Utica, N.Y. - Success continues for the Utica College men's hockey program.
On Saturday, the Pioneers defeated Neumann College 6-0 to earn the regular season conference title for the 5th straight time.
UC has earned the top-seed in the 2021 United Collegiate Hockey Conference Championship Tournament which begins on Wednesday. So each of their potential games will be played at home.
The Pioneers are heading into the tournament on a 7-game winning streak. They have won 27 of their last 28 games.
After a tumultuous season, head coach Gary Heenan is proud of his players.
“The resiliency of the guys is certainly something they should be commended for,” said Heenan. “After last year's disappointment - ending the year with a 20-game win streak and then halting right before the quarterfinal of the national tournament - we lost our first game this year. It was a humbling experience, probably a good one that served us well. So it's a heck of an opportunity to do it again this year and I'm really excited. Our group feels good and excited to get the playoffs started on Wednesday.”
Utica will host Manhattanville College in the UCHC quarterfinals Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. inside the Adirondack Bank Center.
The women’s ice hockey program is hosting Nazareth in the UCHC quarterfinals on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 pm also at the AUD.