Utica-area college hockey teams set for postseason
The Utica University men’s hockey team — which remains No. 1 in the latest USCHO Division III poll — looks to continue its success in the postseason.
The team, which received 14 first place votes in the poll, finished the regular season at Arcadia University last weekend with two lopsided wins. With the results, Utica is 22-2-1 overall and 20-0-0 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The Pioneers begin the UCHC Tournament with the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica. The team is set to play Arcadia University (6-16-3) overall.
This marks the sixth consecutive time Utica enters the tournament as the regular-season champion. Since moving to the UCHC, Utica has compiled a 13-2 record in the conference tournament.
Utica has not lost a game in the opening round once and has won the tournament three times.
Last season, the Pioneers opened the tournament with an 11-1 result over Lebanon Valley.
The UCHC semifinals would be Saturday in Utica, according to the school.
Utica is tied with Hobart in the top spot for the PairWise Rankings, which mimic the NCAA tournament field. That tournament starts later in March.
Utica women play at home
The Utica women’s hockey team, which remains No. 12 in the USCHO Division III poll, is coming off its first loss since late October after falling to the Nazareth in overtime last weekend.
Utica closed the regular-season with a 20-2-3 record and 17-1-2 in UCHC play.
The team is set to begin the UCHC Tournament at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Lebanon Valley College at the Nexus Center in Utica.
If the Pioneers win, they will advance to the semifinals set for Saturday at the Nexus Center.
The Pioneers have been an offensive powerhouse and are first in the UCHC in scoring averaging 4.84 goals per game.
Hamilton women set for home game
After splitting a two-game series with No. 7 Middlebury last weekend, Hamilton is No. 6 in the USCHO poll entering the New England Small College Athletic Conference postseason.
The team was ranked No. 5 in the previous USCHO poll.
At 18-4-2 overall and 12-3-1 in the conference, the Continentals ended as the No. 2 seed for the NESCAC tournament.
The team is set to play visiting No. 7 seed Williams College in a NESCAC quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Russell Sage Rink in Clinton.
Hamilton men to host game
The Hamilton College men’s team closed its regular-season with a win over NESCAC foe Williams last weekend.
With an 11-5-2 NESCAC mark and a 13-9-2 overall record, Hamilton is the No. 4 seed for the conference championship. The team is set to host No. 5 seed Colby College in a NESCAC quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Russell Sage Rink in Clinton.
Colgate remains No. 3
The Colgate women’s hockey team is still No. 3 in the USCHO’s Division I poll.
The Hamilton-based Raiders finished the regular-season at 28-4-2 overall and 18-3-1 ECAC Hockey conference. The team includes standout defender and New Hartford native Sydney Bard.
The team begins a best-of-three conference quarterfinal series against Princeton this weekend.
The first game is set for 6 p.m. Friday with the second game scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday. If needed, a deciding Game 3 would be 3 p.m. Sunday. All games are at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton.
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