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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team looks to build on a four-game winning streak this weekend as it will play a home-and-home series against Hockey East foe Massachusetts. This regional rivalry has really heated up of late and will start on Friday night (7 p.m.) at Mullins Center and will conclude on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The games can also be heard on the Wildcat Sports Network with live audio, live stats and live video available online at www.unhwildcats.com.
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: UMass enters this weekend’s series with a 9-8-1 record overall and a 4-4-1 mark in Hockey East. The Minutemen are most recently coming off a 5-2 home loss to 10th-ranked Cornell on Sunday. UMass, much like the Wildcats, has been on a rollercoaster ride this season. UMass enjoyed a five-game unbeaten streak, which included a 1-1 tie at UNH, early on in the season, yet also saw a 2-5-0 stretch in mid-to-late November. A potent Minuteman offense features six players with 10 or more points including James Marcou (8-13-21) and Cory Quirk (6-13-19). UMass has a pair of netminders with experence that have split time in 2008-09 in Paul Dainton and Dan Meyers. Dainton is 6-5-0 with a 2.09 GAA in 12 games, while Meyers is 3-3-1 with a 2.13 GAA in eight starts. Meyers was in net in UMass’ 1-1 tie to the Wildcats on Oct. 24.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 74-17-6 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 97 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH captured last year’s season series 4-1 by sweeping a home-and-home series sweep Jan. 11-12. Back on Oct. 24 the Wildcats and Black Bears skated to a 1-1 tie at Whittemore Center. Coach Umile owns a 35-9-5 all-time record against UMass in his 19-year coaching career. The Wildcats have won five of the last seven meetings, including a 4-0-1 record over the past five games. UNH has the edge over the last 10 games at 6-3-1. Sophomore James van Riemsdyk is the scoring leaders with eight points, while Jerry Pollastrone has six goals against UMass including a hat trick in the convincing game of the Hockey East quarterfinals on March 15. Junior netminder Brian Foster owns a 0-2-1 career mark against the Minutemen in three career starts with a 2.59 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE MINUTEMEN:
Player GP G-A-P
J. van Riemsdyk 6 3-5-8
Bobby Butler 10 3-4-7
Jerry Pollastrone 12 6-0-6
Greg Collins 13 3-2-5
Danny Dries 6 2-3-5
Joe Charlebois 13 1-3-4
Thomas Fortney 12 0-3-3
Mike Sislo 6 0-3-3
Jamie Fritsch 12 0-2-2
Kevin Kapstad 9 1-1-2
Peter LeBlanc 10 1-0-1
Phil DeSimone 6 0-0-0
Nick Krates 6 0-0-0
Danny Vranek 3 0-0-0
Paul Thompson 3 0-0-0
Greg Manz 1 0-0-0
Steve Moses 1 0-0-0
Blake Kessel 1 0-0-0
Damon Kipp 1 0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 3/185:00 8 2.59 0-2-1 100 .926
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
1-20-07 60:00 L 35 3 38
12-8-07 60:00 L 27 4 31
10-24-08 65:00 T 38 1 39
Totals 185:00 0-2-1 100 8 108
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (10/24/08 AT WHITTEMORE CENTER): Brian Foster recorded 38 saves to lead UNH to a 1-1 tie in Hockey East action against the UMass at Whittemore Center. James van Riemsdyk scored the Wildcats’ lone goal, a short-handed goal, while Chase Langeraap scored UMass’ goal on the power play.
LAST TIME OUT (1/4/09 AT MAINE): Trailing 4-2 and short-handed with just over seven minutes remaining in the third, UNH rallied with three-straight goals to capture a 5-4 win over Maine on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Bobby Butler scored the game-winner with 2:21 remaining in the third period. The Wildcats have now won five-straight against the Black Bears and four in a row at Alfond. The ‘Cats scored the first of their three-straight on a short-handed unassisted tally by Mike Sislo at 13:04 that make it 4-3. Sislo stole the puck in the defensive zone and beat UM netminder Scott Darling high-glove side. The game-tying goal came on the extra-man advantage just three minutes later (16:05) as Greg Collins scored with helpers from Peter LeBlanc and Kevin Kapstad. Butler’s game-winner came with assists from Joe Charlebois and LeBlanc at 17:39. UNH entered the third tallying 3-1, but cut into the lead just 93 seconds in as Collins scored with assists from Butler and Kapstad. Brian Foster stopped 29 shots including 11 in each of the first two period and improves to 8-4-2 overall, while Darling had 23 saves and is now 8-5-2 for Maine.
COLLINS NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Greg Collins was named Hockey East Reebok Player of the Week. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon by the league office. Collins becomes the first UNH player to win this award since Mike Sislo earned the honor on Dec. 15, 2008. Collins scored a pair of third-period goals to lift UNH to a dramatic 5-4 come-from-behind win over Maine on Sunday afternoon in Orono, Maine. Collins, who set a career-high with the two goals, scored twice on the power play. The senior forward, who had just one goal entering Sunday’s game, tallied a goal early in the third that made it 3-2 and eventually potted the game-tying goal with just under four minutes remaining in regulation.
van RIEMSDYK SECOND IN THE NATION IN SCORING: James van Riemsdyk with five points against Holy Cross moved into first-place nationally in scoring with 26 points in 17 games 1.53 ppg and after missing last weekend’s action while with Team USA currently sits second in the nation with his 1.53 mark.
WILDCAT WINNING STREAK: The Wildcats own a season-best four-game winning streak and have won three-straight in Hockey East to move into second place.
BUTLER HITTING HIS STRIDE: Bobby Butler scored the game-winning goal and has eight points (2g, 6a) in a current five-game scoring streak.
SISLO’S SHORTY TURNS THE TIDE FOR WILDCATS: Mike Sislo’s short-handed goal got the Wildcats back into the game (4-3) and was his fifth goal in the last two games. Sislo, who had just three goals coming into this season, is the team leader and ranks second in Hockey East with 12 goals.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: UNH has three periods of four-plus goals in the last two games. The ‘Cats had a four-goal first period and a five-goal third period in a win over Holy Cross, while it took a four-goal third period for UNH to earn a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Maine.
KAPSTAD EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO SIX: Kevin Kapstad matched a career-high with two assists including a helper on the game-tying goal and has eight points (1g, 7a) during a six-game scoring streak.
PRODUCTIVITY ON THE POWER PLAY, ‘CATS HAVE SCORED IN NINE OF 10: UNH went 3-10 on the power play marking the first team it scored three power-play goals since March 9, 2007 against Providence. The Wildcats have six power play goals in the last three games. In addition, UNH has scored a power play goal in nine of the last 10 games.
van RIEMSDYK, KESSEL RETURN FROM TEAM USA, JVR FINISHES SECOND TO ROENICK ALL-TIME IN SCORING, GOALS: James van Riemsdyk and Blake Kessel return to the Wildcat lineup after missing last weekend’s game while participating in the Junior National Tournament. van Riemsdyk was named one of Team USA’s Top Three Players, finished his career in Junior Championship play second all-time in the U.S. record book in both points (12-10--22) and goals (12). Jeremy Roenick (25 points, 13 goals) is tops in both categories.
FORGET NOVEMBER: While UNH struggled to a 1-5-2 mark in November, the Wildcats are 8-1-1 in October, December and January and have outscored their opponents 31-19 in those games. UNH is also a perfect 4-0-0 since November.
STREAKING ‘CATS: A breakdown of Wildcats with active scoring streaks of three of more games:
Name Games G-A-P
van Riemsdyk 10 5-14-19
Kapstad 6 1-7-8
Butler 5 2-6-8
LeBlanc 5 1-5-6
Collins 3 3-1-4
DeSimone 3 1-2-3
BECK REGISTERS FIRST CAREER POINT AT MAINE: Mike Beck recorded his first career point with an assist on Sunday.
WILDCATS GARNER FIFTH-STRAIGHT AGAINST MAINE: UNH made it five-straight wins over the Black Bears. The Wildcats have only won five-plus from Maine once before that was when UNH captured seven in a row from Dec. 2, 1981 to Feb. 5, 1984. Last year, the Wildcats captured all three games in the season series including a two-game sweep at Alfond on Feb. 8-9. UNH was also won four-streak in the unfriendly confines of Alfond Arena.
SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
(G) % (A) % (P) %
Seniors (9) 16% (30) 32% (39) 26%
Juniors (10) 18% (22) 23% (32) 21%
Sophomores (33) 58% (34) 36% (67) 44%
Freshmen (5) 9% (9) 9% (14) 9%
Totals (57) 100% (95) 100% (152) 100%
20-40-60 FOR VAN RIEMSDYK: James van Riemsdyk has 20 goals, 40 assists for 60 points through 48 games at UNH. He is second among active scorers for the Wildcats behind Jerry Pollastrone (31g, 53a - 84 points).
Leading after two: UNH are now 7-0-1 when leading after two periods.
BALANCED SCORED: While James van Riemsdyk has 10 more points than anyone else on the Wildcats, UNH has a balance core of players with points has seven Wildcats have 10-plus points, while 11 players have seven points or more.
van RIEMSDYK PROVIDING WILDCAT SPARK: James van Riemsdyk has 19 points during a current 10-game scoring streak (5g, 14a - 1.9 ppg) and has scored in all but two of the Wildcats’ games this season. He has scored in 22 of the last 25 games (10-27-37) dating back to Feb. 22, 2008 at BC.
1-4-5 vs. Holy Cross (12/11)
0-1-1 vs. Mass-Lowell (12/6)
0-1-1 at Mass-Lowell (12/5)
0-1-1 vs. Merrimack (11/29)
0-1-1 vs. Providence (11/22)
2-0-2 at Northeastern (11/21)
1-3-4 at Boston College (11/15)
0-1-1 at Mass-Lowell (11/14)
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: 10-27-37 (1.48 PPG)
WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is 14-2-1 in its last 16 games at Whittemore Center and are 21-5-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.
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, CC
ECAC 2 Prin, Cornell
Atlantic Hockey 1 Air Force
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Jan. 5)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Notre Dame (47) 16-3-2 994 1
2 Boston University (2) 13-4-1 940 3
3 Minnesota 10-3-5 886 4
4 Northeastern 12-4-2 782 6
5 Denver 13-6-2 720 5
6 Miami 12-5-3 697 2
7 Princeton 13-3-0 690 8
8 Cornell (1) 9-1-3 673 10
9 Boston College 9-5-2 660 7
10 Colorado College 11-6-5 534 9
10 Michigan 13-7-0 534 12
12 Vermont 11-4-2 513 13
13 New Hampshire 9-6-3 298 15
14 Air Force 15-4-1 288 11
15 Dartmouth 9-5-0 198 20
16 Ohio State 13-6-1 197 NR
17 Wisconsin 10-9-3 153 14
18 Nebraska-Omaha 12-6-3 130 16
19 Alaska 10-6-4 123 18
20 Minnesota-Duluth 9-5-6 118 NR
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 5)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Notre Dame, 504 (32) 1 16-3-2 13
2 Boston University, 472 (1) 3 13-4-1 13
3 Minnesota, 435 4 10-3-5 13
4 Northeastern, 360 6 12-4-2 10
5 Princeton, 332 8 13-3-0 12
6 Cornell, 316 (1) 9 9-1-3 7
7 Denver, 309 5 13-6-2 13
8 Miami (Ohio), 277 2 12-5-3 13
9 Boston College, 261 7 9-5-2 13
10 Vermont, 218 13 11-4-2 8
11 Michigan, 200 11 13-7-0 13
12 Colorado College, 164 10 11-6-5 13
13 New Hampshire, 74 14 9-6-3 12
14 Air Force, 50 12 15-4-1 8
15 Ohio State, 38 NR 13-6-1 1
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 NP NP 4th
12/29 NP NP 4th
1/5 13 13 2nd
COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS’ PAIRWISE RATINGS (AS OF 1/5):
Rk Team PCWs W-L-T Win % Rk RPI Rk
1 Cornell 24 9-1-3 .8077 3 .6027* 1
2t Boston University 22 13-4-1 .7500 5 .6014* 2
2t Princeton 22 13-3-0 .8125 1 .5999* 3
4 Vermont 20 11-4-2 .7059 7 .5913* 4
5t Northeastern 19 12-4-2 .7222 6 .5910* 5
5t Notre Dame 19 16-3-2 .8095 2 .5848* 6
7 Miami 18 12-5-3 .6750 10t .5572 10
8t Minnesota 17 10-3-5 .6944 8 .5740* 7
8t Denver 17 13-6-2 .6667 12 .5662 8
10 Boston College 16 9-5-2 .6250 17 .5581 9
11 Michigan 15 13-7-0 .6500 13 .5536 11
12 New Hampshire 13 9-6-3 .5833 22 .5472 12
13 Dartmouth 12 9-5-0 .6429 14t .5445* 13
14 Ohio State 11 13-6-1 .6750 10t .5432* 14
15 Maine 10 10-7-2 .5789 23 .5411 15
16 Quinnipiac 9 11-6-1 .6389 16 .5405* 17
17 Air Force 8 15-4-1 .7750 4 .5406* 16
18 Minnesota-Duluth 7 9-5-6 .6000 19t .5371 18
19 Colorado College 6 11-6-5 .6136 18 .5359 19
20 Alaska 5 10-6-4 .6000 19t .5347 20
21 Nebraska-Omaha 4 12-6-3 .6429 14t .5338* 21
22 Wisconsin 3 10-9-3 .5227 29t .5204 22
23 North Dakota 2 11-10-1 .5227 29t .5164 25
24 St. Cloud State 1 10-9-1 .5250 27t .5197 23
25 Minnesota State 0 9-9-3 .5000 31t .5183 24
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 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.
Wildcats Among National leaders (1/5): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 2nd 1.53 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Sislo 7th 0.67 gpg
James van Riemsdyk 20th 0.53 gpg
Assists Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 5th 1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk 34th 4 ppg
James van Riemsdyk 66th 1 shg
Mike Sislo 66th 1 shg
Peter LeBlanc 53rd 2 gwg
Kevin Kapstad 29th 0.67 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 36th 2.52
Brian Foster 36th .918
Brian Foster 19th .643
Scoring Offense 21st 3.17 gpg
Scoring Defense 40th 3.06 gapg
Scoring Margin 30th +0.11
Power Play 37th 14.3
Penalty Kill 44th 81.0
Combined Special Teams 42nd 47.6
Team Winning Percentage 22nd .583
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (1/5):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.17/5th 3.08/5th
GAA 3.06/9th 3.17/9th
Power Play 14.3/8th 15.7/7th
Penalty Kill 81.0/8th 80.6/7th
Special Teams Net -5/8th -1/7th
1st Period Scoring 16/4th 10/3rd
2nd Period Scoring 19/3rd 12/2nd
3rd Period Scoring 22/2nd 15/1st
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 7-1-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 177-49-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 159 sellouts during that time in 245 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: 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: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: New York Islanders (NHL)
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)/San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
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 W, 3-2
JAN. 4 @ Maine ESPNU W, 5-4
JAN. 23 @Boston U. NESN
JAN. 24 BOSTON U. Comcast sportsnet NE
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.