NO. 3 RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY TAKES ON NO. 12 MASSACHUSETTS IN HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS ON FRIDAY NIGHT
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SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: No. 12 ranked Massachusetts enters the weekend on a six-game win streak, the second longest in the nation...UMass owns a overall record of 20-11-5 and a 15-9-3 record in league play, finishing fourth in the regular-season standings...They swept Maine in the Hockey East quarterfinals by scores of 3-2 on March 9th and 5-2 on March 10 at the Mullins Center...The Minutemen are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games...They have outscored their opponents 23 to 11 in their current six-game win streak...UMass owned a league-best 14-3-3 record at home and a 6-8-2 record in 16 games away from the Mullins Center, which includes a 0-1-1 neutral site mark...Senior forward Chris Capraro leads the team in scoring with 34 points (9g, 25a) in 32 games, while sophomore forward Cory Quirk has totaled 30 points (13g, 17a)...Senior Mark Matheson also is tied for the team lead with 13 goals splitting time at forward and defense...Sophomore netminder Jon Quick has logged almost all the time in goal with a 18-10-5 record in 34 starts for the Minutemen (2.20 GAA, .928 save%).

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 69-16-5 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 90 all-time meetings dating back to February 13, 1926...UMass was one of three Hockey East teams to win the season series with the Wildcats this year (2-1) with the Minutemen winning the last meeting on Jan. 20 at the Mullins Center, 3-0...Coach Umile owns a 31-8-4 all-time record against UMass in his 17-year coaching career...The Minutemen have won three of the last five meetings...UNH has the edge over the last 10 games at 6-4-0, while Massachusetts has won three of the last five games...Senior forward Jacob Micflikier is the Wildcats active leading scorer against the Minutemen with 15 points (7g, 8a) in 10 games, while classmate Brett Hemingway has tallied nine points (4g, 5a) in 11 contests...Junior netminder Kevin Regan owns a 3-2-0 career mark against the Minutemen in five career starts with a 1.98 GAA and a .922 save percentage...He has given up one goal in three of those five starts.

UNH VS. UMASS IN THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT: UNH and UMass have met four times in the history of the Hockey East Tournament, including two times in the semifinals with both teams winning one game apiece...UMass won the last meeting in the Hockey East semifinals on March 19, 2004 (2-5) and the ‘Cats recorded a 5-4 win on March 14, 2003 in the semifinals on their way to the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y.
  
THE ‘CATS IN THE HOCKEY EAST PLAYOFFS:  UNH has a 35-24-2 record in 61 all-time tournament games, which includes two tournament titles in 2002 and 2003...The Wildcats own a 6-6 all-time mark in the semifinal round and Coach Umile owns a 32-19-1 coaching record all-time in the Hockey East tournament...The Wildcats are 17-6-0 in their last 23 league tournament games...UNH is one of only two teams along with Boston U. to advance to the Hockey East semifinals the last six seasons and the Wildcats have also appeared in three championship games...UNH first appeared in the Hockey East semifinals in 1990 and this will mark their 13 appearance in the semifinals...The Wildcats own a 2-4-0 all-time record in the Hockey East championship game, while Boston U. and Boston College have won six titles apiece and Maine has won five.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats capped on the quarterfinal sweep of Providence with a 6-0 victory on Friday night at the Whittemore Center...UNH scored three goals in the second period en route to their sixth consecutive trip to the TD Banknorth Garden...Senior blueliner Chris Murray tied a career-high with three points, while Thomas Fortney posted the second two-goal game of his career...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan had a another outstanding performance with 42 saves in the shutout win...He became the first goalie to not allow a goal over two quarterfinal games...Regan was the second goalie to post back-to-back shutouts in tournament play along with John Curry of BU, while he was the fourth goalie in tournament history to post multiple shutouts (Ayers, Clemmensen, Curry)...Regan is the only goalie in Hockey East tournament history with three shutouts

DID YOU KNOW?: Coach Umile needs only two victories to become to eighth active head coach with 400 career coaching victories...The Wildcats power play converted three times on Friday night for only the second time this season with the other coming on Feb. 10 at Merrimack, in the last four games the power play is running at 26.6%...UNH is one of six teams in the country with a single-digit loss total and they are one of 16 with 20+ wins...UNH is one of seven teams in the country to be ranked in week in 06-07...The team is 17-1-1 when leading after the first period...UNH has scored 55 of its 133 goals in the second period this season (41.3%)...UNH is on the verge of their sixth straight NCAA berth, which would include the senior class that would qualify in all four years, which would mark only the fourth class in the program’s history to accomplish that feat...Sophomore forward Thomas Fortney (295W-280L) is the only Wildcat regularly in the lineup to win more than 50% of his faceoffs at 51.3%, the next highest UNH player is Trevor Smith at 46.9% (292W-330L)...Chris Murray’s five game-winning goals are the best of any Hockey East blueliner.

REGAN NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Kevin Regan was named CCM/RBK Hockey East Player of the Week for the first time this season on Monday by the conference office...Regan helped the top-seeded Wildcats advance to the Hockey East semifinals on Friday, March 16 with a pair of 42-save shutout efforts in the two-game sweep of Providence College in the Hockey East quarterfinals last week...He stopped all 84 shots by the Friars in the two-game set...His 42 saves in each shutout were a Hockey East tournament record...He owns a 23-7-2 record this year in 32 starts with a 2.02 GAA and a .936 save percentage with three shutouts...Regan ranks third in the league in GAA and first among conference goalies in save percentage. He has allowed two goals or less in 20 of his 32 starts and has amassed 30+ saves on 14 occasions...Regan has notched 40+ saves three times this year, including a career-high 46 saves on Feb. 3 vs. Maine...In his last 10 starts, Regan owns a 6-3-1 record with a 1.92 GAA and a .946 save percentage...On the national leaderboard, Regan ranks first in the nation in save percentage and fifth in the country in GAA...His 75% winning percentage is fourth best in Div. I college hockey and his 23 wins are a career-high which also ranks fourth nationally.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 42 points (20g, 22a)...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 20  goals and in league play he ranks third with 15 goals...Smith has 12 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 24 of 36 games this season...He has scored a goal in 16 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...UNH owns a 12-3-1 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 (22 pts.) and senior Chris Murray (2) have had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans and Murray ranks tied for fifth in the league among defensive scorers...Murray has scored a career-high nine goals in his senior year, which ranks second among conference blueliners.

THE ‘CATS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: UNH’s offense ranks fourth best in the nation scoring 3.69 goals per game and allows only 2.22 goals per game which is sixth best in the nation...The Wildcats offense has scored 4+ goals on 19 occasions and the defense has allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of UNH’s 36 games...The ‘Cats have shutout their opponent five 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 36 points (18g, 18a)...He ranks tied for 13th in the nation scoring 0.60 goals per game...His 18 goals are the second best total on the team and he ranks tied fifth in Hockey East in goals scored despite missing six games due to injury...Radja has posted at least one point in 22 games with 12 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...Has posted a league-high five points in the Hockey East tournament, which have all come on assists...In his last 10 games he has notched 13 points (3g, 10a), he has not scored a goal in seven games since Feb. 16 vs. BU.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 39 points (13g, 26a) through 36 games in his junior season, which is 27 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his 26 assists are second best on the team...He ranks seventh in overall scoring in the league and also ranks fourth in the league games with 30 points...Fornataro has a point in 23 of 36 games this season with 11 multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 23-7-2 record in 32 starts in 06-07 with a 2.02GAA and a .936 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 17-5-2 record with a 2.02 GAA and .933 save%...Regan ranks third in the league in GAA and first in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks third among conference goalies in GAA (2.02) and second in save percentage (.933)...His 75.0% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks fourth nationally...He also ranks fifth in the nation in GAA and first in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of his 32 starts...His 23 wins in 06-07 rank is fourth among of Division I goaltenders, he is only one of six goalies in the nation with 20 wins in 06-07, Cory Schneider (24 wins) is the only other Hockey East goalie to accomplish that feat.
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