January 15, 2011

#4 Men's Hockey Competes in Battle for the RiverStone Cup X at Verizon Wireless Arena (Sat. - 7 p.m.)

Game Notes
DURHAM, N.H. --
The fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team travels to Manchester to renew its annual rival with in-state foe Dartmouth College in the Battle for the RiverStone X at Verizon Wireless Arena. New Hampshire holds a 6-2-1 advantage in the previous nine meetings with Dartmouth at Verizon Wireless Arena.

SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN:  The Dartmouth College Big Green enters Saturday's game with UNH 9-5-2 overall with a 6-3-1 mark in ECAC play. The red-hot Big Green 3-1-1 over its last five with a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Yale as its only blemish in that span. Most recently, the Big Green captured a 5-1 win over UConn on Tuesday night. DC is led offensively by Scott Fleming, who has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 16 games. Junior netminder James Mello has seen the majority of action in net for Dartmouth. He owns a 7-2-2 mark with a 1.78 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. DARTMOUTH: The Wildcats and Big Green have met 51 times in the all-time series history with UNH holding the advantage at 32-17-2, which dates back to February 19, 1936.The 'Cats have won four of the last five meetings including last year's 5-2 win on Jan. 16, 2010. Coach Umile owns a 10-4-1 lifetime record against Dartmouth. The last meeting between the two schools on a campus site was Dec. 29, 2000 in a 6-2 Dartmouth win at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Junior Blake Kessel is the active scoring leader with five points (1g, 4a) in two games against the Big Green, while no UNH goaltenders have experience against Dartmouth.

HISTORY OF THE RIVERSTONE CUP:  UNH holds a 6-2-1 advantage in nine previous Battle for the RiverStone Cups. The Big Green captured its first win in the series in a crazy 9-8 game on Jan. 12, 2005, while their other win came in a 5-3 win on Jan. 19, 2008.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BIG GREEN:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Blake Kessel    2    1-4-5
Phil DeSimone    2    2-2-4
Paul Thompson    1    2-1-3
Stevie Moses    2    0-2-2
Mike Sislo    3    0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    1    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    1    0-0-0
Greg Burke    1    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    2    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    2    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    2    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    1    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Mike Beck    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no active goalies with action against Dartmouth

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Jan 16, 2010): Led by co-MVPs Blake Kessel and Paul Thompson, the 20th-ranked UNH upended intrastate rival Dartmouth College, 5-2, in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX at the Verizon Wireless Arena. UNH went 3-for-4 on the power play and 4 of 4 on the penalty kil. The Wildcats defeated the Big Green for the second consecutive year to improve to 6-2-1 in the RiverStone Cup series. Kessel finished with a career-high four assists and the four points also marked a personal best, while Thompson tallied two goals and an assist to lead the offense. Phil DeSimone also had a multiple-point game with a goal and an assist. Brian Foster recorded double-digit saves in the first period (10) and third (11), and stopped 24 shots overall. Dartmouth counterpart Jody O'Neill made 33 saves, including 14 in the final frame.

LAST TIME OUT (JAN. 8 AT MASSACHUSETTS): With the game tied 1-1 late in the third period, the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team scored goals 45 seconds apart at 14:59 and 15:44 to earn Saturday night's 3-1 Hockey East victory against Massachusetts at Mullins Center. Phil DeSimone (1g, 1a) scored the eventual game-winner at 14:59 with a forehand shot that beat UMass netminder Paul Dainton short-side. The play was setup by a nifty behind-the-back pass by Paul Thompson (1g, 1a), who added to his league-best 31 points. Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) also assisted on the goal, he and DeSimone are tied for the league's lead in assists with 18 helpers. New Hampshire wasted little time to get its insurance as Blake Kessel (1g, 1a) fired a one-timer past Dainton from the center slot.

ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS:
12-13-01    UNH    6    Dartmouth    3    W
1-15-03    UNH    1    Dartmouth    1    T (OT)
2-1-03    UNH    4    Maine    2    W
11-12-03    UNH    2    Boston College    2    T (OT)
1-13-04    UNH    5    Dartmouth    0    W
3-27-04    Michigan (NCAA)    4    UNH    1    L
11-5-04    UNH    4    Boston U.    3    W
1-12-05    Dartmouth    9    UNH    8    L
11-1-05    Boston College    3    UNH    2    L
1-14-06    UNH    5    Dartmouth    4    W
1-13-07    UNH    4    Dartmouth    2    W
2-2-07    Maine    4    UNH    2    L
3-24-07    Miami (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-19-08    Dartmouth    5    UNH    3    L
1-17-09    UNH    6    Dartmouth    4    W
2-7-09    Maine    1    UNH    0    L
3-28-09    UNH (NCAA)    6    North Dakota    5    W(OT)
3-29-09    Boston U. (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-16-10    UNH    5    Dartmouth    2    W
Total    9-8-2    .526    Goals (67)    GA (57)

THOMPSON TABBED AS HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the league office. Thompson earned HE Player of the Week honors Nov. 22. Thompson scored four goals and handed out two assists leading UNH to a four-point weekend in Hockey East with wins over Mass.-Lowell and Massachusetts. On Friday, he tallied his second hat trick of the season in a 5-2 win over UML and added an assist. On Saturday, Thompson scored the team's first goal and made a nifty behind-the-back pass to set up Phil DeSimone for the eventual game-winner. Thompson was a plus-4 on the weekend with seven shots on net.

HAT TRICK OF HAT TRICKS FOR THOMPSON: Paul Thompson registered his third career hat trick on Friday night against Mass.-Lowell. Thompson has two hat tricks this season and registered on as a freshmen.

MULTIPLE HAT TRICKS IN A SEASON: Thompson becomes the first Wildcat to register multiple hat tricks in the same season since Mike Radja had a pair of hat tricks during the 2007-08 season. Radja tallied hat tricks against Brown on Nov. 26, 2007 and at Maine on Feb. 8, 2008.

'CATS MAKE IT FIVE IN A ROW IN HOCKEY EAST: UNH has now won five-straight games in Hockey East.

UNH WINS FIRST TWO SEASON SERIES: New Hampshire captured the first two season series in Hockey East with a complete sweep of Mass.-Lowell and a 2-0-1 mark against Massachusetts.

DIGI LIGHTS OUT IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY: Matt DiGirolamo continues to be lights out in Hockey East play, allowing just three goals (one even-strength) in a pair of wins over the weekend. Overall, DiGirolamo has allowed three goals or fewer in 12-of-13 conference games and two or fewer 10 times in league play. He is first in Hockey East in GAA (1.61), save percentage (.945), win percentage (.846) and wins (10).

KOSTOLANSKY HAPPY TO ASSIST: Brett Kostolansky matched a career-high with two assists in a win over Mass.-Lowell on Friday night.

FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME: Saturday night's Battle for the RiverStone Cup X against Dartmouth College is the final non-conference game of the season for UNH. The 'Cats are 2-2-2 in six non-conference games.

POWER PLAY STRIKES TWICE: UNH's power play scored twice last night marking the third time this season its scored two or more goals. The previous two times were also home wins over Massachusetts (3-0; Nov. 12) and Vermont (5-1; Dec. 5) in which the 'Cats scored three power play goals.

9-0-1 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO: UNH is 9-0-1 when leading after two periods.

THOMPSON VS. BUTLER: Bobby Butler had one of the best seasons by a UNH player in some time including being a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist a year ago. However, through 19 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 19 games    Goals    Assists    Points    PPG
Butler in 2009-10        13    12    25     1.32
Thompson in 2010-11    15    16    31    1.63

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.COM'S PAIRWISE RANKINGS (1/11)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI        Rk
1     Yale     24     14-1-0     .9333     1     .6274*     1
2t     North Dakota     22     16-5-2     .7391     3     .5942     2
2t     Minn-Duluth     22     14-4-3     .7381     4     .5858*     3
4t     New Hampshire     20     12-3-4     .7368     5     .5612     6
4t     Boston College     20     15-5-0     .7500     2     .5762*     4
4t     Denver     20     13-5-4     .6818     6     .5752     5
7     Michigan     18     13-6-4     .6522     10     .5490     8
8t     Notre Dame     16     14-7-3     .6458     11t     .5569     7
8t     Wisconsin     16     14-7-3     .6458     11t     .5483*     9
8t     Neb-Omaha     16     12-7-1     .6250     14t     .5480     10
11     Rensselaer     14     12-5-3     .6750     7     .5452*     11
12     Merrimack     12     10-4-4     .6667     8     .5409*     13
13     Union     11     13-6-3     .6591     9     .5433*     12
14t     Boston Univ     10     9-5-6     .6000     18t     .5378     15
14t     Western Mich     10     11-6-5     .6136     17     .5342     17
16t     Colorado College     9     12-9-1     .5682     23t     .5386     14
16t     Dartmouth     9     9-5-2     .6250     14t     .5347     16
18t     Maine     7     9-6-4     .5789     21     .5340     18
18t     Alaska     7     9-7-4     .5500     27     .5304     19
20     Miami     6     11-8-3     .5682     23t     .5267     20
21     Ferris State     4     11-8-4     .5652     26     .5186     23
22t     Minnesota State     3     10-8-4     .5455     28     .5258     21
22t     Princeton     3     11-6-1     .6389     13     .5249     22
24     Minnesota     1     9-8-3     .5250     29     .5176     24
25     Ohio State     0     12-8-1     .5952     20     .5166     25

'CATS EXTENDS WHITTEMORE CENTER UNBEATEN STREAK TO 26 AGAINST HOCKEY EAST FOE:  With a 5-2 win over Mass.-Lowell, UNH is 19-0-7 in the last 26 Hockey East contests at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire's last home league loss came on Jan. 24, 2009 against BU.

TOP LINERS APPROACHING CENTURY MARK: All three members of UNH's top line have a chance to capture 100 points during their senior season. Mike Sislo is now just six points away.
Player            G-A-P        Points to 100
Mike Sislo            44-50-94        6
Phil DeSimone        25-66-91        9
Paul Thompson    44-47-91        9

DeSIMONE; SISLO FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS: Phil DeSimone and Mike Sislo are tied for first in Hockey East with 17 assists this season.

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006-07: UNH is off to its best start at 11-3-4 (.722) since the 2006-07 season when it was 14-3-1 (.805).
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        12-3-4 (.736)        ---
2009-10        8-7-4 (.526)        18-14-7
2008-09        9-6-4 (.580)        20-13-5
2007-08        12-6-1 (.657)        25-10-3
2006-07        15-3-1 (.815)        26-11-2

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    28-57-85    42-51-48
Juniors:    17-24-41    26-21-23
Sophomores:    18-26-44    27-23-25
Freshmen:    3-5-8    5-4-4

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 19 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     8-7-4        12-3-4
HE Record    8-2-3        10-1-2
Goals scored    61            66
Goals scored/PG    3.21        3.47
Goals Allowed    66            44
Goals Allowed/PG    3.47        2.32
Shots    536        672
Shots Allowed    627        586
Power Play    15.3%         20.2%
    (13-85)        (18-89)
Penalty Kill    77.5%         83.6%
    (62-80)        (56-67)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    13-12-25        15-16-31
    Kessel        Sislo
    5-14-19        8-18-26
    Thomp.        DeSimone
    8-9-17        5-18-23

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
1/10            4th    4th    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 10)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    Yale University, 509 (33)    1    14-1-0    14
2    North Dakota, 469 (1)    2    16-5-2    14
3    Boston College, 434        3    15-5-0    14
4    New Hampshire, 406    4    12-3-4    14
5    Minnesota Duluth, 380    5    14-4-3    14
6    University of Denver, 350    6    13-5-4    14
7    University of Michigan, 270    7    13-6-4    14
8    University of Notre Dame, 264    12    14-7-3    11
9    Rensselaer, 186        9    12-5-3    6
10    Nebraska Omaha, 168    10    12-7-1    12
11    University of Wisconsin, 162    13    14-7-3    9
12    Miami University, 124    8    11-8-3    14
13    Union College, 101        14    13-6-3    11
14    University of Maine, 99    11    9-6-4    14
15    Merrimack College, 83    NR    10-4-4    14
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 53; Western Michigan University, 10; Colorado College, 8; The Ohio State University, 3; Dartmouth College, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 10)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Weeks    
 1     Yale                    (45)      14-1-0      991         1
 2     North Dakota            (2)      16-5-2       940         2
 3     Boston College          (3)      15-5-0       894         3
 4     New Hampshire                     12-3-4       856         4
 5     Minnesota-Duluth                  14-4-3       805         5
 6     Denver                            13-5-4       763         6
 7     Michigan                          13-6-4       653         8
 8     Notre Dame                        14-7-3       624        11
 9     Wisconsin                         14-7-3       505        13
10     Rensselaer                        12-5-3       492        10
11     Nebraska-Omaha                    12-7-1       483        12
12     Miami                             11-8-3       459         7
13     Maine                              9-6-4       379         9
14     Union                             13-6-3       357        15
15     Merrimack                         10-4-4       354        17
16     Boston University                  9-5-6       339        14
17     Colorado College                  12-9-1       174        18
18     Western Michigan                  11-6-5       116        NR
19     Ferris State                      11-8-4       101        20
20     Alaska                             9-7-4        76        16
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 44, Ohio State 36, Dartmouth 26, Minnesota State 20, Clarkson 4, Robert Morris 4, Minnesota 3, RIT 1, St. Cloud State 1

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 1/11): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     3rd     1.47 ppg
Mike Sislo        14th     1.37 ppg
Phil DeSimone     33rd    1.21 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      5th      0.79 gpg
Mike Sislo     83rd        0.42 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Phil DeSimone             7th              0.95 apg
Mike Sislo         7th             0.95 apg
Paul Thompson              20th            0.84 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      5th       7 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      26th     1 shg
Stevie Moses     26th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      5th      3 gwg
Mike Sislo       29th     2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        13th     0.79 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     18th            2.24 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        11th     .926
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     8th     .737
Team
Scoring Offense       13th     3.47
Scoring Defense          10th     2.32
Scoring Margin     8th     1.16
Penalty Minutes     55th       9.3
Power Play     20th    20.2
Penalty Kill       18th     83.6
Combined Special Teams     45th        47.4
Winnning Percentage       5th     .737

Among the League Leaders (THRU 1/11): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points    Paul Thompson     1st (31 pts)     1st (26 pts)
        Mike Sislo     3rd (26 pts)     5th (17 pts)
         Phil DeSimone     5th (23 pts)            6th (14 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson     2nd (15 g)         1st (13 g)
        Mike Sislo      13th (8 g)      36th (3 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st   (18 a)        1st (14 a)
                  Phil DeSimone      1st (18 a)       6th (11 a)
                        Paul Thompson      4th (16 a)       2nd (13 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (14 pts)     1st (12 pts)
                  Mike Sislo     3rd (10 pts)     4th (7 pts)
                Phil DeSimone      11th (8 pts)       9th (6 pts)
        Blake Kessel     11th (8 pts)     12th (5 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky    11th (8 pts)    4th (7 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (7 ppg)             2nd (5 ppg)
              Mike Sislo     10th (3 ppg)       23rd (1 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     10th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 6th (1 shg)     n/a
              Stevie Moses     6th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     2nd (3 gwg)      2nd(3 gwg)
                Mike Sislo      4th (2 gwg)       9th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (15 pts)     3rd (9 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 5th (12 pts)      3rd (9 pts)
GAA     Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (2.24)     1st (1.61)
Save %     Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (.926)     1st (.945)
Win %     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (.737)     1st (.846)
Saves     Matt DiGirolamo 1st (542)     4th (363)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo 1st (1154:06)      1st (784:44)
Wins     Matt DiGirolamo 2nd (12)     1st (10)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 1/11):
            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.47/2nd     3.15/3rd
GAA         2.32/3rd     1.62/1st
Power Play         20.2/2nd     22.4/2nd
Penalty Kill          83.6/3rd     88.4/3rd
Special Teams Net     +6/2nd      +6/2nd
1st Period Scoring          16/6th     13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring        27/2nd      16/3rd
3rd Period Scoring     22/1st     11/6th
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.

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST PRESEASON POLL:
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
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/10

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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