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UC Men's Hockey leads nation in DIII attendance for 8th straight year

By UTICA COLLEGE ATHLETICS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica College men's hockey team led the nation in home attendance for the eighth consecutive season this past year. 

In 15 home dates, 54,464 fans came through the turnstiles at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Utica's average home attendance of 3,631 fans per game ranks second all-time for home attendance in division III history, just one spot behind last year's single season record average of 3,754 set by the 2012-13 edition of the Pioneers.

UC's average attendance ranks 22nd nationally at all levels of NCAA hockey (DI-DIII). The Pioneers sold out nine home games this past season. Rounding out the top five most attended programs this year were Oswego State (2nd, 2,368), Plattsburgh State (3rd, 1,886), Geneseo State (4th, 1,582) and Norwich University (5th, 1,287). 

This past season the Pioneer nation had a lot to cheer about at the Aud, as UC earned a right to host both the ECAC Men's West Conference Tournament semifinal and championship game.

UC wrapped up its 2013-14 campaign with a 16-7-4 overall record and won the ECAC West regular season title for the second consecutive season. The Pioneers also earned the right to host ECAC West Tournament Championship game for the first time since 2005. UC advanced to the conference tournament championship game for the third time in school-history. 

The Pioneers finished the year ranked No. 13 in the final release of the D3hockey.com National Poll. 

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