DURHAM, N.H. -- The eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team opens the 2010-11 season with a pair of games at perennial national power and third-ranked Miami University RedHawks with Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.) at Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. Friday's game will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports with both games being broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
REDHAWKS: No. 3 Miami RedHawks enter 2010-11 season as one
of the nation's most experienced and veteran team. The only team in
the nation to appear in the past two Frozen Fours, the RedHawks
have won 52 games over the past two seasons. Miami captured a 6-0
win over the University of Waterloo in an exhibition game. The
2009-10 CCHA regular season and post season champions, Miami is the
preseason favorite to repeat as champions in 2010-11. Miami returns
17 letterwinners from last year's 29-8-7 squad, including all seven
defenseman and both goalies, led by reigning CCHA Player of the
Year junior goalie Cody Reichard and 2010 CCHA Best Defensive
Defenseman Will Weber. Reichard, along with senior forward and
assistant captain Andy Miele and junior defenseman Chris Wideman
were named to the Preseason All-CCHA First Team, while senior
forward and captain Carter Camper landed on the Second Team
SERIES HISTORY VS. MIAMI: The Wildcats and RedHawks have faced each other nine times in the all-time series with each team winning four times and most recently one tie. On Nov. 17, 2009, UNH and Miami played to a wild 5-5 tie that saw 10 goals over the first two periods and none in the final period and overtimeat Whittemore Center.Prior to that tie, MU had won the last two meetings including a 6-3 win on Nov. 16, 2009 and a 2-1 win coming at Verizon Wireless Arena on March 24, 2007 at the NCAA Northeast Regional. UNH's last win over MU came on Dec. 20, 2003 in the first round of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. The teams first met on Nov. 28, 1993 at the Great Western Freeze Out in Inglewood, Calif., which was a 3-2 win for Miami in overtime. Blake Kessel is the active scoring leader against the RedHawks with five points on two goals and three assists, while junior netminder Matt DiGirolamo stopped six shots in the third period of a no decision against the RedHawks on Nov. 16, 2009.
ALL-TIME SERIES MIAMI (4-4-1)
11-28-93 (N) Miami 3 UNH 2 OT L
12-28-97 (N) Miami 4 UNH 2 L
10-24-98 (H) UNH 4 Miami 1 W
10-21-00 (H) UNH 7 Miami 2 W
12-30-00 (N) UNH 4 Miami 0 W
12-20-03 (N) UNH 3 Miami 1 W
3-24-07 (H-VW) Miami 2 UNH 1 L
11-16-09 (H) Miami 6 UNH 3 L
11-17-09 (H) UNH 5 Miami 5 OT T
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE REDHAWKS:
Player GP G-A-P
Blake Kessel 2 2-3-5
Mike Borisenok 2 2-1-3
Kevin McCarey 1 0-2-2
Paul Thompson 2 1-1-2
Connor Hardowa 2 0-0-0
Austin Block 2 0-1-1
Damon Kipp 2 0-1-1
Dalton Speelman 2 0-0-0
John Henrion 2 0-0-0
Mike Sislo 2 0-0-0
Stevie Moses 2 0-0-0
Matt Campanale 2 0-0-0
Mike Beck 2 0-0-0
Greg Burke 2 0-0-0
Phil DeSimone 2 0-0-0
Greg Manz 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
DiGirolamo 1/20:00 0 0.00 0-0-0 6 1.000
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (10/17/09 VS. MIAMI): Bobby Butler, Peter LeBlanc and Blake Kessel recorded three points apiece to lift UNH to a 5-5 tie against top-ranked Miami University at the Whittemore Center. Kessel tallied a two goals and an assist while Butler had one goal and two assists and LeBlanc finished with three assists, all matching or surpassing career bests. Mike Borisenok and Nick Krates scored UNH's other two goals; it was Krates' first career goal. UNH goaltender Brian Foster made 22 saves, including three in overtime. Miami's Cody Reichard entered the game in goal with the RedHawks trailing 5-3 at 10:08 of the second period. He stopped nine shots, including one in OT, the rest of the way to keep the Wildcats at bay the rest of the way. Connor Knapp surrendered five goals on 21 shots in 30:08 of action. Jarod Palmer led the MU attack with three assists.
LAST TIME OUT (10/2 VS. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER): Paul Thompson potted a pair of goals UNH to a 3-3 draw against St. Francis Xavier University in an exhibition matchup at the Whittemore Center. Mike Sislo added a pair of assists, while netminder Matt DiGirolamo stopped 11 shots in 65:00 of play. The Wildcats held a 44-14 advantage in shots for the contest, including an 18-6 edge in the first frame of action.
NCAA VICTORIES; COMMON THREAT BETWEEN MIAMI AND UNH: The Wildcats and RedHawks are the only two teams in the country with NCAA wins in each of the past two seasons.
LIVE ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS: On Friday, UNH and Miami will square off to open the season live on CBS College Sports. In 2009-10, the Wildcats were 6-6-3 in television games. Dave Starman and Eric Frede will be calling all the action from the Goggin Ice Center.
LASSONDE WITH TIES TO OXFORD: Associate Head Coach David Lassonde spent three years at Miami University as an assistant coach from 1994-97 before returning to UNH for his most recent stint with the 'Cats.
'CATS OPEN WITH FIVE OF SIX AGAINST TOP-10 OPPONENTS AND SIX OF SEVEN ON THE ROAD: New Hampshire has perhaps the most difficult early schedules in collegiate hockey. The 'Cats will play five of its first six games against top-10 opponents with six of its first seven games on the road.
10/8 at #3 Miami
10/9 at #3 Miami
10/16 vs. #4 Michigan
10/22 at Northeastern
10/29 at #10 Cornell
11/5 at #1 Boston College
11/6 at Mass.-Lowell
SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P G-A-P %.
Seniors: 0-0-0 0-0-0
Juniors: 0-0-0 0-0-0
Sophomores: 0-0-0 0-0-0
Freshmen: 0-0-0 0-0-0
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Sept. 27)
Rk. School Pts. (FPV) LW Record
1 Boston College 504 (28) 1 29-10-3
2 North Dakota 462 (4) 7 25-13-5
3 Miami University 437 (2) 3 29- 8-7
4 University of Michigan 383 8 26-18-1
5 Yale University 334 6 21-10-3
6 St. Cloud State 308 5 24-14-5
7 University of Maine 281 NR 19-17-3
8 New Hampshire 206 11 18-14-7
9 Minnesota Duluth 195 NR 22-17-1
10 Cornell University 162 9 21- 9-4
11 University of Denver 146 4 27-10-4
12 University of Alaska 125 15 18-12-9
13 University of Wisconsin 115 2 28-11-14
14 Boston University 69 NR 18-17-3
15 Minnesota 50 NR 18-19-2
Others receiving votes: University of Notre Dame 43, Rochester Institute of Technology 38, Bemidji State University 36, Ferris State University 36, Union College 34, University of Vermont 28, Northern Michigan University 18, Michigan State University 21, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 16, Colorado College 14, Northeastern University 14, University of Nebraska at Omaha 3, Merrimack College 2.
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (October 4)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Boston College (45) 29-10-3 993 3
2 North Dakota (3) 25-13-5 935 4
3 Miami (2) 29-8-7 892 1
4 St. Cloud State 24-14-5 749 7
5 Michigan 26-18-1 741 11
6 Yale 21-10-3 719 8
7 Maine 19-17-3 639 18
8 Minnesota-Duluth 22-17-1 618 14
9 Denver 27-10-4 534 2
10 New Hampshire 18-14-7 510 12
11 Cornell 21-9-4 509 6
12 Alaska 18-12-9 435 17
13 Wisconsin 28-11-4 295 5
14 Boston University 18-17-3 280 NR
15 Minnesota 18-19-2 271 NR
16 Michigan State 19-13-6 191 19
17 Notre Dame 13-17-8 156 NR
18 RIT 28-12-1 152 20
19 Union 21-12-6 136 16
20 Colorado College 19-17-3 127 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Vermont 105, Bemidji State 101, Northern Michigan 96, Ferris State 83, Nebraska-Omaha 49, Northeastern 39, Rensselaer 32, Mercyhurst 31, Quinnipiac 18, Merrimack 15, Ohio State 13, Colgate 9, St. Lawrence 5, Air Force 4, Mass.-Lowell 2, Robert Morris 1
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
9/27 8th N/P 3rd (pre)
10/4 N/P 10 3rd (pre)
INCH Power Rankings: 9th
INCH 10 for '11 (Preseason): 9th
College Hockey News Preseason Top 10: 10th
2009-10 Final RANKINGS
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Bobby Butler 5th 1.36 ppg
Bobby Butler 3rd 53 pts
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler 2nd 0.79 gpg
Paul Thompson 34th 0.49 gpg
Bobby Butler 2nd 29 goals
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel 25th 0.74 apg
Phil DeSimone 38th 0.69 apg
Bobby Butler 58th 0.62 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler 38th 7 ppg
Bobby Butler 10th 2 shg
Mike Sislo 10th 2 shg
Peter LeBlanc 50th 1 shg
Phil DeSimone 50th 1 shg
Paul Thompson 50th 1 shg
Bobby Butler 20th 4 gwg
Paul Thompson 20th 4 gwg
Blake Kessel 2nd 1.00 ppg
Blake Kessel 2nd 38 points
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 46th 2.98 gaa
Brian Foster 40th .908
Brian Foster 29th .539
Scoring Offense 10th 3.36
Scoring Defense 36th 3.13
Scoring Margin 21st 0.23
Penalty Minutes 58th 9.6 (nation's lowest)
Power Play 42nd 16.4
Penalty Kill 21st 83.1
Combined Special Teams 33rd 50.0
Winnning Percentage 19th .551
2009-10 Final RANKINGS
Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
Player All Games HE Games
Points Bobby Butler 2nd (53 pts.) 1st(41 pts)
Paul Thompson 10th (39 pts.) 9th(29 pts.)
Blake Kessel 12th (38 pts.) 18th(24 pts.)
Phil DeSimone 15th (37 pts.) 8th(30 pts.)
Peter LeBlanc 17th (35 pts.) 15th(25 pts.)
Goals Bobby Butler 2nd (29 g) 1st (21 g)
Paul Thompson 4th (19 g) 5th (13 g)
Peter LeBlanc 19th (14 g) 8th (12 g)
Mike Sislo 19th (14 g) 24th (9 g)
Assists Blake Kessel 5th (28 a) 8th (18 a)
Phil DeSimone 8th (27 a) 5th (55 a)
Bobby Butler 10th (24 a) 6th (20 a)
PP Goals Bobby Butler 10th (7 ppg) 18th (4 ppg)
SH Goals Bobby Butler 2nd (2 shg) 1st (2 shg)
Mike Sislo 2nd (2 shg) 1st (2 shg)
GW Goals Bobby Butler 4th (4 gwg) 3rd (3 gwg)
Def. Scoring Blake Kessel 1st (38 pts) 3rd (24 pts)
GAA Brian Foster 6th (2.98) 5th (2.75)
Save % Brian Foster 6th (.908) 4th (.913)
Win % Brian Foster 3rd (.539) 3rd (.654)
Saves Brian Foster 1st (1,128) 2nd (764)
Minutes Brian Foster 1st (2,297:10) 1st (1,594:18)
Wins Brian Foster 2nd (17) 1st (14)
2009-10 Final RANKINGS
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.36/3rd 3.63/2nd
GAA 3.13/6th 2.85/3rd
Power Play 16.4/8th 17.0/8th
Penalty Kill 83.1/4th 78.1/8th
Special Teams Net +6/4th +1/3rd
1st Period Scoring 31/6th 25/4th
2nd Period Scoring 54/2nd 38/2nd
3rd Period Scoring 43/5th 32/2nd
Overtime Scoring 3/1st 3/1st
UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have nine games broadcast live on TV in 2010-11. NESN will air five games, three will air on CBS College Sports, while one will air locally on ONN (Ohio).
DATE GAME Channel
Oct. 8 at Miami CBS-College Sports
Oct. 9 at Miami ONN (OHIO)
Nov. 19 Boston U. NESN
Dec. 10 at Maine CBS-College Sports
Jan. 22 Boston U. NESN
Feb. 4 Maine NESN
Feb. 5 Maine NESN
Feb. 18 at Vermont CBS-College Sports
March 4 at Boston College NESN
ALL IN THE FAMILY: UNH junior defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while sophomore forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.
SISLO TABBED CAPTAIN; CAMPANALE WILL SERVE AS ALTERNATE CAPTAIN: Mike Sislo was named the 106th captain in the history of the UNH hockey program for the 2010-11 season. Matt Campanale was named the alternate captain for the upcoming season.Sislo finished a well-balanced junior campaign with 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists. He is one of two players with 68 points (36g, 32a) to lead all returners coming into the upcoming season, while his 36 goals is tops among all returners. Sislo scored 22 of his 29 points in Hockey East play, scored four times on the power play and twice short-handed. In the season prior, Sislo was the team's leading goal scorer with 19 goals that season, while also tallying 12 assists. Campanale was a leader on a young Wildcat defense in 2009-10, playing on both the first and second defensive pair throughout the season. He played in all 39 games for New Hampshire this year, posting 12 points on three goals and nine assists.
WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish third in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced on Wednesday afternoon at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats garnered 76 points in the poll, which was good enough for a third place preseason standing. UNH was picked fourth in the preseason and finished in first place in last year's regular season standings.
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts.
1. Boston College (9 90
2. Maine (1) 80
3. New Hampshire 76
4. Boston University 59
5. Northeastern 54
6. Vermont 53
7. Merrimack 48
8. UMass-Lowell 33
9. Massachusetts 26
10. Providence 21
THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, a six-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 21st season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He passed both Jerry York and Jack Parker in becoming the first coach in league history to six coach of the year honors. 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, 16 NCAA tournament appearances and 20 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 20-year career in Durham.
In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 20 seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 462 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 fifth among active NCAA coaches with a .645 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 462 victories ranks seventh among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 11 times in his career, including New England honors four times and Hockey East Coach of the Year six times Last year, Umile guided the Wildcats, who were picked fourth in the Hockey East Preseason Poll, to their eighth regular season championship including the third in the last four years. The Wildcats led the Hockey East standings for an eye-popping 16-straight weeks, taking over the league lead Nov. 23, 2009 and never relinquishing that position. UNH went unbeaten at home in Hockey East play for the first time since the 1999-00 season and won the regular season series with six of nine league foes. Umile helped guide a team that lost 10 players, including Hockey East All Star and leading scorer James van Riemsdyk, from the 2008-09 squad to its 22nd straight trip to the Hockey East playoffs and home-ice advantage in the quarterfinals for a league-best 14th-straight season. After going just 2-6-2 over its first 10 games, Umile's Wildcats responded with a 10-1-2 mark over the next 13 games, including a 12-game unbeaten streak in Hockey East play. Umile's run in the regular season was capped by a dramatic 3-3 come-from-behind deadlock with Boston College that clinched the league's crown in front of the home fans on Senior Day at the Whittemore Center. The 'Cats earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament for the ninth-straight season and captured a convincing 6-2 win over favored Cornell in the opening round, advancing to the regional final for the second-straight season.
NETTING RESULTS: Junior Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa., pictured right) will take over the reins in net for the Wildcats, after serving as backup to All-American Brian Foster for the past two seasons. DiGirolamo is 2-2-1 in eight career games player including a 1-0-0 record last season. Backing up DiGirolamo are junior Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) and freshman Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.). Wyer, a highly touted Massachusetts goaltending prospect, played last season for the Valley Junior Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Scott, like DiGirolamo, backup Foster for the past two seasons and added valuable depth to the New Hampshire crease.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Defense: One of the keys to New Hampshire's success could be its experience on defense. UNH returners five blueline starters and six skaters that saw significant time in 2009-10. Anchored by junior All-American Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.), the 'Cats defense was stingy down the stretch and proved it could contribute offensively as well. Kessel finished second in the nation in defensive scoring (38 points) and was a Hockey East All-Star first team honoree. Seniors Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) and Mike Beck (Long Beach, Calif.) add veteran leadership, as both players were mainstays in the New Hampshire lineup last season. Campanale, an alternate captain, had 12 points in 39 games and was a +7, while Beck put up sven points and was a +11. Junior Damon Kipp (Salmon Arms, British Columbia, pictured right) appeared in all 39 games and was second to Kessel in defensive scoring with 16 points. Sophomores Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) and Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) saw significant time on the ice for the Wildcats. Kostolansky was on UNH's top defensive pair and tallied 12 assists, while Hardowa played in 29 games with two assists. Fellow sophomore Ansel Ivens-Anderson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) could compete for ice time defensively and has stepped up to the Wildcat offense on occasion. Rounding out the defensive core are freshmen Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) and Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.). Knodel, a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, adds size at 6-6, while Agosta is a scoring threat from the blueline with 22 points last season in split time between the USHL and EJHL.
FORWARD THINKING: While losing Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" finalist Bobby Butler will be a hurdle for UNH, the team returns 12 forwards that combined for 68 goals and 177 points a year ago. Senior captain Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) ended 2009-10 on an offensive tear. Sislo is one of two Wildcats with 68 career points entering the 2010-11 season and the sniper will be asked to shoulder an additional load with the loss of Butler and Peter LeBlanc. The other senior with 68 points is Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.). DeSimone, Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H., pictured below) and Butler formed one of the nation's top lines a year ago. Thompson is the team's top returning scorer with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 39 games, while DeSimone is just behind that mark with 37 points (10g, 27a). Another senior that has emerged as a staple in the Wildcat lineup is Greg Manz (Wayne, Pa.). Manz played in 32 games with a pair of goals and an assist, all in Hockey East play, in 2009-10 A trio of junior forwards all bring unique skills and add depth to New Hampshire's offensive attack. The speedy right winger Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) racked up 24 points on six goals and 18 assists and was a +11 on the season. Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) emerged as a sure-handed centerman for the 'Cats. He put up 15 points and played in all 39 games a year ago. Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) also saw an increase in his role in 2009-10. He played in 29 games with six points. Five players looking to make similar step-ups during their sophomore seasons are Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), John Henrion (Holden, Mass.), Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) and Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.). As a group they combined for 24 points and several memorable goals during the 2009-10 campaign. Three freshmen looking to compete for time in Coach Umile's top lines are Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.), Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.). Goumas scored 41 points in 59 games a year ago with the Indiana Ice of the USHL. Silengo registered 16 points in 55 games with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, while Sorkin, who split time with Sioux City and Waterloo of the USHL, tallied 34 points in 53 games a year ago and was one of the elite high school hockey players in Maryland in 2008-09.
'CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Four current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been taken.
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 affiliate stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining flagship WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family. These three aforementioned stations -- along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London), WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) 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. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the fourth-straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey since the 1993-94 season.ouncing 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 11th season in 2010-11. The Coach's Show is broadcast Mondays (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) 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 a pair of players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee) 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 2010-11 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the "Wildcat All-Access Pass" which is an annual subscription for $89.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $7.95.