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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

UNH’s Spears makes the most of it

Harold Spears didn’t have a ton of catches or an amazing amount of receiving yards on Saturday, but he made the most of what he had. The first two receptions for the University of New Hampshire tight end were touchdowns, helping the Wildcats jump to a 16-0 lead that turned into a 53-23 win over visiting Colgate, and earning Spears the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Tight End Performer of the Week honors. Spears finished the game with five catches for 38 yards, and 0

Belichick quotes: Monday conference call highlights

He usually doesn’t disclose much when speaking to the media, but here are some of the more interesting quotes from Bill Belichick during his Monday conference call. Opening statement BB: We’ve turned the page here onto Tampa. Really, talk about a team that’s two plays away from being 2-0, that’s Tampa. They’ve been really close the last two weeks and have come up short but a couple plays that just turn out a little differently, wouldn’t have taken much, we’d be looking at a 2-0 0

Quick thoughts: Patriots vs. Jets second quarter

Things turned ugly in the second quarter for both teams. New England shot itself in the foot with penalties (a false start from Nate Solder and a questionable holding on Logan Mankins), two dropped passes from Aaron Dobson, another field goal-only trip to the red zone and a missed field goal. With all the changes and injuries on offense for the Patriots, they can’t overcome mistakes and they will probably struggle for a while in the red zone. For now, things will have to run 0

Quick thoughts: Patriots vs. Jets first quarter

The big question going into the game against the Jets was how the Patriots wold make up for the loss of Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen. The answer came early – creative play design and calling. The obvious move would have been to lean on the running game early and often. Instead, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels decided to come out slinging. The Patriots threw the ball five times and ran it twice on it’s first drive. They used shotgun, no huddle and a 0

UNH football: What To Watch For vs. Colgate

The stage is set for New Hampshire running back Nico Steriti to shine in Saturday’s football home opener against Colgate. The Raiders (0-2) allowed 747 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns on 111 carries in their first two games this year. Plus, Steriti’s two primary backups, Chris Setian and Jimmy Owens, will both miss the game due to knee injuries. Steriti, a 5-foot-11, 221-pound junior, led UNH last year with 921 rushing yards on 140 attempts. He gained 56 yards on 16 carries last week 0

Welcome to The Sports Blog

Welcome back to the Monitor Sports Blog. After disappearing for a few years, the blog has returned from hiatus to bring you sports news from the Capital Region to Durham to Boston to anywhere our teams or interest travel. There will be live commentary and next-day opinion on the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics, and we’ll pass along some of the press releases and breaking news from those franchises as soon as we receive it. Updates and analysis will be provided on the University 0

UNH football home opener against Colgate

The University of New Hampshire football team is back where it likes to be – Cowell Stadium, a.k.a. The Dungeon. Since the start of the 2007 season, the Wildcats are 29-4 at home, and they’ll try to make it 30-4 when they face Colgate in the home opener on Saturday at noon. Both teams are coming off tough losses. No. 12/9 UNH (0-1) blew a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead at Central Michigan, an FBS team, and lost on a last-second field goal. Colgate rallied from a 0

Tom Brady and Rex Ryan press conference quotes

Here are some of the leftover highlights from the Tom Brady and Rex Ryan press conferences from Tuesday. ∎ Brady Q: Despite your dominance over the Jets recently, is it something special to play the Jets? TB: Yeah it is, and it’s awesome. I mean, it’s Boston-New York. It’s been that way for a long time, long before me, and any time you see them on the schedule you just think of all the great games that you’ve had against them and you think of how 1