DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team enters a home-and-home series with Boston University. The defending national champions come to the Whittemore Center on Friday night during the annual “Blue Out the Whitt” night and travel to Agganis Arena on Saturday night in a game that will air live on NESN. Puck drops both nights at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS: Boston University enters this weekend’s series 3-6-0 overall and a 2-5-0 mark in Hockey East play. The Terriers, who lost just five league games all last season, dropped five-straight in the league before bouncing back with a 6-4 win over Merrimack, most recently. Junior defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk leads the way offensively for BU with nine points (2g, 7a). Freshman Alex Chiasson has a team-best four goals. Sophomore netminder Kieran Millan has seen the majority of action and has a 2-6-0 record with a 3.15 GAA and a .876 save percentage. Most recently, Grant Rollheiser started and stopped 25 shots in a winning effort against Merrimack.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.: Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 95-42-18 in 155 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. In BU’s run to the national championship a year ago, the Wildcats were 1-3 against the Terriers with their win coming in a 2-1 game back on Oct. 19. 2008. Most recently, the Terriers captured a 2-1 win over UNH at the 2009 NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester. Coach Umile owns a 24-31-8 all-time record against Boston University. Senior forward Bobby Butler is the active leading career Wildcat scorer against BU with five points, while senior goaltender Brian Foster is 1-3-0 against the Terriers, despite a 2.60 GAA and an .901 save percentage.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player GP G-A-P
Bobby Butler 10 2-3-5
Phil DeSimone 7 1-0-1
Mike Sislo 7 1-0-1
Peter LeBlanc 10 0-1-1
Nick Krates 7 0-0-0
Paul Thompson 5 0-0-0
Blake Kessel 4 0-0-0
Matt Campanale 3 0-0-0
Stevie Moses 3 0-0-0
Damon Kipp 3 0-0-0
Mike Beck 1 0-0-0
Greg Manz 2 0-0-0
Mike Borisenok 1 0-0-0
Kevin McCarey 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 4/230:35 10 2.60 1-3-0 91 .901
DiGirolamo 1/8:57 0 0.00 0-0-0 1 1.000
Foster’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
10-19-08 60:00 W 31 1 32
1-23-09 51:03 L 24 5 29
1-24-09 59:47 L 15 2 17
3-29-09 59:45 L 21 2 23
Totals 230:35 1-2-0 91 10 101
DiGirolamo’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
1-23-09 8:57 ND 1 0 1
Total 8:57 0-0-0 1 0 1
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MEET (March 29, 2009): Jason Lawrence scored a power-play goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to lift No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Boston University to a 2-1 victory against UNH in the 2009 Northeast Regional final of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Bobby Butler scored UNH’s lone goal, a second-period tally.
BUTLER TABBED HOCKEY EAST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Butler was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. He becomes the first Wildcat to earn this honor since Greg Collins did so Jan. 5, 2009. Butler has been red-hot for the Wildcats scoring, three goals in the weekend series at UMass, including a pair of goals Saturday night in a 4-2 win. Butler netted the first goal Saturday night, as well as the game-winning goal. The league’s top goal scorer has scored five goals in the last four games and has already matched last season’s nine goals.
UNH SUCCESS AT AGGANIS ARENA: UNH is 4-1-2 all time against BU at Agganis Arena with its first loss coming last season.
BLUE OUT THE WHITT: On Friday night, the Wildcats will “Blue Out the Whitt”. The team will wear blue uniforms and fans are encourage to wear blue in support of the ‘Cats.
SECOND PERIOD: UNH has scored 19 second-period goals, by far the most in Hockey East. The Wildcats have scored just 17 goals in the first and third periods combined.
BUTLER LEAGUE’S TOP SCORER: Bobby Butler leads all players in Hockey East with nine goals and is tied with Merrimack’s Stephane Da Costa and UMass’ James Marcou with 14 points.
KESSEL LEADS ALL HOCKEY EAST BLUELINERS: Blake Kessel ranks first in Hockey East defenseman scoring with 12 points (3g, 9a).
THEIR BEST SHOT: The Wildcats rifled off a season-high 45 shots at UMass on Friday night, including 18 in the second period.
‘CATS CAPTURE FIRST ROAD WIN OF THE SEASON: With Saturday night’s 4-2 win over UNH, the Wildcats capture their first road win of the season.
AMONG THE RANKS: UNH captured its first win over a nationally ranked team with Saturday’s 4-2 win over #10 UMass.
LIGHTING THE LAMP: The UNH offense has scored three goals or more in four-straight games.
BUTLER CONTINUES TO FIND SUCCESS AGAINST UMASS: Bobby Butler continues to have the UMass Minutemen’s number.The senior forward has 12 points on eight goals and four assists in 14 games against UMass.
LEADING AFTER TWO: New Hampshire is a perfect 3-0-0 when leading after two periods.
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 1-4-1 through six games in this stretch.
SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P G-A-P %.
Seniors: 14-12-26 41-23-30
Juniors: 7-12-19 21-23-22
Sophomores: 10-20-30 29-38-34
Freshmen: 3-9-12 9-17-14
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
11/16 NR RV t-2nd
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 16)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Miami (42) 8-1-3 986 1
2 North Dakota (2) 7-2-1 916 2
3 Denver (2) 6-3-1 855 4
4 Mass.-Lowell (3) 7-2-1 824 5
5 Cornell 4-1-0 781 3
6 Michigan State (1) 9-2-1 727 13
7 Colorado College 7-2-1 695 10
8 Bemidji State 8-1-1 658 7
9 Yale 2-1-2 506 12
10 Alaska 7-2-1 505 9
11 Massachusetts 7-2-0 414 14
12 Nebraska-Omaha 5-2-3 371 11
13 Quinnipiac 8-1-0 366 20
14 Notre Dame 5-5-2 299 8
15 Wisconsin 6-3-1 242 NR
16 Michigan 4-6-0 230 6
17 Vermont 4-4-1 222 15
17 Boston College 4-3-1 222 16
19 Princeton 3-2-1 181 19
20 Minnesota-Duluth 7-4-1 175 18
Others Receiving Votes: Ferris State 128, St. Cloud State 46, Colgate 43, Boston University 41, Merrimack 17, Rensselaer 16, Providence 12, Union 9, Northeastern 8, RIT 3, New Hampshire 2
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 16)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Miami University, 507 (31) 1 8-1-3 7
2 North Dakota, 448 (1) 2 7-2-1 7
3 University of Denver, 429 (1) 3 6-3-1 7
4 Massachusetts Lowell, 405 (1) 5 7-2-1 7
5 Cornell University, 342 4 4-1-0 7
6 Michigan State University, 329 14 9-2-1 2
7 Colorado College, 311 13 7-2-1 4
8 Bemidji State University, 271 7 8-1-1 4
9 Yale University, 218 11 2-1-2 7
10 University of Alaska, 176 9 7-2-1 3
11 Massachusetts, 141 10 7-2-0 2
12 Nebraska Omaha, 107 12 5-2-3 6
13 Quinnipiac University, 102 NR 8-1-0 1
14 University of Notre Dame, 54 8 5-5-2 7
15 University of Michigan, 52 6 4-6-0 7
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
Bobby Butler HE Co-Player of the Week 11/16
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Bobby Butler 30th 1.27 ppg
Blake Kessel 35th 1.20 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler 7th 0.82 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel 16th 0.90 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler 44th 2 ppg
Mike Borisenok 44th 2 ppg
Mike Sislo 44th 2 ppg
Peter LeBlanc 4th 1 shg
Bobby Butler 6th 2 gwg
Stevie Moses 39th 1 gwg
Blake Kessel 2nd 1.20 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 75th 3.95 gaa
Brian Foster 76th .878
Brian Foster 54th .357
Scoring Offense 21st 3.09
Scoring Defense 54th 4.00
Scoring Margin 46th -0.91
Power Play 37th 15.6
Penalty Kill 53rd 74.0
Combined Special Teams 47th 46.3
Winnning Percentage 42nd .364
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.09/6th 3.83/2nd
GAA 4.00/10th 3.33/6th
Power Play 15.6/8th 23.5/6th
Penalty Kill 74.0/10th 63.0/10th
Special Teams Net -5/9th -6/9th
1st Period Scoring 6/9th 4/7th
2nd Period Scoring 19/1st 11/1st
3rd Period Scoring 9/6th 8/2nd
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
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.