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UNH hockey: Ideas for how the Wildcats can turn things around after a rough first half

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team is on its break, so with no game to preview for this weekend, it’s appropriate to take a look back at what’s happened to this point. In short: Oy vey. A dramatic 7-4 win road win over Maine eased what could have been serious holiday blues, but there’s no hiding the fact that the first half has been a disappointment for the Wildcats. Struggles this year were not unforeseen; with the losses UNH endured this past offseason, 0

UNH hockey: Keys for Wildcats in weekend series with Boston College

The University of New Hampshire hockey team is in desperate need of a spark, and normally this would be the last weekend it could expect to get one. Boston College isn’t what it’s been in recent years, however. The Eagles have won three national championships and four Hockey East titles since 2008, but are scuffling through a lukewarm season in which they are having trouble finding the net and playing at a .500 clip (7-7-0, 3-4-0). They’re ranked 17th in the country, but they’re not 0

UNH hockey: Highlights from team media availability heading into Northeastern series

The University of New Hampshire hockey team has a chance to climb back to .500 both overall and in Hockey East when it faces Northeastern in Durham tonight and in Boston tomorrow. The Wildcats are 3-5, with an 0-2 record in conference after losses to UMass Lowell, while the Huskies are still looking for their first win at 0-7-1 (0-3-1 in Hockey East). Here are a few tidbits from the midweek media conference from Coach Dick Umile and some of his players. ∎ Wildcats stress matching 0

UNH hockey: Matchup with Union and other thoughts

As a team with a lot of youth and unproven players in key spots, the University of New Hampshire hockey team could have benefitted from an easy start to the season to help it find a rhythm, work out its kinks and build some valuable chemsitry. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that won’t be the case. No. 19 UNH kicks things off at the home of the national champion, playing No. 5 Union Saturday at 7:30 p.m., so the Wildcats will have their hands full from 0

UNH hockey schedule released; thoughts on the Wildcats’ slate

The UNH men’s hockey team released its full 2014-15 schedule Friday, and a few games and thoughts stand out: ∎ Opening against the champs: The Wildcats drew as tough an opponent for their opener as they could get. They’ll get the season started at Achilles Rink, home of defending national champion Union, which knocked off power after power en route to the program’s first title. UNH will hope for a better outcome than the teams’ two-game set last year, which resulted in a Dutchmen sweep at 1

Willows selected as captain for 2014-15 UNH hockey team

The 2014 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has its leader. Matt Willows was named the next Wildcats captain at the team’s hockey banquet yesterday, while rising seniors Casey Thrush and Grayson Downing will be alternate captains. The designation comes on the heels of a season in which Willows emerged as a vital cog in the UNH offense. The winger combined a hard, accurate shot with a hard-nosed style down low to develop into a pure scorer, setting career highs with 18 goals, 21 0

Bell brothers leaving Bishop Brady

According to a report on, Jourdain and Joseph Bell will be transferring from Bishop Brady to Lee (Me.) Academy. The Bell brothers led the Brady boys’ basketball team to a 14-6 record this year and a spot in the Division II quarterfinals. Jourdain, a junior, was named the D-II Player of the Year after averaging 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals per game. Joe, a sophomore, was named to the D-II Second Team after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals 0

Hartnett leaving Coe-Brown

According to, Dave Hartnett has resigned as the Coe-Brown girls’ basketball coach. Hartnett led the Bears to a 16-6 record this season and a spot in the Division II championship, where they lost to Merrimack Valley, 55-48. In his three years at Coe-Brown, Hartnett compiled a 44-18 record and three playoff appearances. Hartnett lives and works in Hampton and his decision to leave Coe-Brown was, “strictly about logistics,” Jeremy Leveille wrote on “It was a 40-50 minute ride depending on traffic. That commute 0

Hopkinton’s Wes Rose and Brian Hauschild are in the High School Spotlight

It’s a special occasion in the High School Spotlight. We have two athletes that have made their way in. Wes Rose and Brian Hauschild are teammates on the top-seeded Hopkinton boys basketball team. Head Coach Dave Chase says the duo’s strong defense may not pop off the box score, but it’s very important for the success of the team. Rose and Hauschild played together on the soccer team, too, and they hope to repeat that team’s feat by winning a state championship in basketball as 0

Bishop Brady basketball senior Riselly Deoleo is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Bishop Brady girls basketball star Riselly Deoleo. Riselly, a senior, charges herself with being a leader on the team, which means being vocal on and off the floor and making sure things are meshing well with the team. Off the court, Riselly can be found hanging out with her family or getting pumped while listening to her 2 Chains CD. Not shy, Riselly is predicting a better finish than Brady’s semifinal appearance last year – she’s gunning 0

Hopkinton skier James McCluskey is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s James McCluskey. James, a Hopkinton junior, excels in ski jumping. He took 2nd place overall in the Division IV ski jumping championships this year, and he had the longest jump. Impressive since he added more to his plate this season when he took on Nordic skiing for the first time as well as Alpine skiing, too. When he’s off the slopes, however, James would prefer his cake without frosting and that House Stark outlast the Lanisters for 0

Pittfield basketball’s Cam Darrah is in the High School Spotlight

This week in the High School Spotlight, it’s Pittsfield’s Cam Darrah. Cam, an eighth grader, was called up to the varsity basketball team this season. Being one of the youngest players on the floor doesn’t phase Cam, and he’s wise beyond his years – at least when it comes to movies. His favorite is Hoosiers. Concord Monitor: What’s it like being an eighth grader and the varsity basketball team? Cam Darrah: It’s pretty exciting being a part of this. We’re a big family, and they 0

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