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A look at the Utica Pioneers Women’s Hockey 2023-24 schedule

Credit: Scott Kinville.

The Utica Pioneers Women’s Hockey Team opens the 2023-24 regular season with its inaugural tournament.

The 2022-23 season was very good for the Utica Pioneers Women’s Hockey Team. They not only opened their new home at the Utica University Nexus Center, but they also put together the best overall record in program history at 22-3-3. Inside of that sparkling record, the Pioneers were 17-1-2 in the UCHC, 13-0-2 at home, 9-3-1 on the road, and no record on neutral sites. Utica was ranked thirteenth in the final USCHO 2022-23 Women’s Division III poll.

The pictures from the 2022-23 season: Utica Pioneers Women’s Hockey 2022-23 season in pictures.

This season, Utica will play two exhibition games before embarking on a twenty-five-game regular season schedule. They’ll begin the regular season by hosting the first-ever Utica University Kickoff Tournament – a four-team tournament that will feature some of the best teams in Division III (more on that below). The Pioneers will play three other non-conference games as well as a full twenty-game UCHC slate.

The Preseason

Opponent: The Norwich Cadets.

  • Date: October 14, 2023.
  • Where: Norwich (Northfield, Vermont).

Opponent: The SUNY Canton Roos.

  • Date: October 21, 2023.
  • Where: Utica University Nexus Center.

Home Opener / Utica University Kickoff Tournament

  • Dates: Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, 2023.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center and the Adirondack Bank Center.
  • Participants: The Suffolk Rams, Adrian Bulldogs, Elmira Soaring Eagles, and Utica Pioneers.
  • Notes: The Pioneers will begin their regular season slate with the inaugural Utica University Kickoff Tournament. Each of the four participants finished in the top fifteen of the final 2022-23 USCHO poll, as Adrian finished sixth, Elmira finished twelfth, Utica finished thirteenth, and Suffolk finished tied for fourteenth. Utica will play Suffolk on Friday night, and either Adrian or Elmira on Saturday.
Graphic courtesy of Utica University.

Other Non-Conference Games

Opponent: The Worcester St. Lancers.

  • Date: November 21, 2023.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 18-7-2.
  • Conference: Independent.
  • Head Coach: Eliza Kelley.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 2-0-0.
  • Last game vs. Utica: January 6, 2023 – Utica won 2-1.
  • Note: Worcester St. Head Coach Eliza Kelley played three seasons at Utica from 2007-2010. She was also an assistant coach for the Pioneers from 2010-2014.

Opponent: The Hamilton College Continentals.

  • Date: December 9, 2023.
  • Where: Hamilton College (Sage Rink).
  • 2022-23 overall record: 22-6-2.
  • Conference: NESCAC.
  • 2022-23 final USCHO rank: Fourth.
  • Head Coach: TBD.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 12-9-5.
  • Last game vs. Utica: January 24, 2023 – the teams tied 2-2.
  • Note: Utica College Head Coach Dave Clausen played his college hockey at Hamilton College, and also served as an assistant coach for the Continentals for three seasons.

Utica Pioneers Women’s Hockey brings in nine new players

Opponent: The Oswego St. Lakers.

  • Date: January 19, 2024.
  • Where: Oswego St. (the Deborah F. Stanley Arena).
  • 2022-23 overall record: 14-11-1.
  • Conference: SUNYAC.
  • Head Coach: Mark Digby.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 17-9-2.
  • Last game vs. Utica: January 10, 2023 – Utica won 5-0.
  • Note: Oswego’s Rachel Corbett is the twin sister of new Pioneer Emma Corbett.

The UCHC Schedule

Opponent: The Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen.

  • Dates: November 3 and November 4, 2023.
  • Where: Lebanon Valley (Hersheypark Arena).
  • 2022-23 overall record: 12-13-1.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 9-10-1.
  • Head Coach: Matt Yingst.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 12-0-0.
  • Last season: Utica won both regular season games 7-1 and 4-2. Utica also won the UCHC Tournament Quarterfinal game 4-0.

Opponent: The Wilkes Colonels.

  • Dates: November 10 and November 11, 2023.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 4-19-2.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 4-14-2.
  • Head Coach: Dave LaBaff.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 10-0-0.
  • Last season: Utica won both games 4-0 and 6-1.

Opponent: The Manhattanville Valiants.

  • Dates: November 17 and November 18, 2023.
  • Where: Manhattanville (the Playland Ice Casino).
  • 2022-23 overall record: 15-11-1.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 14-5-1.
  • Head Coach: Jennifer MacAskill.
  • All-time series: The series is tied 10-10-1.
  • Last season: Utica won both regular season games 4-0 and 3-1. Utica won the UCHC Tournament Semifinal game 7-1.

Opponent: The Neumann Knights.

  • Dates: December 1 and December 2, 2023.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 6-18-0.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 5-15-0.
  • Head Coach: Gina Kearns McLaughlin.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 29-8-1.
  • Last season: Utica won both games 13-0 and 5-1.

Opponent: The Alvernia Golden Wolves.

  • Dates: January 5 and January 6, 2024.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 12-11-3.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 11-8-1.
  • Head Coach: Josh Brandwene.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 6-0-0.
  • Last season: Utica won both games 4-0 and 3-1.
Graphic courtesy of Utica University.

Opponent: The Stevenson Mustangs.

  • Dates: January 12 and January 13, 2024.
  • Where: Stevenson (Reisterstown Sportsplex).
  • 2022-23 overall record: 8-16-1.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 6-13-1.
  • Head Coach: Tori Emoff.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 8-2-2.
  • Last season: Utica won both games 8-0 and 5-1.

Opponent: The Nazareth Golden Flyers.

  • Dates: January 26 and January 27, 2024.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 22-6-1.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 18-1-1.
  • 2022-23 USCHO final rank: Eleven.
  • Head Coach: Chris Baudo.
  • All-time series: Nazareth leads 10-1-1.
  • Last season: The teams tied the first regular season game 2-2, and Nazareth won the second 2-1 in overtime. Nazareth defeated Utica 3-2 in double overtime of the UCHC Tournament Championship.

Opponent: The Chatham Cougars.

  • Dates: February 2 and February 3, 2024.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 12-14-1.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 10-9-1.
  • Head Coach: Mike O’Grady.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 32-0-1.
  • Last season: Utica won both games 4-0 and 5-2.

Opponent: The Arcadia Knights.

  • Dates: February 9 and February 10, 2024.
  • Where: Arcadia.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 13-11-2.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 9-9-2.
  • Head Coach: Kelsey Koelzer.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 3-0-1.
  • Last season: Utica won game one 8-0, and the teams tied the second game 1-1.

Opponent: the King’s College Monarchs.

  • Dates: February 16 and February 17, 2024.
  • Where: The Utica University Nexus Center.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 2-21-2.
  • 2022-23 UCHC record: 0-18-2.
  • Head Coach: Josh Hoff.
  • All-time series: Utica leads 10-0-0.
  • Last season: Utica won both games by a score of 10-0.

For more information about Utica Pioneers hockey, visit https://uticapioneers.com.

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