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DURHAM, N.H. -- The sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team will open Hockey East play on Sunday afternoon (5 p.m.) against No. 5 Boston University. Sunday's game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Justin Kutcher and Damian DiGiulian calling all the action. The game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio and live stats at www.unhwildcats.com and will be streamed live on the internet at www.unhwildcats.tv.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS: Boston University is 2-0 to start a season for the first time since its 2001-02 campaign, when it opened with four consecutive wins...The Ice Breaker title marked the Terriers’ first in-season tournament championship other than the Beanpot since the 2002 Great Lakes Inviational... BU, which claimed the 2002 Ice Breaker title, became the third team to win the tournament twice, joining Hockey East mates Boston College and New Hampshire...Boston U. allowed just one goal in both of its wins... Last season, the Terriers allowed two or more goals in 17 of their first 18 games...Three freshmen (Chris Connolly, Victor Saponari, David Warsofsky) recorded an assist on the weekend for their first career points...Boston U. has won 10 of its last 11 games at Agganis Arena, including eight straight in regular-season action.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.: Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 91-42-18 in 151 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925... The Wildcats completed 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 8-6-5 record... UNH owns a 4-0-2 all-time record vs. Boston U. at Agganis Arena, including a 4-1 win in last year’s season opener on Oct. 19 and a 5-3 win on Jan. 26...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.
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (1/26/08): Mike Radja tallied a pair of goals and an assist, while Matt Fornataro became the program’s newest member of the century club notching two assists in UNH’s 5-3 Hockey East victory at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. The Wildcats captured their first-ever three-game season sweep of the Terriers. Kevin Regan stopped 26 shots en route to the win for New Hampshire.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player GP G-A-P
Jerry Pollastrone 10 2-8-10
Jamie Fritsch 10 2-3-5
Thomas Fortney 10 2-2-4
Bobby Butler 6 1-3-4
James vanRiemsdyk 3 2-2-4
Kevin Kapstad 5 2-1-3
Greg Collins 8 1-1-2
Danny Dries 3 1-1-2
Joe Charlebois 9 0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc 6 0-0-0
Alan Thompson 1 0-0-0
Mike Sislo 3 0-0-0
Nick Krates 3 0-0-0
Phil DeSimone 3 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster DNP vs. Boston University
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (October 13)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Boston College, 507 (32) 1 1-0-0 3
2 Michigan, 465 (1) 2 2-0-0 3
3 Colorado College, 439 (1) 3 2-0-0 3
4 Denver, 389 6 1-0-0 3
5 Boston University, 387 9 2-0-0 3
6 New Hampshire, 350 7 1-0-0 3
7 Miami (Ohio) University, 272 8 1-0-1 3
8 Notre Dame, 251 4 0-1-0 3
9 Minnesota, 216 10 0-0-0 3
10 St. Cloud State,174 15 2-0-0 3
11 Michigan State, 163 11 1-1-0 3
12 Princeton University, 130 12 0-0-0 2
13 North Dakota, 112 5 0-2-0 3
14 Clarkson University, 83 13 0-0-0 3
15 Minnesota State, 59 NR 2-0-0 12
USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (October 14)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Boston College (45) 1-0-0 993 1
2 Michigan (2) 2-0-0 936 2
3 Colorado College (3) 2-0-0 898 3
4 Denver 1-0-0 819 6
5 Boston University 2-0-0 784 9
6 New Hampshire 1-0-0 767 7
7 Miami 1-0-1 663 8
8 Notre Dame 0-1-0 636 4
9 Minnesota 0-0-0 525 10
10 Princeton 0-0-0 460 12
11 Michigan State 1-1-0 459 11
12 St. Cloud State 2-0-0 449 15
13 North Dakota 0-2-0 445 5
14 Clarkson 0-0-0 356 13
15 Minnesota State 2-0-0 283 18
16 Cornell 0-0-0 190 17
17 Vermont 1-0-0 144 20
18 Harvard 0-0-0 136 19
19 Northern Michigan 1-1-0 124 16
20 Wisconsin 0-2-0 118 14
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 ---
van RIEMSDYK EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO FIVE: James van Riemsdyk has scored in five-straight games dating back to last year’s Hockey East quarterfinals... He has nine points (1g, 8a) in his last five games.
NORTHEAST REGIONAL TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 15: Tickets for the Northeast regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire (hosted by the University of New Hampshire) will go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern time, October 15. 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.
SUNDAY ON ESPNU: Sunday’s game against the Terriers is the first of UNH’s three nationally televised games on ESPNU. The Wildcats will also appear on ESPNU on 10/26 vs. St. Lawrence and 1/4 vs. Maine. Justin Kutcher, an alum of Boston University, will handle play-by-play duties for the broadcasts and Damian DiGiulian, a former assistant coach at Vermont, will serve as the color analyst.
WILDCATS IN SEARCH OF FOURTH STRAIGHT AGAINST TERRIERS: UNH is trying to capture its fourth-straight win against BU on Sunday. The Wildcats have only won four in a row against the Terriers twice since the rivalry began in 1925. UNH won five in a row from 1981-1983 and four in a row in 2003.
UNH’S HOCKEY EAST TOP WEEKLY PERFORMERS (AS ANNOUNCED BY LEAGUE OFFICE):
Danny Dries, (So., F, Lake Orion, Mich.) Recorded a pair of assists and skated a +2in UNH’s 5-1 win over No. 14 Wisconsin
Brian Foster, (Jr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 30 shots including 14 in the middle stanza vs. No. 14 Wisconsin.
Blake Kessel, (Fr., D, Verona, Wis.) Skated a +3 and registered his first collegiate point.
FIRST’S AND HIGH’S IN WIN OVER WISCONSIN: Saturday’s win over Wisconsin marked a series of career high’s and first’s for a number of UNH players.
Blake Kessel: first collegiate point (one assist)
Steve Moses: first collegiate point (one assist)
Alan Thompson: first collegiate point (one assist)
Kevin Kapstad: matched career high (one assist)
Greg Collins: matched career high (one goal)
Peter LeBlanc: matched career high (one goal)
Mike Sislo: matched career high (one goal)
WILDCATS MAKE IT EIGHT STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS:
The Wildcats have won eight-straight season openers and are 11-0-1 in their last 12 openers. Under Umile, the ‘Cats are 14-3-1 in season openers.
Year Team Score
2008: Wisconsin 5-1
2007: Boston U. 4-1
2006: Colorado Coll. 4-3
2005: Ferris State 4-2
2004: Ohio State 5-1
2003: Vermont 3-0
2002: Vermont 10-0
2001: Vermont 7-1
2000: North Dakota 2-2 (T)
1999: Vermont 7-4
1998: Vermont 4-3
1997: Vermont 5-1
SCORING IN BUNCHES: UNH has scored three or more goals in its last seven games.
10-11 vs. Wisconsin: 5
3-28 vs. Notre Dame: 3
3-21 vs. Boston College: 4
3-15 vs. Massachusetts: 7
3-14 vs. Massachusetts: 4
3-8 vs. Vermont: 3
3-7 vs. Vermont: 3
‘CATS MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW OVER BADGERS: The Wildcats have captured three straight over the Badgers and have outscored Wisconsin 21-12 in those three games.
DATE UNH WISCONSIN
10-11-08 5 1
3-28-98 7 4
12-27-96 9 7
UNH CONTINUES RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST WCHA: UNH is 6-1-0 in its last seven games against WCHA foes.
Date Team Score
10-11-08 Wisconsin W, 5-1
12-28-07 North Dakota W, 7-4
12-27-07 North Dakota L, 1-3
10-27-07 Colorado Coll. W, 4-2
10-26-07 Colorado Coll. W, 5-3
10-21-06 Colorado Coll. W, 7-2
10-20-06 Colorado Coll. W, 4-3
BALANCED SCORING: All four of UNH’s lines scored at least a goal in Saturday night’s 5-1 win.
First line: 1 goal (LeBlanc goal)
Second line: 1 goal (Collins goal)
Third line: 2 goals (van Riemsdyk, Sislo goal)
Fourth line: 1 goal (Paul Thompson goal)
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Danny Dries 9th 2.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
five tied 9th 1.00 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Danny Dries 3rd 2.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk 1st 1.00 ppgpg
Paul Thompson 1st 1 gwg
Blake Kessel 7th 1.00 ppg
Steve Moses 7th 1.00 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 4th 1.00
Brian Foster 5th .968
Brian Foster 1st 1.000
Scoring Offense 2nd 5.0 gpg
Scoring Defense 1st 1.0 gapg
Scoring Margin 2nd +4.00
Winnning Percentage 1st 1.000 (1-0-0)
Power Play 29th 9.1
Penalty Kill 1st 100.0
Combined Special Teams 16th 52.4
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 5.00/1st n/a
GAA 1.00/1st n/a
Power Play 9.1/5th n/a
Penalty Kill 100.0/1st n/a
Special Teams Net +1/2nd n/a
1st Period Scoring 0/6th n/a
2nd Period Scoring 3/2nd n/a
3rd Period Scoring 2/2nd n/a
DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE: The Wildcat offense posted eight goals in their 8-4 exhibition win over St. Francis Xavier on Oct. 4 and five goals in the season opener against Wisconsin.
INSIDE COLLEGE HOCKEY’S RECRUITING RANKINGS: Inside College Hockey’s ranking of the top incoming players by position featured a pair of Wildcats.
TOP 20 INCOMING DEFENSEMEN: 6. Blake Kessel
TOP 10 INCOMING GOALTENDERS: 6. Matt DiGirolamo
CHN PLAYERS TO WATCH: Three men’s hockey players were named ‘Players to Watch’ as part of the Fourth Annual Preseason All-CHN Team. The squad was comprised of two six-player teams and 30 national “Players to Watch”.
F - James van Riemsdyk, So., New Hampshire
D - Joe Charlebois, Sr., New Hampshire
G - Brian Foster, Jr., New Hampshire
SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P Pct.
Seniors: 1-1-2 .182
Juniors: 1-1-2 .182
Sophomores: 2-2-4 .363
Freshmen: 1-2-3 .273
TWO REFEREE SYSTEM: Beginning this season, the NCAA has adopted the two-referee, two-linesmen officiating system.
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
CONKLIN, O’CONNOR INDUCTED INTO WILDCAT HALL OF FAME: Ty Conklin ’01 and David O’Connor ’66 were recently inducted into the UNH Wildcat Hall of Fame. Ty Conklin was one of the Wildcats’ most successful and recognized goalies while here in Durham and after in the NHL. As a result of his outstanding efforts he became UNH’s second two-time finalist (top 10) for the Hobey Baker Award in 2000 and 2001. The Hockey East Co-Player of the year in 1999-2000, he recorded a 2.51 goals against average and a .908 save percentage, but then topped that with five shutouts, a 2.05 GAA and a .920 save percentage the next year. O’Connor was named the recipient of the Leitzel Award, which is given to a person who has made key contributions to the lives of UNH student-athletes. O’Connor was an assistant coach for men’s hockey from 1976 until 1987 and he was the interim head coach of men’s hockey from 1987-88. He also served as a long-time assistant football coach for the Wildcats starting in 1972 and worked for 18 years under head coach Bill Bowes. O’Connor was also an outstanding player for the Wildcats in both sports, playing defensive back for the football team and defense on the Wildcat hockey team before he graduated from UNH in 1966.
CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED: Greg Collins and Joe Charlebois were named the 102nd and 103rd captains in the history of UNH hockey for the 2008-09 season. The announcement was made on April 19 at the annual team awards banquet at the Whittemore Center. Collins was also the recipient of the Warren Brown Award for the second-straight season, given annually to the best defensive forward on UNH’s roster, and earned the Robert Kullen Award as the unsung hero of the Wildcats in 07-08. Collins, who tallied 11 points (4g, 7a) in 36 games last season for the ‘Cats, recorded a multiple-point night with a goal and an assist against North Dakota on Dec. 29. Charlebois was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman. He registered a career-high nine points on a goal and eight assists in 38 games this season. Charlebois’ +26 plus/minus rating was tops on the team.
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 begins its 14th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2008-09, posting a 1-0-0 at Towse Rink...UNH owns a 171-48-19 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 155 sellouts during that time in 238 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)
Preston Callander: Assat Pori (FNL)
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: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Andrew Leach: Texas Brahmas (CHL)
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)
Mike Radja: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Grenoble (FRNC)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Soundtigers (AHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Tyson Teplitsky: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
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.
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 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2008-09...NESN will air four games, while three will air on CN8 and ESPNU. WMUR-TV will broadcast one game, while two will air on FSN-North Minnesota.
DATE GAME Channel
OCT. 19 BOSTON U. ESPNU
OCT. 26 @ ST. Lawrence ESPNU
Oct. 31 NORTHEASTERN CN8
NOV. 7 @ Minnesota Fox Sports North-MN
NOV. 8 @ Minnesota Fox Sports North-MN
DEC. 6 UMASS-LOWELL CN8
JAN. 4 @ Maine ESPNU
JAN. 17 Dartmouth
@ Verizon Wir. Arena WMUR-TV
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.