TOP-SEEDED MEN'S HOCKEY PLAYS HOST TO MASSACHUSETTS IN HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS
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DURHAM, N.H. -- No. 1-seed New Hampshire (23-8-3, 19-5-3 HEA) will post host to No. 8 Massachusetts (14-14-6, 9-13-5 HEA) at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H., in a rematch of one of the semifinal matchups from last year. The Wildcats won the season series, 2-1-0 this year. UNH has won three of the last four against the Minutemen including a double-overtime win last year in the Hockey East semifinals. Puck drops Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 7p.m. (if necessary). Fans can listen to the game on the UNH Sport Network or pay to watch a live stream of the game through B2 Networks.
 
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: UMass enters the weekend 14-14-6 overall with a 9-13-5 mark in Hockey East play. The Minutemen rattled off three-straight wins including a pair of wins over Merrimack in the final weekend of the regular season to slide into the eighth and final spot in the tournament. UMass improved to 44-2-1 in the last 47 games where the Minutemen score four-or-more goals in a game…Friday night’s five-goal explosion was the seventh time UMass has done so this season…The Minutemen have now scored 14 goals in the last three games (all wins), the most goals scored in any three-game stretch this season…UMass is 8-for-39 (.205) on the power play in the last seven games and have at least one power play goal in six of the last eight games…The Minutemen are led offensively by James Marcou, who has 32 points including 24 assists, while Cory Quirk is the team’s leading goal scorer with 11.  Freshman netminder Paul Dainton is 12-12-6 with a 2.45 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 72-17-5 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 94 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926...UMass won last year’s season series with the Wildcats (2-1), but it was UNH with the final say with a 3-2 double-overtime win over the Minutemen at the Hockey East semifinals...  In that semifinal win, Bobby Butler potted the game-winning goal 1:30 into the second overtime.Through three games versus UMass this season, the Wildcats hold a 2-1 advantage thanks to a home-and-home series sweep Jan. 11-12. UMass used a pair of late goals to skate to a 4-1 win over the Wildcats on Dec. 10. The loss was UNH’s largest margin of defeat in Hockey East play this season. Coach Umile owns a 33-9-4 all-time record against UMass in his 18-year coaching career...The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings...UNH has the edge over the last 10 games at 6-4-0... Seniors Brad Flaishans  and Mike Radja are the Wildcats’ active leading scorers against the Minutemen with eight points each...Senior netminder Kevin Regan owns a 6-2-0 career mark against the Minutemen in six career starts with a 2.02 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE MINUTEMEN:
Player    GP    G-A-P   
Brad Flaishans    13    3-5-8
Mike Radja    11    4-4-8
Matt Fornataro    13    2-5-7
Bobby Butler    7    3-3-6
Craig Switzer    13    0-4-4
Greg Collins    10    2-2-4
James vanRiemsdyk    3    2-2-4
Joe Charlebois    10    1-2-3
Thomas Fortney    9    0-2-2
Mike Sislo    3    0-2-2
Danny Dries    3    1-1-2
Peter LeBlanc    7    1-0-1
Kevin Regan    8    0-1-1
Danny Rossman    3    1-0-1
Jerry Pollastrone    9    1-0-1
Jamie Fritsch    9    0-1-1
Kevin Kapstad    6    1-0-1
Phil DeSimone    3    0-0-0
Nick Krates    3    0-0-0
Danny Vranek    2    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Foster    2/120:00    7    3.50    0-2-0    62    .898
Regan    8/504:03    17    2.02    6-2-0    231    .931
Regan Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
2-11-05        60:00    W    15    1    16
2-12-05        60:00    W    34    1    35
1-21-06        64:56    L    25    4    29
10-26-06        57:37    L    18    3    21
1-19-07        60:00    W    27    1    28
3-16-07        81:30    W    44    2    46
1-11-08        60:00    W    31    2    33
1-12-08        60:00    W    37    3    40
Totals        504:03    6-2-0    231    17    248
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-20-07        60:00    L    35    3    38
12-8-07        60:00    L    27    4    31
Totals        120:00    0-2-0    62    7    69

SCORING LEADERS IN HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT:
Player    GP    G-A-P   
Mike Radja    11    0-7-7
Matt Fornataro    11    2-3-5
Bobby Butler    4    3-1-4
Thomas Fortney    7    2-1-3
Greg Collins    7    1-2-3
Jerry Pollastrone    7    0-2-2
Craig Switzer    11    0-2-2
Brad Flaishans    11    1-0-1
Danny Rossman    2    1-0-1
Peter LeBlanc    4    0-1-1
Joe Charlebois    7    0-0-0
Jamie Fritsch    7    0-0-0
Kevin Kapstad    4    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Regan    8/482:16    17    2.11    6-2-0    266    .940

Regan Game-by-Game in the Hockey East Tournament
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
3-10-05 (PC)    60:00    W    23    1    24
3-18-05 (BU)    60:00    W    19    2    21
3-9-06 (PC)    60:00    W    27    0    27
3-17-06 (BU)    42:07    L    23    7    30
3-8-07 (PC)    60:00    W    42    0    42
3-9-07 (PC)    60:00    W    42    0    42
3-16-07 (Mass.)81:30    W    44    2    46
3-17-07 (BC)    58:39    L    29    5    34
Totals        482:16    6-2-0    249    17    266

UNH VS. UMASS IN THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT: UNH and UMass have met five times in the history of the Hockey East Tournament, including two times during the 1996-97 quarterfinal series... UMass’ lone win was in the Hockey East semifinals on March 19, 2004 (5-2).  The ‘Cats recorded a 5-4 win on March 14, 2003 in the semifinals on their way to the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. and won a double-overtime thriller when Bobby Butler scored the game winner on March 16, 2007.

1996-97
3/7/97    (H)    5    Masschusetts    1    W
3/8/97    (H)    8    Masschusetts     2    W
(Quarterfinals —UNH wins best of three games, 2-0)

2002-2003
3/14/03    (N)    5    Massachusetts    4    W
(HE Semifinals at the FleetCenter)

2003-2004
3/19/04    (N)    2    Massachusetts    5    L
(HE Semifinals at the FleetCenter)

2006-2007
3/16/07    (N)    3    Massachusetts    2    W     (2OT)
(HE Semifinals at the TD Banknorth Garden)

‘CATS BOAST LEAGUE’S BEST DEFENSE: The Wildcats own the league’s top defense at 2.32 gapg.  In addition, UNH is averaging 2.00 goals against per game versus Hockey East foes. The Wildcats have allowed one goal or less in nine of the last 11 games. Overall, UNH’s defense ranks 11th in the nation.

WILDCATS BOAST LEAGUE-BEST PENALTY KILL/EIGHTH NATIONALLY: The Wildcat penalty kill ranks first at 87.4 percent, while its 88.6 percent in league play is also tops. Nationally, UNH has the ninth-best penalty kill.

Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll/Final Standings:
Pre. Rk.Team     Actual Finish
1.    New Hampshire (5)    1st
    Boston College (5)    4th
3.    Boston University    2nd
4.    Maine    9th
5.    Massachusetts    8th
    Vermont    3rd
7.    Northeastern    6th
8.    Providence    5th
9.    UMass-Lowell    7th
10.    Merrimack    10th
Italics represent correctly predicted teams.

ALL ABOUT UNH’S CURRENT STREAKS:
Current Road unbeaten streak:     10 games (12/29-3/1) (8-0-2)
Current Hockey East Road unbeaten streak: 9 games (1/4-3/1) (7-0-2)

WILDCATS CAPTURE PROGRAM-BEST 19 wins in HOCKEY EAST:  The Wildcats captured a program-best by garnering their 19th win in Hockey East on March 7. The 19 wins are the most since Boston University won 21 games in the 1993-94 season when BU went 21-3-0 in league play.

UNH’s 41 Points a MODERN Hockey East Record: Since Vermont joined the league in 2005-06 and three additional games were added to the schedule for all league foes, no team has captured more points than this year’s UNH team. The 2005-06 champs, Boston University, had 37 points, while the Wildcats had 38 points a year ago during its championship run.

WHAT A STREAK: Although UNH’s 12-game unbeaten streak came to an end in a 4-3 loss to Vermont in the regular-season finale, the streak was among the best in program history.  The stretch matched a 12-game unbeaten clip that the program had during the 2006-07. The last time UNH had a 13-game unbeaten streak was between 2/14/03 and 5/10/03... Overall, UNH went 10-0-3 during that stretch and captured the Hockey East regular season title (co-champions), the Hockey East tournament title before losing to Minnesota in the NCAA National Championship game that year in Buffalo.  The longest streak in program history was a 14-game winning streak (14-0-0) that went from Nov. 1 to Dec. 28, 1996.

FORTNEY’S FIRST: Junior Thomas Fortney tallied his first goal of the 2007-08 campaign and the 12th goal of his career in a 4-3 loss to Vermont on March 8.

UNH WINS ITS SEVEN-STRAIGHT LEAGUE SEASON SERIES: By virtue of its win over Vermont on Friday, UNH captured its seventh-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 UMass-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), Boston College (3-0-0), Merrimack (3-0-0) and Vermont (2-1-0).

PROGRAM-BEST 16-GAME HOCKEY EAST UNBEATEN STREAK: UNH saw its program-best 16-game unbeaten streak in Hockey East play come to an end on the final day of league play in a 4-3 loss to Vermont.

REGAN FIRST IN PROGRAM HISTORY TO CAPTURE TWO 20-WIN SEASONS: Kevin Regan became the first netminder in UNH history to capture back-to-back seasons with 20 wins. He is also the only goalie in UNH history to win 20 games twice during his career.

CAREER HIGHS ON FRIDAY AGAINST VERMONT: Bobby Butler tallied a career-high two goals and matched a career high with three points. Peter LeBlanc matched a career high in both goals and points with a goal and two points.

USCHO.com PairWiseSM Rankings (PWR) (Mar. 10)
Rk     Team     PWR     Rk     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI
1t      Colorado College     23      3      26-9-1      .7361      1      .5903
1t     Michigan     23     2     27-5-4     .8056     2     .5890*
3     New Hampshire     22     4     23-8-3     .7206     5     .5736
4t     North Dakota     21     5     23-8-4     .7143     3     .5866
4t     Miami     21     1     29-6-1     .8194     4     .5808*
6     Denver     19     10     22-13-1     .6250     6     .5584
7     Clarkson     17     7t     20-10-4     .6471     8     .5436
8t     Boston College     16     14t     17-11-8     .5833     10     .5374
8t     St. Cloud State     16     22t     17-14-5     .5417     9     .5396
10     Michigan State     15     6     23-9-5     .6892     7     .5577
11     Minnesota State     13     17     18-14-4     .5556     12     .5335
12     Minnesota     12     30     15-14-9     .5132     14     .5277
13     Wisconsin     11     28     15-14-7     .5139     13     .5319
14t     Boston University     10     24     17-15-4     .5278     15     .5231
14t     Minnesota-Duluth    10     39     13-15-6     .4706     17     .5212

RADJA NAMED NATIONAL/HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY: Mike Radja was named Hockey East  and HCA’s National Player of the Month for February. Hockey East made its announcement on Tuesday, while the HCA made its announcement Friday. Radja was red-hot in the month of February tallying a point in all eight games of the month, including five multi-point efforts. Radja recorded 16 points (5g,11a) in eight games, averaging 2.0 points per game. Radja had three games, with three points including a hat trick in a 3-2 win at Maine on Feb. 8. Radja also had three points including the game-winning goal in UNH’s 4-3 win over Providence on Feb. 16. Radja  surpassed the 100-point and 50-goal milestones during the month of February when the Wildcats went unbeaten at 7-0-1. He netted two game-winners during the month, Feb. 8 at Maine and Feb. 16 vs. Providence.

REGAN GARNERS HOCKEY EAST MONTHLY HONORS FOR FEBRUARY: Kevin Regan was named Hockey East Goalie of the Month for February. Regan was outstanding in the month of February for the No. 3-ranked Wildcats. The senior netminder went undefeated garnering a 7-0-1 mark, with a 1.24 GAA and a .962 save percentage. Regan had a shutout against Boston College on Feb. 22 at Conte Forum and he stopped a career-high 52 shots in a 1-1 tie at Providence on Feb. 15. Regan allowed two goals or less in seven of the eight games. He notched at least 25-plus saves in seven of his eight starts in the month.

REGAN SELECTED TO FROZEN FOUR SKILLS CHALLENGE: Kevin Regan was one of two eastern goaltenders selected to participate in the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Denver, Colo. at the Pepsi Center on Friday, April 11. The other goaltender is David Leggio from Clarkson. The competition will be conducted in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. An alternate list has been established in the event that players have to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments, such as their team’s participation in the Men’s Frozen Four.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Wildcats are 11-3-2 on the road this season, including a current 10-game road unbeaten streak dating back to Dec. 28 at North Dakota.

UNBEATEN IN FEBRUARY; FIRST TIME IN MODERN HISTORY: The Wildcats finished February 8-0-1.  It marks the first time the Wildcats have accomplished this feat in over 80 years. The 1926-27 team was 3-0, while the 1927-28 team was 2-0-1. No team in the last 80 years went unbeaten in February until this year.Last year, UNH was 4-3-1 in February.

WILDCATS CAPTURE SECOND-STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON TITLE: With a win over BC on Feb. 22, 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. Overall, UNH has seven regular season titles, which is tied for second with Boston University (7) and trails only Boston College (10). The Wildcats were the first team in NCAA hockey to win its respective regular-season title.

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.

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. The Wildcats are the only 20-win team in Hockey East so far this season.

REGAN Among National leaders: Below is a list of where Kevin Regan ranks nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Goals Against Average:
Kevin Regan    9th    2.11
Save Percentage:
Kevin Regan    4th    .931
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    4th    .768

REGAN RANKS IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY:
    Overall    HE games
GAA     2.11/1st    1.83/1st
Save Percentage    .931/1st    .940/1st
Shutouts    3/1st    3/1st
Wins    21/1st    18/1st
Winning Percentage    .768/1st    .804/1st

REGAN Writes his name in Hockey East Record Books: Kevin Regan ended his Hockey East career among the greatest goalies in Hockey East history. Names like Howard, Clemmensen, Snow, Dunham and Conklin are now joined by Regan as the league’s elite netminder. Regan, who finished with 50 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 became the all-time leader in save percentage in Hockey East games at .932 (2,132 saves on 2,287 shots). His .726 (50-16-9) winning percentage ranks fourth overall, while his goals against average of 2.08 (155 GA 4,460 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    50
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    .726

SINGLE SEASON RECORDS
Goals Against Average
1. Jimmy Howard, Maine    1.15            2003-04
...                ...            ....
7. Kevin Regan, UNH    1.83            2007-08

Save Percentage
1. Jimmy Howard, Maine    .953            2003-04
2. Kevin Regan, UNH    .940            2007-08

Wins
1. Scott Gordon, BC    20-7-1            1984-85
2. Kevin Regan, UNH    18-4-1            2007-08
Cory Schneider, BC    18-8-1            2006-07

REGAN 14-1-1 IN LAST 16 AGAINST HE FOES: Since Dec. 1, Kevin Regan is 14-1-1 against Hockey East foes with a 1.56 GAA, three shutouts, a .950 save percentage and no more than three goals allowed in 15 of 16 contests.
GP    Min.    GA    GAA    Saves    Sv. %    Record
16    962:44    25    1.56    479    .950    14-1-1

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    108    2.25
    3.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    2.46
CAREER SAVES
        Player    Years    Games    Saves
    1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    108    3,312
    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    108    .928
    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    108
2.        Mike Ayers    2000-04    101
3.        Ty Conklin    1998-01    97
CAREER WINS
        Player     Years    Wins
1.        Kevin Regan    2005-present    68
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.

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.

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

RADJA NINTH NATIONALLY in POINTS: Mike Radja ranks ninth nationally in points with 1.25 ppg, while he is currently 12th in goals at 0.59 gpg.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 32 games between this season, last season and 2005-06.
    05-06    06-07        07-08
Record     17-11-6    23-9-2        23-8-3
HE Record    13-7-5    18-7-2        19-5-3
Goals scored    104    123        114
Goals scored/PG    3.06    3.62        3.4
Goals Allowed    86        80        79
Goals Allowed/PG    2.53    2.35        2.3
Shots    1186    1063        1107
Shots Allowed    1056    1079        1051   
Power Play    18.6%     20.0%        18.2%
    (35-188)    (33-165)        (30-165)
Penalty Kill    86.7%     85.6%        87.4%
    (150-173)    (167-195)    (153-175)
Top 3 Scorers    Winnik- 36    Smith- 40        Fornataro- 41        Hemingway-35    Forn.- 37          Radja- 40
    Micflikier- 33     Micflik.- 34     vanRiems.- 26

THIRD-PERIOD POWER: The Wildcats have 51 third-period goals, which is nine more than their next closest competitor in Hockey East. Overall UNH has scored 44.7 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):        44 (38.5)    78 (39.2)   122(38.9)
Juniors (7):        19 (16.6)    50 (25.1)     69(22.0)
Sophomores (5):        17(14.9)    21 (10.5)     38(12.1)
Freshmen: (9)         34 (29.8)    50 (25.1)    84(26.8)
Totals (27):        114    199    313

SCORING BY PERIOD: The Wildcats have been stronger finishers netting close to half of their goals in the final period.
Period                Goals        Pct.
1st:    27    23.6%
2nd:    35    30.7%
3rd:    51    44.7%
OT:     1    0.01%

COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU: The Wildcats are 16-5-1 in television games this season. They have outscored their opponents 80-53 in these 22 games.

FORNATARO SIXTH NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Senior captain Matt Fornataro ranks sixth nationally in assists with 0.79 apg.

vanRIEMSDYK RANKS NINTH IN ROOKIE SCORING: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk ranks ninth nationally in rookie scoring with 0.96 ppg.

‘CATS RANK EIGHTH IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats are currently ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense with 3.35 goals per game.

Finishing Strong:  UNH is 12-1-0 when leading after two periods and 7-0-3 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
James vanRiemsdyk/Kevin Regan
    Walter Brown Award Semifinalists
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
Kevin Regan    Frozen Four Skills Competition    2-27-08
Mike Radja    HE Player of the Month        February
Kevin Regan    HE Goalie of the Month        February
Mike Radja    HCA National Player of the Month    February

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Mike Radja    9th    1.25 ppg
Matt Fornataro    13th    1.21 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja    12th    0.59 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    6th    0.79 apg
Short-Handed Goals:
Mike Radja    15th    2 SHG
Game-Winning Goals:
Mike Radja    2nd    6 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    21st    0.64 ppg
Craig Switzer    28th    0.59 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    9th    0.96 ppg
Danny Dries    20th    0.76 ppg   
Goals Against Average:
Kevin Regan    9th    2.11
Save Percentage:
Kevin Regan    3rd    .931
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    2nd    .768
Team
Winnning Percentage    4th    .714 (19-7-2)
Scoring Offense    8th    3.35 gpg
Scoring Defense    11th    2.32 gapg
Scoring Margin    5th    +1.03
Power Play    18th    18.2
Penalty Kill    8th    87.4
Combined Special Teams    10th    53.8

WILDCAT COMBINED SPECIAL TEAMS 10TH 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 (18.5) and fourth in Hockey East (16.5). As a team they ranked 16th nationally on the power play, ninth on the kill and their combined special teams is 10th at 53.8.

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 166-48-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 152 sellouts during that time.

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     3.35/3rd    3.11/2nd
GAA     2.32/1st    2.00/1st
Power Play    18.2/3rd    16.3/4th
Penalty Kill    87.4/1st    88.6/1st
Special Teams Net    +9/3rd    +5/2nd
1st Period Scoring    27/4th    22/5th
2nd Period Scoring    35/6th    28/4th
3rd Period Scoring    51/1st    33/1st

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
3/3        3        3    1st
3/10        5        4    1st

USCHO.com PairWiseSM Rankings (PWR) (Mar. 10)
Rk     Team     PWR     Rk     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI
1t      Colorado College     23      3      26-9-1      .7361      1      .5903
1t     Michigan     23     2     27-5-4     .8056     2     .5890*
3     New Hampshire     22     4     23-8-3     .7206     5     .5736
4t     North Dakota     21     5     23-8-4     .7143     3     .5866
4t     Miami     21     1     29-6-1     .8194     4     .5808*
6     Denver     19     10     22-13-1     .6250     6     .5584
7     Clarkson     17     7t     20-10-4     .6471     8     .5436
8t     Boston College     16     14t     17-11-8     .5833     10     .5374
8t     St. Cloud State     16     22t     17-14-5     .5417     9     .5396
10     Michigan State     15     6     23-9-5     .6892     7     .5577
11     Minnesota State     13     17     18-14-4     .5556     12     .5335
12     Minnesota     12     30     15-14-9     .5132     14     .5277
13     Wisconsin     11     28     15-14-7     .5139     13     .5319
14t     Boston University     10     24     17-15-4     .5278     15     .5231

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (March 10)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Michigan (15)     483    2    27-5-4    22
2    North Dakota (9)    457    1    23-8-4    22
3    Colorado College (9)    451    5    26-9-1    22
4    New Hampshire    417    3    23-8-3    22
5    Miami (Ohio) Univ.  (1)    405    4    29-6-1    22
6    Michigan State    324    6    23-9-5    22
7    Clarkson    304    8    20-10-4    22
8    Denver    258    7    22-13-1    22
9    Boston College    207    9    17-11-8    20
10    St. Cloud State    196    11    17-14-5    10
11    Minnesota State    194    10    18-14-4    6
12    Notre Dame    126    12    22-12-4    22
13    Boston University    86    NR    17-15-4    3
14    Wisconsin    80    13    15-14-7    19
15    Minnesota    45    14    15-14-9    14

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (March 10)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
1    Michigan (19)    27-5-4    952    2
2    North Dakota (20)    23-8-2    982    1
3    Colorado College (9)    24-9-1    820    5
4    Miami (2)    29-6-1    839    4
5    New Hampshire    22-7-3    895    3
6    Michigan State    23-9-5    739    6
7    Clarkson    20-10-4    648    8
8    Denver    22-11-1    679    7
9    St. Cloud State    17-13-4    468    11
10    Boston College    16-10-8    554    10
10    Minnesota State    17-13-4    538    9
12    Notre Dame    22-12-4    432    12
13    Wisconsin    15-14-7    383    13
14    Boston University    15-15-4    330    16
15    Minnesota    14-13-9    299    14
16    Princeton    17-12-0    257    15
17    Harvard    14-11-4    164    19
18    Minnesota-Duluth    13-15-6    156    18
19    Vermont    14-13-7    103    NR
20    Providence    14-15-5    46    17

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/ScoRe
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    W, 3-1
MARCH 8    VERMONT    NHPTV    L, 3-4

‘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)
Travis Banga: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
Derek Bekar:  Jesenice (Aust)
Eric Boguniecki:  Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
A.J. Bucchino: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
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:  Crimmitschau ETC (2.GBun)
Darren Haydar: Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)/Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway:Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Mark Kolanos: Arizona Sun Dogs (CHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Andrew Leach: Trenton Devils (ECHL)
Nathan Martz: Stormhammar (Norway)
Jacob Micflikier: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Anaheim Ducks (NHL) SC Bern (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Albany River Rats (AHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Texas Wildcatters (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Grenoble (FRNC)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Detriot Red Wings (NHL)/Grand Rapid Griffins (AHL)
Tyson Teplitsky: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Kevin Truelson: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
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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