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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team enters a home-and-home series with 17th-ranked UMass-Lowell. Friday's game will be the final road game for the Wildcats in 2008. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. Saturday's game will be televised on CN8 with Greg Madden, Bob Norton and Kevin Winter calling all the action. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center. Friday's game will air on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN), while Saturday's radio call will be heard over the Internet only at www.unhwildcats.com.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: The No.17 River Hawks come into this weekend’s action with an 8-5-0 overall record and a 5-3-0 record in Hockey East play. The River Hawks are coming off their second straight win, fifth in their last six games, as they pummeled the Rochester Institute of Technology, 6-3, at the Tsongas Arena on Nov. 29. Sophomore forward Scott Campbell had five points in the contest, including his first career hat trick. Campbell led all scorers with three goals and two assists and was part of the Rivers Hawks’ first four goals of the game. Campbell’s three-goal effort propelled him to being named Reebok Player of the Week as he won 30 of 44 faceoffs in two games last week. On the season, the River Hawks are led by junior forward Kory Falite, who has notched 13 points this season on 10 goals and three assists. Freshman forward David Vallorani and sophomore forward Scott Campbell have also been solid contributors for the River Hawks as they have collected 13 and 12 points this season, respectively.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 48-29-14 in 91 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. In this year’s only meeting, UNH was defeated 8-3 at Tsongas Arena. The Wildcats are 6-3-1 in their 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 10 4-5-9
Phil DeSimone 4 0-4-4
Peter LeBlanc 7 1-2-3
Danny Dries 4 2-1-3
Jamie Fritsch 9 0-2-2
Greg Collins 8 1-1-2
Bobby Butler 7 1-1-2
James van Riemsdyk 2 1-1-2
Thomas Fortney 10 1-0-1
Joe Charlebois 10 0-1-1
Kevin Kapstad 8 0-1-1
Nick Krates 4 0-1-1
Paul Thompson 4 1-0-1
Mike Sislo 4 0-0-0
Kevin McCarey 1 0-0-0
Alan Thompson 1 0-0-0
Blake Kessel 1 0-0-0
Mike Beck 1 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
DiGirolamo 1/59:57 8 8.00 0-1-0 27 .771
DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
11-14-08 59:57 L 27 8 35
Totals 59:57 0-1-0 27 8 35
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 (11/14/08 AT LOWELL): UMass-Lowell scored eight goals including three in the first and third periods to capture a decisive 8-3 win at Tsongas Arena. UMass-Lowell’s Kory Falite recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist, while Matt Ferreira scored a pair of goals. UNH’s Danny Dries matched a career high with two goals for the Wildcats. Peter LeBlanc also scored for UNH, while Matt DiGirolamo was handed his first collegiate loss in net.
LAST TIME OUT (11/29/08 VS. MERRIMACK): Despite holding a 3-2 advantage early in the third period, it was a pair of late goals that lifted Merrimack College to a 4-3 victory at Whittemore Center. Bobby Butler had a goal and an assist, while Kevin Kapstad and Steve Moses also scored for UNH. Brian Foster stopped 23 shots in a losing effort.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ON CN8: Saturday’s game against UMass-Lowell will air on CN8. Greg Madden will handle the play-by-play for TV and former UNH assistant coach and long-time color man Bob Norton will be the color analyst with Kevin Winter also reporting.
CHARLEBOIS HAS SEVEN POINTS IN LAST FOUR GAMES: Joe Charlebois has recorded an assist in each of the last four games and has seven assists overall during the streak.
van RIEMSDYK RANKS 11th NATIONALLY IN SCORING: James van Riemsdyk ranks 11th nationally in scoring with 1.36 points per game.
‘CATS DROP FIRST HOME GAME OF THE YEAR: UNH dropped its first home game in 2008-09 and is 19-5-2 at home since the start of 2007-08.
POWER PLAY PRODUCTION: The Wildcat power play has scored in six of the last seven games including a tally on a 5-on-3 opportunity.
KAPSTAD LIGHTS THE LAMP FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON: Kevin Kapstad scored his first goal of the season Saturday against Merrimack.
BUTLER POSTS SEASON-HIGH NUMBERS: Bobby Butler had a season-high two points with a goal and an assist against Merrimack on Saturday.
van RIEMSDYK RANKS FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST SCORING: James van Riemsdyk has 14 points in league play (6-8-14), which is the best in all of Hockey East.
SOPHOMORE SLUMP? NOT AT UNH: Overall, the sophomores are accounting for 46 percent of the offense. A UNH sophomore has scored a goal in 12-of-14 games this season, including two goals from Danny Dries and one from Mike Sislo on Saturday against Providence. The second-year Wildcats have accounted for 63 percent of the goal scoring with 24-of-35 goals.
Player G A P
van Riemsdyk 8 11 19
Dries 5 4 9
DeSimone 3 4 7
Sislo 6 1 7
Thompson, P. 2 0 2
Vranek 0 1 1
Totals 24 21 45
van RIEMSDYK PROVIDING WILDCAT SPARK: James van Riemsdyk has 12 points in his last seven games (4g, 8a - 1.71 ppg) and has scored in all but two of the Wildcats’ games this season. He has scored in 11 of the last 12 games (8-11-19) and tallied a point in 19 of the last 22 games (9-20-29) dating back to Feb. 22, 2008 at BC.
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: 9-21-30 (1.36 PPG)
SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
(G) % (A) % (P) %
Seniors (2) 5% (19) 32% (21) 22%
Juniors (8) 21% (12) 20% (20) 21%
Sophomores (24) 63% (21) 36% (45) 46%
Freshmen (4) 11% (7) 12% (11) 11%
Totals (38) 100% (59) 100% (97) 100%
WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is 12-2-1 in its last 15 games at Whittemore Center and are 19-5-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.
UNH’S HOCKEY EAST TOP WEEKLY PERFORMERS (AS ANNOUNCED BY LEAGUE OFFICE):
Bobby Butler, UNH (So., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Registered a goal and an assist against Merrimack on Saturday night.
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Dec. 1)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Notre Dame (40) 10-3-2 961 2
2 Boston College (1) 9-4-1 886 5
3 Minnesota (2) 7-2-5 881 1
4 Miami (2) 8-3-3 773 6
5 Colorado College 9-4-3 732 3
6 Northeastern 10-3-2 717 4
7 Boston University (1) 9-4-0 707 8
8 Denver (1) 9-5-1 697 9
9 Princeton (2) 9-2-0 650 7
10 Air Force (1) 13-1-0 625 11
11 Minnesota State 8-3-3 531 10
12 Vermont 9-3-2 488 13
13 Cornell 5-1-2 414 12
14 Michigan 9-7-0 338 14
15 Alaska-Anchorage 7-5-2 131 19
16 Dartmouth 6-4-0 124 20
17 Mass.-Lowell 8-5-0 123 NR
18 Nebraska-Omaha 9-4-1 115 16
19 New Hampshire 5-6-3 113 15
20 Alaska 8-4-2 85 NR
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Dec. 1)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Notre Dame, 508 (33) 2 10-3-2 10
2 Minnesota, 447 (1) 1 7-2-5 10
3 Boston College, 420 6 9-4-1 10
4 Miami (Ohio), 380 5 8-3-3 10
5 Boston University, 342 8 9-4-0 10
6 Colorado College, 318 3 9-4-3 10
7 Denver, 306 10 9-5-1 10
8 Northeastern, 298 4 10-3-2 7
9 Princeton, 253 7 9-2-0 9
10 Air Force, 209 11 13-1-0 5
11 Minnesota State, 188 9 8-3-3 8
12 Vermont, 181 13 9-3-2 5
13 Cornell, 105 12 5-1-2 4
14 Michigan, 72 15 9-7-0 10
15 New Hampshire, 16 NR 5-6-3 9
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
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 (12/1): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 11th 1.36 ppg
Goals Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 18th 0.57 gpg
Assists Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 25th 0.79 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk 33rd 3 ppg
James van Riemsdyk 9th 1 shg
Joe Charlebois 44th 0.57 ppg
Steve Moses 41st 0.58 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 35th 2.43
Brian Foster 23rd .924
Brian Foster 35th .545
Scoring Offense 30th 2.71 gpg
Scoring Defense 43rd 3.21 gapg
Scoring Margin 38th -.50
Power Play 46th 11.1
Penalty Kill 36th 82.6
Combined Special Teams 41st 47.9
Team Winning Percentage 33rd .464
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (12/5):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 2.71/7th 3.00/5th
GAA 3.21/9th 3.56/9th
Power Play 11.1/9th 14.3/6th
Penalty Kill 82.6/7th 82.4/6th
Special Teams Net -7/8th -2/7th
1st Period Scoring 10/6th 8/3rd
2nd Period Scoring 18/3rd 11/2nd
3rd Period Scoring 10/7th 8/5th
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 5-1-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 175-49-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 159 sellouts during that time in 243 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)
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.