Men’s ice hockey’s quest for the UCHC title begins Wednesday night

Stevenson’s stellar regular season has earned the Mustangs the No. 2 seed in the UCHC tournament
Mens ice hockey poses after capturing second consecutive MAC title.
Men’s ice hockey poses after capturing second consecutive MAC title.
Emma Hartman

The Mustangs (19-5-1) men’s ice hockey team ended the season with a 3-2 win over Wilkes University, now looking to attack the playoffs starting Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Jack Meloff celebrates with teammates. (Emma Hartman)

The ‘Stangs totaled 48 points in the regular season, confidently leading the Middle Atlantic Conference and second in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference. After defeating No. 3 Wilkes, they have secured the second seed and home-rink advantage in the first round of playoffs starting at 5 p.m.

Liam McCanney, a junior forward who was the 2023 UCHC Player of the Year and a Division II-III First Team East All-American, finished the last game with his sixth game-winning goal, showing why he deserves such prestigious rewards and recognition.

Goalie Ty Outen skating out to the ice during the pregame introduction. (Emma Hartman)

As McCanney has been killing it on the attack, Ty Outen has been holding down the fort in goal, recording 699 saves this season with a .946 save percentage.

“I thought it was a good season,” McCanney said. “We broke the [program] record for most wins in a season, which is a huge accomplishment within itself. We’ve completed two out of three of our goals we made as a team so far, which is winning the MAC and coming within the top two of the UCHC.”

MacDonell celebrates after a goal is scored (Emma Hartman)

The winning did not come from skill alone, but also the relationships and connections that were built throughout the season.

“Over the course of the season we’ve grown closer as a team, and I believe the chemistry has helped us win so many games,” McCanney said. “Having such a great season with 19 wins, we are going into playoffs with a great attitude.”

Utica University will be the toughest opponent in the postseason. After splitting the season series with one loss and one nail-biting shootout win, the ‘Stangs plan on taking the first-place position from the Pioneers and returning home with a trophy.

The team begin their playoff run tomorrow, hosting No. 7 King’s College at Reisterstown Sportsplex, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.

Men’s UCHC Playoff Schedule

2024 UCHC Men's Hockey Championship Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, February 21 (Quarterfinals)
No. 8 Nazareth at No. 1 Utica – 7 p.m.
No. 7 King's at No. 2 Stevenson – 5 p.m.
No. 6 Chatham at No. 3 Wilkes – 5 p.m.
No. 5 Manhattanville at No. 4 Alvernia – 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 24 (Semifinals)
Lowest Seeded Quarterfinal Winner at Highest Seeded Quarterfinal Winner - TBA
Second Lowest Seeded Quarterfinal Winner at Second Highest Seeded Quarterfinal Winner - TBA

Saturday, March 2 (Championship)
Lowest Seeded Semifinal Winner at Highest Seeded Semifinal Winner – TBA

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Dominic Snipes is a senior business communication major with a professional minor in entrepreneurship and small business development. He is also competing in his last year of indoor and outdoor track and field. After college, Dom's goals are owning his own company in either car detailing or lawn care. He carries a positive attitude and is ready for any challenge thrown his way.
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Emma is a junior communication studies major with a minor in event planning. Outside of taking photos for The Villager, Emma also works for Stevenson Athletic Communications, NAVY Athletic Communications and is the social media manager for the Stevenson men's ice hockey team. Emma's goal after graduation is to do social media for a professional sports team.
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