Utica Suffers Controversial Overtime Loss

Friday, November 22, 2019

Lebanon Valley (2-5-0, 1-3-1 UCHC) – 1
#10 Utica College (3-0-2, 3-0-1 UCHC) – 1 (OT)

Controversial doesn’t begin to describe the ending of the UCHC matchup between #10 Utica College Pioneers (3-0-2, 3-0-1 UCHC) and the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen (2-5-1, 1-3-1 UCHC) in front of a stunned crowd at the Adirondack Bank Center on Friday night.

The Dutchmen’s Jared Karas (Jersey Shore) struck first on a power play at 11:36 in the first period. He was assisted by Ziki Mroz (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers) and Hamilton, NY native, Danny Galvez (P.A.L. Jr. Islanders).

Halfway through the second period (10:34) was when Gary Heenan’s Pioneers got on the board to tie it at one. Eric Holland (Brockville Braves) blocked a Lebanon Valley shot at his own blue line, took control of the puck and completed the fast break by lighting the lamp. It was his first goal of the season.

The scoreless third period was a battle of the goalies. Utica’s Gianluca Baggetta (North York) took 25 shots by the end of the third. He had 30 saves for the night. Camillus, NY native, Henry Burns (Nichols College), took 38 shots on goal for Lebanon Valley. He ended up having 43 saves by the end of the night.

The first five minute overtime was thrilling, but scoreless. The Dutchmen had a chance to score on a 5 on 3 power play, but the Pioneers killed it.

UCHC rules call for 3 on 3 play in the second overtime. During the 3-on-3 session a shot from Cole Hepler (Elliott Lakes) appeared to hit the post. The referee did not signal a goal, nor did the lamp light up. However, the Lebanon Valley players began celebrating. This caused the officiating crew to meet at center ice. After two minutes of discussion, they signalled the goal was good and the game was over. Even though the ADK Bank Center is capable of video replay, it’s not the NHL, so there was no official review.

Since it was a UCHC game, the game is officially scored as a tie. The Dutchmen earn an extra standings point over the Pioneers.

BOX SCORE

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Elmira College (4-3-1, 4-2-0 UCHC) – 4
#10 Utica College (3-1-2, 3-1-1 UCHC) – 2

The Elmira Soaring Eagles (4-3-1, 4-2 UCHC) used the power play to their advantage as they defeated the #10 Pioneers of Utica College (3-1-2, 3-1-1 UCHC) 4-2 on Saturday night at the ADK Bank Center. The Pioneers wore special edition camo jerseys that were auctioned off to support local veterans’ outreach programs.

Elmira got on the board first and never lost the lead. At 9:14 in the first, Spencer Carter (Hartford Jr. Wolfpack) fed the puck to Spencer MacLean (Elliott Lakes Wildcats) who created a 2 on 2 opportunity with Graham Denomme (Kanata Lasers) Denomme got it past Utica’s goalie, Gianluca Baggetta (North York). Elmira took a 2-0 lead at 13:49 on a power play goal. Connor Powell (New Hampshire Monarchs) and Matthew Cousino (New Jersey Hitmen) got Baggetta’s rebound out to Nick Ford (Brookings Blizzard) who hit a line drive from the point to light the lamp. The Pioneers got within one as they capitalized on their own power play at 17:06. Donovan Ott (RPI) got the puck past Elmira’s Chris Janzen (Clarkson University) as the puck bounced from Josh Haskin (P.A.L. Jr. Islanders) and Buster Larsson (Syracuse Stars) in front of the net.

The second period was scoreless as Utica’s Baggetta (28 saves) and Elmira’s Janzen (25 saves) kept the pucks out of their nets.

The teams doubled their scores in the third period. Elmira took advantage of the power play yet again at 5:18. This time, it was Harry Kramer (Connecticut Jr. Rangers) and Alex Gagnon (Cornwall Colts) got the puck to Christian Lloyd (Sacred Heart University) at the point who hit a rocket into the back of the net. At 15:00, the Soaring Eagles sealed the deal with another fast break power play goal. Powell assisted Matthew Cruce (Springfield Pics) with the goal. Utica tried to comeback 18 seconds later when Brandon Osmundson (Hampton Roads Whalers) was able to convert an assist from Ott and Rome, NY native, Joey Rutkowski (Smiths Falls Bears) into a goal. The Pioneers’ comeback fell short.

BOX SCORE

TOP PERFORMERS

Gianluca Baggetta - 62 Saves, 5 Goal Against
Donovan Ott - 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Eric Holland - 1 Goal

The Pioneers play host for the Delta Hotels Thanksgiving Showcase next Friday (11/29) and Saturday (11/30) at the ADK Bank Center. Three of the four competing teams are currently ranked in the top 15 in the national polls.

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