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New Hampshire forward Tyler Kelleher, right, celebrates with teammate Andrew Poturalski after scoring against Boston University goalie Matt O'Connor during the first period of the Hockey East semifinals in Boston, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 their games this season – and Coach Dick Umile said the moments when Poturalski and Tyler Kelleher have had to get off the ice have been a big reason why. “The Poturalski line is scoring goals for us, but we need to get other lines that are going to score goals for us, to be quite honest with you,” Umile said after Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Boston …

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 still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships …

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 eyes were on the top three in the running order of the annual September Chase …

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 …

Out of Gilford, Bernasconi lands top engineering role with Xfinity team

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LOUDON – On Saturday, Ryan Reed will try to drive his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford to Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series’s Lakes Region 200. How fitting. If he gets there, he’ll have a native of that …

NASCAR at NHMS preview: What to expect from racing weekend in Loudon

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Last year, change was the topic du jour as NASCAR made its annual summer trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There was a new playoff system in the Sprint Cup that drivers were striving for in midseason. There …

Drew Bonifant: Taking a look at Sprint Cup at regular season’s halfway point

Sunday, June 14, 2015

To borrow analogies from the other type of racing that has dominated the headlines recently, the NASCAR regular season is making its way through the backstretch, and two horses are distancing themselves from the pack. Last weekend’s race …