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Central New York teams in the USCHO polls 01-29-2024

The latest USCHO polls were released on January 29, 2024, and Central New York has six teams in three of the four polls. The teams are either in the top fifteen or received votes. To see all of the USCHO polls, visit https://uscho.com.

Division I – Women

The Colgate Raiders (24-3-1 overall, 15-1-0 ECAC).

This week’s ranking: #3.

Last week’s ranking: #4.

The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team has risen to #3 in this week’s USCHO Women’s Division I poll – up one spot from last week. The Raiders swept through last weekend’s games at the Class of 1965 Arena, winning the pair of games by a combined score of 15-1. They defeated ECAC foe Harvard 10-1 on Friday night in their annual Autism Awareness Game. The next day, they took down another ECAC rival the Dartmouth Big Green 5-0.

This week’s games:

The Raiders head north for a pair of challenging ECAC contests. On Friday night they visit #4 Clarkson, who handed them their only ECAC loss of this season on January 6. They will be in Appleton Arena the next afternoon to face the #8 St. Lawrence Saints. Colgate defeated the Saints 7-3 on January 5.

Division III – Men

The Utica Pioneers (14-2-3 overall, 13-0-1 UCHC).

This week’s ranking: #3.

Last week’s ranking: #5.

The Pioneers rose two spots in the USCHO polls this week to a season-high #3. They extended their winning streak to eight games after sweeping a home-in-home series against UCHC rival the Nazareth Golden Flyers. On Friday night, they turned in a dominating 7-0 win at the Adirondack Bank Center behind a Bryan Landsberger shutout and Oriskany, NY native Shane Murphy’s three goals. The scene shifted to Rochester the next day, but with the same winning result for the Pioneers as they won that game 4-2.

#5 Utica Pioneers Men’s Hockey shuts down Nazareth

For his efforts, Murphy was named the UCHC Co-Player of the Week.

This week’s games:

The Pioneers have an opportunity to extend their lead in the UCHC conference with a pair of road games at King’s College. Game one is on Friday night, and the rematch will be on Saturday afternoon.

The Hamilton College Continentals (12-5-1 overall, 7-4-1 NESCAC).

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

Last week’s ranking: unranked, but received 23 votes.

The Continentals split a pair of NESCAC games at home last weekend. On Friday night, they lost to now #7 Trinity 6-1 in the annual “Citrus Bowl” game. They rebounded the next afternoon, taking down the Wesleyan Cardinals 5-2.

The fruit flew after the Hamilton College Continentals scored the “Citrus Bowl” goal on Friday night, read more about the game here: Hamilton College Men’s Hockey downed by #10 Trinity. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

This week’s games:

Hamilton visits the state of Maine for a pair of NESCAC games. On Friday night they visit the Colby Mules. The road trip continues at Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.

The Oswego St. Lakers (13-6-1 overall, 9-2-0 SUNYAC).

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

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

The Lakers swept a pair of games at home last weekend. On Friday night, they took down Anna Maria College 5-3. The next night, they defeated SUNYAC rival Morrisville 4-1.

This week’s games:

Oswego plays one game at home and one on the road this weekend – both are conference matchups. On Friday night they host Brockport. On Saturday night they travel to Geneseo to face the sixth-ranked Ice Knights.

Division III – Women

The Hamilton College Continentals (11-4-3 overall, 4-4-2 NESCAC).

This week’s ranking: #8.

Last week’s ranking: #7.

The Continentals went winless last week. On Tuesday night they tied #15 Cortland 1-1 at Sage Rink. Then, they went on the road over the weekend for a pair of games against SUNYAC rival Wesleyan. On Friday night, they skated to a 2-2 tie with the Cardinals. On Saturday afternoon, they dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in overtime.

This week’s games:

Hamilton returns home to Sage Rink this weekend for a pair of games against NESCAC rival the Bowdoin Polar Bears. Game one is on Friday night, and the rematch will be on Saturday afternoon.

The Utica Pioneers (14-3-2 overall, 10-2-2 UCHC).

This week’s ranking: #13.

Last week’s ranking: #9.

It was a tough weekend for the Pioneers, as they suffered their first two conference losses in regulation to arch-rival the Nazareth Golden Flyers at the Utica University Nexus Center. Both losses were by one goal, as they dropped a 3-2 decision on Friday night. The Golden Flyers then edged the Pioneers 2-1 in the rematch on Saturday afternoon.

Utica goaltender Maddie Esposito played well in both games against Nazareth filling in for Angela Hawthorne, coming up just short in both contests. Click here #9 Utica Pioneers Women edged by Nazareth 3-2 for more about Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

This week’s games:

Utica remains at home for two more UCHC games against the Chatham Cougars. The first game is on Friday night at the Utica University Nexus Center. Game two is at the same venue on Saturday afternoon.

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