The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team looks to build on its three-game unbeaten streak as it travels to 14th-ranked Cornell University on Friday night  (7 p.m.) in Ithaca, N.Y. The game will serve as the season opener for the Big Red. The teams split a pair of games a year ago, including UNH's 6-2 win over Cornell in the NCAA East Regionals.

SCOUTING THE BIG RED: No. 14/15 Big Red open the 2010-11 season on Friday night against the Wildcats. Cornell played a pair of exhibition games last week with a 6-3 win over Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres and a 6-0 win over the US Under-18 team. Senior forward Joe Devin tallied four goals in those two exhibition games. Cornell lost a trio of 100-point scorers in Blake Gallagher, Colin Greening and Riley Nash as well as All-Americans in defenseman Brendon Nash and goaltender Ben Scrivens. Replacing Scrivens in net could fall on either junior Mike Garman or freshman Alex Iles. Garman saw limited duty behind Scrivens the past two seasons, while Iles is a product of the US National Development program.
SERIES HISTORY VS. CORNELL: The Wildcats and Big Red have met 24 times in the all-time series history with an even 12-12-0 mark in the series, which dates back to Dec. 29, 1941.  The teams split a pair of games last season with Cornell handed UNH a 5-2 defeat at Whittemore Center on Jan. 3, 2010, while the 'Cats bounced back with a 6-2 victory over the Big Red on March 26 at the NCAA East Regional in Albany. Coach Umile is 3-2-0 all-time in his coaching career vs. Cornell. UNH is 5-3-0 in the last eight meetings and have won nine of the last 13 against the Big Red. Mike Sislo and Paul Thompson are the active leaders in point with three.Thompson has a pair of goals and an assist, while Sislo has three goals in two games against the Big Red.

Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    2    3-0-3
Paul Thompson    2    2-1-3
Blake Kessel    2    0-2-2
Greg Burke    2    0-2-2
Phil DeSimone    2    0-2-2
Matt Campanale    2    1-1-2
Stevie Moses    2    0-1-1
Mike Beck    2    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    2    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    2    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    2    0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Austin Block    1    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no active players with action against Cornell

LAST TIME OUT (10/22/10 AT NORTHEASTERN): Paul Thompson and Dalton Speelman each registered a goal as the seventh-ranked men's hockey team played to a 2-2 tie with Northeastern University in the Wildcats' Hockey East opener at Matthews Arena. UNH's Matt DiGirolamo stopped 37 shots including 15 in the opening frame and moves to 1-1-2, while NU's Chris Rawlings turned away 43 shots including 20 in the middle frame.

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (3/26/10 VS. CORNELL - NCAA EAST REGIONAL):  Bobby Butler and Paul Thompson each registered a pair of goals and an assist to lift 12th-ranked men's hockey team to a 6-2 win against sixth-ranked Cornell University in first round action at the 2010 NCAA East Regional held at Albany's Times Union Center.  Overall seven players registered a point with six scoring multiple points for the 'Cats. In addition to Butler and Thompson, linemate Phil DeSimone dished out a pair of assists, Mike Sislo had two goals and his linemate Greg Burke and defenseman Blake Kessel each handed out a pair of assists. Brian Foster registered 24 saves including 11 in the second period and improves to 17-13-7, while Cornell's Scrivens finishes the season 21-9-4. UNH held a 37-26 shot advantage including a 17-10 edge in the third period. Cornell was 0-2 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 0-1 in its extra-skater opportunities.

UNBEATEN IN LAST THREE: New Hampshire extended its unbeaten streak to three games, nation's ninth longest streak, with a 2-2 tie with Northeastern in the Hockey East opener.

FIRING RANGE: For the second-straight game, the Wildcats had 45-plus shots peppering NU netminder Chris Rawlings with 45 shots.

KESSEL EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO SIX: Blake Kessel extended his point-streak to six games dating date to last year's 6-2 win over Cornell in the NCAA East Regional opening round.

POWER PLAY GOAL IN EVERY GAME THIS SEASON: UNH has scored a power play goal in each of the first four games this season.

THOMPSON ON THE POWER PLAY: Senior Paul Thompson has three power play goals and ranks fourth in the nation in that category.

OPENER FOR BIG RED: The Wildcats will travel to play Cornell for the Big Red's season opener on Saturday.

CAREER HIGH 37 SAVES FOR DIGIROLAMO: Matt DiGirolamo turned away a career-high 37 shots in UNH's 2-2 tie at Northeastern.

COME BACK KNACK: UNH has played catch up a lot this season with a 1-0-2 mark when its opponent scores the first goal and a 0-1-0 mark in the only contest it scored the first goal.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    6-6-12    43-27-33
Juniors:    4-7-11    29-27-31
Sophomores:    4-9-13    29-41-36
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        T, 2-2
10/29        at #14 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    10th    3rd (pre)
10/11        9th    9th    4th
10/18        7th­­­    7th    6th
10/25        10th    10th        7th

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Oct. 25)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW
1     Miami        (28)    4-1-1    975    3
2     Boston College    (19)       3-1-0       952         1
3     Minn-Duluth        (1)       5-0-1       854         6
4     Michigan             3-1-2       769         4
5     Yale                               0-0-0       733         5
6     Boston Univ.         (2)       4-0-1       726         8
7     Maine                          3-1-2       710        12
8     North Dakota                   3-2-1       679         2
9     Nebraska-Omaha                 5-1-0       572        10
10     New Hampshire                  1-1-2       513         7
11     Michigan State                 2-0-2       427        16
12     Denver                         2-2-2       400        11
13     Notre Dame                     4-1-0       391        17
14     Cornell                        0-0-0       366        13
15     Alaska                            3-2-1       340         9
16     Union                          5-1-0       339        18
17     St. Cloud State                2-3-1       224        14
18     Wisconsin                      3-2-1       166        15
19     Colorado College               3-2-1        69        19
20     Minnesota                      3-3-0        57        20
20     Rensselaer                     3-1-2        57        NR
Others Receiving Votes: Robert Morris 51, Michigan Tech 47, Western Michigan 26, Ferris State 19, Bemidji State 10, Quinnipiac 10, Merrimack 6, Vermont 5, Canisius 3, Northeastern 3, Massachusetts-Lowell 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Oct. 25)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Last     Rec.     Weeks
1    Miami University, 493 (18)    4    4-1-1    4
2    Boston College, 481 (14)    1    3-1-0    4
3    Minnesota Duluth, 415 (1)    5    5-0-1    4
4    University of Michigan, 365    3    3-1-2    4
5    Boston University, 349 (1)    8    4-0-1    4
6    University of Maine, 324    11    3-1-2    4
7    Yale University, 319        6    0-0-0    4
8    North Dakota, 278        2    3-2-1    4
9    Nebraska Omaha, 219        10    5-1-0    2
10    New Hampshire, 171        7    1-1-2    4
11    University of Notre Dame, 143    NR    4-1-0    1
12    University of Denver, 126    13    2-2-2    4
13    Union College, 105        NR    5-1-0    1
14    Michigan State University, 104    NR    2-0-2    1
15    Cornell University, 77        12    0-0-0    4
Others receiving votes: University of Alaska, 47; St. Cloud State University, 29; University of Wisconsin, 13; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 6; Robert Morris University, 6; University of Minnesota, 5; Michigan Tech University, 4; Ferris State University, 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      47th     1.25 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson        26th        0.75 ppg
Phil DeSimone        58th        0.50 ppg
Stevie Moses          58th        0.50 ppg
Dalton Speelman           58th        0.50 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel         16th         1 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      4th      3 ppg
Mike Sislo           45th       1ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      2nd     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Damon Kipp     8th      1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        9th     1.00 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo    39th             3.13 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        28th     .912
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo    25th     .500
Scoring Offense       15th     3.50
Scoring Defense           33rd     3.50
Scoring Margin     24th     0.00
Penalty Minutes     21st       14.5
Power Play     19th    20.0
Penalty Kill        35th     77.8
Combined Special Teams     31st         47.4
Winnning Percentage       24th     .500

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Phil DeSimone     9th (5 pts.)      n/a
            Paul Thompson  20th (4 pts.)    33rd (1 pt.)
Goals             Paul Thompson     8th (3 g)         8th (1 g)
                        Three tied          13th  (2 g)    n/a
Assists                Blake Kessel     6th (4 a)           15th (1 a)
                         Phil DeSimone     14th (3 a)              n/a
                            Brett Kostolansky 14th (3 a)        15th (1 a)
PP Points           four players           4th (2)        n/a
PP Goals            Paul Thompson    5th (3 ppg)    1st (1 ppg)
                            Blake Kessel        5th (3 ppg)           n/a
SH Points    Dalton Speelman 1st (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     6th (4 pts)    7th (1 pt)
GAA        Matt DiGirolamo 8th (3.13)    6th (1.86)
Save %        Matt DiGirolamo 6th (.912)    4th (.949)
Win %        Matt DiGirolamo    5th (.500)    4th (.500)
Saves        Matt DiGirolamo    2nd (135)    8th (37)
Minutes        Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (249:30)     9th (64:40)
Wins        Matt DiGirolamo     4th (1)        n/a

    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     4.00/3rd     2.00/6th
GAA     3.50/7th     2.00/2nd
Power Play     20.0/2nd     16.6/4th
Penalty Kill      77.8/6th     100.0/1st
Special Teams Net     0/3rd      0/3rd
1st Period Scoring          1/9th     1/6th
2nd Period Scoring        8/3rd       1/4th
3rd Period Scoring     5/4th     1/7th
Overtime Scoring             0/2nd        0/2nd

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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