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DURHAM, N.H. -- The fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team continues its six-game road swing with a pair of Hockey East games. The Wildcats will travel to play UMass-Lowell on Friday night (7 p.m.) at Tsongas Arena and will play the defending National Champion and sixth-ranked Boston College on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Conte Forum. Both game will be broadcast by the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Log on to www.unhwildcats.com for links to live stats, live video and live audio broadcasts.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: The River Hawks enter the weekend 3-4-0 overall, 1-2-0 in Hockey East. UMass-Lowell’s lone win over a league foe came in its Hockey East opener against Providence (10/24). Last weekend, the River Hawks dropped a pair of home games against league foes Boston University (6-4) on Friday and Vermont (3-1) on Saturday. The UNH game will be the last of five-straight at home, but UML will play at home three of the final four games this month. The River Hawks have scored a power play goal in four straight games, their longest streak since they scored a man-advantage goal in four consecutive games last season (2/3-16).
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 48-28-14 in 90 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983.The ‘Cats went 1-1-1 in three meetings with the River Hawks last season after sweeping UML the year before.The Wildcats are 7-2-1 in the last 10 against the River Hawks.Coach Umile owns a 41-18-9 all-time record against the River Hawks in his 19-year coaching career.Senior forward Jerry Pollastrone is the active career leading scorer against UML with nine points, while Brian Foster is 1-0-1 in two career meetings with the River Hawks.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE RIVER HAWKS:
Player GP G-A-P
Jerry Pollastrone 9 4-5-9
Phil DeSimone 3 0-3-3
Jamie Fritsch 8 0-2-2
Thomas Fortney 9 1-0-1
Joe Charlebois 9 0-1-1
Greg Collins 7 1-0-1
Kevin Kapstad 7 0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc 6 0-2-2
Bobby Butler 6 1-0-1
Paul Thompson 3 1-0-1
Danny Dries 3 0-1-1
James van Riemsdyk 1 1-0-1
Mike Sislo 3 0-0-0
Nick Krates 3 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 2/125:00 2 1.00 1-0-1 65 .970
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
11-18-06 60:00 W 26 0 26
11-9-07 65:00 T 39 2 41
Totals 125:00 1-0-1 65 2 67
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (12/1/07 AT LOWELL): UMass-Lowell tallied the first three goals of the game and held on to capture a 3-2 win over sixth-ranked UNH on Dec. 1, 2007 at Tsongas Arena. James van Riemsdyk and Bobby Butler each had a goal, while Kevin Regan had 24 saves including 14 in the first period.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: No. 6/5 Boston College enters this weekend’s matchup with New Hampshire 5-3-0, 3-2-0 in Hockey East. The Eagles will play at Merrimack on Friday night before entertaining UNH on Saturday. After going 5-1 in the month of October, BC lost back-to-back games for the first time with season with a 4-1 loss to Notre Dame in a rematch of last year’s national championship game and a 2-1 loss at Maine on Sunday, marking BC’s first loss to the Black Bears since Feb. 18, 2006. BC was unbeaten in its last seven games against Maine (5-0-2)…Sophomore Brian Gibbons recorded one assist in each game last week and has now registered at least one point in seven (of eight) games this season. Gibbons has totaled multiple-point performances four times and leads the team with 12 points (3g,9a)…With one goal against Notre Dame and one assist against Maine, captain Brock Bradford has tallied points in six (of eight) games this season and leads the team with seven goals, including four in power-play situations… Senior alternate captain Benn Ferriero scored the team’s lone goal and his first goal of the season at Maine on Sunday. Ferriero has recorded five points and four assists this season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 60-55-10 in 125 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 6, 1937.UNH captured a regular-season sweep of the Eagles before falling to the eventual National Champions 5-4 in the longest game in UNH history on March 21 at the Hockey East semifinals.Coach Umile owns a 36-19-9 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 12-14-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 15-2-0 all-time record at the Whittemore Center.The ‘Cats have won 12 of the last 13 meetings at Towse Rink, which includes a 6-1-0 record since the 2001 season.UNH clinched the regular season and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a sweep of the home-and-home series Feb. 22-23. Jerry Pollastrone is the active leading scorer with nine points in 10 career games, while Brian Foster is 0-1-0 in his only start against the Eagles.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE EAGLES:
Player GP G-A-P
Jerry Pollastrone 10 1-8-9
Thomas Fortney 11 1-4-5
James van Riemsdyk 4 2-3-5
Bobby Butler 7 4-0-4
Joe Charlebois 10 0-3-3
Danny Dries 3 2-1-3
Jamie Fritsch 10 3-0-3
Greg Collins 11 2-1-3
Paul Thompson 4 0-2-2
Kevin Kapstad 8 0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc 7 0-1-1
Mike Sislo 3 0-1-1
Phil DeSimone 4 1-0-1
Nick Krates 4 0-1-1
Matt Campanale 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 1/59:44 2 2.00 0-1-0 24 .857
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
3-3-07 59:44 L 24 4 28
Totals 59:44 L 24 4 28
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (3/21/08 AT HOCKEY EAST CHAMPIONSHIP): BC’s Benn Ferriero scored on a power-play at :43 seconds of triple overtime to lift No. 7 Boston College to a 5-4 win over the fourth-ranked and top-seeded UNH in the first of two semifinals of the 24th annual Hockey East tournament at TD Banknorth Garden. Kevin Regan made a career-high 62 saves improving on his career-high of 52 saves at Providence on Feb. 15. It was the third-most saves by a netminder in the Hockey East tournament. Bobby Butler had a pair of goals, while Jamie Fritsch and Thomas Fortney each had one goal. James van Riemsdyk had a pair of assists.
LAST TIME OUT (11/08/08 AT MINNESOTA): With the game tied 2-2 entering the third period, Minnesota erupted for four goals to lift the fourth-ranked Gophers to a 6-2 win. Mike Sislo score a power-play goal, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, while Danny Dries had two assists.
LAST OF THE UNBEATENS: UNH is the only team in Hockey East unbeaten in the early going. All of league teams have at least one Hockey East loss.
LEBLANC INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY: Peter LeBlanc potted five goals all of 2007-08, but already has four goals in the early going for the Wildcats.
DESIMONE STEPPING IT UP: Sophomore Phil DeSimone has already matched his goal production for a year ago with this third goal of the season. In addition, he has scored a point in four of the last five games.
SOPHOMORE SLUMP? NOT AT UNH: Overall, the sophomores are accounting for 52 percent of the offense. A UNH sophomore has scored a goal in eight of nine games this season including both games this weekend. The second-year Wildcats have accounted for 70 percent of the goal scoring 14-of-18 goals.
Player G A P
van Riemsdyk 5 5 10
DeSimone 3 2 5
Dries 1 4 5
Sislo 3 0 3
Thompson, P. 2 0 2
Totals 14 11 25
SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
(G) % (A) % (P) %
Seniors (1) 5% (8)29% (9)19%
Juniors (5) 25% (5) 18% (10) 21%
Sophomores (14) 70% (11) 39% (25) 52%
Freshmen (0) 0% (4) 14% (4) 8%
Totals (20) 100% (28) 100% (48) 100%
KESSEL MAKING GOOD THINGS HAPPEN: Freshman Blake Kessel is skating a team-best plus-11 and has been on the ice for each of the Wildcats’ last 10 goals.
SIX-GAME ROAD TRIP FEATURES FIVE TOP 10 TEAMS: UNH’s current road trip feature some top-flight opponents, including five Top-10 opponents. The Wildcats opened the road trip at No. 9 Northeastern, went to No. 4 Minnesota for two and will conclude with three top road games at UMass-Lowell, No. 6 and defending national champion Boston College and return to play the now seventh-ranked Northeastern Huskies.
POLLASTRONE LOOKS TO BREAKOUT: Jerry Pollastrone has been a little snake bit this season in the early going, but will look to breakout this weekend. Pollastrone has 18 points in 19 career games against Boston College and UMass-Lowell.
ALL TIME AGAINST THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Overall the Wildcats are 12-12-3 in games against the defending national champion including a perfect 3-0-0 mark against Boston College as defending national champs. UNH completed a season sweep of the Eagles after their title in 2001.
Date Opponent (location if neutral) Result
3-27-05 vs. Denver (Amherst, Mass.) L, 4-2
12-21-03 at Minnesota L, 4-2
4-12-03 vs. Minnesota (Buffalo, N.Y.) L, 5-1
10-19-02 vs. Minnesota W, 3-1
10-18-02 vs. Minnesota T, 5-5 (OT)
3-3-02 at Boston College W, 2-1
3-2-02 vs. Boston College W, 5-2
11-30-01 vs. Boston College W, 5-4
10-6-00 vs. North Dakota (Ann Arbor, Mich) T, 2-2 (OT)
Shootout Win (1-0)
2-6-00 vs. Maine W, 1-0
1-8-00 at Maine W, 5-4
1-7-00 at Maine L, 9-4
3-27-99 vs. Michigan (Worcester, Mass.) W, 2-1 (OT)
1-5-96 vs. Boston University L, 7-5
11-11-95 at Boston University L, 7-2
11-10-95 vs. Boston University W, 6-5 (OT)
3-4-94 vs. Maine W, 3-1
2-5-94 at Maine W, 1-0 (F)
2-4-94 at Maine W, 1-0 (F)
12-10-93 at Maine (Portland, Maine) W, 7-3
1-17-88 vs. North Dakota L, 6-2
3-26-82 vs. Wisconsin (Providence, R.I.) L, 5-0
2-24-79 at Boston University T, 3-3 (OT)
1-16-79 vs. Boston University L, 7-4
2-11-72 vs. Boston University L, 6-5
12-4-71 at Boston University L, 2-1
12-18-70 vs. Cornell (Boston, Mass.) L, 6-2
THREE WILDCATS AMONG TOP 10 HOCKEY EAST GOALIES: On Nov. 6, the Hockey East Association announced the first honoree in the league’s 25th Anniversary celebration as Providence College’s Chris Terreri was named Hockey East’s Top Goalie in a vote comprised of Hockey East fans and members of the league’s 25th Anniversary Committee. The Wildcats were the best represented team in the Top 10 list with three netminders honored: Mike Ayers (UNH, 2000-04), Ty Conklin (UNH, 1998-2001) and Kevin Regan (UNH, 2004-08). Terreri, however, also has ties to UNH as he played at Providence College with Associate Head Coach David Lassonde, while UNH Head Coach Dick Umile and Associate Head Coach Scott Borek were on the coaching staff at PC. Lassonde was the goalie coach at UNH from 1988-91 and returned in 2002. He has worked with Ayers, Conklin and Regan during his tenure in Durham.
TALKING TIES: The Wildcats had three ties all of last season and just two in 2006-07, but already have three ties this season through nine games. UNH played to back-to-back ties for the first time since back-to-back 3-3 ties in a home-and-home series with UMass-Lowell on Feb. 13 & 14, 2004.
FOSTER NAMED ITECH HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH: Brian Foster was ITECH Hockey East Goalie of the Month for October. Foster becomes the first Wildcat netminder to win this award since Kevin Regan in February 2008. Foster played all six games in the month and went 4-1-1 with wins over three nationally ranked teams. He stopped 30-plus shots on four occasions and allowed two goals or fewer in five out of six starts. He totaled a season-high 38 saves in a 1-1 tie against UMass and recorded a shutout of Rensselaer on Oct. 27.
UNBEATEN THROUGH FOUR HOCKEY EAST GAMES: UNH remained unbeaten in Hockey East play (2-0-2) through four games for the first time since 2003-04.
WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is 12-1-1 in its last 14 games at Whittemore Center and are 18-4-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.
van RIEMSDYK PROVIDING WILDCAT SPARK: James van Riemsdyk has scored in six of the last seven games (4-5-9) and tallied a point in 14 of the last 17 games (6-15-21) dating back to Feb. 22 at BC.
1-1-2 at Minnesota (11/8)
0-1-1 at Minnesota (11/7)
0-0-0 at NU (11/1)
1-1-2 vs. NU (10/31)
0-1-1 at SLU (10/26)
1-0-1 vs. UMass (10/24)
1-1-2 vs. BU (10/19)
0-0-0 vs. RPI (10/17)
1-0-1 vs. Wisconsin (10/11)
0-3-3 vs. Notre Dame (3/28)
0-2-2 vs. Boston College (3/21)
0-2-2 vs. UMass (3/15)
0-1-1 vs. UMass (3/14)
0-0-0 vs. Merrimack (3/1)
0-1-1 at Merrimack (2/29)
1-0-1 vs. Boston College (2/23)
0-1-1 at Boston College (2/22)
TOTAL: 6-15-21 (1.23 PPG)
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
Inside College Hockey Power Rankings: 6th
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 10)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Boston University, 493 (19) 3 6-1-0 7
2 Minnesota, 471 (10) 4 5-0-3 7
3 Colorado College, 457 (5) 1 6-1-3 7
4 Denver, 409 6 6-2-1 7
5 New Hampshire, 320 5 4-2-3 7
6 Boston College, 313 2 5-3-0 7
7 Northeastern, 287 10 6-1-2 4
8 Michigan, 272 7 7-3-0 7
9 Notre Dame, 268 12 6-3-0 7
10 Miami (Ohio), 161 8 4-3-3 7
11 Princeton, 159 9 2-1-0 6
12 Minnesota State, 131 13 4-2-2 5
13 U.S. Air Force Academy, 96 14 8-0-0 2
14 Cornell, 82 NR 1-0-1 1
15 Vermont, 45 NR 4-2-2 3
USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 10)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Boston University (29) 6-1-0 973 3
2 Minnesota (12) 5-0-3 930 4
3 Colorado College (8) 6-1-3 904 1
4 Denver (1) 6-2-1 846 6
5 Boston College 5-3-0 751 2
6 New Hampshire 4-2-3 724 5
7 Northeastern 6-1-2 646 10
8 Michigan 7-3-0 621 7
9 Notre Dame 6-3-0 617 12
10 Miami 4-3-3 506 8
11 Minnesota State 4-2-2 470 13
12 Princeton 2-1-0 458 9
13 Air Force 8-0-0 388 14
14 Cornell 1-0-1 330 17
15 Vermont 4-2-2 285 16
16 Clarkson 2-2-2 229 15
17 Michigan State 4-4-2 224 11
18 North Dakota 3-5-0 141 12
19 St. Lawrence 4-2-1 94 NR
20 Massachusetts 4-2-1 82 19
UNH’S HOCKEY EAST TOP WEEKLY PERFORMERS (AS ANNOUNCED BY LEAGUE OFFICE):
James van Riemsdyk, UNH (So., F, Middletown, N.J.) Had a goal and two assists during the weekend series at Minnesota.
NORTHEAST REGIONAL TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 15: 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 1:30 and 5 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. As a bonus, any person buying tickets on the first day regional tickets go on sale will have the opportunity to win two tickets to the 2009 Men’s Frozen Four in Washington, D.C. Each region will award a pair of tickets to a person who is randomly selected from people who purchased tickets through the internet, in-person or by phone.
Wildcats Among National leaders (11/10): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 58th 1.1 ppg
Goals Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 47th 0.56 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk 10th 3 ppg
James van Riemsdyk 5th 1 shg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 24th 2.09
Brian Foster 18th .934
Brian Foster 22nd .625
Scoring Offense 42nd 2.22 gpg
Scoring Defense 16th 2.11 gapg
Scoring Margin 32nd +.11
Power Play 53rd 8.2
Penalty Kill 37th 82.8
Combined Special Teams 40th 46.4
Team Winning Percentage 20th .611
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (11/13):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 2.22/8th 2.25/6th
GAA 2.11/5th 1.50/1st
Power Play 8.2/9th 10.3/8th
Penalty Kill 82.8/8th 82.1/6th
Special Teams Net -6/8th -1/7th
1st Period Scoring 5/7th 3/6th
2nd Period Scoring 11/2nd 4/6th
3rd Period Scoring 4/7th 2/5th
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
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 4-0-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 174-48-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 158 sellouts during that time in 241 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)
Derek Bekar: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Eric Boguniecki: Iowa Chops (AHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
Ty Conklin: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
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: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Alba Volan Szekeshfehervar (Austria)
Jacob Micflikier: Rochester Americans (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Portland Pirates (AHL)
Bryan Muir: Minsk Dynamo (KHL)
Eric Nickulas: Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Texas Wildcatters (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Mike Radja: Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Soundtigers (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)
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 four games, while three will air on CN8 and ESPNU, while two will air on 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
JAN. 4 @ Maine ESPNU
JAN. 23 @Boston U. NESN
JAN. 24 BOSTON U. CN8
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.