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EDUCATE-OLIVIERI NAMED TO ALL USCHO TEAMS-HEENAN RUNNER-UP FOR COACH OF THE YEAR

EDUCATE-OLIVIERI NAMED TO ALL USCHO TEAMS-HEENAN RUNNER-UP FOR COACH OF THE YEAR

2013 All-USCHO Division III Teams

Erie, Pa (3/23/2013) – USCHO.com released it 2013 All-USCHO men’s hockey teams on Friday and Utica College sophomore Louie Educate (Chicago, IL/Aberdeen (NAHL))and freshman Donny Olivieri (Philadelphia, PA/Bismarck (NAHL)) were both honored. 

Educated was a third team selection, while Olivieri was named to the All-Rookie Team.  Utica Head Coach Gary Heenan was a runner-up for the national Coach of the Year Award. The D-III awards are voted on each year by the USCHO.com website’s Division III columnists and editor.

Educate, who was also an American Hockey Coaches Association CCM All-American First Team selection, finished the year ranked 23rd in the nation with an average of 1.29 points per game after totaling 18 goals and 18 assists. 

He was named the ECAC Men’s West Player of the Year this past season after leading the conference in scoring. He also tied for the team-lead with 19 points in conference play. He tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals and he finished the season just one goal shy of the school’s single goal scoring record of 19 set by All-American Tim Coffman (Elverson, PA/Laconia (AJHL)) back in 2010. Educate, who spent his freshman campaign at Nichols College, now has 78 career points.

Donny Olivieri

Donny Olivieri (above) was a USCHO All-Rookie Team Selection

Freshman Donny Olivieri (Philadelphia, PA/Bismarck (NAHL)) finished the season as the highest scoring rookie defender in the nation with an average of 0.81 points per game.

The ECAC West All-Rookie selection led the Utica defense with 22 points this season on five goals and 17 assists. On the defensive end he helped UC goalie Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) register a school-record 19 victories, and a 2.21 goals against average, to go along with a .921 save percentage.

As a team, Utica made its first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament this past season, posting a strong enough regular season resume to earn a bye and an opportunity to host Bowdoin in quarterfinal action at the friendly confines of the Utica Memorial Auditorium. 

After falling behind 2-0 to the Bears, UC was able to rally with four unanswered goals to earn the 4-2 victory and a right to play in the coveted frozen four at legendary Herb Brooks Arena.

The Pioneers wrapped up its banner year with another program-best, finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the final edition of the USCHO.com National Poll.  UC (21-6-1) closed out its 2013 season last Friday night with a loss in the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals in Lake Placid, NY, to the eventual national champion Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The No. 5 ranking is the highest the Pioneers have ever finished in the USCHO.com final regular season poll.

It truly was a record breaking year for the Pioneers as they earned a share of the ECAC Men’s West Conference regular season title after posting a school-record 11-3-1 record in conference play. The Pioneers had never won more than nine games in conference play before this season.

They won the conference title, an honor they shared with Hobart College, marking their second regular season title in program-history (last time UC won the regular season title was in 2004-05).

Despite sharing the ECAC West Regular season title, the Pioneers earned the top seed in the conference tournament due to a 2-1 season series advantage over Hobart.

According to the KRACH rankings on USCHO.com the Pioneers endured the strongest strength of schedule in the country. UC also ranked second, behind Norwich, in Round Robin Winning Percentage (.8899). Round Robin Winning Percentage is what your theoretical winning percentage would be if you played every other team, one time each.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire coach Matt Loen, who led the Blugolds to their best season in school history and finished with their first NCAA national championship in their first D-III Frozen Four, was voted as the USCHO D-III Coach of the Year. Loen beat out Oswego’s Ed Gosek and Utica’s Gary Heenan for the award.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Oswego State, which battled in the final of the Men’s Hockey D-III Championship in Lake Placid, each placed three skaters on the All-USCHO teams to lead the way. St. Norbert, Adrian, and Massachusetts-Boston each placed two skaters.

 

UC CLOSES OUT YEAR WITH HIGHEST RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY

Final USCHO.com National Poll

Utica, NY (3/19/2013) – The Utica College men’s hockey team wrapped up its banner year with another program-best, finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the final edition of the USCHO.com National Poll Monday.  UC (21-6-1) closed out its 2013 season on Friday night with a loss in the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals in Lake Placid, NY, to the eventual national champion Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

The No. 5 ranking is the highest the Pioneers have ever finished in the USCHO.com final regular season poll and it

Nick Therrien

UC’s Nick Therrien set a new school-record for wins in a season (19)
 

also marks the highest the Pioneers have risen in the poll all season.   

Utica made its first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament this past season, posting a strong enough regular season resume to earn a bye and an opportunity to host Bowdoin in quarterfinal action at the friendly confines of the Utica Memorial Auditorium.  After falling behind 2-0 to the Bears, UC was able to rally with four unanswered goals to earn the 4-2 victory and a right to play in the coveted frozen four at legendary Herb Brooks Arena. 

It truly was a record breaking year for the Pioneers as they earned a share of the ECAC Men’s West Conference regular season title after posting a school-record 11-3-1 record in conference play.

The Pioneers had never won more than nine games in conference play before this season. They won the conference title, an honor they shared with Hobart College, marking their second regular season title in program-history (last time UC won the regular season title was in 2004-05).

Despite sharing the ECAC West Regular season title, the Pioneers earned the top seed in the conference tournament due to a 2-1 season series advantage over Hobart.

According to the KRACH rankings on USCHO.com the Pioneers endured the strongest strength of schedule in the country. UC also ranked second, behind Norwich, in Round Robin Winning Percentage (.8899). Round Robin Winning Percentage is what your theoretical winning percentage would be if you played every other team, one time each.

Below are just a few of the school-records UC broke this season … 

  • The Pioneers set a new program-record with 122 goals this past season, breaking the previous school-record of 120, originally set back in 2003-04.
  • 328 team points is also a new school-record.
  • New school-record for margin of victory, outscoring opponents by 58 goals.
  • Record for assists in a single season (205) as this year’s squad became the first team in program-history to register 200+ assists.
  • Tied the school-record for most players with at least ten points in a single season. 13 different players scored at least ten points, tying the 2007-08 edition of the Pioneers.
  • New school-record for most players with 20+ points in a single-season (7).

 

STORIED SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE FOR UC MEN’S HOCKEY-GAME ON ESPN 99.1FM

Box Score 
Wis.-Eau Claire 5, Utica 1 – Men’s Hockey Final

 Lake Placid, NY (3/15/2013) – The Utica College hockey team’s most prolific season in program-history came to end on Friday night after a 5-1 loss at the hands of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III men’s hockey tournament at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.  After the Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the second period, the Blugolds answered with five consecutive goals, including two that came in a span of just 22 seconds, as UWE earned the right to play in their first NCAA men’s hockey championship in program-history.

“We brought a lot of jump to the game right away, we were ready to go.  This is a good group of guys we have.  We just didn’t capitalize on our scoring chances,” said UC junior assistant captain Jon Gaffney (Dover, NJ/Springfield Blues (NAHL)) who tallied one assist on the evening.

The Pioneers closed out their historic season with a 21-6-1 overall record, while the Blugolds advanced to 23-5-2 overall and will take on Oswego State Saturday night (7 p.m.) in the National Championship game.

“[Our seniors] deserve all the credit in the world.  Our leadership has been just awesome, I can’t say enough about the leadership of this team,” said Head Coach Gary Heenan of his senior class. “They’ve got our culture going in a great direction in the locker room, around campus and in the classroom.” 

Each team got a feel for the “big game” in the first period and Utica junior goalie Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) stopped 11 shots in the 20 minute stretch to help the Pioneers preserve a 0-0 tie headed into the second period of action. 

The Pioneers broke the scoreless tie when they jumped out to a 1-0 lead exactly ten minutes into the second period behind a lightening wrister from the stick of sophomore first team All-American Louie Educate (Chicago, IL/Aberdeen (NAHL)), into the top right corner of the net.  UC junior assistant captain Jon Gaffney (Dover, NJ/Springfield Blues (NAHL)) was credited with an assist on Educate’s 18th goal of the season.  Educate finished his first year with the Pioneers (transferred from Nichols College in the Fall) just one goal shy of tying Tim Coffman (Elverson, PA/Laconia (AJHL))‘s school-record for goals in a single season. 

3:15 later the Blugolds netted the equalized to knot the score at 1-1 with 6:45 left in the second period.  The team’s leading scorer Jordan Singer netted his 21st goal of the season through the five hole of UC’s Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)).  Just 22 seconds later Ross Andersen put the Blugolds on top 2-1 with his first of two goals on the evening.  At that point the team from the Western Region never really looked back. 

An early third period tally from the Blugolds set the tone for the final 20 minutes and two more goals, including an empty netter, sealed the victory for UWE.  Kurt Weston netted two third period goals for the Blugolds, while Ross Anderson slid home the empty-netter, his second goal of the night, to give UWE a four goal advantage with 2:39 to play. 

“We’ve come out flat a few times through the year and we’ve gotten a goal and it got us going.  Tonight we got the goal from Louie but they responded,” said Heenan, who was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award.  “That’s a big strong veteran club there and they deserve a lot of credit … We had our chances, certainly we had our chances, their goalie played great.”

Utica outshot the Bludgolds 32-26 on the afternoon, but first team All-American Brandon Stephens stopped 31 of those shots, including 24 in the final 40 minutes to secure the victory for UWE. 

Utica went 0-for-6 on the power-play on the afternoon.  UC’s Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) stopped 21 shots in his final game of the season. Therrien finished the year with a program-record 19 victories.

Wisc.-Eau Claire and Utica were both making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in either program’s history.  The Blugolds have had a program for 36 seasons, while the Pioneers are in their 12th year of existence, all under the guidance of Head Coach Gary Heenan

Oswego defeated Norwich 6-3 in the opener Friday night to earn the right to play in the national championship game against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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