November 11, 2009

MEN'S HOCKEY TRAVELS TO 10TH-RANKED MASSACHUSETTS FOR TWO-GAME SERIES

NOTES
THE MATCHUPS:
The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team will hit the road this weekend for a two-game series against No. 10 Massachusetts. The Minutemen have stormed out of the gate and are 6-1-0 overall. Puck drops Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Mullins Center.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN:
No. 10 UMass enters this weekend’s series with an impressive 6-1-0 overall record and a 3-1-0 mark in Hockey East. Most recently, the Minutemen completed a two-game road sweep at Niagara where they outscored the Purple Eagles 8-3. The weekend before the Minutemen split a home-and-home series with Providence with each team winning on the road. The Minutemen are led by junior James Marcou, who is the league leader and ranks third nationally in scoring with 13 points on three goals and 10 assists in seven games. Casey Wellman has 11 points with four goals and seven helpers. Junior netminder Paul Dainton is 5-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and a .934 save percentage, while Dan Meyers is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .926 save percentage in his only start.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS:
UNH has a 75-17-7 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 99 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH captured last year’s season series 1-0-2 with all three games going into overtime. Coach Umile owns a 36-9-6 all-time record against UMass in his 20-year coaching career. The Wildcats have won six of the last nine meetings, including a 5-0-2 record over the past seven games.  Senior Bobby Butler is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with nine points on five goals and four assists, including an overtime goal in last year’s win at Whittemore Center on Jan. 10. Senior netminder Brian Foster owns a 1-2-2 career mark against the Minutemen in five career starts with a 2.31 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE MINUTEMEN:
Player    GP    G-A-P

Bobby Butler    12    5-4-9
Mike Sislo    8    2-3-5
Peter LeBlanc    12    1-1-2
Nick Krates    8    0-1-1
Brian Foster    5    0-1-1
Blake Kessel    3    0-1-1
Phil DeSimone    8    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    3    0-0-0
Stevie Moses    3    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    3    0-0-0
Mike Beck    1    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    2    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min        GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    5/311:36        12    2.31    1-2-2    166    .933

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

1-20-07        60:00    L    35    3    38
12-8-07        60:00    L    27    4    31
10-24-08    65:00    T    38    1    39
1-9-09        65:00    T    31    2    33
1-10-09        61:36    W    35    2    37
Totals        311:36    1-2-2    166    12    178

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MEET (JAN. 10, 2009):
Bobby Butler scored the game-winning power-play goal at 1:36 of overtime to lift UNH to a  3-2 victory against Massachusetts in Hockey East action at the Whittemore Center. With the score tied 2-2, UMass was whistled for a penalty with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.  Brian Foster recorded double digits in saves all three periods of regulation (13-10-12) and finished with 35 saves. UMass Meyers also had double-digit saves all three frames (15-12-13) and had one stop in overtime for a total of 41.

BUTLER CONTINUES TO DELIVER FOR THE WILDCATS:
Bobby Butler had four points (2g,1a) over the weekend including the game-tying goal in the tie in the Boston College game with under a minute left.  The team leader in points and goals has 11 points and six goals in nine games for the Wildcats.

AUSTIN BLOCK NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Austin Block potted his first career goal on Sunday afternoon vs. UMass-Lowell.
 
HARDOWA, SPEELMAN HANDS OUT FIRST CAREER ASSIST:
Connor Hardowa and Dalton Speelman handed out their first career assist on Sunday at UMass-Lowell. It was Hardowa’s first career point.

SISLO BEGINNING TO HEAT UP: 
Mike Sislo registered a pair of goals and an assist over the weekend. The team’s top returning scorer has five points on three goals and two assists through nine games this season.

‘CATS’ OFFENSE SCORES SEVEN OVER THE WEEKEND: 
After scoring just two goals last weekend,  the Wildcat offense potted seven goals in two games. UNH has scored in five-straight periods not including a five-minute overtime period on Friday night.

Kostolansky Dishes Out First Two Career Assists:
Freshman defenseman Brett Kostolansky handed out his first two helpers of his career on Friday night. Kostolansky was inserted into UNH’s top defensive pair as senior Nick Krates is out with injury.

Three Goals in a Period:
Saturday night’s three-goal third period marks the third time the ‘Cats score three or more in a period this season.
Date        Opponent    goals        period
10/17         Miami        5        3rd
10/24        Maine        3        2nd
11/6        Boston College    3        3rd

100th Meeting Between Minutemen and Wildcats: Friday’s game will be the 100th meeting all time between these two regional foes. The Wildcats have won 75 of the previous meetings.

WORKING OVERTIME AGAINST THE MINUTEMEN:
All three of last year’s meetings between these two teams went to overtime with UNH winning the last of the three 3-2 at Whittemore Center, while the first two ended at a 2-2 deadlock.

RACKING UP GAMES AGAINST RANKED FOES:
This weekend’s games against Massachusetts is the fourth- and fifth-straight games against a nationally-ranked team. Overall, the Wildcats have played six of its first nine games against nationally ranked teams. In addition, the road ahead includes four-straight against ranked foes.
Date        Opponent
10/30        at #19 Wisconsin
10/31        at #19 Wisconsin
11/6         #16 Boston College
11/8        at #8 Mass.-Lowell
11/13        at #10 Massachusetts
11/14        at #10 Massachusetts
11/20        #7 Boston Univ.
11/21        at #7 Boston Univ.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
UNH is in a stretch where it will play nine of 12 games on the road before heading into holiday break. They are 0-3-1 through four games in this stretch with three road losses and a home tie.

SCORING BY CLASS:
2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    9-11-20    33-26-29
Juniors:    6-9-15    22-21-21
Sophomores:    9-16-25    33-37-36
Freshmen:    3-7-10    11-16-14

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
9/28            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
10/26        RV    RV    t-1st
11/2            NR    RV    t-2nd
11/9            NR    RV    t-3rd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 9)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1       Miami University, 510 (33)    1    8-1-1    6
2       North Dakota, 471 (1)        2    6-1-1    6
3       University of Denver, 407        3    6-3-1    6
4       Cornell University, 397        6    3-0-0    6
5       Massachusetts Lowell, 357    8    5-2-1    6
6       University of Michigan, 272    4    4-4-0    6
7       Bemidji State University, 226    12    7-0-1    3
8       University of Notre Dame, 214    9    5-4-1    6
9       University of Alaska, 174        14    6-1-1    2
10    Massachusetts, 155        NR    6-1-0    1
11      Yale University, 148        7    1-1-1    6
12      Nebraska Omaha, 142        10    4-1-3    5
13      Colorado College, 140        11    5-2-1    3
14      Michigan State University, 119    NR    7-2-1    1
15      University of Vermont, 95    15    3-3-1    6

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 9)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1     Miami    (49)        8-1-1    999    1
2     North Dakota    (1)        6-1-1    948    3
3    Cornell            3-0-0    855    5
4     Denver            6-3-1    830    2
5    Mass.-Lowell            5-2-1    778    8
6    Michigan            4-4-0    653    4
7    Bemidji State            7-0-1    599    11
8     Notre Dame            5-4-1    549    9
9     Alaska            6-1-1    521    13
10     Colorado College        5-2-1    478    12
11     Nebraska-Omaha        4-1-3    456    10
12     Yale            1-1-1    435    6
13     Michigan State            7-2-1    425    17
14     Massachusetts            6-1-0    357    19
15     Vermont            3-3-1    329    15
16     Boston College            3-2-1    316    16
17     Boston University        2-5-0    235    7
18     Minnesota-Duluth        6-3-1    178    20
19     Princeton            2-2-0    175    14
20     Quinnipiac            6-1-0    139    NR
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 137, St. Cloud State 20, Rensselaer 18, Northeastern 16, Minnesota 13, Providence 9, Ferris State 8, Merrimack 8, Western Michigan 8, New Hampshire 5, St. Lawrence 3

WILDCAT AWARDS:
Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award                    Date
Dalton Speelman    HE Rookie of the Week                10/26

Wildcats Among National leaders
: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Blake Kessel    39th    1.25 ppg
Bobby Butler    47th    1.22 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler    22nd    0.67 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel    28th    0.88 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    29th    2 ppg
Mike Borisenok    29th    2 ppg
Mike Sislo        29th    2 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Peter LeBlanc    4th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Bobby Butler    30th    1 gwg
Stevie Moses    30th    1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel    7th    1.25 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    75th    4.19 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster    73rd    .871
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    57th    .333
Team
Scoring Offense    24th    3.00
Scoring Defense    55th    4.22
Scoring Margin    51st    -1.22
Power Play    33rd    16.3
Penalty Kill    54th    72.3
Combined Special Teams    46th    45.6
Winnning Percentage    44th    .333

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.00/6th    4.00/2nd
GAA     4.22/10th    3.50/10th
Power Play     163/7th    26.7/5th
Penalty Kill     72.3/10th    58.3/10th
Special Teams Net     -5/9th    -6/9th
1st Period Scoring     5/9th    3/6th
2nd Period Scoring     15/1st    7/2nd
3rd Period Scoring     7/5th    6/1st
Overtime Scoring    0/NR    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    RES.
Oct. 23     Northeastern    NESN    W, 4-2
oct. 30    at wisconsin    tvw madison/wc    L, 1-4
Oct. 31    at wisconsin    wisc-tv3/wc    L, 1-6
Nov. 6     Boston College    NESN    T, 4-4 (OT)
Nov. 8     AT Mass-Lowell     ESPNU    L, 3-6
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.

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.

DICK UMILE INDUCTED INTO 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 10/11 at C.R. Sparks in Bedford, N.H.

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)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
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)/Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)***
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)

*** Spent some time in the NHL during 2009-10

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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