October 22, 2009

MEN'S HOCKEY OPENS HOCKEY EAST PLAY THIS WEEKEND; NORTHEASTERN (FRI-NESN), MAINE (SAT-WHITE OUT THE WHIT)

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DURHAM, N.H. --
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team opens Hockey East play with a pair of marquee matchups against Northeastern (Friday - 7 p.m.) and Maine (Saturday - 7 p.m.). Friday night's game is the first NESN-TV broadcast of the Hockey East season as Tom Caron and Bob Norton call all the action, while Saturday's game is the annual "White Out the Whit" game.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES:
Northeastern enters the weekend 2-1-0 with a split at Colorado College and a home win over Atlantic Hockey foe Bentley, most recently. The Huskies went to the NCAA tournament a year ago and return several key players from that squad. Senior forward Chris Donovan continues to lead Northeastern in scoring with four points despite being held out of NU’s home opener due to illness. The Huskies have put away five power play goals, making up 55.6 percent of their scoring (5-of-9). Northeastern’s home opener at the brand-new Matthews Arena was a successful sellout of 4,666 strong. The student body set a new record as 2,724 people crammed the upper corners at “The Dog House”.  Freshman netminder Chris Rawlings is 2-1-0 with a 3.01 GAA and a .913 save percentage in three games.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN:
UNH owns an 84-57-11 all-time record against Northeastern in 152 meetings in the series history between the two teams.The Wildcats went 1-1-1 against the Huskies a year ago.  Coach Umile owns a 39-15-9 record all-time against Northeastern. Senior forward Peter LeBlanc (3g, 4a) is the Wildcats’ leading career scorer vs. NU.  Senior netminder Brian Foster is 1-1-0 against Northeastern, while Matt DiGirolamo is 0-0- with a 1.85 GAA all time against the Huskies.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE HUSKIES:
Player    GP    G-A-P 
  
Peter LeBlanc    9    3-4-7
Bobby Butler    7    1-5-6
Paul Thompson    5    2-1-3
Phil DeSimone    6    1-2-3
Steve Moses    3    0-2-2
Mike Sislo    6    1-0-1
Blake Kessel    3    0-1-1
Matt Campanale    2    0-0-0
Nick Krates    5    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    2    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    1/119:16    5    2.51    1-1-0    60    .923
DiGirolamo    1/64:51    2    1.85    0-0-1    22    .916

DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

11/1/08        64:51    T    22    2    24
Totals        64:51    0-0-1    22    2    24

Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

10/31/08        60:00    W    27    2    29
11/22/08        59:16    L    33    3    36
Totals        119:16    1-1-0    60    5    65

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS:
Maine enters this weekend’s game with a 1-3-0 record and will play at UMass on Friday night before traveling north to Durham. The Black Bears opened the season with a pair of losses at Union and most recently split in a pair of games with Michigan State. Gustav Nyquist is off to an impressive start for the Black Bears as he has four goals and two assists in Maine’s first four games. Three goals have been on the power play and he has Maine’s lone game-winning goal and has scored at least one goal in three straight games.  Netminders Scott Darling and Dave Wilson have each played twice in net for the Black Bears with Darling posted a 1-1-0 record with a 4.06 GAA and Wilson with an 0-2-0 mark with a 4.61 GAA.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE:
The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 54-44-5 in 103 meetings.The Wildcats went 2-1-0 in three meetings against Maine a year ago. Coach Umile is 30-37-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Overall, the Wildcats are 9-2-0 in their last 11 meetings against Maine including a stretch of five-straight wins. UNH has posted a 14-5-1 record vs. the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center compared to just 14-31-3 at Alfond Arena. Senior forward Bobby Butler is the active leader in Wildcat scoring against Maine with five points in 11 games, while Brian Foster is 2-1-0 lifetime against the Black Bears.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P
   
Bobby Butler        11        4-1-5
Peter LeBlanc        9        1-3-4
Mike Sislo            6        2-1-3
Phil DeSimone        6        1-0-1
Paul Thompson    5        0-1-1
Mike Beck        3        0-1-1
Steve Moses        3        1-0-1
Mike Borisenok    3        0-1-1
Matt Campanale    2        0-0-0
Blake Kessel        2        0-0-0
Damon Kipp        2        0-0-0
Nick Krates        6        0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    2        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    3/179:19    6    2.00    2-1-0    72    .947
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

1-4-09        60:00    W    29    4    33
2-6-09        59:56    W    21    1    22
2-7-09        59:23    L    22    1    23
Totals        179:19    1-0-0    72    6    78

‘CATS ENJOY RECENT SUCCESS IN HOCKEY EAST OPENERS:
UNH is 9-1-1 in Hockey East openers dating back to 1998-99. Most recently, the Wildcats are riding a two-game Hockey East streak with a 4-1 win over BU on Oct. 19, 2008 and a 2-1 win over BU on Oct. 19. 2009.

WILDCATS OPEN NESN’S HOCKEY EAST PACKAGE:
UNH and Northeastern will open the 2009-10 NESN Hockey East season on Friday night. Tom Caron and Bob Norton will call all the action from the Whittemore Center.

SECOND TO NONE:
In a wild second period, the Wildcats and RedHawks put up nine goals. The teams combined to score just one goal the rest of the game, including no scores in the final 27:20. It’s no surprise the Wildcats are the league leader in second period scoring with seven or their nine goals coming in the middle frame.

KESSEL THE LEAGUE LEADER IN DEFENSIVE SCORING:
After missing the first weekend of the season with a shoulder injury, Blake Kessel made up for lost time with five points on the weekend. He is the league leader in defenseman scoring and ranks second overall in points. He posted a career-high two assists on Friday night and topped that with a career-high two goals and three points on Saturday.

FIVE SCORES; JUST A YEAR AGO:
UNH’s scored five goals in an eight-minute span on Saturday night against top-ranked Miami. It was the first time UNH scored five goals in a period since its 9-4 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 2008

BUTLER CONTINUES TO LIGHT THE LAMP:
Bobby Butler has scored a goal in all three games this season and four games in a row dating back to last season. He ranks sixth in the nation in goals per game with 1.00 gpg.

LEBLANC HAPPY TO ASSIST:
Peter LeBlanc put up a career-high three assists on Saturday night against Miami. It was the first time UNH had a player with three or more assists in a game since James van Riemsdyk handed out four helpers on Dec. 11, 2008.

HEY MAN NICE SHOT: The Wildcat outshot the RedHawks 19-11 in the second period. It was the most shots in a period since the Nov. 21, 2008 game at Matthews Arena.

WHITE OUT THE WHIT ON SATURDAY:
On Saturday night, the Wildcats will “White Out the Whit”. Fans are encouraged to wear white and thundersticks will be handed out as part of the promotion.

BORISENOK OFF TO A FAST START:
Mike Borisenok scored a goal in each game of the weekend and put up a career high two points on Friday vs. Miami.

A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS:
Here is a list of firsts from last weekend:
- First career points for Kevin McCarey (two assists)
- First career goal for senior Nick Krates
- First career point for Austin Block

LAST TIME OUT (10/17 VS. MIAMI): 
Bobby Butler, Peter LeBlanc and Blake Kessel recorded three points apiece in Saturday night’s 5-5 tie against top-ranked Miami University. Kessel tallied a two goals and an assist while Butler had one goal and two assists and LeBlanc finished with three assists, all matching or surpassing career bests. Mike Borisenok and Nick Krates scored UNH’s other two goals; it was Krates’ first career goal. UNH goaltender Brian Foster made 22 saves, including three in overtime.

SCORING BY CLASS:
2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    4-6-10    44-38-40
Juniors:    1-2-3    11-13-12
Sophomores:    4-7-11    44-44-44
Freshmen:    0-1-1    0-6-4

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

1    Miami University, 509 (33)    1    3-0-1    3
2    University of North Dakota, 465    4    3-0-1    3
3    Boston University, 388        2    0-1-0    3
4    University of Michigan, 386    5    1-1-0    3
5    University of Denver, 378    3    2-2-0    3
6    Cornell University, 319        6    0-0-0    3
7    University of Vermont, 295 (1)    11    2-1-0    3
8    Princeton University, 245    9    0-0-0    3
9    Yale University, 226        10    0-0-0    3
10    University of Notre Dame, 221    7    2-2-0    3
11    University of Minnesota, 139    8    0-1-1    3
12    Massachusetts Lowell, 126    13    1-1-0    3
13    Nebraska Omaha, 113        15    3-0-1    2
14    Minnesota Duluth, 59        NR    3-1-0    1
15    Boston College, 42        12    0-1-0    3
Others receiving votes: University of Alaska, 39; Bemidji State University, 30; University of Massachusetts, 28; Colorado College, 24; University of Wisconsin, 18; Quinnipiac University, 15; St. Cloud State University, 6; Northeastern University, 4; U.S. Air Force Academy, 3; University of Alabama Huntsville, 1; University of New Hampshire, 1.

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

1     Miami                   (46)           3-0-1       994         1
2     North Dakota        (1)           3-0-1       940     4
3     Boston University   (2)       0-1-0       820     2
4     Denver                             2-2-0       801     3
5     Michigan                           1-1-0       784     5
6     Cornell                            0-0-0       701     6
7     Vermont (1)               2-1-0       650    11
8     Yale                                   0-0-0       589     8
9     Notre Dame                         2-2-0       554     7
10     Princeton                          0-0-0       530    10
11     Minnesota                          0-1-1       454     9
12     Nebraska-Omaha                 3-0-1       366    16
13     Mass.-Lowell                       1-1-0       363    14
14     Boston College                     0-1-0       273    12
15     Alaska                             3-0-1       253    17
16     Bemidji State                     2-0-0       243    15
17     Wisconsin                          0-1-1       205    13
18     Minnesota-Duluth               3-1-0       175    NR
19     Colorado College               2-1-1       160    NR
20     Quinnipiac                         3-0-0       150    18

Others Receiving Votes:
Massachusetts 136, St. Cloud State 107, Northeastern 74, New Hampshire 48, Michigan State 31, Alabama-Huntsville 22, Harvard 21, Northern Michigan 18, Ohio State 12, Lake Superior 8, Union 8, St. Lawrence 6, Providence 3, Ferris State 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
9/28            RV    N/A    t-4th (pre)
10/5            N/A    16    t-4th (pre)
10/12        RV    RV    t-4th (pre)
10/19        RV    RV    N/A

DICK UMILE TO BE INDUCTED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGENDS OF HOCKEY:
Head Coach Dick Umile was among a group of seven Hall of Fame inductees for the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey for 2009. In addition, former Wildcat assistant coach and longtime voice of the team Bob Norton will also be inducted.  The ceremony was held on Sunday morning at C.R. Sparks in Bedford, N.H.

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    19th    1.67 ppg
Peter LeBlanc    38th    1.33 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler    7th    1.00 gpg
Mike Borisenok    32nd    0.67 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Peter LeBlanc    8th    1.33 apg
Power Play Goals:
Mike Borisenok    13th    1 ppg
Bobby Butler    13th    1 ppg
Blake Kessel    13th    1 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
n/a
Game-Winning Goals:
n/a
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    66th    5.13 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster    65th    .831
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    47th    .167
Team
Scoring Offense    18th    3.00
Scoring Defense    48th    4.67
Scoring Margin    40th    -1.67
Power Play    28th    15.0
Penalty Kill    17th    87.5
Combined Special Teams    33rd    47.2
Winnning Percentage    39th    .167

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (10/22):
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.00/4th
GAA     4.67/10th
Power Play     15.0/7th
Penalty Kill     87.5/3rd
Special Teams Net     +1/3rd
1st Period Scoring     2/6th
2nd Period Scoring     7/1st
3rd Period Scoring     0/8th
Overtime Scoring    0/NR   

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION:
UNH will have 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2009-10...NESN will air four games, while three will air on ESPNU, while COX-TV and WABI will each broadcast one.
DATE    GAME    Channel
Oct. 23     Northeastern    NESN
oct. 30    at wisconsin    tvw madison/wc
Oct. 31    at wisconsin    wisc-tv3/wc
Nov. 6     Boston College    NESN
Nov. 8     AT Mass-Lowell     ESPNU
nov. 21    at boston univ.    nesn
Dec. 6     at Vermont     ESPNU
Dec. 11     at Providence     Cox-TV
Jan. 3     Cornell    ESPNU
jan. 23    at boston univ.    nesn
Feb. 6     at Maine     WABI-TV
Feb. 19     Vermont     NESN
March 5     Boston College    NESN

ALL IN THE FAMILY:
UNH sophomore defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while freshman forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. Joe and Phil are currently sidelined with injuries that are keeping them out of the lineup of their current teams.

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL:
UNH was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 30 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden.
2009-10 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.    Team (FPV)            Pts

1. Boston University (6)         84
2. UMass-Lowell (2)         79
3. Boston College (2)         76
4. New Hampshire         59
Vermont             59
6. Northeastern             57
7. Massachusetts             47
8. Maine             32
9. Providence             24
10. Merrimack             23

THE DICK UMILE ERA:
Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 20th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award following the 2007-08 season. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, 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, 15 NCAA tournament appearances and 19 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 19-year career in Durham.  In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 19 seasons, including a current streak of 13 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 444 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 fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .652 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 444 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 directed the Wildcats to a 20-13-5 mark as they captured their eighth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Umile guided the Wildcats to 20+ wins in 13 straight years, the second longest streak in the nation and five seasons more than its closest competition; no other team in Hockey East has an active streak longer than one season. After struggling through a 1-5-2 stretch in November, New Hampshire went 14-4-2 to close out the regular season and claimed third place in the league and home-ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for a Hockey East-best 13th straight season. The crowning moment of the 2008-09 season was the Wildcats’ goal with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie and eventually win 6-5 in overtime in their NCAA Northeast Regional opening-round game against perennial power North Dakota in front of UNH faithful at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY:
UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times in the 82-year history of the program, including the nation’s second best streak at eight-straight appearances. 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 30 seasons with 20-plus wins, including the last 13 consecutive seasons.

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT:
Five current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) have all been taken.

‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Amarillo Gorillas (CHL)
Joe Charlebois: Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Sean Collins: Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Houston Aeros (AHL)
Thomas Fortney:  ESV Buchloe (GER)
Jamie Fritsch: Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
Lanny Gare:  Bad Nauheim EC (GerObL)
Darren Haydar: Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Riessersee SC (2.GBun)
Jason Krog:  Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Alleghe HC (Italy)
Jacob Micflikier: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss NL)
Josh Prudden: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Mike Radja: TPS Turku (FNL)
Kevin Regan: Reading Royals (ECHL)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo Lakers (SEL)
Tyler Scott- Allen Americans (CHL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Texas Stars (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)


UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO:
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.
    Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as flagship stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family and this change will go into effect at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
    These three aforementioned stations -- along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men’s hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches’ shows, a select number of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s hockey broadcasts, as well as “Wildcat Sports Today”, a three-minute daily update concerning UNH athletics.
    The game can also be heard on the internet at www.UNHWildcats.com through a service from Stretch Internet. Stretch has also partnered with UNH to develop a podcast page for UNH fans to listen to archived broadcasts.
    Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the third straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 16 years since the 1993-94 season.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET:
UNHWildcats.com via Stretch Internet Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey, 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 broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO:
The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile and hosted by Mike Murphy begins its 10th season in 2009-10. The Coach’s Show is broadcast Mondays on the Wildcat Sports Network from various locations around the seacoast and features Coach Umile, as well as a student-athlete from the men’s ice hockey team. In front of a live audience, Murphy and his guests talk about the latest news and notes regarding UNH hockey. 

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION:
The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee) Brian Foster (Pembroke) and Paul Thompson (Derry) all hailing from the Granite State.

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE UNHWILDCATS.TV:
UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2009-10 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 all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.

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