NO. 5 RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY HOSTS PROVIDENCE IN HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS
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SCOUTING THE FRIARS: No. 8 seed Providence enters the Hockey East quarterfinal series with a 10-21-3 overall record and a 9-15-3 league record, securing the final spot in the playoffs in the final weekend of the regular season...The Friars finished the conference schedule with 21 points, three points ahead of Lowell and two points behind No. 7 seed Northeastern...PC enter’s the weekend on a season-high three-game win streak where they have outscored their opponents 16 to 4 during that time...Providence won their final game of the regular-season, a 2-1 win at Merrimack on Saturday, March 3rd...The Friars own a 3-11-2 road record this season, which includes a 0-2 record in two meetings at the Whittemore Center this year...In their last 10 games, the Friars own a 4-4-2 record, including a 3-1-1 record in their last five contests...Junior forward Jon Rheault leads the team in scoring with 25 points (12g, 13a), while sophomore forward Nick Mazzolini has amassed 21 points (5g, 16a) as the team’s second leading scorer...Senior forward Colin McDonald leads the team with 13 goals...Junior neminder Tyler Sims has logged the majority in between the pipes with a 7-18-2 mark (2.72 GAA, .899 save%).

series history vs.  PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 129 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927 with UNH leading the series at 67-50-12...Coach Umile owns a 36-21-5 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 19-3-0 all-time record in 22 meetings vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center...UNH won the season series 2-1 and the Friars won the last meeting on Feb. 24 (7-1)...The Wildcats have won the last eight meetings vs. Providence at Towse Rink and they have outscored the Friars 18 to 7 in that span...PC’s last win at UNH came on March 12, 2004 a 4-3 overtime victory...In the last 13 games at the Whittemore Center, UNH owns a 12-1-0 mark...In the last 12 games, the Friars have managed more than two goals once...Senior forward Brett Hemingway is the active leading career scorer vs. PC with 4-11-15 in 16 games, while linemate Jacob Micflikier is second with 14 points (8g, 6a) in 15 games...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan is 4-1-1 in five career starts vs. Providence with a 2.03 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

WATCH THE QUARTERFINALS LIVE ON THE B2 NETWORKS: Hockey East and B2 Networks announced that all but one of the Hockey East men’s quarterfinals will be broadcast live worldwide via streaming on B2 Networks... Fans looking to catch the Hockey East quarterfinals via B2 will need a high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher...All games will be available for the normal B2 rate of $6, although B2 is offering a special package for all men’s quarterfinal games for $30...All games can be accessed through the league’s website, www.hockeyeastonline.com, by clicking on the B2 logo.

UNH VS. PROVIDENCE IN THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT: UNH and Providence have met 12 times in the Hockey East playoffs with UNH holding the advantage at 8-4-0, with a 6-4 record in quaterfinal games and a 2-0 record in the Hockey East semifinals...This marks the third year in the last four that the Friars and Wildcats have faced off in the league quarterfinal series...UNH has won the last two quarterfinals series vs. PC (2-1 in 2004) and (2-0 in 2006)...Game 2 of the quarterfinals last season ended in a 2-1 win for the ‘Cats in double overtime on a goal by Daniel Winnik at 14:18, which marked the longest game in the program’s history (94:18)...Junior goalie Kevin Regan is 2-0-0 all-time vs. Providence in the Hockey East playoffs with a 0.50 GAA and .980 save% with 50 saves on 51 shots by the Friars.

THE ‘CATS IN THE HOCKEY EAST PLAYOFFS: UNH owns a 33-24-2 all-time record in the Hockey East Tournament, while in the last 19 games the Wildcats have a 15-4-0 record in tournament games...In the last five quarterfinals series, UNH owns a 10-1-0 mark...The Wildcats have won two Hockey East Tournament championships in team history in 2002 and 2003...Senior forward Jacob Micflikier is the Wildcats active leading scorer in the Hockey East playoffs with 13 points (7g, 6a) in 11 games, while Brett Hemingway is right behind with nine points (3g, 6a)...Kevin Regan owns a 3-1-0 all-time record with a 2.70 GAA and a .902 save% in the Hockey East Tournament.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats ended the regular-season with a 4-2 loss to No. 9 Boston College at Conte Forum on Saturday night...Craig Switzer and Greg Collins posted UNH’s two goals on the night...Freshman goaltender Brian Foster made his fourth collegiate start making 24 saves and allowing four goals in the losing cause...The ‘Cats outshot the Eagles, 41 to 28 on the night.
DID YOU KNOW?: Coach Umile needs only four victories to become to eighth active head coach with 400 career coaching victories...UNH is 4-5-1 is their last 10 games, they have been outscored 26 to 33 in that time, while scoring only three goals or more four times in those 10 contests...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has started 16 of the last 18 games for UNH...Sophomore foward Thomas Fortney is the lone Wildcat regular at forward to have won more than 50% of his faceoffs this season (51.7%; 281 W-263 L)...In the last four games, UNH has scored one power play goal in 13 chances and on the flip side have allowed six power-play goals in the same time frame.

MICFLIKIER NAMED TO PONTIAC FROZEN FOUR SKILLS CHALLENGE:  Senior forward Jacob Micflikier was named one of 32 players selected to participate in the 2007 Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge in St. Louis, Missouri at the Scottrade Center on Friday, April 6th...The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot... The competition will be held in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders...Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 314/241-1888. The Skills Challenge will begin at 7:30 p.m.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 40 points (19g, 21a) with a +16 plus/minus rating...He is the ranks tied second in the league in overall scoring and also ranks tied for second in conference scoring (32)...Smith ranks tied for second among league scorers with 19 goals and in league play he ranks third with 15 goals...Smith ranks 25th in the country scoring 1.18 points per game and posts 0.56 goals per game which is 19th in Division I hockey...Smith has 11 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 23 of 34 games this season...He has scored a goal in 15 games, with four multiple goal efforts in his second year at UNH...Smith has doubled his 20 points from his freshman year through 34 games...Smith started the season with a goal in his first six games of the season...He scored a goal in nine of his first 11 games and since then he has scored only eight goals in 21 games...UNH owns a 11-3-1 record when Smith scores a goal.

DEFENSE GETS OFFENSIVE: UNH’s defensive corps has certainly stepped into the offense this season with two of the top five blueliner scorers in Hockey East...Junior Brad Flaishans (21 pts.) and senior Chris Murray (19) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks fourth in the conference among defensive scorers and ranks tied for third in league play with 15 points...Murray ranks tied for fifth among conference defensemen with 19 points and in league play his 14 points also ranks tied for fifth...Murray has scored a career-high eight goals in his senior year, which ranks second among conference blueliners.

THE ‘CATS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: UNH’s offense ranks fifth best in the nation scoring 3.62 goals per game and allows only 2.35 goals per game which is eighth best in the nation...The Wildcats offense has scored 4+ goals on 17 occasions and the defense has allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of UNH’s 34 games...The ‘Cats have shutout their opponent three times and they have been shutout only once this season.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 31 points (18g, 13a)...He ranks tied for eighth in the nation scoring 0.64 goals per game...His 18 goals are the second best total on the team and he ranks tied fourth in Hockey East in goals scored despite missing six games due to injury...Radja has posted at least one point in 20 games with 10 multi-point efforts to his credit...In the 15 games that he has scored in, UNH owns a 12-2-1 record...He has set career-highs in goals and points in 06-07.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 37 points (12g, 25a) through 34 games in his junior season, which is 25 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his 24 assists are a team best...He ranks sixth in overall scoring in the league and also ranks fourth in the league games with 30 points...Fornataro has a point in 22 of 34 games this season with 10 multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 21-7-2 record in 30 starts in 06-07 with a 2.16 GAA and a .931 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 17-5-2 record with a 2.02 GAA and .933 save%...Regan ranks fourth in the league in GAA and second in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks third among conference goalies in GAA (2.02) and second in save percentage (.933)...His 73.3% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks fourth nationally...He also ranks ninth in the nation in GAA and tied for second in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of his 30 starts...His 21 wins in 06-07 rank is third among of Division I goaltenders, he is only one of five goalies in the nation with 20 wins in 06-07, Cory Schnider (20 wins) is the only other Hockey East goalie to accomplish that feat.
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