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The Sports Blog

UNH hockey: Ideas for how the Wildcats can turn things around after a rough first half

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team is on its break, so with no game to preview for this weekend, it’s appropriate to take a look back at what’s happened to this point. In short: Oy vey. A dramatic 7-4 win road win over Maine eased what could have been serious holiday blues, but there’s no hiding the fact that the first half has been a disappointment for the Wildcats. Struggles this year were not unforeseen; with the losses UNH endured this past offseason, 0

UNH hockey: Keys for Wildcats in weekend series with Boston College

The University of New Hampshire hockey team is in desperate need of a spark, and normally this would be the last weekend it could expect to get one. Boston College isn’t what it’s been in recent years, however. The Eagles have won three national championships and four Hockey East titles since 2008, but are scuffling through a lukewarm season in which they are having trouble finding the net and playing at a .500 clip (7-7-0, 3-4-0). They’re ranked 17th in the country, but they’re not 0

UNH hockey: Highlights from team media availability heading into Northeastern series

The University of New Hampshire hockey team has a chance to climb back to .500 both overall and in Hockey East when it faces Northeastern in Durham tonight and in Boston tomorrow. The Wildcats are 3-5, with an 0-2 record in conference after losses to UMass Lowell, while the Huskies are still looking for their first win at 0-7-1 (0-3-1 in Hockey East). Here are a few tidbits from the midweek media conference from Coach Dick Umile and some of his players. ∎ Wildcats stress matching 0

UNH hockey: Matchup with Union and other thoughts

As a team with a lot of youth and unproven players in key spots, the University of New Hampshire hockey team could have benefitted from an easy start to the season to help it find a rhythm, work out its kinks and build some valuable chemsitry. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that won’t be the case. No. 19 UNH kicks things off at the home of the national champion, playing No. 5 Union Saturday at 7:30 p.m., so the Wildcats will have their hands full from 0

UNH hockey schedule released; thoughts on the Wildcats’ slate

The UNH men’s hockey team released its full 2014-15 schedule Friday, and a few games and thoughts stand out: ∎ Opening against the champs: The Wildcats drew as tough an opponent for their opener as they could get. They’ll get the season started at Achilles Rink, home of defending national champion Union, which knocked off power after power en route to the program’s first title. UNH will hope for a better outcome than the teams’ two-game set last year, which resulted in a Dutchmen sweep at 1

Willows selected as captain for 2014-15 UNH hockey team

The 2014 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has its leader. Matt Willows was named the next Wildcats captain at the team’s hockey banquet yesterday, while rising seniors Casey Thrush and Grayson Downing will be alternate captains. The designation comes on the heels of a season in which Willows emerged as a vital cog in the UNH offense. The winger combined a hard, accurate shot with a hard-nosed style down low to develop into a pure scorer, setting career highs with 18 goals, 21 0

Bell brothers leaving Bishop Brady

According to a report on nhnotebook.com, Jourdain and Joseph Bell will be transferring from Bishop Brady to Lee (Me.) Academy. The Bell brothers led the Brady boys’ basketball team to a 14-6 record this year and a spot in the Division II quarterfinals. Jourdain, a junior, was named the D-II Player of the Year after averaging 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals per game. Joe, a sophomore, was named to the D-II Second Team after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals 0

Hartnett leaving Coe-Brown

According to nhnotebook.com, Dave Hartnett has resigned as the Coe-Brown girls’ basketball coach. Hartnett led the Bears to a 16-6 record this season and a spot in the Division II championship, where they lost to Merrimack Valley, 55-48. In his three years at Coe-Brown, Hartnett compiled a 44-18 record and three playoff appearances. Hartnett lives and works in Hampton and his decision to leave Coe-Brown was, “strictly about logistics,” Jeremy Leveille wrote on nhnotebook.com. “It was a 40-50 minute ride depending on traffic. That commute 0

Hopkinton’s Wes Rose and Brian Hauschild are in the High School Spotlight

It’s a special occasion in the High School Spotlight. We have two athletes that have made their way in. Wes Rose and Brian Hauschild are teammates on the top-seeded Hopkinton boys basketball team. Head Coach Dave Chase says the duo’s strong defense may not pop off the box score, but it’s very important for the success of the team. Rose and Hauschild played together on the soccer team, too, and they hope to repeat that team’s feat by winning a state championship in basketball as 0

Bishop Brady basketball senior Riselly Deoleo is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Bishop Brady girls basketball star Riselly Deoleo. Riselly, a senior, charges herself with being a leader on the team, which means being vocal on and off the floor and making sure things are meshing well with the team. Off the court, Riselly can be found hanging out with her family or getting pumped while listening to her 2 Chains CD. Not shy, Riselly is predicting a better finish than Brady’s semifinal appearance last year – she’s gunning 0