UNH TAKES ON DARTMOUTH IN THE "BATTLE FOR THE RIVERSTONE CUP" ON SATURDAY
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SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN: Dartmouth enters Saturday’s game with a 6-7-2 overall record and a 5-5-2 record in 12 ECACHL games, they currently occupy second place in the conference standings...The Big Green are coming off a 6-2 at Rensselaer on Saturday, Jan. 6 and before that, Dartmouth dropped a 4-1 decision at Union on Friday, Jan. 5...In the last 10 games, the Big Green own a 3-5-2 record...They own a 3-5-2 record at Thompson Arena this season and a 3-2-0 on the road...Junior forward David Jones leads the team in scoring with 9-12-21 in 15 games, while senior captain Tanner Glass ranks second on the team in points with 13 (4g, 9a)...Junior goalie Mike Devine has played every minunte for Dartmouth this season, posting a 6-7-2 record (2.64 GAA, .911 save%)...DC owns a 2-3-0 against common opponents...They have four NHL draft picks and three players from the Granite State on their roster.

SERIES HISTORY VS. DARTMOUTH: The Wildcats and Big Green have met 47 times in the all-time series history with UNH holding the advantage at 29-16-2, which dates back to February 19, 1936...The ‘Cats won last year’s meeting, 5-4 on Jan. 14, 2006, while Dartmouth won the meeting the previous year, 9-8 on Jan. 12, 2005...Coach Umile owns a 7-3-1 lifetime record against Darmouth...The last meeting between the two schools on a campus site was Dec. 29, 2000 in a 6-2 Dartmouth win at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H.

LAST TIME OUT:  Senior defenseman Chris Murray scored the game-winning goal with 3:36 remaining left to complete the weekend sweep of #15 ranked Vermont on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse...Trevor Smith also scored for the second straight contest...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan made 34 saves on 35 shots by the Catamounts...Vermont outshot UNH, 35-27.

ON WMUR-TV: WMUR-TV (Channel 9) will broadcast the game live with WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton handling the play-by-play duties and Jason King and Naoko Funayama providing color commentary.

TREVOR SMITH NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith was named Hockey East Player of the Week honors on Monday afternoon...Smith, who won the award for the second time this season, totaled four points (3g, 1a) with a +2 rating last week in two wins over #15 ranked Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse this past weekend...He registered a three-point effort (2g, 1a) in the 7-1 victory on Friday night and also added a goal in the 2-1 win on Saturday..He registered a team-high 10 shots on goal against the Catamounts in two games...He leads the Wildcats roster in points with 30 and his 14 goals are tied for a team best along with Mike Radja...Smith leads Hockey East in scoring and in league games his 22 points are best among conference skaters...His 1.50 points per game ranks tied for eighth natonally.

UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s offense ranks first in the nation scoring 4.30 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is now ranked fifth allowing 2.00 goals per game...UNH also ranks second in scoring margin outscoring their opponent by 2.30 goals per game, while the power play (20.4%) is13th best nationally...UNH’s penalty kill also is 15th best in the nation among Division I teams (86.7%)...The ‘Cats rank third in combined special teams at 58.0% and their team winning percentage is second best only to Minnesota at 82.5%.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: With the weekend sweep of Vermont, the ‘Cats are off to their best road start in school history and their best road stretch over any 10-game period at 10-0-0...The Wildcats’ previous best start was a 7-0-0 record that was set in the 1996-1997 season from Nov. 1, 1996 to Dec. 27, 1997.

THE HISTORY OF THE RIVERSTONE CUP: Saturday’s game marks the sixth annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup” at the Verizon Wireless Arena...In last year’s game, Eric Przepiorka scored with 45 seconds left to tie the game at 4-4, then Jacob Micflikier scored with 15 seconds left to give UNH the win, 5-4...Mike Devine made 28 saves for DC, while Kevin Regan totaled 43 saves in the victory...The Wildcats won the inaugural game on Dec. 13, 2001 (6-3)...Past RiverStone Players of the Game include: Colin Hemingway- UNH (01-02), Dan Yacey- DC (02-03), Mike Ayers and Steve Saviano- UNH (03-04), Jarrett Sampson- DC (04-05) and Jacob Micflikier- UNH (05-06)...The Wildcats own a 3-1-1 record in the five games against Dartmouth in the “Battle for the RiverStone Cup”...UNH owns a 5-3-2 record in 10 all-time games at Verizon...In all, 12 total all-time Division I college hockey games have been played there with nine regular season games and three games in the 2004 NCAA Northeast Regional.

DID YOU KNOW?: UNH is 10-0-0 on the road this season, which marks the best road record in college hockey, only Minnesota is the only other Division I unbeaten team on the road at 8-0-1...The ‘Cats own a 7-1-1 record against nationally ranked teams this season...Jacob Micflikier ranks third in the nation in assists at 1.00 per game...UNH’s defense ranks fourth in the nation allowing 2.00 goals per game...UNH is 14-1-1 in their last 16 games and have outscored their opponents 70 to 20 in that time...Six of the top nine scorers in Hockey East are from UNH and in league play the Wildcats occupy the top four spots on the scoring leaderboard...Jerry Pollastrone leads the nation in game-winning goals with five...UNH needs only four wins for its 11th consecutive 20+ win season.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 30 points (14g, 16a) with a +22 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (22)...Smith is also tied for the conference lead in goal scoring with 14...Smith ranks tied for eighth in the country scoring 1.50 points per game and his 0.70 goals per game is ninth best in the nation...Smith has nine multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 15 of 20 games this season...Smith has already exceeded his 20 points from his freshman year through 16 games...Smith started the season with a goal in his first six games of the season.

DEFENSE GETS OFFENSIVE: UNH’s defensive corps has certainly stepped into the offense this season with three of the top five blueliner scorers in Hockey East...Junior Brad Flaishans (14 pts.), senior Chris Murray (13) and junior Craig Switzer (13) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks tied for first in the conference among defensive scorers, along with Bret Tyler of Maine...Murray ranks first among conference defensemen with seven goals scored and he ranks tied for third nationally in that category...In conference play, Switzer’s nine points leads the league, along with Sean Sullivan of Boston University.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with 22 points (14g, 8a)...He ranks fifth in the nation scoring 0.78 goals per game...He ranks tied for seventh in the league in scoring and his 14 goals are best among conference players, along with Trevor Smith...Radja has posted at least one point in 14 games with seven multi-point performances to his credit...In the 11 games that he scored in, UNH owned a 9-1-1 record...Prior to his injury, he had posted a point in four of the last five games with seven points (4g, 3a) during that time...He has set career-highs in goals and points in 06-07.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone and Trevor Smith along with junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 79 points (31g, 48a) this season in 20 games, which makes that line the third highest scoring line in Division I hockey...This line averages 3.95 points per game...As a line, they have accounted for 34.2% of the ‘Cats offense this season...Pollastrone ranks ranks first in nation in game winning goals with five...He has already surpassed his freshman point total of 16 points in 05-06.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 27 points (9g, 18a) through 20 games in his junior season, which is 15 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +22 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...His 1.35 points per game is the 17th best total in Division I hockey...Fornataro also has the 12th best assist average in the country scoring 0.90 assists per game...He ranks third in overall scoring in the league and second in the league games with 20 points...Fornataro has a point in 14 of 20 games this season with eight multi-point efforts...He has amassed a point in the last three games with 2-3-5 in that span.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 14-3-1 record in 06-07 with a 2.14 GAA and a .927 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 11-1-1 record with a 1.87 GAA and .934 save%...He needs only one victory to tie his career-high which he set in his freshman season with 15...Regan ranks fourth in the league in GAA and fourth in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks third among conference goalies in GAA (1.87) and second in save% (.934)...His 80.6% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks fourth nationally...He also ranks 11th in the nation in GAA and 12th in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his 18 starts...He is logged 1063+ minutes this season, which ranks ninth among goalies in Division I hockey.
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