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Central New York teams in the USCHO polls 01-22-2024

The latest USCHO polls were released on January 22, 2024, and Central New York teams are represented in three. Six teams are either in the top fifteen or received at least one vote.

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Division I – Women

The Colgate Raiders (22-3-1 overall, 13-1-0 ECAC).

This week’s ranking: #4.

Last week’s ranking: #4.

The Raiders ran their winning streak to five last weekend with a pair of shutout wins on the road against ECAC opponents. On Friday night, Kayle Osborne made nineteen saves in Colgate’s 5-0 victory over #6 Quinnipiac. The next day it was Hannah Murphy’s turn to pick up a shutout, as she made thirty saves to blank #12 Princeton. New Hartford’s Sydney Bard picked up her 100th career point with a four-point performance against the Tigers

This week’s games: 

Colgate returns home to the Class of 1965 Arena for two more ECAC games. On Friday night, they host Harvard for their annual Autism Awareness Game. On Saturday afternoon, Dartmouth Big Green will come to town.

Two Emma Pais goals and Sydney Bard’s 100th career point push Colgate past Princeton

Division III – Men

The Utica Pioneers (12-2-3 overall, 11-0-1 UCHC).

This week’s ranking: #5.

Last week’s ranking: #6.

The Pioneers moved back into the top five of the USCHO Division III Men’s poll with a two-game sweep of UCHC rival the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen. On Saturday night, they beat the Dutchmen 5-2 at the Adirondack Bank Center. The scene moved to the Utica University Nexus Center the next afternoon but it was the same result. Brian Scoville had four points and Nicolas Haviar scored his first collegiate goals as the Pioneers won 7-1.

Nicolas Haviar nets a hat trick as #6 Utica beats Lebanon Valley

This week’s games: 

Utica will stay within the UCHC conference for a home-in-home series against the Nazareth Golden Flyers. Friday night’s game will be at the Adirondack Bank Center, and the rematch will be on Saturday afternoon in Rochester.

The Hamilton College Continentals (11-4-1 overall, 6-3-1 NESCAC).

This week’s ranking: unranked, but received twenty-three votes.

Last week’s ranking: unranked, but received one vote.

The Continentals were eight votes away from making the top fifteen after having a huge weekend that included one of Division III’s biggest upsets this season. They went on the road Friday night and won a wild 7-6 game at Orr Rink against NESCAC rival the Amherst Mammoths. They returned home on Saturday night and took down the #2 Geneseo Ice Knights 4-3. The victory against Geneseo marked Hamilton’s third win against a ranked opponent this season.

This week’s games: 

Hamilton will stay at home for two more NESCAC games. On Friday night, they host #10 Trinity in a rematch of the Bantams 4-1 victory on December 1. On Saturday afternoon, they will face Wesleyan, whom they defeated 2-0 on December 2.

The Oswego St. Lakers (11-6-1 overall, 8-2-0 SUNYAC).

This week’s ranking: unranked, but received five votes.

Last week’s ranking: unranked, but received one vote.

Oswego hit the road for a pair of SUNYAC games and won both of them. On Friday night, they beat the Fredonia Blue Devils 5-0. On Saturday, the road trip continued in Buffalo with the Laker’s 5-1 victory over the Buffalo St. Bengals.

This week’s games:

The Lakers return to the Deborah F. Stanley Arena for two games. They host independent Anna Maria College on Friday night. On Saturday night they will face SUNYAC rival the Morrisville Mustangs.

Division III – Women

The Hamilton College Continentals (11-3-1 overall, 4-3-1 NESCAC).

This week’s ranking: #7.

Last week’s ranking: #7.

The Continentals played just one game last week. They traveled to Oswego on Tuesday and defeated the Lakers 3-1.

#7 Hamilton College defeats Oswego St. 3-1

This week’s games:

Hamilton has three games this week. On Tuesday night, they host the fifteenth-ranked Cortland Red Dragons of the SUNYAC. On Friday night and Saturday afternoon, they visit NESCAC rival the Wesleyan Cardinals

The Utica Pioneers (14-1-2 overall, 10-0-2 UCHC).

The Pioneers played just one game last week. On Friday, they traveled to Oswego and defeated the Lakers 2-1.

This week’s games:

Utica hosts the Nazareth Golden Flyers in a rematch of last season’s UCHC Championship Game. Game one will be on Friday night, and the teams will meet again nineteen hours later. Both games will be at the Utica University Nexus Center.

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