NO. 3 RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY TAKES ON NO. 13 MIAMI IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I men’s hockey selection committee announced live on ESPN2 on Sunday afternoon that the No. 3 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team will face No. 13 ranked Miami University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Northeast Regional on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
    UNH and Miami will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the first time on Saturday. UNH owns a 12-20 all-time record in the NCAA playoffs, which includes a 10-12 all-time record under head coach Dick Umile. The Wildcats have qualified for the tournament in the last six seasons, they are one of only three Division I teams along with Minnesota and Michigan to accomplish that feat. This will mark the ‘Cats 17th appearance in the tournament and the 13th trip under Umile’s guidance. UNH’s senior class becomes the fourth class in school history to in a berth in the NCAA’s in all four seasons of competition. UNH has appeared in seven Frozen Fours to go along with two national championship appearances.
    The No. 1 seeded Wildcats are coming off of a 5-2 loss to No. 6 ranked Boston College on Saturday, March 17 in the Hockey East Championship game at the TD Banknorth Garden. UNH owns a 26-10-2 record on the year with a 18-7-2 record in league play after winning the Hockey East regular-season title for the sixth time in school history
    No. 4 seed Miami comes into the tournament after being idle last weekend, as they lost in the two-game sweep by Lake Superior on March 9 and 10 in the CCHA quarterfinals. The RedHawks own a 23-13-4 overall record and a 16-8-4 record in league play finishing in third place in the league standings. Miami makes their fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament, including the third appearance under head coach Enrico Blasi. The RedHawks also qualified for the tournament in 2006 and 2004 under Blasi, in 1997 under Mark Mazzoleni and in 1993 under George Gwozdecky.
    The Wildcats and RedHawks have faced each other six times in the all-time series with UNH holding the advantage at 4-2 with the last meeting, a Wildcat win, 3-1 coming on Dec. 20, 2003 in the first round of the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. UNH also won the previous meeting, 4-0 on Dec. 30, 2000 in the consolation game of the Dartmouth Tournament.
    In the other first round game in Manchester, No. 2 seed Boston College (26-11-1) returns to Manchester for the second time in NCAA play to square off against No. 3 seed St. Lawrence (23-13-2) coached by UNH alum Joe Marsh in the 4:30 p.m. game on Saturday.
    UNH will host the NCAA Northeast Regional for the second time in school history and for the first time since 2004. The No. 3 seed UNH fell to No. 2 seed Michigan, 4-1 on March 27 and No. 1 seed Boston College defeated No. 4 seed Niagara, 5-2, while Boston College defeated Michigan in the regional final on March 28 to advance to the 2004 Frozen Four in Boston.
    Tickets for the Northeast Regionals are still available by calling 603-868-7300 or logging onto the internet at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Whittemore Center or Verizon Wireless arena box offices. Tickets for the three-game package are $74 dollars per ticket. Start times for the first-round games on Saturday, March 24 are 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., while the Regional Final will be played on Sunday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. The winner of the Northeast Regional will advance to the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four in St. Louis, Mo. at the Scottrade Center.

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