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Box Score Utica, NY (2/23/14)- The Utica College women’s hockey team defeated visiting SUNY Potsdam, 6-4, in the final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
With the win, the Pioneers jump ahead of Potsdam in the ECAC West Conference standings and earned hosting rights for the first round of the conference tournament. Utica will host Potsdam next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. Date and time are to be announced.
Freshman Gabriele Schnepp netted her first career hat trick, and three other players scored to help Utica improve to 16-8-1 (9-6-1 ECAC West) on the year.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period behind a pair of goals from Schnepp and one goal each from seniors Vanessa Maines (Boxborough, MA/Boston Jr. Shamrocks)and Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects).
Schnepp added her third tally of the day on a short handed breakaway in the second period for her 15th goal of the season. Freshman Emily Coope (Phoenix, AZ/Colorado Tigers) capped off the scoring for UC at 17:23 as she netted her fifth of the year, assisted by Maines and Myers.
Potsdam was able to add a goal in the third period, but it was not enough as the Pioneers held on for the victory. Kelsey Dowdall (Smiths Falls, ONT/Nepean) had three assists on the afternoon, while Janessa Haasbeek (Grand Forks, ND/Canadian International Hockey Academy) ad two helpers and Caitlin Moccaldi and Samantha Pucci(Pearl River, NY/Connecticut Polar Bears) each had one assist. Senior Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, NY/Northwood School) made 28 saves in the win.
Alexane Rodrigue had 13 saves before being replaced by Abby Tardelli, who made 28 stops in 40 minutes of work.
Potsdam falls to 12-9-4 (7-5-4) overall. Utica finishes the regular season in fourth place in the conference. The Pioneers will host Potsdam next weekend in the ECAC West tournament. Game time and date are to be determined.
UC has been on the brink of cracking the top-10 for the last few weeks, however this is the first time the Pioneers have been ranked this season.
Utica, currently 11-3 overall, is out to one of the best starts in program history. Its only losses this season have come at the hands of No. 3 Elmira, and No. 4 Norwich.
UC has outscored opponents 50-28 so far on the year. The Pioneers face a big weekend as they host ECAC West opponent, and unanimous No. 1 ranked Plattsburgh State. The Cardinals have been ranked No.1 in each of the last ten polls.
Senior Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects) ranks sixth in the nation and second in the conference with 1.64 points per game. Her 13 goals and .93 goals per game rank fifth nationally.
Freshman Gabrielle Schnepp (Northville, MI/Belle Tire) is fourth in the country in scoring amongst freshmen with 1.14 points per game. SophomoreMorgan Reed (Fort Myers, FL/Cushing Academy) is second on the squad with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists).
Three of Utica’s next five games are against teams currently ranked in the top-three nationally. The Pioneers kick off that string this weekend as they welcome Plattsburgh to the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Friday night’s contest is set for 7 p.m. before the teams meet again Saturday at 3 p.m.
PIONEERS TAME COUGARS SWEEP WEEKEND SET WITH 3-2 WIN ON SUNDAY
FOX CHAPEL, PA – Jenny Jones and Erika Martin each scored power play goals, but the Chatham University Ice Hockey team fell to visiting Utica College on Sunday, 3-2. The eleventh-ranked Pioneers won each game this weekend by just one goal.
Morgan Reed scored first for Utica (11-3-0, 6-2-0 ECAC-West) at the 8:25 mark of the first period. In the second period, Jones scored off an assist from Morgan Becer, and Martin scored with assists fromKatrina Hawkins and Kaitlyn Perrins to give Chatham (3-10-2, 2-6-0 ECAC-West) a 2-1 lead.
With under two minutes to play in the second period, Utica’s Megan Myers found the back of the net to tie the game at two. The game-winner came just 34 seconds into the third period, when Vanessa Maines scored a power play goal.
Chatham went 2-5 on their power play, while Utica went 1-5. The Pioneers out-shot Chatham for the game 44-16.
Hawkins led Chatham with three shots. Madison Alphin, Casey Morfeld, Jones, and Martin each recorded two shots. Megan Buchanan faced 44 shots, making 41 saves.