January 28, 2011

Seventh-Ranked Men's Hockey Plays Home-and-Home Series with Providence College

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H.
-- The seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team enters into a home-and-home series with Hockey East rival Providence College. The 'Cats narrowly escaped with a 4-3 overtime win over the Friars last Friday night. The teams play Friday night in Providence (7 p.m.) and return home on Saturday for the series finale (7 p.m. - Whittemore Center).



SCOUTING THE FRIARS: The Friars enter this weekend's home-and-home series with UNH with a 7-10-5 overall record and a 3-8-4 mark in Hockey East, good for eighth place in league. PC is trying to snap a four-game losing streak, which includes back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses to Maine and the Wildcats most recently. The Friars are led offensively by seniors Kyle MacKinnon (12g, 6a) and Ian O'Connor (6g, 11a) with 18 and 17 points, respectively. In net, Alex Beaudry has seen the majority of action. He is 6-9-5 with a 3.16 GAA and a .904 save precentage in 20 games.

SERIES HISTORY vs.  PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 141 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 77-50-14. Coach Umile owns a 46-21-7 all-time mark vs. Providence. New Hampshire is unbeaten in its last 12 games (10-0-2) against the Friars dating back to Feb. 24, 2007. UNH has won five-straight including a sweep of last year's season series and last weekend's 4-3 overtime win.  Top liners Phil DeSimone (2g, 8a) and Paul Thompson (7g, 3a) are the active leading scorers against Providence with 10 apiece. Junior Matt DiGirolamo is 2-0-0 with a 2.99 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE FRIARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Phil DeSimone     10    2-8-10
Paul Thompson     9    7-3-10
Stevie Moses    7    3-6-9
Mike Sislo     10    2-4-6
Blake Kessel     7     1-3-4
Damon Kipp     5    0-2-2
Mike Borisenok    5    2-1-3
Brett Kostolansky    4    0-3-3
Dalton Speelman    3    0-2-2
Jeff Silengo    1    1-0-1
Nick Sorkin    1    1-0-1
Matt Campanale    7    0-1-1
Kevin Goumas    1    0-1-1
Greg Manz    4    0-0-0
Mike Beck     6    0-0-0
Greg Burke    3    0-0-0
Austin Block    3    0-0-0
John Henrion    4    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DiGirolamo    2/120:14    6    2.99    2-0-0    54    .900
DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-11-09        60:00    W    32    3    35
1-21-11        64:14    W    22    3    25
Totals        120:14    2-0-0    54    6    60

LAST TIME THESE TEAM MET (JAN. 21 VS. PC): Paul Thompson scored with 46 seconds remaining in overtime to lift seventh-ranked UNH a 4-3 Hockey East victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center. With the score tied 3-3 in the extra session, Mike Sislo fired a slapshot from the left point that ricocheted off Thompson in the low slot into the net to end the game at 4:14. Blake Kessel, with the initial pass from the right point to Sislo, was also credited with an assist. UNH goaltender Matt DiGirolamo made 22 saves, including one in OT. Providence counterpart Alex Beaudry stopped 31 shots, including 12 in both the second and third periods as well as one in overtime.The Wildcats have a 2-1-4 overtime record this season.

LAST TIME OUT (JAN. 22 VS. BU): Kieran Millan made 38 saves to backbone 15th-ranked Boston University to a 2-1 Hockey East victory against UNH at the Whittemore Center. Millan recorded double-digit saves all three periods with 10 in the first, 15 in the second and 13 in the third. UNH's Matt DiGirolamo made 13 of his 22 saves in the opening stanza. Greg Burke scored UNH's lone goal in the secon period.

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            45-52-97        3
Paul Thompson    46-48-94        6
Phil DeSimone        25-66-91        9

CENTURY CLUB NOTES: With three Wildcats approaching 100 career points here are a few things of note:
- Bobby Butler was the last Wildcat to make the century club with an assist on the game-winner in a Jan. 22, 2010 3-2 overtime win at Providence
- Overall 66 Wildcats have recorded 100 career points.
- Paul Thompson is looking to become just the third Granite Stater to earn the century club at UNH. Frank Roy (Berlin, N.H.; 174 pts; 1979) and Dana Barbin (Exeter, N.H.; 127 pts; 1981) are the other two.
- Mike Sislo could become the first player from Wisconsin to join the century club, while Mark Mowers is the only other player from N.Y., Phil DeSimone's home state, in UNH's century club.
- Sean Collins (173 pts.), Preston Callander (130 pts.) and Justin Aikins (103 pts) are the last trio of classmates to enter the century club. They were class of 2005.

CLOSE CALLS AGAINST THE FRIARS: While UNH is riding a 12 game unbeaten streak against the Friars, the series has been close of late. During the 11-game unbeaten streak, the teams have gone to overtime five times (3 UNH wins, 2 ties). Including the overtime games, eight of the 11 games have been decided by one goal or less.

17 AND 17 FOR 17: Paul Thompson scored in overtime on Friday night against Providence to notch his 17 goal of the season. The red-hot senior has scored six goals in the last five games and now has 17 goals and 17 assists to match his jersey #17.

SCORING FROM ALL LINES: In Jan. 21's 4-3 come-from-behind win over Providence, UNH got a goal from all four offensive lines.

BIG COME BACK: While UNH has had a knack for big come-backs this season with a pair of extra-attacker goals, last night was the largest come-back of the regular season overcoming a three-goal deficit.

KOSTO HAPPY TO ASSIST: Brett Kostolansky matched a career-high with two assists in last night's 4-3 win over PC.

WORKING OVERTIME: UNH improved to 2-1-4 in overtime games.

THOMPSON'S EIGHT POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson's eight power play goals are the most by a Wildcat player since Brett Hemingway's 11 power play tallies in 2005-06.

THOMPSON FOR THE WIN: Paul Thompson's four game-winning goals are tied for the most in Hockey East and are third most nationally.

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 22 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 22 games    Goals    Assists    Points    PPG
Butler in 2009-10    16    16    32     1.45
Thompson in 2010-11    17    17    34    1.55

THOMPSON THIRD IN NATION IN SCORING: Paul Thompson is third in the nation in points per game at 1.55 ppg behind Miami's Andy Miele (1.69 ppg) and Carter Camper (1.65 ppg).

'CATS OWN LEAGUE'S SECOND BEST POWER PLAY: UNH owns the league's second best power play overall with a 20.0 percent conversion rate. The 'Cats are 20-of-100 on the extra-man advantage this season.

UNH HOPES TO CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST PROVIDENCE: UNH is 10-0-2 in its last 12 games against PC with its last loss coming in a 7-1 defeat on Feb. 24, 2007. In addition, New Hampshire is 14-0-1 in its last 15 games at home against the Friars with the last loss at home coming on March 12, 2004 in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

HOME-SWEET-HOMESTAND: New Hampshire is in the midst of playing six of seven games at the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center. UNH is 6-2-3 overall at home and 6-1-1 against Hockey East foes at the Whitt.

'CATS HOPE TO RIDE GREEN LINE TO THE GARDEN:  Dubbed the "Green Line" for the color they skate in during practice, UNH is hoping to continue to ride the unbelievable success of the "Green Line" to big things in 2010-11.  The line has registered a point in 18 of 22 games and accounts for over 43 percent of the UNH offense.
Green Line by the Numbers
Player        G-A-P        PPG    Note
Thompson    17-17-34    1.55    1st in HE ppg, pts.
Sislo        9-20-29        1.32    2nd in HE in assists   
DeSimone    5-18-23        1.05    3rd in HE in assists

THOMPSON FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SCORING; SISLO RIGHT BEHIND: Paul Thompson ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 34 points, while his linemates Mike Sislo (29 pts) is fourth in the leauge in scoring.

SISLO SECOND IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS; DeSIMONE THIRD: Mike Sislo is second in Hockey East with 20 assists this season, while Phil DeSimone is third in the league with 18 assists.

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006-07: UNH is off to its best start at 13-4-4 (.714) since the 2006-07 season when it was 14-3-1 (.833).
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        13-5-4 (.681)        ---
2009-10        11-7-4 (.591)        18-14-7
2008-09        11-7-4 (.591)        20-13-5
2007-08        14-7-1 (.659)        25-10-3
2006-07        18-3-1 (.840)        26-11-2

DIGI LIGHTS OUT IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY: Matt DiGirolamo continues to be lights out in Hockey East play. Overall, DiGirolamo has allowed three goals or fewer in 14-of-15 conference games and two or fewer 11 times in league play. He is first in Hockey East in GAA (1.72), save percentage (.940), win percentage (.800) and wins (11).

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

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    31-60-91    41-47-45
Juniors:    18-30-48    24-24-24
Sophomores:    21-29-50    28-23-25
Freshmen:    5-8-13    7-6-6

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 22 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     11-7-4        13-5-4
HE Record    10-2-3        11-2-2
Goals scored    76            75
Goals scored/PG    3.45        3.41
Goals Allowed    72            54
Goals Allowed/PG    3.27        2.45
Shots    649        784
Shots Allowed    713        665
Power Play    18.5%         20.0%
    (18-97)        (20-100)
Penalty Kill    80.0%         80.0%
    (72-90)        (60-75)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    16-16-32        17-17-34
    Kessel        Sislo
    6-21-27        9-20-29
    Thomp.        DeSimone
    13-12-25        5-18-23

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.COM'S PAIRWISE RANKINGS (1/24)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI        Rk
1     Yale     31     17-2-0     .8947     1     .6114*     1
2t     Minn-Duluth     29     17-5-3     .7400     2     .5860*     2
2t     North Dakota     29     18-7-2     .7037     5t     .5856     3
2t     Denver     29     16-5-5     .7115     4     .5794     4
5t     Boston College     26     17-6-0     .7391     3     .5728*     5
5t     Michigan     26     17-6-4     .7037     5t     .5624     6
7t     Rensselaer     23     15-6-3     .6875     7     .5425*     11
7t     Wisconsin     23     17-8-3     .6607     12     .5556*     7
9     Notre Dame     22     16-9-3     .6250     15     .5502     8
10t     New Hampshire     21     13-5-4     .6818     8t     .5477     9
10t     Western Mich     21     12-6-8     .6154     17     .5296     18
12t     Dartmouth     19     11-6-2     .6316     14     .5390     14
12t     Neb-Omaha     19     13-9-2     .5833     21t     .5408     12
12t     Merrimack     19     13-5-4     .6818     8t     .5386     15
15     Union     18     16-7-3     .6731     10     .5454     10
16     Miami     16     14-9-3     .5962     19t     .5308     17
17t     Colorado College     14     14-11-1     .5577     25     .5261     20
17t     Maine     14     11-6-5     .6136     18     .5404     13
17t     Boston Univ.     14     11-7-6     .5833     21t     .5348     16
20     Princeton     12     11-6-1     .6389     13     .5272     19
21t     Minnesota     10     10-9-3     .5227     27     .5217     21
21t     Alaska     10     10-10-4     .5000     29t     .5183     22
21t     Ohio State     10     13-10-2     .5600     24     .5136     25
24     Clarkson     9     12-9-2     .5652     23     .5138     24
25t     St. Cloud State     7     11-11-2     .5000     29t     .5159     23
25t     No. Michigan     7     11-11-4     .5000     29t     .5122     26
27     Quinnipiac     5     12-10-3     .5400     26     .5009     32
28     Brown     4     7-8-4     .4737     35t     .5094     28
29t     Bemidji State     3     9-13-2     .4167     40     .5036     30
29t     Minnesota State     3     10-11-5     .4808     33     .5113     27
31     Michigan State     2     10-12-4     .4615     37     .5025     31
32     Niagara     1     15-7-2     .6667     11     .5075     29

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
1/17            7th    7th    1st
1/24            8th    7th    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 24)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    Yale University, 510 (34)    1    17-2-0    16
2    Boston College, 455        3    17-6-0    16
3    University of Denver, 415    4    16-5-5    16
4    Minnesota Duluth, 413    5    17-5-3    16
5    North Dakota, 404        2    18-7-2    16
6    University of Michigan, 334    6    17-6-4    16
7    University of Wisconsin, 276    9    17-8-3    11
8    New Hampshire, 270    7    13-5-4    16
9    Notre Dame, 224        8    16-9-3    13
10    Rensselaer, 201        13    15-6-3    8
11    University of Maine, 134    11    11-6-5    16
12    Union College, 122        10    16-7-3    13
13    Miami University, 117    12    14-9-3    16
14    Merrimack College, 87    14    13-5-4    3
15    Nebraska Omaha, 59    15    13-9-2    14
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan University, 27; Dartmouth College, 18; Boston University, 12; Niagara University, 2.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 24)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Weeks
 1     Yale                    (46)      17-2-0       995         1
 2     Boston College          (4)      17-6-0       915         3
 3     Denver                            16-5-5       877         4
 4     North Dakota                      18-7-2       846         2
 5     Minnesota-Duluth                  17-5-3       841         5
 6     Michigan                          17-6-4       765         6
 7     New Hampshire                     13-5-4       663         7
 8     Wisconsin                         17-8-3       631         9
 9     Notre Dame                        16-9-3       590         8
10    Rensselaer                        15-6-3       466        14
11     Miami                             14-9-3       448        11
12     Maine                             11-6-5       446        10
13     Union                             16-7-3       397        12
14     Merrimack                         13-5-4       379        13
15     Nebraska-Omaha                    13-9-2       340        16
16     Boston University                 11-7-6       246        15
17     Western Michigan                  12-6-8       234        17
18     Dartmouth                         11-6-2       179        18
19     Princeton                         11-6-1        88        20
20     Colorado College                 14-11-1        53        NR
Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State 37, Minnesota 23, Niagara 16, Alaska 8, St. Cloud State 6, RIT 4, Robert Morris 3, Clarkson 2, Minnesota State 1, Northern Michigan 1

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 1/24): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     3rd     1.55 ppg
Mike Sislo        15th     1.32 ppg
Phil DeSimone     49th     1.05 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      3rd      0.77 gpg
Mike Sislo     83rd        0.41 gpg
John Henrion    83rd     0.41 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo         7th             0.91 apg
Phil DeSimone             19th              0.82 apg
Paul Thompson              28th            0.77 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      4th       8 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      30th     1 shg
Stevie Moses     30th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      4th      4 gwg
Mike Sislo       43rd     2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        9th     0.82 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     27th            2.38 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        21st     .920
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     14th     .682
Team
Scoring Offense       14th     3.41
Scoring Defense          16th     2.45
Scoring Margin     10th     0.95
Penalty Minutes     56th       9.1
Power Play     17th     20.0
Penalty Kill       42nd     80.0
Combined Special Teams     48th        45.7
Winnning Percentage       8th     .682

Among the League Leaders (THRU 1/24): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points    Paul Thompson     1st (34 pts)     1st (27 pts)
        Mike Sislo     4th (29 pts)     6th (18 pts)
         Phil DeSimone     8th (23 pts)        18th (14 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson     1st (17 g)         1st (14 g)
        Mike Sislo      14th (9 g)      51st (3 g)
        John Henrion     14th (9 g)     27th (4 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      2nd (20 a)      1st (15 a)
                 Phil DeSimone      3rd (18 a)       7th (11 a)
                      Paul Thompson      6th (17 a)       4th (13 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (15 pts)     1st (12 pts)
                 Mike Sislo     6th (11 pts)     8th (7 pts)
        Blake Kessel     13th (9 pts)     22nd (5 pts)
               Phil DeSimone      19th (8 pts)       14th (6 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 19th (8 pts)     8th (7 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (8 ppg)             2nd (5 ppg)
             Mike Sislo     14th (3 ppg)       37th (1 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     11th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 6th (1 shg)     n/a
             Stevie Moses     6th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (4 gwg)      1st(4 gwg)
               Mike Sislo      8th (2 gwg)         13th(1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     1st (18 pts)     5th (10 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 5th (14 pts)      2nd 11 pts)
GAA    Matt DiGirolamo     4th (2.38)     1st (1.72)
Save %     Matt DiGirolamo     4th (.920)     1st (.940)
Win %     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (.682)     1st (.800)
Saves     Matt DiGirolamo     1st (611)    5th (407)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo     1st (1336:57)      2nd (907:53)
Wins     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (13)     1st (11)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo     1st (1213:48)      2nd (784:44)
Wins     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (12)     1st (10)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 1/24):
            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.41/2nd     3.07/3rd
GAA         2.45/4th     1.73/1st
Power Play         20.0/2nd    21.2/2nd
Penalty Kill          80.0/7th     84.0/5th
Special Teams Net     +4/3rd      +4/2nd
1st Period Scoring          17/8th     14/5th
2nd Period Scoring        30/3rd      18/4th
3rd Period Scoring     26/1st     14/7th
Overtime Scoring             2/2nd      2/1st

 'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Bobby Butler: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Thomas Fortney:  ESV Buchloe (GER)
Brian Foster: Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Colin Hemingway: Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Landshut Cannibals (2.GBun)
Jason Krog:  Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HC (Aust)
Jacob Micflikier: Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss-A)
Jerry Pollastrone: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Belfast Giants ( EIHL)
Mike Radja: Augsburg Panthers (DEL)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo HC (SWE)
Trevor Smith: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

BUTLER RECALLED TO OTTAWA: The Ottawa Senators recalled former University of New Hampshire standout Bobby Butler from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, on Tuesday. He is being recalled on an emergency basis in place of injured forward Alex Kovalev. Butler's recall marks his second of the season by the Senators. He was recalled for the first time on Dec. 5 and made his regular-season debut later that day in the team's 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. In four games with the Senators this season, Butler has been held scoreless with no penalty minutes. Currently, Butler ranks sixth in the AHL with 19 goals while also recording 11 assists and 33 penalty minutes in 41 games with Binghamton this season.

PAIR OF WILDCATS NAMED TO AHL ALL STAR GAME: Former UNH standouts Bobby Butler and Garrett Stafford have been named to the 2011 AHL All Star game.

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    L, 1-2
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.  
UNH Coach's Show
1/31 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH
2/7 Ballard's - Durham, NH
2/14 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH
2/21 Ballard's - Durham, NH
2/28 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH
3/7 Ballard's - Durham, NH
3/14 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH

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

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.

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