Monday, March 30, 2009

UNH Hockey Season Comes To A Close

Last night our beloved Wildcats fell to the Boston University Terriers 2-1. It was a hard fought game that went down to the wire. BU scored the winning goal with just 15 seconds left in the third and final period. The Wildcats advanced to the game by upsetting North Dakota the previous night in a great comeback. The win over North Dakota gave UNH yet another 20 win season and possibly saved coach Dick Umile his job. Umile has been on the hot seat, at least in the eyes of the fans, for a few seasons now because of the inability for our 'Cats to win the big game. Athletic Director Marty Scarano has always supported Umile and has made it clear several times that he has no intention in firing Umile. Personally, I have been annoyed with the teams ability to win games in the National Tournament, but Umile has done great things with the program. After the way the team played the final two games, he deserves at least one more season at the helm of one of the most prestigious hockey programs in the country. Come on Dick, it's time to end the "University of No Hardware" comments. 

In other hockey news, top UNH recruit Ryan Bourque has backed out of his commitment. Bourque, the youngest son of Bruin great Ray, has decided to put off playing at UNH to compete at the junior level in Canada. Bourque plans to play for the Quebec Remparts, a team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  Good luck Ryan, but we would have much rather have you come to UNH!

Speaking of UNH hockey commitments... Hey James vanReimsdyk , how about another season or two at UNH? JVR is easily one of the best and most naturally talented players in college hockey. The former number 2 pick of the Philadelphia Flyers lead the Wildcats in scoring this year and the fans would love to see him return. Most likely JVR will be leaving UNH to play professionally, but he would definitely help out Umile if he returned for his junior season. 

It was a great season guys, hold your heads up high. The team played tremendously when it mattered most. They took the best team in the country down to the wire, which is nothing to be ashamed about.

Well that is all I have to say about that. Hopefully next year the team can quiet all the nay sayers and win the big game! Go Wildcats!

Until next time.
yours truly,

The New Hampshirite

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