315 Hockey’s One-Timers 01/22/2023 – 01/28/2023

By: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

315 Hockey’s One-Timers is our weekly look at the professional and college hockey scene in Central New York featuring brief observations (or one-timers if you will) of the teams we cover.

American Hockey League

Utica Comets

🏒 The Utica Comets continued their offensive slump this week. The week began in a promising fashion, as on Tuesday night they finished the remaining twenty-three minutes of their suspended game from the home opener by scoring three goals to complete a 5-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It got ugly from there, however, as on the next night they were shutout at home 4-0 by the Charlotte Checkers. They scored only one goal on Friday night but it was good enough as they shut out the Crunch 1-0 in Syracuse before getting trounced at home on Saturday night by the Providence Bruins by a score of 5-1.

🏒 The Comets have been missing Nolan Foote and Tyce Thompson from the lineup, but New Jersey Devils announced on Saturday that they have reassigned defenseman Nikita Okhotiuk to Utica. The team had also annouced that they traded Garrett Van Wyhe to the Bakersfield Condors for forward Filip Engaras.


Syracuse Crunch

🏒 The Crunch only played twice this past week. On Friday, they had their six-game point streak snapped when they lost to the Utica Comets 1-0 at the Upstate Medical University Arena. They recovered the next night as they blew out the Hartford Wolfpack 7-3 in Hartford behind a three-point performance by Gabriel Fortier (one goal and two assists).

🏒 On Tuesday the Crunch held their annual knockout poker tournament at the Turning Stone Casino.


#5 Colgate Raiders Women

🏒 The fifth-ranked Colgate Raiders won both of their games this weekend against ECAC opponents at the Class of 1965 Arena. On Friday night, Kalty Kaltounková registered five points (two goals + three assists) and goaltender Hannah Murphy made twenty-four saves in a 7-0 shutout of Dartmouth. The following afternoon, Elyssa Biederman scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal to extend her points streak to eleven games (she was also named ECAC Rookie of the Week) as the Raiders took down Harvard 3-1. After winning both games this weekend, Colgate has now clinched a spot in the ECAC Postseason Tournament.

Observations and pictures from Saturday’s game: #5 Colgate Raiders Defeats Harvard, Three Observations.

🏒 Friday night’s game was extra special for the team as they had their Autism and Neurodiversity Game, with all of the proceeds from the game going to CNY Quest.

Colgate Raiders Men

🏒 Coming off of their biggest win in years, Coach Don Vaughan’s squad hit the road for a pair of ECAC games. On Friday night, they nearly pulled off their second consecutive upset of a ranked team when they visited Cambridge, Massachusetts to take on the tenth-ranked Harvard Crimson. the Raiders held a 4-2 lead going into the third period, but fell to the Crimson 5-4 in overtime. Colgate played another overtime game the following night in Hanover, New Hampshire, but this time came out on the winning end as they defeated Dartmouth 4-3.

Don’t sleep on the Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team: Why Not Colgate?

🏒 Forward Alex Young continued his stellar play throughout the weekend. He scored another three goals between the two games including the game-winner against Dartmouth. His sixteen goals this season lead not only the Raiders but the entire ECAC.

#1 Utica Pioneers Men

🏒 The Pioneers played their first games as the #1 team in Division III this past weekend with a home-in-home series against UCHC rival the Nazareth Golden Flyers. It was a sweep for the men from Utica as they downed the Golden Flyers 6-1 at the Adirondack Bank Center on Friday night, and they picked up a 4-1 victory in Rochester on Saturday afternoon. Utica has now won nine straight games to bring their overall record to 16-2-1 including a perfect 14-0-0 in the UCHC.

🏒 John Moncovich continued his strong second-half play, registering one goal and two assists on Friday night.

🏒 Utica has six games remaining in the regular season, and all are against UCHC opponents that have sub .500 records (two vs Kings, two at Alvernia, and two at Arcadia). The Pioneers could potentially wrap up the number one seed in the UCHC Postseason Tournament this weekend against King’s College.

#13 Utica Pioneers Women

🏒 Coach Dave Clausen’s team had a busy week, playing three games in five nights. On Tuesday night hosted Central New York neighbor the seventh-ranked Hamilton College Continentals. Angela Hawthorne made fifty-two saves to help salvage a tie 2-2 draw in a game where the Pioneers were down 2-0 in the third period (here’s the 315 hockey full recap of the game: Three Observations From Tuesday Night’s #7 Hamilton College at #13 Utica).

🏒 After playing their toughest opponent of the season on Tuesday, the Pioneers traveled to Aston, Pennsylvania for a pair of games against fellow UCHC member Neumann. Utica got back to its winning ways in the Keystone State, defeating the Knights 13-0 on Friday, and then 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Erica Sloan had four goals total over the weekend and Georgiana Santullo had a total of one goal and five assists against Neumann.

🏒 Angela Hawthorne won her fourth UCHC Co-Goaltender of the Week award, and Georgiana Santullo set the all-time program record for games played with 110.

#7 Hamilton College Continentals Women

🏒 The Continentals continue to prove they are one of the top teams in Division III Women’s hockey. After the 2-2 tie on Tuesday night at #13 Utica in which they dominated large portions of the game, they returned home for a pair of NESCAC games on Friday and Saturday against the Wesleyan Cardinals. On Friday Hamilton crushed the visitors 7-1 on the strength of a Nancy Loh hat trick. The next afternoon was more of the same, as this time the Continentals defeated the Cardinals 3-0. Abby Smith, Hyla Mosher, and Abby Kuhns each had two points (Kuhns also had eight shots) and goaltender Mac Donovan made twenty-nine saves to earn the shutout.

🏒 The Saturday game against Wesleyan was also Hamilton’s Hockey Fights Cancer game. The Continentals wore special edition jerseys for the game and raffled off a pair of them with all money raised going to the Hockey Fights Cancer fund.

Hamilton College Men

🏒 The Hamilton College Men’s team played a pair of NESCAC games on the road and both ended up going to overtime. On Friday night they skated to a 1-1 tie with the Trinity Bantams, with Nick Hawkins scoring the goal and Jack Grant making forty-six saves in goal. On Saturday they visited the fifteenth-ranked Weselyan Cardinals and this time came away with a 2-1 victory. Grisha Gotovets scored twenty-eight seconds into the overtime period and Grant twenty-four saves in goal for Hamilton.

🏒 The Continentals have six regular season games remaining, all against NESCAC opponents. They are currently in fifth place in the conference, but they are only six points behind first-place Trinity.

Morrisville Mustangs Men

🏒 The Morrisville Mustangs Men’s team lost a pair of close games over the past week. On Tuesday they dropped a 4-3 decision at home to SUNYAC rival Fredonia. On Saturday they visited Western New York but lost to the Buffalo State Bengals by a score of 4-2. Individually Trevor Grasby had a very good week for the Mustangs. He had three goals and eleven shots on goal between the two games.

🏒 On Friday, the Mustangs officially announced the start of their jersey auction to benefit Center State Youth Hockey. All details are in the tweet below, including how to bid on a jersey!

In this episode of 315 Hockey Live, Assistant Coach Andrew Veglucci and forward Chris Mott of the Morrisville Mens Hockey Team join the show to talk some Mustangs hockey! We discuss their path to Morrisville, their season so far, which Morrisville player could be a WWE wrestler, the Center State Youth Hockey charity game and jersey auction on February 3rd, and much more!

Morrisville Mustangs Women

🏒 The Morrisville Mustangs Women’s team spent last weekend in Buffalo as they played a pair of games against NEWHL rival the Buffalo St. Bengals. The score of both games was 3-2, with the Bengals winning Friday’s contest and the Mustangs taking Saturday’s matchup in overtime.

🏒 The Mustangs put a total of 85 shots on goal over the two games. Allie Davidson had one goal and two assists for the weekend and Emily Olson scored the game-winning goal on Saturday.

Syracuse Orange Women

🏒 The Syracuse Orange had a very busy week. They split a home-in-home series against CHA rival the RIT Tigers, losing 5-3 in Rochester on Tuesday and then returned the favor by defeating the Tigers at the Tennity Ice Pavillion 4-1 on Wednesday. They then found themselves in Erie, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday to make up a two-game series against Mercyhurst that had been postponed. Saturday’s game did not go well for the Orange, as they were defeated by the Lakers 6-1. Syracuse rebounded on Sunday to tie their hosts 1-1 (technically the Sunday game should be in next week’s column but for continuity’s sake we”ll put it here).

🏒 On Tuesday, defender Mae Batherson was named the CHA Defenseman of the Week. She totaled two goals and two assists in games against Cornell and a pair against Lindenwood.

#10 Oswego St. Lakers

🏒 The Lakers played just one game last week when they hosted the Cortland Red Dragons on Friday night. The visitors stunned the Lakers, defeating them 4-3 in overtime. Oswego trailed 3-2 in the third period when Alex DiCarlo tied the game for the home team eventually sending the game to overtime. At just over a minute into the extra frame, Domenic Settimo scored to complete the upset.

🏒 It doesn’t get any easier for the Lakers, as the seventh-ranked Geneseo Knights come to town on Friday, February 3rd.

Oswego St. Lakers Women

🏒 The Lakers did not play any games last week. This coming week they will play three games: Tuesday at William Smith, Friday at Canton, and Saturday at Potsdam.

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