Aug. 5, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s hockey program is gearing up for their debut in Hockey East this fall as we take a look at the 11 other programs that make up the historic conference. The University of New Hampshire Wildcats is next up on our preview list. Season tickets for the Huskies 11-game slate at the XL Center in downtown Hartford are on sale now at UConnTickets.com.
The Huskies and Wildcats haven’t met on the ice since the 2002-03 season and before that you have to go back to the 1969-70 season to find the last time the two New England institutions have skated against each other. New Hampshire has won all 10 meetings between the two schools since the 1960-61 season, UConn’s first as a varsity program. The two schools met nine times during the ‘60’s before taking the ice again in 2002. The Wildcats posted a 3-1 win at home in the last meeting on their home ice, Towse Rink in the Whittemore Center. UNH came in as the #2 ranked team in the nation but need to erase a 1-0 UConn lead in the second period to come away with the win. UConn’s Michael Hoffman put the Huskies in front in the second but three-straight from Andrew Leach, Kevin Truelson and Patrick Foley delivered the Wildcats the win.
New Hampshire Wildcat Notes:
- The University of New Hampshire is one of the founding members of Hockey East and has claimed eight regular season titles during the 30 year history of the league, tied with Boston University (8) for second most behind Boston College (13).
- Head Coach Dick Umile will begin his 25th season on the bench at UNH in 2014-15. A six-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, Umile enters this season with 541 career victories. He has led his alma mater to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances including four trips to the Frozen Four. He was awarded the 1999 Spencer T. Penrose Memorial Trophy as the nation’s top Division I head coach.
- UConn assistant coach Mike Souza played for New Hampshire from 1996-2000. During his career, he was a member of two NCAA Frozen Four teams and was named to the All-Regional Team in 1999 as well as the 1999 All-Tournament Team after leading the Frozen Four in scoring with six points. As a senior in 2000, Souza captained the Wildcats and was a Hockey East Second Team All-Star that same year, while also earning New England All-Star honors. In 2000, Souza's Wildcats fell to Niagara in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. That Niagara Purple Eagles were captain by current UConn Women's Hockey head coach Chris MacKenzie.
- Jason Krog is New Hampshire’s first and only winner of the Hobey Baker Award. Krog took home the honor in 1999 after scoring 34 goals with 51 assists for 85 points in leading his team to the Frozen Four. Krog was also named the Hockey East Player of the Year and the New England Hockey Writer’s Player of the Year.
- UNH finished the 2013-14 season 22-18-1 overall and tied for fourth in the Hockey East standings with an 11-9-0 league mark. The Wildcats advanced to the Hockey East title game by beating Northeastern in the quarterfinals and Providence in the semifinal. New Hampshire fell short of a Hockey East championship with a 4-0 loss to UMass Lowell.
- The Wildcats finished last season ranked 18th in the final USCHO.com poll.
- Departed seniors Kevin Goumas and Eric Knodel were both named Hockey East Second Team All-Stars in 2013-14. Goumas posted 52 points on 19 goals and 33 assists last season. He signed an ATO contract with the Adirondack Phantoms following the season. Knodel had 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists from the blue line last year. Following the season, Knodel signed a one-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Senior forward Matt Willows will captain the Wildcats for the 2014-15 season. Classmates, Grayson Downing and Casey Thrush, were named alternate captains for the upcoming season.
- The Wildcats have a pair of incoming freshmen who were selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft back in June. Forward Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) was taken in the third round with 67th pick by the Carolina Hurricanes. Forward Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) was taken with the 100th overall pick in the fourth round by the Ottawa Senators.
University of New Hampshire
Jan. 20th – at UNH – Whittemore Center
Jan. 21st – vs. UNH – XL Center
All-Time Series – UNH leads, 10-0-0
First Meeting –
Last Meeting –
Joined Hockey East – 1984-85 (30 seasons)
Hockey East Titles – 7
2013-14 Record/Finish – 11-9-0 / t-4th place