#7 Men's Hockey Enters Home-and-Home Series with BU (Fri - 7 p.m. - NESN - Whittemore Center) (Sat. - 7 p.m. at BU)

The seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team enters into a much-talked about home-and-home series with second-ranked Boston University this weekend. BU enters with the nation's longest unbeaten streak at 10 games (6-0-4), while New Hampshire's eight-game streak is the nation's second-longest (5-0-3). The 'Cats wil play host to the Terriers Friday night (7 p.m.) live on NESN. The teams will play Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Agganis Arena.

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS:  No.2/2 Boston University enter the weekend on a nation-best 10-game unbeaten streak (6-0-4). The Terriers slid down one spot in the national poll after back-to-back ties with Merrimack, 1-1 Friday; 3-3 Saturday. BU stormed out of the gate to a 6-0-1 start and extended its streak with three-straight ties. The Terriers sit atop Hockey East with 12 points and a 4-0-4 record. BU is led offensive by junior forward Chris Connolly, who has 12 points (5g, 7a) in 10 games, while freshman Sahir Gill has 10 points (3g, 7a). Junior netminder Kieran Millan has seen the majority of action with a 4-0-4 record. He has a 1.92 GAA and a .938 save percentage in eight games. The Terriers have one of the nation's best penalty kills with a 90.4 percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.: Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 95-44-19 in 158 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. UNH won last year's series 2-0-1 with a 4-2 win at home on Nov. 20, a 4-1 win at BU on Jan. 23 and a 3-3 tie at BU Nov. 21.  Coach Umile owns a 25-31-9 all-time record against Boston University.  The Wildcats have enjoyed success at Agganis Arena with a 5-1-3 mark all time at Jack Parker Rink. Senior forwards Phil DeSimone and Paul Thompson are the active leading career Wildcat scorers against BU with five points, while junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo is 0-0-0 against the Terriers, with one relief appearance in his collegiate career.
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Paul Thompson    8    3-2-5
Phil DeSimone    10    2-3-5
Matt Campanale    6    0-3-3
Mike Sislo    10    2-1-3
Damon Kipp    6    2-1-3
John Henrion    3    1-0-1
Blake Kessel    7    0-1-1
Mike Borisenok    4    1-0-1
Greg Manz    4    0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    2    0-1-1
Stevie Moses    6    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    3    0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    3    0-1-1
Mike Beck    4    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    3    0-0-0
Austin Block    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DiGirolamo    1/8:57    0    0.00    0-0-0    1    1.000

DiGirolamo's Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-23-09        8:57    ND    1    0    1
Total        8:57    0-0-0    1    0    1

WE'RE STREAKING: The teams with the nation's two longest unbeaten streaks will lay it on the line this weekend for a home-and-home series. BU has not lost a game in 2010-11, while the Wildcats are unbeaten in eight straight after an opening night loss. The nation's top four unbeaten streaks are all held by Hockey East teams. It marks the team's longest unbeaten streak since February 2008.
Team        Streak        W-L-T
Boston Univ.    10        6-0-4
UNH        8        5-0-3
Maine        6        5-0-1
Providence    6        4-0-2

UNH VS.BOSTON UNIVERSITY LIVE ON NESN: UNH and Boston University will play the first of three highly-touted  matchups on Friday night live on NESN. Tom Caron and Bob Beers will call all the action live from Whittemore Center. It is UNH's first NESN appearance of 2010-11.

BLUE OUT THE WHITT: Friday night is UNH's annual "Blue Out the Whitt" night. Fans are encourage to wear blue and support their Wildcats.

TOP LINE PRODUCING:  New Hampshire's top line of Sislo (2g,1a), DeSimone (1g,3a) and Thompson (5a) were involved in all six goals over the weekend. The trio combined for 12 points with three goals and nine assists over the weekend.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UNH's power play scored three power play goals in the second period on Friday night. It was the first time since Jan. 16 the 'Cats scored three power play goals in a game. It also marks the first time since a Hockey East quarterfinal game against Northeastern on March 10, 2005, the 'Cats scored three power play goals in the same period. In that game, a 6-1 UNH win in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, Preston Callander, Brett Hemingway and Brian Yandle all scored second-period power play goals.

DIGIROLAMO REGISTERS FIRST COLLEGIATE SHUTOUT: Matt DiGirolamo registered his first career shutout on Friday night marking the first time in over a season the 'Cats posted a shutout. The last shutout came on Feb. 28, 2009 against Merrimack, a 1-0 win by Brian Foster

RIGHTEOUS KILLS: The Wildcats penalty kill was a perfect 10-10 over the weekend.

40 SHOTS: UNH has fired off 40-plus shots on four occasions this season and allowed 40-plus shots once.

THOMPSON REGISTERS CAREER-HIGH THREE ASSISTS ON SATURDAY: Paul Thompson registered a career-high three assists on Saturday night, factoring in all three Wildcat goals.

KESSEL CONTINUES TO SCORE BIG GOALS: Blake Kessel continues to have a knack for scoring big goals as he scored the game's equalizer with 42 seconds remaining in regulation.

SCORING A BALANCING ACT FOR UNH: The Wildcats continue to have balanced scoring with nine players with five or more points and eight players with multiple goals this season.

DIGIROLAMO DURING UNH'S SIX-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: During UNH's unbeaten streak, Matt DiGirolamo is 5-0-3 with a 2.07 GAA and a .932 save percentage and wins over three nationally-ranked programs. He's allowed three goals or fewer in all eight games with three games of one goal or less.
Opponent    Results        GA    E.S. GA    Saves       
at #3 Miami    W, 6-3        3    3    35
vs. #3 Michigan    T, 3-3        3    0    27
at Northeastern    T, 2-2        2    1    37
at #14 Cornell    W, 7-4        3    1    31
at #4 BC        W, 2-1        1    1    31
at Mass.-Lowell    W, 2-1        1    0    24
vs. UMass    W, 3-0        0    0    19
vs. UMass    T, 3-3        3    3    29
Totals        5-0-3        17    9    234    

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    11-18-29    35-37-36
Juniors:    10-12-22    32-37-28
Sophomores:    10-19-29    32-39-36
Freshmen:    0-0-0    0-0-0

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through seven games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     2-5-2        5-1-3
HE Record    2-1-1        3-0-2
Goals scored    27            31
Goals scored/PG    3.00        3.44
Goals Allowed    38            23
Goals Allowed/PG    4.22        2.56
Shots    296        292
Shots Allowed    251        303
Power Play    16.3%         23.1%
    (7-43)        (9-39)
Penalty Kill    72.3%         82.1%
    (34-47)        (32-39)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    6-5-11        3-7-10
    Kessel        DeSimone
    3-7-10        3-7-10
    LeBlanc        Sislo
    2-6-8        5-3-8

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
11/1            10th    10th    9th
11/8            8th    9th    4th
11/15        8th    7th    3rd

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Nov. 15)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Rec.     Pts     LW
1     Minn-Duluth        (36)       9-1-2   981     2
2     Boston Univ.         (11)       6-0-4   941     1
3     Maine                   (1)       6-1-3   871     5
4     Neb.-Omaha          (2)       8-1-1   808     6
5     Yale                               5-1-0   786     3
6     Miami                          6-3-3   779     4
7     New Hampshire                  5-1-3   673     9
8     North Dakota                   7-4-1   662    10
9     Michigan                       6-3-3   598     8
10     Boston College                 6-4-0   592     7
11     Notre Dame                     7-3-1   508    11
12     Alaska                         7-4-1   405    14
13     Denver                         6-4-2   401    15
14     Union                          7-2-3   387    12
15     Wisconsin                      6-4-2   264    13
16    Western Michigan               6-2-2   227    17
17     Michigan State                 4-3-3   200    16
18     Rensselaer                     5-3-3   171    18
19     Minnesota                      5-4-1    90    19
20     Robert Morris                  7-2-1    50    NR
Others Receiving Votes: Merrimack 42, Dartmouth 18, St. Cloud State 11, Cornell 9, Ferris State 8, Lake Superior 5, Princeton 4, Colorado College 3, Clarkson 2, Niagara 2, Providence 1, Quinnipiac 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 15)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Last     Record    Weeks
1    Minnesota Duluth, 501 (27)    2    9-1-2    7
2    Boston University, 475 (6)    1    6-0-4    7
3    University of Maine, 410    5    6-1-3    7
4    Nebraska Omaha, 380 (1)    7    8-1-1    5
5    Yale University, 370        4    5-1-0    7
6    Miami University, 363        3    6-3-3    7
7    North Dakota, 309        10    7-4-1    7
8    New Hampshire, 282        8    5-1-3    7
9    Boston College, 231        6    6-4-0    7
10    University of Michigan, 220    9    6-3-3    7
11    University of Notre Dame, 178    11    7-3-1    4
12    Union College, 114        12    7-2-3    4
13    University of Alaska, 104    13    7-4-1    6
14    University of Denver, 85        15    6-4-2    7
15    University of Wisconsin, 28    14    6-4-2    5
Others receiving votes: Michigan State University, 8; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 7; Cornell University, 6; Western Michigan University, 6; Robert Morris University, 4; Dartmouth College, 3; University of Minnesota, 2; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2.

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson    42nd     1.11 ppg
Phil DeSimone    42nd     1.11 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses         39th        0.59 gpg
Mike Sislo        40th        0.56 gpg
John Henrion    40th        0.56 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Paul Thompson         34th         0.78 apg
Phil DeSimone             34th               0.78 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      14th      3 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      4th     1 shg
Stevie Moses    4th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Mike Sislo        4th    2 gwg
Dalton Speelman    28th    1 gwg
John Henrion    28th    1 gwg
Damon Kipp       28th         1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        21st     0.78 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     30th             2.38 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        16th    .924
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     18th     .722
Scoring Offense       14th     3.44
Scoring Defense           20th     2.56
Scoring Margin     11th     0.89
Penalty Minutes     42nd       12.1
Power Play     11th     23.1
Penalty Kill        28th     82.1
Combined Special Teams     20th         52.6
Winnning Percentage       7th    .722

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points         Paul Thompson     7th (10 pts.)      7th (6 pts)
                    Phil DeSimone    7th (10 pts.)     23rd (4 pts)
Goals           Stevie Moses      6th (5 g)      42nd (1 g)
                     Mike Sislo     6th (5 g)         20th (2 g)
                     John Henrion    14th (4 g)      20th (2 g)
                                    Dalton Speelman14th (4 g)          7th (3 g)
Assists           Paul Thompson      4th (7 a)       2nd (5 a)
                            Phil DeSimone      4th (7 a)       16th (3 a)
                            Blake Kessel     12th (6 a)           42nd (2 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      3rd (6 pts.)      2nd (4 pts)
                     Phil DeSimone      6th (5 pts.)       6th (3 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     3rd (3 ppg)     8th (1 ppg)
                      Mike Sislo     8th (2 ppg)      8th (1 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     2nd (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 1st (1 shg)     n/a
                  Stevie Moses     1st (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Mike Sislo      1st (2 gwg)       2nd (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (7 pts)     8th (3 pts)
            Connor Hardowa    7th (5 pts)    13th (2 pts)
GAA         Matt DiGirolamo     5th (2.38)     1st (1.36)
Save %         Matt DiGirolamo     4th (.924)     1st (.952)
Win %         Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (.722)     2nd (.800)
Saves         Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (269)     8th (140)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (553:244)      6th (309:02)
Wins         Matt DiGirolamo     1st (5)         2nd (3)

    Overall             HE games
Goals/per game     3.44/2nd     2.40/6th
GAA         2.56/5th     1.40/1st
Power Play     23.1/1st     26.3/1st
Penalty Kill      82.1/4th     94.4/1st
Special Teams Net     +2/3rd      +3/1st
1st Period Scoring          7/8th     5/5th
2nd Period Scoring        15/1st       5/4th
3rd Period Scoring     9/6th     2/9th
Overtime Scoring             0/3rd        0/3rd

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 beginning in January (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
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/8
Matt DiGirolamo    HE Player of the Week    11/8
Matt DiGirolamo    INCH National Player of the Week    11/8

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