NO. 3 MEN'S HOCKEY BATTLES WITH PROVIDENCE WEEKEND HOCKEY EAST SERIES
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SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence enters this weekend with a 7-20-3 overall record and a 6-14-3 in 23 Hockey East contests...The Friars are fighting for the last spot in the league playoffs as they currently occupy the eighth spot along UMass-Lowell with each team posting 15 points...PC earned one point last weekend after a 3-3 tie with Northeastern on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Schneider Arena and a 3-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday, Feb. 16 at Matthews Arena...Providence owns a 3-5-2 record in its last 10 games, which includes 1-2-2 record in the last five games...PC’s last victory came on Feb. 3 at Vermont (4-1)...The Friars have amassed a 5-9-1 home record this season and a 2-10-2 road record in 06-07...Providence has scored two goals or less in 21 of its 30 games this year...Sophomore forward Nick Mazzolini leads the team in scoring with 16 points (4g, 12a) in 30 games, while senior forward Colin McDonald (13 pts.) leads the team with 11 goals...Junior goalie Tyler Sims has logged the majority of the minutes in net for the Friars posting a 6-17-2 record in 25 starts...Sims has also added a 2.66 GAA and a .901 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY vs.  PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 127 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927 with UNH leading the series at 66-49-12...Coach Umile owns a 35-20-5 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 18-3-0 all-time record in 21 meetings vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center and a 16-26-8 all-time record in 56 all-time meetings at Schneider Arena...UNH won the first meeting of the season series, 2-1, on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Whittemore Center in Durham...The ‘Cats are 8-1-1 in the last 10 games against PC and they have outscored them, 27 to 10 during that time...The teams played five times last season, UNH won the last three meetings, including two quarterfinal playoff games at the Whittemore Center...UNH outscored them 15 to 5 in last year’s games...The ‘Cats have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Friars...Senior forward Brett Hemingway is the active leading career scorer vs. PC with 4-9-13 in 14 games, while linemate Jacob Micflikier is second with 11 points (5g, 6a) in 13 games...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan is 3-0-1 in three career starts vs. Providence with a 0.98 GAA and a .964 save percentage.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saturday night against Boston University at Agganis Arena, but two goals by Pete MacAtrthur helped the Terriers get a 3-3 tie...Sophomore forward Trevor Smith registered two goals in the second tie of the season against BU...Sophomore blueliner Kevin Kapstad notched his fourth goals of the season for the Wildcats...Senior goalie John Curry made 43 saves in net for the Terriers, while junior netminder Kevin Regan stopped 28 shots for the Wildcats in his 27th start of the season...UNH outshot BU, 46 to 31, which included a 7-0 advantage in the five-minute overtime period...That shot total for the Wildcats marked a season-high.

THE HOCKEY EAST PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: The Wildcats were the first team to clinch home ice for the quaterfinal round and they have done so for a league-record 11 consecutive seasons...UNH needs two points to clinch a share of the regular-season title and three points to clinch the title outright...With a UNH win on Friday, coupled with a BU loss or tie to Vermont, the ‘Cats would clinch their fifth regular-season title in school history.

DID YOU KNOW?: Coach Umile needs only five win to reach the 400 win mark in his 17-year collegiate coaching career...The Wildcats own a 9-4-1 record in the last 14 games...They have only lost two season series in the last two years...UNH is one of eight teams in Division I hockey that has been ranked in the poll all 19 weeks in 2006-2007...UNH has the 12th toughest schedule according to the USCHO.com RPI rankings, which is the best of any Hockey East team......UNH has scored 46 of their 113 goals in the second period this season and they have them 46-23 in the middle frame...In the last 13 games, UNH has outscored its opponent, 41 to 25...Senior forward Jacob Micflikier needs one point to tie Coach Umile (60g-84a-144p) for the 29th spot on the all-time scoring list, Micflikier currently has posted 143 points (54g, 89a) in 146 career games as a Wildcat

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 38 points (19g, 19a) with a +20 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and ranks second in conference scoring (30)...Smith ranks first among league scorers with 19 goals...Smith ranks 17th in the country scoring 1.27 points per game...Smith has 11 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 21 of 30 games this season...He has scored a goal in 15 games, with four multiple goal efforts in his second year at UNH...Smith has almost doubled his 20 points from his freshman year through 30 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 19 games...Smith has posted a point in five of his last six games 4-2-6 in that stretch...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 (19 pts.) and senior Chris Murray (17) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks first  in the conference among defensive scorers and also first in league play with 14 points...Murray ranks tied for second among conference defensemen with seven goals scored and in league play his 13 points rank third.

THE ‘CATS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: UNH’s offense and defense rank fourth best in the nation scoring 3.77 goals per game and allows only 2.03 goals per game...The Wildcats offense has scored 4+ goals on 16 occasions and the defense has allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of UNH’s 30 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 29 points (18g, 11a)...He ranks tied for third in the nation scoring 0.75 goals per game...Radja currently ranks 24th in the nation scoring 1.21 points per game...His 18 goals are second best on the team and he ranks second in Hockey East in goals scored despite missing six games due to injury...Radja has posted at least one point in 19 games with nine 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.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone, Trevor Smith and junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 99 points (39g, 60a) this season in 30 games...This line averages 3.30 points per game...As a line, they have accounted for 32.8% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 35 points (12g, 23a) through 30 games in his junior season, which is 23 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +20 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...He ranks tied for third in overall scoring in the league and also ranks third in the league games with 28 points...Fornataro has a point in 20 of 30 games this season with 10 multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 20-5-2 record in 27 starts in 06-07 with a 2.02 GAA and a .934 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 16-3-2 record with a 1.82 GAA and .938 save%...Regan ranks third in the league in GAA and second in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks second among conference goalies in GAA (1.82) and first in save percentage (.938)...His 77.8% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks fourth nationally...He also ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of his 27 starts...His 20 wins in 06-07 rank is third among of Division I goaltenders, he is only one of three goalies in the nation with 20 wins in 06-07...In his last 12 starts he is 9-2-1 with a 1.52 GAA and a .952 save percentage, he has faced 376 shots in those 12 games and has made 358 saves in that stretch.
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