MEN'S HOCKEY SQUARES OFF AGAINST UMASS-LOWELL, BC
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THE MATCHUP: The sixth-ranked Wildcats continue their four-game home stand as they play host to UMass-Lowell (2-2-1) on Friday night and No. 6/7 Boston College on Saturday night. Puck drops both nights at 7 p.m. on NHPTV. The games will be televised live on NHPTV, will be aired on the UNH Sports Radio Network and will be streamed live online via www.unhwildcats.tv. UNH, which is off to its best since the 2003-04 season, looks to capture a pair of pivital home Hockey East win.

SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: The River Hawks enter the weekend 2-2-1 overall, 0-2-1 in Hockey East. Last week, UML went  0-2 with a pair of league losses to Merrimack (3-1) and Boston University (7-4). The River Hawks were out-shot by the both the Warriors (27 to 23) and Terriers (42 to 19) over the weekend, marking just the fourth time in the last two years (41 games) that the River Hawks have been out-shot in back-to-back games… Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) scored two goals on Saturday at Boston University and leads the River Hawks with three goals on the season; Edwards has two power play markers.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 47-27-13 in 97 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983...The ‘Cats won all three games last season on Nov. 17 (5-2) at Tsongas Arena, Nov. 18 (4-0) and Dec. 6 at the Whittemore Center...The Wildcats have won the last four , six of the last seven and they have outscored UML, 30 to 15 during that time...Coach Umile owns a 40-17-8 all-time record against the River Hawks in his 18-year coaching career...The Wildcats own a 6-2-3 all-time mark vs. UMass-Lowell in 11 meetings since 1998...Senior forward Mike Radja is the active career leading scorer against UML with eight points.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: No. 6/7 Boston College enter the weekend with a six-game unbeaten streak going back to the opening night of the IceBreaker a 4-3 overtime loss to Michigan. BC killed all seven Maine power plays on Friday and has killed 44-of-46 opponent power plays (.957) through seven games this season which ranks second (behind Princeton) among national leaders. Freshman goaltender John Muse has played in all seven games and has registered a 1.75 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 57-54-10 in 121 meetings all-time meetings dating back to February 6, 1937...UNH is 2-3-1 in the last five meetings againt the Eagles, including a 6-3 Wildcat win in the first meeting of the season series at Conte Forum...Coach Umile owns a 33-18-9 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 11-14-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 13-2-0 all-time record at the Whittemore Center...The ‘Cats have won 10 of the last 11 meetings at Towse Rink, which includes a 6-1-0 record since the 2001 season.

WILDCAT AWARDS
Player    Award    Date
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week    10-22-07
Matt Fornataro    HE Player of the Week    10-27-07
TEAM    CHN Team of the Week    10-27-07
Matt Fornataro    HE Player of the Month    11-01-07
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.

Individual        Rank        Stats
Points Per Game:   
Matt Fornataro    6th        1.80 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    2nd        1.00 gpg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans        7th        1.00 ppg   
Rookie Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    4th        1.40 ppg
Game-Winning Goals:
Jamie Fritsch        2nd        2 gwg

Team
Winnning Percentage    5th        .800 (4-1-0)
Scoring Offense    3rd        4.20 gpg
Scoring Margin    6th        +2.0   
   
FORNATARO NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Matt Fornataro was named Hockey East Player of the Month for October. The announcement was made on Nov. 1 by the league office. The senior captain, who garnered HE Player of the Week earlier this week, becomes the first Wildcat to win the award since Kevin Regan captured the honor back in January. Fornataro is averaging 2.0 points per game and has tallied at least a goal in every game during the month of October. He’s led the fourth-ranked Wildcats to their best start in four seasons. The senior forward tallied a goal and an assist in a critical Hockey East win at No. 18 Boston University to open the season and followed that up with two goals on Friday night and a goal and an assist on Saturday night during a weekend sweep of No. 4 Colorado College. Fornataro owns a three-game goal-scoring streak, the longest of his career and currently leads Hockey East in points per game (2.0) and goals per game (1.33).

FORNATARO GARNERS HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK (10/27/07): Matt Fornataro was named CCM/Reebok Hockey East Player of the Week for the first time this season. The announcement was made on Oct. 27 afternoon by the league office. Fornataro registered three goals and an assist in UNH’s weekend sweep of fourth-ranked Colorado College. The senior captain scored a critical goal 15 seconds into the second period on Friday night that cut the lead to 3-2 and paved the way for a come-from-behind win. Fornataro secured the win for the Wildcats with an empty-net goal in the final minute. On Saturday, Fornataro scored the game’s first goal (a power-play goal) at 2:50 in the second period. He also helped setup a Brad Flaishans goal that made it 2-1 at the time. The senior first liner has scored at least a goal in each of the first three games and has six points in three games this season.

NOTES BY NUMBERS
1-2-3: Freshman Forward James vanRiemsdyk had a career-high three points tallying a goal and two assists in a 7-4 win over Northeastern on Friday night.

3-3-3-3:  Amazingly, UNH has scored three goals a period three out of four games this season. Most recently, they potted three second-period goals in a 7-4 win over Northeastern on Nov. 2. In two games the Wildcats were trailing and came back to win and in one they were tied.

Four Score: UNH scored four or more goals in first four games this season. The last time the Wildcats did this was 11-10 thru 11-22, 2006. The three game streak was part of a larger eight of nine games when the Wildcats scored 4-plus goals.

FIVE IN FIVE: Matt Fornataro tallied a goal and two assists on Nov. 2 against Northeastner. The senior has scored five goals in five games (2nd in nation) and has nine points on the season.

MULTIPLES OF FIVE: Five different players had multi-point game against Northeastern on Nov. 2.
     - Fornataro (1-2-3)    - vanRiemsdyk (1-2-3)    - Butler (0-2-2)
    - Radja (1-1-2) - Pollastrone (1-1-2)

LUCKY SEVENS: The seven-goal output is the most since a 7-1 win at Vermont on January 5, 2007. Seven different players accounted for the goals en route to the win.

FRITSCH GOALS=GAME WINNERS: Jamie Fritsch scored his second game-winning goal of the season in a win at Northeastern. The junior defenseman has two goals on the season, both game-winners.

Career-highs:
- James vanRiemsdyk had a career night with a goal and two assists on 11/2.
- Bobby Butler matched a career high with two assists on Friday at Northeastern
- Danny Dries notched his second career assists on Friday (matching a career high.
- Phil Desimone tallied his first career point an assist against Northeastern on Friday.
- Matt Fornataro matched a career high with three points on Friday.

Unique Trends:
- The Wildcats are 4-0 when scoring on the power play
- Were 3-0 in October
- Are 2-0 on the road
- 3-0 against nationally ranked opponents
- 4-0 in games decided by 2-plus goals
- 4-0 when scoring 2-plus goals

Umile captures 400th victory: Oct. 19 win at Agganis Arena marked Head Coach Dick Umile’s 400th of his career, ranking him third amongst active NCAA coaches with a .653 win percentage. Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, is in his 18th season as head coach of the Wildcats and ranks ninth all-time among NCAA coaches with his 400 wins. Coming into the 2007-08 season, he  ranks third in wins amongst his Hockey East coaching peers. The last Division I coach to reach the 400 win plateau was UNH alum Joe Marsh (St. Lawrence).

REGAN NAMED HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (10/22/07): Senior goaltender Kevin Regan was named Pure Hockey Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season.  Regan helped lift UNH to a 4-1 win over Hockey East foe Boston University in the season opener on Friday night. Regan, who was named the game’s No. 1 star, finished with 30 saves, including 12 in the first period when BU scored its only goal, and 10 in the third to protect the Wildcats’ lead. He is a perfect 1-0-0 this season, allowing just a single power-play goal after facing 31 shots on Friday night. In 81 career games as a Wildcat, Regan owns a 48-21-9 overall mark to go along with six shutouts, a 2.30 GAA and .928 save percentage.

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    HE games     Overall
Goals/per game     4.00/2nd    4.20/1st
GAA     2.33/4th    2.40/4th
Power Play     13.0%/5th    17.6%/3rd
Penalty Kill     90.0%/2nd    84.4%/5th

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 187-45-18 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 145 sellouts during that time in 250 all-time games.

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 5)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (34)    510    1    8-0-0    6
2    Michigan     465    2    7-1-0    6
3    Michigan State     400    6    6-1-0    6
4    North Dakota    398    3    4-2-1    6
5    Denver    372    7    6-2-0    6
6    Boston College    360    5    3-1-3    6
7    New Hampshire    338    4    4-1-0    6
8    Clarkson University    244    11    6-2-0    6
9    Colorado College    231    10    3-3-0    6
10    Wisconsin    189    9    4-2-1    6
11    Maine    154    12    4-2-1    5
12    Notre Dame    151    13    6-3-0    6
13    Michigan Tech    96    14    5-3-0    3
14    Minnesota    82    8    4-4-0    6
15    Minnesota-Duluth    60    15    4-1-1    2

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 5)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
1     Miami (49)    8-0-0    999    1
2     Michigan    7-1-0    927    3
3     North Dakota    4-2-1    851    2
4     Michigan State (1)     6-1-0    829    6
5    Denver     6-2-0    797    7
6     New Hampshire    4-1-0    771    4
7     Boston College    3-1-3    725    5
8     Clarkson    6-2-0    597    11
9     Colorado College    3-3-0    588    9
10     Wisconsin    4-2-0    527    10
11     Maine    4-2-1    467    12
12     Notre Dame    6-3-0    446    14
13     Michigan Tech    5-3-0    394    13
14     Minnesota    4-4-0    358    8
15     Minnesota-Duluth    4-1-1    339    15
16    Rensselear    5-2-2    189    17
17    St. Cloud State    4-2-2    166    19
18    Princeton    3-0-0    119    NR
19    Niagara    5-2-0    112    18
20     Massachusetts    3-2-2    89    20

WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date     USCHO     UHM     HE
10/1        6        6    t-1st (pre)
10/8        6        5    -
10/15    8        8    -
10/22    7        6    t-1st
10/29    4        4    t-4th
11/5        6        7    t-3rd

Foster defeats First ranked team: For the first time in his collegiate career, sophomore netminder Brian Foster defeated a nationally-ranked opponent. Foster, who is now 3-2-0, lost his only other start against a nationally ranked opponent when he was defeated by No. 11 Boston College (4-2) on 3/3/07.

SEASON PREVIEWS:
THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile (403-198-63), a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 18th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats and after signing a long-term contract extension in the summer of 2000, Umile will close out his coaching career at his alma mater.

Umile has transformed UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 13  NCAA tournament appearances and 17 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 17-year career in Durham.

In addition, Umile has posted 15 20-victory campaigns over the span of 17 seasons, including a current streak of 11 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 399 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on February 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Coach Umile ranks third among active NCAA coaches with a .651 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 399 victories ranks ninth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of nine times in his career, including New England honors three times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best.

Last season, Umile helped the ‘Cats to the team’s sixth Hockey East regular-season title and their sixth straight NCAA Tournament apperance with a 26-11-2 overall record and an 18-7-2 mark in conference play.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY:  UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 17 times in the 80-year history of the program...UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances vs. Maine in 1999 and Minnesota in 2003...UNH earned Hockey East Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003 and regular-season championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007...The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979....UNH has posted 28 seasons with 20+ wins, including the last 11 consecutive seasons.

WILDCATS SHARE TOP SPOT IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish tied for first in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 25. The Wildcats garnered 84 points in the poll and five first-place votes, which was good enough for a first-place tie with Boston College. After being selected fourth in the preseason last year, UNH captured the regular-season title by posting an 18-7-2 record in league play. UNH finished the 2006-07 season with a 26-11-2 overall record, which helped the ‘Cats qualify for the NCAA tournament for the sixth-straight season.

Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll:
Rk.    Team (1st Place Votes)     Pts
1.    New Hampshire (5)    84
    Boston College (5)    84
3.    Boston University    77
4.    Maine    61
5.    Massachusetts    54
    Vermont    54
7.    Northeastern    43
8.    Providence    39
9.    UMass-Lowell    25
10.    Merrimack    19  

vanRIEMSDYK SELECTED SECOND OVERALL BY THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: James vanRiemsdyk was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2007 National Hockey League draft. He became the highest Wildcat player ever chosen in the 44-year history of the NHL Entry Draft as the 81st draftee in the program’s 80-year history. The previous highest Wildcat draftee was Norm Lacombe with the 10th pick in the 1983 draft by the Buffalo Sabres. vanRiemsdyk becomes the fifth player in team history drafted by the Flyers; Bruce Crowder (1977), Andy Brickley (1980), Steve Morrow (1987) and Bruce MacDonald (1987).

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 20 games broadcast live on TV in 2007-08...NHPTV will once again provide the 10-game package, while NESN will air three games, CSTV and WABI will broadcast two, while ESPNU, COX-TV, CN8 and WMUR-TV will broadcast one game.

DATE    GAME    Channel
OCT. 26    COLORADO COLLEGE    NHPTV
OCT. 27    COLORADO COLLEGE    NHPTV
NOV. 3    NORTHEASTERN    NHPTV
NOV. 9    UMASS-LOWELL    NHPTV
NOV. 10    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV
Nov. 17    @ Providence    cox-tv
DEC. 16    MAINE (4 P.M.)    ESPNU
JAN. 6    ST. LAWRENCE (2 P.M.)    NHPTV
JAN. 11    @ MASSACHUSETTS (7:30)    NESN
JAN. 12    MASSACHUSETTS     NHPTV
JAN. 19    DARTMOUTH
    @ VERIZON WIR. ARENA    WMUR-TV
JAN. 26    @ BOSTON UNIVERSITY (7:30)    NESN
FEB. 1    @ VERMONT (8 P.M.)    CSTV
Feb. 8    @ Maine     WABI
Feb. 9    @ Maine    WABI
FEB. 16    PROVIDENCE    NHPTV
FEB. 22    @ BOSTON COLLEGE (7:30)    NESN
FEB. 23    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV
March 7    vermont (8 p.m.)    CSTV
MARCH 8    VERMONT    NHPTV/CN8

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Seven UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Joe Charlebois (Chicago), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Peter LeBlanc (Chicago), Kevin Regan (Boston), Craig Switzer (Nashville) and James vanRiemsdyk (Philadelphia) have all been taken.

PHIL DESIMONE SELECTED IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE NHL DRAFT BY THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS: Phil DeSimone was selected by the Washington Capitals with the 84th pick in the third round of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. DeSimone (6-1, 195) is a three-year veteran of the USHL playing with the Sioux City Musketeers. DeSimone, the 06-07 USHL Player of the Year, scored 73 points (26g, 47a) in 60 games with a +13 plus/minus rating. He served as the Musketeers captain last year and was the assistant captain in the 05-06 season. DeSimone was also a USHL First-Team All-Star in his final season with Sioux City.

DARREN HAYDAR SCORES HIS FIRST NHL GOAL: Former UNH men’s hockey standout Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario), who was recalled from Chicago (AHL) on Thursday, scored his first-career NHL goal at 2:21 of the first period in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to New Jersey. Haydar added one assist to give him a two-point night in his second game with the Thrashers this season. Haydar was one of the “Hobey Hat Trick” finalists in 2002, the first year the field was narrowed to three players. 

‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Mike Ayers: Sweden
Derek Bekar:  Jesenice (Aust)
Eric Boguniecki:  Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Preston Callander:  Wolfsburg EHC (2.GBun)
Josh Ciocco: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Sean Collins:  Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Lanny Gare:  Lausitzer Foxes (2.GBun)
Darren Haydar: Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Brett Hemingway: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Mark Mowers: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Chris Murray: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Reading Royals (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Kevin Truelson: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Brian Yandle: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)

DARREN HAYDAR SCORES HIS FIRST NHL GOAL: Former UNH men’s hockey standout Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario), who was recalled from Chicago (AHL) on Thursday, scored his first-career NHL goal at 2:21 of the first period in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to New Jersey. Haydar added one assist to give him a two-point night in his second game with the Thrashers this season. Haydar was one of the “Hobey Hat Trick” finalists in 2002, the first year the field was narrowed to three players. 

UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO: UNH men’s hockey action this season can be heard live on the UNH Sports Network...In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the “UNH Sports Network” — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. In 2001-2002, WTSN AM 1270 was introduced as the flagship station with the signal carried on several stations through New Hampshire. The network also consists of WTPL 107.7FM in Concord; WNTK 99.7 FM in New London; and WUVR-1490AM in Lebanon, NH. WNTK offers streaming audio of network broadcasts at www.wntk.com.
   
Games also can be heard on “Yahoo! Broadcast” by going to UNHWILDCATS.com, the official website for UNH athletics. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the majority of the play-by-play, while Pete Webster will once again be doingthe color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 14 years since the 1993-1994 season.

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON WTSN RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile with host Andy Schachat  is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.) from Mike Libby’s Bar and Grill on Main Street in Durham...The show will start the Monday following the end of the UNH football season...The Coaches Show features coach Umile as well as a selected student-athlete each week from the men’s ice hockey team.

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Brian Foster (Pembroke), Paul Thompson (Derry) and Alan Thompson (Gilford) all hailing from the Granite State.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: Yahoo Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey at the Whittemore Center, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey Yahoo Broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE ***ALL NEW*** UNHWILDCATS.TV: The UNH athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-08 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
   
Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. The premium content includes a behind the scenes look at UNH athletics through player and coaches interviews, highlights, podcasts, select post-game interviews and an in-depth archive section of all video available on UNHwildcats.TV. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.
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