Make it 13; No. 1 Men's Hockey Moves to 13-0 in UCHC Action Following Convincing Win Against Nazareth – Utica University Athletics


UTICA, NY – The No. 1 Utica University men’s hockey team kept its unbeaten UCHC streak alive while defending its top-ranked status with a 6-1 win over the Nazareth College Golden Flyers. 


Nazareth came into the night in second place in the UCHC while the loss dropped the team to third. The Pioneers extended its first place margin with the win and now holds a seven point edge over second place Stevenson. 


John Moncovich (Wilmington, NC/Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL)) put together a team-high three-point night with a goal and a pair of assists. Shane Murphy (Oriskany, NY/Danbury Hat Tricks (NAHL)), Remy Parker (Montclair, NJ/University of Maine (NCAA DI)), Jakob Breault (Acton Vale, QC/Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA DI)), Brandon Osmundson (Virginia Beach, VA/Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL)) and Dante Zapata (Huntington Beach, CA/Austin Bruins (NAHL)) also tallied goals in the win. Matt Wood (Garnet Valley, PA/Richmond Generals (USPHL)) matched Moncovich with a team-high two assists while eight other Pioneers also recorded an assist on the night. 


In goal, Bryan Landsberger (Montreal, Quebec/Nepean Raiders (CCHL)) made 20 saves en route to his 15th win over the year. 


The Pioneers put themselves on the board early and often with a pair of goals before the seven minute mark .Murphy scored the team’s first goal at 5:44 and was quickly followed by Parker, who scored at 6:55. The Golden Flyers netted their first and only goal as the first period ended however, as Nick Charron scored at 18:53. In all, Utica fired off 18 period shots to Nazareth’s eight to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. 


It was all Utica from there. Second period goals by Breault (9:34) and Osmundson (18:03) followed by third period goals off the sticks of Moncovich (3:10) and Zapata (3:46) helped seal the deal. 


Over the final two periods, the Pioneers outshot Nazareth 29-12 and did not provide the Golden Flyers much of a chance to inch back into the game. Utica was also only called for one penalty late in the third period while playing on a man advantage three times out of the duration of the game. 


No. 1 Utica (15-2-1, 13-0-0 UCHC) and Nazareth will meet again at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, NY.


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