No. 14 Utica edges No. 13 Hobart
UTICA, N.Y. -- Junior captain Tim Coffman became the second player in the program's ten year history to score over 100 points in a career as the nationally-ranked No. 14 Utica College men's hockey team completed the season sweep of visiting Hobart College with a 5-0 victory Saturday night in front of 3,050 fans. Coffman finished the evening with four points on one goal and three assists as the Pioneers swept the Statesmen for the first time in program-history.
Sophomore Evan Chlanda tallied his first career hat trick and freshman goalie Nick Therrien registered his second shutout of the season to help the Pioneers move into a second place tie with Neumann in the conference standings.
“I'm really proud of the way the guys came out and played hard all weekend,” said tenth year Head Coach Gary Heenan. “It's never easy to beat the same team three times in one year -- especially when it is a high quality opponent like Hobart.”
UC, which went 0-2-1 in three games against the Statesmen last season, has now won ten of its last 12 contests and improved to 15-5 overall and 4-3 in the ECAC West. 15 wins in a single season ranks second all-time and the Pioneers needs just one more victory to tie the school-record set back in 2004-05 when they won the regular season conference championship.
UC came out of the gates firing when freshman speedster Chris Santiago netted his sixth goal of the season, off a rebound, to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the contest. Classmates George Lotito and Steve Charest were each credited with an assist on the first goal of the contest.
Coffman's 100th point came after he assisted Chlanda on the Pioneers second goal of the evening. Chlanda's eighth goal of the season came on the power-play and gave Utica a commanding 2-0 lead just 6:22 into the contest.
Coffman went on to score his tenth goal of the season early in the second period to give UC a 3-0 lead at the 6:46 mark. This time is was Chlanda who assisted Coffman on the goal.
Chlanda went on to score two more third period goals to seal the victory for UC.
Therrien stopped 20 shots on the evening while his counterpart Nick Broadwater made 27 saves in net for the visitors.
Coffman now needs just 27 points to break the College's all-time scoring record set by All-American Jimmy Sokol '05.
The Pioneers return to the ice next Friday when they travel to Rye, N.Y. to take on conference rival and nationally-ranked No. 6 Manhattanville at the Playland Ice Casino. The contest is the first of a home and home weekend series and it will begin at 7 p.m. The following night Utica returns to the friendly confines of “The Aud” to take on the Valiants at 7 p.m. In their first meeting of the season the Pioneers came out on top by the score of 5-3 on Dec. 3.