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Showdown time for UNH, Dartmouth
University of New Hampshire's Nick Sorkin, left, tries to get by Omaha's Brian O'Rourke during the first period of their game Saturday in Durham. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
The University of New Hampshire went to Hanover for Dartmouth's Ledyard Bank Classic just before New Year's.
The Big Green took it to the Wildcats for a 4-1 win at Thompson Arena.
They outcompeted us. They outplayed us."
Which brings us to this weekend.
Dartmouth lost its first eight games of the season and its first six in the ECAC. The Big Green are 3-3-2 since then and knocked off Boston University, 4-2, on the road on Wednesday night.Nick Lovejoy, a senior defenseman out of Orford, scored the winning goal against BU. It was the first goal of his career for Lovejoy, whose big brother Ben also played at Dartmouth and now is with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.
The Big Green lost to Providence, 3-2, in the first round of the Ledyard Classic a couple of weeks ago and then tied Northeastern, 8-8, in the consolation game. They also tied at Vermont, 1-1, last weekend.
The Big Green are 3-11-2.
"They're a pretty solid team, especially in the RiverStone Cup. They beat us pretty good last year and I think a lot of guys remember that and we can use it as inspiration, not to get revenge, but to play the hockey that we can."
They hope they broke out of that with a pair of wins, 6-3 and 5-2, over then-No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha last weekend.
UNH has won three straight games to improve to 12-10-1 and made it back into the rankings this week at No. 20.
"He lost his brother to cancer just before school started (in the summer) and took the first semester off," Umile said.
"He stepped right in and has played well," Umile said.
THE ST. ANSELM MEN are 4-5-2 overall and play the University of New England, 5-7-1, at home tonight at 7:30. The Hawks face Southern Maine, 4-6-3, on Saturday at home at 3.
The Southern Maine and UNE coaches both have New Hampshire connections.Brad Holt, son of legendary UNH coach Charlie Holt, is a UNH grad and coaches UNE. USM coach Jeff Beaney is a 1982 graduate of New England College.
THE UNH WOMEN, 7-10-2 overall and 2-3-2 in Hockey East, play league rival Providence at home tonight at 7 and are at Providence on Saturday at 7. . . . The Southern New Hampshire men are 9-5-1 and play Westfield State at home on Tuesday.