Utica Downs Neumann in UCHC Quarterfinals

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UTICA, NY- The Utica College women's hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the UCHC Conference tournament Sunday with a 4-1 win over visiting Neumann University in the quarterfinal match up.
This marks the 15th time in program history that the Pioneers will advance to the semifinals of their conference tournament.  UC also remains unbeaten at home in the playoffs with an 8-0 record.  Utica (15-9-2) will now travel to Elmira next weekend for the UCHC final four. The Pioneers will take the top-seeded Soaring Eagles next Saturday with the winner advancing to the Championship game on Sunday.  Game times are still to be determined.
Utica opened the scoring at 17:32 of the first period as sophomore Olivia Hirschy (Fort Wayne, IN/Culver Academies) put in a loose puck in front for her team-leading 12th goal of the season.  Carlie Smith (Grimsby, Ontario/St. Catharine's Chaos) and Rebecca Brown (Steamboat Springs, CO/Norwich University) assisted on the power play tally.
The Pioneers extended their lead just 1:14 into the second as Kirsten Johnson (Brockville, Ontario/RSL Midget Thunder AA) found the back of the net for her second of the year.  Johnson took a pass from Lexi Stanisewski (Lawrence, MA/Boston Shamrocks) and fired a shot from the point that somehow found its way through traffic in front and into the back of the net.  Jennifer Arts (Lakeside, Ontario/London Devilettes) was also credited with an assist on the play.
Utica kept up the pressure towards the end of the period as junior Elizabeth Dohner (Highlands Ranch, CO/Colorado Selects) put in a rebound to give UC a commanding 3-0 lead.  After the initial shot by Danielle Haasbeek (Grand Forks, ND/Balmoral Hall), senior Meghan Power (Windsor, Ontario/Southwest Wildcats)caused trouble in front for the Neumann defense. The puck slid over to Dohner at the side of the crease where she fired it into the open net. 
The Pioneers, who had not allowed a goal in over four games, had their shutout streak snapped when Neumann's Bek Lucas struck at 6:38 of the third period with her team-leading 27th goal of the year.  Utica's school record shutout streak ended at 299:03. 
Dohner sealed the deal with an empty net tally with 25 seconds remaining to send Utica into the semifinals.
Sophomore Bria Reilly (Hamden, CT/Brewster Academy) made 18 saves in the win, while Neumann's Julia Fair had 25 saves as she shouldered the loss.  Utica scored twice on three power plays while holding the Knights scoreless on two man-advantages.   

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