March 11, 2011

Second-Seeded Men's Hockey Plays Host to Vermont in Best-of-Three Hockey East Quarterfinals

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. -- The 10th-ranked and second-seeded University of New Hampshire men's hockey team enters postseason play by playing host to seventh-seeded Vermont in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series. The teams will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). All games are slated for 7 p.m. starts at the Whittemore Center.

All quarterfinal games will by streamed live by Pack Network on www.hockeyeastonline.tv for $7.95 per game, with the exception of the NESN game on Saturday night. Watch 11 of a possible 12 games by purchasing the tournament pass for $39.95 and watch all four games simultaneously in the same web browser.

Tickets are $24 each. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by calling 603-862-4000 extension 5.

UNH students can pick up general admission tickets for games one and two beginning Monday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at the Whittemore Center Arena Ticket Office. All tickets that are not picked up by UNH students will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. If game three is needed, tickets will go on sale immediately following game two at the Whittemore Center Arena Ticket Office, online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

SCOUTING THE 7TH-SEEDED CATAMOUNTS: The seventh-seeded University of  Vermont Catamounts enter the Hockey East Quarterfinals with an 8-18-8 record and an 6-14-7 mark in Hockey East. Vermont has lost just once in their last five games (1-1-3) including a 2-2 tie with New Hampshire on Feb. 18. Offensively, the Catamounts are led by sophomore forward Sebastian Stalberg, who has 27 points on eight goals and 19 assists. Senior Jack Downing has a team-high 13 goals and five assists for 18 points in 34 games. Junior goaltender Rob Madore, who has played in 97 career games, is 8-18-8 with a 2.94 GAA and a .907 save percentage this season.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VERMONT: The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 71-16-5 in 92 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963. UNH is 13-4-4 against the Catamounts since they became a member of Hockey East during the 2005-06 season. This year,  the Wildcats captured the season series with a 2-0-1 mark. Coach Umile in his coaching career has registered a 26-8-4 mark against Vermont in 38 meetings. Overall, the Wildcats are 21-8-4 in the last 33 meetings with Vermont. Paul Thompson is the leading active scorer against Vermont with 16 points in 15 games, while Matt Di Girolamo is 2-0-1 lifetime against the Catamounts with a 1.31 GAA and a .955 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE CATAMOUNTS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Paul Thompson    15    5-11-16
Mike Sislo    15    3-10-13
Phil DeSimone    15    4-9-13
Blake Kessel    12    5-4-9
Stevie Moses    12    1-9-10
Damon Kipp    12    2-2-4
Brett Kostolansky    6    1-4-5
Matt Campanale    13    1-3-4
Greg Manz    10    2-0-2
Greg Burke    7    2-0-2
Mike Borisenok    9    2-2-4
Austin Block    4    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    9    0-1-1
Mike Beck    8    1-0-1
John Henrion    7    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    8    1-0-1
Kevin McCarey    6    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    4    0-0-0    
Kevin Goumas    3    1-3-4
Nick Sorkin    2    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    3/182:34    4    1.31    2-0-1    85    .955
Scott    1/2:17    0    0.00    0-0-0    0    .000

Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-5-10        57:34    W    24    1    25
2-18-11        60:00    W    21    1    22
2-19-11        65:00    T    40    2    42
Totals        182:34    2-0-1    85    4    89

Scott Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-5-10        2:17    ND    0    0    0
Totals        2:17    0-0-0    0    0    0

SCORING LEADERS IN HE QUARTERFINALS
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    7    2-3-5
Phil DeSimone    7    0-2-2
Paul Thompson    7    1-1-2
Steve Moses    5    0-2-2
Blake Kessel    5    1-1-2
Matt Campanale    5    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    5    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    3    0-0-0
Greg Manz    3    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    3    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    3    0-0-0
Mike Beck    3    0-0-0
Greg Burke    3    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no goalies with quarterfinal experience

SCORING LEADERS IN HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    8    2-3-5
Phil DeSimone    8    0-2-2
Paul Thompson    8    1-1-2
Steve Moses    5    0-2-2
Blake Kessel    5    1-1-2
Matt Campanale    5    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    5    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    3    0-0-0
Greg Manz    3    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    3    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    3    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    3    0-0-0
Mike Beck    3    0-0-0
Greg Burke    3    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no goalies with Hockey East postseason experience

THOMPSON CAPTURES HE SCORING TITLE: UNH's Paul Thompson became the second-straight Wildcat to capture the league's scoring title. Thompson finished four points ahead of his closest competition.
Player            Team        G-A-P
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        23-19-42
2. Cam Atkinson        BC        24-14-38
3. Brian Gibbons        BC        10-26-36
    Gustav Nyquist    Maine        15-21-36

KESSEL HAS FIVE ASSISTS IN LAST FIVE GAMES: Blake Kessel has five assists in the last five games for UNH.

UNH HOLDS 2-0-1 EDGE IN SEASON SERIES: UNH holds a 2-0-1 advantage in the season series with vermont, outscoring the Catamounts 14-3 in those contests.

DI GIROLAMO STANDS TALL IN LEAGUE PLAY: Junior netminder Matt Di Girolamo closed out Hockey East play with a league best 1638:04 minutes, while his 797 saves was just two behind BU's Kieran Millan.

UNH AIMS AT RETURN TRIP TO THE GARDEN: After appearing in the Hockey East semifinals for eight-straight season from 2001-02 through 2007-08, the Wildcats are looking to return to the return for the first time in three seasons. In 2008-09, the 'Cats were eliminated by Boston College, while UVM upset New Hampshire a year ago.

PAIRWISE RANKINGS (3/7/11)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk
1     Yale     29     23-5-1     .8103     1     .5815*     2
2     Boston College     28     26-7-1     .7794     2     .5758*     3
3     North Dakota     27     26-8-3     .7432     4     .5839*     1
4     Michigan     25     23-9-4     .6944     6     .5578     5
5     Denver     24     21-10-5     .6528     8t     .5535     6
6t     Union     23     25-7-4     .7500     3     .5627*     4
6t     Nebraska-Omaha     23     21-13-2     .6111     12t     .5441*     11
8     Merrimack     22     22-8-4     .7059     5     .5454*     10
9     Miami     21     19-9-6     .6471     10t     .5511     8
10t     Notre Dame     20     21-10-5     .6528     8t     .5511     7
10t     Minn-Duluth     20     20-9-6     .6571     7     .5491     9
12     New Hampshire     17     19-9-6     .6471     10t     .5429     12
13     Dartmouth     16     16-10-3     .6034     15     .5305     15
14t     Western Michigan     15        16-10-10     .5833     19     .5300     16
14t     Colorado College     15     19-16-3     .5395     26     .5245     19
16t     Boston University     14     18-10-8     .6111     12t     .5336     13
16t     Rensselaer     14     20-12-5     .6081     14     .5231     20
18t     Maine     13     17-10-7     .6029     16     .5316     14
18t     Minnesota     13     16-12-6     .5588     24     .5276     17
20     St. Cloud State     10     15-16-5     .4861     31     .5182     21
21     Alaska     9     16-15-5     .5139     29     .5158     22
22     Ferris State     8     17-14-5     .5417     25     .5105     25
23     Wisconsin     7     20-14-4     .5789     20     .5258     18
24     Alaska-Anchorage     6     14-17-3     .4559     37     .5107     23
25     Quinnipiac     5     15-13-8     .5278     27     .5087     26
26t     Princeton     3     17-13-2     .5625     23     .5105     24
26t     RIT     3     16-10-8     .5882     17     .5039     27
26t     Minnesota State     3     14-16-6     .4722     33     .5024     28
29     Cornell     2     13-13-3     .5000     30     .5023     29
30     Air Force     0     16-11-6     .5758     21     .5022     30

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 34 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11
Record     23-8-3    19-10-5    16-11-7    19-9-6
HE Record    19-5-3    15-8-4    15-6-6    17-6-4
Goals scored    114    106    116    119
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.12    3.41    3.50
Goals Allowed    79    99    108    87    
Goals Allowed/PG    2.30    2.91    3.18    2.56
Shots    1107    1111    1128    1145
Shots Allowed    1051    1012    1030    1088
Power Play    18.2%     12.2%    16.9%    21.0%
    (30-165)    (22-181)    (24-142)  (30-143)
Penalty Kill    87.4%     82.8%    80.7%    81.5%
    (153-175)    (144-174) (109-135)(101-124)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riems.    Butler         Thompson
    14-27-41    15-22-37       25-22-47    26-23-49
    Radja    LeBlanc       Thompson   Sislo
    19-21-40    12-15-27     16-18-34       12-31-43
    van Riemsdyk    Sislo             Kessel            DeSimone  
    11-15-26    18-8-26       8-25-33         9-27-36

1,000 saves for Di Girolamo: Matt Di Girolamo became just the sixth player in program history to register 1,000 saves in a single season.
Player            Year        Games    Saves
1. Mike Ayer         2002-03        41    1,139
2. Bruce Gillies        1983-84        34    1,065
3. Todd Pearson        1981-82        35    1,028
4. Brian Foster        2009-10        34    1,027
5. Kevin Regan        2006-07        35    1,025
6. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    34    1,001

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    23-19-42
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

THOMPSON HAS EYE ON 50: Paul Thompson is looking to become just the seven player at UNH since 2000 to register 50 points in a single season.
SINCE 2000 PLAYERS WITH 50-PLUS POINTS
Player    G-A-P    Year
Paul Thompson    26-23-49    2010-11
Bobby Butler    29-24-53    2009-10
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02

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    31
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.    8        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)

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.

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.
SINCE 2000 PLAYERS WITH 40-PLUS POINTS
Player             G-A-P    Year    
Mike Sislo    12-31-43    2010-11
Paul Thompson    26-23-49    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 34 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 34 games    G    A    P    PPG    PWG    GWG
Thompson in 2010-11    26    23    49    1.44    12    7
Butler in 2009-10    25    22    47     1.38    6    4

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:    49-94-143    41-46-44
Juniors:    25-54-79    21-27-25
Sophomores:    35-38-73    29-19-23
Freshmen:    10-17-27    8-8-8

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
3/7            10th    10th    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 7)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     North Dakota            (39)      26-8-3       987         1
 2    Boston College          (10)      26-7-1       953         2
 3     Yale                    (1)      23-5-1       892         3
 4     Union                             25-7-4       842         4
 5     Michigan                          23-9-4       784         5
 6     Denver                            21-10-5       709         5
 7     Miami                             19-9-6       666         8
 8     Notre Dame                        21-10-5       620        10
 9     Merrimack                         22-8-4       583         9
10    New Hampshire                     19-9-6       573         7
11     Minnesota-Duluth                  20-9-6       531        11
12     Nebraska-Omaha                    21-13-2       488        12
13     Boston University                 18-10-8       353        13
14     Maine                             17-10-7       345        14
15     Western Michigan                  16-10-10     286        15
16     Colorado College                  19-16-3       221        17
17     Minnesota                         16-12-6       185        19
18     Dartmouth                         16-10-3       165        20
19     Wisconsin                         20-14-4       164        18
20     Rensselaer                        20-12-5        98        16
Others Receiving Votes: St. Cloud State 21,  Ferris State 17, Cornell 10, RIT 4, Robert Morris 2,  Alaska 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 7)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    North Dakota, 503 (29)    1    26-8-3    22
2    Boston College, 480 (5)    2    26-7-1    22
3    Yale University, 438        3    23-5-1    22
4    Union College, 394        4    25-7-4    19
5    University of Michigan, 374    5    23-9-4    22
6    University of Denver, 330    6    21-10-5    22
7    Miami University, 286    10    19-9-6    22
8    University of Notre Dame, 257    9    21-10-5    19
9    Merrimack College, 241    7    22-8-4    9
10    New Hampshire, 220    8    19-9-6    22
11    Minnesota Duluth, 179    11    20-9-6    22
12    Nebraska Omaha, 171    12    21-13-2    18
13    Boston University, 77    13    18-10-8    19
14    University of Maine, 58    14    17-10-7    19
15    Western Michigan, 24    NR    16-10-10    2
Others receiving votes: Colorado College, 17; Dartmouth College, 15; University of Minnesota, 8; University of Wisconsin, 4; Rensselaer, 3; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 3/7): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual     Rank     Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     5th     1.44 ppg
Mike Sislo        20th     1.26 ppg
Phil DeSimone     43rd     1.06 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      5th     0.76 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo         6th             0.91 apg
Phil DeSimone             13th              0.79 apg
Paul Thompson              40th            0.68 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      1st      12 ppg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      2nd     7 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        11th     0.76 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo     30th           2.50 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo        17th     .921
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo     13th    .647
Team
Scoring Offense       11th     3.50
Scoring Defense          15th     2.56
Scoring Margin     8th     0.94
Power Play     15th     21.0
Penalty Kill       34th     81.5
Combined Special Teams     34th      49.1
Winnning Percentage       10th     .647

Among the League Leaders (THRU 3/7): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points     Paul Thompson     1st(49 pts)     1st (42 pts)
        Mike Sislo     5th (43 pts)            6th (32 pts)
         Phil DeSimone     10th (36 pts)     12th (27 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson      2nd (26 g)         2nd (23 g)
        Mike Sislo      18th (12g)      42nd (6 g)
        John Henrion     18th (12g)     33rd (7 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st (31 a)      1st (26 a)
              Phil DeSimone      4th (27 a)       6th (20 a)
                   Paul Thompson      8th (23 a)       7th (19 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (21 pts)     1st (18 pts)
              Mike Sislo     5th (16 pts)        11th (12 pts)
        Blake Kessel     13th (14 pts)      14th (10 pts)
                Phil DeSimone      28th (10 pts)       23rd (8 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 28th (10 pts)     18th (9 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (12 ppg)    1st (9 ppg)
              Mike Sislo     19th (4 ppg)   34th (2 ppg)
SH Points           Five Tied     17th (1 shp)     n/a
                Connor Hardowa  n/a      16th (1 pt)
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 11th (1 shg)     n/a
          Stevie Moses     11th (1 shg)      n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (7 gwg)      1st (7 gwg)
            Mike Sislo      16th (2 gwg)     25th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (26 pts)     2nd (18 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 8th (18 pts)      6th (15 pts)
GAA     Matt Di Girolamo     4th (2.50)     2nd (2.16)
Save%     Matt Di Girolamo 4th (.921)     3rd (.931)
Win%     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.647)     3rd (.704)
Saves     Matt Di Girolamo 2nd (1001)     2nd (797)
Minutes                Matt Di Girolamo 1st (2065:08)     1st (1636:04)
Wins     Matt Di Girolamo     3rd (19)     2nd (17)    
   
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 3/7):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game     3.50/3rd     3.33/3rd
GAA     2.56/3rd     2.19/2nd
Power Play     21.0/3rd     22.0/2nd
Penalty Kill      81.5/7th     83.8/5th
Special Teams Net     +4/4th     +4/4th
1st Period Scoring          29/6th     25/4th
2nd Period Scoring        47/1st       35/1st
3rd Period Scoring     41/3rd     28/3rd
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    L, 0-4

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

'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
3/14 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.

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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