Monday, February 23, 2009


Listening in to the The Coach's Show on the flagship online stream from WTSN-1270 AM.
THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile, with hosts Andy Schachat and D. Ellis is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.), simulcasted on WGIR- 610 AM (Manchester, N.H.) and on from Libby’s Bar and Grill on Main Street in Durham.The show will start the Monday following the end of the UNH football season.The Coaches Show features Coach Umile as well as a selected student-athlete each week from the men’s ice hockey team.
-from the Official Site of UNH Athletics
Talking about the upcoming series with Merrimack with senior defenseman, Jamie Fritsch.

Back later with my WHM.

And now, Wildcat Hockey Monday!

This past weekend our University of New Hampshire Men's Hockey Team earned four crucial Hockey East points, leaving just eight more on the table up for grabs.

The opponent was BC and this year's Blue and White squad jumped out to an early lead in both games scoring just 3:17 after the opening faceoff on Friday night and at the 2:27 mark of Saturday night's contest. That early goal Friday night would tally as the first of three biscuits in the basket on the weekend for sophomore standout, James van Riemsdyk.

And that was just the start of the weekend!

Bordering on unbelievable though, the 'Cats would conclude their scoring - at least with the opposing goalie between the pipes - by the 4:48 and 5:22 mark of the second periods respectively! You read that right. They began and ended the scoring each night within one minute's time.

What happened after that though was enough to put a collective, cold lump of fear in the pit of Wildcat Nation's stomach. The Eagles would go on to surge back both nights to make it a 3-2 game at some time beyond the halfway point of the game. That fear though was borne not necessarily of the score as much as the Wildcats' seemingly sudden loss of focus. But, ultimately, they stoically regained their composure, keeping their slim lead intact to secure the win with a lot of help from junior goaltender, Brian Foster.

So, on to the coming weekend!

The Merrimack College Warriors are ready to host our Wildcats this Friday then will make the short trek to Durham, NH where they'll be welcomed into Towse Rink for a 7:30pm start on Saturday night. It will be the last televised game of the 2008-2009 regular season for our 'Cats, brought to you by the New England Sports Network and through their partnership with Rogers Sportsnet shown across Canada as well.

The Warriors are 3-1-1 in their last five after breaking an eight-straight losing skid. Their three W's have come against Brown, Providence most recently, and most impressively, defeating our final week's opponent, the University of Vermont Catamounts. And let's not forget who the Warriors beat just after Thanksgiving.

Merrimack stands in the way of four points. Four points that could decide whether the UNH Men's Hockey Team will take to the ice in a chorus of raucous cheers or jeering boos for their Hockey East Quarterfinal match-up and the honor of skating in front of their hometown fans one more time for the seniors.

Seniors, this is your last chance to give it that old college try!

What do you say, guys?

Go 'Cats!


Blogger UNHBulls said...

I can not think of a better way to end your FOUR (or 5) year college career than winning the HE tourney title and a national title!

...FOUR being the key word there *cough JVR cough*

I don't want to take away from the seniors, they deserve all the respect and attention as they play their last games, but let me just say you only go to college once and then you have the rest of your life to do whatever you want.

Go Cats!

Feb 23, 2009, 10:19:00 PM  

I've mentioned before that some journalists were asking guys who came through college and now play in the NHL if they would do anything different.

Each one that left college early says that they wish they would have stayed.

You cannot get these years back.

As for the seniors I'll never forget watching Manchester, NH's CJ Ficek stand at center ice and take one last look around the arena before slowing skating off.

Feb 23, 2009, 10:30:00 PM  


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