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 2010-11 season.
UNH advanced to the NCAA Regional finals for the second-straight season in 2009-10. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA tournament for the ninth-straight season, a feat accomplished by only UNH and Michigan. The Wildcats will open the 2010-11 season at home with an exhibition match against St. Francis Xavier on Saturday, Oct. 2 (7 p.m.) and will officially kick off the regular season with a two-game road series against Miami University (Ohio) Oct. 8 (7:30 p.m.) and Oct. 9 (7 p.m.). The RedHawks went to the Frozen Four in each of the last two seasons and spent most of the 2009-10 season as the nation's top team, including earning the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. UNH opens its open slate against the one of college hockey's most storied programs as Michigan comes in on Oct. 16 (7 p.m.) for a single game. The Wolverines have been to an unprecedented 20-straight NCAA tournaments and their nine national championships are the best of any program in the country.
New Hampshire opens its Hockey East slate on the road at Northeastern on Oct. 22 (7 p.m.). The Wildcats return to the road to play Cornell. Last year, New Hampshire ended the Big Red's season with a 6-2 win in the NCAA tournament, while Cornell won at UNH, 5-2, in January of last season.
The 'Cats return to conference play with a trip to national champion Boston College on Nov. 5 (7 p.m.), followed by a single game at UMass-Lowell on Nov. 6 (7 p.m.). New Hampshire will then play five of the final six games of the month at home, starting with a two-game set with Massachusetts (Nov. 12-13), followed by a home-and-home series with Boston University (Nov. 19-20), a non-conference tilt against Brown (Nov. 23) and ending with Merrimack College at home (Nov. 27).
The Wildcats will play at UMass-Lowell (Dec. 2) and Maine (Dec. 10) and will entertain Vermont (Dec. 5) in the month of December before taking their annual semester break.
UNH will leave Hockey East play twice in January with a single game against St. Lawrence on Jan. 2 (4 p.m.) at Whittemore Center and a meeting with intrastate foe Dartmouth College in the 10th annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup” on Jan. 15 (7 p.m.) at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The Wildcats will cap off their regular-season with a home-and-home series with Boston College on March 4-5.
Season ticket renewals for the 2010-11 season have already begun and the ticket office is currently accepting applications for new season ticket holders. Individual game tickets for all home games will go on sale September. Log onto www.unhwildcats.com for all the latest on UNH men's hockey.