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UNH hockey: What to watch for vs. Providence

When the UNH men’s hockey team fell to 1-5-1 for the season, it had the benefit of a portion of the schedule coming up that was significantly weaker than the assembly line of national powers it had faced to begin the year. After games against teams like Minnesota, Michigan and UMass Lowell, the Wildcats were facing Massachusetts, Brown and Northeastern, solid teams (NU was ranked going in, after all), but not of the caliber of their previous opponents. And to UNH’s credit, the team capitalized, 0

UNH hockey: Sorkin’s rejuvenation sparks Wildcats’ scoring success

Call it a comeback, call it improvement, or call it anything else you want. Whatever name you want to slap on it, the 2013-14 season is shaping up to be a memorable one for Nick Sorkin. And for the UNH men’s hockey team, it couldn’t be more timely. Sorkin is leading the resurgent Wildcats offense with seven goals, already just two shy of his career high set two seasons ago. He’s been busy around the net, knocking in feeds and loose pucks that stray away 0

UNH hockey: Wildcats’ line changes paying off in turnaround

The UNH men’s hockey team wasn’t scoring. And while Dick Umile never strayed from his point that plenty of time remained in the young season, the coach saw that the time was right to make a change. So on Nov. 1, with the Wildcats about to begin a home-and-home series with UMass Lowell, Umile shook things up. The first and second lines were split up, with Kevin Goumas joining Nick Sorkin and Matt Willows on the second line and Dalton Speelman moving up to play 0

UNH hockey: Reeling Wildcats face softening schedule

Now might be as good a time as any to go over the good news and bad news facing the UNH men’s hockey team. Finding the bad news is easy. Just look around. The Wildcats have been, by far, Hockey East’s least successful team, with a 1-5-1 overall record that is hardly a death sentence but isn’t insignificant either. They’re not scoring. They’re not keeping teams from scoring. They’re not killing penalties, not scoring on the power play, not playing consistently. So on and so 0

Merrimack Valley quarterback Ivan Niyomugabo is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Ivan Niyomugabo. Ivan, the junior quarterback for the upstart Merrimack Valley football team, has shined this season and helped take a team from a 14-game losing streak to reaching the playoffs for the first time in the team’s 12-year history.   Ivan credits his teammates for the success, but he can’t do without chicken alfredo. Haven’t met him? Chances are you’ll be able to catch him at Buffalo Wild Wings chowing down on some mango habanero wings. 0

UNH hockey: What to watch for vs. UMass Lowell

You had to flip through a little bit of history to get a sense for how UNH has fared recently against its previous three opponents: out-of-conference foes Minnesota, Michigan and Rensselaer. Not the case this time. The Wildcats know UMass Lowell well. And the memories aren’t too fond for UNH. The last time these two teams played was a tough moment for the Wildcats, as the River Hawks ended their season with a 2-0 win in the NCAA regionals. UNH had beaten UMass Lowell all 0

UNH hockey: Wildcats out of the top 20, other thoughts on the weekend.

A tough start for the UNH men’s hockey team has already earned a dubious distinction, as the Wildcats fell out of the USCHO top 20 yesterday after a 4-2 loss to Rensselaer, which dropped them to 1-3-1 for the young season. While not a disaster, it is still a surprising development for a UNH team that had the No. 1 ranking at one point last year and spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10, and that has most of its impact 0

Belmont’s Austin Haddock is in the Monitor High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Austin Haddock. Austin, a Belmont senior, moved forward midway through his senior season after playing defense after the team had a slow start. He helped lead Belmont back to the playoffs this year despite losing most of the starting lineup after last year’s championship season. He credits his dad for sparking his love for the game, likes math class, and to him, there’s nothing better than enjoying a nice juicy steak. Concord Monitor: You guys were undefeated 0

UNH hockey: What to watch for vs. Rensselaer

The Wildcats’ tough out-of-conference schedule continues this weekend, as one weekend after a pair of games against No. 4 Michigan, No. 13 UNH will travel to face No. 12 Rensselaer on Saturday night, the team’s only game of the weekend. Though the Engineers (3-1) aren’t a conference foe, there’s a degree of familiarity with them for many of the Wildcats. UNH beat Rensselaer last January, 5-2, getting goals from five different players, including three (Jeff Silengo, Justin Agosta and Eric Knodel) who are still on 0

Winnisquam freshman Lauren Bolstridge is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Lauren Bolstridge. Lauren, a Winnisquam freshman, has scored a ton of goals as a forward for the field hockey team, has a flair for science and thinks any kind of sandwich is a good sandwich. Concord Monitor: What was it like learning that you’d be a freshman on the varsity field hockey squad? Lauren Bolstridge: I was really intimidated by everybody, and I was always really nervous for every game and practice. I’m always really quiet, but 0