DURHAM, N.H. — The seventh-ranked Wildcats (13-7-1, 9-4-1 HE) enter into a critical home-and-home series with Hockey East foe Boston University (7-11-4, 6-6-3). The Wildcats will play host to the Terriers on Friday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. On Saturday night, the teams will meet at Agganis Arena in Boston. Saturday's game will be broadcast on NESN-TV, puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio and live stats at as well as live video at (Friday night only).

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS: Boston U. enters this weekend’s series with a  7-11-4 overall record, 6-6-3. The Terriers opened the season 4-11-2 over the first 17 games, but are 4-1-1 in their last six games, including a 3-0-2 mark against Hockey East foes. Last weekend,  BU captured a 6-4 win over Merrimack and skated to a 2-2 tie with Boston College.The Terriers have scored at least one goal in 24 of their last 26 periods on the road (excluding overtimes)...BU and St. Lawrence are the only two sub-.500 teams in the country which have a positive scoring margin this season...The Terriers are just 1-11-4 on the year when they score four or fewer goals and last year they owned an 18-10-9 record scoring four goals or less. The two teams close out their season series with a home-and-home set this weekend.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.: Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 91-40-18 in 149 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925...In 17 all-time meetings at the Whittemore Center, the Terriers have the best record of any Hockey East team at Towse Rink with an 8-4-5 record... UNH owns a 3-0-2 all-time record vs. Boston U. at Agganis Arena, including a 4-1 win in this year’s season opener on 10/19...In the overall series, UNH is just 1-3-2 in the last six meetings...Coach Umile owns a 22-28-8 all-time record against Boston University...In the last 10 meetings, the series is deadlocked at 4-4-2...Senior forwards Matt Fornataro and Mike Radja are the leading active career Wildcat scorers against BU with 10 points, while senior goaltender Kevin Regan has made nine career starts versus the Terriers...Regan has posted a 3-3-3 record versus BU with a 3.47 GAA and an .885 save percentage.

Player    GP    G-A-P   
Matt Fornataro    12    3-7-10
Mike Radja    12    4-6-10
Jamie Fritsch    8    2-2-4
Craig Switzer    12    0-3-3
Jerry Pollastrone    8    1-6-7
Brad Flaishans    11    0-4-4
Thomas Fortney    8    2-2-4
Bobby Butler    4    0-2-2
Greg Collins    6    1-1-2
James vanRiemsdyk    1    1-1-2
Joe Charlebois    7    0-0-0
Peter LeBlanc    4    0-0-0
Kevin Kapstad    3    1-0-1
Danny Rossman    2    0-0-0
Alan Thompson    1    0-0-0
Mike Sislo    1    0-0-0
Danny Dries    1    0-0-0
Nick Krates    1    0-0-0
Phil DeSimone    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Kevin Regan    8/535:05    31    3.47    3-3-3    239    .885

Regan Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
3/3/05        64:49    T    37    4    41
3/5/05        59:05    L    22    3    25
3/18/05        60:00    W    19    2    21
2/17/06        60:00    W    28    4    32
3/17/06        42:07    L    23    7    30
11/10/06        65:00    T    26    4    30
2/16/07        59:19    L    26    3    29
2/17/07        65:00    T    28    3    31
10/19/07        59:45    W    30    1    31
Totals    535:05    3-3-3            239            31              270

SEASON HIGH 57 SHOTS AGAINST DARTMOUTH: In Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to Dartmouth, the Wildcats outshot the Big Green 57-to-26. The 57 shots were the most since the ‘Cats had 61 in a 2-1 double overtime win over Providence in the Hockey East quarterfinals on March 10, 2006.

OFFENSE ON DISPLAY THIS WEEKEND: One thing this weekend’s games should not lack is offense. BU and UNH rank sixth and seventh, respectively, in scoring in the nation. The Terriers are averaging 3.45 gpg, while the ‘Cats come in at 3.43 gpg.

vanRIEMSDYK EXTENDS GOAL STREAK TO THREE GAMES: Since returning from the 2008 World Juniors Championship, freshman James vanRiemsdyk has been red-hot for the Wildcats. He has tallied a goal in all three games and has five points in those games since his return.

USA JUNIORS STAND OUTS SQUARE OFF THIS WEEKEND: UNH freshman James vanRiemsdyk and BU freshman Colin Wilson had impressive tournaments at the 2008 World Juniors Championship. vanRiemsdky led the tournament in scoring with 11 points (5g, 6a), while Wilson was fifth in scoring with seven points (6g, 1a). The pair helped lead USA to a 4-2 record with a fourth-place finish.

KAPSTAD BOASTS TWO-GAME GOAL SCORING STREAK: Junior defenseman Kevin Kapstad has tallied a goal in each of the last two games. Kapstad scored the first goal of the game in a win against UMass and scored the last goal against Dartmouth on Saturday night.

‘CATS GETTING DEFENSIVE IN LEAGUE PLAY: UNH boasts the best goals-against-average in Hockey East play this season. The Wildcats are allowing just 2.36 goals per game in Hockey East contests.

HOME ICE DISADVANTAGE: The road team in BU and New Hampshire’s series is 8-0-4 in Hockey East play since the beginning of the 2003-04 season (excluding the Wildcats’ 4-3 neutral-site victory at Verizon Wireless Arena on Nov. 5, 2004).

BLUE OUT THE WHIT:  Friday night’s game will be “Blue out the Whit” night. Fans are encourage to wear their blue and thundersticks will be given out at the door.

FORNATARO CLOSES IN ON CENTURY CLUB: Senior captain Matt Fornataro needs just three points to become the 66th player in program history to join the century club with 100 career points.

DRIES SCORING STREAK STANDS AT FOUR: The newest addition to the Wildcats’ top line has been producing. Danny Dries has a four-game scoring streak with three goals and two assists in the last four games. Since his move up to the first line on Dec. 28, Dries has notched a point in five out of six games.

REGAN TIES AYERS AS WINNINGEST GOALIE AT UNH: Regan continues to excel in Hockey East play capture back-to-back wins this weekend over UMass. With his win on Saturday, he tied Mike Ayers as the program’s all-time wins leader with 58.  He moved past former Wildcat and current Pittsburgh Penguin Ty Conklin, who had 57 wins during his time in Durham. Regan finished with 31 saves including 13 in the final stanza when the Wildcats played most of the early action in the penalty kill on Friday night. He followed that up by recording 37 saves, including 17 in the third period in Saturday’s 5-3 win. Regan has won his last four starts against Hockey East foes. In league play, Regan is 8-3-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a league-best .935 save percentage.

COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU: The Wildcats are 8-4-1 in television games this season. They have outscored their opponents 48-37 in these 13 games.

WELL-BALANCED WINNING:  With the wins over UMass, the Wildcats have a win over every HE foe they’ve played this season. Nine league wins over eight different teams, UNH has yet to play Vermont in league play.

‘CATS STREAKING IN LEAGUE:  UNH won four consecutive league games for the first time this season.
FORNATARO SIXTH NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Senior captain Matt Fornataro ranks sixth nationally in assists with 0.86 apg.

vanRIEMSDYK RANKS THIRD IN ROOKIE SCORING: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk ranks third nationally in rookie scoring with 1.25 ppg.

RADJA RANKS FIFTH IN GAME WINNERS: Senior Mike Radja is tied for fifth nationally with four game-winning goals this season.

‘CATS RANK SEVENTH IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats are currently ranked seventh in the nation in scoring offense with 3.43 goals per game.

finishing strong:  UNH is 6-1-0 when leading after two periods and 4-0-1 when tied after two.

RADJA APPROACHES 50-GOAL MARK:  Mike Radja is just four goals away from 50 for his career. Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway were the last two players to earn this milestone.

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

(50 or more games)
        Player    Years    Games    Average
    1.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    93    2.18
    2.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    96    2.33
    3.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    2.46

        Player    Years    Games    Saves
    1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    96    2,731
    2.    Greg Moffett    1977-81    101    2,602
    3.    Mike Ayers    2000-04    101    2,532       
        Player    Years    Games     Save%
     1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    96    .926
    2.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    .917
    3.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    93    .915

        Player     Years    Games Played
    1.    Mike Ayers    2000-04    101
    2.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    96
        Ty Conklin    1998-01    93

        Player     Years    Wins
1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    58
        Mike Ayers    2000-04    58
    3.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    57

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

Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 7-2-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 6-5-1 against unranked foes.

vanRIEMSDYK FINISHES AS LEADING SCORER AT JUNIOR NATIONALS: James vanRiemsdyk finished the 2008 Junior Nationals as the tournament’s leading scorer. vanRiemsdyk had 11 points (5-6-11), leading Team USA to a fourth-place finish and a 4-2 record.vanRiemsdyk scored a goal in five of Team USA’s six games during the tournament. vanRiemsdyk was named one of Team USA’s best three players in the tournament along with Boston University’s Colin Wilson and Michigan’s Chris Summers. Last year, he led the US Under-18 team in scoring and led the squad to a gold medal at the U-18 Championships in 2005-06. vanRiemsdyk was selected as the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft. vanRiemsdyk will rejoin the Wildcats this week in practice and should be available for the Wildcats’ Hockey East match up at Massachusetts on Friday night in Amherst.

REGAN BECOMES ALL-TIME LEADER IN SAVES: With 40 saves on Dec. 29 at North Dakota, Kevin Regan became the all-time leader in saves at UNH. Regan passed Greg Moffett, who had 2,602 saves.

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

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
James vanRiemsdyk    18th    1.25 ppg
Matt Fornataro    23rd    1.19 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja    20th    0.58 gpg
James vanRiemsdyk    22nd    0.56 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    6th    0.86 apg
Game-Winning Goals:
Mike Radja    5th    4 gwg   
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    17th    0.67 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    3rd    1.25 ppg   
Goals Against Average:
Kevin Regan    32nd    2.45
Save Percentage:
Kevin Regan    22nd    .922
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    8th    .688
Winnning Percentage    8th    .643 (13-7-1)
Scoring Offense    7th    3.43 gpg
Scoring Margin    11th    +0.67   

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

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 163-47-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 148 sellouts during that time.

    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     3.45/3rd    3.00/4th
GAA     2.76/5th    2.36/1st
Power Play    15.4/7th    10.3/9th
Penalty Kill    84.7/7th    85.5/4th
Special Teams Net    -1/5th    -5/8th
1st Period Scoring    18/3rd    13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring    20/7th    14/6th
3rd Period Scoring    32/1st    14/4th

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

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 21)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Michigan (34)     510    1    22-2-0    15
2    Miami (Ohio) Univ.     474    2    23-3-0    15
3    Colorado College    444    3    18-6-0    15
4    North Dakota    378    7    14-8-1    15
5    Michigan State    374    6    16-5-4    15
6    Denver    362    4    18-6-0    15
7    New Hampshire    295    5    13-7-1    15
8    Boston College    267    11    11-5-6    13
9    Notre Dame    229    8    18-9-1    15
10    Clarkson University    199    12    13-7-2    15
11    Northeastern    152    10    11-6-3    7
12    Quinnipiac    105    14    14-5-3    4
13    St. Cloud St.    103    13    11-10-3    7
14    Massachusetts    66    9    9-7-5    10
15    Mass. Lowell    60    15    11-6-4    3 Division I Men’s Poll (Jan. 21)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
 1     Michigan (49)    22-2-0    999    1
 2    Miami (1)    23-3-0    944    2
 3    Colorado College    18-6-0    907    3
 4     North Dakota    14-8-1    815    6
 5    Denver    18-6-0    783    4
 6     Michigan State    16-5-4    766    7
 7    New Hampshire    13-7-1    704    5
 8     Boston College    11-5-6    627    11
 9     Notre Dame     18-9-1    566    8
10     Clarkson    13-7-2    521    12
11     Northeastern    11-6-3    490    9
12     Quinnipiac    14-5-3    393    14
13     St. Cloud State    11-10-3    383    13
14     Massachusetts    9-7-5    365    10
15     Mass.-Lowell    11-6-4    351    15
16     Wisconsin    10-10-4    214    17
17     Minnesota    12-10-4    213    18
18     Princeton    10-8-0     119     19
19     Minnesota-Duluth    8-8-6    96    16
20     Air Force    12-8-4    78    NR

FORNATARO NAMED NOMINEE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Matt Fornataro was one of twenty collegiate hockey players, who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service, and were  announced today as the official candidates for the men’s hockey division of the 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.  Fornataro, who was one of two Hockey East players selected, is currently the team’s leading scorer and garnered Hockey East Player of the Month for October. In addition, the senior forward is quickly approaching the 100-point mark for his career. The award – presented annually to the NCAA  Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports – focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. 

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

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

WILDCATS SHARE TOP SPOT IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish tied for first in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 25.

Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll:
Rk.    Team (1st Place Votes)     Pts
1.    New Hampshire (5)    84
    Boston College (5)    84
3.    Boston University    77
4.    Maine    61
5.    Massachusetts    54
    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
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
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.
March 7    Vermont    CSTV    8 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)
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)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
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: 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
    Games also can be heard on “Yahoo! Broadcast” by going to, 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

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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