MEN'S HOCKEY TRAVELS TO NO. 10 MASSACHUSETTS ON SATURDAY
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DURHAM, N.H. -- The seventh-ranked Wildcats (8-3-1, 5-3-1 HE) continues Hockey East play with a single game at No. 10 Massachusetts (6-3-5, 3-2-4 HE) on Saturday night at Mullins Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio at www.unhwildcats.com and live video at www.umassathletics.com. The Wildcats are a perfect 4-0 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: No. 10/11 UMass enters the weekend 6-3-5 overall, 3-2-4 in Hockey East. The Minutemen are unbeaten in their last three game (2-0-1).While, UNH owns the league’s best offense, UMass has the best team defensively in Hockey East with 2.14 goals allowed per game. UMass is undefeated this season when scoring 3-or-more goals (6-0-2) and are undefeated at home (3- 0-3)…UMass has not lost at home in the last 12 games (8-0-4) dating back to last season… The Minutemen are led by by freshman netminder Paul Dainton, who ranks second in Hockey East in save percentage at .926.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 70-16-5 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 91 all-time meetings dating back to February 13, 1926...UMass own last year’s season series with the Wildcats (2-1), but it was UNH with the last 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. Coach Umile owns a 32-8-4 all-time record against UMass in his 18-year coaching career...The Minutemen have won three of the last six meetings...UNH has the edge over the last 10 games at 7-3-0, while Massachusetts has won three of the last five games...Senior defenseman Brad Flaishans is the Wildcats active leading scorer against the Minutemen with seven points (3g, 4a) in 10 games, while classmate Matt Fornataro  has tallied six points (2g, 4a) in 10 contests...Senior netminder Kevin Regan owns a 4-2-0 career mark against the Minutemen in six career starts with a 1.87 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE MINUTEMEN:
Player    GP    G-A-P   
Brad Flaishans    10    3-4-7
Matt Fornataro    10    2-4-6
Mike Radja    8    2-3-5
Craig Switzer    10    0-3-3
Joe Charlebois    7    1-0-1
Bobby Butler    4    2-1-3
Peter LeBlanc    4    1-0-1
Kevin Regan    6    0-1-1
Greg Collins    7    1-1-2
Thomas Fortney    6    0-1-1
Jamie Fritsch    6    0-0-0
Jerry Pollastrone    6    0-0-0
Kevin Kapstad    3    0-0-0
Danny Rossman    3    1-0-1

Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Foster    1/60:00    3    3.00    0-1-0    35    .921
Regan    6/384:03    12    1.87    4-2-0    163    .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
Totals        384:03    4-2-0    163    12    175
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-20-07        60:00    L    35    3    38
Totals        60:00    0-1-0    35    3    38

THOMPSON NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman forward Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for November. The announcement was made on Dec. 4 by the league office.The freshman forward, who garnered HE Rookie of the Week on Nov. 19, becomes the first Wildcat to win the award since Kevin Regan captured the honor back in February, 2005. Thompson had a breakout month in November. The freshman forward had nine points (5g-4a-9p) in eight games for the Wildcats. Thompson opened the month with a goal and an assist in a win at Northeastern. He had the game-tying goal in a 2-2 tie with UMass-Lowell. Thompson notched the primary assist on the game-winning goal in a win over Boston College and had a breakout game in an overtime win at Providence. Against the Friars, Thompson tallied a career-high five points with a hat trick and two assists. He tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals. Overall, Thompson skated a +3 in the month and led the Wildcats to a 4-2-0 mark. UNH was 3-0-1 when Thompson tallied a point during the month of November.

vanRIEMSDYK SELECTED TO 2008 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk has been named to the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Czech Republic.  vanRiemsdyk, who currently ranks second in the nation in rookie scoring (1.25 ppg), was a two-year member of the United States National Program. Last year, he led the US Under-18 team in scoring and led the squad to a gold medal at the U-18 Championships in 2005-06. vanRiemsdyk was selected as the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft. The IIHF World Junior Championship runs from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5. The team will play two pre-tournament games, including one at Western Michigan on Dec. 18.
FORMER WILDCAT FOLEY NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM STAFF:
Former University of New Hampshire captain Patrick Foley has been named an assistant coach for the team. Foley was a member of the UNH hockey team for five seasons (1999-2004) and helped lead the team to two Frozen Fours in 2002 and 2003. He was the captain of the Wildcats in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004.

FORNATARO POINT=UNH WIN: UNH is a perfect 7-0-0 when senior captain Matt Fornataro registers a point, compared to just 1-3-1 otherwise.

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

‘CATS RANK THIRD IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats is currently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense as with 3.90 goals per game.

OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE ON SATURDAY: Saturday’s matchup pits Hockey East’s top offensive team against its top defensive team. UNH owns the league’s top offensive at 3.67 goals per game, while UMass is allowing just 2.14 goals per game, defensively.

A HAT TRICK OF NOTES ON HAT TRICKS: Paul Thompson (4-1-5 at PC) and Mike Radja (3-1-4 vs. Brown) each recorded their first career hat tricks in back to back games.
- The pair become the first back-to-back hat tricks since Eric Royal (1/2/93) amd Greg Klym (1/9/93).
- Radja’s hat trick came on a power-play, short-handed and even-strength goals. He became the first player to accomplish this since Sean Collins (12/5/03 at Clarkson)
-Thompson became the first freshman to tally a hat trick since Jacob Micfliker (4-1-5 vs. Union College (Oct. 31, 2003)).

SCORING IN BUNCHES: UNH has scored four-plus goals in seven of eight wins this season and are averaging 4.8 gpg in wins compared to just 1.33 gpg in losses and ties. The Wildcats are outscoring their oppenents by 2.3 goals in all eight wins this season.

5-5-5: The Wildcats have scored five goals in their last three wins against Providence, Brown and Boston College.

RULE OF THREE: The Wildcats have tallied three goals in a period in six of eight wins this season including three in the third five times including last time out against Brown.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Wildcats are 3-1-0 on the road this season. UNH has outscored its opponents 19-12 during those games.

Finishing Strong:  UNH is 4-0-0 when leading after two periods and 3-0-1 when tied after two.

DEUCES WILD: UNH has allowed two goals or less seven times this season. They are 5-1-1 when allowing two goals or less.

Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 4-0-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 3-2-1 against unranked foes.

This point a year ago: The Wildcats was 9-2-1 through 12 games a year ago. Last year’s team went on to post a 13-2-1 record over the first 16 games.

Regan on the move: Senior goalie Kevin Regan moved up to third on the all-time saves list passing Greg Rota and career wins list tying Sean Matile.
Name            Saves
1. Greg Moffett        2,602
2. Mike Ayers        2,532
3. Kevin Regan        2,501

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

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    October
Paul Thompson    HE Rookie of the Week    11-19-07
Paul Thompson    HE Rookie of the Month    November

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Matt Fornataro    7th    1.42 ppg
James vanRiemsdyk    17th    1.25 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja    26th    0.58 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    6th    0.92 apg
James vanRiemsdyk    27th    0.75 apg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    5th    0.92 ppg   
Rookie Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    2nd    1.25 ppg
Paul Thompson    6th    0.91 ppg
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    11th    .667
Team
Winnning Percentage    8th    .708 (8-3-1)
Scoring Offense    3rd    3.67 gpg
Scoring Margin    9th    +1.08   

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).

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 161-46-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 148 sellouts during that time.

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    HE games     Overall
Goals/per game     3.33/2nd    3.67/1st
GAA     2.67/6th    2.58/5th
Power Play    8.2/10th    13.4/8th
Penalty Kill    85.4/4th    84.8/4th
Special Teams Net    -4/8th    -1/5th
1st Period Scoring    10/2nd    13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring    9/7th    11/9th
3rd Period Scoring    10/4th    19/2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Dec. 3)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (33)    509    1    13-1-0    10
2    Michigan (1)     453    2    14-2-0    10
3    Colorado College    444    4    10-4-0    10
4    Michigan State    402    5    10-3-2    10
5    Denver    388    3    10-4-0    10
6    Notre Dame    346    7    14-4-0    10
7    New Hampshire    292    6    8-3-1    10
8    North Dakota    281    8    7-5-1    10
9    Clarkson University    199    9    10-5-0    10
10    Massachusetts    171    11    6-3-5    5
11    Wisconsin    164    14    7-6-1    10
12    Harvard    133    15    6-2-1    2
13    Northeastern    126    12    7-4-1    2
14    St. Cloud State    74    10    7-5-2    4
15    Minnesota-Duluth    49    13    6-5-3    6

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Dec. 3)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
1     Miami (48)    13-1-0    998    1
2     Colorado College (1)    10-4-0    900    4
3     Michigan (1)    14-2-0    886    2
4    Denver     10-4-0    841    3
5     Michigan State     10-3-2    819    5
6     Notre Dame    14-4-0    771    7
7    North Dakota    7-5-1    675    8
8     New Hampshire    8-3-1    668    6
9     Clarkson    10-5-0    532    9
10     Wisconsin    7-6-1    503    13
11     Massachusetts    6-3-5    486    11
12    Northeastern    7-4-1    387    16
13    Harvard    6-2-1    381    15
14    St. Cloud State    7-5-2    361    10
15     Minnesota    8-7-1    286    14
16     Minnesota-Duluth    6-5-3    268    12
17     Boston College    5-4-5    251    19
18    Bowling Green    8-4-0    134    NR
19    Rensselear    7-5-3    101    18
20     Michigan Tech    6-7-1    100    20

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

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  

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    W, 5-4 (OT)
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    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.

‘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:  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: SC Bern (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Reading Royals (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Kevin Truelson: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Brian Yandle: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)

UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO: UNH men’s hockey action this season can be heard live on the UNH Sports Network...In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the “UNH Sports Network” — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. In 2001-2002, WTSN AM 1270 was introduced as the flagship station with the signal carried on several stations through New Hampshire. The network also consists of WTPL 107.7FM in Concord; WNTK 99.7 FM in New London; and WUVR-1490AM in Lebanon, NH. WNTK offers streaming audio of network broadcasts at www.wntk.com.
    Games also can be heard on “Yahoo! Broadcast” by going to UNHWILDCATS.com, the official website for UNH athletics. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the majority of the play-by-play, while Pete Webster will once again be doingthe color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 14 years since the 1993-1994 season.

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON WTSN RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile with host Andy Schachat and D Ellis is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.) from Mike Libby’s Bar and Grill on Main Street in Durham...The show will start the Monday following the end of the UNH football season...The Coaches Show features coach Umile as well as a selected student-athlete each week from the men’s ice hockey team.

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Brian Foster (Pembroke), Paul Thompson (Derry) and Alan Thompson (Gilford) all hailing from the Granite State.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: Yahoo Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey at the Whittemore Center, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey Yahoo Broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE ***ALL NEW*** UNHWILDCATS.TV: The UNH athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-08 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
    Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. The premium content includes a behind the scenes look at UNH athletics through player and coaches interviews, highlights, podcasts, select post-game interviews and an in-depth archive section of all video available on UNHwildcats.TV. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.
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