Elmira Uses Big Third Period to Down No. 7 Utica

Elmira, NY – The nationally-ranked No. 7 Utica College men's hockey team snapped a six game unbeaten streak as host Elmira College pulled away in the third period and skated to a 5-1 victory in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) action on Saturday night. 

Utica headed into the contest unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 games.  The Pioneers' record moved to 14-4-1 overall and 7-3 in league play.  They now have six games left on their regular season schedule.  Utica returns home next weekend when it hosts a pair of UCHC contests at the Adirondack Bank Center. The Pioneers host Chatham University at 7 p.m. on Saturday night before welcoming Lebanon Valley College on Super Bowl Sunday at 4 p.m.

Senior defender Dalton Carter continued his All-American campaign as he posted the Pioneers lone goal of the contest to knot the score at 1-1 with just 22 seconds left on the first period clock.  Co-captain Mikhail Bushinski (St. Paul, MN/Kenai River (NAHL)) and senior Kevin Valenti (Queensbury, NY/Northern Cyclones (EHL)) each registered an assist on the Pioneer goal. Carter headed into the contest ranked second nationally in points per game among defensemen (1.35).

Elmira took the lead back midway through the second period when Matthew Cuce beat Pioneer goalie Patrik Virtanen (Vantaa, Finland/Lincoln (USHL)) to hand the home team a 2-1 advantage.  Elmira then tacked on two more goals in a span of three minutes early in the third period to take a 4-1 lead.  The Soaring Eagles also added a late goal to secure the 5-1 victory and the regular season sweep.
The Pioneers earned a 37-22 shot advantage on the night and went 1-for-6 on the power-play. Elmira took advantage of two power-play chances, scoring on both opportunities.

Virtanen made 15 saves on the night before being relieved by senior Henry Dill (Columbus, OH/UMASS (Hockey East)) in the third period.  Dill stopped two shots in 8:05 of work for the Pioneers. Elmira goalie Jake Sabourin made 36 saves and earned the victory in net for Elmira.

Cuce finished the night with one goal and two assists for the home team, while Nick Ford added two goals and one assist. 

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