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Utica Pioneers Men’s and Women’s Hockey rises in USCHO polls

Utica Pioneers Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams have each made a significant jump in the latest USCHO polls.

The Utica Pioneers Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams have turned impressive performances this past weekend into a jump in the USCHO polls. The Men’s team has gone from number six to number three with three first place votes. The Women have moved up four spots from number thirteen into a tie for ninth with the Adrian Bulldogs.

The Men opened their regular season with a stiff test against the second ranked Adrian Bulldogs. The skated to a physical 0-0 tie in the first game on Friday night, that featured an outstanding performance by goaltender Ethan Roberts. In game two on Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers scored a 3-2 victory on a goal by first year defenseman Griffen Barr just forty-eight seconds into the overtime period.

Game One Recap: #2 Adrian and #6 Utica skate to a scoreless tie Friday night.

Game Two Recap: #6 Utica Pioneers Men’s Hockey takes down #2 Adrian.

The Utica Pioneers Women’s Team opened their regular season over the weekend as well by hosting the Utica University Kickoff Tournament. In their first game on Friday night, Carly Stefanini’s hat trick led the Pionners to a 6-2 rout of the Suffolk Rams.

Next up was the then sixth ranked Adrian Bulldogs in the championship game on Saturday afternoon. Utica goaltender Angela Hawthorne made forty-four saves in a stellar performance, and Carolyn Whitney scored in overtime to give Utica a 2-1 victory and championship of the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Friday Night Recap: #13 Utica Pioneers trounce Suffolk to open the season.

Saturday Afternoon Recap: Utica Pioneers Women take the Kickoff Tournament championship

Both teams return to action this weekend. The Men’s team hosts Stevenson on Friday night and Saturday afternoon to open their UCHC schedule. The Women Pioneers hit the road to open their UCHC schedule with games on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Lebanon Valley.

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

Our Utica Pioneers Men’s and Women’s Hockey season previews is available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon.
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