Utica U hockey teams advance in UCHC tournaments
UTICA — As expected, the top-ranked Utica University men's hockey team is moving on in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament.
Utica actually trailed by a goal early in the second period before rallying to earn a 5-2 victory over No. 8 seed Arcadia University on Wednesday in the UCHC quarterfinals at the Adirondack Bank Center.
The win pushed Utica, ranked No. 1 in the latest USCHO Division III poll, to 23-2-1 overall.
Utica totaled 54 shots on goal against an Arcadia team that has six wins this season. Five players scored for the Pioneers: Matt Wood, Justin Allen, Mic Curran, Remy Parker and Dante Zapata. Jayson Dobay and Kimball Johnson each added two assists.
Bryan Landsberger totaled 17 saves for his 23rd win of the year.
Arcadia got a questionable goal as time expired in the first period to tie the game and then kept momentum to take a 2-1 lead on a rebound just 18 seconds into the second period.
Utica's high-scoring offense rattled off three consecutive in less than five minutes to seize the lead.
The Pioneers advance to play fourth-seeded Manhattanville in the UCHC semifinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Utica's downtown arena.
Utica women earn shutout
Another solid performance from Angela Hawthorne helped the No. 12-ranked Utica University women's hockey team advance in the UCHC tournament.
Hawthorne totaled 13 saves on Wednesday in a 4-0 quarterfinal win for second-seeded Utica over No. 7 seed Lebanon Valley College at the Nexus Center in Utica.
It was Hawthorne's sixth shutout and 15th win of the season.
It also marked her 13th career shutout, tying her for the program record with Keira Goin.
Maggie Rylott had two goals, including one shorthanded and Erica Sloan (goal, assist), Carly Stefanini (goal, assist) and Carolyn Whitney (two assists) each had multi-point efforts in support of Hawthorne.
Utica, which remained No. 12 in the latest USCHO Division III poll, is 21-2-3 overall.
The team is scheduled to get a visit from No. 3 seed Manhattanville College in the UCHC semifinals at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Nexus Center.
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