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DURHAM, N.H. —
The tenth-ranked Wildcats (8-4-1, 5-4-1 HE) returns home in Hockey East play with a single game against Maine (5-6-2, 3-4-2 HE) on Sunday afternoon at Whittemore Center. Puck drops at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio at www.unhwildcats.com and live video at www.unhwildcats.tv. The Wildcats won the season series with Maine 2-1-0 last season.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS:
The Black Bears have been a roller coaster ride in 2007-08. After dropping back-to-back games to Denver to open the season, Maine went 4-0-1 over the next five games. The Bears struggled through a 0-6-1 mark in the month of November before bouncing back most recently with a 3-1 win against Merrimack. Wes Clark is Maine’s leading scorer; he has two goals and a team-high seven assists for nine points. Bret Tyler is chipping in with four goals and four assists for eight points. Billy Ryan has a pair of goals and four assists for six points. Rob Bellamy also has six points on a goal and five assists. Ben Bishop is 5-6-2 on the season with a 2.36 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 53-39-5 in 97 meetings...Coach Umile is 25-36-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears...UNH won last year’s season series (2-1) with a win on Nov. 12, 8-2, at Alfond Arena and 2-1 Feb. 3 at Whittemore Center...UNH has posted a 12-5-1 record vs. the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center...Senior forward Mike Radja is the active Wildcat scoring leader against Maine with seven points (4g, 3a) in eight games, while classmate Matt Fornataro has amassed 3-3-6 in nine games played...Senior netminder Kevin Regan is 4-2-0 all-time vs. the Black Bears in six starts with a 2.00 GAA and a .945 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P   

Mike Radja        8        4-3-7
Matt Fornataro        9        3-3-6
Jamie Fritsch        5        0-2-2
Brad Flaishans        9        1-2-3
Joe Charlebois        5        0-2-2
Craig Switzer        9        1-2-3
Greg Collins        5        2-0-2
Thomas Fortney    6        0-1-1
Jerry Pollastrone    5        0-1-1
Kevin Regan        4        0-1-1
Bobby Butler        3        1-0-1
Kevin Kapstad        4        0-0-0
Peter LeBlanc        3        0-0-0
Danny Rossman    2        0-0-0
Alan Thompson    1        0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Regan    6/359:06    12    2.00    4-2-0    206    .945

Regan Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

2-5-05        60:00    W    29    1    30
11-12-05        60:00    W    31    2    33
2-3-06        59:32    L    37    3    40
11-12-06        60:00    W    33    2    35
2-2-07        59:34    L    30    3    33
2-3-07        60:00    W    46    1    47
Totals        359:06    4-2-0    206    12    218

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. 

THOMPSON NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH (NOV.):
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.

FLAISHANS EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO FOUR: Senior defenseman Brad Flaishans now owns a four-game scoring streak.
He’s registered a helper in each of the past four games (0-4-4).

WILDCATS OUTSHOOTING THEIR OPPONENTS:
UNH has outshot its opponents in each of the past four games.

SCORING ON THE POWER PLAY:
UNH scored on the power play in two-straight games.

RADJA FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET: Mike Rajda has a team-high eight goals and five of those have come in the Wildcats’ last four games.

FORNATARO POINT=UNH WIN:
UNH is a perfect 7-0-0 when senior captain Matt Fornataro registers a point, compared to just 1-4-1 otherwise.

FLAISHANS THIRD NATIONALLY IN DEFENSEMEN SCORING:
Senior Brad Flaishans is the third-ranked defensemen scorer, nationally. He is averaging 0.92 points per game (4-8-12).

vanRIEMSDYK RANKS THIRD IN ROOKIE SCORING:
Freshman James vanRiemsdyk ranks third in the nation in rookie scoring. He is averaging 1.15 points per game (6-9-15).

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

‘CATS RANK SIXTH IN NATION OFFENSIVELY:
The Wildcats are currently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense with 3.46 goals per game.

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.

UMILE HONORED BY BOY SCOUTS/ITALIAN AMERICAN HALL OF FAME:
Over the past month, head coach Dick Umile has been honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts and the National Italian-American Hall of Fame.  On Nov. 17, Umile and Harvard coach Ted Donato were among a small group inducted into the Italian-American Hall of Fame. On Dec. 11, Umile was honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the Portsmouth Good Scout Award. UNH President Mark Huddleston, UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano and Daniel Webster Council Director Michael Kaufman were the award’s presenters.

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.

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 4-1-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 4-3-1 against unranked foes.

this point a year ago:
The Wildcats was 10-2-1 through 13 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

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)).

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 Fornatarao    Lowe’s Senior CLASS Nominee   

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Matt Fornataro    12th    1.31 ppg
James vanRiemsdyk    24th    1.15 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja    16th    0.62 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    9th    0.85 apg
James vanRiemsdyk    32th    0.69 apg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    4th    0.92 ppg   
Rookie Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    3rd    1.15 ppg
Paul Thompson    13th    0.83 ppg
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    12th    .667
Team
Winnning Percentage    8th    .708 (8-3-1)
Scoring Offense    6th    3.46 gpg
Scoring Margin    10th    +0.77   

LUCKY SEVENS: The seven-goal output against P.C. 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:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.46/2nd    3.10/3rd
GAA     2.69/7th    2.80/6th
Power Play    14.1/7th    9.4/9th
Penalty Kill    83.3/7th    83.3/5th
Special Teams Net    -2/6th    -5/9th
1st Period Scoring    13/3rd    10/3rd
2nd Period Scoring    12/8th    10/6th
3rd Period Scoring    19/2nd    10/5th

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

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Dec. 10)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP

1    Michigan (21)     479    2    16-2-0    11
2    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (10)    470    1    14-2-0    11
3    Colorado College (3)    448    3    10-4-0    11
4    Denver    424    5    12-4-0    11
5    Michigan State    380    4    12-3-2    10
6    Notre Dame    359    6    16-4-0    10
7    North Dakota    269    8    8-6-1    10
8    Clarkson University    253    9    10-5-0    10
9    Massachusetts    243    10    7-3-5    6
10    New Hampshire    238    7    8-4-1    11
11    Northeastern    152    13    7-4-2    3
12    Harvard    99    12    6-3-2    3
13    Minnesota    91    NR    9-8-1    9
14    Wisconsin    80    11    7-7-2    11
15    Boston College    39    NR    5-4-5    9

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Dec. 10)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW

1     Michigan (27)    16-2-0    953    3
2     Miami (15)    14-2-0    933    1
3     Colorado College (6)    12-4-0    905    2
4    Denver (2)    12-4-0    862    4
5     Michigan State     12-3-2    803    5
6     Notre Dame    16-4-0    770    6
7    North Dakota    8-6-1    658    7
8    Clarkson    10-5-0    614    9
9     Massachusetts    7-3-5    599    11
10     New Hampshire    8-4-1    590    8
11    Northeastern    7-4-2    483    12
12    Minnesota    9-8-1    366    15
13     Wisconsin    7-7-2    358    10
14    Harvard    6-3-2    330    13
15     Boston College    5-4-5    278    17
16    Rensselear    8-5-3    243    19
17    St. Cloud State    7-7-2    175    14
18     Minnesota-Duluth    6-6-4    133    16
19    Bowling Green    8-6-0    99    18
20     Mass.-Lowell    7-4-4    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 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 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 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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