No. 10 Men’s Hockey Receives NCAA Bid; Will Play No. 12 Denver in Northeast Regional in Manchester

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship and will face off against No. 12 Denver in a first round game of the Northeast Regional that will be played March 29 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) live on ESPNU. The announcement was made Sunday by the NCAA Division I men's hockey selection committee live on ESPN2.

UNH, which returns to the NCAA's after a one-year hiatus, has been to the tournament in 11 of the last 12 years. The 'Cats are 19-11-7 overall and earn the seventh seed in the 16-team tournament via an at-large bid. New Hampshire has a 14-24 record in 21 previous NCAA appearances with seven Frozen Four appearances. This is the team's 22nd appearance under the guidance of head coach Dick Umile. UNH has advanced to the regional finals in each of the past three trips to the NCAA's. 

Denver, the nation's 12th-ranked team in the latest national poll, enters the first round with a 20-13-5 overall record and earns an at-large bid into the field of 16. The Pioneers went 14-9-5 in WCHA, but lost to regional foe Colorado College 2-1-0 in the WCHA quarterfinals. DU was 14-7-3 at home compared to just 6-6-2 on the road. UNH won this year's meeting against Denver a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind victory on Nov. 24 at Magness Arena. Overall, the Wildcats are 4-9-0 lifetime against Denver including a 0-2-0 mark in the NCAA's. The Wildcats lost 9-2 in 1995 and 4-2 in 2005 in the only two postseason meetings between the squads. Denver is making its sixth-straight trip to the NCAA's 

The other first-round game of the 2013 Northeast Regional pits Hockey East champion No. 5 UMass-Lowell (26-10-2 overall, 16-9-2 Hockey East) against WCHA champion the No. 15 University of Wisconsin (22-12-7, 13-8-7 WCHA) at 4:30 p.m. on March 29. The first-round victors advance to play each other in the regional final March 30 at 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU) with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line.

The University of New Hampshire athletic department and Verizon Wireless Arena announced that tickets for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Northeast Regional are now on sale for $77 for adults, $57 for children ages 2-12/Senior Citizen 65+.

Tickets for the Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. can be purchased at the Whittemore Center Box Office, the Verizon Wireless Arena by logging on to www.NCAA.com/frozenfour or by calling 800/745-3000.

Please join us at the Official UNH Fan Headquarters, Margarita's Mexican Restaurant at 1037 Elm Street in Manchester, all weekend long.  The UNH Beast of the East Pep Band and mascot Gnarlz will be there at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29 to get fans ready for puck drop at 8 p.m.! 

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