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UNH hockey: Pesce’s play in increased role a godsend for Wildcats

When the University of New Hampshire hockey team lost Trevor van Riemsdyk for the rest of the regular season, it had the feel of a cripping blow to a team that already needed strokes of fortune to salvage a postseason for itself. The Wildcats were losing when they needed to win, were seeing their PairWise and Hockey East hopes wilting, and then had to persevere through it all without their strongest asset, a player Coach Dick Umile called possibly the country’s best defenseman. Now, with 0

UNH hockey: Wildcats defensemen adjusting to increased workload

When Trevor van Riemsdyk went down with a broken ankle two weekends ago, it became clear that the load would fall more heavily on Eric Knodel, Justin Agosta and Brett Pesce, UNH’s three best defensemen and the most experienced blueliners on the team. The load is a mental one, as the trio knows their performances have to be that much better with the All-American out. But it’s also a physical burden, in the form of heavy amounts of ice time in the most important stretch 0

UNH hockey: Wildcats face final chance to gain ground in national picture

Dick Umile wants it to be clear: the ever-evolving Hockey East picture remains the University of New Hampshire hockey team’s No. 1 concern. But the team’s volatile national picture hopes? They’re on the Wildcats’ minds as well. UNH (14-13-1, 6-6-0) is ranked 22nd in the PairWise rankings, meaning it would be out of the 16-team NCAA tournament if it started today, and the Wildcats don’t have to many chances left to score the kinds of quality wins that could improve their standing. There’s this weekend’s 0

Concord National Anthem singer Nathan Smith is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Nathan Smith. Smith, a Concord High student, sings the Star Spangled Banner at some Concord High assemblies, before sporting events and pep rallies, too. You might know him as Rene Rancourt’s mini-doppelgänger. He’s even moonlighted for some other schools around the area. You can see his performance before Saturday's Concord High girls hockey game here. Concord Monitor: How did you get the gig of singing the National Anthem? Nathan Smith: it was offered to kids in my 0

The Truth, the Ticket and the tributes

So we’re all supposed to let go and move on, but the tributes that the Celtics and the Boston fans paid to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on Sunday night, and the post-game comments about their return to TD Garden, are definitely worth a second look. So here are youtube clips posted by TheBrooklynGame for Pierce and Garnett. And here are the highlights from the press conference after Brooklyn’s 85-79 win. Garnett and Pierce spoke together, taking turns answering one question and often feeding off 0

VIDEO: Concord High’s Nathan Smith sings the Star Spangled Banner

Concord High student Nathan Smith takes the ice to sing the National Anthem before the Concord High girls hockey game on Saturday at Everett Arena in Concord. 0

UNH hockey: Looking at the Wildcats’ position after split

It’s hard to pinpoint what the emotions should be for the University of New Hampshire hockey team after taking a win and a loss in the always anticipated series with Maine this weekend. After all, UNH (14-13-1, 6-6-0) did score one of its most impressive victories of the year, acing its first test without star defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk by pulling together, weathering an early Maine attack and striking late in a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Black Bears. The progress made in that win 0

What to do with Rajon Rondo?

As it turns out, this was the perfect season for Rajon Rondo to become the face of the Celtics franchise. It doesn’t matter that Rondo has only played four games, including Friday’s 101-83 loss against Oklahoma City. Being a Boston fan this year has been more about debating (to tank or not to tank) than rooting, and the polarizing Rondo is nothing if not debatable. Rondo is unlike any other player in the league, maybe ever, so he naturally elicits varying opinions on his value. 0

Patriots bye week quotes

Here are some of the most interesting quotes coming out of Foxborough from Wednesday and Thursday, via the Patriots media relations department. Tom Brady Q: When you have so many players who haven’t been to the postseason before, do you ever offer advice to them about what to expect? Is it a lead-by-example kind of thing, or do you actually go and talk to somebody about it? TB: Coach (Belichick) handles the team pretty well, so he’s got a great handle on what he thinks 0

UNH hockey: Tying up a few loose ends

Thanksgiving’s hours away – but there’s no rest for the UNH hockey team. The Wildcats are on the road, getting ready to play a weekend series at Colorado College. Once the second game ends, No. 20 UNH will have played 10 games in 23 days, a stretch that has been made all the more grueling for the well-traveled ’Cats with a weekend in Providence and a cross-country trip to Colorado. It hasn’t been an easy slate. But the Wildcats haven’t seemed any worse for the 0