Colgate Raiders Hockey has a Bittersweet Weekend

The Colgate Raiders Mens Hockey Team advanced to the semifinal of the ECAC Tournament, while the Women’s Team fell in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.


The Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team (18-17-4 overall, 9-9-4 ECAC) had a huge weekend in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Tournament. The fifth-seeded Raiders defeated the fourth-seeded Cornell Big Red (18-9-4 overall, 12-6-4 ECAC) two games to one in a thrilling best of three series in which all games were played on Cornell’s home ice in Ithaca, NY.

In game one on Friday night, the Raiders got on the board first on a Matt Verboon goal. Cornell tied the game early in the third period on a Ben Berard goal, and then went ahead on a Matt Stienburg goal with only one minute and twenty-eight seconds left. An empty-net goal forty seconds later by Kyle Penney sealed the 3-1 game one victory for the Big Red.


The following night, the Raiders used a three-goal second period to seal a 4-2 win and tie the series at one. Alex Young (one goal and one assist) and Nick Anderson (two assists) led the Raiders in points with Young, Ross Mitton, Jeff Stewart, and Matt Verboon scoring the Colgate goals. Mitch Benson made twenty-five saves to earn his first victory of the series. Stienburg led the Big Red in scoring with one goal and one assist, and Ben Berard joined Stienburg in scoring a goal on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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Colgate’s victory on Saturday night set up a showdown on Sunday with the winner moving on in the tournament and the loser going home. Cornell peppered Colgate goaltender Mitch Benson through the first two periods, registering twenty-seven shots on goal compared to only ten for the visitors. Despite the discrepancy in shots, it was the Raiders who scored first on a second-period goal by Matt Verboon – who scored in all three games of the series.

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In the third period, Ross Mitton scored a breakaway goal to put the Raiders up by two. Benson continued his spectacular play and nearly completed the shutout, but Berard scored with eight seconds left (like Verboon, Berard scored in all three games) to get Cornell within one. There wasn’t enough time left for the Big Red however and the Raiders skated away with a 2-1 victory on the strength of Benson’s thirty-six save performance. With the win, the Raiders advance to the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament in Lake Placid, NY where they will face the number one seed and sixth-ranked nationally Quinnipiac Bobcats (30-5-3 overall, 17-4-1 ECAC). The game will take place on Friday night, with the winner advancing to the championship game on Saturday night.


The Colgate Women’s Hockey Team (30-8-1 overall, 16-5-1 ECAC) had an outstanding season, rising to the number four ranking in the USCHO Division I National Poll. They also won the ECAC championship, capping off their tournament victory with a 2-1 overtime win over the Yale Bulldogs (26-8-1 overall, 16-5-1 ECAC, ranked sixth in the USCHO National Poll).

One week after the ECAC championship game, the two teams met again – this time in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament. This game would result in a 2-1 overtime win as well, but in a twist of fate for the Raiders, it was Yale who skated away with the victory. After trading first-period goals by Yale’s Vita Poniatovskala and Colgate’s Kaitlyn O’Donohoe, goaltenders Hannah Murphy (Colgate) and Gianna Meloni (Yale) took over. They combined to keep the game scoreless until Tess Dettling scored early in the first overtime period for Yale to vault her team into the semifinals and simultaneously end Colgate’s season.

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.


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.


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!


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).

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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.

Mohawk Valley College Hockey Recap for the Weekend Ending Feb. 27th

Regular seasons have ended for college hockey teams in the Mohawk Valley and tournament play has begun!

College hockey conference tournaments are in full swing for the Men’s and Women’s programs in the Mohawk Valley. Utica University, Hamilton College, and Colgate University all qualified for postseason play, while the Morrisville Mustangs Men’s and Women’s Teams seasons have ended.


Utica University

The number two ranked in the nation, and number one seed in the UCHC Pioneers are preparing to play in the Championship Game of the UCHC Tournament after defeating Lebanon Valley (6-17-1 overall, 5-12-1 UCHC) and Manhattanville (10-13-3 overall, 6-9-3 UCHC). They will play the number eight team in the country and number two seed in the UCHC Wilkes University (20-4-1 overall, 15-2-1 UCHC). The game will be on Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center with a start time of 7:00 pm EST. Click here Utica Pioneers Men’s Hockey Advances to UCHC Championship for more on the Pioneers run through the UCHC Tournament.


Hamilton College

The fifth-seeded Hamilton College Continentals (11-9-1 overall, 9-8-1 NESCAC) won their NESCAC Championship quarterfinal game against the fourth-seeded Wesleyan Cardinals (10-12-3 overall, 8-7-3 NESCAC) in Middletown, Connecticut on Sunday by a score of 3-2. Sean Thomson’s second-period goal proved to be the game-winner for the Continentals, who also got goals from Nick Rutigliano and Cade Gorton with Matt Gellerman chipping in two assists to lead all Hamilton scorers in points. Sean Storr made twenty-six saves, including eleven in the third period to pick up the win.

Hamilton will face a stiff challenge on Saturday when they travel to Waterville, Maine to face the fourteenth ranked college hockey team in Division III and number one NESCAC Championship seed Colby Mules (16-5-2 overall, 12-4-2 NESCAC). The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm EST.


The Colgate Raiders (14-16-4 overall, 9-9-4 ECAC) finished out their regular season over the weekend by splitting a pair of games on the road. On Friday night they defeated the Princeton Tigers (8-19-2 overall, 7-14-1 ECAC) in the Garden State of New Jersey by a score of 4-3. The teams were tied at two after two periods, with the Raiders getting goals from Arnaud Vachon and Griffin Lunn. Princeton took an early lead in the third period on a goal by Spencer Kersten, but Colgate stormed back – getting goals from Tommy Bergsland and the eventual game-winner from Josh McKechney. Bergsland (one goal and one assist), Alex Young (two assists), and Ethan Manderville (two assists) led the team in points. Mitch Benson made thirty-five saves in goal to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Saturday night would not be as kind to the Raiders, as they were shut out by the sixth-ranked in Division I college hockey Quinnipiac Bobcats (28-5-3 overall, 17-4-1 ECAC) by a score of 4-0 in their final game of the regular season. Mitch Benson made twenty-two saves in the losing effort, he ends the regular season with a record of 6-5-3.

The Raiders enter the ECAC Tournament as the fifth seed and begin a best of three series on Friday night against the twelve seed Yale Bulldogs (8-19-1 overall, 7-14-1 ECAC). The other games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) and all three games will be played at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY.

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Utica University

After a dominating 4-0 victory over the Alvernia University Golden Wolves (11-14-1 overall, 9-10-1 UCHC) on Tuesday in the quarterfinal of the UCHC Tournament, the Pioneers suffered a devastating 3-2 overtime loss at home in the semifinal against the Manhattanville College Valiants (17-8-1 overall, 15-5-0 UCHC). Utica got goals from Georgiana Santullo (which was her fifty-fifth point of the season setting a new school record for points in a season) and Rebecca Brown. With the loss, Utica is eliminated from the UCHC Tournament and their season comes to a close with a final record of 21-6-0 overall and 17-3-0 in the UCHC. Their overall record is the best season in team history.

Rebecca Brown scores the Utica Pioneers second goal of the game against the Manhattanville Valiants during their UCHC Championship semifinal game on Saturday at the Adirondack Bank Center. Video credit: Scott Kinville.

Hamilton College

The Hamilton College Continentals (12-9-0 overall, 8-8-0 NESCAC) started their journey into the NESCAC Championship Tournament on the right foot, defeating the Williams Ephs (12-10-0 overall, 7-8-0 NESCAC) 1-0 in a thrilling game at Sage Rink on Saturday. Claire McGennis’s first-period goal was all the Continentals needed, as Sidney Molnar made twenty-one saves to pick up the shutout and victory. Hamilton College now moves on to the semifinal, where they will face the undefeated and number one ranked in the country Middlebury Panthers (22-0-0 overall, 13-0-0 NESCAC) on Saturday. The game will be at Middlebury and is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm EST.


The fifth-ranked nationally (per and the third seed in the ECAC Championship Colgate Raiders (28-7-1 overall, 16-5-1 ECAC) defeated their quarterfinal opponent, the sixth seed Cornell Big Red (14-14-2 overall, 12-8-2 ECAC) two games to none to win their best of three quarterfinal series. Both games, which were played at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY, were very close with each being decided by just one goal. Colgate won Friday night’s contest 1-0 on Dara Greig’s overtime goal, with Hannah Murphy making twenty-seven saves to earn the shutout and win.

The following night, the Raiders fell behind by two in the second period but came roaring back to win the game 3-2 on Kalty Kaltounkova’s third-period goal. Kaltounkova and Allyson Simpson each had one goal and one assist, while Danielle Serdachny and Friday night’s hero, Dara Greig both chipped in two assists. Murphy made sixteen saves to pick up her second win of the weekend.

The rest of the ECAC Championship Tournament will be played in New Haven, Connecticut. Colgate will begin their best of three semifinal series against the fourth-seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats (25-8-3 overall, 15-7-0 ECAC) on Friday, March 4th. The teams split their two-game regular-season series, with each team winning on the other home ice.

Utica College Number Three in National Poll, CNY College Hockey Notes

The Utica College Pioneers Mens Hockey Team won both of the their games this weekend. Morrisville, and Colgate were also in action.

The Utica College Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team is on a roll.

The new USCHO Division III national poll was released on Monday, January 17th and the Pioneers remained in the third spot – with good reason. They have a 13-2-0 overall record and a perfect 8-0-0 mark in the UCHC and have not lost since November 27th when they lost to the current number two team in the country the Geneseo Knights. The only other blemish on Utica College’s record is a loss to the now number one ranked Adrian Bulldogs in the second game played of the season. Since their loss against Geneseo, the Pioneers are 6-0, including wins against number nine ranked Wilkes and fifteen ranked Curry.

This past weekend, the Pioneers headed out to the road for a pair of UCHC games. On Friday night they traveled to Aston, Pennsylvania to take on the Neumann Knights. Brett Everson, Justin Allen, John Moncovich, Buster Larsson, Jayson Dobay, and Jamie Bucell each had a big night in the Pioneers 11-3 victory. Everson had a hat trick and added an assist, Moncovich and Allen each had a goal and two assists, while Dobay and Bucell had three assists each.


On Saturday night they arrived n Purchase, NY for a game against the Manhattanville Valiants. Manhattanville gave the Pioneers a battle, but ultimately Utica College pulled out a 3-2 victory with Sean Dickson and Bryan Landsberger splitting the goaltending duties in this game. Dickson made five saves and Landsberger made nine.

The Pioneers had back out to the road this Friday and Saturday nights for games against Lebanon Valley and Arcadia. Both are UCHC games.

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Hamilton College

The Hamilton College Continentals were supposed to have games this past Friday and Saturday nights against Tufts and Connecticut College respectively but both games were postponed. The Continentals will play four games this week as the Connecticut College home game has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 18th. On Thursday they will play Bowdoin at home, travel to Amherst for a game on Friday, then return home on Saturday to play Buffalo State. All of these matchups except for Buffalo State are NESCAC games.


The Morrisville Mustangs played three games last week. On Tuesday night they dropped a 4-1 decision to Albertus Magnus at Ralph Walker Rink in New Haven Connecticut. The following night the Mustangs rebounded with a 1-0 shutout of Division II Post University Eagles in Waterbury, Connecticut. Mustangs Freshman goaltender Ryan Creenan picked the fifty-two save shutout in his first game played of the season. On Friday night they returned home and defeated Arcadia University by a score of 5-2 behind a forty save effort by Creenan. Trevor Neumann led the Mustangs on offense in this game with one goal and one assist. Morrisville plays again this Wednesday night at home against SUNY Brockport and Friday night at the number two ranked Geneseo Knights. Both games are SUNYAC games.


The Colgate Raiders were supposed to play two games this past weekend but their game on Friday night at Brown University was postponed. They stayed in New England however to play ECAC rival Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday. That game ended up a 2-2 tie with the home team winning the shootout. The Raiders return home to the Class of 1965 Arena for games this Friday and Saturday nights against number one ranked Quinnipiac on Friday night and then on Saturday night against Princeton. Both games are ECAC games.

ECAC opens it’s mens hockey season on Saturday

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The conference kicks off its 61st season with one non-conference and three exhibition games.

The ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) has been a staple of college hockey since it was formed in 1961, and will continue to be when it begins a new season on Saturday October 2nd. Colgate meets the Rochester Institute of Technology in a non-conference game while Quinnipiac, Union, and RPI will all play exhibition games. Regular season play for the rest of the member schools begins on October 8th. The ECAC has twelve schools that boast both mens and women’s ice hockey programs.

The schools that make up the ECAC are; Brown University, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Union College, and Yale University.

Coach Heenan ready to get Utica College hockey season started

New York State is home to six of the conference’s twelve members. Representing the Empire State are: Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, and Union College. The Colgate University Raiders would be considered central New York’s “hometown team”, as their campus is located in Hamilton. 


A map of the ECAC school locations. Photo credit:

The ECAC mens ice hockey regular season will conclude on February 26th, 2022. The team with the best record will receive the Cleary Cup, which is given annually to the team with the best regular season record. After the regular season, the ECAC Tournament will be held at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY. The champion of this particular tournament will win the Whitelaw Cup, and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. 

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Since its inception, the ECAC has had a track record of success in ice hockey. Almost 700 of its players have been drafted into the NHL – four of those players have been awarded the Hobey Baker Award as college hockeys best player. 

A high level of achievement is has followed ECAC alumni off the ice as well. Stanley Cup winning executive Dave Taylor, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly all graduated from ECAC schools. 

For more on ECAC Hockey, visit You can also find the league and its members on Facebook and Twitter. For more college hockey coverage, go to


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