A couple of guys who likely will hear their names called in the 2014 National Hockey League draft in Philadelphia in a couple of weeks and a tall goaltender were the highlights of one announcement.
A season opener against defending NCAA champion Union and a contest against bitter rival Maine in Manchester in December were among the featured items in another.
Dick Umile, heading into his 25th season as the head coach of the University of New Hampshire hockey team, and the school put out a couple of press releases late last week.
The first named the large class of 10 recruits who will join the Wildcats for the 2014-15 season.
The second announced the schedule the team will play.
Umile credited the work his assistants, Scott Borek and Jim Tortorella, did in identifying and bringing in a larger-than-usual class of recruits made necessary by the loss of a big crew of graduating seniors and Trevor van Riemsdyk, who left school a year early to turn pro with the Chicago Blackhawks' organization.
"Usually we'd bring in six or eight players," Umile said. "This is a good group. Scott and Jimmy have done a terrific job with it."Shane Eiserman (6-foot, 200 pounds) of Newburyport, Mass., and Warren Foegele (6-foot, 1-inch and 185 pounds) of Aurora, Ont., are two power forwards expected to be taken in the draft set for June 27-28 in Philadelphia.
Eiserman scored 16 goals and had 24 assists for 40 points in 53 games this past season for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League. He played for the United States National Under-18 team the previous season.
Foegele led his St. Andrew's College team of Aurora, Ont., to a 45-3-2 record and the Conference of Independent School Athletic Association championship. He had 58 goals and 49 assists for 107 points in 52 games and was the team MVP and a league All-Star.
"They're two very good players, big, strong players who are skilled and we think they'll go somewhere in the draft," Umile said. "They're good candidates for the draft."
Adam Clark, a 6-foot, 5-inch goalie, comes in after playing the last two years with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League. He had a 14-14-1 record with a goals against average of 2.87 and save percentage of .911 last season.
The Wildcats are bringing in the one goalie, five forwards and four defensemen.
The defensemen are Rich Boyd (6-foot, 3-inches, 182) of Delray Beach, Fla., who played the last two years at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass.; Dylan Chanter (6-foot, 3-inch, 215) of the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL; Jon Furgele, 5-foot, 10 inches, 185) who played with the Jersey Hitmen of the United States Premier Hockey League; and Cam Marks (6-foot, 187), who played with Coquitlam of the BCHL.
The forwards along with Eiserman and Foegele are Michael McNicholas (5-foot, 10 inches, 175), who played with Chanter with the Vipers; Andrew Poturalski; (5-foot, 10 inches, 190), who had 27 goals and 37 assists for 64 points in 60 games with Cedar Rapids in the USHL; and Jason Salvaggio (6-foot, 190) of Hanson, Mass., who helped the Indiana Ice to an USHL Clark Cup championship.
The season opens with the game at Union on Oct. 11 and the next weekend the Wildcats travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan on Oct. 17 and 18.
"It's an aggressive, competitive schedule, which is typical for us," Umile said. "Those are the types of teams we want to play."
The home opener is Oct. 25 against Colorado College and the Hockey East opener is against Mass-Lowell on Oct. 31. The teams play in Lowell the next night.
UNH and Maine play two games in December and two more in January.
The first two will not be league games. UNH and Maine play at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Dec. 12 and the next night meet at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.
They play their league games on Jan. 23 in Orono and on Jan. 24 in Durham.
The Wildcats, who have generally played Dartmouth at the Verizon in Manchester the last decade, will play the Big Green in Durham on Jan. 9.UNH and Maine are scheduled to play four games - in a similar setup - in the 2015-16 season, too.
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Eric McCambly has been named the new head coach of the Daniel Webster College men's ice hockey program. McCambly's appointment was announced by DWC Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore.
McCambly returns home to the Nashua area with the appointment as he was a standout at New Hampshire perennial powerhouse Bishop Guertin Catholic High School in Nashua, graduating in 1990.
McCambly, who begins duties immediately, served as the head coach and director of hockey operations at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton for six years (2007-2013) guiding the program from the junior college level to ACHA Division I and finally to it first transitional season as a NCAA Division III independent.
Over that span his programs compiled an overall record of 115-40-5 which included five consecutive winning seasons resulting in three ACHA national championship tournament appearances, and pair of conference regular season and tournament titles. For his efforts, McCambly was named the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference "Coach of the Year" and was a finalist for ACHA Division I Coach of the Year honors.
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University of New Hampshire junior Sean Goldrich and Dartmouth College junior Dalyn Williams were recently named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Quarterback Award watch list.
The list comprises 36 returning quarterbacks that are competing for the CFPA award as the one who increases the overall effectiveness of their team the most within the Football Championships Subdivision.
In the past season, Goldrich started nine of the 14 games in which he played including all four postseason starts for the Wildcats. Despite splitting time at quarterback, Goldrich put up impressive numbers last season that placed him in the Top 10 in every Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) quarterback statistic. These included passing average per game, passing efficiency, passing yards per completion, passing yards per attempt, completion percentage, passing yards, attempts, completions, touchdowns and interceptions.
Goldrich was impressive throughout the season, and put up exceptional numbers throughout the playoffs. Most noticeable was his performance against CAA rival University of Maine in the NCAA FCS second-round game. In the game, Goldrich produced career-high numbers in both passing yards and passing touchdowns throwing for 291 yards, three TDs, and zero interceptions as the Wildcats went on to win 41-27 over the Black Bears in Orono.
Goldrich used that performance to propel him into the quarterfinal game, where he passed for 276 yards and rushed for 99 yards, including three TDs, as the Wildcats beat Southeastern Louisiana University, 20-17, in Louisiana. The victory marked the first time the Wildcats' football program reached the NCAA FCS semifinals in program history.
As a sophomore last year, Williams started all 10 games in a 6-4 season (5-2 in the Ivy League), completing 55.6 percent of his passes (147-of-265) for 1,773 yards and 11 touchdowns with just five interceptions. In addition, the native of Corinth, Texas, was second on the team in rushing with 563 yards on 153 carries (3.7-yard average) with five touchdowns. His 2,336 yards of total offense are the fourth most in a single season ever at Dartmouth, and Williams already ranks seventh at the school in career total yards with 3,572 with two years remaining.
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