Tonight the UNH men's hockey team plays their final home game of the regular season. Although they have already clinched a spot to host a first round game of the Hockey East playoffs this is sure to be one of the loudest games of the season. I have attended most of the home games this year and UNH fans have been treated to some great games.The Wildcats play two games against BC, one tonight at the Whit and again tomorrow at BC. UNH is currently first in Hockey East, just ahead of BC, and they only need to tie one game to clinch the top seed. If you're attending tonight's game be sure to check out today's sports column in TNH by Zack Cox.
Now, you're probably wondering why I said tonight's game will be the loudest of the season if they get to host at least two playoff games. It is because those games are scheduled for Friday March 12th and Saturday the 13th. That means that the majority of the UNH student body will have already left campus for spring break. That is the second year in a row that has happened and it is unacceptable. UNH always says how they want athletics to become a focal point of the university, yet they are sending almost the entire student body home before the biggest hockey games of the season. That is a shame and the team deserves a big crowd for to make for a true playoff atmosphere. UNH leads Hockey East in attendance, but I guarantee the student section will be terrible for next weekend's games. There is a simple solution to this problem, for UNH to let students stay until Saturday afternoon. Dining Halls wouldn't have to be opened and students could see at least the first game next week. I understand that UNH just wants the students to leave for spring break, but our pride of having the best team, and the best fans, in Hockey East are at stake if we can't fill up the Whit for a home playoff game. It happened last year (and the team lost both games) and it is looking like it could happen again this year. Hopefully with a different outcome.
Stay classy, not UMassy.