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Notebook: UNH goes back to basics

Renewed focus on defensive discipline has paid off for Hockey East-leading Wildcats

Updated: January 25, 2010, 2:13 PM ET
By Brian MacPherson | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Dick Umile didn't make any dramatic strategic overhaul. The University of New Hampshire didn't go out and get itself a brand-new defensive unit after allowing 10 goals in a weekend trip to Wisconsin in late October.

The fix actually was relatively simple: The Wildcats renewed their focus on getting their bodies and their sticks in shooting and passing lanes, devoting significant practice time to three-on-three drills in front of the net that reward discipline and technique more than ...

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