MEN'S HOCKEY RETURNS TO ACTION WITH NORTHEASTERN AND PROVIDENCE
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DURHAM, N.H. -- The sixth-ranked Wildcats continue their four-game home stand as they play host to Northeastern (3-4-1, 3-3-1 HE) on Friday night and travel to Providence College on Saturday night. Puck drops both nights at 7 p.m. Friday night the game will air on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) and live video at www.unhwildcats.tv. On Saturday, the game will be on (UNHSN) and on Cox-TV. UNH, which is off to its best since the 2003-04 season, looks to capture a pair of pivotal Hockey East win.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern is 3-4-1 overall, 3-3-1 in its first seven Hockey East games, its best league start since 1997-98...That year was also the last time Northeastern posted a winning record in Hockey East (13-8-3)... Joe Vitale is the team’s leading scoring with eight points (3g, 5a), including a goal (a game-winning goal) and two assists in two games against UNH... Just behind Vitale is sophomore Randy Guzior (4g, 3a, 7p), who recorded a goal and two assists in a 7-4 defeat to the Wildcats.  Last weekend, Northeastern captured three points with its first win over Vermont since Dec. 6, 2003 and a tie with BU.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN: UNH owns a 83-55-10 all-time record against Northeastern in 148 meetings in the series history between the two teams...The Wildcats own a 16-1-3 record vs. Northeastern in the last 20 meetings as NU snapped a 19-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win last time out...Coach Umile owns a 37-12-8 record all-time against Northeastern...UNH is 33-31-5 all-time at Matthews Arena...The Wildcats have won the last seven meetings at Matthews Arena by a combined score of 34-14,  including a 7-4 win earlier this year...Senior forwards Matt Fornataro (4g, 9a) and Mike Radja (3g, 6a) are the Wildcats’ leading career scorers vs. NU with 13 and 9 points, respectively...Senior goalie Kevin Regan is 8-1-0 all-time against Northeastern with a 2.0 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS: The Friars enter the weekend 3-5-1 overall, 3-2-1 in Hockey East play... Last weekend, Providence captured a paair of road Hockey East wins at Maine. PC’s two wins at Maine marked their first two-game sweep at Maine’s Alfond Arena since November 8-9, 1985…Tyler Sims’ shutout win at Maine on Saturday marked the fifth shutout of his career, which ties a Providence College record set by Mario Proulx (1980-84)…He also became the first Friar goalie to have two shutout wins at Maine…In all, he has three career shutouts over the Black Bears…The Friar defensemen accounted for nine points (three goals, six assists) in Friday night’s 6-2 win at Maine…Junior defenseman Matt Taormina recorded a career high two goals and three assists in the win over Maine on Saturday…Taormina has at least one point in each of the last three games (4g, 3 a)... He is the team leader in points with 10 (5g, 5a)…The Friars, who scored 16 power-play goals last season, already have scored nine tallies on the man advantage in nine contests this season.

SERIES HISTORY VS. PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 131 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927 with UNH leading the series at 69-50-12...Coach Umile owns a 38-21-5 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 21-3-0 all-time record in 24 meetings vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center...UNH won the season series 4-1 including a two-game sweep in the Hockey East Tournament... In those tournament wins, the Wildcats outscored PC 10-0 with a pair of shutouts from Kevin Regan...The Wildcats have won the last eight meetings vs. Providence at Towse Rink and they have outscored the Friars 28 to 7 in that span...PC’s last win at UNH came on March 12, 2004 a 4-3 overtime victory...In the last 15 games at the Whittemore Center, UNH owns a 14-1-0 mark...In the last 15 games, the Friars have managed more than two goals once...Senior forward Mike Radja is the active leading career scorer vs. PC with 2-8-10 in 12 games, while Thomas Fortney is second with seven points (4g, 3a) in 10 games including a pair of goals last time out...Senior goaltender Kevin Regan is 6-1-1 in eight career starts vs. Providence with a 1.375 GAA and a .955 save percentage.

Career Firsts/Milestones/Who’s Hot:
- Mike Sislo tallied his first career point, an assist on Saturday night.
- Paul Thompson has five points (3g, 2a) in the last five games.
- Craig Switzer, Thomas Fortney and Brad Flaishans all matched career highs on Saturday with two points.

Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 4-0-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 1-1-1 against unranked foes.

Regan, Fortney hope to continue friar success: Kevin Regan and Thomas Fortney look look to build on recent successes against PC. Regan posted back-to-back shutouts stopping 42 shots in each in wins over the Friars in the Hockey East semifinals, while Fortney recorded a pair of goals in a 6-0 win over Providence last time out.

The Power of 3: In all five of UNH’s wins the team has scored at least three goals. The Wildcats have scored three goals in a period in all five wins this season. They have tallied three goals four times in the third and once in the second.

Oh Captains: UNH captains accounted for three goals, three assists and a win in net on Saturday against BC.

Great Starts: The Wildcat are off to their best start since the 2003-04 season when the ‘Cats went 6-1-1 out of the gate.

UMass-Lowell last five: UNH is now 4-0-1 in its last five against UMass-Lowell.

Wildcats snap eagle skid : The Wildcats snap a three-game losing streak against BC.

DEUCES WILD: UNH has allowed two goals or less five times this season including the last three times out. They are 3-1-1 when allowing two goals or less.

Regan on the move: Senior goalie Kevin Regan moved up to third on the all-time saves list passing Greg Rota. In addition, he now sits fourth on the career wins list.
Name            Saves
1. Greg Moffett        2,602
2. Mike Ayers        2,532
3. Kevin Regan        2,408

Name            Wins
1. Mike Ayers        58
2. Ty Conklin        57
3. Sean Matile        53
4. Kevin Regan        51

Unique Trends:
- The Wildcats are 4-0 when scoring on the power play
- Were 3-0 in October
- Are 2-0 on the road
- 4-0 against nationally ranked opponents
- 5-0 in games decided by 2-plus goals
- 5-0 when scoring 2-plus goals
- 3-0-1 when playing on Friday nights

Four Score: UNH scored four or more goals five games this season.  The Wildcats are 5-0-0 when scoriing four-plus goals.

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.

Wildcat Award Winners:
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    11th    1.43 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    15th    0.71 gpg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    3rd    1.14 ppg   
Rookie Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    5th    1.14 ppg
Game-Winning Goals:
Jamie Fritsch    5th    2 gwg
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    6th    .750

Team
Winnning Percentage    4th    .786 (4-1-0)
Scoring Offense    4th    4.00 gpg
Scoring Margin    6th    +1.71   
   
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 averaged 2.0 points per game and tallied at least a goal in every game during the month of October. He 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.

LUCKY SEVENS: The seven-goal output against 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.

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     3.80/1st    4.00/1st
GAA     2.20/1st    2.29/2nd
Penalty Kill     89.7%/2nd    85.4%/4th

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 159-46-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 145 sellouts during that time in 223 all-time games.

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 12)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Michigan (21)     491    2    9-1-0    7
2    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (12)    479    1    9-1-0    7
3    Michigan State (1)    430    3    8-1-0    7
4    Denver    398    5    6-2-0    7
5    North Dakota    377    4    5-3-1    7
6    New Hampshire    367    7    5-1-1    7
7    Colorado College    285    9    5-3-0    7
8    Clarkson University    218    8    7-3-0    7
9    Boston College    215    6    3-2-4    7
10    Wisconsin    210    10    5-3-0    7
11    Notre Dame    198    12    7-4-0    7
12    Minnesota    154    14    6-4-0    7
13    St. Cloud State    105    NR    6-2-2    1
14    Massachusetts    37    NR    4-2-3    2
15    Minnesota-Duluth    31    15    4-3-1    3

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 12)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
1     Miami (26)    9-1-0    969    1
2     Michigan (22)    9-1-0    966    2
3     Michigan State (2)     8-1-0    872    4
4    Denver     6-2-0    803    5
5    North Dakota    5-3-1    799    3
6     New Hampshire    5-1-1    783    6
7     Colorado College    5-3-0    693    9
8     Clarkson    7-3-0    589    8
9     Wisconsin    5-3-0    570    10
10     Notre Dame    7-4-0    553    12
11     Boston College    3-2-4    543    7
12     Minnesota    6-4-0    454    14
13    St. Cloud State    6-2-2    428    17
14     Massachusetts    4-2-3    222    20
15    Rensselear    6-3-2    211    16
16     Maine    4-4-1    208    11
17     Minnesota-Duluth    4-3-1    198    15
18     Michigan Tech    5-5-0    191    13
19    Harvard    3-1-0    150    NR
20    Niagara    6-3-0    81    19

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

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 (404-198-64), 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.

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    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    7 P.M.
DEC. 16    MAINE     ESPNU    4 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/CN8    7 P.M.

‘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.

‘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 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.
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