315 Hockey’s One-Timers 01/29/2023 – 02/04/2023

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 (22-16-5-2, 51 points – 2nd place in the North Division)

🏒 The slump continued for the Utica Comets, as they lost all three games they played during the week. On Wednesday night, they lost 4-3 in a seven-round shootout against the Syracuse Crunch in a game in which they were down 3-1 in the third period before tying it to force overtime and the shootout. On Friday night, they lost to the Wolfpack 4-3 in Hartford and returned home on Saturday night – where they lost to the Providence Bruins by a score of 4-1.

🏒 The news was not all bad for the Comets last week as left wing Nolan Foote returned to the lineup on Saturday night against Providence after a five game absence due to injury. Foote leads the Comets in game winning goals (five) and power play goals (four).


Syracuse Crunch (21-15-4-3, 49 points – 3rd place in the North Division)

🏒 It was an up and down week for the Syracuse Crunch, as they started it by shutting out the Bruins 4-0 on Sunday in Providence. They followed that up with another road win, earning a 4-3 victory in the shootout on Wednesday night against the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Center. They closed out a busy week by dropping a pair of games at home against the Charlotte Checkers. On Friday night, Syracuse dropped a 5-4 decision in overtime and on Saturday night they lost 5-3 in regulation.

🏒 A pair of Crunch players reached career milestones this past week. On Friday, defenseman Sean Day played in his 200th career AHL game and on Saturday night Alex Barré-Boulet scored his 100th career AHL goal.


Colgate Raiders Men and Women

🏒 It was a tough weekend for the Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team (13-13-2 overall, 10-6-0 ECAC) as they dropped a pair of games at home to ECAC opponents. On Friday night, they lost to the Union Dutchmen 3-1, and on Saturday they lost a heartbreaker to RPI when the Engineers scored with less than two minutes to go to seal a 2-1 victory. Despite the losses, Colgate remains in fourth place in the ECAC standings.

🏒 Alex Young continued his stellar play against Union and RPI. He assisted on brother Colton’s goal against Union and scored the Raiders lone goal against RPI. He recorded at least one point in twelve straight games and leads the ECAC in goals with seventeen.

🏒 The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team (24-4-2 overall, 14-3-1 ECAC) rose to fourth from fifth in the latest USCHO rankings and played three games during the week. They skated to a 3-3 tie on Tursday against the St. Lawrence Saints at the Class of 1965 Arena and won the rematch 2-1 on Friday night in the Saints home rink at Appleton Arena. On Saturday they made a short trip to Clarkson and beat the ninth ranked Golden Knights 2-0 to sweep the season series against the green and gold.

A recap of Colgate’s first victory over Clarkson this season at the Class of 1965 Arena: Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Defeats Clarkson In An Epic Battle.

🏒 First year player Elyssa Biederman was selected to be on the Hockey Commissioners Association National Women’s Rookie of the Year “Watch List” the university announced on Thursday, February 2nd.

Utica Pioneers Men and Women

🏒 The number one ranked Utica Pioneers Men’s Hockey Team (18-2-1 overall, 16-0-0 UCHC) demolished the King’s College Monarch over the weekend in a pair of UCHC matchups at the Adirondack Bank Center. A Friday night, they scored seven goals in the second period en route to an 11-1 win and on Saturday afternoon they completed the weekend sweep with a 6-2 victory. The Pioneers registered an astounding 176 shots over the two games (80 on Friday and 96 on Saturday.

🏒 With the wins against King’s, the Pioneers secured their tenth UCHC regular season title in program history.

Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey

🏒 The twelfth ranked Utica Pioneers Women’s Team (18-1-2 overall, 15-0-1 UCHC) also swept their weekend games, with the their opponent being the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen. The Pioneers won 4-2 on Friday at the Nexus Center, and then returned to the venue on Saturday afternoon to take down Lebanon Valley by a score of 7-1. The team honored it’s seniors with a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday’s game.

#12 Utica Pioneers Women Down Lebanon Valley

🏒 The Pioneers top line of Erica Sloan, Georgiana Santullo, and Carly Stefanini had a huge day on Saturday. Stefanini registered five points (one goal and four assists) on the day, Sloan scored three goals and had one assist, and Santullo chipped in one goal and three assists. Pioneers goaltender Angela Hawthorne got the weekend off, as Maddie Esposito was in goal for Friday’s game and Lauryn Brown tended the net on Saturday. Sloan was named the UCHC Player of the Week for her efforts.

Utica goaltender Lauryn Brown tracks the puck during Saturday’s game at the Nexus Center

Hamilton College Men and Women

🏒 The Hamilton College Men’s Hockey Team (11-8-1 overall, 9-4-1 NESCAC) had a very good weekend, as they defeated a pair of NESCAC opponents at Sage Rink. On Friday night they defeated the Colby Mules by a score of 3-1, and on Saturday they beat Bowdoin 2-1 to complete the season series sweep against the Polar Bears. Ben Zimmerman had a big night on Friday for the Continentals registering one goal and two assists, and Jack Grant picked up both wins in goal.

🏒 After the pair of wins over the weekend, Hamilton is in fourth place in the NESCAC standings and is just five points out of first place.

🏒 The sixth ranked Hamilton College Women’s Hockey Team (15-3-2 overall, 9-2-1 NESCAC) was on the road this weekend, traveling to Brunswick, Maine to take on the Bowdoin Polar Bears for a pair of games. On Friday they defeated their hosts 4-1 behind two points from Hyla Mosher (one goal and one assist) and Nancy Loh (two assists) each, with goaltender Evie Sheridan returning to action for the Continentals. On Saturday, Sheridan and Bowdoin goaltender Sally Solotaroff-Webber each registered a shutout as the teams skated to a 0-0 tie.

🏒 With 26.5 conference points, the Continentals are second place in the NESCAC standings, trailing only the Amherst Mammoths.

Morrisville Mustangs Men and Women

🏒 The Morrisville Mustangs Men’s Hockey Team (7-14-0 overall, 3-9-0 SUNYAC) played back to back games on Thursday and Friday this week. On Thursday they travelled to Worcester, Massachusetts where they took down the Worcester St. Lancers by a score of 6-2. Ryan Glazer and Jacob Black had big games for the Mustangs in this one, registering one goal and two assists each. The following night they returned home to the IcePlex where they were edged by the Canton Roos by a final score of 2-1.

🏒 Although they lost on Friday night, the game had a very special meaning for the Mustangs and Center State Youth Hockey. This culminated the week long jersey auction that was sponsored by the Mustangs with all the proceeds going to Center State

🏒 The Morrisville Mustangs Women’s Team (7-15-1 overall, 4-12-0 NEWHL) suffered a pair of defeats last week. On Friday they were in Potsdam where lost 4-3 in overtime to the Bears. The next day they returned home to the IcePlex but had no better luck, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to Canton.

🏒 Kate Mabey led the Mustangs in scoring for the weekend, as she had three assists total for the two games.

Oswego St. Lakers Men and Women

🏒 The thirteenth ranked Oswego St. Lakers Men’s Hockey Team (13-8-1 overall, 9-4-0 SUNYAC) split a pair of games over the weekend. On Friday night, they hosted the eighth ranked Geneseo Knights with the Knights skating away with a 4-3 victory in overtime. The following day the Lakers hit the road and got back on track with a 4-1 win at Brockport.

🏒 The Lakers are in second place in the SUNYAC standings, one point behind the seventh ranked Plattsburgh Cardinals. Oswego has already cliched a spot in the SUNYAC postseaspn tournament.

🏒 The Oswego St. Lakers Women’s Hockey Team (13-9-1 overall, 10-5-1 NEWHL) played three games this past week, winning two of them. On Tuesday night, they took down William Smith College 5-2 in Geneva. On Friday, they travelled to Canton, where they were shutout by the Roos 2-0, but then rebounded the next day with a shutout of their own – defeating the Potsdam Bears 5-0 in Potsdam.

🏒 Going into this weekends games, oswego is in second place in the NEWHL standings and has cliched a spot in the NEWHL postseason tournament.

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