SCOUTING THE WARRIORS: The Warriors enter the week with a 1-9-1 overall record and a 1-5-0 record in six Hockey East games...Merrimack last played on Saturday, Nov. 18 in a 4-1 loss against Vermont at Gutterson Field House...The Warriors are 0-5-0 in their last five games with their only win coming on Oct. 27th vs. Providence (3-2) at Schneider Arena...MC is 1-5-0 on the road this season and they are 0-4-1 at Thom Lawler Arena...The Warriors have been shut out or limited to one goal in eight of 11 games this season...MC is lead statistically by senior forward Mike Alexiou, who has posted five points (1g, 4a) in 11 games, and freshman forward J.C. Robitaille who has recorded 2-2-4 in nine contests...Merrimack has used three different goalies in between the pipes this season – senior Jim Healey, sophomore Patrick Watson and freshman Andrew Brathwaite...Healey has seen most time in net for the Warriors playing in seven games with a 1-5-1 record (3.56 GAA, .887 save%)...Brathwaite is 0-2-0 with a 3.47 GAA and a .869 save percentage, while Watson is 0-2-0 with a 4.50 GAA and a .839 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 54-11-7 in 72 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960...The Wildcats have won five of the last seven meetings, which includes the teams splitting the season series last year; 1-1 tie on Feb. 11; a 7-4 ‘Cats win Feb. 10 at the Whittemore Center and a 1-0 loss Nov. 29 at Lawler Arena...UNH owns a 19-2-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile in his 17-year coaching career has compiled a 42-8-6 all-time mark against the Warriors...The ‘Cats are 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink... Junior goaltender Kevin Regan owns a 4-1-0 lifetime record vs. Merrimack College with a 1.01 GAA and .966 save percentage, while Jacob Micflikier has amassed 3-6-9 in nine career games vs. the Warriors.

LAST TIME OUT:  UNH posted its seventh road win of the season with a 3-1 victory at Northeastern on Saturday night at Matthews Arena...Freshman blueliner Kevin Kapstad scored his first collegiate goal, while Brett Hemingway and Thomas Fortney also potted goals for the Wildcats...Junior netminder Kevin Regan posted 28 saves in net in his 11th start of the season.

WILDCAT HOCKEY RANKED No. 2 IN THE NATION: UNH is ranked No. 2 nationally this week in both the USCHO/ and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after two wins last week...The Wildcats defeated No. 4 Boston College, 6-3, last Tuesday night at Conte Forum and posted a 3-1 win at Northeastern on Saturday night at Matthews Arena. The ‘Cats jumped from their previous highest ranking of No. 8 in both polls last week, which marked their highest jump of the season in either poll...The last time UNH was ranked this high in either poll was Nov. 10, 2003, when they earned the No. 2 spot in both polls. The last time the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the nation was Oct. 20, 2003 in the USCHO poll.

REGAN NAMED HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goaltender Kevin Regan was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Hockey East Association on Monday afternoon...Regan, who won the award for the first time this season and for the fourth time in his Wildcat career, started both games last weekend for the Wildcats against No. 4 Boston College and Northeastern and made 49 saves on 53 shots by the opponent in the two victories...He made 21 saves in his 30th collegiate win with the 6-3 win against the Eagles at Conte Forum on Tuesday night and he made 28 saves in the 3-1 victory against the Huskies at Matthews Arena...He has started 11 of UNH’s 12 games this season and owns a 8-2-1 record with a 2.55 GAA and a .914 save percentage...In league play, he has amassed a 2.36 GAA and a .917 save percentage with a 6-1-1 record...Regan has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his 11 starts. During UNH’s eight-game unbeaten streak, Regan owns a 6-0-1 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone and Trevor Smith along with junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 55 points (22g, 33a) this season in 12 games, which makes it the third highest scoring line in Division I hockey...Smith leads the team and Hockey East in scoring with 21 points and he ranks fifth in the nation at 1.75 points per game...Fornataro and Pollastrone are both one point away from matching their career-high point totals...Pollastrone also ranks tied for first in nation in game winning goals with three...As a line, they have accounted for 37% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

UNH’S OFFENSE FIRES ON ALL CYLINDERS: The Wildcats offense ranks first in the nation scoring 4.53 goals per game...During UNH’s recent eight-game unbeaten steak, the ‘Cats have scored 39 goals averaging 4.87 goals per game...UNH has scored four or more goals in eight of 12 games this season.

THE EIGHT-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: UNH has an eight-game unbeaten streak, the second longest in the country, and the ‘Cats have outscored their opponent 26-8 during that time...The last time that the Wildcats had a eight-game unbeaten streak was Feb. 14, 2003 to March 8, 2003...That 02-03 team went on to the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. and went into the NCAA national title game with a 13-game unbeaten steak of 10-0-3.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: UNH matched its best start on the road in school history with two more road wins last week at Boston College and Northeastern with a perfect 7-0-0 record away from the Whittemore Center...With one more win on the road, UNH would break the all-time school road record to start a season, which was set in the 1996-1997 season from Nov. 1, 1996 to Dec. 27, 1997...The ‘Cats have three home games and one road game left – Wednesday, Dec. 6 vs. UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Arena – before Christmas break.

DID YOU KNOW?: Nine different Wildcats scored a goal last week and every UNH player to skate in a game this season has posted at least one point this year...UNH won at Conte Forum for the first time since Nov. 19, 2002...The ‘Cats are off to their best overall start since 99-00 when the team went 9-2-1 in the first 12 games, and that team started the season 15-2-1 in the first 18 games of the year...UNH has matched its best start ever in Hockey East play with a 7-1-1 record, which they also started in the 1999-2000 season...Four Wildcats are among the top six scorers in Hockey East which includes; Smith- 21 pts., Forntaro- 19 pts., Micflikier- 18 pts. and Radja- 15 pts...Three of the top four defensive scorers in Hockey East reside in Durham, which include; Flaishans- 10 and Murray/Switzer- 8 pts...The Wildcat defense ranks tied for ninth in the nation allowing 2.33 goals per game.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has scored at least one goal in nine of 12 games for UNH this season posting 21 points (11g, 10a) with a +16 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in scoring and goal scoring...He ranks second in the nation in goal scoring at 0.92 per game...Smith ranks fifth in the country scoring 1.75 points per game...Smith has five multi-point efforts to his credit already this season with seven points (2g, 5a) in his last three games...He has registered at least one point in 10 of 12 games this season...Smith has already exceeded his 20 points from his freshman year through 12 games.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 15 points (10g, 5a)...His 10 goals are the second best total on the team and that is a career-high for him after posting eight goals in each of the last two seasons...He ranks third in the conference in goals and he ranks sixth in the nation scoring 0.83 goals per game...Radja has scored a point in his last six games with 5-3-8 during that time.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 19 points through 12 games in his junior season, which is seven points more than he recorded in 05-06...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +18 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...He ranks second in the league in scoring...Fornataro also ranks second in Hockey East with 14 assists...His 1.58 points per game is the tied for the 11th best total in Division I hockey and his 1.17 assists per game ranks fifth nationally, ...Fornataro has a point in nine of 12 games this season with six multi-point efforts.
MICFLIKIER SHOWS CONSISTENCY: Senior forward Jacob Micflikier has registered a point in 11 of 12 games for the ‘Cats...He ranks third on the team in scoring with 18 points (3g, 15a)...Micflikier has notched five points (5a) in his last three games...He ranks fourth in the conference in scoring and his assist total is best among Hockey East players...His 1.25 assists per game ranks third in the country...He is UNH’s active leading scorer with 130 career points ranking 41st on the Wildcat all-time scoring list, along with former teammate Preston Callander...Micflikier and linemate Brett Hemingway are only two of three Hockey East players with 50 career goals, along with Michel Leveille of Maine.

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