#7 Men's Hockey Concludes Regular Season with #2 Boston College (Fri - 7:30 @BC - NESNplus | Sat. - 7 -Whitt)

The seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will play second-ranked Boston College in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Wildcats need a single win to secure their ninth Hockey East regular season title and top seed in the upcoming Hockey East tournament. Friday night the teams will play at Boston College with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop live on NESNplus. The teams will conclude the series at the Whitt on Saturday night (7 p.m.).

The second-ranked Boston College Eagles has spent the better part of the season in the national spotlight with a top five ranking and a high spot in the league standings. The Eagles enter the weekend home-and-home series with a 24-7-1 record and an 18-6-1 mark in Hockey East. BC would be the third overall seed in the NCAA tournament if the season ended today. The Eagles are the defending national champions and have won two of the last three titles. Offensively, the high power offense is led by junior Cam Atkinson with 24 goals and 19 assists for 43 points in 32 games. Senior Brian Gibbons is right behind Atkinson with 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points in 32 games. In net, senior John Muse is once again between the pipes. Muse, who has played in 137 career games, is 21-5-1 with a 2.12 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season. The netminder has a pair of national titles to his credit and 83 career victories.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 63-59-12 in 134 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 6, 1937. UNH captured a 2-1 win in the teams first meeting back on Nov. 5. Coach Umile owns a 39-23-11 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 14-16-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 16-5-2 all-time record at the Whittemore Center. Mike Sislo is the active leading scorer against the Eagles with 11 points in 13 games. Matt Di Girolamo is 1-1-0 in two career starts against the Eagles.

Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    13    4-7-11
Phil DeSimone    13    3-4-7
Paul Thompson    13    1-2-3
Blake Kessel    9    2-1-3
John Henrion    4    2-0-2
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-2-2
Mike Beck    5    1-1-2
Dalton Speelman    4    1-1-2
Connor Hardowa    4    0-2-2
Stevie Moses    8    1-0-1
Kevin McCarey    5    1-0-1
Damon Kipp    8    0-1-1
Mike Borisenok    4    0-1-1
Matt Campanale    9    0-0-0
Greg Burke    4    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
Greg Manz    2    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    1    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    2/118:47    8    4.04    1-1-0    57    .877
Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-15-08        58:47    L    29    7    36
11-05-10        60:00    W    28    1    29
Totals        118:47    1-1-0    57    8    65

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (11/5/10 AT BC):  Matt Di Girolamo stopped 31-of-32 shots to backbone UNH to a 2-1 victory over defending national champion Boston College in Hockey East action in front of 6,473 fans at Conte Forum. UNH struck first with an even-strength goal at 10:06 of the first period. John Henrion scored on a one-timer from the left slot that was setup by a cross-ice thread-the-nettle pass by Dalton Speelman. Connor Hardowa also tallied an assist on the play. The score remained 1-0 at the break thanks to a handful of athletic saves by Wildcat netminder Di Girolamo, in total he stopped 13 BC shots, while John Muse turned away 10 UNH shots. The Eagles netted the equalizer at 4:25 of the second as Patch Alber scored from the right slot on a tic-tac-toe play setup by Cam Atkinson and Brian Gibbons. New Hampshire went back on top as Speelman scored the eventual game-winner on a one-timer from the right point that snuck under the pads of Muse and made it 2-1. Hardowa once again assisted on the goal as he chipped the puck up to Speelman at the top of the center ice. Shots were even at 10-10 in the period with BC taking nine of the first 11 shots, and UNH taking eight of the final nine shots. In an even-played scoreless third period, both teams had chances including a shots by BC's Atkinson and UNH's Mike Sislo that deflected of the pipe. Each team rifled nine shots on net, but Muse and DiGirolamo shut the door.Overall, Di Girolamo made 13 of his 31 saves in the first period and improves to 3-1-2 overall. Muse stopped 28 shots including 10 in the first frame and nine the each of the final two periods and is now 4-2-0.The Eagles held a slim 32-30 shot margin. The game's first penalty and only came on UNH at 11:54 of the third period. BC was unsuccessful, while New Hampshire did not get an opportunity to extend its five-game streak of power play goals.

LAST TIME OUT (2/26/11 AT NU):  Paul Thompson (2g) and Stevie Moses (2g, 1a) each scored a pair of goals to lead five players with multi-point efforts to lift the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 6-3 win over Northeastern University in Hockey East action at Matthews Arena. New Hampshire controlled play in the opening frame, but did not break the scoreless deadlock until the final minutes of the period. Phil DeSimone won a faceoff back to Mike Sislo (1g, 1a) in the slot for a one-timer that Sislo roofed over netminder Chris Rawlings stickside to make it 1-0 at 19:31 of the period. UNH held a 14-7 shot advantage in the period. UNH extended its lead to 2-0 as Moses made an initial shot from the slot that bounced out to a follow up shot for Mike Borisenok (1g, 1a) that was also saved, but caromed out to an open Moses, who slide the puck an open far side of the net at 9:53. Kevin Goumas (3a) also assisted on the goal. The Huskies cut into lead as Luke Eibler scored on a one-timer from the right point. Steve Silva won the faceoff back to Eibler to setup the tally at 11:38 of the second. The 'Cats regained its two-goal advantage as Thompson scored a 4-on-4 goal at 13:17 of the second. Northeastern outshot UNH 18-11 in the period. New Hampshire made it 4-1 was Thompson scored a 5-on-3 goal from the left slot with assists from Blake Kessel and Brett Kostolansky at 35 seconds of the third. UNH took a 5-1 lead as Borisenok scored from the center slot with assists from Moses and Goumas at 5:51. The Huskies answered with a pair of goals just over a minute apart at 12:06 and 13:23 of the third. The first was an even-strength goal by Cody Ferriero with assists from Jamie Oleksiak and Drew Daniels. New Hampshire committed a penalty and just two seconds later the Huskies scored a power play goal off a faceoff as Wade MacLeod scored on a one-timer with assists from Tyler McNeely, who won the draw. UNH added an insurance tally as Moses potted his second of the night with assist from Goumas, who posted a career-high three assists. The 'Cats held a 13-11 shot advantage in the frame for a 38-36 edge in the contest. Matt Di Girolamo turned aside 33 shots, including 17 in the second period and improves to 19-7-6. Chris Rawlings stopped 26-of-31 shots in 45:51 of play before being lifted in favor of Clay Witt, who turned aside all six shots he faces in 13:37 of action. UNH was 1-4 on the power play, while NU was 1-6 in its extra-skater opportunities.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOCKEY LIVE ON NESNplus: Friday night's widely-talked about match up between UNH and Boston College will air live on NESNplus at 7:30 p.m. with coverage starting at 7 p.m. live from the Conte Forum. Tom Caron and Craig Janney will call all the action. Check your local listings for how to find your NESNplus channel or visit NESN.com/nesnplus.

GOUMAS NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Kevin Goumas was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for February. The announcement was made Tuesday by the league office. Goumas collected Hockey East Rookie of the Week three out of four weeks during the month on Feb. 7, 21 and 28. Goumas, who becomes the first Wildcat rookie to win this award since James van Riemsdyk did so in March 2008, scored 11 points in eight contests with four goals and seven assists. He registered a point in six of eight games with three multi-point efforts. Goumas netted the game-winning goal against Maine on Feb. 4 and scored the game-tying goal against Northeastern on Feb. 25.
Feb.         Opponent    Result         G-A-P
4            MAINE         W, 6-3        1-0-1
5            MAINE         W, 5-4        1-1-2
11            MERRIMACK     L, 2-4        0-0-0
12            at Merrimack     L, 2-3        0-0-0
18            at Vermont     W, 6-1        1-2-3
19            at Vermont     T, 2-2        0-1-1
25            NORTHEASTERN     T, 2-2        1-0-1
26            at Northeastern    W, 6-3        0-3-3
    Totals            4-2-2         4-7-11

GOUMAS FETED AS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Kevin Goumas was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. Goumas earns this award for the second straight week and third time in the last four weeks, as he also won Feb. 7 and 21. Goumas registered a goal and three assists on the weekend for the Wildcats. He tallied the game-tying goal in the third period to help UNH capture a 2-2 tie with Northeastern on Friday night and handed out a career-high three assists Saturday night in a 6-3 win over the Huskies. Goumas was a +3 on the weekend with seven shots on net.

UMILE APPROACHING 300 WINS IN HOCKEY EAST: UNH head coach Dick Umile is just one win shy of 300 wins in Hockey East play. Umile, with 299 wins, is looking to become just the second coach in league history to capture 300 league wins. BU's Jack Parker was the first. italics=active
Coach        Team        Years in HE    Wins
1. Jack Parker    BU        27        388
2. Dick Umile    UNH        21        299
3. Jerry York    BC        17        239
4. Shawn Walsh    Maine        17        226
5. Tim Whitehead    UML, Maine    15        175

'CATS PLAYING FOR NINTH REGULAR SEASON TITLE: UNH enters the final weekend of the regular season in first place in the league standings. The 'Cats can clinch its ninth regular-season title with a single win or two ties in the weekend home-and-home series with No. 2 Boston College. New Hampshire is looking to defend its regular-season crown and capture its fourth league regular-season title in the last five seasons. BC's 10 Hockey East regular season titles are the most followed by UNH and BU at eight.
UNH Regular Season Titles:
2002-03 (shared with BC)
1996-97 (shared with BU)

UNH SURPASSES 2009-10 WIN TOTAL: The 'Cats captured its 19th win of the season surpassing its win total from a year ago.

THANK YOU SENIORS: UNH will honor its six-player senior class of Mike Beck, Greg Manz, Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson, Matt Campanale and Mike Sislo Saturday night before the game.

THOMPSON NETS A PAIR: Paul Thompson scored a pair of goals Saturday night against Northeastern. It was the sixth time Thompson has multi-goal efforts and 16 times he had multi-point efforts. Thompson's 41 points in league play is seven more than his closest competition in Hockey East.

SIX GOALS: UNH scored six goals or more for the five times this season and on three occasions in the month of February.

GOALS AGAINST IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY: UNH has allowed just 51 goals in Hockey East play, six goals fewer than it closest competition (BC, Merrimack 54). Here is a look at the teams that have allowed the fewest goals in each season since Vermont's insertion in 2005-06.
Season        Team        Goals Allowed in HE Play
2010-11        UNH        51 (through 25 games)
2009-10        BC        61
2008-09        BU        54
2007-08        UNH        54
2006-07        BU        51
2005-06        BC        58

20/20 IN LEAGUE PLAY: UNH's Paul Thompson is trying to become just the fifth player since 1991-92 to capture 20 goals and 20 assists in league play. The last two are also Wildcats as Bobby Butler and Jason Krog were the last to do so.
SINCE 1990-91
Players        Team    Year    Goals    Assists    Points
Paul Thompson    UNH    10-11    23    18    41
Bobby Butler    UNH    09-10    21    20    41
Jason Krog    UNH    98-99    20    33    53
Chris Drury    BU    95-96    22    20    42
David Emma    BC    90-91    20    31    51

DEFENSE LEADING THE WAY FOR UNH: While much is talked about UNH's high-powered offense, in 2010-11 the 'Cats defense ranks second in conference with a 2.04 GAA. UNH has allowed two goals or fewer in 16 league games this season. In addition, the six defensive players have played together in all 32 games this season.

Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk
1     Yale     31     23-5-1     .8103     1     .5825*     2
2     North Dakota     30     24-8-3     .7286     4     .5841     1
3     Boston College     29     24-7-1     .7656     2     .5699     3
4     Michigan     28     23-9-4     .6944     6     .5576     5
5     Denver     27     20-9-5     .6618     9     .5561     6
6t     Union     25     25-7-4     .7500     3     .5635*     4
6t     Merrimack     25     21-7-4     .7188     5     .5518*     7
8     Nebraska-Omaha     23     20-12-2     .6176     13t     .5458*     12
9t     Notre Dame     22     21-10-5     .6528     10     .5516     8
9t     Miami     22     19-9-6     .6471     11     .5499     11
11t     Minn-Duluth     21     19-8-6     .6667     8     .5508     9
11t     New Hampshire     21     19-7-6     .6875     7     .5502     10
13     Rensselaer     19     19-10-5     .6324     12     .5322     15
14     Colorado College     17     18-15-3     .5417     25t     .5268     18
15t     Dartmouth     16     16-10-3     .6034     15     .5308     16
15t     Boston University     16     17-9-8     .6176     13t     .5360     13
15t     Maine     16     16-10-6     .5938     17     .5329     14
18     Western Michigan     15     16-10-10     .5833     21t     .5289     17
19t     Minnesota     13     15-12-5     .5469     24     .5251     20
19t     St. Cloud State     13     14-15-5     .4853     32t     .5171     22
21     Wisconsin     11     19-13-4     .5833     21t     .5260     19
22t     Ferris State     9     17-14-5     .5417     25t     .5108     23
22t     Alaska     9     14-15-5     .4853     32t     .5099     24
24     Minnesota State     7     14-14-6     .5000     28t     .5095     25
25     Princeton     6     16-11-2     .5862     20     .5194     21
26t     Alaska-Anchorage     5     12-17-3     .4219     43     .5044     26
26t     RIT     5     16-10-8     .5882     18t     .5036     27
26t     Air Force     5     16-11-6     .5758     23     .5014     30
29t     Cornell     4     13-13-3     .5000     28t     .5023     28
29t     Bemidji State     4     12-16-4     .4375     40     .5007     32
31     Robert Morris     2     18-11-5     .6029     16     .5022     29
32     Quinnipiac     0     13-13-8     .5000     28t     .5009     31

UNH POWER PLAY: UNH's power play unit has scored in each of the past three games. The Wildcats power play is converting at 21.2 percent and is second in Hockey East behind only Boston College 23.1 percent.

THOMPSON EYES HE SCORING TITLE: UNH's Paul Thompson is trying to become the second-straight Wildcat to capture the league's scoring title. Heading into the final weekend, Thompson has a seven-point lead over Cam Atkinson of Boston College.
Player            Team        G-A-P
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        23-18-41
2. Cam Atkinson        BC        21-13-34
3. Gustav Nyquist        Maine        14-18-32
    Brian Gibbons        BC        9-23-32

40 POINTS IN HE PLAY: Since 1999-2000, only five players have recorded 40-plus points in Hockey East play in a single season. Paul Thompson came the newest addition to his list.
SINCE 1999-2000
Player        Team    Year        G-A-P
Paul Thompson    UNH    2010-11    23-18-41
Bobby Butler    UNH    2009-10        21-20-41
Gustav Nyquist    Maine    2009-10        12-29-41
Ben Eaves     BC    2002-03        14-28-42
Darren Haydar    UNH    2001-02        15-27-42

SISLO HANDS OUT 30 ASSISTS: Mike Sislo moved past 30 assists  for the season. The last Wildcat to dish out 30+ assists in a season was Sean Collins in 2004-05 with 37 helpers.
Wildcats with 30+ Assists since 2000:
Mike Sislo        2010-11    30
Sean Collins        2004-05        37
Justin Aikins        2003-04        31
Steve Saviano        2002-03        30
Darren Haydar        2001-02        45
Colin Hemingway    2001-02        33
Lanny Gare        2001-02        31

15 WINS IN LEAGUE PLAY: UNH continues its success in Hockey East capturing 15 wins in league play for the fifth-straight season.
Since 2000 - 15+ Wins in Hockey East Play
Team        Seasons     Longest Streak
UNH        8        5 (2006-present)
Boston Coll.    7        3 (two occasions)
Boston Univ.    6        2 (two occasions)
Maine        2         1 (2003-04, 2005-06)
UMass        1        (2006-07)
Northeastern    1        (2008-09)
Vermont    1        (2008-09)
Merrimack    1        (2010-11)

DI GIROLAMO TAKES AIM AT UNH GOALIE RECORDS: While UNH has a rich tradition in goaltender, junior Matt Di Girolamo is trying to make his mark in the single-season record books.
Season Save Percentage
1. Kevin Regan        2006-07        .935
2. Kevin Regan        2007-08        .930
3. Jeff Pietrasiak        2005-06        .929
6. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    .923

Season Goals Against Average
1. Ty Conkin        1998-99        1.84
2. Ty Conklin        2000-01        2.05
3. Kevin Regan        2006-07        2.06
8. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    2.40

THOMPSON'S NATION BEST 12 POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson ranks first in the nation in power play goals with 12 man-advantage tallies. Thompson's 12 is the most since Sean Collins and Colin Hemingway potted 13 power play goals in the 2001-02 season.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 32 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11
Record     22-7-3    18-9-5    16-10-6    19-7-6
HE Record    18-4-3    14-7-4    15-5-5    17-4-4
Goals scored    108    96    111    116
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.00    3.47    3.62
Goals Allowed    74    88    102    79
Goals Allowed/PG    2.30    2.75    3.19    2.47
Shots    1055    1051    1053    1103
Shots Allowed    1007    941    983    1017
Power Play    18.5%     12.7%    16.7%    21.2%
    (29-157)    (22-173)    (23-138) (29-137)
Penalty Kill    87.2%     83.1%    80.0%    82.2
    (143-164)    (138-166)    (104-130) (97-118)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riem.        Butler    Thompson
    13-26-39    13-22-35        24-21-45    26-22-48
    Radja    Butler              Thomp.    Sislo
    18-21-39    7-18-25           16-18-34    11-30-41
    van Riemsdyk    Sislo                 Kessel    DeSimone
    11-15-26    18-6-24           7-25-32    8-27-35

GO-BO-MO: UNH's second line of Kevin Goumas, Mike Borisenok and Stevie Moses have been second to none lately. The trio has combined for 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in the month of February.
Player        Games        G-A-P        PPG
Goumas        8        4-7-11        1.375
Moses        8        4-7-11        1.375
Borisenok    8        3-4-7        0.875
Total        4-2-2        11-18-29    3.625

THOMPSON, KESSEL NAMED WALTER BROWN SEMIFINALIST: Senior forward Paul Thompson and junior defenseman Blake Kessel were named semifinalists for the 59th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Thompson and Kessel were among a group of 15 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Ray Gallant on Feb. 14. In total, nine players from Hockey East were selected. Thompson has become one of the elite players in college hockey in 2010-11. . The Wildcats have a storied tradition in the Walter Brown Award history that includes eight former Wildcats that have earned the honor, including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) Steve Saviano (2004), Kevin Regan (2008) and, most recently, Bobby Butler (2010).

THOMPSONFORHOBEY.COM LAUNCHED: The University of New Hampshire athletic department unveils the all-new ThompsonforHobey.com. The sleek interactive site, designed by Pack Network, is geared to raise awareness and support for men's hockey senior forward Paul Thompson in his candidacy for college hockey's greatest individual honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey's top player. Click here to visit ThompsonforHobey.com. Fans, coaches and the media are encouraged to view the website for the most up-to-date information on Thompson. The site includes stats, biographical information, a Facebook Fan Page, photos, news clippings, fan voting and a video highlight clip.

THOMPSON, SISLO 40/40: Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo recently went over 40 points during their senior seasons. There have been 26 players to record 40 points since 2000 with Darren Haydar topping the list with 76 points in 2001-02.  It marks the 22nd consecutive year a UNH player has tallied four points.
Player             G-A-P    Year    
Mike Sislo    11-30-41    2010-11
Paul Thompson    24-22-46    2010-11
Bobby Butler    29-24-53    2009-10
James van Riemsdyk    17-23-40    2008-09
Matt Fornataro    18-28-46    2007-08              
Mike Radja    19-24-43    2007-08    
Trevor Smith    21-22-43    2006-07
Matt Fornataro    13-27-40    2006-07
Jacob Micflikier    16-26-42    2005-06
Brett Hemingway    19-22-41    2005-06
Daniel Winnik    15-26-41    2005-06
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Jacob Micfliker    20-24-44    2004-05
Daniel Winnik    18-22-40    2004-05
Steve Saviano    27-22-49    2003-04
Sean Collins    16-26-42    2003-04
Justin Aikins    10-31-41    2003-04
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Colin Hemingway    22-25-47    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02
Sean Collins    20-25-45    2001-02
Lanny Gare    9-31-40    2001-02
Darren Haydar    18-23-41    2000-01

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 32 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 32 games    G    A    P    PPG    PWG    GWG
Thompson in 2010-11    26    22    48    1.50    12    7
Butler in 2009-10    24    21    45     1.40    6    4

DIGI LIGHTS OUT IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY: Matt Di Girolamo continues to be lights out in Hockey East play. Overall, Di Girolamo has allowed three goals or fewer in 22-of-25 conference games and two or fewer 16 times in league play. He is second in Hockey East in GAA (2.02), win percentage (.760) and ranks first in wins (17), save percentage (.935), saves (734) and minutes (1516:54).

15-0-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO: UNH is 15-0-2 when leading after two periods.

30-POINTS IN HOCKEY EAST: For the seventh-straight season UNH has 30-plus points in Hockey East play including all seven since Vermont joined the league and the regular season conference schedule was expanded. They are the only team in Hockey East to accomplish this feat.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    47-92-139    41-46-44
Juniors:    25-52-77    22-26-25
Sophomores:    34-37-71    29-19-23
Freshmen:    10-17-27    9-9-9

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
1/31            6th    6th    1st
2/7            6th    6th    1st
2/14            9th    8th    1st
2/21            9th    9th    1st
2/28            8th    7th    1st

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 28)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     North Dakota            (42)      24-8-3       989         1
 2     Boston College          (6)      24-7-1       948         2
 3     Yale                    (1)      23-5-1       887         3
 4     Union                   (1)      25-7-4       837         5
 5     Denver                            20-9-5       726         6
 5     Michigan                          23-9-4       726        10
 7     New Hampshire                     19-7-6       659         9
 8     Miami                             19-9-6       628        11
 9     Merrimack                         21-7-4       620         4
10    Notre Dame                        21-10-5       608         8
11     Minnesota-Duluth                  19- 8-6       569         7
12     Nebraska-Omaha                    20-12-2       457        12
13     Boston University                 17-9-8       365        15
14     Maine                             16-10-6       342        16
15     Western Michigan                  16-10-10  248        17
16     Rensselaer                        19-10-5       227        14
17     Colorado College                  18-15-3       182        19
18     Wisconsin                         19-13-4       177        13
19     Minnesota                         15-12-5       148        20
20     Dartmouth                         16-10-3       114        18
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 18, Ferris State 8,  RIT 6, St. Cloud State 5, Cornell 3, Robert Morris 2, Air Force 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 28)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    North Dakota, 505 (30)    1    24-8-3    21
2    Boston College, 473 (4)    2    24-7-1    21
3    Yale University, 432        3    23-5-1    21
4    Union College, 401        5    25-7-4    18
5    University of Michigan, 333    10    23-9-4    21
6    University of Denver, 331    6    20-9-5    21
7    Merrimack College, 264    4    21-7-4    8
8    New Hampshire, 263    9    19-7-6    21
9    Notre Dame, 253        8    21-10-5    18
10    Miami University, 247    11    19-9-6    21
11    Minnesota Duluth, 214    7    19-8-6    21
12    Nebraska Omaha, 153    12    20-12-2    17
13    Boston University, 74    15    17-9-8    18
14    University of Maine, 53    NR    16-10-6    18
15    Rensselaer, 37        13    19-10-5    13
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan University, 21; Colorado College, 12; University of Wisconsin, 7; Dartmouth College, 3; University of Minnesota, 3; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 2/28): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     3rd     1.50 ppg
Mike Sislo        16th     1.28 ppg
Phil DeSimone     37th     1.09 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      2nd     0.81 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo         4th             0.94 apg
Phil DeSimone             10th              0.84 apg
Paul Thompson              36th            0.69 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      1st      12 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      48th     1 shg
Stevie Moses      48th     1 shg
Connor Hardowa     48th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      2nd     7 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        12th     0.75 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo     26th           2.40 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo        8th     .923
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo     10th     .688
Scoring Offense       7th     3.62
Scoring Defense          15th     2.47
Scoring Margin     7th     1.16
Power Play     13th     21.2
Penalty Kill       30th     82.2
Combined Special Teams     33rd      49.4
Winnning Percentage       7th     .688

Among the League Leaders (THRU 2/28): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points     Paul Thompson     1st(48 pts)     1st (41 pts)
        Mike Sislo     4th (41 pts)            5th (30 pts)
         Phil DeSimone     8th (35 pts)         10th (26 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson      1st (26 g)         1st (23 g)
        Mike Sislo      21st (11g)      47th (5 g)
        John Henrion     16th (12g)     27th (7 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st (30 a)      1st (25 a)
               Phil DeSimone      2nd (27 a)       3rd (20 a)
                    Paul Thompson      7th (22 a)       5th (18 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (21 pts)     1st (18 pts)
               Mike Sislo     5th (15 pts)     8th (11 pts)
        Blake Kessel     13th (13 pts)     15th (9 pts)
                 Phil DeSimone      25th (10 pts)       18th (8 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 31st (9 pts)     18th (8 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (12 ppg)         1st (9 ppg)
               Mike Sislo     26th (3 ppg)    53rd (1 ppg)
SH Points           Five Tied     17th (1 shp)     n/a
                 Connor Hardowa  n/a      15th (1 pt)
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 9th (1 shg)     n/a
           Stevie Moses     9th (1 shg)      n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (7 gwg)      1st (7 gwg)
             Mike Sislo      14th (2 gwg)     22nd (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (24 pts)     3rd (16 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 7th (16 pts)      5th (15 pts)
GAA     Matt Di Girolamo 4th (2.40)     2nd (2.02)
Save%     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.923)     1st (.935)
Win%     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.688)     2nd (.760)
Saves     Matt Di Girolamo 1st (938)     2nd (734)
Minutes                Matt Di Girolamo 1st (1945:58)     1st (1516:54)
Wins     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (19)     2nd (17)

            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.62/2nd     3.48/2nd
GAA         2.47/3rd     2.04/1st
Power Play         21.2/2nd     22.3/2nd
Penalty Kill          82.2/7th     84.9/3rd
Special Teams Net     +7/3rd     +7/2nd
1st Period Scoring          28/6th     24/4th
2nd Period Scoring        46/1st       34/1st
3rd Period Scoring     40/2nd     27/3rd
Overtime Scoring            2/3rd       2/2nd

 '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)
***=spent time in Ottawa in 2010-11

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    W, 6-3
Feb. 5     Maine    NESN    W, 5-4 OT
Feb. 18    at Vermont    CBS-College Sports           W, 6-1    
March 4     at Boston College      NESNplus

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

'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.

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
3/7   Ballards - 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 Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/18
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/8
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Player of the Week    11/8
Matt Di Girolamo    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 Di Girolamo    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 Di Girolamo    HE Goalie of the Month (December)    1/4
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/10
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/31
Paul Thompson    He co-Player of the Month (January)    2/1
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/7
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    2/7
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Paul Thompson    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/21
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/28

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.

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.

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