No. 2 Men's Hockey Stays Perfect in UCHC Play After Friday Night Win at Lebanon Valley – Utica University Athletics


HERSHEY, PA – The No. 2 Utica University men’s hockey team moved to 11-0-0 in UCHC action after a 6-1 win at the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen on Friday night. 


Dante Zapata (Huntington Beach, CA/Austin Bruins (NAHL)) led the team with two goals followed by Jayson Dobay (Weymouth, MA/Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)), Matt Wood (Garnet Valley, PA/Richmond Generals (USPHL)), Remy Parker (Montclair, NJ/University of Maine (NCAA DI)) and John Moncovich (Wilmington, NC/Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL)) who each registered one. Justin Allen (Hilton, NY/Rochester Monarchs (NCDC)) totaled two points on the night with a pair of assists while six other Pioneers had an assist as well. 


In goal, Bryan Landsberger (Montreal, Quebec/Nepean Raiders (CCHL)) finished with 19 saves in the winning effort. 


The Pioneers kept pressure on the Dutchmen all evening, finishing with 51 total shots on 20 in the first, 13 in the second and 18 in the third period. The Pioneers held Lebanon Valley to 20 throughout the game, 13 of which coming in the second period. 


Utica tallied two goals in the first period, the first off the stick of Remy Parker (Montclair, NJ/University of Maine (NCAA DI)) at 13:57 while Dante Zapata (Huntington Beach, CA/Austin Bruins (NAHL)) recorded his first with nine seconds left in the period. The Pioneers’ next two goals came within six minutes of the second period. The first of which was from Matt Wood (Garnet Valley, PA/Richmond Generals (USPHL)) at 3:45 while Jayson Dobay (Weymouth, MA/Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)) made it a 4-0 game less than two minutes later. 


With under 30 seconds remaining in the second period and Utica on a power play, Zapata fired in his second goal of the night to extend the team’s lead to 5-0 entering the final frame. 


The Dutchmen scored once in the third period to close its gap to 5-1 however, Moncovich later responded to hand the Pioneers a five-goal lead again which ultimately sealed the deal at 6-1. 


No. 2 Utica (13-2-1, 11-0-0 UCHC) and Lebanon Valley will meet again on Saturday night at 7 p.m.


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