders (26-7-1 overall, 16-5-1 ECAC) finished their regular season on a high note by winning a pair of games on the road. On Friday, they traveled to Potsdam, NY, and defeated the tenth-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights (22-9-3 overall, 13-8-1 ECAC) by a score of 2-1. Kalty Kaltounkova had a big day for the Raiders, as she assisted on Rosy Demers second period goal and then scored what would be the game-winning goal in the third. Hannah Murphy made thirty-nine saves in goal for Colgate to pick up the win.

The winning continued on Saturday for the Raiders, as they trounced the St. Lawrence Saints (14-13-7 overall, 10-8-4 ECAC) in a 9-1 blowout victory. The Raiders has six players register three points each, and they were: Danielle Serdachny and Eleri Mackay who each had two goals and one assist, Delani Mackay with one goal and two assists, and Kaitlyn O’Donohoe, Darcie Lappan, and Dara Greig with three assists each. Hannah Murphy turned aside twenty-two St. Lawrence shots to earn the victory and finish the regular season with a record of 13-2-0 to go with a GAA of 1.64 and a save percentage of .924.

The Raiders will be seeded third in the ECAC Tournament and will face the sixth-seeded Cornell Big Red in a best of three series that begins on Friday. All games in the series will take place on Colgate’s home ice at the Class of 1965 Arena.

Morrisville

The Morrisville Mustangs (6-15-1 overall, 4-12-1 NEWHL) played one game over the weekend and did not get the result they were looking for. On Friday night, they hosted the Oswego State Lakers (15-7-1 overall, 12-4-1 NEWHL) at the Morrisville IcePlex and suffered a 6-0 defeat. Emma Plett faced forty shots in goal for the Mustangs and made thirty-four saves. Morrisville’s season will come to an end on Wednesday when they travel to Potsdam, NY to take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears (8-14-1 overall, 6-10-1 NEWHL).

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