11TH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY ENTERS HOME-AND-HOME WITH NO. 2 BOSTON UNIVERSITY | BOTH GAMES TO AIR ON NESN

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team looks to build on a seven-game unbeaten streak this weekend as it will play a home-and-home series against Hockey East foe No. 2 Boston University. The Wildcats are unbeaten in their last five against the Terriers (4-0-1) and are unbeaten in six games all time at BU's Agganis Arena (4-0-2). Both games in this marquee matchup will air live on NESN with Friday night's game slated for a 7:30 puck drop at Agganis Arena, pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday night's game at Whittemore Center is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start. Both 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 TERRIERS: No. 2/2 Boston University enters this weekend’s home-and-home series with New Hampshire with a 16-5-1 record overall and a 9-5-1 record and second place in  Hockey East with one more game played than the Wildcats. BU is 9-1-1 in its last11 games. Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan ranks first in the country in winning percentage with a 12-1-1 record (.893). BU earned five points (2-0-1) in its league series against Boston College, its most since the 1994-95 season, when it won all three of its games against the Eagles. Sixteen different players recorded at least one point for the Terriers this past week.Sophomore Colin Wilson ranks third in the nation in assists per game at 0.95 and is tied with BC’s Brock Bradford and UNH’s James van Riemsdyk for tops in the league in scoring with 26 points. Eight of BU’s 11 goals this past week came on the power play, including four against BC. Overall, the Terriers rank second nationally in power play with 30 goals in 122 chances for a 24.6 percent. BU has four of the league’s top eight scoring defensemen. The Terriers enter this weekend’s home-and-home series with New Hampshire needing just one win to match last season’s regular-season total of 17.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.:
Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 91-43-18 in 152 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. The Wildcats are 4-0-1 in their last five against the Terriers including completing their first-ever three-game sweep of the Terriers last season. In 19 all-time meetings at the Whittemore Center, the Terriers have the best record of any Hockey East team at Towse Rink with an 8-7-5 record. UNH is unbeaten in six games 4-0-2 at Agganis Arena and are 5-0-2 in its last seven games at Boston University.  BU’s last win at home came on January 23, 2003 a 5-2 Terrier win. Coach Umile owns a 24-28-8 all-time record against Boston University. In the last five meetings, UNH owns a 3-1-1 advantage...Senior forward Jerry Pollastrone is the leading active career Wildcat scorer against BU with 10 points, while junior goaltender Brian Foster has never played against the Terriers.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player    GP    G-A-P 
  
Jerry Pollastrone    11    2-8-10
James van Riemsdyk    4    3-3-6
Jamie Fritsch    11    2-3-5
Kevin Kapstad    6    2-3-5
Thomas Fortney    11    2-2-4
Bobby Butler    7    1-3-4
Greg Collins    9    1-1-2
Danny Dries    3    1-1-2
Joe Charlebois    10    0-1-1
Phil DeSimone    4    1-0-1
Peter LeBlanc    7    0-0-0
Mike Sislo    4    0-0-0
Nick Krates    4    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    3    0-0-0
Alan Thompson    2    0-0-0
Mike Beck    1    0-0-0
Blake Kessel    1    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Steve Moses    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    1/60:00    1    1.00    1-0-0    31    .968

Foster’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

10-19-08        60:00    W    31    1    32
Totals        60:00    1-0-0    31    1    32

DIVERSE SCORING:
UNH’s six goals were scored by six different players. The last time the Wildcats had six different scorers in a game was in a 7-4 win at North Dakota on Dec. 29, 2007. Overall, the ‘Cats had 10 players with at least a point and six with multi-point efforts.  Peter LeBlanc, Bobby Butler, Jerry Pollastrone, Danny Dries, Blake Kessel and Phil DeSimone all potted goals against Dartmouth.

‘CATS STREAKING/FIFTH BEST ACTIVE UNBEATEN STREAK:
The Wildcats extend their season-best unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1), it’s the fifth longest active streak in the country and the program’s longest since a 12-game streak from Jan. 25 to March 7, 2008. Overall, UNH hasn’t lost a game since Nov. 29.
Team        Streak    Record        What’s Next
Notre Dame    20 gms    17-0-3        vs. Mich., at Mich.
Ohio State    12 gms    11-0-1        vs. WMU, vs. WMU
Cornell        10 gms    9-0-1        vs. Yale, vs. Brwn
RIT        9 gms    9-0-0        at Cani., at. Cani.
UNH        7 gms    6-0-1        at BU, vs. BU

‘CATS LOOK TO CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST BU:
UNH is 4-0-1 in its last five against BU including a current streak of four-straight wins. The Wildcats’ longest winning streak was five games from Jan. 14, 1981 to Jan. 12, 1983. UNH’s longest unbeaten streak was a seven-game stretch (2-0-5) from Dec. 12, 1997 to Jan. 28, 2000.

WILDCATS UNBEATEN AT AGGANIS:
UNH is unbeaten in six games 4-0-2 at Agganis Arena and have outscored the Terriers 26-17 in those games.
3-3-05    (A)    UNH    4    Boston U.    4    OT    T
11-1-05     (A)    UNH    3    Boston U.    2        W
2-17-06    (A)    UNH    7    Boston U.    4        W
2-17-07    (A)    UNH    3    Boston U.    3    OT    T
10-19-07    (A)    UNH    4    Boston U.    1        W
1-26-08    (A)    UNH    5    Boston U.    3        W

KAPSTAD EXTENDS STREAK TO NINE:
Kevin Kapstad had an assist on Saturday and now owns a nine-game scoring streak (1g, 10a) dating back to Nov. 22 against Providence. The Wildcats are 7-1-1 in those nine games.

THE BUTLER DID IT ‘AGAIN’:
Bobby Butler has a point in eight-straight games (5g, 7a) including a goal in each of the last four games of the Wildcats. He had a goal and an assist most recently in UNH’s 6-4 win over Dartmouth.

WILDCATS OWN NATION’S LONGEST GOAL-SCORING STREAK:
UNH owns the longest streak in the nation without being shutout at 75 games. The last time the Wildcats were blanked was a 3-0 loss at UMass on Jan. 20, 2007. Overall, UNH has only been shutout once in since the start of the 2006-07 season a span of 96 games.

TWO FOR ALL:
UNH has scored two or more goals in 16-straight games following a 4-1 loss at St. Lawrence on Oct. 26.

FOSTERING RESULTS:
Brian Foster is 5-0-1 in his last seven starts with two or less goals allowed in four of those contests. In addition,   he is 4-0-1 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against in his last five Hockey East games with two or less goals in three of four including a shutout at UML on Dec. 5.

DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING:
BU and UNH have the most diverse scoring in the league with 11 and 10 players in double-figures, respectively.
Team    #    Players (1- BU    11    Wilson (26), Bonino (22), Higgins (21), Yip (17),                
Connolly (17), Cohen (16), Lawrence (15),     Gilroy (15),
        Warsofsky (14), Shattenkirk (13), McCarthy (13)
2 - UNH    10    van Riemsdyk (26), LeBlanc (18), Sislo (17), Butler (17)
        Kapstad (15), Dries (14), DeSimone (12), Pollastrone (11)
        Collins (10), Moses (10)
3 - UML    9    Falite (17), Edwards (17), Vallorani (16), Campbell (14)
        Holmstrom (14), Dehner (14), Potacco (12), Schaus (10)
        Worthington (10)
T4 - NU    8    Ginand (17), MacLeod (16), Tuckerman (16), Quailer (15),           
McNeely (14), Silva (14), Vitale (12), Strathman (10)   
 T4  - UVM    8    Stalberg (24), Lenes (24), Roloff (17), Strong (17),
        Milo (16), Carlson (12), Downing (10), Vock (10)
6 - Mass    7    Marcou (25), Wellman (21), Berry (20), Quirk (20),
        Davis (14) Braun (12), Langeraap (11)
7 - Maine    6    Nyquist (19), Flynn (14), Hahn (13), House (12),
        Dimmen (10), Abbott (10)
8 - PC    5    Bergland (20), Taormina (16), Cavangh (12),
        Norton (12), O’Connor (11)
9 - BC    5    Bradford (26), Gibbons (21), Ferriero (13),
        Orpik (11), Smith (10)
10  - MC    4    Barton (14), Ricci (12), Cucci (10), Ouimet (10)

SATURDAY BEGINS FIVE-GAME HOME STAND FOR WILDCATS: 
After Friday night’s game at Boston University, the Wildcats will begin 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.

TURNING IT UP A NOTCH:
Here is a breakdown of players that have really picked up there scoring in 2008-09 compared to the previous years at UNH.
Name        Prior to 2008-09 (G-A-P)    2008-09(G-A-P)
Peter LeBlanc    6-14-20            8-10-18
Mike Sislo    3-5-8            14-3-17
Kevin Kapstad    7-11-18            1-14-15
Phil DeSimone    3-10-13            5-7-12

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR:
A comparison through 21 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09
Record     13-7-1    11-6-4
HE Record    7-3-1    7-4-3
Goals scored    72        68
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.24
Goals Allowed    58        63
Goals Allowed/PG    2.80    3.00
Shots    716    730
Shots Allowed    652    647
Power Play    15.4%     15.2%
    (16-104)    (18-118)
Penalty Kill    84.7%     80.8
    (94-111)    (97-120)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riemsdyk
    7-18-25    9-17-26
    van Riemsdyk    LeBlanc
    9-11-20    8-10-18
    Radja    Sislo, Butler
    11-8-19    14-3-17; 6-11-17

NESN WEEKEND: 
Both games of this weekend’s series will air live on NESN. Friday’s game will start at 7:30 with the pre-game show at 7:00, while Saturday’s game is slated for a 7:00 drop. 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).

WILDCATS WINNING IN JANUARY ‘AGAIN’:  UNH is 3-0-1 through four games in January assuring it will have at least a .500 record in the first month of the calendar year for the 13th-straight season dating back to the 1996-97 season.
Breakdown of UNH’s recent records in January:
2008    5-1-0    (.833)
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    61-22-9     (.712)

van RIEMSDYK, WILSON NO STRANGERS:
The connections between UNH sophomore James van Riemsdyk and BU sophomore Colin Wilson are endless. The duo were teammates and linemates in each of the past two Junior National Teams for USA and also came through the US National Team Development Program. Both were members of last year’s Hockey East All-Rookie Team, although Wilson was the league’s Rookie of the Year. Both first round draft picks in the NHL, van Riemsdyk was the second overall pick in 2007, while Wilson was seventh overall in 2008. This year, the two are tied with BC’s Brock Bradford at the top of the Hockey East scoring leaders with 26 points in 20 games (1.30 ppg). van Riemsdyk has nine goals and 17 assists, while Wilson has seven goals and 19 assists.

AMONG HOCKEY EAST’S TOP WEEKLY PERFORMER (AS ANNOUNCED WEEKLY BY HE):

Blake Kessel (Fr., D, Verona, Wis.) scored the game-winner in UNH’s 6-4 win over Dartmouth. Two of his three goals have been game-winners.
Steve Moses (Fr., F, Leominster, Mass.) matched a career high with two assists including helpers in the win vs. Dartmouth.
Jerry Pollastrone (Sr., F, Revere, Mass.) had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win vs. the Big Green and was the game’s MVP.

SILVER SUCCESS:
UNH is 2-0-0 this season when wearing their silver uniforms. The Wildcats wore its alternate uniforms in wins over Mass.-Lowell on Dec. 6 and Dartmouth on Jan. 17.

6-3-2 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
With Saturday night’s 6-4 win over 18th-ranked Dartmouth, the Wildcats improved to 6-3-2 against nationally ranked foes including three-straight wins over ranked opponents.

7-0-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO:
UNH has been able to finish teams off going 7-0-2 when leading after two periods.

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.

‘CATS FINISH 4-2-1 AGAINST NON-CONFERENCE FOES:
UNH closed out non-conference play with a 4-2-1 record.
League        Record    Pct.    Game-by-game
Atlantic        1-0-0    1.000    HC - W, 9-4
ECAC        2-1-0    .667        RPI - W, 1-0; St. L - L, 1-4; DC - W, 6-4
WCHA        1-1-1    .500    Wis - W, 5-1; Minn. T, 2-2; L, 2-6
Total        4-2-1    .643

BLUE OUT THE WHITT:
  Saturday night’s game will be “Blue out the Whitt” night. Fans are encourage to wear their blue and thundersticks will be given out at the door.

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        4th        16 (6-10)
Bobby Butler            9th        13 (5-8)
Peter LeBlanc            9th        13 (4-9)
GOALS
Mike Sislo                4th        8 goals
James van Riemsdyk        8th        6 goals
ASSISTS
James van Riemsdyk        6th        10 assists
Kevin Kapstad            7th        9 assists
Peter LeBlanc            7th        9 assists
SHORT-HANDED GOALS
Mike Sislo                1st        2 shg
GAME-WINNING GOALS
Bobby Butler            1st        2 gwg
DEFENSIVE SCORING       
Kevin Kapstad            5th        10 (1-9)
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE       
Brian Foster            4th        2.15
SAVE PERCENTAGE       
Brian Foster            3rd        .931
WINNING PERCENTAGE       
Brian Foster            3rd        .727
 
‘CATS CONTINUE HOCKEY EAST STREAK:
With the series win over UMass, UNH is unbeaten in its last 12 Hockey East season series (10-0-2). The last time the Wildcats lost a HE series was when it dropped the opening season of 2007-08 to Northeastern with a 4-1 loss on Nov. 16, 2007.

COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS’ PAIRWISE RATINGS (AS OF 1/19):
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk

1      Cornell     24      13-1-3      .8529      1      .6001*  1
2     Boston University     23     16-5-1     .7500     3     .5924*     2
3     Notre Dame     22     19-3-3     .8200     2     .5900*     3
4     Minnesota     20     12-5-5     .6591     12     .5690*     6
5t     Northeastern     19     15-5-2     .7273     4     .5895     4
5t     Vermont     19     13-5-3     .6905     9     .5858     5
7     Michigan     18     16-8-0     .6667     11     .5625     8
8     Denver     17     15-6-2     .6957     8     .5682     7
9     Princeton     16     13-5-0     .7222     5     .5619*     9
10     Ohio State     15     16-6-2     .7083     6     .5552*     10
11t     New Hampshire     14     11-6-4     .6190     13     .5521     11
11t     Miami     14     13-8-3     .6042     14t     .5453     12
13     Minnesota-Duluth 12     11-7-6     .5833     20     .5304     14
14t     Boston College     11     9-8-3     .5250     26t     .5361     13
14t     North Dakota     11     14-10-2     .5769     21     .5287     15
16     Alaska     9     11-8-5     .5625     23     .5286     16
17     Wisconsin     8     13-10-3     .5577     24     .5280*     17
18     Maine     7     10-9-3     .5227     29     .5273     18
19t     Colorado College     5     13-8-5     .5962     17     .5265     19
19t     Nebraska-Omaha     5     13-8-4     .6000     16     .5237     20
21     Dartmouth     4     10-7-0     .5882     19     .5232     21
22t     Quinnipiac     3     12-8-2     .5909     18     .5221     22
22t     Air Force     3     15-6-1     .7045     7     .5190     23
24     St. Cloud State     1     12-11-1     .5208     30     .5186     24
25     St. Lawrence     0     11-9-2     .5455     25     .5182     25

van RIEMSDYK NINTH IN THE NATION IN SCORING: 
James van Riemsdyk currently ranks ninth nationally in scoring with 26 points in 20 games 1.3 ppg.

BE OUR GUESTS; TERRIERS & WILDCATS WILL HOST NCAA HOCKEY EVENTS: 
Both UNH and BU are no stranger to hosting marquee NCAA hockey championships. This year is no exception. UNH will host its third NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena on March, 28-29, while BU will host the 2009 Women’s Frozen Four on March 20 & 22 for the first time in program history at Agganis Arena, an event UNH has hosted twice (2002, 2005).

SISLO SEVENTH NATIONALLY IN GOALS:
Mike Sislo currently ranks seventh in the country in goal scoring with 0.67 gpg with 14 goals in 21 games.

FORGET NOVEMBER:
While UNH struggled to a 1-5-2 mark in November, the Wildcats are 11-1-1 in October, December and January and have outscored their opponents 41-27 in those games. UNH is also 6-0-1 since November.

SCORING BY CLASS:
2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
    (G) %    (A) %    (P) %   
Seniors    (11) 16%    (39) 34%    (50) 27%
Juniors    (14) 21%    (27) 24%    (41) 23%
Sophomores    (37) 54%    (36) 32%    (73) 40%
Freshmen    (6) 9%    (12) 11%    (18) 10%
Totals    (68) 100%    (114) 100%    (166) 100%

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME:
UNH is 15-2-1 in its last 17 games at Whittemore Center and are 22-5-1 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    4    Minn, Den, CC, No. Dak.
ECAC        2    Prin, Cornell

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 19)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Notre Dame, 496 (22)        1    19-3-3    15
2    Boston University, 464 (6)    2    16-5-1    15
3    Cornell, 434 (6)        5    13-1-3    9
4    Denver, 394        4    15-6-2    15
5    Northeastern, 386        3    15-5-2    12
6    Minnesota, 336        8    12-5-5    15
7    Vermont, 304        7    13-5-3    10
8    Michigan, 280        6    16-8-0    15
9    Princeton, 222        10    13-5-0    14
10    Miami (Ohio), 188        9    13-8-3    15
11    Ohio State, 156        14    16-6-2    3
12    New Hampshire, 154        13    11-6-4    14
13    Colorado College, 132        11    13-8-5    15
14    Boston College, 46        12    9-8-3    15
15    North Dakota, 45        NR    14-10-2    6

USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Jan. 19)
Rk.  Team       (First Place)        Record     Pts    LW

 1 Notre Dame (38)             19-3-3    986    1
 2 Boston University (7)            16-5-1    931    2
 3 Cornell (5)            13-1-3    877    5
 4 Denver            15-6-2    828    4
 5 Northeastern            15-5-2    821    3
 6 Minnesota            12-5-5    753    7
 7 Vermont            13-5-3    673    8
 8 Michigan            16-8-0    637    6
 9 Princeton            13-5-0    562     10
10 Miami            13-8-3    507    9
11 New Hampshire            11-6-4    468    13
12 Ohio State            16-6-2    467    14
13 Colorado College            13-8-5    427    11
14 Boston College            9-8-3    320    12
15 North Dakota            14-10-2    316        17
16 Wisconsin            13-10-3    280    16
17 Minnesota-Duluth            11-7-6    123    NR
18 Dartmouth            10-7-0    117    18
19 Alaska            11-8-5    100    NR
20 Air Force            15-6-1    94    15

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 19)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP
1    Notre Dame, 496 (22)        1    19-3-3    15
2    Boston University, 464 (6)    2    16-5-1    15
3    Cornell, 434 (6)        5    13-1-3    9
4    Denver, 394        4    15-6-2    15
5    Northeastern, 386        3    15-5-2    12
6    Minnesota, 336        8    12-5-5    15
7    Vermont, 304        7    13-5-3    10
8    Michigan, 280        6    16-8-0    15
9    Princeton, 222        10    13-5-0    14
10    Miami (Ohio), 188        9    13-8-3    15
11    Ohio State, 156        14    16-6-2    3
12    New Hampshire, 154        13    11-6-4    14
13    Colorado College, 132        11    13-8-5    15
14    Boston College, 46        12    9-8-3    15
15    North Dakota, 45        NR    14-10-2    6

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
1/12            13    13    2nd   
1/19            12    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 (1/19):
Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual        Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk           9th    1.30 ppg
Goals Per Game: 
Mike Sislo            7th    0.67 gpg
Assists Per Game: 
James van Riemsdyk           12th    0.85 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk        52nd    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Mike Sislo            10th    2 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Peter LeBlanc        58th    2 gwg
Bobby Butler        58th    2 gwg
Blake Kessel        58th    2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring: 
Kevin Kapstad        19th    0.71 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
Steve Moses        50th    0.53 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster        33rd    2.53
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster        27th    .917
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster        16th    .676
Team
Scoring Offense        14th    3.24 gpg
Scoring Defense        35th    3.00 gapg
Scoring Margin        26th    +0.24
Power Play        32nd    15.3
Penalty Kill        42th    80.8
Combined Special Teams        41st    48.3
Team Winning Percentage        13th    .619

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (1/19):
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game    3.24/2nd    3.00/4th
GAA    3.00/9th    3.00/9th
Power Play    15.3/6th    16.2/6th
Penalty Kill    80.8/8th    82.1/7th
Special Teams Net    -4/7th    -1/6th
1st Period Scoring    19/3rd    10/4th
2nd Period Scoring    23/3rd    14/3rd
3rd Period Scoring    25/2nd    17/2nd

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 8-1-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 178-49-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 160 sellouts during that time in 246 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: 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
JAN. 24        BOSTON U.         NESN

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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