#4 Men's Hockey Battles UMass.-Lowell (Fri - 7 p.m. - Whittemore Center), UMass (Sat - 7 p.m. - Mullins Center)

The fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will play a pair of pivotal Hockey East contests this weekend. The Wildcats entertain UMass.-Lowell on Friday (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center before traveling to Massachusetts on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Mullins Center.

UMass.-Lowell enters Friday's game with a 2-14-2 record and a 2-10-0 mark in Hockey East. The River Hawks have lost nine-straight beginning with a 2-1 loss to UNH on Nov. 6 (the teams' first meeting) and including a 3-0 loss to the 'Cats on Dec. 2. UML is lead offensively by Riley Wetmore, who has 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. The River Hawks have a pair of freshmen in net with Doug Carr posting a 2-10-1 record with a 3.79 GAA and a .895 save percentage. Marc Boulanger is 0-4-1 in eight games with a 4.26 GAA and a .864 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 53-30-15 in 98 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983.UNH is 2-0-0 this season with a 2-1 win on Nov. 6 and a 3-0 win on Dec. 2 at Tsongas Center. Coach Umile owns a 46-19-10 all-time record against the River Hawks in his coaching career. Phil DeSimone is the active leader in scoring against the River Hawks with seven points (1g, 6a) in 11 games. Matt DiGirolamo is 2-1-0 lifetime against UML with a shutout.

Player    GP    G-A-P
Phil DeSimone    11    1-6-7
Mike Sislo    11    4-0-4
Blake Kessel    8    2-1-3
Greg Burke    4    0-3-3
John Henrion    3    1-2-3
Mike Borisenok    5    0-3-3
Matt Campanale    5    1-1-2
Austin Block    5    1-1-2
Dalton Speelman    5    1-1-2
Stevie Moses    7    2-0-2
Paul Thompson    11    1-1-2
Damon Kipp    7    0-1-1
Matt DiGirolamo    3    0-1-1
Jeff Silengo    2    0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    5    0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    5    1-0-1
Mike Beck    6    0-0-0
Greg Manz    3    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    4    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Kevin Goumas    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DiGirolamo     3/179:57    9    3.00    2-1-0    76    .894

DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-14-08        59:57    L    27    8    35
11-6-10        60:00    W    24    1    25
12-2-10        60:00    W    25    0    25
Totals        179:57    2-1-0    76    9    85

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (12/2/10 AT MASS-LOWELL):  Matt DiGirolamo turned aside 25 shots including 12 in the third period to register his second career shutout and dished out an assist to lift UNH to a 3-0 win over Massachusetts-Lowell in Hockey East action at Tsongas Center. Overall, nine different players recorded a point for New Hampshire, including pair of players DiGirolamo and Jeff Silengo with their first collegiate point.The Wildcats scored the game's first goal at 12:34 of the first period. Brett Kostolansky scored his third goal in the last four games on a one-timer from the right point that appeared to deflect in off a UML defender into the net for a 1-0 lead and the eventual game-winner. John Henrion and Silengo assisted on the goal. The Wildcats held a 12-6 shot advantage in the frame. UNH extended its lead as Stevie Moses scored from the center slot on a feed from Mike Borisenok, who collected the rebound of his own shot and found Moses in the slot at 11:17 of  the second period to make it 2-0. DiGirolamo started the transition and was credited with his first collegiate point. New Hampshire extended the lead to 3-0 as Mike Sislo scored a fast-break goal that was setup nicely by linemates Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone at 16:01 of the second to make it 3-0. UNH outshot UML 11-7 in the second stanza. In a scoreless third period, UML held a 12-6 shot advantage including three during over a minute of 5-3 play late in the frame.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: UMass enters the weekend 3-9-3 overall with a 2-4-3 mark in Hockey East. After a 3-3 tie with UNH on Nov. 13, the Minutemen rattled off three-straight wins against Vermont, Quinnipiac and Mass.-Lowell before losing three-straight most recently. UMass is coming off a pair of losses at Wisconsin. The Minutemen will play host to Northeastern on Friday night before hosting UNH on Saturday. Freshman Michael Pereira is the team's leading scorer with 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Senior netminder Paul Dainton is 3-4-2 with a 2.79 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 78-18-8 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 104 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH is 1-0-1 with a win (3-0) and a tie (3-3) in a two home series  back on Nov. 12-13 at Whittemore Center.  UNH is 8-1-3 in the last 12 meetings with the Minutemen.  Coach Umile owns a 39-10-7 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Senior Paul Thompson is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with 10 points in eight games. Matt DiGirolamo is 1-0-1 in two career games against UMass. He collected his first career shutout against UMass on Nov. 12.

Player    GP    G-A-P
Paul Thompson    8    2-8-10
Mike Sislo    13    5-4-9
Blake Kessel    8    2-6-8
Stevie Moses    8    3-1-4
Phil DeSimone    13    1-5-6
Brett Kostolansky    5    0-3-3
Greg Burke    2    0-2-2
Kevin McCarey    5    1-1-2
Mike Beck    6    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    8    1-0-1
Mike Borisenok    7    0-0-0
Greg Manz    4    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    6    0-0-0
Austin Block    4    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    4    0-0-0
John Henrion    4    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    2    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    3    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    2    0-0-0
Kevin Goumas    2    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DiGirolamo     2/124:22     3     1.44     1-0-1     48      .941

DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-12-10        59:57    W    19    0    19
11-13-10        64:25    T    29    3    32
Totals        124:22    1-0-1    48    3    51

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (11/13/10 VS. MASSACHUSETTS):  Blake Kessel scored with 42 seconds remaining to lift UNH to a 3-3 tie against the University of Massachusetts in front of a sellout crowd at the Whittemore Center. Trailing 3-2 with 42 seconds on the clock, the Wildcats evened the score when Kessel crashed the net and finished off a pass from Phil DeSimone, who had circled around on the right end line before dishing the puck to the front of the net. UNH drew first blood 4:17 into the opening period off a great defensive play from Paul Thompson. As the UMass defender at the right point attempted to swing the puck across the blue line to the left, Thompson stuck his stick out and intercepted the pass. Thompson split the two converging defenders and put a shot on net that was saved by UMass goaltender Paul Dainton as he dove to his right. Mike Sislo, who was trailing the play, collected the puck on the doorstep and easily slid it into the vacant net to put his team up 1-0. The Minutemen gained the equalizer just under two minutes later when Adam Phillips' shot from the right circle was stopped by goaltender Matt DiGirolamo, but the puck trickled through his pads and was cleaned up at the far post by Branden Gracel. The Wildcats went back on top on the power play with just 4:01 to play in the period. At the bottom of the left circle, DeSimone wheeled around a defender and sent a backhanded pass across the slot that Stevie Moses buried in the top right corner of the net to make it 2-1. Thompson earned his second assist of the game on the play. UMass tied the game at two with 7:03 remaining in the third period when T.J. Syner received a feed at the top of the right slot from Michael Marcou and wristed a shot into the right corner of the net. The Minutemen then grabbed their first lead of the night with 1:02 to play when Graciel's shot from the left circle was saved by DiGirolamo, but the rebound caromed to DiGirolamo's left as he slid to the right and Michael Pereira buried the puck in the open net to give UMass what would be a brief 3-2 lead. Marcou also earned an assist on the play. DiGirolamo made 29 saves, including 11 in the opening period, while Dainton stopped 43 shots – 18 of them in the final period. UNH outshot UMass, 46-32, including 19-9 in the third period and 4-1 in the extra session.

LAST TIME OUT (JAN. 2, 2011 VS. ST. LAWRENCE): Aaron Bogosian scored 29 seconds into overtime to lift the St. Lawrence University men's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 non-conference victory against second-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center. UNH goaltender Matt DiGirolamo made 28 saves, including 13 in the third period and two in the extra session. Saints counterpart Matt Weninger was credited with 32 saves, including 10 in the second stanza and 15 in the final frame; he did not face a shot in OT. Bogosian's goal, which was assisted by Greg Carey, came on the rebound of his own shot from the left point. The puck trickled behind DiGirolamo and was chased down by Bogosian and tapped in. The Saints netted the game's first goal at 4:42 of the second period to take a 1-0 lead. In the defensive zone, Pat Raley chipped the puck up the boards and Mark Armstrong carried the puck through the neutral zone on the left side to create a 2-on-1 odd-man rush. Armstrong rifled a shot from the left faceoff circle inside the far post for his first goal of the year. UNH had a two-skater advantage for 42 seconds (due to overlapping minor penalties to St. Lawrence at 11:53 and 13:11) but recorded just one shot in that time. With 2:30 remaining in the second stanza, the 'Cats had a quick counterattack in which Paul Thompson entered the offensive zone on the left wing and dropped the puck at the faceoff dot for Phil DeSimone  He quickly sent a diagonal pass to Mike Sislo but SLU goalie Matt Weninger slid across the crease to the right post to deny Sislo. New Hampshire tied the score, 1-1, at 14:53 of the third period. Austin Block moved the puck from the left corner to John Henrion in the near circle and his low shot sailed past Weninger. Damon Kipp was also credited with an assist.

DIGIROLAMO NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER: Junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Goalie of the Month for December. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the league office. DiGirolamo, who earned HE Defensive Player of the Week honors on Dec. 6, becomes the first UNH player to earn the league's goalie of the month honor since Brian Foster did so in January 2010.DiGirolamo was a perfect 3-0-0 in the month with a 1.35 GAA and a .950 save percentage. He opened the month with a shutout against UMass-Lowell, allowed a goal in a 5-1 win over Vermont and closed out the month with 27 saves in a 4-3 win over Maine. Overall DiGirolamo turned away 76 of 80 shots in the month.

RIGHTEOUS KILLS: The New Hampshire penalty kill was 2-2 on the kill on Sunday against St. Lawrence marking the fourth straight game they have not allowed a power play goal.

HENRION ON A ROW: John Henrion scored a goal late in the third period to force overtime. Henrion has registered a point in back-to-back games and three out of the last four.

BACK-TO-BACK FOR KIPP: Damon Kipp assisted on Henrion's game-tying goal, he's scored in back-to-back games.

8-0-1 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO: UNH is now 8-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI        Rk
1     Yale     24     12-1-0     .9231     1     .6242*     1
2     North Dakota     22     14-5-2     .7143     4     .5923     2
3t     New Hampshire     20     10-3-4     .7059     5     .5575     6
3t     Denver     20     13-5-4     .6818     8     .5750     4
3t     Boston College     20     13-5-0     .7222     3     .5703*     5
6     Minn.-Duluth     19     13-4-3     .7250     2     .5795     3
7     Rensselaer     18     11-4-3     .6944     6     .5534*     7
8t     Michigan     17     12-5-4     .6667     9     .5523     8
8t     Neb-Omaha     17     12-7-1     .6250     12t     .5500     9
10     Miami     16     11-6-3     .6250     12t     .5465     11
11     Notre Dame     15     12-7-3     .6136     16t     .5492     10
12     Wisconsin     13     12-7-3     .6136     16t     .5429*     12
13     Alaska     12     9-6-3     .5833     22     .5382     13
14t     Colorado College     11     12-9-1     .5682     24     .5382     14
14t     Maine     11     9-5-4     .6111     18t     .5358     15
16t     Union     8     11-6-3     .6250     12t     .5356*     16
16t     Merrimack     8     9-4-4     .6471     11     .5332*     17
18t     Princeton     6     10-5-1     .6562     10     .5327     18
18t     Boston Univ.     6     8-5-6     .5789     23     .5326     19
18t     Dartmouth     6     7-4-2     .6154     15     .5270     20
21     Western Mich.     5     10-6-4     .6000     21     .5255     21
22t     Minnesota State     2     8-8-4     .5000     32t     .5177     22
22t     Minnesota     2     9-8-3     .5250     29     .5174     23
22t     Northern Mich.     2     9-9-4     .5000     32t     .5167     24
25     Clarkson     0     10-6-2     .6111     18t     .5144     25

'CATS EXTENDS WHITTEMORE CENTER UNBEATEN STREAK TO 25 AGAINST HOCKEY EAST FOE:  With a 5-1 win over Vermont, UNH is 18-0-7 in the last 25 Hockey East contests at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire's last home league loss came on Jan. 24, 2009 against BU.

FIRST ONE GOAL LOSS:  Sunday's 2-1 loss to St. Lawrence was the first one-goal loss of the season for UNH. The 'Cats were 4-0-0 in one-goal games prior to Sunday.

'CATS DROP FIRST IN OT THIS SEASON: Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss was the first overtime loss of the season. New Hampshire is now 1-1-4 in six overtime games.

THOMPSON FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SCORING; LINEMATES RIGHT BEHIND: Paul Thompson ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 25 points, while his linemates Mike Sislo (24 pts) and  Phil DeSimone (20 pts) rank second and fifth, respectively.

TOP LINERS APPROACHING CENTURY MARK: All three members of UNH's top line have a chance to capture 100 points during their season season. Mike Sislo is now just eight points away.
Player            G-A-P        Points to 100
Mike Sislo            44-48-92        8
Phil DeSimone        24-64-88        12
Paul Thompson    40-45-85        15

DeSIMONE; SISLO FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS: Phil DeSimone and Mike Sislo are tied for first in Hockey East with 16 assists this season.

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006-07: UNH is off to its best start at 10-3-4 (.706) since the 2006-07 season when it was 13-3-1 (.794). The Wildcats have won 10 or more games through their first 17 games in three of the last five seasons.
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        10-3-4 (.706)        ---
2009-10        8-6-3 (.558)        18-14-7
2008-09        8-6-3 (.558)        20-13-5
2007-08        11-5-1 (.676)        25-10-3
2006-07        13-3-1 (.794)        26-11-2

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    23-49-72    40-51-46
Juniors:    15-22-37    26-23-24
Sophomores:    17-23-40    29-24-26
Freshmen:    3-3-6    5-3-4

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 17 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     8-6-3        10-3-4
HE Record    8-2-2        8-1-2
Goals scored    57            58
Goals scored/PG    3.35        3.41
Goals Allowed    59            41
Goals Allowed/PG    3.47        2.41
Shots    488        613
Shots Allowed    555        521
Power Play    16.0%         19.8%
    (12-75)        (16-81)
Penalty Kill    75.0%         84.5%
    (54-72)        (49-58)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    13-11-24        11-14-25
    Kessel        Sislo
    5-13-18        8-16-24
    Thomp.        DeSimone
    8-9-17        4-16-20

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
11/29        5th    5th    3rd
12/6            3rd    3rd    2nd
12/13        2nd    2nd    1st
12/20        2nd    NP    1st
12/27        NP    NP    1st
1/3            4th    4th    1st

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 3)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    Yale University, 510 (34)    1    12-1-0    13
2    North Dakota, 467        5    14-5-2    13
3    Boston College, 428        4    13-5-0    13
4    New Hampshire, 404    2    10-3-4    13
5    Minnesota Duluth, 356    3    12-4-3    13
6    University of Denver, 352    7    13-5-4    13
7    University of Michigan, 297    10    12-5-4    13
8    Miami University, 288    6    11-6-3    13
9    Rensselaer, 202        13    11-4-3    5
10    Nebraska Omaha, 164    9    12-7-1    11
11    University of Maine, 162    8    9-5-4    13
12    Notre Dame, 129        12    12-7-3    10
13    University of Wisconsin, 117    15    12-7-3    8
14    Union College, 72        14    11-6-3    10
15    Boston University, 42    11    8-5-6    13
Others receiving votes: University of Alaska, 36; Colorado College, 27; Merrimack College, 23; Ferris State University, 1; Princeton University, 1; Robert Morris University, 1; Western Michigan University, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 3)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Weeks
1     Yale                    (45)      12-1-0       991         1    
2     North Dakota            (2)      14-5-2       938         3
 3     Boston College          (3)      13-5-0       881         5
 4     New Hampshire                     10-3-4       853         2
 5     Minnesota-Duluth                  12-4-3       782         4
 6     Denver                            13-5-4       752         7
 7     Miami                             11-6-3       688         6
 8     Michigan                          12-5-4       658        11
 9     Maine                              9-5-4       539        9
10    Rensselaer                        11-4-3       496        14
11     Notre Dame                        12-7-3       454        12
12     Nebraska-Omaha                    12-7-1       421         8
13     Wisconsin                         12-7-3       408        15
14     Boston University                  8-5-6       353        10
15     Union                             11-6-3       321        12
16     Alaska                             9-6-3       266        16
17     Merrimack                          9-4-4       250        17
18     Colorado College                  12-9-1       156        20
19     Princeton                         10-5-0        60        NR
20     Ferris State                       9-8-4        46        18
Others Receiving Votes: Western Michigan 45, Clarkson 40, Dartmouth 26, Minnesota 26, Robert Morris 23, Minnesota State 15, Bemidji State 4, Ohio State 2, Quinnipiac 2, St. Lawrence 2, Niagara 1, Providence 1

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 1/6): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     10th     1.47 ppg
Mike Sislo        14th     1.41 ppg
Phil DeSimone     34th    1.18 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      13th      0.65 gpg
Mike Sislo     57th        0.47 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Phil DeSimone             11th              0.94 apg
Mike Sislo         11th             0.94 apg
Paul Thompson              24th            0.82 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      6th       6 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      21st     1 shg
Stevie Moses     21st     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      3rd       3 gwg
Mike Sislo       23rd      2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        26th     0.71 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     20th            2.32 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        18th     .923
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     11th     .706
Scoring Offense       16th     3.41
Scoring Defense          12th     2.41
Scoring Margin     7th     1.00
Penalty Minutes     54th       9.4
Power Play     22nd    19.8
Penalty Kill       18th     84.5
Combined Special Teams     46th        46.8
Winnning Percentage       5th     .706

Among the League Leaders (THRU 1/6): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points    Paul Thompson     2nd (25 pts)     1st (20 pts)
        Mike Sislo     4th (24 pts)     5th (15 pts)
         Phil DeSimone     7th (20 pts)        10th (11 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson     2nd (11 g)         2nd (9 g)
        Mike Sislo      8th (8 g)      26th (3 g)
             Stevie Moses      18th (6 g)          47th (2 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st   (16 a)        1st (12 a)
                  Phil DeSimone      1st (16 a)       6th (9 a)
                        Paul Thompson      5th (14 a)       4th (11 a)
                        Blake Kessel     19th (9 a)           32nd (4 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (12 pts)     1st (10 pts)
                  Mike Sislo     3rd (10 pts)     3rd (7 pts)
                 Phil DeSimone      12th (7 pts)       8th (5 pts)
        Blake Kessel     12th (7 pts)     13th (4 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (6 ppg)             2nd (4 ppg)
              Mike Sislo     9th (3 ppg)         19th (1 ppg)
                Phil DeSimone     17th (2 ppg)     5th (2 ppg)
                  Brett Kostolansky 17th (2 ppg)      5th (2 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     7th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 5th (1 shg)     n/a
              Stevie Moses     5th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (3 gwg)      1st (3 gwg)
                Mike Sislo      4th (2 gwg)       7th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     3rd (12 pts)     6th (6 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 4th (10 pts)      3rd (7 pts)
GAA     Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (2.32)     1st (1.62)
Save %     Matt DiGirolamo     4th (.923)     1st (.944)
Win %     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (.706)     1st (.818)
Saves     Matt DiGirolamo 1st (480)     6th (301)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo 1st (1034:06)      3rd (664:44)
Wins     Matt DiGirolamo 2nd (10)     2nd (8)

            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.41/2nd     3.00/3rd
GAA         2.41/3rd     1.64/1st
Power Play         19.8/2nd     22.0/2nd
Penalty Kill          84.5/3rd     91.2/2nd
Special Teams Net     +6/2nd      +6/2nd
1st Period Scoring          13/7th     10/3rd
2nd Period Scoring        25/2nd      14/3rd
3rd Period Scoring     19/3rd     8/7th
Overtime Scoring             1/2nd      1/1st

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    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        W, 4-3 OT
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.

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.

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
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Month (November)    12/1
Mike Sislo    HE co-Player of the Week    12/6
Matt DiGirolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    12/6
Jeff Silengo    HE Rookie of the Week    12/13
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    12/13
Matt DiGirolamo    HE Goalie of the Month (December)    1/4

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.

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