October 22, 2010

#7 MEN'S HOCKEY OPENS HOCKEY EAST PLAY AT NORTHEASTERN FRIDAY

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. --
The seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team opens Hockey East play in defense of its regular season title on Friday, Oct. 22 at Northeastern. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Matthews Arena with coverage on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern enters the weekend with a 0-2-1 record including an 0-2-0 mark in Hockey East. The opening weekend Northeastern dropped league losses to Providence (3-2) and Boston College (2-0). Most recently, the Huskies skated to a 2-2 tie with Rensselaer. Through NU's first three games, all four goals have come from four different freshmen. Cody Ferriero, Brodie Reid, Rob Dongara and Jamie Oleksiak have accounted for each tally while two of those markers have come with an extra attacker. In net, sophomore Chris Rawlings is 0-2-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .936 save percentage in three games played.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN: UNH owns an 86-57-12 all-time record against Northeastern in 155 meetings in the series history between the two teams.The Wildcats were 2-0-1 in the season series last year.  Coach Umile owns a 41-15-10 record all-time against Northeastern. Senior forward Mike Sislo (3g, 4a) is the Wildcats' leading career scorer vs. NU.  Junior netminder Matt DiGirolamo is 0-0-1 with a 1.85 GAA all time against the Huskies. DiGirolamo's first collegiate start was on Nov. 1, 2008 against Northeastern.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE HUSKIES:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    9    3-4-7
Blake Kessel    6    1-4-5
Paul Thompson    8    3-2-5
Stevie Moses    6    1-3-4
Phil DeSimone    9    1-3-4
Dalton Speelman    3    3-0-3
Matt Campanale    5    0-2-2
Mike Beck    3    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    5    0-1-1
Mike Borisenok    4    0-1-1
John Henrion    2    0-1-1
Kevin McCarey    3    0-0-0
Greg Burke    3    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    3    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
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

LAST TIME OUT (10/16/10 VS. MICHIGAN): Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone each notched a goal and an assist in UNH's 3-3 tie with No. 3 University of Michigan in front of a sellout crowd at the Whittemore Center for the home opener. Trailing 3-2 with 4:33 remaining in regulation, the Wildcats evened the score on a Thompson power-play tally. DeSimone carried the puck into the zone up the left side below the goal line where he dished the puck to Thompson, who whistled the puck into the top right corner of the net to knot it at three. Matt DiGirolamo made 27 saves, including 12 in the first period. Shawn Hunwick stopped 45 shots, including 14 in the second period and eight in overtime.

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (2/27/10 VS. NORTHEASTERN):  Dalton Speelman and Paul Thompson scored late third-period goals 12 seconds apart to lift UNH to a 3-1 victory over Northeastern at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire goaltender Brian Foster, after surrendering a goal 38 seconds into the game, made 21 of his 24 saves through the first two periods of play to keep the Wildcats within one goal. NU counterpart Chris Rawlings stopped 20 shots, including nine in the final frame.

DIGIROLAMO FETED AS HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Matt DiGirolamo was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. DiGirolamo earns this award for the first time in his career and the first time a UNH player collected this honor since Brian Foster did so Jan. 25. DiGirolamo stopped 27 of 30 shots against Michigan Saturday night, while all three of Michigan's goals came on the power play.

WIN, LOSE OR DRAW: UNH moved to 1-1-1 with a 3-3 tie against Michigan in the home opener.  Over the first three games, UNH has a win, a loss and a tie.

THREE OF A KIND: It was the 'Cats third-straight game against the third-ranked team in the nation.

FIRING RANGE: The Wildcats recorded a season-best 48 shots on net against Michigan, outshooting UM 48-30 including 8-1 in overtime. It was the first time UNH tallied 45+ shots since Jan. 30, 2010 against Merrimack.
 
THREE FOR ALL: UNH has scored three goals or more in all three games this season, all against top-five programs.

A POINT A GAME: Senior forward Mike Sislo and junior defenseman Blake Kessel have each registered a point in all three game for New Hampshire.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: The 'Cats have scored a power play goal in each of the first three games including a Paul Thompson tallied that tied the game at 15:27 of the third period. Thompson's two goals have both come on the power play.

DESIMONE SECOND IN LEAGUE IN SCORING: Phil DeSimone ranks second in Hockey East in points with five. Maine's Spencer Abbott is first in the league with seven points in four games.

DIGIROLAMO FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SAVES, MINUTES: Matt DiGirolamo is first in Hockey East in saves with 98 and minutes played at 184:50.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    5-6-11    42-33-37
Juniors:    4-6-10    33-33-33
Sophomores:    3-6-9    25-33-30
Freshmen:    0-0-0    0-0-0

'CATS OPEN WITH FIVE OF SIX AGAINST TOP-15 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-15 opponents with six of its first seven games on the road.
Date        Opponent        Results    
10/8        at #3 Miami        L, 3-6
10/9        at #3 Miami        W, 6-3
10/16        vs. #3 Michigan        T, 3-3
10/22        at Northeastern        
10/29        at #12 Cornell
11/5        at #1 Boston College
11/6        at Mass.-Lowell

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)
10/11        9th    9th    4th
10/18        7th­­­    7th    6th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Oct. 18)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW
1     Boston College (49)       3-0-0       999         1
2     North Dakota (1)       3-0-1       941         2
3     Miami                          2-1-1       872         4
4     Michigan                       2-0-2       848         3
5     Yale                               0-0-0       758         5
6     Minnesota-Duluth               3-0-1       730         7
7     New Hampshire                  1-1-1       617         9
8     Boston University              2-0-1       543        10
9     Alaska                         3-1-0       514        14
10     Nebraska-Omaha                 4-0-0       467        17
11     Denver                         1-2-1       443         6
12     Maine                          1-1-2       429         8
13     Cornell                        0-0-0       406        12
14     St. Cloud State                1-2-1       368        11
15     Wisconsin                      3-1-0       341        15
16     Michigan State                 1-0-1       267        20
17     Notre Dame                     3-1-0       242        19
18     Union                          3-1-0       236        16
19     Colorado College               2-1-1       126        18
20     Minnesota                      2-2-0       118        13
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan Tech 61, Robert Morris 42, Ferris State 27, Rensselaer 27, Colgate 25, Vermont 19, Bemidji State 12, RIT 10, Merrimack 8, Quinnipiac 2, Massachusetts-Lowell 1, Western Michigan 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Oct. 18)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Last     Rec.     Weeks
1    Boston College, 510 (34)    1    3-0-0    3
2    North Dakota, 473        2    3-0-1    3
3    University of Michigan, 413    3    2-0-2    3
4    Miami University, 409        4    2-1-1    3
5    Minnesota Duluth, 333        7    3-0-1    3
6    Yale University, 324        5    0-0-0    3
7    New Hampshire, 250        9    1-1-1    3
8    Boston University, 236        T-10    2-0-1    3
9    University of Alaska, 172    14    3-1-0    3
10    Nebraska Omaha, 164        NR    4-0-0    1
11    University of Maine, 134    6    1-1-2    3
12    Cornell University, 113        12    0-0-0    3
13    University of Denver, 107    8    1-2-1    3
14    University of Wisconsin, 102    15    3-1-0    3
15    St. Cloud State University, 71    T-10    1-2-1    3
Others receiving votes: Union College, 63; University of Minnesota, 59; Michigan State University, 53; University of Notre Dame, 38; Michigan Tech University, 27; Colorado College, 16; Robert Morris University, 7; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 4; Ferris State University, 1; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:    
Phil DeSimone      26th     1.67 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson        46th        0.67 ppg
Phil DeSimone        46th        0.67 ppg
Stevie Moses          46th         0.67 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Phil DeSimone     29th         1 apg
Blake Kessel         29th         1 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      5th      2 ppg
Mike Sislo           25th       1ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      2nd     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Damon Kipp     5th      1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        12th     1.00 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo    48th             3.57 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        39th     .899
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo    25th     .500
Team
Scoring Offense       11th     4.00
Scoring Defense           38th     4.00
Scoring Margin     24th     0.00
Penalty Minutes     16th       17.3
Power Play     18th    21.4
Penalty Kill        40th     73.3
Combined Special Teams     28th         43.3
Winnning Percentage       21st     .500

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Phil DeSimone     2nd (5 pts.)    n/a
             five tied         14th (2 pts.)    n/a    
Goals                  three tied    8th (2 g)        n/a    
Assists                Blake Kessel     4th (3 a)            n/a
                           Phil DeSimone     4th (3 a)              n/a
PP Points           four players           4th (2)        n/a
PP Goals            Paul Thompson    1st (2 ppg)    n/a
SH Points    Dalton Speelman1st (1 shp)    n/a
            Brett Kostolansky1st (1 shp)    n/a
SH Goals    Dalton Speelman1st (1 shg)    n/a
GW Goals    Damon Kipp    1st (1 gwg)       n/a
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     3rd (3 pts)    n/a
GAA        Matt DiGirolamo 9th (3.57)    n/a
Save %        Matt DiGirolamo 7th (.899)    n/a
Win %        Matt DiGirolamo    6th (.500)    n/a
Saves        Matt DiGirolamo    1st (98)        n/a
Minutes    Matt DiGirolamo 1st (184:50)     n/a
Wins        Matt DiGirolamo 2nd (1)        n/a

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     4.00/3rd     n/a
GAA     4.00/7th    n/a
Power Play     21.4/3rd     n/a
Penalty Kill      73.3/7th     n/a
Special Teams Net     0/3rd      n/a
1st Period Scoring          0/9th     n/a
2nd Period Scoring        8/1st       n/a
3rd Period Scoring     4/3rd     n/a
Overtime Scoring             0/1st        n/a

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    RES.
Oct. 8     at Miami                 CBS-College Sports    L, 3-6
Oct. 9     at Miami                    ONN (OHIO)    W, 6-3
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.

'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.

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award    Date
Blake Kessel    INCH Preseason All-America First Team    10/7
Blake Kessel    InsideHockey.com's Hobey Watch    10/7
Matt DiGirolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/18

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