UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The nationally-ranked No. 12 Utica College men's hockey team tied nationally-ranked No. 11 Elmira College, 2-2, in front of 3,372 fans at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Friday night. The Pioneers were led by sophomore Jordan Hobaica, who netted the go-ahead score in the secod period for his third goal of the season.
After a quiet first period with no goals or penalties, sophomore Ridge Garbutt gave UC a 1-0 lead at 5:59 on a power-play set-up by freshman Mike Baird and junior Evan Chlanda. Just under six minutes later, at 11:50, the Soaring Eagles answered with an even-strength goal by Eric David, tying the match at 1-1. Hobaica, a Clinton, NY native, pushed UC to a 2-1 advantage at 16:34 as freshman Justin Hogan and sophomore George Lotito set-up the even-strength score to give the Pioneers a 2-1 edge headed into the final period.
Following 17:00 minutes of scorelss action in the third, EC found the back of the net as John Clewlow netted his third season goal at 17:15 to send the contest into overtime.
In OT, neither squad managed to score, as UC earned a 3-2 shot advantage in the five minute extra frame.
Sophomore goalie Evan Smith stopped 39 shots and is now 6-3-1 on the season.
The Pioneers return to action Saturday night as they welcome nationally-ranked No. 6 Amherst College to the Aud for a 7 p.m. face-off.