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Utica Pioneers hockey teams have a great Saturday

The Utica Pioneers Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams both won convincingly on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

It was a great day for Utica Pioneers hockey on Saturday and both of the university’s programs defeated UCHC opponents. The fourth-ranked Pioneers Men’s team beat the Chatham Cougars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Women Pioneers put up big numbers in their dominating win over the Wilkes Colonels at the Utica University Nexus Center.

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#4 Utica Men 7, Chatham 3

The Utica Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team completed a weekend sweep of the Chatham Cougars on Saturday afternoon with a 7-3 victory. Less than twenty-four hours prior they defeated the Cougars 6-2.

The kids were all right for Utica on Saturday afternoon, as five of their goals came from first-year players. Forward Michael Herrera had a big Saturday – notching two goals and an assist. Fellow freshmen Aiden Hughes and Vladislav Pshenichnikov each had a goal and an assist as well.

Pshenichnikov’s goal and Herrera’s first tally were shorthanded – the first two of the season for the Pioneers.

Herrera and Hughes each had two goals and two assists over both games. Not to be outdone, senior Brian Scoville had three goals over the weekend.

With the weekend victories, the Pioneers have an overall record of 4-0-2 and a 3-0-1 mark in the UCHC. Next weekend they face another UCHC rival when they travel to Wilkes for a two-game set against the Colonels.

#8 Utica Women 7, Wilkes 1

The Utica Pioneers continued their weekend home games against Wilkes on Saturday afternoon. The teams battled to a 0-0 tie on Friday night, with the Pioneers taking the extra UCHC standings point in the shootout.

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They took the ice again on Saturday afternoon, and the possibility of another scoreless tie was eliminated early. Utica’s Sydney Mintz scored her first collegiate goal at the 6:21 mark of the first period and never looked back. When the final horn sounded, six Pioneers had totaled two points each, including:

  • Molly Pedone: two goals.
  • Callie McLaughlin: one goal and one assist.
  • Hailey Modlin: one goal and one assist.
  • Maggie Rylott: one goal and one assist.
  • Emma Corbett: two assists.

Modlin’s goal was her fifth of the season, which ties her for the team lead with Carly Stefanini (who also scored on Saturday). She also leads the team in points with nine.

Angela Hawthorne made fifteen saves in net for the Pioneers through two periods on Saturday. She gave way to Maddie Espositio in the third period, who stopped all seven shots she faced.

After Saturday’s win, Utica has an overall record of 5-0-1, with a 3-0-1 mark in the UCHC. Next weekend, they continue their UCHC schedule with two games at Manhattanville.

Maggie Rylott of the Utica Pioneers. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

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