INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I men’s hockey selection committee announced live on ESPN2 on Sunday morning that the No. 13-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team will face seventh-ranked Cornell University (21-8-4) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the East Regional on Friday, March 26 (6:30 p.m.) at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
UNH and Cornell will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the third time. The Wildcats won the two previous NCAA meetings (4-3 in 2002 second round, 3-2 in 2003 national semifinal). These teams met earlier this season at Whittemore Center with Cornell using a three-goal third period to capture a 5-2 win on January 3. The Big Red holds a 12-11 advantage in the all-time series. UNH owns a 13-23 all-time record in the NCAA playoffs, which includes an 11-15 all-time record under head coach Dick Umile.
The Wildcats have qualified for the tournament in the last nine seasons, the second-longest streak active streak in Division I behind Michigan’s streak of 20-straight which was extend by virtue of the Wolverines winning the CCHA title. This will mark the ‘Cats 20th appearance in the tournament and the 16th trip under Umile’s guidance.
UNH’s senior class becomes the seventh class in school history to earn a berth in the NCAA’s in all four seasons of competition. Overall, UNH has appeared in seven Frozen Fours to go along with two national championship appearances.
The No. 3-seeded Wildcats are coming off of a quarterfinal loss to Vermont on March 12-14 at Whittemore Center. UNH owns a 17-13-7 record on the year with a 15-6-6 record in league play and capture one of 10 at-large bids to the tournament by finishing 11th in the pairwise.
The Big Red advanced to the NCAA tournament after earning the automatic bid of ECAC Hockey after winning the conference tournament title on Saturday night at the Times Union Center. Cornell defeated Union, 3-0, in the league title game, led by 32 saves from tournament MVP Ben Scrivens. Scrivens is a Hobey Baker finalist.
In the other first-round game in Albany, top-seeded University of Denver (27-9-4, second overall seed) will play Atlantic Hockey champion Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT, (26-11-1). The winners from both games will met in the regional final on Saturday, March 27 (6:30 p.m.) live on ESPNU.
Tickets for the All Session Pass are $82 adults, $76 kids and can be purchased by calling the Whittemore Center box office after 10 a.m. on Monday at 603-862-4000 ext 5. For more information on radio, television, live stats and more log on to www.UNHWildcats.com.