#6 Men's Hockey Plays Host to Brown University on Tuesday Night (7 p.m.)

The sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team (6-2-3, 4-1-2 HE) plays host to non-conference foe Brown University (3-2-1, 2-1-1 ECACHL) on Tuesday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The Wildcats are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Bears coming into Tuesday night's matchup.

SCOUTING THE BEARS:  Brown enters Tuesday night's game with a 3-2-1 mark with a 2-1-1 ECACHL record. The Bears enter the tilt with back-to-back road wins at Colgate (5-2) and Cornell (3-2). Brown is led offensively by Jack Maclellan, who has nine points (3g, 6a) in six games. In net, the Bears have split time between junior Mike Clemente and freshman Marco DeFilippo. Clemente is 2-1-1 with a 3.43 GAA and a .887 save percentage, while DeFilippo is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .921 save pecentage. Brown is coached by second-year head coach Brendan Whittet.

SERIES HISTORY VS. The BEARS: The Wildcats own a 20-13-1 all-time record vs. Brown in 34 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 11, 1927. UNH has won the last seven meetings vs. the Bears and the last time Brown defeated UNH was Dec. 1, 1987 (4-3). UNH last defeated Brown on Nov.  26, 2007 (5-2). UNH has won 11 of the last 12 meetings and are 15-2 in the last 17 games. Phil DeSimone is the active scoring leader against Brown with two assists. Three other Wildcats played in the last meeting between the two teams.
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Phil DeSimone    1    0-2-2
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Mike Sislo    1    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
No goalies with experience against Brown

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (11/26/07): Mike Radja and Matt Fornataro both recorded four points to lead UNH to a 5-2 non-conference victory against Brown University at the Whittemore Center. Radja recorded career highs in both goals – with his first career hat trick – and points. Fornataro established personal bests in both assists and points as all four of his points on the night were assists. James vanRiemsdyk and Phil DeSimone also had multiple-point games for the Wildcats. UNH goaltender Kevin Regan made 28 saves, including 11 in the second period. At the other end of the ice, Brown netminder Dan Rosen stopped 32 shots with 14 saves in the middle stanza.

LAST TIME OUT (11/20/10 at Boston Univ.): Paul Thompson tallied a goal and an assist, but the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team dropped Saturday night's Hockey East contest, 4-2, to No. 2 Boston University at Agganis Arena. The Terriers used a four-goal second period to capture the victory. Brett Kostolansky scored his first collegiate goal, while Thompson netted his third of the weekend for UNH. Terrier netminder Grant Rollheiser stopped a career-high 41 shots to improve to 3-0-0. Matt DiGirolamo turned away 24 shots including 10 in the final frame and moves to 6-2-3.

THOMPSON GARNERS HOCKEY EAST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior forward Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday morning by the league office. Thompson, who collects his first HE Player of the Week award, becomes the first UNH player to earn the league's top honor since Matt DiGirolamo did so Nov. 8. Thompson, who shares the league's player of the week honors with Merrimack's Jesse Todd, scored three goals and added two assists for five points in a weekend split with #2 Boston Univ. He led the offense with two goals and an assist in Friday night's 5-2 win and factored in both UNH goals with a goal and an assist on Saturday night. Thompson ranks second in Hockey East in scoring with 15 points and his six goals are second-best in the league.

TOP LINE PRODUCING:  UNH's top line of Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo have combined for seven goals, 17 assists and 24 points over the last four games. The group is averaging 1.75 gpg and 6.0 ppg.
Date    Thompson    Sislo    DeSimone
11/12 UMass    0-2-2     1-1-2    1-1-2
11/13 UMass    0-3-3    1-0-1    0-2-2
11/19 BU    2-1-3    0-1-1    1-2-3
11/20 @BU    1-1-2    0-2-2    0-1-1
Totals     3-7-10    2-4-6    2-6-8

DiGI DOMINANT IN LAST 10: Matt DiGirolamo is 6-1-3 in his last 10 starts with a 2.25 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He's allowed three goals or less in eight of nine and two or less on five occasions.
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
vs.  #2 Boston U.    W, 5-2        3    1    20
at #2 Boston U.    L, 2-4        4    3    24
Totals        6-1-3        24    13    234

GIVING IT THEIR BEST SHOT: The Wildcats held a commanding 92-50 shot advantage over the weekend series with Boston U. UNH has 40 shots in six of 11 games this season. The 'Cats allowed 40-plus shots on just one occasion, in the opening game against Miami. New Hampshire averaging 38.7 shots per games this season.

'CATS EXTENDS WHITTEMORE CENTER UNBEATEN STREAK TO 23 AGAINST HOCKEY EAST FOE: UNH is 16-0-7 in the last 23 Hockey East contests at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire's last home league loss came on Jan. 24, 2009 against BU.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY:  New Hampshire has scored a power play goal in nine of 11 games this season. UNH did not have a power play opportunity on 11/5 against BC and was just 0-2 against UMass-Lowell on 11/6.

SORKIN LIGHTS THE LAMP: Nick Sorkin tallied his first collegiate goal in Friday night's 5-2 win over the Terriers. The point was the first of his collegiate career and the first point by a New Hampshire freshman this season.

KOSTO POTS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Sophomore Brett Kostolansky tallied his first collegiate goal on Saturday night at Boston University.

'CATS RIDING SEVEN-GAME WIN-STREAK AGAINST BROWN: UNH has won seven straight against Brown with its last loss to the Bears coming on Dec. 1, 1987. Overall, the 'Cats have won 11-of-12 and are 15-2 in last 17.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    15-26-41    39-43-42
Juniors:    10-16-26    26-43-27
Sophomores:    12-18-30    32-30-31
Freshmen:    1-0-1    3-0-1

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 11 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     3-6-2        6-2-3
HE Record    3-2-1        4-1-2
Goals scored    34            38
Goals scored/PG    3.09        3.45
Goals Allowed    44            29
Goals Allowed/PG    4.00        2.64
Shots    314        426
Shots Allowed    362        342
Power Play    15.6%         21.2%
    (7-45)        (11-52)
Penalty Kill    74.0%         82.6%
    (37-50)        (38-46)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    9-5-14        6-9-15
    Kessel        DeSimone
    3-9-12        4-10-14
    LeBlanc        Sislo
    4-7-11        5-6-11

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
11/22        6th    6th    3rd

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Nov. 22)
Rk.      Team           (First Place)Rec.     Pts     LW
1     Minnesota-Duluth  (49)      11-1-2 999     1
2     Boston University   (1)       7-1-4   893     2
3     Yale                           7-1-0   856     5
4     Nebraska-Omaha                 9-2-1   824     4
5     Miami                          8-3-3   808     6
6     New Hampshire                  6-2-3   724     7
7     Boston College                 8-4-0   648    10
8     Michigan                       8-3-3   635     9
9     North Dakota                   8-5-1   631     8
10     Maine                          6-3-3   612     3
11     Notre Dame                     9-3-1   568    11
12     Denver                        8-4-2   442    13
13     Union                          7-2-3   421    14
14     Alaska                         7-5-2   312    12
15     Minnesota                     7-4-1   259    19
16     Wisconsin                      6-6-2   199    15
17     Rensselaer                     5-3-3   191    18
18     Merrimack                      4-2-4   154    NR
19     Western Michigan               6-3-3   147    16
20     Ferris State                   6-5-3    48    NR
Others Receiving Votes: Quinnipiac 42, Michigan State 39,  Robert Morris 12, Dartmouth 9, Colorado College 5,  Princeton 5, St. Cloud State 5, Niagara 4, Clarkson 3, Northern Michigan 2, Providence 2, Brown 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 22)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Last     Record    Weeks
1    Minnesota Duluth, 509 (34)    1    11-1-2    8
2    Boston University, 438        2    7-1-4    8
3    Yale University, 421        5    7-1-0    8
4    Nebraska Omaha, 389        4    9-2-1    6
5    Miami University, 373        6    8-3-3    8
6    New Hampshire, 299        8    6-2-3    8
7    Boston College, 272        9    8-4-0    8
8    University of Michigan, 265    10    8-3-3    8
9    University of Maine, 263    3    6-3-3    8
10    North Dakota, 252        7    8-5-1    8
11    University of Notre Dame, 201    11    9-3-1    5
12    Union College, 133        12    7-2-3    5
13    University of Denver, 130    14    8-4-2    8
14    University of Alaska, 55        13    7-5-2    7
15    University of Minnesota, 37    NR    7-4-1    3
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 19; University of Wisconsin, 15; Merrimack College, 8; Quinnipiac University, 1.

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     13th     1.36 ppg
Phil DeSimone     20th     1.27 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson         39th        0.55 gpg
Mike Sislo     66th        0.45 gpg
John Henrion     66th        0.45 gpg
Stevie Moses     66th       0.45 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Phil DeSimone             17th               0.91 apg
Paul Thompson              25th            0.82 apg
Blake Kessel            74th                 0.64 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      20th      3 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      11th     1 shg
Stevie Moses     11th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Mike Sislo     6th     2 gwg
Dalton Speelman     38th     1 gwg
John Henrion     38th     1 gwg
Damon Kipp       38th         1 gwg
Paul Thompson      38th       1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        24th     0.73 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     32nd             2.5 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        23rd     .918
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     15th     .682
Scoring Offense       13th     3.45
Scoring Defense           23rd     2.64
Scoring Margin     11th     0.82
Penalty Minutes     47th       11.2
Power Play     18th     21.2
Penalty Kill        30th     82.6
Combined Special Teams     28th         50.0
Winnning Percentage       7th     .682

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points         Paul Thompson     2nd (15 pts.)      2nd 11 pts)
                   Phil DeSimone     4th (14 pts.)     8th (8 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson      4th (6 g)      5th (4 g)
                    Mike Sislo     7th (5 g)         29th (2 g)
                    John Henrion     7th (5 g)      13th (3 g)
                    Stevie Moses      7th (5 g)          56th (1 g)
Assists           Phil DeSimone      2nd (10 a)       3rd (6 a)
                           Paul Thompson      3rd (9 a)       2nd (7 a)
                           Blake Kessel     9th (7 a)           28th (3 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      3rd (8 pts.)      1st (6 pts)
                        Phil DeSimone      6th (6 pts.)       5th (4 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     3rd (3 ppg)     13th (1 ppg)
                     Mike Sislo     9th (2 ppg)      13th (1 ppg)
                        Phil DeSimone     9th (2 ppg)    2nd (2 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied    5th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman4th (1 shg)     n/a
                 Stevie Moses     4th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Mike Sislo      1st (2 gwg)       3rd (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (8 pts)     4th (4 pts)
            Connor Hardowa9th (5 pts)     22nd (2 pts)
              Brett Kostolansky9th  (5 pts)      9th (3 pts)
GAA         Matt DiGirolamo     5th (2.50)     2nd (1.83)
Save %         Matt DiGirolamo     5th (.918)     4th (.934)
Win %         Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (.682)     2nd (.714)
Saves         Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (313)     8th (184)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (671:45)      5th (427:03)
Wins         Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (6)         2nd (4)

    Overall             HE games
Goals/per game     3.45/2nd    2.71/3rd
GAA         2.64/5th     1.86/1st
Power Play     21.2/2nd     21.9/3rd
Penalty Kill      82.6/5th     92.0/1st
Special Teams Net     +2/2nd      +3/2nd
1st Period Scoring          10/6th     8/2nd
2nd Period Scoring        19/1st       9/2nd
3rd Period Scoring     9/7th     2/10th
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    W, 5-2
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.

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.

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
Paul Thompson    HE co-Player of the Week    11/22

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