Utica College smashes Lebanon Valley on Saturday

The Utica College Pioneers Mens hockey team capped off a very successful weekend with a 9-0 win against the Flying Dutchmen

Last weekends two game series against Adrian College was a huge test for the Utica College Pioneers. This weekends slate of opponents was far from that.The Pioneers outscored both of their opponents this weekend by an incredible combined score of 21-1, turning in two blowout victories over Arcadia University on Friday and Lebanon Valley on Saturday.

Senior goaltender Sean Dickson made his first start of the season on Saturday, and was never really tested all afternoon. The Pioneers got rolling early in the contest, when Eric Holland took a feed from Regen Cavanagh in front of the Lebanon Valley net and put it past Flying Dutchman goaltender Aiden Richardson to make it 1-0. Six minutes later, John Moncovich drove the net following a shot on goal by Brandon Osmundson and put the rebound in the back of the net to make the score 2-0 Pioneers. Later in the period while on the power play Osmundson would score off of a rebound, and Utica College went to the locker room with a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period.

Senior Sean Dickson made his first start of the season in goal for the Pioneers, but was not busy at all. Dickson faced one shot on goal for the entire first period – which he turned aside.

Brian Scoville of the Pioneers plays the puck while Head Coach Gary Heenan looks on. Photo credit: Scott Kinville

The second period would bring more misery for Lebanon Valley, as Utica College would continue to pour it on. Regan Cavanagh started the scoring in the period by firing a shot past Richardson from the right face-off circle to make it 4-0. Then, Jason Dobay to pass from Dante Zapata and blasted a one-timer from the point into the Lebanon Valley net to extend the lead to 5-0. That would be it for Richardson, as after that goal he was replaced in the Flying Dutchmen net by Gabriel Pigeon. Monocvich would soon welcome Pigeon to the game by scoring his second of the game, followed by a Dante Zapata goal making the score 7-0 after two periods.

The only that went wrong in the entire game for the Pioneers was Brett Everson left the game with an apparent lower body injury. He did not return.

A puck battle along the boards during the Utica College versus Lebanon Valley game on Saturday. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The third period was more of the same, as the Pioneers salted the game away. They got two more goals by Buster Larsson and Dante Zapata, and Dickson made his biggest save of the day when he robbed Cade Freer of Lebanon Valley to preserve the shutout. The third ranked Utica College Pioneers won the game 9-0, improving their conference record to 2-0 and a 3-1 mark overall.

Notes: Utica College outshot Lebanon Valley 50-11….Utica College went 2 for 5 on the power play, Lebanon Valley was 0 for 1….Utica College next plays at Chatham on November 12th and at Stevenson on November 13th….Sean Dickson needs one more shutout to become the Pioneers all time leader in shutouts.

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