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#13 Utica Women’s Hockey defeats Chatham 7-1

Credit: Scott Kinville

The #13 Utica Pioneers Women’s Hockey Team (16-3-2 overall, 12-2-2 UCHC) completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Chatham Cougars (7-7-2 overall, 9-7-3 UCHC) on Saturday afternoon at the Utica University Nexus Center. After registering two assists in Friday night’s 5-1 victory, Carolyn Whitney led the way on Saturday afternoon. She had a hat trick and added two assists to lead the Pioneers to a 7-1 triumph.

Carolyn Whitney (#16) scores her first of three goals against Chatham on Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Whitney got the scoring started with just under five minutes remaining in the first period. Hailey Modlin sprung the fifth-year forward on a breakaway, and Whitney lifted a backhander over Chatham goaltender Lilly Rogers. It was the only goal of the period.

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The offense opened up in the second period, with the Pioneers getting three more goals along with one for the Cougars. Whitney got her second goal at 2:03 into the period on the power play when she wired a wrist shot past Rogers from the left circle. Two minutes later, the Pioneers struck on the power play again. Modlin scored her first of two goals when she redirected a Carolyn Whitney pass into the back of the Chatham net to make the score 3-0.

With 12 minutes remaining in the period, Utica goaltender Angela Hawthorne shut down a two-on-one, leading to a breakaway and penalty shot for Whitney. She snapped a shot over Rogers to complete her hat trick and give the Pioneers a 4-0 lead.

Carolyn Whitney’s penalty shot goal.

Chatham got one back on the power play with 8:35 remaining in the second when Brook Almond’s shot from the point snuck past Hawthorne to get the Cougars within one. As the play began getting chippy, the visitors had a golden opportunity to close the gap with a five-on-three power play. Utica killed it off, however, and took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

The Pioneers blew the game open in the third period, but it wasn’t without a scary moment. With thirteen and a half minutes remaining, Hannah Keating was forced from the game after being injured on a check into the boards. Chatham’s Allie Corser-James was assessed a five-minute major for a check to the head and Utica made the Cougars pay in a big way.

Utica’s Cameran Evans (#14) fends off two Chatham defenders during Saturday afternoon’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Seconds after the major power play began, Autumn Mish snapped a shot from the right circle past Rogers and in to make it 5-1. two and a half minutes later, Modlin rifled a shot from the slot into the top of the Cougars net for the sixth Pioneer goal. Whitney registered her fifth goal of the game when she sent a pass from the right circle to Maggie Rylott for a tap-in goal that was the third goal of the major.

The Rylott goal concluded the scoring for the game and the Pioneers skated away with the 7-1 victory. Utica goes on the road next weekend for two games against UCHC rival Arcadia on Friday and Saturday. For more information about Utica Pioneers hockey, visit htpps://uticapioneers.com.

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