Award-winning performances by freshman forward J.T. Entelisano (Rome/Rome Free Academy) and junior goaltender Gianluca Baggetta helped the Utica College men's hockey team win its fifth straight game last Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Now, Entelisano, Baggetta, and the rest of coach Gary Heenan's Pioneers will hit the road again, this time looking to make a statement with a win over an Oswego State team ranked No. 5 in this week's NCAA Division III poll.
Earlier this week, the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) named Entelisano its Rookie of the Week and Baggetta the Goaltender of the Week for their efforts last Friday night, when Utica College ended Skidmore College's four-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory.
Entelisano assisted on the first UC goal that tied the game at 1-1 and midway through the second period his second goal of the season gave the Pioneers the lead for good. The freshman has a point in two of the last three games he has played.
Entelisano, who last season played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, has appeared in six games and has two goals and three assists.
Baggetta, meanwhile, stopped 21 of 22 shots in Friday's win. He is 5-3-0 this season and has won three straight starts.
Utica College leads the UCHC standings at 7-2, and the Pioneers are 9-5 overall. Captain Gregg Burmaster (Clinton) leads UC in scoring with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. Junior defenseman Joey Rutkowski (Rome/Rome Free Academy), who last year transferred from Oswego State, has two goals and five assists and is a plus-11.
Oswego State's Lakers are 11-3, including Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Nazareth College. The Lakers have won four straight and are 8-1 at home.
The loss to Utica dropped Skidmore College to 8-6-1 overall. The Thoroughbreds are coaching by Rob Hutchison (Waterville), a member of the Skidmore College Athletics Hall of Fame who was a hockey and a baseball star there before graduating in 2007.
• In women's ice hockey, Connecticut College senior captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome/Rome Free Academy) scored the game-tying goal 17 seconds into the first period and the Camels rallied for a 2-1 win over Salem State. It was Gualtieri's third goal of the season, and her first since scoring twice in a 6-0 win over Salve Regina on Nov. 27.
Sullivan helps Oswego
basketball to 10-2 start
The Oswego State men's basketball team is off to a 10-2 start and Joe Sullivan (Utica/Notre Dame) – a junior transfer from Assumption College – has played a key role for the Lakers.
Sullivan, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward, has started every game and is averaging 10.3 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds, including season highs of 21 points against Geneseo State and 14 rebounds against Nazareth College.
• Junior forward Ryan Schmadel (Oriskany) scored a season-high 19 points in a 92-86 win over Cabrini College. Schmadel has started every game and is averaging 9.3 points for the Red Dragons, 10-2 overall and riding an eight-game winning streak.
• Geneseo State's Terry Nichols (New York Mills) had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in Tuesday night's 91-84 double-overtime loss to Fredonia State. He also led Geneseo with 18 points and seven rebounds in a 95-85 loss to Morrisville State.
• D'Youville College's Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden (Verona/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) had 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 100-95 loss to Medaille College. He also had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a 75-74 loss to Penn St.-Altoona.
Gotch leads Clarkson
women to victory
Clarkson University senior Kati Gotch (Rome/Rome Free Academy) scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and led the Golden Knights to a 71-43 win over Bard College in a Liberty League women's basketball game.
Gotch, a 5-foot-8 senior, also led Clarkson with 12 rebounds and four steals.
• Oneonta State's Teresa Anken (Rome/Rome Free Academy) had four points and a team-high four assists in a 54-50 win over Cortland State. It was the sixth straight win for Oneonta (10-1).
• Cazenovia College's Danielle Caivana (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) scored 19 points and Lexi Tubbs (Madison) grabbed 13 rebounds in Wednesday's 67-49 win over Wells College.
RIT's Dempsey wins
wrestling tournament title
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) wrestling team ended 2018 in Florida and a 165-pound title by Dempsey King (New Hartford) helped the Tigers beat out 12 other teams at the Citrus Open.
King went 5-0, including a 15-0 technical fall and a 10-8 overtime victory over a Division II All-American in the semifinals who was ranked No. 2 in the country. King then beat fifth-ranked Andrew Tolbert of Ferrum College for the 165-pound title.
King improved his record to 15-3 overall with two more wins last weekend – one by pin and the other a 4-0 decision – to help RIT raise its dual meet record to 5-1.