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Utica Pioneers
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Institution: Utica College
Location: Utica, New York
School founded: 1946
Enrollment: 4,400
Colors: Navy and Orange
Home Arena: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium
Capacity: 3,860
Men's Team
Conference: United Collegiate Hockey Conference
Coach: Gary Heenan
Conf. Championships: 2018, 2019, 2020

The Utica Pioneers are the name of the athletics teams of Utica College in Utica, New York. They play in the ECAC West, which is a NCAA Division III conference.

Both the men's and women's programs were started for the 2001-02 season and joined the ECAC West for that inaugural season, The teams have been based out of the Utica Memorial Auditorium since their founding. The arena is located about five miles off campus. The team joined the United Collegiate Hockey Conference when it was formed for the 2017-18 season.

Men's programEdit

The team has won the ECAC West regular season title in 2004-05, 2012-13,  2013-14 and 2016-17. It won the UCHC regular season title in 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20.

The team won the UCHC conference's post season tournament in 2018 and 2020

The team qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament reaching the frozen four.

The school hosted the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's hockey championship at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The school has lead NCAA Division III Men's hockey in attendance every season since 2006-07 to present (upto and including the 2019-20 season).

ConferencesEdit

ArenasEdit

Head CoachesEdit

  • Gary Heenan (2001-present) 290-169-47 as of end of 2019-20 season

Team Year by YearEdit

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
ECAC West Overall Record
2001-02 10 2 7 1 30 45 5 5th Did not qualify 25 10 12 3 80 93
2002-03 10 4 5 1 37 35 9 5th Did not qualify 25 11 13 1 84 96
2003-04 10 4 5 1 37 35 9 4th L, SF 4-2 (Hobart) 26 15 10 1 120 85
2004-05 12 9 1 2 54 34 20 1st W, SF 4-3 (2ot) (Elmira) L, F 3-1 (Manhattanville) 27 16 5 6 99 74
2005-06 15 7 6 2 38 32 16 4th W, SF 5-3 (Manhattanville), L, F 3-2 (Elmira) 27 13 11 3 73 66
2006-07 15 7 5 3 52 39 17 3rd L, SF 2-1 (Neumann) 25 13 9 3 87 61
2007-08 15 8 6 1 61 39 17 3rd L, SF 6-2 (Manhattanville) 26 15 10 1 97 67
2008-09 15 5 9 1 54 56 11 5th L, QF 4-3 (Neumann) 26 11 12 3 101 82
2009-10 15 4 9 2 47 72 10 5th L, QF 3-1 (Neumann) 26 8 14 4 90 105
2010-11 12 6 5 1 32 36 13 3rd L, SF 5-2 (Neumann) 26 17 8 1 96 59
2011-12 12 4 6 2 37 41 10 4th L, QF 4-3 (ot) (Neumann) 26 15 9 2 109 74
2012-13 15 11 3 1 69 37 23 2nd L, SF 2-1 (ot) (Manhattanville) 28 21 6 1 122 64
2013-14 15 10 4 1 51 37 21 1st W, SF 1-0 (Manhattanville), L, F 5-2 (Elmira) 27 16 7 4 91 65
2014-15 15 4 8 3 35 49 11 5th L, QF 5-2 (Elmira) 26 11 10 5 74 73
2015-16 15 6 6 3 42 44 15 3rd W, QF 5-3 (Elmira), W, SF 4-3 (ot) (Manhattanville) L, F 5-0 (Hobart) 28 14 10 4 77 71
2016-17 14 12 2 0 57 28 27 1st W, SF 4-3 (Neumann) L, F 2-1 (ot) (Hobart) 27 18 9 0 101 75
United Collegiate Hockey Conference Overall Record
2017-18 16 12 4 0 79 34 24 1st W, SF 5-2 (Neumann) W, F 8-3 (Elmira) 27 21 5 1 133 55
2018-19 18 14 3 1 85 29 44 1st W, SF 4Pts-0 (Nazareth) L, F 2G-1 (Manhattanville) 29 20 7 2 119 55
2019-20 18 15 2 1 100 33 46 1st W, SF 4Pts-0 (Nazareth W, F 2G-0 (Wilkes) 29 25 2 2 147 57
2020-21

NCAA Tournament AppearancesEdit

Season First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship Third Place
NCAA Division III
2013 Bye W, 4-2 (Bowdoin) L, 5-1 (WI-Eau Claire) N/A
2020 Tournament cancelled prior first round by NCAA due to COVID-19 pandemic

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