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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Wildcats reach critical stage of Hockey East schedule
The Wildcats hope to jump into a tie for third by the time the day ends. And then they must wait things out for a bit.
"It's a huge game," said senior forward Kevin Goumas. "Especially with where we happen to be with only three games left."
They are fifth in the league, a point behind fourth-place Northeastern and two behind third-place Maine. UNH can climb over Northeastern and into a tie with Maine with a win today.
UNH has a bye next weekend while the other 10 teams play league games.
The Wildcats then close out the regular season with games at Merrimack on Feb. 28 and March 1. The Warriors are in last place in the league.
Teams seeded in spots six through eight play host to teams nine through 11 in a single game playoff to determine which teams advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals are scheduled for March 14-16.
He has 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points and is closing in on the 100-assist mark for his career. Goumas has 38 goals and 94 assists for 132 points in 138 career games.Darren Haydar was the last Wildcat with 100 career assists. The third leading scorer overall in UNH history, Haydar had 102 goals and 117 assists for 219 points in 158 games from 1998-2002.
The women's basketball team rallied behind the late-game heroics of Nashua's Kelsey Hogan for a 76-71 overtime win over Hartford on Sunday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The win was UNH's sixth straight at home and improved the team's record to 16-9 overall and solidified its hold on second place in America East at 10-2.
Hogan, a senior guard, scored five points in overtime. She had 17 points in the game.
The Wildcats play at Vermont on Wednesday night and then close out the regular season with three straight home games. They play UMass-Lowell on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the opener of a women's-men's doubleheader.
You can go from second to fourth or fifth in a hurry."
The UNH and UMass-Lowell men play on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Catamounts are 17-9 overall and 11-1 in America East.
The women's lacrosse team opened the season with a 9-5 home win over Hofstra in the snow on Saturday.
The men's and women's track teams compete in the America East championships next Sunday and Monday at the New York Armory in New York City.
Chris Van Horn, an assistant on Sean McDonnell's football coaching staff the past three seasons, has moved on.
"He did a heckuva job here and a real nice job with the defensive line this year," McDonnell said. "He got a fulltime position down there and it's a big step for him. He's excited about it."
The Blue-White spring game is scheduled for Saturday, May 3.