Big night at Utica Aud as UC Pioneers play last home game of season

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Saturday, February 11 was a big night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium as the Utica College Pioneers played their last home game of the season, with nearly 3,500 fans turning out as the Pioneers took on Neumann University.

This season has been one of the most popular seasons in recent memory, but it's not just the players on the ice that make each season possible. There are lots of other people who work off the ice and behind the scenes at the Memorial Auditorium to make the games such a success and draw, and those who work there say they absolutely love it.

"There's really no place I'd rather be," said John Ryan, a goal judge for Utica College Hockey. "This is probably one of the greatest jobs in the world and it's the best seat in the house."

"It's just a great program. They put on a great program," said Will Berkheiser, the General Manager of the Utica Memorial Auditorium. "Gary Heenan does an excellent job with the team. He brings the people in the building. It's family entertainment at its finest, without a doubt. So, it's the end of the season, but all I see is getting ready for next season."

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