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 2012-13 season. The schedule is subject to change.
After being defeated by Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinals to end last season, the Wildcats open the 2012-13 campaign at home with an exhibition game against St. Francis Xavier on Saturday, Oct. 6 (7 p.m.). New Hampshire will officially kick off the regular season with four home games starting with a two-game series against St. Cloud State on Oct. 12 (7 p.m.) and Oct. 13 (7 p.m.). The 'Cats will play host to Hockey East rival Boston University to begin conference play on Oct.20 (7 p.m.). UNH then plays a home and home series with Northeastern at the Whittemore Center (Oct. 26 – 7 p.m.) and Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) at Northeastern.
To kick off November, New Hampshire travels to UMass (Nov. 2) to play the Minutemen, and travels up to Maine that same weekend to play the Black Bears on Sunday (Nov. 4 – 7 p.m.). UNH returns home for one game against Vermont (Nov. 10 – 7 p.m.) before hitting the road again for four games. UNH plays at UMass-Lowell (Nov. 16 – 7 p.m.) and at Boston U. (Nov. 18 – 7 p.m.). The 'Cats then travel to Colorado to participate in the Denver Cup playing Denver on Nov. 23 (7 p.m.) and Colorado College on Nov. 24 (7 p.m.). UNH plays its second game with UMass-Lowell on home ice on Nov. 30 (7 p.m.) to round out the month.
In the month of December, the Wildcats will complete their home-and-home series playing at Lowell (Dec. 1 - 7 p.m.) and finishing their series with Boston U. at home (Dec. 6 – 7 p.m.). Closing out December, UNH is taking part in the Dartmouth Tournament on Dec. 28 (7 p.m.) and 29 (4 or 7 p.m.). The Wildcats will play in-state foe Dartmouth on the 28th and either Bemidji State or UMass on the 29th.
On the non-conference side, UNH will also play host to the USA Under-18 team (Jan. 4 – 7 p.m.) in an exhibition game and take on ECAC opponent Rensselaer on Jan. 6 (4 p.m.). UNH will travel to Manchester, N.H. to play Merrimack at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Jan. 26 (7 p.m.).
In February, the Wildcats will play seven pivotal Hockey East contests including three at home and ending with a pair at Vermont.
The Wildcats cap off their regular season with four straight home games in March including a season-ending two-game series against Maine for "White Out the Whitt" (March 8-9).
UNH season ticket holders will have the opportunity to start renewing their seats for the 2012-13 season beginning June 1st. Fans interested in becoming a UNH season ticket holder can call the ticket office at 603-862-4000 extension 5, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 6 p.m. For more ticket information you may also visit www.unhwildcats.com. Log onto www.unhwildcats.com for all the latest on UNH men's hockey.