Miami-New Hampshire Notebook
by Mike Machnik/CHN Senior Editor
MANCHESTER, N.H. Miami will face No. 2 seed Boston College in the regional final Sunday. The RedHawks will be trying to avenge a 5-0 loss to BC in last year's regional in Worcester. The all-time series between the teams is tied, 2-2.
* Besides winning its first NCAA tournament game in five tries, Miami also improved its all-time record against New Hampshire to 3-4-0. It was Miami's first win over UNH since 1997 and the first meeting for the two programs in NCAA play.
* UNH fell to 12-21 in its 17th NCAA appearance. The Wildcats' senior class made its fourth straight appearance, only the fourth class in school history to make it all four years. But they leave Durham with a record of only 1-4 in the tournament. UNH posted a 3-2 overtime win against Harvard in 2005 before falling to eventual champion Denver in the regional final, 4-2.
* Miami junior forward Nathan Davis was one of two Hobey Baker finalists in action at the Northeast Regional, along with St. Lawrence senior defenseman Drew Bagnall. Davis collected his 50th point of the season just 1:47 into the game when he scored his 21st goal off a rebound.
* Wildcat coach Dick Umile fell short in his second straight bid for career win No. 400, following UNH's 5-2 loss to Boston College a week ago in the Hockey East Championship. Umile will enter next season with a career record of 399-197-62.
* The official attendance of 9,015 on the first day in Manchester fell just short of 2004's mark of 10,104. Despite hometown favorite UNH being in action, tickets were still easy to come by, with sellers outside the arena having to unload extra tickets at a loss compared to the face value of $37.
* Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena hasn't quite been a home away from home for UNH. The Wildcats are just a game over .500 (6-5-2) since the arena opened in 2001, including 0-2 in NCAA tournament play. UNH has scored only two goals in those two games, falling to Michigan in 2004, 4-1.