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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team will compete in the NCAA's for an eighth-straight season when it opens play at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Saturday, March 28 (2 p.m.) against seventh-ranked North Dakota. For the third time in program history, UNH will serve as the regional host at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. The third-seeded Wildcats and second-seeded Fighting Sioux open Saturday's action at 2 p.m. live on ESPN2, while the day will conclude with top-ranked Boston University against fourth-seeded Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The winners of both first round games will meet in the regional final on Sunday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. live on ESPNU.
SCOUTING THE #2 FIGHTING SOUX: No. 7 North Dakota enters this weekend’s NCAA Regional game by virtue of one of 10 at-large bids. UND owns a 24-14-4 record, good for a second seed in the tournament. Despite being the WCHA Regular Season Champions, the Fighting Sioux are coming off back-to-back losses in the WCHA Tournament. North Dakota enters the Northeast Regional with its seventh straight NCAA appearance and 24th in program history. UND’s seven-straight tourney appearances are third to Michigan (19) and New Hampshire (8). The Fighting Sioux have advanced to the Frozen Four in each of the past four seasons. Senior forward Ryan Duncan, the 2007 Hobey Baker Award winner, leads UND offensively with 38 points on 19 goals and 19 assists. The Sioux is anchored defensively by WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, Chay Genoway. As a junior, Genoway has recorded 32 points in 39 games this season for the Sioux. In net, it is freshman Brad Eidsness, who is 24-11-4 on the season and has a 2.47 GAA and a .908 save percentage in the wake of Hobey Baker finalist Jean Phillip Lamoreux.
SCOUTING THE #1 TERRIERS: No. 1 Boston University enters this weekend’s NCAA Regional game as the No. 1 seed overall and received an automatic bid after winning the Hockey East Championship. This season BU is 31-6-4, marking only the fifth time in school history that a team has surpassed 30 wins. The Terriers enter the NCAA’s for the seventh time in 10 years. Under Head Coach Jack Parker, the Terrier’s have made the NCAA’s 20 times. BU is led by Hobey Baker finalists, defenseman Matt Gilroy and forward Colin Wilson. Gilroy has eight goals and 24 assists on the season, and Wilson leads the Terriers with 50 points on 15 goals and 35 assists. Freshman standout Kiernan Millan has been the backbone for the Terriers in goal, going 25-2-3. The Hockey East Rookie of the Year has a 1.84 GAA and a .923 save perecentage.
SCOUTING THE #3 BUCKEYES: No. 14 Ohio State enters this weekend’s NCAA regional with an at-large bid after going 23-14-4 on the season. The Buckeyes are one of four CCHA teams to make the national tournament. This will be the first time since 2005 and they enter the NCAA for the sixth time in school history. John Albert, a sophomore for the Buckeyes was an honorable mention on the All-CCHA team. Albert ranked second in OSU scoring with 39 points on 18 goals and 22 assists. Shane Sims is the leading defensemen with seven goals and 17 assists. Sophomore Dustin Carlson is the goaltending leader for OSU with a 21-11-3 record. He has a 2.39 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTH DAKOTA: The Fighting Sioux leads the all-time series against the Wildcats, 10-3-2. This marks the first-ever NCAA meeting between these two teams. In the last meetings between the two, the Wildcats split a two game series in Grand Folks, losing 3-1 Dec. 28, 2007 before rallying for a 7-4 win the following night. UNH is 2-2-2 in its last six games against UND after dropping eight of the first nine all-time meetings.These two teams first met in a two-game series in Durham on Dec. 29-30, 1971, with North Dakota winning the first game, 9-3, before New Hampshire came back the next day with a 3-2 victory. Senior captain Greg Collins leads a group of six active players with two points against the Sioux, while Jerry Pollastrone is the only active player with two goals against North Dakota. Brian Foster has never played in net against UND.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE FIGHTING SIOUX:
Player GP G-A-P
Greg Collins 4 1-1-2
Jerry Pollastrone 4 2-0-2
Jamie Fritsch 3 0-2-2
Danny Dries 2 1-1-2
Peter LeBlanc 2 0-2-2
Bobby Butler 2 1-1-2
Thomas Fortney 4 0-1-1
Mike Sislo 2 0-0-0
Greg Manz 2 0-0-0
Phil DeSimone 2 0-0-0
Paul Thompson 2 0-0-0
Kevin Kapstad 2 0-0-0
Nick Krates 2 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
UNH VS. NORTH DAKOTA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: UNH and North Dakota have never met in the NCAA tournament.
SERIES HISTORY VS. OHIO STATE: The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Buckeyes 3-2-1 in six meetings dating back to Nov. 24, 1972. Most recently, the Wildcats faced OSU during the 2004-05 season. The Wildcats hosted the Buckeyes in the Ice Breaker tournament and won the first-round game, 5-1. The first time the two teams met, the result was a 4-4 tie on Nov. 24, 1972. Ohio State’s two wins came in a pair of forfeits by UNH out in Columbus, Ohio to open the 1979-80 season. Those games officially went into the books as 1-0 losses for New Hampshire. No players on the active roster were on the team during UNH’s 2004 win over OSU.
UNH VS. OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: UNH and Ohio State have never met in the NCAA tournament.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.: Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 92-44-18 in 154 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. The Wildcats are 4-2-1 in their last seven against the Terriers, despite dropping back-to-back games of a home-and-home series in January. UNH is 2-1 all-time against BU in the NCAA tournament, including a pair of wins most recently in 1998 and 2003. Coach Umile owns a 24-30-8 all-time record against Boston University. Senior forward Jerry Pollastrone is the actove leading career Wildcat scorer against BU with 10 points, while junior goaltender Brian Foster is 1-2-0 against the Terriers with a 2.80 GAA and an .897 save percentage.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player GP G-A-P
Jerry Pollastrone 13 2-8-10
James van Riemsdyk 6 3-4-7
Jamie Fritsch 13 2-4-6
Kevin Kapstad 8 2-3-5
Thomas Fortney 13 2-2-4
Bobby Butler 9 1-3-4
Greg Collins 11 1-1-2
Danny Dries 5 1-1-2
Joe Charlebois 10 0-1-1
Phil DeSimone 6 1-0-1
Mike Sislo 6 1-0-1
Peter LeBlanc 9 0-0-0
Nick Krates 6 0-0-0
Paul Thompson 4 0-0-0
Alan Thompson 4 0-0-0
Blake Kessel 3 0-0-0
Matt Campanale 2 0-0-0
Steve Moses 2 0-0-0
Damon Kipp 2 0-0-0
Mike Beck 1 0-0-0
Greg Manz 1 0-0-0
Mike Borisenok 1 0-0-0
Kevin McCarey 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 3/170:50 8 2.80 1-2-0 70 .897
DiGirolamo 1/8:57 0 0.00 0-0-0 1 1.000
Foster’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
10-19-08 60:00 W 31 1 32
1-23-09 51:03 L 24 5 29
1-24-09 59:47 L 15 2 17
Totals 170:50 1-1-0 70 8 78
DiGirolamo’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
1-23-09 8:57 ND 1 0 1
Total 8:57 0-0-0 1 0 1
UNH VS. BOSTON UNIV. IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: UNH and Boston University have met three times in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats hold a 2-1-0 advantage in those three games, including winning the two most recent postseason contests.
3-26-77 (N) BU 6 UNH 5 L
third-place game 1977 Frozen Four, Olympic Stadium, Detriot, Mich.
3-29-98 (N) UNH 4 BU 3 W (OT)
second round 1998 NCAA’s, Pepsi Arena, Albany, N.Y.
3-15-03 (N) UNH 3 BU 0 W
second round 2003 NCAA’s, Worcester Centrum, Worcester, Mass.
SCORING LEADERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Player GP G-A-P
James van Riemsdyk 1 0-3-3
Jerry Pollastrone 3 2-0-2
Phil DeSimone 1 1-0-1
Greg Collins 3 0-0-0
Thomas Fortney 3 0-0-0
Jamie Fritsch 3 0-0-0
Bobby Butler 2 0-0-0
Kevin Kapstad 2 0-0-0
Peter LeBlanc 2 0-0-0
Danny Dries 1 0-0-0
Nick Krates 1 0-0-0
Mike Sislo 1 0-0-0
Paul Thompson 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
RECORDS AGAINST TEAMS IN THE NCAA’S: UNH is 4-4-1 against teams in the NCAA field all against teams in Hockey East.
Boston University 1-2-0
Total 4-4-1 (.500)
van RIEMSDYK APPROACHING 40 POINTS: James van Riemsdyk is just one point shy of a 40-point season. Last year, Matt Fornataro (46) and Mike Radja (43) posted 40-plus points on their way to All-America status.
HOCKEY EAST BOASTS FOUR TEAMS IN NCAA FIELD: With Boston University capturing the automatic bid from Hockey East and the top seed overall, three others emerged in the field from Hockey East as Vermont was placed in the East Region, Northeastern in the Midwest Region and UNH in its regional in Manchester.
Here is a breakdown of bids per league:
Hockey East 4 BU (AQ), NU, UVM, UNH
CCHA 4 ND (AQ), OSU, Mich., Miami
WCHA 3 UMD (AQ), ND, Den.
ECAC 3 Yale (AQ), Cornell, Prince.
Atlantic 1 Air Force (AQ)
CHA 1 Bemidji State (AQ)
ESPN FAMILY BLANKETS NCAA’S, NORTHEAST REGIONAL WITH A PAIR OF GAMES LIVE ON ESPN2: While the ESPN family of networks is broadcasting all the games in the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship, Manchester will have both games on Saturday air live on ESPN2 at 2 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. The regional final will air live on ESPNU. ESPN’s John Buccigross and Barry Melrose will be calling all the action rink-side at Verizon Wireless Arena.
‘CATS SECOND LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK OF NCAA APPEARANCES: With eight straight NCAA tournament appearances, UNH is second on the list of active programs with NCAA appearances.
Program Consecutive Trips to the NCAA’s
North Dakota 7
Air Force 3
Notre Dame 3
NOTES ABOUT THE FIELD IN MANCHESTER:
- UNH qualifies for the field for a third straight time (2004, 2007)
- Boston College won the previous two Manchester regionals
- A CCHA team has been in Manchester all three times
(Michigan 2004, Miami 2007, Ohio State 2009)
- North Dakota becomes the first WCHA team to compete in
- Hockey East has had a pair of representatives at each of the
previous Manchester Regionals.
- Each of the previous regional finals have been played by representatives from CCHA and Hockey East (Mich. vs. BC ‘04) (Miami vs. BC ‘07).
- This is the first NCAA appearance in Manchester for Boston University, North Dakota and Ohio State
FIRST GOAL HAS DECIDED LAST 15 GAMES: The team that has scored first has won 15 and tied once in the last 16 UNH games dating back to Jan. 17 against Dartmouth. Overall, the Wildcats are 15-2-4 when scoring first.
Date Opp. First Goal Results
1-17 vs. Dartmouth UNH W, 6-4
1-23 at Boston U. BU L, 0-5
1-24 vs. Boston U. BU L, 1-3
1-30 vs. Vermont UNH W, 3-2
2-6 vs. Maine UNH W, 4-1
2-7 vs. Maine Maine L, 0-1
2-13 vs. Providence UNH T, 4-4
2-14 at Providence UNH W, 4-2
2-20 vs. Boston College UNH W, 3-2
2-21 at Boston College UNH W, 4-2
2-27 at Merrimack UNH W, 4-3
2-28 vs. Merrimack UNH W, 1-0
3-6 at Vermont Vermont L, 4-6
3-7 at Vermont UNH W, 6-5 (OT)
3-13 vs. Boston College BC L, 3-5
3-14 vs. Boston College BC L, 0-1
‘CATS RETURN TO THE NCAA’S FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT TIME: UNH has been selected to participate in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. The NCAA will officially announce its 16-team field Sunday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. live on ESPN2. Overall, the field is made up of six automatic qualifiers and 10 at-large teams. UNH is making its eighth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament; a streak which is second longest active in Division I behind Michigan (19). Overall, UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times in the 81-year history of the program. UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances against 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-plus wins.
ALAN THOMPSON FIRST-EVER WINNER OF TURFER ATHLETIC AWARD: Alan Thompson became the first-ever winner of the Hockey East Turfer Athletic Award. Thompson embodied the core values of Turfer Athletic: tenacity, commitment and innovation. Battling and overcoming four different knee injuries, Thompson has become a fixture in the UNH lineup as a senior. Thompson played in just seven games over the first three seasons at UNH and has already played in 31 games in 2008-09. With a hard-working, get-it-done attitude, Thompson showed a relentless work ethic during his knee rehab that allowed him to come back as a senior. When others may have given up, Thompson battled through adversity and is grinding it out on a daily basis on the Wildcat fourth line. After putting up just two assists in the first 18 games, Thompson has six points (3g, 3a) since Jan. 30.
VAN RIEMSDYK GARNERS SECOND TEAM ALL-HOCKEY EAST: James van Riemsdyk was voted by the Hockey East head coaches to the Hockey East second team. van Riemsdyk ranks first on the team and sixth in Hockey East in scoring with 39 points in 34 games (1.15 ppg). The sophomore forward was a member of the league’s All-Rookie Team a year ago and elevated his game to become one of the top scorers in Hockey East. van Riemsdyk finished league play fifth in goals with 12, and 13th in assists with 15. He ranks first in Hockey East and second nationally in short-handed goals with four. Overall, van Riemsdyk sits in the top 25 in several offensive categories nationally, including points (19th), goals (24th) and short-handed goals. He finished the regular season with nine multi-point games and scoring streaks of three, four, six and 10 games.
NORTHEAST REGIONAL TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the Northeast regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. (hosted by the University of New Hampshire), are now on sale. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Verizon Wireless Arena box office, by calling (603) 868-7300 or by logging onto the internet at www.unhwildcats.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Start times for the first-round games are 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, March 28, while the regional final is 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, March 29. Tickets for the three-game package are $82.
van Riemsdyk second nationally in short-handed goals: With his fourth short-handed goal of the season on March 13, van Riemsdyk moved into second behind Broc Little of Yale in short-handed goals, nationally. Little has five shorties in 30 games for the Bulldogs.
‘CATS, UMILE ONE WIN SHY OF 20: UNH is now just one win shy of a 20-win season for the 13th-straight year. Overall, Dick Umile is in search of his 17th 20-win season in just 19 years of coaching at UNH. Last year, BC was the only other Hockey East team to post 20 wins. The Eagles, who are four wins away from a 20-win season, hold the next longest active streak with six-straight 20-win seasons.
Team Consecutive Seasons of 20+ Wins 08-09 Wins
Michigan 22* 29
New Hampshire 12 19
Denver 8* 23
North Dakota 7* 24
Miami 3* 20
Notre Dame 3* 31
Princeton 2* 22
Air Force 2* 27
* = includes 2008-09 season
FOSTER GARNERS HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH, FEBRUARY: Brian Foster was selected ITECH Hockey East Goalie of the Month for February. Foster went 6-1-1 in the month and allowed two goals or less in six of eight games, including ending the month with his third shutout of the season, fifth of his career. Foster’s lone loss of the month came as Maine captured a 1-0 win Feb. 7 on a short-handed one-on-none goal. Foster had 20-plus saves in all eight games, including a pair of 30-plus save performances. Foster ended the month by winning his final five games and was unbeaten in the last six games. He ended the month with 26 saves in a 1-0 shutout of Merrimack on Feb. 28. Overall, he posted a 1.86 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
SISLO, van RIEMSDYK APPROACHING 20 GOALS: Mike Sislo has 18 goals this season and looks to become the first 20-goal scorer since Trevor Smith had 21 goals in 2006-07. Before Smith you have to go back to 2004-05 when Preston Callander (25), Brett Hemingway (22) and Jacob Micflikier (20) all lit the lamp 20-plus times.