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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 …

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 …

Logano’s New Hampshire experiences both plentiful and memorable

Saturday, June 6, 2015

In the weeks and days leading up to races in Loudon, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is just another track to Joey Logano – another speedway, another oval, one of 23 venues on the Sprint Cup calendar where a …

Drew Bonifant: Deering’s Rheault thriving as a champion in Germany’s pro league

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jon Rheault’s been playing in 14,000-seat arenas, packed to the brim on a nightly basis with raucous, raving fans. He’s skated alongside NHL veterans and prospects, trying like him to hear themselves think amongst the constant din. He’s …

NASCAR notebook: Harvick’s advice a wise idea for Sprint Cup

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kevin Harvick’s been so good this year, even his ideas have stood out among his competitors. The defending Sprint Cup champion and current points leader had some sage advice when asked how he could improve NASCAR, with a …

Pioneer Sportsmen emerges as archery authority in state and region

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Frank Schackart’s Pioneer Sportsmen archery club won five East regional medals at the National Indoor Championships this year. The way the coach described it, you’d think it happens every year. “I really hate to say this,” Schackart said, …

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself …

Sprint Cup preview: With Edwards on board, Gibbs set to battle Hendrick as NASCAR’s top power

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The first shots for the 2015 Sprint Cup season were fired well before the calendar flipped to the new year. They date back to August, when the rumors became official and Carl Edwards officially signed with Joe Gibbs …

Drew Bonifant column: Amendola turns jeers to cheers in breakout night

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola spent most of the season as a punchline. Things hadn’t improved much by the start of yesterday’s playoff game. Not after the team’s kick-returner-by-default took the kickoff starting New England’s first possession and …

New Chase a smashing success – but questions for the future linger

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Start with the fact – this year, the Chase for the Sprint Cup got it right. Whether you were a supporter of the Sprint Cup’s first experiment with an elimination-based playoff system, or someone building up a year’s …