MEN'S HOCKEY BATTLES MIAMI IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONAL
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SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: No. 13 ranked and No. 4 seed Miami enters the Northeast Regional comes after being idle last weekend, as they lost in the two-game sweep by Lake Superior on March 9 and 10 in the CCHA quarterfinals... The RedHawks own a 23-13-4 overall record and a 16-8-4 record in league play finishing in third place in the league standings...Miami makes their fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament, including the third appearance under head coach Enrico Blasi...The RedHawks also qualified for the tournament in 2006 and 2004 under Blasi, in 1997 under Mark Mazzoleni and in 1993 under George Gwozdecky...The RedHawks own a 2-3-0 record in their last five games and a 5-4-1 record in their last 10 contests...Miami has a 8-8-3 record this season away from its home rink...MU played one Hockey East team this season, a 4-1 loss to Vermont on Oct. 7 in the IceBreaker in Oxford, Ohio...Junior forward Nathan Davis and Hobey Baker Finalist leads the team in scoring with 49 points (20g, 29a) for Miami, while junior Ryan Jones has amassed 46 points (28g, 18a) as the second leading scorer and the leading goal scorer...Jones’ 0.70 goals per game is the fourth best total among Division I players...Jeff Zatkoff and Charlie Effinger have both seen time in net for Miami playing in 24 and 17 games respectively...Zatkoff owns a 13-7-3 record (2.24 GAA and a .918 save%), while Effinger is 10-6-1 with a 2.67 GAA and a .896 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MIAMI: The Wildcats and RedHawks have faced each other six times in the all-time series with UNH holding the advantage at 4-2 with the last meeting, a Wildcat win, 3-1 coming on Dec. 20, 2003 in the first round of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn...UNH also won the previous meeting, 4-0 on Dec. 30, 2000 in the consolation game of the Dartmouth Tournament...The Wildcats have won the last four meetings by a combined score of 18 to 4...The teams first met on Nov. 28, 1993 at the Great Western Freeze Out in Inglewood, Calif., which was a 3-2 win for Miami in overtime...Four of the six meetings have been on neutral ice with both teams winning two games apiece...The teams did play twice in the 2000-2001 season..UNH and Miami will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the first time on Saturday

HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT RECAP:  The Wildcats were defeated by Boston College in the Hockey East title game, 5-2 on Saturday, March 17 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston...Chris Murray was the lone Wildcat named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team with three points (1g, 2a) in the four games...Mike Radja had five assists as UNH’s leading scorer in the tournament, while Bobby Butler had four points (3g, 1a) in the tourney...10 different Wildcats had multiple points in the tournament...Junior goalie Kevin Regan started all four games with a 3-1-0 record and a 1.38 GAA and a .963 save percentage with 157 saves on 163 shots by the opponent...Freshman Danny Rossman scored his first collegiate goal in the 3-2 double overtime win against Massachusetts on Friday, March 16th in the Hockey East semifinals.

DID YOU KNOW?: Coach Umile needs only one victory to become to ninth active head coach with 400 career coaching victories and he would be the second Div. I coach this season along with UNH alum Joe Marsh...The Wildcats own a 6-4-2 record in 12 all-time games at Verizon, including a 0-1 record in NCAA Tournament games...There has been a total of 14 Division I college hockey games played at the Verizon Wireless Arena, which includes three tournament games in 2004...The Wildcats owns a 0-1-1 record vs. Boston College in two all-time games at the VWA in Manchester...The ‘Cats own a 6-7-2 record against the 16-team NCAA field in 15 games.
THE WILDCATS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: UNH owns a 12-20 all-time record in the NCAA playoffs, which includes a 10-12 all-time record under head coach Dick Umile. The Wildcats have qualified for the tournament in the last six seasons, they are one of only four Division I teams along with Maine, Minnesota and Michigan to accomplish that feat...This will mark the ‘Cats 17th appearance in the tournament and the 13th trip under Umile’s guidance...UNH’s senior class becomes the fourth class in school history to in a berth in the NCAA’s in all four seasons of competition... UNH has appeared in seven Frozen Fours (1977, 1979, 1982, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003) to go along with two national championship appearances (1999, 2003).

THE NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONAL ON TELEVISION: Gary Thorne and Barry Melrose will call the games for ESPN from Manchester...Comcast (CN8) will carry all three Northeast Regional games live...ESPNU will air both first round games on tape delay and will air the Regional Final live on Sunday...The first round games and Regional Final can also been seen live on Altitude in Denver, Colorado and Cox TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while Comcast Sports Net in Sacramento, California, Mediacom in Des Moines, Iowa, MASN in Balitmore, MetroSports in Kansas City and Time Warner in Rochester and Syracuse will all air the Regional Final live.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Northeast Regionals are still available by calling 603-868-7300 or logging onto the internet at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Whittemore Center or Verizon Wireless arena box offices. Tickets for the three-game package are $74 dollars per ticket. Start times for the first-round games on Saturday, March 24 are 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., while the Regional Final will be played on Sunday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. The winner of the Northeast Regional will advance to the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four in St. Louis, Mo. at the Scottrade Center.

GENERAL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: In the other first round game in Manchester, No. 2 seed Boston College (26-11-1) returns to Manchester for the second time in NCAA play to square off against No. 3 seed St. Lawrence (23-13-2) coached by UNH alum Joe Marsh in the 4:30 p.m. game on Saturday...UNH will host the NCAA Northeast Regional for the second time in school history and for the first time since 2004...The No. 3 seed UNH fell to No. 2 seed Michigan, 4-1 on March 27 and No. 1 seed Boston College defeated No. 4 seed Niagara, 5-2, while Boston College defeated Michigan in the regional final on March 28 to advance to the 2004 Frozen Four in Boston...Only two Wildcats Brett Hemingway and Jacob Micflikier played in the NCAA regional in Manchester in 2004 vs. Michigan, seniors Josh Ciocco, Shawn Vinz and Chris Murray were all healthy scratches for that game vs. the Wolverines.

BUTLER NAMED HOCKEY EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Freshman forward Bobby Butler was named Superskills Hockey Rookie of the Week by the Hockey East Associaion on Monday...Butler had a career weekend scoring three points (2g, 1a) in the Hockey East Championships at the TD Banknorth Garden in two games...Butler started the weekend tying his career-high with two points (1g, 1a) on Friday night vs. Massachusetts in the league semifinal scoring the game-winning goal just 1:30 into double overtime to send the Wildcats to the Hockey East championship game...He also added a goal in UNH’s 5-2 loss to Boston College in the Championship game on Saturday night...He has notched 12 points (9g, 3a) in his first season as a Wildcat playing in 37 of 38 games for UNH. Butler is the leading rookie scorer on the Wildcats and his nine goals are tied for the fifth best total on UNH’s roster... His point total is tied for 15th best among league rookies... He has scored a point in 10 games this season with two multi-point efforts...Butler has recorded four points (3g, 1a) in his last three games.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 43 points (21g, 22a)...He is the ranks tied for third 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 21  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 25 of 38 games this season...He has scored a goal in 17 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 12-4-1 record when Smith scores a goal...Was named a First-Team Hockey East All-Star and is the first sophomore in the history of UNH hockey to earn such an honor.

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 (22) 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 fifth best in the nation scoring 3.63 goals per game and allows only 2.29 goals per game which is eighth best in the nation...The Wildcats offense has scored 4+ goals on 19 occasions and the defense has allowed two goals or fewer in 22 of UNH’s 38 games...The ‘Cats have shutout their opponent five times and they have been shutout only once this season by Massachusetts on Jan. 20th.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored a career-high 40 points (13g, 27a) through 38 games in his junior season, which is 28 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his 27 assists are best on the team...He ranks tied for seventh in overall scoring in the league and also ranks fourth in the league games with 30 points...Fornataro has a point in 24 of 38 games this season with 11 multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 24-8-2 record in 34 starts in 06-07 with a 2.06GAA 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)...He also ranks fifth in the nation in GAA and first in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 20 of his 34 starts...His 24 wins in 06-07 rank is tied for fourth among of Division I goaltenders, he is only one of seven 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...Is one of four Division I goalies with 1,000+ saves.
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