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Utica, NY (March 8, 2014) – Elmira College scored four unanswered goals to rally from a 2-1 deficit on its way to winning the ECAC Men’s West Conference Tournament title, 5-2, on Saturday night against host and top-seeded Utica College at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
The Pioneers owned a 1-0 lead and a 2-1 lead midway through the second period but the Soaring Eagles would not go down without a fight, scoring four goals in the final 23:15 of the contest to earn the conference tournament crown.
Utica’s record is now 16-7-4 overall and the Pioneers will have to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament in order for their season to continue. The NCAA’s online selection show for division III men’s hockey is scheduled to take place Sunday night at 9 p.m. Elmira wraps up its season with a 16-10-1 overall record.
Elmira goalie Ryan deMelo stopped 34 shots in net and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The Pioneers edged Elmira in shots 36-32 on the afternoon, but deMelo held UC scoreless in the final 29:46 to help secure the victory for the Soaring Eagles.
UC took a 1-0 lead 4:47 into the contest when senior forward Ridge Garbutt (Toronto, Ontario/Brewster Academy (NH)) netted his 12th goal of the season, on the power-play, much to the delight of the Pioneer faithful at the Aud. Louie Educate (Chicago, IL/Aberdeen (NAHL)) and Mike Baird (Oakville, Ontario/Huntsville (OJHL)) assisted on the Pioneers’ first goal of the game.
Elmira’s Andrew Ciampichini answered right back less than three minutes later and knotted the score at 1-1 with his second goal of the season to tie the game up. Ciampichini’s game-tying goal was assisted by Greg Whittle.
UC took the lead back 10:14 into the second period when freshman forward Mikhail Bushinski (Woodbury, MN/Kenai River (NAHL)) netted his second collegiate goal to put the Pioneers back on top, 2-1. Senior Adam Graff (Bear, DE/Syracuse Stars (EJHL)) and sophomore Joel Wetmore (Horseheads, NY/Lindsay (OJHL)) assisted on Utica’s go-ahead goal.
Before the end of the second period Elmira’s Jesper Strale tied the game back up at 2-2 when he scored his 11th of the year, assisted by Michael Collins and Carter Shinkaruk, to send the game into the final period all tied up. Strale was later named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts over the course of the last two games.
The third period proved to be all Soaring Eagles as Shinkaruk gave the visitors their first lead of the contest after he netted his tenth goal of the season 3:36 into the final frame. Liam Burtt and Tommy Sumi assisted on what proved to be the game-winner. Brian Depp, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, added a third period goal to give the Soaring Eagles a two goal advantage with 4:35 to play. Michael Collins added an empty-netter with 55 seconds left to secure the win for the Soaring Eagles.
Utica senior goalie Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) stopped 27 shots in net for the Pioneers. Elmira went 2-for-6 on the power-play, while Utica went 1-for-5 with a man advantage. Utica seniors Jordan Hobaica (Clinton, NY/Northwood School) and defender Mike Slowikowski (Ewing, NJ/N.J. Hitmen (EJHL)) were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
ECAC Men’s West Conference All-Tournament Team
F – #14 Brian Depp, Elmira College
F – #22 Jesper Strale, Elmira College
F – #15 Jordan Hobaica (Clinton, NY/Northwood School), Utica College
D – #17 Eric David, Elmira College
D – #18 Mike Slowikowski (Ewing, NJ/N.J. Hitmen (EJHL)), Utica College
G – #1 Ryan DeMelo*, Elmira College
*ECAC Men’s West Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Utica, NY (March 5, 2014) – Olympic luge bronze medalist and Remsen, NY native Erin Hamlin will be in attendance Saturday night as the Utica College men’s hockey team takes on Elmira College in the ECAC West Conference Tournament finals at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The game is set to start at 8:30 p.m.
Hamlin, the first individual United States luge medalist in history, will be on the ice to perform the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. In between the first and second period, she will be in the AUD concourse taking pictures and signing autographs for fans.
Hamlin, from nearby Remsen, NY, was one of the top stories for the USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Hamlin finished third in the women’s luge individual final and secured a bronze medal for the Americans. It was the first individual luge medal in USA history, 50 years after luge made its first appearance in the Olympics. In 2009, Hamlin won the gold medal at the World Championships in Lake Placid, NY.
ECAC Men’s West Hockey Ticket Information: $8/Adults, $4/Students (Any College Student w/ ID) or children 18 and under. All ticket sales (season ticket playoff vouchers and general public) begin on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (10 a.m.) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Box Office. Online ticket sales will begin Friday, March 7 at the ticketmaster website (http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/259). For more information about tickets please CLICK HERE.
The Pioneers, winners of six of their last seven games, improved to 16-6-4 overall on the year after Sunday’s semifinal win over Manhattanville. UC is advancing to the ECAC West Championship game for the third time in program-history (2005, 2006, 2014). Utica had not won a Conference Tournament game in seven years headed into Sunday’s contest. The last time UC advanced to the Conference Tournament finals was back in 2006 when they beat Manhattanville in the semifinals, but lost to Elmira in the championship game by the score of 3-2. The 2006 championship game was the last time Utica and Elmira met in the post season.
Elmira (15-10-1) defeated third-seeded Hobart 5-3 last weekend to advance to Saturday’s championship game. The Pioneers went 2-1 in three games against Elmira during the regular season. All three regular season games between Utica and Elmira were decided by one goal.
Several options will be available to follow the contest if you cannot make it out to Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Radio 99.1 FM or online at www.espnur.com by play-by-play man Dave Peroni and color analyst Fred Miller. The contest will also be called by play-by-play man Ray Biggs on WPNR 90.7 FM, and WPNR’s streaming audio is online: HERE. Live stats for the game can be found online: HERE and live video for the games can be viewed at www.empire8.tv.
Hobaica’s Third Period Game-Winner Punches UC’s Ticket into the ECAC West Championship Game
3/2/2014 7:05:00 PM
Utica, NY (March 2, 2014) – Senior forward Jordan Hobaica (Clinton, NY/Northwood School) netted the game-winner with 7:05 to go in the third period as the Utica College men’s hockey team defeated visiting Manhattanville 1-0 in the semifinals of the ECAC West Conference Tournament at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers have earned the right to host the ECAC West Tournament finals next weekend against second-seeded Elmira College. The exact game date and time are to be determined.
The Pioneers, winners of six of their last seven games, improved to 16-6-4 overall on the year and they are advancing to the ECAC West Championship game for just the third time in program-history (2005, 2006, 2014). Fourth-seeded Manhattanville closed out its season with a 13-12-2 overall ledger. The Pioneers won the season-series over the Valiants, 3-1.
“This was a great win for our program and to have a senior score the game-winner in the third period to help us advance to the finals is special,” said 13th year Head CoachGary Heenan. “Both teams played hard all afternoon and this is the type of game we have come to expect against Manhattanville. We’re excited to be advancing to the conference tournament finals and we are looking forward to getting back to work as we prepare for Elmira.”
Senior goalie Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) registered his first shutout of the season at an opportune time as he stopped 18 shots to earn his 46th career victory. He needs one more win to tie the school-record of 47 career victories set by 2008 graduate Adam Dekker. Therrien and the Pioneer defense withstood five Manhatannville power-plays, including two in the opening minutes of the third period, to preserve the shut out.
Hobaica’s game-winner was his fifth goal of the season and it was assisted by junior Justin Hogan (Val Therese, Ontario/Brooks Bandits (AJHL)). Hobaica broke out after a pass from Hogan as he entered the offensive zone and beat one Manhattanville defender, made a move to his right and slid the puck past Manhatanville senior goalie Alex Scola to light the lamp for the first and only time all afternoon. It was Hobaica’s first career game-winning goal.
Scola made 26 saves in net for Manhattanville as the Pioneers outshot the Valiants 27-18 on the afternoon. Both teams combined to go 0-for-8 on the power-play.
Utica outshot Manhttanville 11-5 in the third and final period.
Elmira defeated third-seeded Hobart 5-3 on Saturday night to advance to next weekend’s championship game. The Pioneers went 2-1 in three games against Elmira during the regular season. All three regular season games between Utica and Elmira were decided by one goal.
Reed’s Hat-Trick Pushes UC Past Potsdam in ECAC West Quarterfinals
3/2/2014 3:24:00 PM
Utica, NY (March 2, 2014) – Sophomore forward Morgan Reed (Fort Myers, FL/Cushing Academy) recorded her first career hat-trick as the fourth-seeded Utica College women’s hockey team defeated visiting SUNY Potsdam 4-1 in the ECAC Women’s West Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers will now travel to top-seeded and nationally-ranked No.1 Plattsburgh on Saturday to take on the Cardinals in the semifinals.
UC, making its 12th post-season appearance in the program’s 13-year history, improved to 17-8-1 overall. The Pioneers are now 6-7 in playoff games since 2005-06 and they have defeated Potsdam in the quarterfinals at home in two consecutive seasons.
Senior All-American Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects) assisted on all three of Reed’s goals and added a tally of her own early in the second period. Her 19th goal of the season tied the school-record for goals in a career. Myers tied former UC All-American and 2006 graduate Deana Wiegand for the school-record for goals in a career with 74. Myers also ranks second on the College’s all-time list with 143 career points (74 goals, 69 assists). Myers and Reed played a part in all four of the Pioneer goals on Sunday.
Utica got on the board early when Reed netted her ninth of the season just 2:56 into the contest to give UC a 1-0 lead. Myers scored what proved to be the game-winner when she put the Pioneers on top 2-0, 38 seconds into the second period.
Potsdam’s Brittany Lucky cut Utica’s lead in half 1:53 into the second period when she netted her fourth of the season off assists from Jessica Silveira and Jenn Crawford. Lucky’s power-play goal was all the Bears would get as senior goalie Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, NY/Northwood School) stopped 23 shots. Hamel’s 35th victory tied Jill Doherty ’10 the school-record for wins in a career.
Reed put the game away with two more goals over the course of the final 35 minutes of action. She has now netted five goals in two career playoff games against Potsdam. Reed is also the first player in program-history to score a hat-trick in a playoff game.
17 wins for UC is the most since the Pioneers went 18-9 back in 2008. Freshman Emily Coope (Phoenix, AZ/Colorado Tigers) was also credited with an assist on Reed’s first goal of the game.
The game time for next Saturday’s semifinal game at Plattsburgh is to be announced.
Utica, NY (February 26, 2014) – Senior forward Trever Hertz (Jaffray, British Columbia/Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL)) of the Utica College men’s hockey team was
named the Conference Player of the Year as the 2013-2014 ECAC Men’s West Hockey All-Conference teams were released Wednesday. Hertz and senior classmate Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) were also selected to the All-Conference First Team. Senior forward Jon Gaffney (Dover, NJ/Springfield Blues (NAHL)) and senior defender Mike Slowikowski(Ewing, NJ/N.J. Hitmen (EJHL)) earned honorable mention status.
Hertz, who was a second team selection last season, averaged 1.00 points per game throughout the regular season (tied for eighth in the conference). He also tied for third in the conference with 17 assists. He currently leads the team with 25 total points (eight goals, 17 assists). 16 of his points came in conference play. His three game-winning goals are tied for the team lead. He registered six multi-point games this season and he has scored at least one point in each of the last eight games for UC. He has 102 career points in 102 games played and is just the third player in program-history to score over 100 points in a career (44 goals, 58 assists). As a freshman, Hertz was named to the ECAC West All-Rookie Team.
Hertz is the second Utica player in as many years to earn the conference’s top honor. Junior forward Louie Educate (Chicago, IL/Aberdeen (NAHL)) was named the ECAC West Player of the Year last season.
Therrien, who was a second-team selection last season, has played in 19 games this year, including 14 of the Pioneers’ 15 conference contests. He leads the ECAC West with a 2.16 goals against average and he has a 12-4-2 overall record. He also ranks second in the conference with a .922 save percentage.
Jon Gaffney (Dover, NJ/Springfield Blues (NAHL)) is making his second straight appearance on the All-Conference list after earning second team status last season. Gaffney, an honorable mention this season, currently ranks third on the team with 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists. He has eight points in his last five games. 15 of his 21 points this season came in conference play. Gaffney recently moved into sole possession of fourth place on the College’s all-time scoring list with 94 career points. He surpassed 2013 UC graduate Evan Chlanda (Islip, NY/Springfield (EJHL)) (93 career points) for fourth all-time.
6-foot-6 senior defender Mike Slowikowski (Ewing, NJ/N.J. Hitmen (EJHL)) is making his third consecutive appearance on the honorable mention list after earning all-rookie team status as a freshman. Slowikowski totaled five assists in 23 games played this season and helped anchor a UC defense that allowed just 2.22 goals per game this season. The
Pioneers have outscored their opponents by an average of 1.15 goals per game, good for 15th in the country.
Utica won the conference’s regular season title and will host the ECAC West Conference Tournament on Sunday, March 2 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium against the lowest remaining seed in the tournament (No. 3 Manhattanville, No. 4 Neumann or No. 5 Nazareth). The semifinal contest is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
The Pioneers (15-6-4), winners of five of their last six regular season games, have now won three ECAC West regular season titles in program-history. They edged NCAA Tournament bound Manhattanville for the outright title in 2004-05, they shared the conference crown with Hobart but earned the top seed in the tournament last season, and this year they earned the outright title after finishing the regular season with a 10-4-1 ledger in conference play. 10 wins in the ECAC West are the second most in program-history behind last year’s edition of the Pioneers who won 11 conference games.
Tickets for Sunday’s game are $8/Adults, $4/Students (Any College Student w/ ID) or children 18 and under. Tickets are available at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Box Office or through the Ticketmaster website only (http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/259).
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