10TH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY ENTERS HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH NORTHEASTERN

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DURHAM, N.H. --
The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team enters into a pivotal home-and-home series with Hockey East foe Northeastern University this week. The teams will play Friday night at Matthews Arena before concluding the series on Saturday night at Whittemore Center.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES:
Northeastern enters the weekend 16-13-1 overall with an 11-11-1 record good for 23 points and fifth place in Hockey East. The Huskies have been one of the hottest teams of late winning five-straight games before a 7-1 setback at Boston College on Sunday. Overall, NU has won seven of its last nine and turned a 4-9-1 league mark into an 11-11-1 and into the hunt for  home-ice advantage in the Hockey East tournament. The Huskies will conclude the season with home-and-home series against UNH and BU. A well-balanced offensive attack for Northeastern is led by Wade MacLeod, who has 28 points (13g, 15a), while three others have 20-plus points. Freshman netminder Chris Rawlings is beginning to come into his own after early struggles. The goalie is 15-11-1 with a 2.70 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN: UNH owns an 85-57-11 all-time record against Northeastern in 153 meetings in the series history between the two teams.The Wildcats won this year’s only meeting 4-2 on Oct. 23, 2009, while the teams went 1-1-1 a year ago.  Coach Umile owns a 40-15-9 record all-time against Northeastern. Senior forward Bobby Butler (2g, 7a) is the Wildcats’ leading career scorer vs. NU.  Senior netminder Brian Foster is 2-1-0 against Northeastern, while Matt DiGirolamo is 0-0-1 with a 1.85 GAA all time against the Huskies.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE HUSKIES:
Player    GP    G-A-P  
 
Bobby Butler    8    2-7-9
Peter LeBlanc    10    3-5-8
Phil DeSimone    7    1-3-4
Blake Kessel    4    0-4-4
Paul Thompson    6    2-1-3
Steve Moses    4    0-2-2
Mike Sislo    7    2-0-2
Dalton Speelman    1    2-0-2
Matt Campanale    3    0-1-1
Nick Krates    6    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    3    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    2    0-0-0
Austin Block    1    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    1    0-0-0
Greg Burke    1    0-0-0
John Henrion    1    0-0-0
Mike Beck    1    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Foster    3/179:12    7    2.34    2-1-0    74    .913
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
12/23/09        59:56    W    14    2    16
Totals        179:12    2-1-0    74    7    81

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Oct. 23, 2009):
Bobby Butler and Blake Kessel each tallied three points, while freshman Dalton Speelman potted his first two career goals, as UNH defeated Northeastern University, 4-2. Brian Foster made 14 saves for the Wildcats, while Rawlings stopped 30 shots for the Huskies, who were outshot 34-16.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRST TO PUNCH ITS TICKET TO HOCKEY EAST POSTSEASON; 22ND-STRAIGHT APPEARANCE: UNH clinched a playoff spot for the 22nd-straight season. The Wildcats have advanced to the postseason in Hockey East every year since 1989.

‘CATS CLINCH HOME-ICE FOR LEAGUE-BEST 14TH-STRAIGHT SEASON:
New Hampshire became the first in Hockey East to clinch home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats have hosted the quarterfinals for a league-best 14-straight seasons and have not had to travel for the first round of the post season since 1995-96.

HOCKEY EAST TAKE NOTICE; NOT IN OUR HOUSE:
UNH remains unbeaten against Hockey East foe (8-0-3) at Whittemore Center this season. The ‘Cats last Hockey East loss at Whittemore Center was Jan. 25, 2009 a 3-1 loss to BU; they are 13-0-3 since that loss in league games at the Whitt.

UNH ENSURES A TOP THREE FINISH FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT SEASON:
UNH has enough points to ensure a top three finish for a fourth-consecutive season. UNH finished third in 2008-09 and captured back-to-back regular season titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

‘CATS IN FIRST PLACE FOR PAST THREE MONTHS; TWO POINT LEAD HEADING INTO THIS WEEK:
UNH expanded its first-place lead to four-points over second-place Boston College and six points over third-place Maine. However, BC's win on Tuesday night cut that lead to two although UNH has a game in hand. The Wildcats have held its position in first place in Hockey East since Nov. 23, 2009.

THE BUTLER CONTINUES TO DO IT:
Bobby Butler continues to put up eye-popping numbers with six goals in the last three goals. He becomes the first player since Trevor Smith did so in 2006-07. Butler has 24 goals (2nd nationally) and 20 assists (10th nationally) and is fourth in the nation in scoring 1.47 ppg.

WILDCATS CAPTURE FIFTH SEASON SERIES OF 2009-10:
UNH captured the season series 2-0-1 against Vermont. The Wildcats have won five season series, tied one and lost one with two still remaining in Hockey East play.

DESIMONE STREAKING; LEAGUE-BEST 12-GAME STREAK:
Junior Phil DeSimone continues to be red hot for UNH with a league-best 12-game scoring streak with 16 points (6g, 10a) during that span.

BUTLER MOVING INTO ELITE HOCKEY EAST COMPANY:
Bobby Butler’s 38 points in league play is the most since Chris Collins (brother of former Wildcat Greg Collins) had 39 points in 2005-06. The last player to post 40 points in league play was Ben Eaves (42) in 2002-03. Butler is the first player to have 20 goals in league play since Colin Hemingway had 23 goals in 2001-02.

30-POINTS IN HOCKEY EAST:
For the sixth-straight season UNH has 30-plus points in Hockey East play including all five since Vermont joined the league and the regular season conference schedule was expanded. They are the only team in Hockey East to accomplish this feat.

‘CATS CRACK TOP 10 IN NATIONAL POLLS:
For the first time this season, UNH is ranked in the top 10 in this week’s USA Today Poll marking the first time its appeared in the top 10 since the 2008-09 season.

TURNING TWO: 
UNH has scored at least two goals in every game since the start of November (23 games), after being held to one goal three times in October (all losses).

100 GOALS FOR ‘CATS: With Friday night’s 5-goal output, UNH surpassed the 100 goal mark. New Hampshire has scored 100-plus goals in every season since 1964-65.

THREE OVERTIME WINS:
UNH has won three overtime games in its last eight games. It marks the first time since 1999-2000 the team won three overtime games in a season. UNH is 3-1-5 in overtime this season.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR:
A comparison through 30 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09        09-10
Record     21-7-2    16-9-5        15-10-5
HE Record    17-4-2    12-7-4        14-5-4
Goals scored    105    91        104
Goals scored/PG    3.50    3.03        3.47
Goals Allowed    72        85        97   
Goals Allowed/PG    2.40    2.83        3.23
Shots    922    998        996
Shots Allowed    887    888        920
Power Play    19.4%     13.3%        16.9%
    (28-144)    (22-165)        (22-130)
Penalty Kill    87.2%     82.9%        78.9%
    (136-156)    (131-158)    (97-123)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riemsdyk   Butler
    13-26-39    10-21-34             24-20-44
    Radja    Butler                   Thompson
    18-20-38    7-17-24                15-17-32
    van Riemsdyk    Sislo                      Kessel
    11-14-25    17-6-23                6-25-31

T-B-D LINE, A DETERMINED SUCCESS:Since its formation on Nov. 14, 2009, the Wildcat TBD line (Thompson, Butler, DeSimone) have posted 39 goals, 45 assists for 84 points in 20 games (4.20 ppg) and guided UNH to a 13-4-3 record over span.
Since the T-B-D line was formed
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG

Butler    17    15            32    1.60
DeSimone    9    17            26    1.30
Thompson    13    13            26    1.30
Totals    39 (1.95)    45 (2.25)        84    4.20

UNH’S OFFENSE 10TH NATIONALLY:
New Hampshire’s offense ranks 10th in the country at 3.47 gpg including 15 games (50%) with four or more goals.

40-POINT SCORERS SINCE 2000:
Bobby Butler surpassed the 40-point mark with four games remaining in the regular season. There have been 23 players to record 40 points since 2000 with Darren Haydar topping the list with 76 points in 2001-02.
Player    G-A-P    Year   
Bobby Butler    24-20-44    2009-10

James van Riemsdyk    17-23-40    2008-09
Matt Fornataro    18-28-46    2007-08             
Mike Radja    19-24-43    2007-08   
Trevor Smith    21-22-43    2006-07
Matt Fornataro    13-27-40    2006-07
Jacob Micflikier    16-26-42    2005-06
Brett Hemingway    19-22-41    2005-06
Daniel Winnik    15-26-41    2005-06
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Jacob Micfliker    20-24-44    2004-05
Daniel Winnik    18-22-40    2004-05
Steve Saviano    27-22-49    2003-04
Sean Collins    16-26-42    2003-04
Justin Aikins    10-31-41    2003-04
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Colin Hemingway    22-25-47    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02
Sean Collins    20-25-45    2001-02
Lanny Gare    9-31-40    2001-02
Darren Haydar    18-23-41    2000-01

20/20 for Butler:
Bobby Butler becomes the first player since Trevor Smith (2006-07) to post 20 goals and 20 assists in the same season.

USCHO.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (Feb. 22):
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk

1      Denver     24      22-6-4      .7500      2      .5861*    1
2     Miami     23     23-5-6         .7647     1     .5839*    2
3     Wisconsin     22     19-8-4         .6774     5     .5717     3
4t     St. Cloud State     20     20-10-4    .6471     8     .5610     4
4t     Bemidji State     20     21-7-2         .7333     3     .5529     5
6     Yale     19     18-6-3         .7222     4     .5496     6

7     Boston Coll.     18     19-10-2     .6452     9     .5488     7
8     North Dakota     16     16-11-5     .5781     15t     .5468     8
9      UNH                 15     15-10-5      .5833    14      .5427     9

10     Michigan St.     13     18-11-5     .6029     13     .5346     13
11     Alaska     12     14-9-9         .5781     15t     .5298     17
12t     Minn.-Duluth     11     18-13-1     .5781     15t     .5380     11
12t     Ferris State     11     19-11-4     .6176     12     .5365     12
12t     Cornell     11     16-8-3         .6481     7     .5320     14
15t     Union     10     18-8-6         .6562     6     .5320     15
15t     Maine     10     15-12-3     .5500     21t     .5310     16
17     Colorado Coll.     9     17-12-3     .5781     15t     .5419     10
18     Vermont     8     13-11-6     .5333     25     .5250     18
19     Boston Univ.     7     14-13-3     .5167     29     .5193     23
20t     No. Michigan     6     15-11-8     .5588     19     .5240     21
20t     Neb.-Omaha     6     17-13-6     .5556     20     .5245     20
22     Northeastern     4     16-13-1     .5500     21t     .5250     19
23     Mass.-Lowell     3     16-14-2     .5312     26     .5188     24
24     Minnesota     2     15-15-2     .5000     32t     .5218     22
25     Michigan     0     18-16-1     .5286     28     .5164     25


2,000 SAVES FOR FOSTER: Senior netminder Brian Foster is just the eighth player in UNH history to register 2,000 career saves.
RNK    PLAYER        GAMES        SAVES
1.        Kevin Regan    112        3,235
2.        Greg Moffett    101        2,602
3.        Mike Ayers    101        2,532
4.        Greg Rota    78        2,282
5.        Ty Conklin    93        2,188
6.        Todd Pearson    81        2,178
7.        Bruce Gillies    71        2,140
8.        Brian Foster    75        2,110

KESSEL SECOND NATIONALLY IN DEFENSIVE SCORING:
Blake Kessel ranks second nationally in defensive scoring behind Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith and his 25 assists is the best total by a UNH defenseman since Steve O’Brien’s 27 assists and Jayme Filipowicz 30 assists in 1998-99.
20-plus assists for defenseman in single season since 1997-98
Year            Player            Assists

1998-99        Jayme Filipowicz            30
1997-98        Jayme Filipowicz            28
1998-99        Steve O’Brien            27
2009-10        Blake Kessel            25
2005-06        Brian Yandle            24
2008-09        Kevin Kapstad            23
2004-05        Brian Yandle            22
2001-02        Garrett Stafford            22
2000-01        Garrett Stafford            21

T-B-D LINE EXTENDS GOAL SCORING STREAK TO 12 GAMES:
UNH’s top line of Bobby Butler, Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone have combined to score at least one goal in each of the past 12 games for UNH. Overall,  the line has 24 goals (2.0 gpg) during this 12-game span and 39 since its formation 20 games ago (1.9 gpg).

BUTLER REACHES 40 POINTS, 21st-STRAIGHT SEASON WITH 40-POINT PLAYER:
Bobby Butler registered his 40th point and it marks the 21st-straight season UNH has had a player with at least 40 points. The last time the Wildcats did not have a 40-point scorer was the 1988-89 season.

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Feb. 22)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    University of Denver, 504 (28)    2    22-6-4    20
2    Miami University, 480 (6)        1    23-5-6    20
3    University of Wisconsin, 429    3    19-8-4    13   
4    Yale University, 392        5    18-6-3    20
5    St. Cloud State University, 387    4    29-10-4    9
6    Bemidji State University, 311    7    21-7-2    17
7    Boston College, 288        9    18-10-2    17
8    University of North Dakota, 279    11    16-11-5    20
9    Cornell University, 200        10    16-8-3    20
10    New Hampshire, 185        13    15-10-5    5
11    Minnesota Duluth, 170        6    18-13-1    14
12    Colorado College, 126        8    17-12-3    17
13    Michigan State University, 122    12    18-11-5    15
14    Ferris State University, 73        14    19-11-4    11
15    Union College, 68        NR    18-8-6    3
Others receiving votes: University of Maine, 29; University of Alaska, 19; University of Nebraska Omaha, 8; Rochester Institute of Technology, 6; Northern Michigan University, 3; Sacred Heart University, 1.

USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (Feb. 22)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1     Denver                  (39)          22- 6-4       988         2
2     Miami                   (11)          23- 5-6   957         1
3     Wisconsin                             19- 8-4       887         3
4     St. Cloud State                       20-10-4  829         4
5     Yale                                  18- 6-3       811         5
6     Bemidji State                21- 7-2       700         9
7     Boston College                        18-10-2  668         8
8     North Dakota                          16-11-5   638        11
9     Cornell                               16- 8-3       551        10
10     Minnesota-Duluth                  18-13-1  499         6
11     New Hampshire                     15-10-5 498        13
12     Michigan State                        18-11-5   452        12
13     Colorado College                  17-12-3   435         7
14     Ferris State                          19-11-4  371        14
15     Union                                 18- 8-6       368        16
16     Maine                                 15-12-3  245        15
17     Alaska                                14- 9-9       211        20
18     Vermont                               13-11-6    95        17
19     Nebraska-Omaha                    17-13-6    88       NR
20     Boston University                 14-13-3    73        19
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Michigan 34, Mass.-Lowell 27, RIT 25, Northeastern 19, Michigan 10, Massachusetts 7, Sacred Heart 7, Minnesota 4, Colgate 2, St. Lawrence 1

HERE 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
1/11            RV    20    1st
1/18            RV    16    1st
1/25            12    13    1st
2/1            13    13    1st
2/8            15    15    1st
2/15            13    13    1st
2/22            10    11    1st

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.
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        1/11
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/11
Paul Thompson    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Blake Kessel    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/25
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Jan.
Bobby Butler    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Bobby Butler    Frozen Four Skills Challenge Nom.    2/1
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Week                2/15

FOSTER CLIMBING UNH RECORD BOOKS:
After sitting the wings behind Wildcat legendary netminder Kevin Regan, Brian Foster is writing his name in the Wildcat goaltending record book.
Career GAA:    2.85 (5th)    Career Save %: .908 (5th)
Career Games:    77 (9th)        Career Saves: 2,110 (8th)
Career Wins:    37 (9th)

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    4th    1.47 ppg
Blake Kessel    50th    1.07 ppg
Paul Thompson     52nd    1.07 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler      2nd/2nd    0.80 gpg, 24 goals
Paul Thompson    33rd    0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel       11th    0.86 apg
Bobby Butler       47th    0.67 apg
Phil DeSimone             47th        0.67 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    37th     6 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    7th    2 shg
Peter LeBlanc    32nd    1 shg
Phil DeSimone    32nd    1 shg
Paul Thompson    32nd     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Bobby Butler    15th    4 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel       2nd/2nd    31pts. /1.07 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    55th    3.11 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster       49th    .904
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    24th    .569
Team
Scoring Offense      10th    3.47
Scoring Defense    43rd    3.23
Scoring Margin    23rd    0.23
Penalty Minutes    57th    10.1
Power Play    40th    16.9
Penalty Kill       44th       78.9
Combined Special Teams    50th    47.0
Winnning Percentage    14th    .583

***HOBEY BAKER CANDIDATE BOBBY BUTLER***
UNH ATHLETICS UNVEILS BUTLERFORHOBEY.COM:
UNH athletic department unveils the all-new ButlerforHobey.com. The sleek interactive site, designed by Pack Network, is geared to raise awareness and support for men’s hockey senior forward Bobby Butler in his candidacy for college hockey’s greatest individual honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey’s top player. Click here to visit ButlerforHobey.com.

BUTLER SECOND NATIONALLY IN GOALS, FOURTH IN SCORING:
Bobby Butler ranks second in the nation in goals at 24 and goals per game at  0.80. In addition, his 1.47 ppg is good for fourth nationally.

BUTLER’S GOT SKILLS:
Bobby Butler is a nominee for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge team. Fans can log onto http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge/index.html.

BUTLER ONE OF 16 NOMINEES FOR 2010 HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN:
Bobby Butler was among a group of 18 college hockey players nominated for the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award honors college hockey’s finest citizen, someone who gives back to his or her community. The finalists will be announced later this month, and the recipient will be announced at the Frozen Four in Detroit on April 9. For more on the award, visit hockeyhumanitarian.org.

BUTLER, KESSEL NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR WALTER BROWN AWARD:
Bobby Butler and Blake Kessel were named semifinalists for the 58th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Butler and Kessel were among a group of 16 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Steve Grogan on Feb. 1. In total 11 players from Hockey East were selected. The Wildcats have a storied tradition in the Walter Brown Award history that includes seven former Wildcats that have earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) Steve Saviano (2004) and most recently Kevin Regan (2008).

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Bobby Butler      2rd (44pts.)    1st(38 pts)
            Blake Kessel     11th (31 pts.)  12th(22 pts.)
            Paul Thompson      9th (32 pts.)    8th(27 pts.)
            Phil DeSimone    13th (29 pts.)      8th(27 pts.)
Goals        Bobby Butler    1st (24 g)    1st (20 g)
            Paul Thompson    6th (15 g)      9th (10 g)
Assists          Blake Kessel      4th (25 a)            6th (18 a)
            Bobby Butler    7th (20 a)         6th (18 a)
            Phil DeSimone    7th (20 a)      5th (19 a)
PP Goals    Bobby Butler    9th (6 ppg)         14th  (4 ppg)
            Mike Sislo    25th (4 ppg)       14th  (4ppg)   
SH Points    Bobby Butler    2nd (3 shp)    1st (3 shp)
            Paul Thompson    6th (2 shp)    3rd (2 shp)
GW Goals    Bobby Butler     3th (4 gwg)   3rd (3 gwg)
Def. Scoring    Blake Kessel    1st (31 pts)    1st(22 pts)
GAA        Brian Foster       10th (3.11)              5th (2.76)
Save %        Brian Foster      7th (.904)    4th (.912)
Win %        Brian Foster       5th (.569)                2nd (.682)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.47/3rd     3.74/1st
GAA     3.23/8th    2.87/2nd
Power Play     16.9/8th     17.0/9th
Penalty Kill       78.9/7th     75.3/10th
Special Teams Net     +2/5th      -2/6th
1st Period Scoring          28/4th     24/2nd
2nd Period Scoring        47/1st       35/1st
3rd Period Scoring     26/8th     24/5th
Overtime Scoring             3/1st        3/1st

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