DURHAM, N.H. — The ninth-ranked Wildcats (9-4-1, 6-4-1 HE) return from holiday break with a two-game road series with perennial WCHA-power North Dakota (8-6-1, 6-6-1). The seventh-ranked Sioux have advanced to the Frozen Four in each of the past three seasons and are led by reigning Hobey Baker winner Ryan Duncan. The two teams last met in 2005 when UND left the Whittemore Center with a win and a tie. Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and 8 p.m. (EST) Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The games will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio at www.unhwildcats.com and live stats at www.fightingsioux.com.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING SIOUX: North Dakota enters the series with UNH 8-6-1 overall, 6-6-1 in WCHA play. The Fighting Sioux are ranked seventh in the latest USCHO and USA Today National Polls and have been a force in college hockey in recent history. UND has advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four for three years in a row. North Dakota’s seven NCAA tournament wins during that three-year stretch are tied with Boston College for the most in the nation. UND’s 11 WCHA playoff wins the past three seasons are two more than any other WCHA team. The Sioux are led by 2007 Hobey Baker winner Ryan Duncan(6-9-15). Duncan is tied for the team lead in points with T.J. Oshie (8-7-15), while netminder Jean Philippe Lamoureux has played in all 15 games for UND and has a 1.72 GAA with a .936 save percentage. Most recently, the Sioux split weekend series with nationally ranked foes Denver and Minnesota.
SERIES HISTORY vs. NORTH DAKOTA: The Fighting Sioux leads the all-time series against the Wildcats, 9-2-2...In Durham, UNH is 2-5-1 against North Dakota, with a 1-1-1 record in the Whittemore Center... In the last meetings between the two, the Sioux escaped Durham with a win and a tie back in 2005. UNH is 0-4-0 all time in Grand Forks losing all four games by a combined 32-4 margin. These teams also faced off on October 6, 2000, in the season-opening Icebreaker Tournament hosted by Michigan in Ann Arbor, a game that ended in a 2-2 tie before UNH won the shootout to advance to the tournament final on a goal by Garrett Stafford...That game remains the earliest season opener for the Wildcats in their hockey history...The meeting at the Whittemore Center took place on November 28, 1999, a 6-2 Wildcat victory...Before that game, UND had won seven consecutive games over UNH between 1984 and 1989...These two teams first met in a two-game series in Durham on December 29-30, 1971, with North Dakota winning the first game, 9-3, before New Hampshire came back the next day with a 3-2 victory. Senior captain Matt Fornataro is the only active player to tally a point against the Sioux; he had an assist on Trevor Smith’s game-tying goal in a 3-3 tie on 10/22/05. Kevin Regan is 0-0-1 against UND stopping 25 shots on 10/22/05.
ALL-TIME SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA (2-9-2)
12-29-71 (H) UND 9 UNH 3 L
12-30-71 (H) UNH 3 UND 2 W
11-16-84 (A) UND 4 UNH 3 L
11-17-84 (A) UND 11 UNH 0 L
11-8-85 (H) UND 4 UNH 2 L
11-9-85 (H) UND 7 UNH 4 L
11-28-86 (A) UND 10 UNH 0 L
1-17-88 (H) UND 6 UNH 2 L
1-6-89 (A) UND 8 UNH 2 L
11-28-99 (H) UNH 6 UND 2 W
10-6-00 (N) UNH 2 UND 2 OT T
10-21-05 (H) UND 3 UNH 2 L
10-22-05 (H) UND 3 UNH 3 OT T
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE FIGHTING SIOUX:
Player GP G-A-P
Matt Fornataro 2 0-1-1
Mike Radja 2 0-0-0
Brad Flaishans 2 0-0-0
Craig Switzer 2 0-0-0
Greg Collins 2 0-0-0
Thomas Fortney 2 0-0-0
Jerry Pollastrone 2 0-0-0
Kevin Regan 1 0-0-0
Jamie Fritsch 1 0-0-0
Joe Charlebois 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Regan 1/59:56 3 3.00 0-0-1 25 .892
Regan Game-by-Game vs. the Fighting Sioux
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
10-22-05 59:56 T 25 3 28
Totals 59:56 0-0-1 25 3 28
REGAN NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Regan was named Pure Hockey Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, for the second time this season. The announcement was made on Dec. 17 afternoon by the league office. Regan tallied 33 saves to record his seventh career shutout in a 2-0 win over Maine on Sunday. Regan recorded double digits in saves in all three periods (12-10-11) and held the Black Bears scoreless on six power-play opportunities. Regan, who is already the University’s career save percentage leader, moved into second in career saves (2,534), and is third all-time in wins (54), games played (90).
FIRST PLACE, A SIMILAR PLACE: For the second-straight season, the Wildcats will head into the holiday break in first place in Hockey East.
THE BUTLER DID IT: Sophomore Bobby Butler tallied the game-winning goal in UNH’s 2-0 win over Maine on Dec. 16. Butler has 10 career goals, four of them have been game winners.
COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU: The Wildcats are 5-1-1 in television games this season. They have outscored their opponents 24-14 in these seven games.
PENALTY SHOT: Bobby Butler was the first UNH player to take a penalty shot since Josh Ciocco on February 17, 2006 against Boston University.
REGAN RECORDS FIRST SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON: Senior netminder Kevin Regan stopped 33 shots in a 2-0 shutout against Maine. Regan has seven career shutouts including his last shutout on March 9, 2007 against Providence.
RADJA APPROACHES 50-GOAL MARK: Mike Radja is just seven goals away from 50 for his career. Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway were the last two players to earn this milestone.
FORNATARO CLOSES IN ON CENTURY CLUB: Senior captain Matt Fornataro needs just 11 points to become the 66th player in program history to join the century club with 100 career points.
REGAN ON THE MOVE: Senior goalie Kevin Regan moved up to second on the all-time saves list passing Mike Ayers and is third in career wins moving past Sean Matile.
1. Greg Moffett 2,602
2. Kevin Regan 2,534
3. Mike Ayers 2,532
1. Mike Ayers 58
2. Ty Conklin 57
3. Kevin Regan 54
4. Sean Matile 53
FORNATARO POINT=UNH WIN: UNH is a perfect 7-0-0 when senior captain Matt Fornataro registers a point, compared to just 2-4-1 otherwise.
FLAISHANS SEVENTH NATIONALLY IN DEFENSEMEN SCORING: Senior Brad Flaishans is the seventh-ranked defensemen scorer, nationally. He is averaging 0.86 points per game (4-8-12).
vanRIEMSDYK RANKS THIRD IN ROOKIE SCORING: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk ranks third in the nation in rookie scoring. He is averaging 1.15 points per game (6-9-15).
A TWO POINT MINIMUM: UNH has tallied at least two points in all but one Hockey East weekend this season.
FORNATARO NAMED NOMINEE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Matt Fornataro was one of twenty collegiate hockey players, who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service, and were announced today as the official candidates for the men’s hockey division of the 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Fornataro, who was one of two Hockey East players selected, is currently the team’s leading scorer and garnered Hockey East Player of the Month for October. In addition, the senior forward is quickly approaching the 100-point mark for his career. The award – presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports – focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition.
THOMPSON NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH (NOV.): Freshman forward Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for November. The announcement was made on Dec. 4 by the league office.The freshman forward, who garnered HE Rookie of the Week on Nov. 19, becomes the first Wildcat to win the award since Kevin Regan captured the honor back in February, 2005. Thompson had a breakout month in November. The freshman forward had nine points (5g-4a-9p) in eight games for the Wildcats. Thompson opened the month with a goal and an assist in a win at Northeastern. He had the game-tying goal in a 2-2 tie with UMass-Lowell. Thompson notched the primary assist on the game-winning goal in a win over Boston College and had a breakout game in an overtime win at Providence. Against the Friars, Thompson tallied a career-high five points with a hat trick and two assists. He tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals. Overall, Thompson skated a +3 in the month and led the Wildcats to a 4-2-0 mark. UNH was 3-0-1 when Thompson tallied a point during the month of November.
vanRIEMSDYK SELECTED TO 2008 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk has been named to the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Czech Republic. vanRiemsdyk, who currently ranks second in the nation in rookie scoring (1.25 ppg), was a two-year member of the United States National Program. Last year, he led the US Under-18 team in scoring and led the squad to a gold medal at the U-18 Championships in 2005-06. vanRiemsdyk was selected as the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft. The IIHF World Junior Championship runs from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5. The team will play two pre-tournament games, including one at Western Michigan on Dec. 18.
FORMER WILDCAT FOLEY NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM STAFF:
Former University of New Hampshire captain Patrick Foley has been named an assistant coach for the team. Foley was a member of the UNH hockey team for five seasons (1999-2004) and helped lead the team to two Frozen Fours in 2002 and 2003. He was the captain of the Wildcats in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004.
‘CATS RANK SIXTH IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats are currently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense with 3.46 goals per game.
UMILE HONORED BY BOY SCOUTS/ITALIAN AMERICAN HALL OF FAME: Over the past month, head coach Dick Umile has been honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts and the National Italian-American Hall of Fame. On Nov. 17, Umile and Harvard coach Ted Donato were among a small group inducted into the Italian-American Hall of Fame. On Dec. 11, Umile was honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the Portsmouth Good Scout Award. UNH President Mark Huddleston, UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano and Daniel Webster Council Director Michael Kaufman were the award’s presenters.
FINISHING STRONG: UNH is 5-0-0 when leading after two periods and 3-0-1 when tied after two.
DEUCES WILD: UNH has allowed two goals or less eight times this season. They are 6-1-1 when allowing two goals or less.
Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 4-1-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 5-3-1 against unranked foes.
This point a year ago: The Wildcats was 11-2-1 through 13 games a year ago. Last year’s team went on to post a 13-2-1 record over the first 16 games.
A HAT TRICK OF NOTES ON HAT TRICKS: Paul Thompson (4-1-5 at PC) and Mike Radja (3-1-4 vs. Brown) each recorded their first career hat tricks in back to back games.
- The pair become the first back-to-back hat tricks since Eric Royal (1/2/93) amd Greg Klym (1/9/93).
- Radja’s hat trick came on a power-play, short-handed and even-strength goals. He became the first player to accomplish this since Sean Collins (12/5/03 at Clarkson)
-Thompson became the first freshman to tally a hat trick since Jacob Micfliker (4-1-5 vs. Union College (Oct. 31, 2003)).
Wildcat Award Winners: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
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 October
Paul Thompson HE Rookie of the Week 11-19-07
Paul Thompson HE Rookie of the Month November
Matt Fornatarao Lowe’s Senior CLASS Nominee
Kevin Regan HE Def. Player of the Week 12-17-07
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Matt Fornataro 17th 1.21 ppg
James vanRiemsdyk 26th 1.15 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja 19th 0.57 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro 18th 0.79 apg
James vanRiemsdyk 36th 0.69 apg
Brad Flaishans 7th 0.86 ppg
James vanRiemsdyk 3rd 1.15 ppg
Paul Thompson 15th 0.77 ppg
Kevin Regan 9th .700
Winnning Percentage 8th .679 (9-4-1)
Scoring Offense 6th 3.36 gpg
Scoring Margin 10th +0.75
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).
HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 162-46-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 148 sellouts during that time.
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.36/2nd 3.0/3rd
GAA 2.5/4th 2.55/3rd
Power Play 14.1/7th 8.8/9th
Penalty Kill 84.6/6th 85.0/4th
Special Teams Net -2/6th -5/9th
1st Period Scoring 14/3rd 11/2nd
2nd Period Scoring 12/8th 10/7th
3rd Period Scoring 20/2nd 11/6th
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
11/12 6 6 t-1st
11/19 8 8 3rd
11/26 6 6 3rd
12/3 8 7 3rd
12/10 10 10 5th
12/17 10 t-9 t-1st
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Dec. 17)
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts. LW W-L-T WIP
1 Michigan (22) 488 1 16-2-0 12
2 Miami (Ohio) Univ. (10) 485 2 16-2-0 12
3 Denver (2) 447 4 14-4-0 12
4 Colorado College 394 3 11-5-0 12
5 Michigan State 376 5 12-3-2 12
6 Notre Dame 358 6 16-4-0 12
7 North Dakota 285 7 8-6-1 12
8 Clarkson University 243 8 10-5-0 12
t-9 New Hampshire 230 10 9-4-1 12
t-9 Massachusetts 230 9 7-3-5 7
11 Northeastern 180 11 7-4-2 4
12 Minnesota 125 13 9-8-1 10
13 Wisconsin 85 14 7-7-2 12
14 Boston College 69 15 6-4-5 10
15 Harvard 38 12 6-4-2 4
USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Dec. 17)
Rk. Team (FPV) Record Pts LW
1 Miami (23) 16-2-0 968 2
2 Michigan (24) 16-2-0 964 1
3 Denver (3) 14-4-0 879 4
4 Colorado College 11-5-0 841 3
5 Michigan State 12-3-2 804 5
6 Notre Dame 16-4-0 772 6
7 North Dakota 8-6-1 679 7
8 Clarkson 10-5-0 620 8
9 Massachusetts 7-3-5 584 9
10 New Hampshire 9-4-1 570 10
11 Northeastern 7-4-2 490 11
12 Minnesota 9-8-1 424 12
13 Wisconsin 7-7-2 367 13
14 Boston College 6-4-5 355 15
15 Harvard 6-4-2 262 14
16 St. Cloud State 8-8-2 248 17
17 Rensselear 8-7-3 148 16
18 Minnesota-Duluth 6-6-4 136 18
19 Bowling Green 8-6-0 119 19
20 Mass.-Lowell 7-4-4 102 20
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.
‘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.
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.
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
7. Northeastern 43
8. Providence 39
9. UMass-Lowell 25
10. Merrimack 19
UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 22 games broadcast live on TV in 2007-08...NHPTV will once again provide the 10-game package, while NESN will air three games, CSTV, WABI and FSSN will broadcast two, while ESPNU, COX-TV, CN8 and WMUR-TV will broadcast one game.
DATE GAME Channel Time/Result
OCT. 26 COLORADO COLLEGE NHPTV W, 5-3
OCT. 27 COLORADO COLLEGE NHPTV W, 4-2
NOV. 3 NORTHEASTERN NHPTV L, 1-2
NOV. 9 UMASS-LOWELL NHPTV T, 2-2
NOV. 10 BOSTON COLLEGE NHPTV W, 5-2
Nov. 17 @ Providence cox-tv W, 5-4 (OT)
DEC. 16 MAINE ESPNU W, 2-0
Dec. 28 @North Dakota FSSN 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 @North Dakota FSSN 8 p.m.
JAN. 6 ST. LAWRENCE NHPTV 2 P.M.
JAN. 11 @ MASSACHUSETTS NESN 7:30 P.M.
JAN. 12 MASSACHUSETTS NHPTV 7 P.M.
JAN. 19 DARTMOUTH 7 P.M.
@ VERIZON WIR. ARENA WMUR-TV
JAN. 26 @ BOSTON UNIVERSITY NESN 7:30 P.M.
FEB. 1 @ VERMONT CSTV 8 P.M.
Feb. 8 @ Maine WABI 7 P.M.
Feb. 9 @ Maine WABI 7 P.M.
FEB. 16 PROVIDENCE NHPTV 7 P.M.
FEB. 22 @ BOSTON COLLEGE) NESN 7:30 P.M.
FEB. 23 BOSTON COLLEGE NHPTV 7 P.M.
March 7 Vermont CSTV 8 P.M.
MARCH 8 VERMONT NHPTV 7 P.M.
‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins: Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Mike Ayers: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Derek Bekar: Jesenice (Aust)
Eric Boguniecki: Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Preston Callander: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Josh Ciocco: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Sean Collins: Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Lanny Gare: Lausitzer Foxes (2.GBun)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Mark Mowers: SC Bern (Swiss NL)
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)
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 and D Ellis 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.