UTICA, NY – Utica College women’s hockey will travel to Glenside, Pennsylvania this weekend to take on the Arcadia Knights and begin UCHC play. The teams will meet on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. and then again at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.
Live Action: Fans can watch both games live through https://boxcast.tv/view/womens-ice-hockey-vs-utica-882063.
Last Time Out: UC opened its 2021-22 season at home on October 30 against the three-time defending UCHC champions Elmira Soaring Eagles. Elmira spoiled the home and season opener with a 5-1 win while the Pioneers’ lone goal of the game came from sophomore Hailey Modlin (Phoenix, AZ/Boston Shamrocks) who put in her own rebound on a powerplay for her first goal of the year. Classmates Madison Novotny (Wesley Chapel, FL/Northwood School) and Carly Stefanini (Framingham, MA/Brooks School) assisted on the tally. Senior Savannah Gutierrez (Huntington Beach, CA/Anaheim Lady Ducks) made 31 saves in 37:20 of work, while sophomore Angela Hawthorne (Santa Clara, CA/Meijer) finished with six saves in relief.
Back to the Basics: After scoring one goal against Elmira, the Pioneers enter the weekend looking for the offense that was displayed in the teams exhibition game against SUNY Cortland on October 21. Each of Utica’s five goals came from five different players, Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA/Boston Shamrocks/Woburn High School), Carolyn Whitney (Raleigh, NC/Milbrook School), Erica Sloan (Potsdam, NY/St. Lawrence Steel), Modlin and Novotny, while 10 different players, including the five goal scorers, recorded a point. Rebecca Brown (Steamboat Springs, CO/Norwich University), Brooke Hubert (Oceanside, NY/Minnesota State University- Mankato), Ava Suda (Cheektowaga, NY/Buffalo Bisons), Maggie Rylott (Cobourg, Ontario/West Northumberland) and Stefanini all recorded an assist in the game.
Pucks on Net: In the exhibition win over Cortland, UC put 33 shots on net en route to scoring five times. Against Elmira, the team was limited to 16 shots total including three in the second period in which the Soaring Eagles scored four times on 20 shots. Utica will look to control the shot advantage moving forward much like it did against the Red Dragons.
Out of the Box: Utica was penalized six times last weekend against Elmira, resulting in 12 total minutes of playing shorthanded while surrendering a goal as well. On the flip side, the Pioneers were on the power play three times against the Soaring Eagles while scoring its only goal of the game during its third power play in period three. More of the same happened in the teams exhibition game against Cortland as the Pioneers also went 1-for-3 on power play opportunities. Through two times out on the ice, UC has displayed its strength on power plays.
Record Watch: Goalie Savannah Gutierrez (Huntington Beach, CA/Anaheim Lady Ducks) started her senior season in the top-10 of three different Utica College women’s hockey records. Gutierrez started with 414 saves putting her ninth in UC history for most career saves while also holding the eighth highest career save percentage at .910, just .09% behind fourth place. She also comes in at 10th for lowest goals against average at 2.89 per game.
About Arcadia: The Knights enter the weekend series 0-2-0 after dropping two games to Worcester St. University, 5-0 and 3-2 (OT), to begin the season. Ariel Williamson and Karahkwenhawe White were responsible for Arcadia’s two goals in its overtime loss on October 31 while goalie Sophia Szelag surrendered each of the eight goals allowed between both games. This will be the first meeting all-time between the teams as Arcadia is celebrating its inaugural season.
Up Next: After UC returns from Pennsylvania, the team will prepare to take on King’s College in a two-game home series from the Adirondack Bank Center. The teams will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 12 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 13.