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Utica Pioneers Men’s and Women’s Hockey roll through the weekend

The seventh-ranked Pioneer Men and tenth-ranked Pioneer Women were dominant in sweeping through their weekend games.

It was a very good weekend for Utica Pioneers hockey as both of the university’s teams went on the road and crushed their weekend opposition. The seventh-ranked Men’s team took two games from the Neumann Knights and did not allow a single goal. The tenth-ranked Women’s team won a pair of games over the Stevenson Mustangs while surrendering only one goal. Both teams faced UCHC rivals.

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The Pioneers Men’s Team

The Pioneers Men kicked off a two-game set at Neumann on Friday night with a 4-0 victory. Bryan Landsberger got the start in net and made twenty-one saves for his first shutout of the season. Michael Herrera scored two goals, while Matt Wood and Drake Morse picked up the other Pioneer markers.

In the rematch on Saturday afternoon, it was Ethan Roberts’s turn to earn a shutout, as he made seventeen saves to earn his second of the season. Drake Morse’s second-period goal marked the fourth consecutive game he has lit the lamp. Shane Murphy, Kimball Johnson, Andrew Della Rovere, and Khristian Acosta scored the other Pioneer goals.

The Pioneers now have an overall record of 10-2-3 and a 9-0-1 mark in the UCHC. They return home next weekend for a pair of games against the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen. Friday night’s game will be at the Utica University Nexus Center, and Saturday night’s contest will be at the Adirondack Bank Center.

The Pioneers Women’s Team

The Pioneers Women’s Team traveled to Stevenson, Maryland for a pair of games against the Stevenson Mustangs. Utica had no problems in their visit down south, as they outscored the Mustangs by a margin of 16-1 en route to a two-game sweep.

On Friday night, the Pioneers scored nine times in securing a 9-0 victory. Maddie Esposito got the start in net for Utica and made the most of it. She made eighteen saves to pick up her first win and shutout of the season. On offense, the Pioneers were led by four-point games from Hailey Modlin (one goal and three assists) and Carolyn Whitney (four assists). Maggie Rylott had a hat trick and Abby Lillis registered two goals and one assist.

On Saturday afternoon, the visitors brought more offensive fireworks that the home team could not match. Angela Hawthorne was back in goal for the Pioneers and made nine saves in the 7-1 win. Tess Barrett led all scorers with two assists, and thirteen different Pioneers recorded one point.

Utica will play just one game in the coming week. They travel to the shored of Lake Ontario for a game against regional rival the Oswego St. Lakers.

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