MEN'S HOCKEY TAKES ON MERRIMACK IN WEEKEND HOCKEY EAST SERIES
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SCOUTING THE WARRIORS: The Warriors enter the weekend Hockey East series with a 3-19-4 overall record and a 3-14-2 mark in 19 conference games...Merrimack is coming off the weekend with a 1-0 loss in overtime against Northeastern on Friday at Matthews Arena in Boston...The Warriors own a 1-11-1 record away from Thom Lawler Arena this season...Freshman forward, Pat Kimball leads the team in scoring with nine points (3g, 6a) in 26 games, while freshman forward J.C Robitaille has totaled 3-5-8 in 23 games as the Warriors second leading scorer...In net, senior goaltender Jim Healey was named Hockey East ITECH Goaltender of the Month in January...Healey owns a 1-8-2 record on the season with a 2.65 GAA and a .908 save percentage, while Patrick Watson has also played in nine games with a 2-6-1 record to go along with a 3.09 GAA and a .884 save%...The Warriors have killed off 70 of their last 76 penalties, including all four against the Huskies of Friday night (92.1%)...Merrimack has gone 0-6-2 in their last eight games with its last victory coming on Jan. 5 vs. Massachusetts at Lawler Arena.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 55-11-7 in 73 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960...The Wildcats have won six of the last eight meetings, which includes the 5-0 UNH win in the first meeting of the season series on Nov. 28...UNH owns a 20-2-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile in his 17-year coaching career has compiled a 43-8-6 all-time mark against the Warriors...The ‘Cats are 10-1-0 in the last 11 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink...In UNH’s last seven wins against the Warriors, UNH has outscored Merrimack, 38 to 6...Senior forward Jacob Micflikier is the active leading Wildcat scorer against Merrimack with nine points (3g, 6a) in 10 games, while classmate and linemate Brett Hemingway has totaled 4-3-7 in nine games for UNH...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan, who has shutout Merrimack in his last two starts (53 saves), has posted a 5-1-0 lifetime record against the Warriors with a 0.84 GAA and a .971 save percentage.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats rebounded from the 4-2 loss against Maine on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena with a 2-1 win at the Whittemore Center on Saturday night in front of a standing room crowd at Towse Rink...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan had a outstanding performance with a career-high 46 saves en route to earning the ITECH No. 1 Star of the Game...Matt Fornataro scored his 12th goal of the season, while Mike Radja scored his team-leading 15th goal of the year with the game-winner at 11:40 of the second period.

THE ‘CATS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: UNH’s offense is third best in the nation scoring 3.88 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is the fourth best unit in the country allowing 2.00 goals per game...The Wildcats offense has scored 4+ goals on 15 occasions and the defense has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of UNH’s 26 games...The ‘Cats have shutout their opponent three times and they have been shutout only once this season (Jan. 20 at UMass).

DID YOU KNOW?: UNH is one of only three schools is Division I hockey to post 20+ wins in the last 11 seasons, the other two teams include Michigan (20 years) and Michigan State (15 years), the next closest Hockey East team is Maine at eight consecutive seasons...Coach Umile needs only seven win to reach the 400 win mark in his 17-year collegiate coaching career...The Wildcats own a 7-3-0 record in the last 10 games...They have won every season series to date except to Massachusetts, which was the first Hockey East series loss in two years for UNH...The ‘Cats are one of eight teams in the nation to score 100+ goals on the season...UNH has posted a 3-0-1 record this season against its last four opponents on the regular-season schedule...The Wildcats own a 8-2-1 record this season against nationally ranked opponents, according the to the USCHO.com RPI index, the ‘Cats have the 11th toughest schedule in Division I.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 33 points (15g, 18a) with a +22 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (25)...Smith is also the conference goal scoring leader with 15...Smith ranks tied for 19th in the country scoring 1.27 points per game...Smith has 10 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 17 of 26 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...He scored a goal in nine of his first 11 games and since then he has scored only four goals in 15 games.

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 (18 pts.), senior Chris Murray (16) and junior Craig Switzer (14) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks third in the conference among defensive scorers...Murray ranks second among conference defensemen with seven goals scored and in league play his 11 points are third best...Flaishans leads all conference blueliners in league games with 12 points...Switzer has the seventh best point total among Hockey East defensemen and the fifth best total in league play with 10 points.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 23 points (15g, 8a)...He ranks tied for third in the nation scoring 0.75 goals per game...His 15 goals rank tied for first in the league despite missing six games due to injury...Radja has posted at least one point in 15 games with seven multi-point efforts to his credit...In the 12 games that he scored in, UNH owned a 10-1-1 record...He has set career-highs in goals and points in 06-07.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone, Trevor Smith and junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 87 points (35g, 52a) this season in 26 games...This line averages 3.34 points per game...As a line, they have accounted for 32.2% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 32 points (12g, 20a) through 26 games in his junior season, which is 20 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 1.23 points per game is tied for 27th best total in Division I hockey...He ranks tied for second in overall scoring in the league and ranks tied for first in the league games with 25 points...Fornataro has a point in 17 of 26 games this season with 10 multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 18-4-1 record in 23 starts in 06-07 with a 2.02 GAA and a .935 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 14-2-1 record with a 1.78 GAA and .940 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 (1.78) and first in save percentage (.940)...His 80.4% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks third nationally...He also ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 15 of his 23 starts...His 18 wins in 06-07 rank third among of Division I goaltenders.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: UMass handed UNH its first road loss of the season on Saturday, Jan. 20 breaking their school record 10-game winning streak away from the Whittemore Center...UNH is now 10-1-0 in 11 road games this season...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.
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