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Utica, Hamilton, Colgate hockey teams remain ranked

Posted 1/17/23

After extending respective undefeated streaks, the Utica University teams remain ranked in the most recent United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) polls.

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Utica, Hamilton, Colgate hockey teams remain ranked

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After extending respective undefeated streaks, the Utica University teams remain ranked in the most recent United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) polls.

The Utica men’s team remains No. 2 in the top-15 poll for the fifth consecutive week. After receiving three votes for first place in the last poll, Utica received two in the most recent poll.
Utica, coached by Gary Heenan, improved to 12-2-1 overall this season after two wins over Neumann last weekend that extended the team’s undefeated streak to 13 games (12-0-1). The team had an exhibition loss to USA Under-18 Team in December that doesn’t count toward the mark.

The Pioneers have won five consecutive games after shutting out visiting Neumann 5-0 on Friday before totaling an astounding 70 shots in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Knights. 

Notably, Neumann’s goalie was Cole DeFazio — he’s the youngest brother of former Utica Comets forward Brandon DeFazio — and he totaled 110 saves over the two games.

At 10-0-0 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference, Utica is in first place and among five teams in the 11-team conference with an overall record above .500.
Utica travels to Lebanon Valley College this weekend.

Hamilton, Utica in women’s USCHO poll

The Hamilton College women’s hockey team dropped a spot in the USCHO poll while Utica moved up.

The Continentals, coached by Emily McNamara, are 11-3-0 overall after a shutout loss and win against visiting Williams last weekend.

Hamilton was ranked No. 6 in the previous poll. The Continentals are one of four NESCAC teams in the rankings.

Hamilton is in second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference behind Amherst, which is ranked No. 4.

The Continentals are scheduled to play Saturday afternoon at SUNY Cortland before visiting Utica at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Utica women’s hockey team, coached by Dave Clausen, moved up two spots to No. 13 in the poll. The Pioneers are 12-1-1 overall.

Utica pushed its point streak to 13 games and its winning streak to 11 games after three wins last week.

The Pioneers shut out SUNY Oswego 5-0 on Jan. 10 before sweeping two games from host Chatham University. Utica outscored Chatham 9-2 in the wins.

Goaltender Angela Hawthrone had both shutouts for the Pioneers.
Utica is set for a pair of home games this weekend against Manhattanville College. The teams are scheduled to play at 4 p.m. Friday at the Nexus Center. The teams also play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Colgate remains No. 5

The Colgate women’s hockey team remains remains in the same spot USCHO’s NCAA Division I Top 15 poll.

The Raiders are No. 5 in the poll. The team is 19-3-1 overall under coach Greg Fargo.

Colgate is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 4/2 Quinnipiac. The game featured New Hartford’s Sydney Bard and Clinton’s Mia Lopata.

Colgate earned a 6-2 win over Princeton the next day.

Colgate is set to play a home-and-home series against Cornell this weekend. The teams are scheduled to play at 2 p.m. Friday in Hamilton. The teams are scheduled to play at the same time the next day in Ithaca.

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