INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will make its 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 26 against Harvard University at 3:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Northeast Regional hosted by the University of Massachusetts at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. The announcement, which was broadcast live on ESPN2, was made on March 20 by the Div. I NCAA men's ice hockey selection committee.
The No. 2 seeded Wildcats (25-10-5) will face the No. 3 seeded Crimson for the first time since Dec. 14, 2000, when UNH defeated Harvard, 4-1, at the Whittemore Center in Durham. The teams have only met once in the NCAA Tournament, a 7-1 UNH loss on March 26, 1994 at Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, N.Y.
UNH owns a 11-18 all-time mark in the national tournament, which includes a 9-10-0 record under head coach Dick Umile in 10 NCAA appearances. The Wildcats have made 10 appearances in the tournament since 1994, including a berth in the last four tournaments.
In the early game, defending national champion University of Denver (No. 1 seed) and No. 4 seeded Bemidji State University will face off at noon. The winner of each game will advance to the Northeast Regional final on Sunday, March 27th at 12 p.m. The winner of that game will earn a trip to the Frozen Four in Columbus, Ohio on April 7 and 9 at the Schottenstein Center.
The Wildcats are coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 1 seeded Boston College in the Hockey East championship game at the FleetCenter on March 19 after defeating Boston University, 5-2, in the semifinals the previous night.
To purchase tickets for the Northeast Regional visit the Mullins Center box office, order by phone (413) 733-2500 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the three-game package are $60.