DURHAM, N.H. -- Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team, recently announced the team's schedule for the 2011-12 season.
After becoming the only team to advance to three-straight NCAA Regional finals by upsetting top-seeded Miami (Ohio) at the 2011 NCAA Northeast Regionals, the Wildcats open the 2011-12 campaign at home with an exhibition match against New Brunswick on Saturday, Oct. 1 (4 p.m.). New Hampshire will officially kick off the regular season on the road against Hockey East rival Boston University on Saturday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.). The 'Cats will travel to Northeastern (Oct. 14 – 7 p.m.) before the home opener against defending Hockey East champion Boston College, who who spent much of the 2010-11 season in the top five nationally, on Oct. 15 (7 p.m.).
New Hampshire travels out to St. Cloud University (Oct. 21-22) to play the Huskies for the first time since an NCAA tournament win in 2003. UNH returns home for a set of four games starting with a non-conference matchup against ECAC champion Union on Oct. 28 (7 p.m.) followed by conference tilts against Northeastern (Oct. 29 – 7 p.m.), Massachusetts (Nov. 4 – 7 p.m.) and Maine (Nov. 5 – 7 p.m.).
The Wildcats will make trips to Vermont (Nov. 12 - 7 p.m.), Boston U. (Nov. 19 – 7 p.m.) and Harvard (Nov. 22 – 7 p.m.) during the month. UNH will also play host to Mass.-Lowell (Nov. 18 – 7 p.m.) and Alabama-Huntsville (Nov. 26 – 7 p.m.) in November. Alabama-Huntsville will be making its first trip to Durham since Nov. 1990.
On the non-conference side, UNH will also play host to ECAC-foe Brown Dec. 30 (7 p.m.) and will travel to Manchester, N.H. for the 11th-annual "Battle for the RiverStone Cup" against Dartmouth College on Jan. 14 (7 p.m.). The Wildcats will cap off their regular-season at Maine (March 2-3).
Season ticket holders may renew their same seats online for the 2011-12 season beginning Monday June 20 at 10 a.m. The ticket office is also currently accepting applications for new season ticket holders at this time. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can call the ticket office at 603-862-4000 extension 5, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 6 p.m. New pricing options for season ticket plans and individual game packages are currently being offered through the ticket office and can be viewed online through Ticket Headquarters at www.unhwildcats.com. Log onto www.unhwildcats.com for all the latest on UNH men's hockey.