Mohawk Valley College Hockey Recap for the Weekend Ending March 6th

College hockey conference tournaments are in full swing, here’s a look at how the men’s and women’s teams in the Mohawk Valley (NY) did.

Men’s

Utica Pioneers (25-2-1 overall, 17-0-1 UCHC): The number two ranked team in Division III college hockey earned their third UCHC Championship on Saturday night when they defeated the number eight nationally ranked Wilkes Colonels (20-5-1 overall, 15-2-1 UCHC) by a score of 7-4. Regen Cavanagh’s three points (two goals and one assist) led the Pioneers in scoring, while Brandon Osmundson (one goal and one assist), Jamie Bucell, Justin Allen, Brett Everson (two assists each) all had multi-point games as well. Sean Dickson made twenty-six saves to pick up the victory in the final UCHC game of his illustrious career at Utica.

By winning their conference championship, the Pioneers earned an automatic birth in the NCAA tournament, where as the number two seed they earned a first round bye and will face either the University of New England or Plymouth State on at home on March 19th at 2:00 pm.

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Hamilton College Continentals (11-10-1 overall, 9-8-1 NESCAC): The Hamilton College Continentals season came to an unfortunate end on Saturday in Waterville, Maine with a 6-4 loss in the NESCAC Championship semifinal game against the fourteenth ranked Colby Mules (17-6-2 overall, 12-4-2 NESCAC).

After being down by a score of 5-1 in the third period, the Continentals got with two with a minute and a half remaining but could get no more. Cade Gorton (two goals), James Philpott, Jordi Jefferson, and Grisha Gotovets (two assists each) led Hamilton in points. Goaltender Sean Storr made thirty saves in net for the Continentals.

Storr finished the season ranked twenty-seventh in Division III college hockey in GAA (2.25), thirty-second in save percentage (.920), and twenty-first in minutes played (1198:59).

Colgate Raiders (16-16-4 overall, 9-9-4 ECAC): The Colgate Raiders advanced to the quarterfinals of the ECAC Championship Tournament by defeating the Yale Bulldogs (8-21-1 overall, 7-14-1 ECAC) two games to none over the weekend with both games being played on Colgate’s home ice at the Class of 1965 Arena.

Colgate won game one on Friday night in overtime by a score of 3-2 on Josh McKechney’s game winning goal. Colton Young provided the other two goals for the Raiders, and Mitch Benson made thrity-two saves in goal to pick up the victory.

Saturday night’s game was not nearly as close as the Raiders finished off the Bulldogs with a 5-1 win. Griffin Lunn led Colgate in scoring with one goal and two assists, and Paul McAvoy had a multi-point night as well with one goal and one assist. Benson made twenty-nine saves for his second straight win of the tournament.

The fifth seeded Raiders will now face the fourth seeded Cornell Big Red (17-8-4 overall, 12-6-4 ECAC) in a best of three series starting Friday night to determine who advances to the semifinals. All games will be played at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, NY.

The latest episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast will have a championship theme as John Moncovich, Brandon Osmundson, Mic Curran, Justin Allen, and Sean Dickson from the UCHC Champion Utica Pioneers join the show! Catch the show on the Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast YouTube Channel and Facebook page at 7:30 pm EST!

Women’s

Hamilton College Continentals (12-10-0 overall, 8-8-0 NESCAC): The Continentals nearly pulled off what would have been considered one of the biggest upsets of the year last Saturday against the number one ranked in Division III Middlebury Panthers (24-0-0 overall, 15-0-0 NESCAC), but fell 3-2 in theie NESCAC Championship semifinal game. the game was played in Middlebury, VT, and with the loss Hamilton’s season comes to a close.

Nancy Loh and Jess Haviland were the goal scorers for the Continentals, who held a 2-1 lead in the second period over perennial powerhouse Middlebury. Sidney Molnar made thirty-five saves in net for the blue and gold.

Molnar finished the season ranked twenty-seventh in Division III college hockey in GAA (1.95), thirty-first in save percentage (.931), and twenty-sixth in shutouts (3).

Right Now is a Great Time if You’re a Fan of Utica Hockey

Colgate Raiders (30-7-1 overall, 16-5-1 ECAC): For the second year in a row, the Colgate Raiders are the champions of the ECAC.

They earned this seasons title by defeating the Yale Bulldogs (25-8-1 overall, 16-5-1 ECAC) with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory in New Haven, Connecticut. Colgate is ranked number four in the nation and Yale is ranked sixth.

Claire Dalton’s first period goal for Yale held as the only score of game all the way until the third period, when Colgate’s Kaitlyn’s O’Donahue tied it up. In overtime, the Raiders goal scoring dynamo Kalty Kaltounkova (she is third in the country with twenty-eight goals) lit the lamp to seal the championship for her team. Hannah Murphy made twenty-nine saves in goal for Colgate to improve her stellar record to 17-2-0 on the season.

The Raiders will face the Bulldogs again on Saturday March 12th in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Colgate is the fourth seed while Yale is the fifth seed, and the game will be played at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY.

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