January 8, 2010

MEN'S HOCKEY ENTERTAINS PAIR OF NATIONALLY-RANKED LEAGUE FOES (FRI. #14 MASS-LOWELL - 7 P.M. -- SAT. #16 UMASS - 7 P.M.)

GAME NOTES
THE MATCHUP:
The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team returns to action with a pair Hockey East home games against nationally-ranked foes. The Wildcats open the weekend on Friday night (7 p.m.) against No. 14 UMass-Lowell and Saturday night against 16th-ranked Massachusetts (7 p.m.).

SCOUTING THE NO. 14 RIVER HAWKS:
The No. 14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks enter the weekend series 11-7-1 overall with a 5-4-1 record in Hockey East good for fifth place overall with 11 points. After an 8-2-1 start, UML has lost five of the last eight games including two of the last three. Most recently, the River Hawks were defeated by Northeastern, 2-1, in the finals of the Ledyard Bank Classic at Dartmouth College. UML’s well-balanced offensive attack features nine players with double digit scoring. Nick Schaus is the team’s leading scorer with 19 points with four goals and 15 assists. Kory Falite is the team’s leading goal scorer with 10 goals. Senior netminders Carter Hutton and Nevin Hamilton continue to split time in net for the River Hawks. Hutton is 6-5-0 with a 1.92 GAA and a .934 save percentage and three shutouts. Hamilton is 5-2-1 with a .911 saver percentage and a 2.61 GAA.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL:
The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 51-30-14 in 95 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983.UNH and UML are 1-1-0 this season with the rubber match set for Friday. The River Hawks used a four-goal third period to capture a 6-4 win at Tsongas Arena on Nov. 8, while it was Blake Kessel’s third-period goal that lifted UNH to a 2-1 win on Dec. 4 at Whittemore Center. Coach Umile owns a 44-19-9 all-time record against the River Hawks in his 20-year coaching career. Phil DeSimone, Peter LeBlanc and Bobby Butler all have five points against UML, while Brian Foster is 3-1-1 in six career meetings with the River Hawks. He owns a 1.80 GAA, .932 save percentage and a pair shutouts against UML.

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

Phil DeSimone    8    0-5-5
Peter LeBlanc    11    2-3-5
Bobby Butler    11    1-4-5
Mike Sislo    8    3-0-3
Blake Kessel    5    2-0-2
Austin Block    2    1-0-1
Connor Hardowa    2    0-1-1
Nick Krates    6    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    2    0-1-1
Paul Thompson    8    1-0-1
Damon Kipp    4    0-1-1
Stevie Moses    4    1-0-1
Greg Burke    2    0-1-1
Mike Borisenok    2    0-1-1
Mike Beck    3    0-0-0
Greg Manz    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    2    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    2    0-0-0

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

Foster    6/364:57    11    1.80    4-1-1    137    .932
DiGirolamo    1/59:57    8    8.00    0-1-0    27    .771

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

11-14-08        59:57    L    27    8    35
Totals        59:57    0-1-0    27    8    35

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

11-18-06        60:00    W    26    0    26
11-9-07        65:00    T    39    2    41
12-5-08        59:57    W    29    0    29
12-6-08        60:00    W    15    2    17
11-8-09        60:00    L    28    6    34
12-4-09        60:00    W    29    1    30
Totals        364:57    4-1-1    166    11    177

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Dec. 4, 2009):
Blake Kessel broke a 1-1 third period tie to lift UNH to a 2-1 victory against eighth-ranked University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Wildcats’ goaltender Brian Foster finished with 29 saves, including 10 in the third period. UML counterpart Carter Hutton stopped 32 shots, including 11 in the second stanza and 12 in the third. Following a scoreless first period, both teams netted a second-period goal. The Wildcats opened the period on the power play and took advantage of their skater advantage by scoring a goal at 1:40. Hutton stopped the initial shot from the right point by Damon Kipp as well as the rebound opportunity in front by Stevie Moses. Mike Sislo corralled the puck off that rebound, however, and scored from the left doorstep into the open near side of the net.Mass-Lowell leveled the score, 1-1, at 16:54 of the second period. Kory Falite exited the penalty box at 16:36, won a battle for the puck on the boards in the neutral zone and passed the puck to Campbell, who sent a return pass along the left boards to Falite. He carried the puck deep along the dashers and fired a shot that caromed off Foster’s right leg pad and the left post before crossing the goal line for the tying goal. New Hampshire regained the lead at 6:47 of the third period. Greg Burke collected a centering pass from Mike Borisenok in the slot and, with his back to the net, dropped the puck towards the right circle. Kessel, who had charged from the blue line, was alone on the right doorstep and lifted the puck into the open near side. The River Hawks called time out with 1:16 remaining and pulled Hutton in favor of an extra skater with 61 seconds to play. UML could not sustain possession, however, and Bobby Butler cleared the puck to the neutral zone with 45 seconds on the clock. The visitors reentered the offensive zone moments later and Foster denied Campbell, who maneuvered from the right corner along the goal line to the right post.

SCOUTING THE NO. 16 MINUTEMEN:
No. 16 UMass enters this weekend’s series 11-7-0 overall with a 6-5-0 record and 12 league points good for fourth place. The Minutemen are losers of two straight and five of the last seven after a 9-2-0 start. Most recently, the Minutemen lost at Boston University, 7-3, on Jan. 2. UMass is led by the nation’s leading scorer James Marcou. Marcou has 32 points on five goals and 27 assists, while Casey Wellman has 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points on the season. Junior netminder Paul Dainton has played 16 of 18 games for UMass and holds a 9-7-0 record with a .911 save percentage and a 2.88 GAA. The Minutemen are idle until Saturday night’s game with New Hampshire

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS:
UNH has a 76-18-7 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 101 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. This year, the teams are 1-1-0 with the rubber game set for Saturday night. In the two previous games out in Amherst, UMass scored an extra-attacker goal with 11 seconds remaining to tie it and went on to win, 4-3, in overtime the first time these teams met on Nov. 13, but the Wildcats bounced back with a 4-2 win the next night. Coach Umile owns a 37-10-6 all-time record against UMass in his 20-year coaching career. The Wildcats have won seven of the last 11 meetings. Senior Bobby Butler is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with 12 points on eight goals and four assists. Senior netminder Brian Foster owns a 2-3-2 career mark against the Minutemen in seven career starts with a 2.49 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

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

Bobby Butler    14    8-4-12
Mike Sislo    10    3-3-6
Peter LeBlanc    14    3-2-5
Nick Krates    8    0-1-1
Brian Foster    6    0-1-1
Blake Kessel    5    0-3-3
Paul Thompson    5    0-1-1
Stevie Moses    5    1-1-2
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-1-1
Greg Burke    1    0-1-1
Kevin McCarey    2    0-1-1
Phil DeSimone    10    0-1-1
Mike Beck    3    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    5    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    4    0-0-0
Greg Manz    3    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    3    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    2    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min        GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    7/433:41        18    2.49    2-3-2    226    .926
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
11-13-09    62:05    L    27    4    31
11-14-09    60:00    W    33    2    35
Totals        433:41    2-3-2    226    18    244

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Nov. 14, 2009):
Bobby Butler scored a pair of goals, while Peter LeBlanc added a goal and an assist to lift UNH to a 4-2 win over No. 10 Massachusetts at Mullins Center. In addition to Butler and LeBlanc, Blake Kessel handed out a pair of assists, while Brian Foster stopped 33 shots en route to the win including 18 in the middle frame. In an even-played first period, UNH’s Butler struck first breaking the scoreless deadlock at 16:29 of the first period. Butler, who is first in Hockey East with nine goals, received a nifty between the legs pass from Phil DeSimone in front of the UMass net and slid the puck past Paul Dainton for a 1-0 advantage. The Wildcats held a slim 8-7 shot advantage in the period. The Minutemen tied it at 4:37 of the second as Will Ortiz scored on a delayed-penalty extra-skater opportunity. Justin Braun was credited with an assist on the equalizer. New Hampshire responded just under a minute later as LeBlanc scored on a shifty forehand to backhand move that allow him to beat Dainton glove-side and made it 2-1 at 5:21 of the second. Kessel, who kept the puck in the offensive zone, was credited with the assist. The Wildcats extended its lead to 3-1 as Butler scored his second of the night at 13:47 of second. Mike Beck collected a cross-ice pass from Kessel and fired it on net, the long rebound bounced to a crashing Butler for the eventual game-winning tally. UMass cut it to 3-2 with a 4-on-4 goal at 18:25 of the second as Martin Nolet scored with assists from James Marcou and Michael Lecomte. The Minutemen outshot the Wildcats 20-4 in the middle frame. The Wildcats extended the lead to 4-2 as Mike Sislo scored at 11:59 of the third. LeBlanc collected a pass for Stevie Moses in the neutral zone and carried it into the offensive end along the left side and made a cross ice pass to Sislo, who slipped it between Dainton’s pad and the right post.

PAIR OF RUBBER MATCHES SET FOR THIS WEEKEND:
UNH will conclude its first two Hockey East series of the year as it plays the rubber match of a pair of series this weekend. UML and UNH are 1-1-0 with both teams winning on its home ice, while UMass and the Wildcats are 1-1-0 with a weekend split of a two game series at UMass.

SCORING BY CLASS:
2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    20-20-40    34-20-25
Juniors:    20-30-50    34-30-31
Sophomores:    14-37-51    24-37-32
Freshmen:    5-13-18    8-13-11

FOSTER NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH: Brian Foster was named Hockey East Goalie of the Month for December. Foster earns this honor for the third time in his career and first since February, 2009. Foster won Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Dec. 7 and helped lift the Wildcats to a pair of wins against nationally-ranked Hockey East foes stopping 57 of 60 shots that 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.

UNBEATEN STREAK COMES TO AN END AFTER 50 DAYS:
Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 loss to Cornell snapped a four-game winning streak and seven-game unbeaten streak. A streak which spanned 50 days going back to an overtime loss at UMass on Nov. 13.

FOSTER STELLAR IN LOSING EFFORT:
Brian Foster stopped 38 shots including 18 in the second period. Foster kept the Wildcats tied after two periods despite a 33-15 shot advantage for Cornell through two periods.

CAREER DAY FOR CAMPANALE:
Junior Matt Campanale tallied a goal and an assist factoring in both UNH goals on Sunday. It was the junior’s first collegiate goal.

A RARE HOME LOSS:
Sunday’s loss was just the second home loss of the season and the first since the home opener on Oct. 16, 2009.UNH is 4-2-2 at home and will continue its span of three-straight games at the Whitt when it plays host to UMass-Lowell on Friday night and UMass on Saturday night.

‘CATS UNBEATEN IN LAST SEVEN LEAGUE GAMES:
The Wildcats are 6-0-1 in their last seven games against Hockey East foes and still sit in first place in Hockey East with an 8-2-2 mark.

HAPPY RETURNS:
Sunday’s game marked the return of seniors Nick Krates and Brian Foster. Foster had missed the last game with a knee injury, while Krates had missed 10-straight and 11 of 13 with a high-ankle injury.

MOSES HEATING UP FOR WILDCATS:
Sophomore forward Stevie Moses has six assists in the last four games for New Hampshire.

OLYMPIANS 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. Both pros were selected to honor Team USA in the 2010 Olympics.

FORMER WILDCAT van RIEMSDYK CARRIES ON UNH’S TRADITION IN NHL’S OUTDOOR GAMES:
Former Wildcat James van Riemsdyk played in the New Year’s day NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park. UNH is the only program in college hockey with a representatives in all four outdoor games. Former Wildcat netminder Ty Conklin played in the previous three outdoor games.

ROAD WARRIORS:
After dropping the first five road decisions, UNH is 4-0-1 in the last five road games. UNH played 10 of its 17 first-half games on the road, but will open the second half of the season with three-straight home games at Whittemore Center, where they are 4-1-2.

HOME-AWAY-HOME; GAMES IN BUNCHES IN THE SECOND-HALF OF THE SEASON:
The Wildcats will play three-straight at home and one at Verizon Wireless Arena to start, then they will played five of the next six on the road, before ending with five of the final seven games at home.
Jan. 3-16 - 3 home games, 1 neutral site games
Jan. 22- Feb. 6 - 5 road games, 1 home game
Feb. 12 - March 6 - 5 home games, 2 road games

DECADE TO REMEMBER FOR ‘CATS:
  The Wildcats finished the 2000’s with a 233-113-51 record, a .650 win percentage, eight NCAA appearances and 10 20-win seasons during this stretch. Only UNH and Michigan had 10-straight seasons of 20-plus wins in the 2000’s.

‘CATS SECOND TO NONE IN THE SECOND:
UNH has scored a league-best 32 second-period goals and have scored three or more goals in the second period on seven occasions. New Hampshire has combined to scored just 28 goals in the first and third period.

PROTECTING THE LEAD:
UNH is 4-0-0 when leading after one period and 6-0-0 when leading after two periods.

BUTLER APPROACHING 100 CAREER POINTS:
Senior Bobby Butler has 92 (45g, 47a) 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.

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
11/23        NR    RV    t-1st
11/30        NR    RV    1st
12/7            RV    19    1st
12/14        RV    16    1st
12/21        RV    NP    1st
12/28        NP    NP    1st
1/4            RV    RV    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 4)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Miami University, 509 (33)    1    13-2-5    13
2    University of Denver, 477 (1)    2    13-5-2    13
3    Colorado College, 409        3    12-5-3    10
4    University of Wisconsin, 377    7    12-5-3    6
5    University of North Dakota, 344    6    10-6-4    13
6    Yale University, 328        8    8-3-3    13
7    Cornell University, 297        4    8-4-2    13
8    Boston College, 265        5    10-5-2    10
9    Michigan State University, 262    13    14-6-2    8
10    Bemidji State University, 227    9    14-4-2    10
11    Quinnipiac University, 157    10    13-4-1    7
12    Ferris State University, 145    11    14-4-2    4
13    Minnesota Duluth, 111        14    12-7-1    7
14    Massachusetts Lowell, 65    12    11-7-1    13
15    St. Cloud State University, 27    NR    10-7-3    2
Others receiving votes: University of Maine, 20; University of Vermont, 19; University of Massachusetts, 14; Union College, 8; University of Alaska, 8; University of New Hampshire, 6; Lake Superior State University, 3; University of Notre Dame, 2.

USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (Jan. 4)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1 Miami                   (45)              13-2-5    995    1
2 Denver    ( 5)                13-5-2    952    2
3 Colorado College                    12-5-3    848    3
4 Wisconsin                    12-5-3    778    7
5 North Dakota                    10-6-4    718    6
6 Yale                        8-3-3    714    9
7 Boston College                    10-5-2    638    5
8 Cornell                    8-4-2    627    4
9 Michigan State                    14-6-2    605    13
10 Bemidji State                    14-4-2    578    10
11 Ferris State                    14-4-2    515    11
12 Quinnipiac                    13-4-1    481    8
13 Minnesota-Duluth                    12-7-1    423    12
14 Mass.-Lowell                    11-7-1    276    14
15 St. Cloud State                    10-7-3    235    19
16 Massachusetts                    11-7-0    192    15
17 Union                    10-4-5    184    18
18 Maine                    10-7-2    166    NR
19 Vermont                    10-6-2    156    NR
20 Alaska                    9-5-4    142    17
Others Receiving Votes: New Hampshire 128, Notre Dame 93,
Lake Superior 30, Minnesota State 14, St. Lawrence 5,
Michigan 4, Northern Michigan 2, Minnesota 1

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (Jan. 4):
Rk.    Team    PC    W-L-T    Win %    Rk.    RPI    Rk.

1      Miami     24      13-2-5  .7750      2      .6028      1
1      Miami     24      13-2-5  .7750      1      .6051      1
2     Denver     23     13-5-2     .7000     5     .5871     2
3     Ferris State     22     14-4-2     .7500     2t     .5745*     3
4     Colorado Col.     21     12-5-3     .6750     8t     .5695     4
5     Wisconsin     20     12-5-3     .6750     8t     .5692     5
6t     Bemidji State     18     14-4-2     .7500     2t     .5676     6
6t     Michigan State     18     14-6-2     .6818     6     .5644     7
8     Boston College     17     10-5-2     .6471     11     .5563*     8
9t     Vermont     15     10-6-2     .6111     15t     .5538*     9
9t     St. Cloud State     15     10-7-3     .5750     21     .5504     10
11     Minn.-Duluth     14     12-7-1     .6250     13     .5502     11
12     North Dakota     13     10-6-4     .6000     19     .5501     12
13t     Massachusetts     11     11-7-0     .6111     15t     .5386     17
13t     Yale     11     8-3-3     .6786     7     .5485     13
15t     Union     10     10-4-5     .6579     10     .5403*     15
15t     Maine     10     10-7-2     .5789     20     .5414     14
17     Quinnipiac     9     13-4-1     .7500     2t     .5398*     16
18t     New Hampshire6     8-7-3     .5278     24t     .5380     18
18t     Lake Superior     6     12-7-3     .6136     14     .5321     19
20     Mass.-Lowell     5     11-7-1     .6053     18     .5314     20
21     Alaska     4     9-5-4     .6111     15t     .5310     21
22t     No. Michigan     3     9-8-4     .5238     27     .5282     22
22t     Minnesota State     3     11-9-2     .5455     23     .5270     23
24     Cornell     2     8-4-2     .6429     12     .5265     24
25     Notre Dame     0     9-8-5     .5227     28t     .5181     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
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Dec.

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    14th    1.33 ppg
Blake Kessel    46th    1.06 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler    9th    0.72 gpg
Paul Thompson    63rd    0.44 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel    22nd    0.76 apg
Bobby Butler    70th    0.61 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    35th    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    11th    1 shg
Peter LeBlanc    11th    1 shg
Phil DeSimone    11th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Bobby Butler    26th    2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel    4th    1.06 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    62nd    3.48 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster    68th    .893
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    40th    .500
Team
Scoring Offense    15th    3.28
Scoring Defense    48th    3.56
Scoring Margin    37th    -0.28
Power Play    45th    15.2
Penalty Kill    49th    76.0
Combined Special Teams    52nd    44.8
Winnning Percentage    24th    .528

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.28/5th     3.83/1st
GAA     3.56/10th     2.92/4th
Power Play     15.2/10th     19.1/8th
Penalty Kill     76.0/9th     69.4/10th
Special Teams Net     -3/8th     -4/7th
1st Period Scoring     10/10th     8/6th
2nd Period Scoring     32/1st     22/1st
3rd Period Scoring     17/7th     16/2nd
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    T, 3-3 (OT)
Dec. 6     at Vermont     ESPNU    W, 5-2
Dec. 11     at Providence     Cox-TV    W, 4-3
Jan. 3     Cornell    ESPNU    L, 2-5
jan. 23    at boston univ.    nesn
Feb. 6     at Maine     WABI-TV
Feb. 19     Vermont     NESN
March 5     Boston College    NESN

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: 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: Norfolk Admirals (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: Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
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 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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