10th Ranks UNH Hockey Team Will Face 12th Ranked Denver in NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester
Monday, March 25, 2013
UNH will face Denver for second time this season in the second game of the first round of the NCAA Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester
INDIANAPOLIS – The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship and will face off against No. 12 Denver in a first round game of the Northeast Regional that will be played March 29 () at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) live on ESPNU. The announcement was made Sunday by the NCAA Division I men's hockey selection committee live on ESPN2.
UNH, which returns to the NCAA’s after a one-year hiatus, has been to the tournament in 11 of the last 12 years. The ‘Cats are 19-11-7 overall and earn the seven seed in the 16-team tournament. New Hampshire has a 14-24 record in 21 previous NCAA appearances with seven Frozen Four appearances. This is the team's 18th appearance under the guidance of head coach Dick Umile. UNH has advanced to the regional finals in each of the past three trips to the NCAA’s.
Denver, the nation’s 12th-ranked team in the latest national poll, enters the first round with a 20-13-5 overall record and earns an at-large bid into the field of 16. The Pioneers went 14-9-5 in WCHA, but lost to regional foe ColoradoCollege2-1-0 in the WCHA quarterfinals. DU was 14-7-3 at home compared to just 6-6-2 on the road. UNH won this year’s meeting against Denver a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind victory on Nov. 24 at Magness Arena. Overall, the Wildcats are 4-9-0 lifetime against Denver including a 0-2-0 mark in the NCAA’s. The Wildcats lost 9-2 in 1995 and 4-2 in 2005 in the only two postseason meetings between the squads. Denver is making its sixth-straight trip to the NCAA’s
The other first-round game of the 2013 Northeast Regional pits Hockey East champion No. 5 UMass-Lowell (26-10-2 overall, 16-9-2 Hockey East) against WCHA champion the No. 15 University of Wisconsin (22-12-7, 13-8-7 WCHA) at 4:30 p.m on March 29. The first-round victors advance to play each other in the regional final March 30 at (ESPNU) with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line.