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SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: The River Hawks entered the week with a 3-3-3 overall record and a 2-1-2 record in Hockey East play...UMass-Lowell currently occupies a share of the fifth spot along with Boston College in the conference standings with six points apiece...UML played one game last weekend, a 4-1 loss to Maine at Alfond Arena on Friday, Nov. 10...The River Hawks own a 2-2-1 road record this season and a 1-0-2 record at home...Senior forward Jason Tejchma leads the team in scoring with 10 points (6g, 4a) in nine games, while senior forward Jeremy Hall (4g, 3a) and freshman forward Paul Worthington (1g, 6a) have both totaled seven points so far this year...Freshman netminder Carter Hutton has logged the majority of time in goal for Lowell this season posting a 2-3-3 record...Hutton also owns a 2.44 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series at 44-27-13 in 84 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 6, 1983...UNH has won three of the last four meetings between the two schools...The ‘Cats won the season series last season, which included the last meeting on Dec. 10, 2005, a 4-1 UNH win at the Whittemore Center...The ‘Cats are 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings vs. Lowell at the Whittemore Center...UNH owns a 17-5-2 all-time record against Lowell at Towse Rink in 24 games since the fall of 1995...The ‘Cats are 0-2-3 in the last five meetings vs. UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Arena...Coach Umile has posted a 36-17-8 mark vs. the River Hawks in 16 seasons...Senior forwards Jacob Micflikier (4g, 5a) and Brett Hemingway (4g, 5a) are the active scoring leaders vs. UMass-Lowell with nine points apiece...Kevin Regan has started two career games vs. the River Hawks and owns a 1-1-0 career record with a 4.71 GAA and a .867 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats rolled over Maine, 8-2, handing the Black Bears their first loss of the season on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Alfond Arena...UNH scored a season-high eight goals, while four different Wildcats posted three points apiece...Junior forward Mike Radja led the UNH offense with three points (2g, 1a)...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan tallied 33 saves in his fifth win of the season..The Wildcats were outshot by Maine, 35-23 for the game, including a 20-3 shot advantage in the second period...Maine attempted 18 shots on the power play in the middle stanza, 11 of which were on net... The last time the Black Bears gave up eight goals at Alfond Arena was March 24, 1989 against Providence (8-6).
SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE: Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has scored at least one goal in seven of eight games for UNH this season posting 15 points (9g, 6a) with a +10 plus/minus rating...He ranks second in the conference in scoring and is tied for first in goal scoring...He ranks tied for first in the nation in goal scoring at 1.12 per game...Smith ranks tied for sixth in the country scoring 1.88 points per game...Smith has four multi-point efforts to his credit already this season with eight points (4g, 4a) in his last four games...Smith only needs five points to match his 20 points in 39 games as a freshman.
FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK: Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 14 points through eight games in his junior season, which is two points more than he recorded in 05-06...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +12 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...He ranks third in the league in scoring and tied for first in league games...Fornataro also ranks first in Hockey East with 11 assists...His 1.75 points per game in the ninth best total in Division I hockey and his 1.38 assists per game ranks fourth nationally...Fornataro has a point in seven of eight games this season with four multi-point efforts to his credit...In the last four games, he has registered nine points (3g, 6a).
THE WILDCAT OFFENSE: UNH’s offense ranks second in Division I hockey at 4.62 goals per game and ranks first among Hockey East teams...The Wildcats’ offense has scored four or more goals in five of eight games this season...Three of the league’s top five scorers call Durham home, which includes Trevor Smith (15 pts.), Matt Fornataro (14) and Jacob Micflikier (13).
RADJA NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Mike Radja was named Player of the Week by the Hockey East Association on Monday...Radja (3g, 1a) posted four points on the week as UNH collected three points against Boston University and Maine...He posted one goal in the 4-4 tie with the Terriers on Friday night at the Whittemore Center, then Radja registered three points (2g, 1a), including the game-winning goal, in Sunday afternoon’s 8-2 win against No. 1-ranked Maine at Alfond Arena...He currently centers UNH’s top line with seniors Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway that has combined for 32 points this season for the Wildcats...Radja ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 10 points (7g, 3a) in eight games and his seven goals ranks second on UNH’s roster...His point total ranks tied for seventh among league scorers and his seven goals rank third on the conference goal scoring leaderboard...Radja is already halfway to his career-high 20 points, which he set in his freshman season in 2004-2005... He has recorded 47 points (23g, 24a) in 88 career games as UNH’s third leading active scorer behind Hemingway and Micflikier.
MICFLIKIER SHOWS CONSISTENCY: Senior forward Jacob Micflikier is UNH’s only player to post a point in all eight games this season...He ranks third on the team in scoring with 13 points (3g, 10a)...Micflikier has notched eight points (1g, 7a) in his last four games...He ranks 15th in the nation scoring 1.62 points per game and tied for fifth nationally with 1.25 assists per game...His point total ranks tied for fourth among conference skaters...He is UNH’s active leading scorer with 125 career points ranking 47th on the Wildcat all-time scoring list...He recorded his 50th collegiate goal on Sunday at Maine, he is the only Hockey East player with 50 career goals.
DID YOU KNOW?: The Wildcats have scored 15 goals in their last two games at Alfond Arena, both victories for UNH...Before the last two meetings in Orono, the ‘Cats were 0-6-1 in the last seven meetings at Maine...UNH’s top line of Jacob Micflikier, Mike Radja and Brett Hemingway scored 10 points last week (4g, 6a)...The Wildcats have outscored their opponent 16-7 in the second period and 14-6 in the third period this season...UNH is 3-0-1 in its last four games...In conference play, three Wildcats leads the conference in scoring with nine points apiece (Smith, Micflikier, Fornataro).
REGAN IS THE NUMBER ONE: Junior goaltender Kevin Regan is now UNH’s No. 1 goalie to start the season after platooning the last two seasons with former Wildcat Jeff Pietrasiak...Regan owned a 8-8-5 record in 05-06 with a 2.63 GAA and a .914 save percentage...In comparison to his stellar freshman season where he went 15-4-2 with a 2.35 GAA and a .928 save percentage...Regan has started in all eight games for the ‘Cats...He has allowed three goals or fewer in six of the eight games and has posted 30+ saves three times this season.