MEN'S HOCKEY RENEWS RIVALRY WITH MAINE; FRIDAY (7:30 - WHIT- NESN), SATURDAY (7:00 VWA)

AUDIO STATS | FRI: VIDEO | GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. --
The 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team continues its five-game homestand as it plays host to longtime rival Maine in a two-game weekend home series. Friday night's game will be played at the Whittemore Center with a 7:30 p.m. faceoff slated, while Saturday night's game is a 7 p.m. start at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Friday night's game will be broadcast live on NESN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m., while both games can be heard on the Wildcat Sports Network with live audio, live stats and live video available online at www.unhwildcats.com.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS :
The Black Bears enter this weekend’s series with a 11-12-3 mark overall and a 6-9-2 record in Hockey East and 14 points good for eighth in the standings. Since the Wildcats come from behind win in Orono, Maine has struggled going 0-5-1 in its next six before most recently capturing a 2-1 win on Sunday. Offensively, freshmen Gustav Nyquist is the team leader with 20 points (9g, 11a) and Brian Flynn is second with 16 points (8g, 8a). In the net, freshman netminder Scott Darling has seen the majority of action and is 8-7-3 with a 2.18 GAA and a .915 save percentage. However, he has been relieved lastly by junior Dave Wilson. This week he was named Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Week as he owned a 2.02 GAA and a .935 save percentage on the weekend. He made a career-high 35 saves in the 3-2 loss to UML Friday and notched 21 saves in the 2-1 win vs. UMass on Sunday.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 53-43-5 in 101 meetings.The Wildcats completed a three-game sweep of the season series last year including a pair of wins at Alfond Arena. Earlier this year, UNH came from down 4-2 in the third to capture a 5-4 win on Jan. 4. Coach Umile is 29-36-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Overall, the Wildcats are 8-2-0 in their last 10 meetings against Maine including a stretch of five-straight wins. UNH has posted a 13-5-1 record vs. the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center compared to just 14-31-3 at Alfond Arena. Junior forward Bobby Butler is the active leader in Wildcat scoring against Maine with five points including the game winning goal on Jan. 4. Brian Foster is 1-0-0 lifetime against the Black Bears.

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

Bobby Butler 9 4-1-5
Joe Charlebois 9 0-4-4
Thomas Fortney 10 0-2-2
Greg Collins 9 4-0-4
Danny Dries 4 1-2-3
Jamie Fritsch 9 0-2-2
Jerry Pollastrone 9 0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc 7 1-2-3
Kevin Kapstad 8 0-3-3
Nick Krates 4 0-0-0
Phil DeSimone 4 1-0-1
Mike Sislo 4 1-0-1
Paul Thompson 3 0-0-0
James van Riemsdyk 2 0-0-0
Mike Beck 2 0-1-1
Alan Thompson 2 0-0-0
Steve Moses 1 0-0-0
Mike Borisenok 1 0-0-0
Damon Kipp 1 0-0-0
Kevin McCarey 1 0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 1/60:00 4 4.00 1-0-0 29 .878

Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
1-4-09 60:00 W 29 4 33
Totals 60:00 1-0-0 29 4 33

‘CATS CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST CATAMOUNTS: UNH is 7-1-2 against Vermont since it became a member of Hockey East and 15-1-2 in the last 18 games against the Catamounts.

UNH LOOKS TO BUILD ON FIVE-GAME STREAK AGAINST BLACK BEARS: The Wildcats currently own a five-game winning streak against Maine coming into this weekend’s series.
2-3-07 (H) UNH 2 Maine 1 W
12-16-07 (H) UNH 2 Maine 0 W
2-8-08 (A) UNH 3 Maine 2 W
2-9-08 (A) UNH 4 Maine 1 W
1-4-09 (A) UNH 5 Maine 4 W

FRIDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NESN: Friday’s game will be broadcast live on NESN. The game will start at 7:30 with the pre-game show at 7:00. Overall, the Wildcats will be on NESN five times during the final two months of the season. Tom Caron (play-by-play) and Craig Janney (color analyst) will call the games for NESN’s Hockey East Friday Night broadcasts with Bob Beers (studio host) and Brendan Walsh (studio analyst).

KESSEL TALLYING BIG GOALS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: Freshman Blake Kessel has four goals this season, three of them coming on the power play and three of the game-winning variety.

BOUNCING BACK AT HOME: The Wildcats have not lost back-to-back home games since Oct. 26 & 28, 2006 to Massachusetts and Yale, respectively. As for back-to-back home losses to Hockey East opponents, you have to go back to Feb. 26 & March 5, 2005 to BC and BU, respectively.

WILDCATS FIND SILVER LINING: UNH is 3-0-0 when it wears it silver jerseys. The Wildcats captured a Dec. 6 win over UMass-Lowell (3-2), Dartmouth (6-4) and most recently on Friday night against Vermont (3-2).

WHITE OUT THE WHIT ON FRIDAY: On Friday night, the Wildcats will “White Out the Whit”. Fans are encouraged to wear white and thundersticks will be handed out as part of the promotion.

van RIEMSDYK NAMED WALTER BROWN SEMIFINALIST: James van Riemsdyk was named a semifinalist for the 57th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Last year, van Riemsdyk was a semifinalist along with eventual winner Kevin Regan. van Riemsdyk were among 16 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Tim Whelan on Feb. 2. van Riemsdyk was among a list of four players that are repeat nominees (BC’s Benn Ferriero, PC’s Matt Taormina, UMass’ James Marcou). Including Regan in 2008, UNH has had six 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 57th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.

THOMPSON SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Senior Alan Thompson scored his first collegiate goal on Friday night against Vermont. After knee injuries kept him out of the lineup for most of his first three seasons, Thompson has played in 19 of 24 games and has three points this season.

COLLINS, FRITSCH NAMED TO FROZEN FOUR SKILLS CHALLENGE: Greg Collins and Jamie Fritsch will represent the men’s team in Washington D.C. on April 10 as part of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four. Collins, the captain and a forward has recorded 10 points so far this season (4g, 6a), and was named Hockey East Player of the Week on Jan. 5 after scoring a pair of goals against Maine on Jan. 4. The two goals scored were also a career high for Collins. Fritsch has played in all 23 games this year for the Wildcats. A solid force on the blue line, Fritsch has tallied 10 goals and 23 assists in 131 games played for the ‘Cats. A selection committee consisting of NCAA staff, and representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association and Bauer Hockey selected the 68 from 140 nominees. The game will be played in an East vs. West scenario, with the final roster of 32 being released in late February.

UNH BACK TO WINNING WAYS AT VERIZON: After three straight losses, UNH captured a 6-4 win over Dartmouth at Verizon Wireless Arena. Back on Feb. 2, 2007, Maine captured a 4-2 win over UNH at Verizon in the front half of a two-game homestand. Overall, Maine is 1-1-0 in two prior games at VWA.

ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS:
12-13-01 UNH 6 Dartmouth 3 W
1-15-03 UNH 1 Dartmouth 1 T
2-1-03 UNH 4 Maine 2 W
11-12-03 UNH 2 Boston College 2 T
1-13-04 UNH 5 Dartmouth 0 W
3-27-04 Michigan (NCAA) 4 UNH 1 L
11-5-04 UNH 4 Boston U. 3 W
1-12-05 Dartmouth 9 UNH 8 L
11-1-05 Boston College 3 UNH 2 L
1-14-06 UNH 5 Dartmouth 4 W
1-13-07 UNH 4 Dartmouth 2 W
2-2-07 Maine 4 UNH 2 L
3-24-07 Miami (NCAA) 2 UNH 1 L
1-19-08 Dartmouth 5 UNH 3 L
1-17-09 UNH 6 Dartmouth 4 W
Total 7-6-2 .533 Goals (54) GA (48)

WILDCATS CONTINUE FIVE-GAME HOME STAND:
The Wildcats are in the midst of a season-long five-game home stand. One of those games will be played at Verizon Wireless Arena. After the home stand, UNH will conclude the regular season with five of its final seven games on the road.

‘CATS CAPTURE SEVENTH WIN OVER RANKED FOE: UNH captured a win over No. 6 Vermont on Friday night. Overall, more than half of its wins have come over nationally ranked foes.
10-11-08 No. 14 Wisconsin 5-1
10-19-08 No. 5 Boston University 2-1
10-31-08 No. 9 Northeastern 4-2
12-5-08 No. 17 Mass-Lowell 2-0
12-6-08 No. 17 Mass-Lowell 3-2
1-17-09 No. 17 Dartmouth 6-4
1-30-09 No. 6 Vermont 3-2

7-0-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO: UNH has been able to finish teams off going 7-0-2 when leading after two periods. In addition, the ‘Cats have lost just once when leading at one period (5-1-2).

4-0-0 WHEN SCORING TWICE ON THE POWER PLAY: The Wildcats are 4-0-0 when scoring at least twice on the power play. They are 5-4-0 when tally once on the power play and 2-2-4 when failing to score during an extra-man advantage. Overall, 10 of UNH’s 12 wins have come when it scores at least one power play goal.

COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS’ PAIRWISE RATINGS (AS OF 2/3):
Rk Team PCWs W-L-T Win % Rk RPI Rk

1 Boston University 24 20-5-1 .7885 2 .5981* 1
2 Notre Dame 23 20-4-3 .7963 1 .5844 2
3t Vermont 20 14-6-4 .6667 9 .5726 4
3t Cornell 20 14-3-4 .7619 3 .5676* 5
5t Miami 19 16-8-4 .6429 12 .5533 8
5t Michigan 19 19-9-0 .6786 8 .5648 6
7t Denver 18 16-8-3 .6481 11 .5538 7
7t Minnesota 18 12-7-5 .6042 15 .5529 9
7t Northeastern 18 18-6-2 .7308 5 .5807 3
10 Princeton 15 15-6-0 .7143 6 .5468* 10
11 New Hampshire 14 12-8-4 .5833 17t .5461 11
12 Yale 13 15-5-1 .7381 4 .5448* 12
13 Minnesota-Duluth 12 14-8-6 .6071 14 .5402 14
14 North Dakota 11 16-11-3 .5833 17t .5370 15
15 Ohio State 10 17-8-3 .6607 10 .5402 13
16 Boston College 9 11-9-4 .5417 24t .5354 16
17 Wisconsin 8 14-11-3 .5536 22 .5284 18
18t St. Lawrence 6 14-10-2 .5769 19t .5312 17
18t St. Cloud State 6 14-12-2 .5357 26t .5236 20
20 Colorado College 5 13-9-6 .5714 21 .5240 19
21t Dartmouth 4 11-7-3 .5952 16 .5204 21
21t Alaska 4 12-10-6 .5357 26t .5183 22
23 Air Force 3 17-7-2 .6923 7 .5168 23
24 Minnesota State 1 13-13-3 .5000 29t .5152 24
25 Nebraska-Omaha 0 13-10-6 .5517 23 .5127 55

WILDCATS WINNING IN JANUARY ‘AGAIN’: UNH finished January 4-2-1 and finished with a mark of .500 or better for the 13th-straight season dating back to the 1996-97 season.

Breakdown of UNH’s recent records in January:
2008 4-2-1 (.643)
2007 5-2-0 (.714)
2006 4-2-1 (.643)
2005 5-2-1 (.688)
2004 4-3-1 (.563)
2003 6-1-1 (.813)
2002 6-1-0 (.857)
2001 3-3-1 (.500)
2000 4-2-3 (.611)
1999 9-1-1 (.864)
1998 4-0-0 (1.000)
1997 6-4-0 (.600)
Total 61-22-10 (.710)

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is 16-3-1 in its last 20 games at Whittemore Center and are 23-6-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

‘FAN VOTED’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM ANNOUNCED: During Friday night’s game against Vermont, the results of the recent fan balloting for 25th anniversary team were announced. In all, eight Wildcats from the past 25 years were honors as UNH’s part of the 25 years of Hockey East.Fan balloting took place during the entire month of January at www.unhwildcats.com and the results were unveiled during the first intermission on Friday, Jan. 30. Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) was the fan’s vote for top goalie, while Jason Krog (Fergie, B.C.), Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario), Mark Mowers (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) were voted the top forwards. Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) was named the ‘fan favorite’, while Jayme Filipowicz (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.) were tabbed the top defensemen.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 24 games between this season and last season.
07-08 08-09
Record 16-7-1 12-8-4
HE Record 12-4-1 8-6-3
Goals scored 86 72
Goals scored/PG 3.60 3.00
Goals Allowed 64 73
Goals Allowed/PG 2.70 3.06
Shots 797 814
Shots Allowed 731 721
Power Play 17.5% 14.0%
(20-114) (19-133)
Penalty Kill 84.9% 80.6
(107-126) (106-131)
Top 3 Scorers Fornataro van Riemsdyk
10-21-31 9-18-27
Radja LeBlanc
13-12-25 8-11-19
van Riemsdyk Butler, Sislo
10-13-23 6-12-18, 15-3-18

AMONG HOCKEY EAST’S TOP WEEKLY PERFORMER (AS ANNOUNCED WEEKLY BY HE):
Brian Foster (Jr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 24 shots including 12 in the first period in the victory vs. UVM.
Blake Kessel (Fr., D, Verona, Wis.) Scored the game winner with just over two minutes remaining on Friday night vs. Vermont.
Paul Thompson (So., F, Derry, N.H.) Scored the game’s first goal, had three shots and set up ample UNH opportunities.

WILDCAT LEADERS IN HOCKEY EAST GAMES: Here is a breakdown of UNH leaders statistically in Hockey East games.
Name Rank Stat
POINTS
James van Riemsdyk 9th 17 (6-11)
Peter LeBlanc 9th 14 (4-10)
Bobby Butler 16th 14 (6-8)
GOALS
Mike Sislo 5th 9 goals
James van Riemsdyk 9th 6 goals
ASSISTS
James van Riemsdyk 6th 11 assists
Kevin Kapstad 8th 11 assists
Peter LeBlanc 12th 10 assists
SHORT-HANDED GOALS
Mike Sislo 1st 2 shg
GAME-WINNING GOALS
Blake Kessel 11th 3 gwg
DEFENSIVE SCORING
Kevin Kapstad 6th 12 (1-11)
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE
Brian Foster 7th 2.36
SAVE PERCENTAGE
Brian Foster 5th .921
WINNING PERCENTAGE
Brian Foster 4th .643

FORGET NOVEMBER:
While UNH struggled to a 1-5-2 mark in November, the Wildcats are 11-3-1 in October, December and January and have outscored their opponents 45-36 in those games.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
(G) % (A) % (P) %
Seniors (12) 17% (43) 35% (55) 28%
Juniors (14) 19% (29) 24% (43) 22%
Sophomores (39) 54% (38) 31% (77) 40%
Freshmen (7) 10% (12) 10% (19) 10%
Totals (72) 100% (122) 100% (194) 100%

UNH ONE OF FIVE HOCKEY EAST TEAMS RANKED: UNH is one of five Hockey East teams ranked in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Hockey East is the best represented conference in the poll and accounts for 33 percent of the field.
League # of Teams Teams
Hockey East 5 BU, NU, BC, UVM, UNH
CCHA 4 ND, Mia, Mich, OSU
WCHA 3 Minn, Den, No. Dak.
ECAC 3 Prin, Cornell, Yale

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Feb. 2)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW

1 Boston University (33) 19-5-1 983 2
2 Notre Dame (17) 20-4-3 967 1
3 Northeastern 17-6-2 826 3
4 Michigan 19-9-0 781 8
5 Cornell 14-3-4 751 4
6 Denver 16-8-3 741 7
7 Vermont 14-6-4 724 6
8 Miami 16-8-4 664 10
9 Minnesota 12-7-5 608 5
10 Princeton 15-6-0 548 9
11 New Hampshire 12-8-4 466 13
12 Boston College 11-8-4 410 11
13 North Dakota 16-11-3 399 12
14 Yale 15-5-1 360 18
15 Ohio State 17-8-3 319 14
16 Wisconsin 14-11-3 237 15
17 Minnesota-Duluth 14-8-6 229 16
18 Colorado College 13-9-6 194 17
19 Dartmouth 11-7-3 77 20
20 St. Lawrence 14-10-2 56 NR

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Feb. 2)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP

1 Boston University, 503 (27) 2 19-5-1 17
2 Notre Dame, 483 (7) 1 20-4-3 17
3 Northeastern, 400 3 17-6-2 14
4 Michigan, 362 7 19-9-0 17
5 Cornell, 350 4 14-3-4 11
6 Miami (Ohio), 329 10 16-8-4 17
7 Vermont, 320 6 14-6-4 12
8 Denver, 296 8 16-8-3 17
9 Minnesota, 236 5 12-7-5 17
10 Princeton, 204 9 15-6-0 16
11 New Hampshire, 155 14 12-8-4 16
12 Boston College,135 11 11-8-4 17
13 North Dakota, 94 12 16-11-3 8
14 Yale, 87 NR 15-5-1 1
15 Ohio State, 66 13 17-8-3 5

WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date USA TODAY USCHO HE
9/22 N/A 7 3rd (pre)
9/29 N/A 7 3rd (pre)
10/6 7 7 3rd (pre)
10/13 6 6 ---
10/20 3 4 2nd
10/27 7 6 2nd
11/3 5 5 2nd
11/10 5 6 2nd
11/17 13 13 5th
11/24 NR 15 6th
12/1 15 19 7th
12/8 15 15 3rd
12/15 14 15 4th
12/22 N/A N/A 4th
12/29 N/A N/A 4th
1/5 13 13 2nd
1/12 13 13 2nd
1/19 12 11 4th
1/26 14 13 4th
2/2 11 11 4th

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.

Wildcats Among National leaders (2/2): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 19th 1.17 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Sislo 8th 0.62 gpg
Assists Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 19th 0.78 apg
Power Play Goals:
none ranked
Short-Handed Goals:
Mike Sislo 13th 2 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Blake Kessel 19th 3 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Kevin Kapstad 24th 0.71 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
none ranked
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 38th 2.62
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster 36th .912
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster 19th .625
Team
Scoring Offense 24th 3.00 gpg
Scoring Defense 38th 3.04 gapg
Scoring Margin 34th -0.04
Power Play 45th 14.0
Penalty Kill 41st 80.9
Combined Special Teams 48th 46.8
Team Winning Percentage 34th .583

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (1/26):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.00/5th 2.69/6th
GAA 3.09/9th 3.12/9th
Power Play 13.6/7th 13.8/7th
Penalty Kill 80.6/8th 81.6/7th
Special Teams Net -6/8th -1/7th
1st Period Scoring 19/5th 10/6th
2nd Period Scoring 24/4th 14/6th
3rd Period Scoring 26/2nd 18/3rd

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player Award Date
J. van Riemsdyk CHN’s Nat. Plys to Watch 10-4-08
Joe Charlebois CHN’s Nat. Plys to Watch 10-4-08
Brian Foster CHN’s Nat. Plys to Watch 10-4-08
Brian Foster HE Def. Player of the Week 10-20-08
Brian Foster Inside Hockey Play. of the Week 10-20-08
Brian Foster HE Goalie of the Month October
Brian Foster HE Def. Player of the Week 12-8-08
Mike Sislo HE Player of the Week 12-15-08
Mike Sislo INCH Nat. Player of the Week 12-16-08
Mike Sislo HE Player of the Month December
Greg Collins HE Player of the Week 1-5-09

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked third in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced Sept. 29 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Banknorth Garden.

2008-09 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts

1. Boston College (6) 86
2. Boston University (3) 80
3. New Hampshire (1) 78
4. Northeastern 62
5. Vermont 58
6. Massachusetts 48
7. UMass-Lowell 46
8. Providence 34
9. Maine 28
10. Merrimack 20

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 14th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2008-09, posting a 9-2-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 179-50-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 161 sellouts during that time in 249 all-time games.

THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 19th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He recently earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award. After signing a long-term contract in 2000, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. During his time spent at UNH, Umile has molded UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 14 NCAA tournament appearances and 18 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 18-year career in Durham. In addition, Umile has posted 16 20-victory campaigns over the span of 18 seasons, including a current streak of 12 20-win seasons and back-to-back 25-plus win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 424 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on Feb. 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks third among active NCAA coaches with a .653 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 424 victories ranks eighth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 10 times in his career, including New England honors four times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best. Last season Umile led the Wildcats to a 25-10-3 record, including a program-record 19 Hockey East wins en route to a 19-5-3 record in league play, which earned UNH the regular season title for the second season in a row. Umile captured his 400th career victory Oct. 19, 2007 against Boston University. Umile coached four All-Americans in Kevin Regan, Mike Radja, Matt Fornataro, and Brad Flashains, which was the first time in school history that four players received that honor.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY: UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 18 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, including the last 12 consecutive seasons.

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Six current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft.Joe Charlebois (Chicago), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders), Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) and James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia) have all been taken.

‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins: Sport Vaasan Mestis(FIN)
Travis Banga: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
Eric Boguniecki: Iowa Chops (AHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Amarillo Gorillas (CHL)
Ty Conklin: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Lanny Gare: Bad Nauheim EC (GerObL)
Darren Haydar: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Mark Kolanos: Arizona Sun Dogs (CHL)
Jason Krog: Vancouver Canucks (NHL)/Manitoba Moose (AHL)*
Nathan Martz: Alba Volan Szekeshfehervar (Austria)
Jacob Micflikier: Rochester Americans (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Bryan Muir: Minsk Dynamo (KHL)
Eric Nickulas: Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Josh Prudden: Sport Vaasan Metis (FIN)
Mike Radja: Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Boston Bruins (NHL)/Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)*
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: New York Islanders (NHL)/Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)*
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Tyson Teplitsky: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Brian Yandle: Augusta Lynx (ECHL)
*=spent time in the NHL during 2008-09 season

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 WGIR 610AM in Manchester; WNTK 99.7 FM in New London; WCNL 1010AM in Newport; and WUVR-1490AM in Lebanon. WNTK offers streaming audio of network broadcasts at www.wntk.com. Dan Parkhurst will once again be handling the majority of the play-by-play, while Pete Webster will be doing the color commentating. Webster has been anouncing Wildcat hockey for 15 years since the 1993-94 season.

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.

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 12 games broadcast live on TV in 2008-09.NESN will air five games, while three will air on ESPNU and two on both CN8 and FSN-North Minnesota.

DATE GAME Channel Result
OCT. 19 BOSTON U. ESPNU W, 2-1
OCT. 26 @ ST. Lawrence ESPNU L, 1-4
Oct. 31 NORTHEASTERN CN8 W, 4-2
NOV. 7 @ Minnesota Fox Sports North-MN T, 2-2
NOV. 8 @ Minnesota Fox Sports North-MN L, 2-6
DEC. 6 UMASS-LOWELL CN8 W, 3-2
JAN. 4 @ Maine ESPNU W, 5-4
JAN. 23 @Boston U. NESN L, 0-5
JAN. 24 BOSTON U. NESN L, 1-3
FEB. 6 MAINE NESN
FEB. 20 BOSTON COLLEGE NESN
FEB. 28 MERRIMACK NESN

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile, with hosts Andy Schachat and D. Ellis is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.), simulcasted on WGIR- 610 AM (Manchester, N.H.) and on www.wtsn1270.com from 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.

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE UNHWILDCATS.TV: After an extremely successful first season, UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2008-09 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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