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riverchief1
03-24-2013, 11:58 PM
Getting the thread going. UMass Lowell was named the #1 seed in the Northeast Regional and will meet #4 Wisconsin Friday at 4:30 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

This will be fun, harkens back to the first years of Hockey East when the league and the WCHA had the interlocking schedule. Last time Lowell played Wisconsin was way back in 1988.

Lowell is a quick 40 minute drive to Manchester and based upon this past weekend's HE tournament in Boston, one would expect a very large and vocal turnout of UML fans that could number in the several thousands.

For anyone from Wisconsin heading to Manchester, one place to hit for a great meal is the Red Arrow Diner located several blocks from the Verizon. Open 24 hours (so good for late night drunk food) and been around since the 1920s, the real deal. Warning though is it is fairly small but worth the wait if crowded. www.redarrowdiner.com

MavHockey14
03-25-2013, 12:32 AM
This could be the beat first round matchup. Should be fun.

UMLWeatherman
03-25-2013, 12:43 AM
A little off topic, but goes with your title... it was great to see Rowdy out there challenging Rhett on the ice on Saturday. Awesome to have a mascot with hockey sense.

Hodgie
03-25-2013, 01:28 AM
What are some good hotels close by in walking distance to stay?

bottomdweller
03-25-2013, 02:00 AM
A lot of people are saying that if these two teams were in different regions, it could potentially be a Frozen Four matchup. Lucky us that we get it in the first round. What can some Wisco. people tell us about the Badgers this season?

Pucky-Bucky Backer
03-25-2013, 07:15 AM
A lot of people are saying that if these two teams were in different regions, it could potentially be a Frozen Four matchup. Lucky us that we get it in the first round. What can some Wisco. people tell us about the Badgers this season?
Bad start to the season; no, hideous start. Since December they have been on a roll. Solid defense and goaltending, offense is decent but not a powerhouse.

My brother went to Minnesota and lives in Boston. Interesting to see who he cheers for in this game since he is planning on going.

riverchief1
03-25-2013, 07:29 AM
What are some good hotels close by in walking distance to stay?

This is the closest to the arena, pretty much diagonally across from it.

www.radisson.com/manchester-hotel-nh-03101/nhmanch

CleggyofUML
03-25-2013, 07:51 AM
Bad start to the season; no, hideous start. Since December they have been on a roll. Solid defense and goaltending, offense is decent but not a powerhouse.

My brother went to Minnesota and lives in Boston. Interesting to see who he cheers for in this game since he is planning on going.

Well sounds like your season was similar to ours!

And is anyone else a little irked that ESPN didn't put this game on? I mean its the WCHA champs vs. HEA champs. Oh well, NESN will likely grab it for us

Hockeyman99
03-25-2013, 08:49 AM
While in Manchester check out Strangebrew right downtown. Inexpensive beers, pub fare, always hopping on a weekend night!

pressbox
03-25-2013, 09:07 AM
Do you think the students and the fans will be chanting Bar-ry Mel-rose again after he picks Wisconsin to win it all? They might have to change it to Dav-id Star-Man.

UMLFan
03-25-2013, 09:12 AM
While in Manchester check out Strangebrew right downtown. Inexpensive beers, pub fare, always hopping on a weekend night!Great place. And if you're a cigar smoker, Castro's is just down the street from the Verizon. Fun place to go to, and cheaper since it's BYOB.

jwilli
03-25-2013, 09:47 AM
This match-up is a really tough draw for both teams. Both teams are playing some of their best hockey right now and it's a shame one of them has to exit after only one game. It may be the best game of the tournament and would be better suited for a semi-final or final. Against all conventional wisdom, Wisconsin has been a better road team than home team this year. They seem to feed off the opposing crowd rooting against them. If that tendency holds up, the heavily Lowell favorable crowd may actually help the Badgers. Whatever the final score, I'm hoping it plays out as well on the ice as it does on paper.

Go Red!

chickod
03-25-2013, 10:28 AM
For anyone from Wisconsin heading to Manchester, one place to hit for a great meal is the Red Arrow Diner located several blocks from the Verizon. Open 24 hours (so good for late night drunk food) and been around since the 1920s, the real deal. Warning though is it is fairly small but worth the wait if crowded. www.redarrowdiner.com

I second that recommendation. Excellent food and cool atmosphere!

chickod
03-25-2013, 10:30 AM
Do you think the students and the fans will be chanting Bar-ry Mel-rose again after he picks Wisconsin to win it all? They might have to change it to Dav-id Star-Man.

One thing's for sure...one of them is going to be wrong after the first round!

unhpuckfan2001
03-25-2013, 10:33 AM
Hockey talk aside, I also recommend:

Milly's Tavern (they brew their own, some great wings)
JW Hills is a popular sports bar near the arena. Decent food.
I would imagine the teams are staying at the Radisson.
There's a Hilton in Downtown overlooking the local ballpark, sort of like the hotel in Toronto (which makes sense, as the Fishercats are the Toronto AA team).
Portland Pie (pizza)

WrathOfAramark
03-25-2013, 10:45 AM
For anyone from Wisconsin heading to Manchester, one place to hit for a great meal is the Red Arrow Diner located several blocks from the Verizon. Open 24 hours (so good for late night drunk food) and been around since the 1920s, the real deal. Warning though is it is fairly small but worth the wait if crowded. www.redarrowdiner.com

I lived in Manchester for three years. I just moved away so here's the WoA review of some more food and beverage options for out of towners with associated $ scale. Most of these are in the downtown area. There are more chain options on South Willow by the Mall like Five Guys Burgers, British Beer Company, Taco Bell, etc...

- #1 destination KC's Rib Shack. Excellent BBQ if you can get there and have an early dinner. Excellent bartender. $-$$
- #2 destination Red Arrow for late night munching /breakfast. $

- Airport Dinner. OK breakfast. Not as good as the Arrow. $
- Portland Pie Company is good pizza. $
- Piccola Italia is good real Italian food. $$
- Fratello's Italian Grille is more americanized Italian. Good bartenders. $-$$
- Carrabba's is chain restaurant Italian food. $-$$
- Cotton has more contemporary American food. Good bartender too. $$-$$$
- Hanover Street Chophouse is a steakhouse that is hard to get into without advanced reservations. Excellent food though. $$$
- J.W. Hill's is your typical bro-brah sports bar. A little over priced on beers and drinks. $
- Strangebrew, lots of beers. Lots of bands at night. $-$$
- WildRover, tiny dive bar. Good atmosphere. Cheap drinks. $



Don't go here.
- The Farm Bar and Grille, OK drinks. Bad BBQ. $-$$
- XO, expensive mediocre tapas. I'd avoid this place. $$-$$$

GoUNH
03-25-2013, 11:38 AM
Well sounds like your season was similar to ours!

And is anyone else a little irked that ESPN didn't put this game on? I mean its the WCHA champs vs. HEA champs. Oh well, NESN will likely grab it for us

Yea but, to them its still just a college hockey game, and when is the last time we saw a college hockey game on ESPN.. I believe the games are on ESPNU.

aznman08
03-25-2013, 12:34 PM
This match-up is a really tough draw for both teams. Both teams are playing some of their best hockey right now and it's a shame one of them has to exit after only one game. It may be the best game of the tournament and would be better suited for a semi-final or final. Against all conventional wisdom, Wisconsin has been a better road team than home team this year. They seem to feed off the opposing crowd rooting against them. If that tendency holds up, the heavily Lowell favorable crowd may actually help the Badgers. Whatever the final score, I'm hoping it plays out as well on the ice as it does on paper.

Go Red!

Lowell also has a better road record than at home (13-5-1) not including the TD garden which is BU/BC's backyard.
With the way these two teams are playing since the holiday break, I feel the winner of this game will get to travel to Pittsburgh.

CleggyofUML
03-25-2013, 01:42 PM
Yea but, to them its still just a college hockey game, and when is the last time we saw a college hockey game on ESPN.. I believe the games are on ESPNU.

Unfortunately true.

And our game is being replayed at 10:30 on ESPNU if I remember correctly

unhpuckfan2001
03-25-2013, 04:07 PM
Unfortunately true.

And our game is being replayed at 10:30 on ESPNU if I remember correctly

From the "Syndicated Broadcast Thread" - NESN has picked up the Broadcast of this game LIVE at 430pm. Good for y'all if you can't make it to beautiful downtown Manchester (chuckle).