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Central New York teams in the USCHO polls 02-12-2024

The latest USCHO polls were released on February 12, 2024, and Central New York has five 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 (26-5-1 overall, 17-3-0 ECAC).

This week’s ranking: #4.

Last week’s ranking: #4.

The Raiders hosted a pair of ECAC games this weekend at the Class of 1965 Arena and won both of them. On Friday night, they defeated Union 3-2, with Tessa Holk’s third-period shorthanded goal proving to be the game-winner. On Saturday afternoon Emma Pais scored twice and Kayle Osborne picked up a shutout in Colgate’s 2-0 win over RPI.

This week’s games:

Colgate finishes its regular season schedule with a pair of games on the road. On Friday they travel to New Haven, Connecticut to face #14 Yale – who they defeated 4-0 at home on November 4th. On Saturday afternoon they visit the Brown Bears, whom they defeated 4-2 on November 3rd at the Class of 1965 Arena.

#4 Colgate Strives on Senior Day

Division III – Men

The Utica Pioneers (18-2-3 overall, 17-0-1 UCHC).

This week’s ranking: #2.

Last week’s ranking: #2.

The Pioneers swept UCHC rival the Alvernia Golden Wolves in a pair of games at the Adirondack Bank Center last weekend. On Friday night, they won 4-1 and coupled with a Stevenson loss that night, clinched the UCHC regular season title for the seventh consecutive season. The next day, Utica put an exclamation point on the weekend with a 5-2 win. John Gutt continued his hot play by scoring in both games.

The Pioneers have won twelve consecutive games.

#2 Utica Pioneers clinches UCHC regular season crown on Friday night

This week’s games:

Utica finishes its regular season with a pair of games at home against another UCHC rival, the Arcadia Knights. Game one is on Friday night and the rematch is on Saturday afternoon.

The Oswego St. Lakers (16-7-1 overall, 12-3-0 SUNYAC).

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

Last week’s ranking: unranked with no votes.

The Lakers had two games at home last weekend and won both of them. On Friday night, they dominated Potsdam en route to a 9-0 victory. On Saturday night, they won a physical and emotionally charged game against #4 Plattsburgh by a score of 4-3.

Oswego completes regular season sweep of #4 Plattsburgh

Oswego has one regular season game remaining, and that will be on Friday night at SUNYAC rival the Cortland Red Dragons.

Division III – Women

The Hamilton College Continentals (13-4-5 overall, 6-4-4 NESCAC).

This week’s ranking: #7.

Last week’s ranking: #8.

The Continentals played a pair of games at home last weekend against NESCAC rival the Connecticut College Camels. On Friday night, Teagan Brown made 20 saves to earn a 2-0 shutout victory. On Saturday afternoon the teams skated to a 3-3 tie.

This week’s games:

Hamilton closes its regular season on the road against former coach Emily McNamara and the eighth-ranked Middlebury Panthers (McNamara is now an assistant coach with the Panthers). Game one is on Friday night and the rematch is on Saturday afternoon.

The Utica Pioneers (18-3-2 overall, 14-2-2 UCHC).

This week’s ranking: #14.

Last week’s ranking: #14.

The Pioneers won a pair of games on the road last weekend against UCHC rival the Arcadia Knights. On Friday night, Erica Sloan scored twice and Angela Hawthorne made 13 saves to earn a 2-0 shutout victory. On Saturday afternoon, Utica completed the two-game sweep with a 4-1 win.

This week’s games:

Utica completes its regular season with a pair of games against King’s College. Game one is on Wednesday night at the Utica University Nexus Center. In a scheduling quirk, game two is three days later on Saturday afternoon at the same venue.

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