No. 2 Men's Hockey Dominates on Record-Setting Night – Utica University Athletics


HERSHEY, PA – The No. 2 Utica University men’s hockey team set a pair of program records en route to a dominant 16-1 win over the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen on Saturday night. The team’s 16 goals set a single-game program record, as did its plus-15 goal differential. 


The previous program record for both goals in a game and goal differential came in a 13-1 win at Chatham University in November 2017. 


Utica’s record setting victory improves the team to a perfect 12-0 mark in UCHC play while extending the team’s winning streak to seven games and point streak to 14 straight. 


Remy Parker’s (Montclair, NJ/University of Maine (NCAA DI)) four goals tied a single-game program record, joining Gregg Burmaster (2019 vs. King’s), Phil Boots/Trent Flory (2003 vs. SUNY Brockport) and a two-time four-goal scorer in Jimmy Sokol (2002 vs. Neumann and 2004 vs. SUNY Potsdam). 


Regen Cavanagh (Chesapeake, VA/Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)) put together a three goal performance while Mic Curran (Arlington, MA/Curry College (CCC)) and Buster Larsson (Malmo, Sweden/Utica Jr. Comets (NCDC)) each had two. Also tallying goals on the night were Connor Fedorek (Bethel Park, PA/Ferris State University (NCAA DI)), Jayson Dobay (Weymouth, MA/Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)), Shane Murphy (Oriskany, NY/Danbury Hat Tricks (NAHL)), Joey Berkopec (Hamilton, Ontario/Coquitlam Express (BCHL)) and Brandon Osmundson (Virginia Beach, VA/Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL)). 


Dobay led the Pioneers with six points as he added a team high five assists to his line along with his third period goal. His six points finish one shy of tying a career high for the junior as he recorded seven in a game last year, also coming against Lebanon Valley. 


Following Dobay were Fedorek and Khristian Acosta (Port Monmouth, NJ/Mercyhurst University (NCAA DI)), who each had three assists, while Brian Scoville (Agawam, MA/Alabama-Huntsville (NCAA DI)), Murphy and Curran each had two. 


In goal, Bryan Landsberger (Montreal, Quebec/Nepean Raiders (CCHL)) made 11 saves and didn’t allow a goal over his two periods of work. Avery Sturtz (Marion, IA/Maine Nordiques (NAHL)) made eight saves during his time in goal in the third period with one goal allowed. 


The Pioneers rattled off seven first period goals on 35 total shots and 28 on goal. Parker recorded a hat-trick within the first 13 minutes of play with goals at 2:57, 8:14 and 12:50. Osmundson (6:45), Cavanagh (9:33), Larsson (13:22) and Curran (18:45) also scored goals in the first. The team also went 3-for-3 on power plays over the first 20 minutes while also holding the Dutchmen to seven shots on goal in the first. 


Utica added seven more goals in the second period including Larsson’s second of the night at 3:50, Cavanagh’s second and third and Parker’s fourth. By the end of the period, the Pioneers had 51 shots on goal while the Dutchmen were still held to single digits with nine. Utica’s power play remained a force in the second also as the team went 2-for-3 on man-up advantages. 


Dobay and Curran added two more Utica goals in the third period while Lebanon Valley got on the board itself with a score at 13:59. 


The Pioneers ended the night with a 65-20 shot on goal advantage as well as with 44 faceoff wins to Lebanon Valley’s 21. The team also went 7-for-9 on power plays as the Dutchmen were called for 11 penalties and totaled 38 penalty minutes. 


No. 2 Utica (14-2-1, 12-0-0 UCHC) returns home on Friday, January 27 to host Nazareth College on Dunkin’ Night. Puck drop from the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium is at 7 p.m.


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