No. 19 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team travels to Providence College on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Schneider Arena. The game is the final contest for the Wildcats in 2009 and will be broadcast regionally on Cox-TV Rhode Island.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence enters this Friday’s game with New Hampshire 7-7-2 overall with a  2-5-1 record in Hockey East play. The Friars sit in 10th place in the league, but played the fewest games in Hockey East and have three games in hand on most teams including UNH. After charging out to a 6-3-1 start, the Friars have struggled recently posting a 1-4-1 mark in the last six games including three-straight losses heading into Friday night. PC has four players with 10 or more points this season, led by Matt Bergland, who has 12 points (7g, 5a). Defensively, Alex Beaudry has seen the majority of action. In 12 games, Beaudry is 6-5-1 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average.


SERIES HISTORY vs.  PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 137 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 73-50-14.Coach Umile owns a 42-21-7 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 23-3-1 all-time record in 27 meetings vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center. UNH captured last year’s season series with a 2-0-1 mark.Paul Thompson had a career game in his first game against PC with a hat trick and two assists in the 5-4 win, he is the active scoring leader against PC with six points. Senior goaltender Brian Foster is 3-0-1 all time in five games against PC. In those five games, Foster turned away 30 shots or more on four occasions. He has a 3.54 GAA and a .902 save percentage all time against the Friars.



Player GP G-A-P

Paul Thompson 4 4-2-6

Stevie Moses 2 2-2-4

Mike Sislo 5 2-1-3

Bobby Butler 10 2-0-2

Peter LeBlanc 10 0-2-2

Phil DeSimone 5 0-1-1

Mike Borisenok 1 1-0-1

Nick Krates 3 0-0-0

Greg Manz 1 0-0-0

Mike Beck 1 0-0-0

Matt Campanale 3 0-0-0

Blake Kessel 2 0-0-0

Damon Kipp 1 0-0-0

Goaltending Stats

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

Foster 5/287:45 17 3.54 3-0-1 158 .902

Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Friars

Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots

2-24-07 40:00 ND 34 4 38

11-17-07 62:57 W 41 4 45

11-22-08 59:50 W 32 3 35

2-13-09 64:58 T 20 4 24

2-14-09 60:00 W 31 2 33

Totals 287:45 3-0-1 158 17 175

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (FEB. 14, 2009): Stevie Moses scored a career-high two goals to lift UNH to a 4-2 win over Providence College at Schneider Arena. Leading 2-1 entering the third period, it was a pair of UNH goals just 16 seconds apart, which was the difference. 


SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.

Class G-A-P G-A-P %.

Seniors: 18-19-37 34-21-26

Juniors: 16-26-42 30-29-30

Sophomores: 14-31-45 26-35-32

Freshmen: 5-13-18 9-15-13

With Sunday’s win over Vermont, the ‘Cats climbed above .500 for the first time this season.

Friday night’s 2-1 win over #8 Mass.-Lowell was the 450th for head coach Dick Umile. Umile, UNH’s all-time winningest coach, is one of six active coaches with 450 wins and one of just 12 coaches all-time with 450-plus wins.


‘CATS SCRATCH OUT THREE-STRAIGHT WINS AGAINST RANKED FOES: The Wildcats have won three-straight against nationally ranked foes, all Hockey East opponents.


ROAD WARRIORS: New Hampshire is 3-0-1 in its last four road games.


NEW HAMPSHIRE JUMPS INTO TOP 20: UNH has ridden a six-game unbeaten streak and returns to the top 20 for the first time since it was ranked 16th in the preseason poll (Oct. 5). The latest poll was received on Monday afternoon by the office. The Wildcats, which are currently ranked 19th, garnered 112 points in the poll and are among four Hockey East teams in the top 20.


WE’RE STREAKING: UNH is riding the nation’s fifth-longest active unbeaten streak at six (5-0-1).

Nation’s Current Unbeaten Streak:          W- L- T      Games

    RIT                           9- 0- 1         10

    Air Force                     6- 0- 3          9

    Ferris State                 6- 0- 2          8

    Union                         4- 0- 4          8

    New Hampshire                 5- 0- 1          6

    Mercyhurst                    6- 0- 0          6


‘TIS THE SEASON FOR WILDCATS: The Wildcats are a perfect 5-0-0 in the month of December going back to 2008.

Date Opponent Results

12/5/08 at Mass.-Lowell 2-0

12/6/08 Mass.-Lowell 3-2

12/11/08 Holy Cross 9-4

12/4/09 Mass.-Lowell 2-1

12/6/09 at Vermont 5-2

Totals 5-0-0 21-9


FOSTER NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brian Foster was named Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. He earns this award for the second time this season and fourth time of his career. Foster helped lift the Wildcats to a pair of wins against nationally-ranked Hockey East foes stopping 57 of 60 shots over the weekend. He posted an impressive .950 save percentage and a 1.50 save percentage. Foster stopped 29 shots on Friday allowing just one goal in a win against eighth-ranked Mass.-Lowell. In Sunday’s 5-2 win over #19 Vermont, Foster turned away 28 shots and surrendered just a pair of power play goals under tough road conditions at Gutterson Fieldhouse.


FOSTERING RESULTS: Brian Foster is 5-0-1 in the last six games with a 2.30 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

HOME-SWEET-HOME FOR WILDCATS: With its win over UML, UNH is now 4-1-2 at Whittemore Center including 4-0-1 in its last five games at home.

KESSEL SCORING THE BIG GOALS/SECOND NATIONALLY IN BLUE LINE POINTS: Blake Kessel scored a pair of goals this weekend including the game-winning tally on Friday night. Kessel’s 17 points (5g, 12a) are second to only Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith nationally. Blake Kessel continues to find a way to net the big goals. In his 10 career goals, four are game winners.


KIPP ON A THREE-GAME SCORING STREAK: Sophomore defenseman Damon Kipp has four points during an active three-game scoring streak.


DECADE TO REMEMBER FOR ‘CATS:  The Wildcats close out the decade on Friday night against Providence. They enter the final game with a 232-113-51 record, a .650 win percentage, eight NCAA appearances and 10 20-win seasons during this stretch.

MOSES HANDS OUT THREE ASSISTS OVER THE WEEKEND: Moses dished out three assists over the weekend leading all Wildcats in points during the sweep of a pair of nationally ranked foes.

Freshman Greg Burke had a goal and an assist this weekend including a nifty play to setup the game-winning goal on Friday against Mass.-Lowell.


‘CATS SECOND TO NONE IN THE SECOND: UNH has scored a league-best 27 second-period goals this season. New Hampshire has combined to scored just 26 (10 -1st, 16 - 3rd)  goals in the first and third period.


BUTLER NAMED HE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER: Bobby Butler was named Hockey East Player of the Month for November. He becomes the first Wildcat to earn this honor since Mike Sislo did so in December, 2008. Butler registered a point in all seven games in the month and scored a goal in all but one game, racking up 13 points on eight goals and five assists. Butler, who is tied as the nation’s top goal scorer, had four multi-point games and two multi-goal efforts in the month. The only game Butler did not score a goal in the month was when he handed out a career-high three assists factoring in all three goals in a 3-3 tie at Boston University (11/21). He skated a +7 and scored twice on the power play, once short-handed and netted the game-winning goal against UMass (11/14) and the game-tying goal against Boston College (11/6). Overall, the senior captain led the ‘Cats to a 3-2-2 mark and averaged 1.14 goals per game and 1.86 points per game in the month.

PROTECTING THE LEAD: UNH is 4-0-0 when leading after one period and 5-0-0 when leading after two periods.


BUTLER APPROACHING 100 CAREER POINTS: Senior Bobby Butler has 90 (44g, 46a) career points and is fasting approaching the Wildcats Century Club. Butler looks to become the 67th member of this prestigious group and the first since Mike Radja and Matt Fornataro did so in the same game at Boston University on Jan. 26, 2008. 

Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:


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

11/23 NR RV t-1st

11/30 NR RV 1st

12/7 RV 19 1st



USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Dec. 7)

Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP

1 Miami University, 505 (29) 1 11-2-5 10

2 University of Denver, 478 (5) 2 10-4-2 10

3 University of North Dakota, 426 3 9-5-2 10

4 Bemidji State University, 398 4 13-2-1 7

5 Cornell University, 358 7 7-2-2 10

6 Colorado College, 328 5 10-4-2 7

7 Yale University, 287 10 7-3-2 10

8 Quinnipiac University, 239 6 12-3-0 4

9 Massachusetts Lowell, 223 8 9-5-1 10

10 Boston College, 207 14 8-3-2 7

11 University of Wisconsin, 162 NR 10-5-1 3

12 Ferris State University, 116 NR 11-3-2 1

13 Michigan State University, 113 11 10-6-2 5

14 Minnesota Duluth, 104 12 10-5-1 4

15 University of Massachusetts, 79 9 9-5-0 5

Others receiving votes: University of Alaska, 19; University of New Hampshire, 11; Union College, 8; St. Cloud State University, 6; University of Notre Dame, 4; Northern Michigan University, 3; Rochester Institute of Technology, 3; Colgate University, 1; University of Michigan, 1; University of Nebraska Omaha, 1. Div. I Men’s Poll (Dec. 7)

Rk.  Team       (First Place) Record Pts LW

1 Miami               (36)  11-2-5   977     1

2 Denver              (11)  10-4-2   956     2

3 North Dakota               9-5-2   860     3

4 Bemidji State       (2)  13-2-1   843     5

5 Cornell             (1)   7-2-2   756     7

6 Colorado College          10-4-2   726     6

7 Quinnipiac                12-3-0   635     4

8 Yale                       7-3-2   606    10

9 Mass.-Lowell               9-5-1   578     8

10 Boston College             8-3-2   542    15

11 Wisconsin                 10-5-1   489    16

12 Minnesota-Duluth          10-5-1   438    12

13 Ferris State              11-3-2   419    17

14 Michigan State            10-6-2   399    11

15 Massachusetts              9-5-0   383     9

16 Alaska                     8-4-4   233    12

17 St. Cloud State            8-6-2   194    20

18 Notre Dame                 7-7-4   127    14

19 New Hampshire              7-6-3   112    NR

20 Union                      7-3-5    79    NR

Others Receiving Votes: Vermont 47, Michigan 30, RIT 27, Nebraska-Omaha 17, Northern Michigan 10, Maine 8, Colgate 7, Air Force 2



Rk Team PC W-L-T Win % Rk RPI Rk

1 Bemidji State 24 13-2-1 .8438 1 .6116* 1

2 Miami 23 11-2-5 .7500 3t .6020 2

3 Denver 22 10-4-2 .6875 7t .5815 3

4 Boston College 21 8-3-2 .6923 6 .5770 4

5 Quinnipiac 20 12-3-0 .8000 2 .5695* 5

6 Ferris State 19 11-3-2 .7500 3t .5669* 6

7 North Dakota 18 9-5-2 .6250 16t .5616 7

8 Wisconsin 17 10-5-1 .6562 10t .5601 8

9 Michigan State 16 10-6-2 .6111 18 .5576 9

10 Minnesota-Duluth 15 10-5-1 .6562 10t .5564 10

11 Colorado College 14 10-4-2 .6875 7t .5560 11

12 Massachusetts 13 9-5-0 .6429 12 .5519 12

13t Mass.-Lowell 11 9-5-1 .6333 13t .5513 13

13t St. Cloud State 11 8-6-2 .5625 20t .5505 14

15 New Hampshire 10 7-6-3 .5312 23t .5450 15

16 Cornell 9 7-2-2 .7273 5 .5432* 16

17 Yale 8 7-3-2 .6667 9 .5421 17

18 Northern Michigan 7 6-6-4 .5000 27t .5381 18

19 Union 6 7-3-5 .6333 13t .5370* 19

20t Vermont 5 6-6-2 .5000 27t .5362 20

20t Maine 5 8-7-1 .5312 23t .5319 21

22 Alaska 3 8-4-4 .6250 16t .5277 22

23 Notre Dame 2 7-7-4 .5000 27t .5221 23

24 Nebraska-Omaha 1 7-6-3 .5312 23t .5168 24

25 Michigan 0 8-8-0 .5000 27t .5143 25


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

Brian Foster HE Defensive Player of Week 11/23

Bobby Butler HE Player of the Month Nov.

Brian Foster HE Defensive Player of Week 12/7

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally. 

IndividualRank Stats

Points Per Game:

Bobby Butler 14th 1.38 ppg

Blake Kessel 38th 1.13 ppg

Goals Per Game:

Bobby Butler 10th 0.75 gpg

Paul Thompson 79th 0.44 gpg

Assists Per Game:

Blake Kessel 22nd 0.80 apg

Bobby Butler 76th 0.62 apg

Power Play Goals:

Bobby Butler 39th 4 ppg

Short-Handed Goals:

Bobby Butler 11th 1 shg

Peter LeBlanc 11th 1 shg

Game-Winning Goals:

Bobby Butler 15th 2 gwg

Defensemen Scoring:

Blake Kessel 4th 1.13 ppg

Freshmen Scoring:


Goals Against Average:

Brian Foster 62nd 3.44 gaa

Save Percentage:

Brian Foster 63rd .892

Winning Percentage:

Brian Foster 36th .531


Scoring Offense 17th 3.31

Scoring Defense 47th 3.50

Scoring Margin 36th -0.19

Power Play 30th 17.4

Penalty Kill 52nd 75.0

Combined Special Teams 50th 46.0

Winnning Percentage 25th .531



Overall HE games

Goals/per game 3.31/6th 3.82/1st

GAA 3.79/10th 2.91/5th

Power Play 17.7/8th 22.0/5th

Penalty Kill 75.8/8th 68.9/10th

Special Teams Net -3/8th -4/9th

1st Period Scoring 10/7th 8/5th

2nd Period Scoring 27/1st 19/1st

3rd Period Scoring 16/3rd 15/2nd

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.


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 T, 3-3 (OT)

Dec. 6 at Vermont ESPNU W, 5-2

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: Louisiana IceGators (SPHL)

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: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)

Colin Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)

Kevin Kapstad: Riessersee SC (2.GBun)

Jason Krog:  Chicago Wolves (AHL)/Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)***

Nathan Martz: Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HC (Aust)

Jacob Micflikier: Albany River Rats (AHL)

Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss-A)

Josh Prudden: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)

Mike Radja: TPS Turku (FNL)

Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)

Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)

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 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: 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 


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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