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Drew Bonifant

UNH hockey notebook: Wildcats pick up the pieces after weekend sweep with Hockey East powers due up

Friday, January 22, 2016

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire hockey team’s series against Northeastern last weekend couldn’t have gone much worse. The Wildcats were trampled by the Huskies, out-hustled and out-competed on nearly every trip up and down the ice. UNH eyed four points going in; it never came close to getting one. Sound harsh? Perhaps, but the Wildcats would sum it up the same way. “We talked about it in our …

Freshman talent succeeding in trial by fire with UNH hockey team

Friday, December 25, 2015

DURHAM – With the first half of the season in the books, Dick Umile was asked what’s been the biggest surprise for the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team this year. The Wildcats’ longtime coach didn’t hesitate. “I think the freshmen have helped,” Umile said. “We’ve used the freshmen maybe more than …

UNH hockey’s Andrew Poturalski progresses into Hockey East force in sophomore year

Thursday, December 3, 2015

DURHAM – Special honors call for special comparisons – and University of New Hampshire hockey Coach Dick Umile had a glowing one for sophomore forward Andrew Poturalski. “He’s Krog,” Umile said. “There’s a lot of similarities. He’s very much like him, he can shoot the puck like him, he sees the ice like …

Powerful top line not enough for Wildcats

Thursday, November 26, 2015

DURHAM – Andrew Poturalski has been the best scorer in college hockey this season. The country’s second best skates often a few feet to his right or left. And yet, the Wildcats (3-6-3, 1-1-3) have lost half of …

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should …

When blow comes to blow, Gibbs Racing tough to beat

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The beginning and middle of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 was a race. The ending was a poker game. Or a heavyweight fight. Perhaps both. Caution flags had flown, laps had been run and tens of thousands of pairs of …

Drew Bonifant column: How to approach the Chase? Depends on who you ask

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – There are 16 drivers eligible in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship – and by the sound of it, 16 different ways to approach the thing. “Consistency first,” Penske driver Joey Logano said. “We’ve seen …

NASCAR driver Erik Jones proving himself at every level on path to Sprint Cup

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – Erik Jones has heard the chatter. Teen sensation. Phenom. Rising star. And so on. “You hear it, and you see it,” the Camping World Truck Series driver said. “I try to ignore it more and more, …

Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers prepare for another pressure-packed weekend

Friday, September 25, 2015

Joey Logano stood in Victory Lane last September with a lobster in his hands and his name etched into the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, both results of his win in the Sylvania 300 …

After excellent regular season, Logano ready to find a higher gear in pursuit of first championship

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

He’s never looked better, and Joey Logano will be the first to acknowledge it. But while his regular season has included a celebration in Daytona and a string of 26 race finishes that’s the envy of his competition, …

Sprint Cup notebook: Despite fast cars, Keselowski consistently falling short of Victory Lane

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Around this time last year, Brad Keselowski seemed to be winning without trying. Funny how things change. These days, it’s as if the former champion can’t buy those wins that once came so easily. “This point last year …

NHMS delivers; you just had to wait

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – For 200 laps, it felt as if those new aerodynamic packages that everyone in the NASCAR world has been raving about couldn’t make their way down Route 106 and into New Hampshire Motor Speedway fast enough. …

Irrelevance something new for Stewart

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – It’s been a rough year for Tony Stewart, a weekly struggle in which nothing goes right before the race and nothing goes right during it. That in itself isn’t the shock; Stewart hasn’t finished higher than …

Sprint Cup drivers revved up about new aero package

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – Two days before another Sprint Cup race, some of NASCAR’s best were still talking about the last one. Much has been made and discussed about concerning the new aero package unveiled last week at Kentucky, which …

Despite tough early break, Kyle Busch is feeling fine about Chase chances

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – There’s a chance Kyle Busch’s season, as far as being a contender for the Sprint Cup championship, ended before it began. A broken leg suffered the day prior to the Daytona 500 left him with months …