For New Hampshire, hard work is paying off

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If you look at New Hampshire’s start on paper, the 1-5-1 record in the opening seven games doesn’t look good.

But when you take into account the highly-ranked opponents the Wildcats faced — Minnesota, Michigan, Rensselaer, and UMass-Lowell — it was a baptism by fire for the new players and early non-conference adversity for the veterans.

“Obviously the teams that we played were outside of our conference,’’ said UNH coach Dick Umile. “For that matter, even our two [conference] games with Lowell were real good weekends, good hockey and we had opportunities to win but didn’t. The team has stayed with it and we finally got some scoring going.’’

Since a 3-2 overtime loss to the River Hawks on Nov. 2, the Wildcats have won three straight and outscored opponents by a whopping 17-3 margin.

“Right now we’re feeling a little bit better about ourselves,’’ said Umile.

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