NO. 2 MEN'S HOCKEY BEGINS HOME-AND-HOME WITH MERRIMACK ON FRIDAY AT THE WHITT
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DURHAM, N.H. — The second-ranked Wildcats (21-7-2, 17-4-2 HE) enter into a home-and-home series with Hockey East foe Merrimack College (12-15-3, 6-15-2 HE) over the weekend. Puck drops at 7 p.m. both nights. Friday's game will be played at the Whittemore Center, while Saturday night's game will be at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Live video coverage of Friday night's game is available through www.unhwildcats.tv. In addition, both games will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio and live stats at www.unhwildcats.com.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS: Merrimack enters the home-and-home series with UNH 12-15-3 overall with a 6-15-2 record in Hockey East. The strength of Merrimack starts from the net out with Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Andrew Braithwaite. Braithwaite led the Warriors to a home-and-home sweep of Providence last weekend. He stopped 139 of 142 shots in three games this season against PC, posting a 2-0-1 record. Overall, he is 8-8-1 this season.With four games remaining, the Warriors are fighting for a post season berth as they are just three points behind UMass for the eighth and final spot. The teams will face off twice to end the regular season March 7th and 8th.Merrimack’s home-and-home sweep was its first since February 18th and 19th of 2000 against Northeastern. Rob Ricci is the team’s leader scored with 32 points (11g, 21a), while six others have double digits in scoring. Ricci is currently riding a five-game point streak.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 58-11-7 in 76 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960...The Wildcats have won eight of the last ten meetings, which includes the a sweep of last year’s season series and a 1-0 win early this year...UNH owns a 21-2-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile in his 17-year coaching career has compiled a 46-8-6 all-time mark against the Warriors...The ‘Cats are 11-1-0 in the last 12 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink...In UNH’s last seven wins against the Warriors, UNH has outscored Merrimack, 46 to 8...Senior forward Mike Radja is the active leading Wildcat scorer against Merrimack with seven points (4g, 3a) in eight games, while classmate Craig Switzer has six points (0g, 6a) in 10 games for UNH...Senior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 8-1-0 lifetime record against the Warriors with a 0.78 GAA, a .972 save percentage and three shutouts including one back on Jan. 4 of this year.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE WARRIORS:
Player    GP    G-A-P   
Mike Radja    8    4-3-7
Craig Switzer    10    0-6-6
Matt Fornataro    10    2-3-5
Brad Flaishans    10    2-2-4
Jerry Pollastrone    6    2-2-4
Thomas Fortney    7    0-3-3
Jamie Fritsch    6    0-3-3
Greg Collins    7    1-0-1
Joe Charlebois    7    0-1-1
Bobby Butler    4    1-0-1
Kevin Kapstad    5    0-0-0
Peter LeBlanc    4    0-0-0
Phil DeSimone    1    1-0-1
Danny Dries    1    0-0-0
Mike Sislo    1    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    1    0-0-0
Nick Krates    1    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    1    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Regan    9/538:06    7    0.78    8-1-0    252    .972

Regan Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-16-04        60:00    W    30    1    31
1-21-05        60:00    W    30    2    32
2-16-05        59:26    W    35    1    36
11-29-05        58:51    L    19    1    20
2-10-06        59:49    W    27    0    27
11-28-06        60:00    W    26    0    26
2-9-07        60:00    W    23    1    24
2-10-07        60:00    W    28    1    29
1-4-08        60:00    W    34    0    34
Totals        538:06    8-1-0    252    7    259

WILDCATS CAPTURE SECOND-STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON TITLE: With a win on Saturday, UNH clinched its second-straight Hockey East regular season title. The Wildcats captured back-to-back crowns in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Boston College won three-straight including a share of the crown in 2002-03 and the outright title the following two seasons, most recently. Overall, UNH has seven regular season titles, which is tied for second with Boston University (7) and trails only Boston College (10).

WILDCATS CLAIM HOME-ICE FOR LEAGUE-BEST 12-STRAIGHT SEASON: The Wildcats will host its league-best 12th-straight Hockey East tournament quarterfinals. The last time UNH traveled for the quarterfinals was the 1995-96 season when the Wildcats lost two games to none at Maine. The top-seeded Wildcats will play host to the eighth seed in a best of three tournament on March 14-16 at the Whittemore Center.

FIRST-EVER SWEEP OF BC, BU, MAINE: Three programs rich in Hockey East tradition, UNH completed its first-ever sweep of all three season series against BC, BU and Maine. The Wildcats  capture their first-ever sweeps of Maine and BU in Hockey East play and completed the rare sweep with three wins against Boston College.

WILDCAT COMBINED SPECIAL TEAMS FOURTH NATIONALLY: The Wildcat power play and penalty kill have turned the heat up a notch.  UNH ranks first in the penalty kill overall (87.2) and in league play (88.4), while its much improved power play ranks third overall (19.4) and fourth in Hockey East (17.6). As a team they ranked 15th nationally on the power play, 12th on the kill and their combined special teams is fourth at 54.7.

FOUR POWER-PLAY GOALS IN A GAME: The Wildcats netted four power-play goals for the first time since striking five times with the extra skater March 8, 2003 vs. UMass-Lowell. UNH was 4-for-8 overall, capitalizing on four of its first six tries.

‘CATS BOAST LEAGUE BEST OFFENSE & DEFENSE: The Wildcats own the league’s best offense at 3.5 gpg (tied with BU and BC) and the top defense as well at 2.4 gapg.
 
HOBEY BAKER NOMINEE KEVIN REGAN NOTES:
REGAN NAMED CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST: Regan was named RBK/CCM Hockey East Co-Player of the Week. Regan garners his third weekly award in as many weeks as he was defensive player of the week in each of the previous two weeks.  Regan, who shares the honors with Boston University’s Bryan Ewing, stopped 54-of-55 shots as he propelled the Wildcats to a weekend sweep of No. 7 Boston College. Regan, who has won defensive player of the week six times this season, stopped all 28 shots he faced on Friday night, including 23 in the final two periods against the Eagles and followed that up with 26 saves on Saturday night. Regan continues to excel in Hockey East play as he is 12-0-1 in his last 13 games against league foes with three shutouts and no more than three goals allowed in a single contest during that stretch.

REGAN AGAINST MERRIMACK: Kevin Regan has enjoyed a lot of success in his career against Merrimack. The senior netminder is 8-1-0 with a 0.78 GAA, .972 save percentage and three of his nine career shutouts. Regan has allowed two goals or under in all nine prior meetings and a goal or less in eight of those meetings.

Regan Among National leaders: Below is a list of where Kevin Regan ranks nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Goals Against Average:
Kevin Regan    12th    2.12
Save Percentage:
Kevin Regan    2nd    .933
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    3rd    .780

REGAN RANKS IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY:
    Overall    HE games
GAA     2.12/1st    1.80/1st
Save Percentage    .933/1st    .942/1st
Saves    734/3rd    590/3rd
Shutouts    3/1st    3/1st
Wins    19/1st    16/1st

REGAN AMONG ELITE COMPANY: Only two goalies ranked in the top 12 in saves per game play for teams that are better than .500 (Jeff Lerg- Michigan State and Kevin Regan-UNH)

REGAN REVERSES FATE BY CAPTURING HIS FIRST-EVER SHUTOUT OF THE EAGLES: While senior netminder Kevin Regan had struggled against Boston College coming into this season, he excelled this year in a season sweep of the Eagles. UNH won 5-2 on Nov. 10 when Regan stopped 24 shots; he turned away all 28 shots in Friday night’s 2-0 shutout victory and stopped 26-of-27 in a winning effort on Saturday night.

Regan looks to write his name in Hockey east record books: Kevin Regan is trying to pad his resume with a few Hockey East records. Regan, who has 48 Hockey East wins in his career, recently moved passed Bruce Racine of Northeastern for second on the all-time list. BC’s Scott Clemmensen is first on the list with 52 wins in league play. Regan is also the current all-time leader in save percentage in Hockey East games at .932 (2,064 saves on 2,213 shots). His .729 (48-15-9) winning percentage ranks fifth overall, while his goals against average of 2.08 (149 GA 4,280 minutes) ranks fourth.

Hockey East Record Book:
Save Percentage
1. Kevin Regan, UNH    .932
2. Jimmy Howard, Maine    .927
3. John Curry, BU        .926
Wins
1. Scott Clemmensen, BC    52
2. Kevin Regan, UNH    48
3. Bruce Racine, NU    47
Goals Against Average
1. Jimmy Howard, Maine    1.93
2. John Curry, BU        2.02
3. Matti Kaltianinen, BC    2.05
4. Kevin Regan, UNH    2.08
Winning Percentage
1. Garth Snow, Maine    .851
2. Derek Herlofsky, BU    .750
3. Tom Noble, BU        .744
4. Scott King, Maine    .730
5. Kevin Regan, UNH    .729
SINGLE SEASON RECORDS
Save Percentage
1. Jimmy Howard, Maine    .953            2003-04
2. Kevin Regan, UNH    .942            2007-08

REGAN UNBEATEN IN HIS LAST 13 AGAINST HE FOES: Since Dec. 1, Kevin Regan is 12-0-1 against Hockey East foes with a 1.45 GAA, three shutouts, a .956 save percentage and no more than three goals allowed in a single contest.
GP    Min.    GA    GAA    Saves    Sv. %    Record
13    784:34    19    1.45    411    .956    12-0-1

REGAN REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS:UNH has a rich goaltending tradition with greats such as Ty Conklin, Mike Ayers, Greg Moffett and Cap Raeder. However, Kevin Regan has been climbing the charts in every goaltending category and will leave as perhaps the best of the bunch. Recently becoming the all-time saves and wins leader, below is where Regan ranks in major netminding categories :
CAREER GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE
(50 or more games)
        Player    Years    Games    Average
    1.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    93    2.18
    2.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    105    2.26
    3.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    2.46
CAREER SAVES
        Player    Years    Games    Saves
    1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    105    3,238
    2.    Greg Moffett    1977-81    101    2,602
    3.    Mike Ayers    2000-04    101    2,532                   
CAREER SAVE PERCENTAGE
        Player    Years    Games     Save%
     1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    104    .929
    2.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    .917
    3.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    93    .915
CAREER GAMES
        Player     Years    Games Played
    1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    105
2.        Mike Ayers    2000-04    101
        Greg Moffett    1977-81    101
CAREER WINS
        Player     Years    Wins
1.        Kevin Regan    2005-present    66
2.        Mike Ayers    2000-04    58
    3.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    57

REGAN,  vanRIEMSDYK  NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR WALTER BROWN AWARD:  Kevin Regan and James vanRiemsdyk were named semifinalists for the 56th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Regan and vanRiemsdyk were among 15 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Al Robichaud. Regan was among a list of three players that are repeat nominees (BC’s Benn Ferriero – BU’s Peter MacArthur), while vanRiemsdyk was one of two freshmen finalists. UNH has had five former Wildcats earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) and Steve Saviano (2004). The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 56th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.

12-STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASONS: UNH has the longest active streak of 20-win seasons in Hockey East. The Wildcats have captured 20-plus wins in every year dating back to 1996-97.

LEAP YEAR GAMES: UNH is 3-1-0 on Feb. 29 in its program history. The Wildcats dropped its first-ever leap year game to Colby College 3-1 on Feb. 29, 1956, but are 3-0 since. Below is a breakdown of these games:
Year    Results                       
1956     L    UNH     1     Colby         3   
1964     W    UNH    5     Williams     4    OT
1972    W    UNH    4    Army        0   
1992    W    UNH     4    Mass.-Lowell    0

NINE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: For the first time since Nov. 2006, the Wildcats own a nine-game unbeaten streak. UNH is 8-0-1 dating back to Jan. 25. The Wildcats went 8-0-1 from Nov. 3 - Nov. 28, 2006.

UNH IN SEARCH OF RECORD NUMBER OF HOCKEY EAST WINS: The Wildcats have 17 wins with four games to play in Hockey East. The most wins by a UNH team in Hockey East play was 18, which they won during the 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2006-07 seasons.

UNH CAPTURES FIFTH-STRAIGHT HOCKEY EAST SEASON SERIES: By virtue of its weekend sweep of BC, UNH captured its fifth-straight season series victory in Hockey East play. While the Wildcats opened the season by losing their first series to Northeastern (1-2-0) and spliting with Mass-Lowell (1-1-1), they’ve rallied to capture season series versus Massachusetts (2-1-0), Boston University (3-0-0), Maine (3-0-0), Providence (3-0-0) and Boston College (3-0-0).

USCHO.com PairWiseSM Rankings (PWR) (Feb. 25)
Rk     Team     PWR     Rk     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI
1      Michigan     24      1      26-4-4      .8235      1  .5982*
2     New Hampshire     23     4     21-7-2     .7333     4     .5796
3     Colorado College     22     3     23-8-1     .7344     2     .5912
4     North Dakota     21     5     21-8-2     .7097     3     .5892
5     Miami     20     2     27-6-1     .8088     5     .5795*
6     Denver     19     6     21-10-1     .6719     6     .5729
7t     Michigan State     16     7     21-9-5     .6714     7     .5551
7t     Boston College     16     12     16-9-7     .6094     8     .5460
7t     Minnesota State     16     14     16-11-4     .5806     9     .5419
10     St. Cloud State     15     18     16-13-3     .5469     11     .5395
11     Clarkson     14     11     18-10-4     .6250     12     .5360
12t     Minn.-Duluth     12     29t     12-12-6     .5000     15     .5294
12t     Notre Dame     12     8     21-11-4     .6389     10     .5414
14t     Wisconsin     11     28     14-13-7     .5147     14     .5339
14t     Minnesota     11     29t     13-13-8     .5000     16     .5293

‘CATS CAPTURE SEVENTH-STRAIGHT WIN IN TELEVISED GAMES: UNH owns a seventh-game television winning streak dating back to Jan. 26th TV game at Boston University.  They are 15-4-1 in TV games.

HOCKEY EAST STREAKING: UNH is unbeaten in its last 13 Hockey East games.  Regan has been in net for all 13. The Wildcats last Hockey East loss came on Dec. 8 at UMass.

‘CATS EARN BEST RANKING IN 2007-08: The Wildcats are ranked second in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Poll. The second-place ranking is the best UNH has had during the 2007-08 season.

PULLING RANK (RECORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS): The Wildcats are 10-2-1 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent. UNH is 6-0-1 in its last seven against ranked foes.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Wildcats are 11-3-1 on the road this season including a current nine-game road unbeaten streak.

FIRST LINE MAGIC: UNH’s first line has been putting up some eye-popping numbers since its Dec. 29th win at North Dakota. In the last 13 games, the line has tallied 24 goals, 37 assists for 61 points or 4.7 points per game. Below is a breakdown on the production.
Player        Games    G    A    P    PPG
Radja        13    10    16    26    2.0
Fornataro    15    7    15    22    1.46
Dries        15    9    10    19    1.26
DeSimone    2    1    2    3    1.5
Total        15    27    43    70    4.67

DRIES BREAKS OUT DURING SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON: Freshman Danny Dries has broken out during the second half of the season. After managing just four assists over the first 15 games, he has 19 points including all nine of his collegiate goals in the last 15 games since being inserted into UNH’s first line.

RADJA’S JAW-DROPPING NUMBERS: Mike Radja has been red-hot since his five-point effort on Dec. 29 at North Dakota. The senior forward has scored in 13-of-14 games, including 10-straight.  Radja has 26 points (10g, 16a) during that span including three or more points on five occasions.

RADJA second nationally in game-winners: Mike Radja ranks second nationally, just one behind Ryan Jones of Miami (7) with six game-winning goals.

SHORT MONTH EQUALS BIG SUCCESS IN FEBRUARY: The Wildcats are 6-0-1 through the early going in February. Last year, UNH was 4-3-1 in February last year.

RADJA SIXTH NATIONALLY IN POINTS: Mike Radja ranks sixth nationally in points with 1.36 ppg, while he is currently 12th in goals at 0.64 gpg.

MORE SHOTS NOT EQUALING MORE SUCCESS FOR OPPONENTS: UNH is 11-1-1 when allowing 31 shots or more this season.

UNH MEN’S & WOMEN’S HOCKEY CLINCH REGULAR SEASON TITLES ON SAME DAY: Both the men and women’s ice hockey team clinched their respective Hockey East regular season titles on Saturday, Feb. 23. The women’s team captured the crown by virtue of a win at Providence, while the men followed it up with a win over BC and the title later that night. The Wildcats are the only program to capture Hockey East’s men and women’s regular season title in the same year. UNH has accomplished this feat in each of the past two seasons.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 30 games between this season, last season and 2005-06.
                        05-06    06-07        07-08
Record     15-10-5    22-6-2        21-7-2
HE Record    11-6-4    17-4-2        17-4-2
Goals scored    89        113        105
Goals scored/PG    2.97    3.77        3.5
Goals Allowed    76        61        72
Goals Allowed/PG    2.53    2.03        2.4
Shots    1077    940        922
Shots Allowed    946    922        887   
Power Play    18.1%     21.1%        19.4%
    (31-171)    (32-152)        (28-144)
Penalty Kill    86.5%     87.6%        87.2%
    (134-155)    (156-178)    (136-156)
Top 3 Scorers    Micflikier- 32    Smith- 38        Fornataro- 39
    Winnik- 32        Forn.- 35          Radja- 38
    Hemingway-31 Micflik.- 31     vanRiems.- 25

THIRD-PERIOD POWER: The Wildcats have 44 third period goals, which is six more than their next closest competitor in Hockey East. Overall UNH has scored 43.8 percent of its goals in the third period.

SCORING BY CLASS: The following is a breakdown of scoring by class:
Class        G(%)    A(%)    P(%)   
Seniors (6):        41 (39.0)    73 (39.4)   114(38.6)
Juniors (7):        18 (17.1)    47 (25.4)     65(22.0)
Sophomores (5):        14 (13.3)    18 (9.7)     32(10.8)
Freshmen: (9)         32 (30.4)    47 (25.4)    79(26.7)
Totals (27):        105    185    295

SCORING BY PERIOD: The Wildcats have been stronger finishers netting close to half of its goals in the final period.
Period                Goals        Pct.
1st:    25    23.8%
2nd:    33    31.4%
3rd:    46    43.8%
OT:     1    0.01%

COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU: The Wildcats are 15-4-1 in television games this season. They have outscored their opponents 76-48 in these 20 games.

FORNATARO FIFTH NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Senior captain Matt Fornataro ranks fifth nationally in assists with 0.86 apg.

vanRIEMSDYK RANKS SIXTH IN ROOKIE SCORING: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk ranks sixth nationally in rookie scoring with 1.0 ppg.

‘CATS RANK THIRD IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats are currently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense with 3.5 goals per game.

finishing strong:  UNH is 11-1-0 when leading after two periods and 6-0-2 when tied after two.

A TWO POINT MINIMUM: UNH has tallied at least two points in all but one Hockey East weekend this season.

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 Fornataro    Lowe’s Senior CLASS Nominee   
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week        12-17-07
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week        1-7-08
James vanRiemsdyk    HE Rookie of the Week        1-14-08
TEAM    CHN Team of the Week        1-16-08
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week        1-28-08
James vanRiemsdyk    HE Rookie of the Month        January
Mike Radja    HE Co-Player of the Week        2-11-08
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week        2-11-08
Mike Radja    INCH National Player of the Week    2-11-08
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week        2-18-08
Kevin Regan    HE Co-Player of Week        2-25-08

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Mike Radja    6th    1.36 ppg
Matt Fornataro    11th    1.30 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja    12th    0.64 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    5th    0.86 apg
Short-Handed Goals:
Mike Radja    14th    2 SHG
Game-Winning Goals:
Mike Radja    2nd    6 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    14th    0.69 ppg
Craig Switzer    33rd    0.57 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    6th    1.00 ppg   
Goals Against Average:
Kevin Regan    12th    2.12
Save Percentage:
Kevin Regan    2nd    .933
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    3rd    .780
Team
Winnning Percentage    4th    .714 (19-7-2)
Scoring Offense    3rd    3.50 gpg
Scoring Defense    13th    2.40 gapg
Scoring Margin    5th    +1.10
Power Play    15th    19.4
Penalty Kill    12th    87.2
Combined Special Teams    4th    54.7   

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 165-47-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 150 sellouts during that time.

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     3.50/1st    3.26/2nd
GAA     2.40/1st    2.04/1st
Power Play    19.4/3rd    17.6/4th
Penalty Kill    87.2/1st    88.4/1st
Special Teams Net    +9/3rd    +5/2nd
1st Period Scoring    25/3rd    20/3rd
2nd Period Scoring    33/4th    26/4th
3rd Period Scoring    46/1st    28/2nd

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
12/24    no poll        no poll    t-1st
12/31    7        no poll    t-1st
1/7        8        8    t-1st
1/15        5        5    1st
1/21        7        7    t-1st
1/28        7        7    1st
2/4        5        5    1st
2/11        4        4    1st
2/18        3        3    1st
2/25        3        2    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Feb. 25)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Michigan (28)     501    1    26-4-4    20
2    New Hampshire (3)    455    3    21-7-2    20
3    North Dakota (3)    451    2    21-8-2    20
4    Colorado College    417    4    23-8-1    20
5    Miami (Ohio) Univ.     380    5    27-6-1    20
6    Michigan State    328    6    21-9-5    20
7    Denver    315    8    21-10-1    20
8    Boston College    240    7    16-9-7    18
9    Clarkson    224    11    18-10-4    20
10    Minnesota State    212    10    16-11-4    4
11    Notre Dame    153    9    21-11-2    20
12    Princeton    117    15    17-10-0    2
13    St. Cloud State    116    NR    16-13-3    8
14    Wisconsin    93    12    14-13-7    17
15    Minnesota-Duluth    46    13    12-12-6    11

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Feb. 25)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
1    Michigan (35)    26-4-4    963    1
2    North Dakota (10)    21-8-2    931    2
3    New Hampshire (5)    21-7-2    899    3
4    Colorado College    23- 8-1    862    4
5    Miami    27-6-1    821    5
6    Michigan State    21-9-5    737    6
7    Denver    21-10-1    693    8
8    Boston College    16-9-7    614    7
9    Minnesota State    16-11-4    561    11
10    Clarkson    18-10-4    542    12
11    Notre Dame    21-11-4    505    9
12    St. Cloud State    16-13-3    417    16
13    Wisconsin    14-13-7    410    10
14    Princeton    17-10-0    383    17
15    Minnesota-Duluth    12-12-6    293    13
16    Boston University    14-14-4    163    NR
17    Minnesota    13-13-8    147    NR
18    Northeastern    14-13-3    115    14
19    Providence    13-13-4    259    14
20    Harvard    13-11-3    96    NR

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, 2007 and 2008...The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979....UNH has posted 29 seasons with 20+ wins, including the last 12 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
    Vermont    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    L, 1-3
dec. 29    @north dakota    fssn    W, 7-4
JAN. 6    ST. LAWRENCE     NHPTV    L, 5-6
JAN. 11    @ MASSACHUSETTS    NESN    W, 3-2
JAN. 12    MASSACHUSETTS     NHPTV    W, 5-3
JAN. 19    DARTMOUTH         L, 3-5
    @ VERIZON WIR. ARENA    WMUR-TV
JAN. 26    @ BOSTON UNIVERSITY     NESN    W, 5-3
FEB. 1    @ VERMONT     CSTV    W, 5-1
Feb. 8    @ Maine     WABI    W, 3-2
Feb. 9    @ Maine    WABI    W, 4-1
FEB. 16    PROVIDENCE    NHPTV    W, 4-3   
FEB. 22    @ BOSTON COLLEGE)    NESN    W, 2-0
FEB. 23    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV    W, 5-1
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: Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)/Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway:Reading Royals (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Andrew Leach: Trenton Devils (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Anaheim Ducks (NHL) SC Bern (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Texas Wildcatters (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Detriot Red Wings (NHL)
Tyson Teplitsky: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Kevin Truelson: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Brian Yandle: Augusta Lynx (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.
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