DURHAM, N.H. -- Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team, recently announced the team’s schedule for the 2009-10 season.
Last season, UNH advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional final for the first time since 2005 and captured its 13th-straight 20-win season. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA tournament for the eighth-straight season, a feat accomplished by only UNH and Michigan. The Wildcats will open the 2009-10 season at home with an exhibition match against Acadia University Saturday, Oct. 3 (7 p.m.) during homecoming weekend, and will officially kick off the regular season on Oct. 10 (4 p.m.) at the Rensselaer. UNH opens its home slate with national championship finalist Miami University for a two-game home set Oct. 16-17 at Whittemore Center.
The games with Miami are part of four-straight home games that include the Hockey East opener Oct. 23 (7 p.m.) against Northeastern and the lone home meeting with long-time rival Maine Oct. 24 (7 p.m.).
UNH concludes October with a two-game series at WCHA-power Wisconsin. The Badgers, which just missed out of qualifying for the NCAA tournament, are one of college hockey’s most storied programs with six national championships.
New Hampshire resumes conference play as it entertains Boston College on Nov. 6 (7 p.m.). The Wildcats than hit the road four three-straight Hockey East road games, one against Mass-Lowell and two at Massachusetts.
New Hampshire will meet up with defending national champion Boston University on Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center for the first time since the team’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Terriers in the NCAA Northeast Regional finals on March 30. The Wildcats will conclude the November with the tale-end of the home-and-home with BU and a single game at Merrimack Nov. 28.
UNH will leave Hockey East play twice in January with a single game against Cornell on Jan. 3 (4 p.m.) at Whittemore Center and take on intrastate foe Dartmouth College in the ninth annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup” on Jan. 16 (7 p.m.) at Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Wildcats will cap off their regular-season with a home-and-home series with Boston College.
Season ticket renewals for the 2009-10 season will begin the week of June 15. Log onto www.unhwildcats.com for all the latest on UNH men’s hockey.