Game Day: Men's Hockey to White Out the Whitt with UMass (Friday - 7 p.m) and Maine (Saturday - 7 p.m.)
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DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team is unbeaten in its last three games and looks to continue that success with a pair of Hockey East home games this weekend. The Wildcats play host to UMass on Friday night and Maine on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. both nights in this "White Out the Whitt" weekend.
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: The University of Massachusetts enters Friday's game with a 1-3-2 record overall, a 0-3-2 record in Hockey East. Last weekend, the Minutemen garnered a tie and an overtime loss against #13 Boston University in a home-and-home series, by scores of 2-2 and 5-4, respectively. Of UMass' six games to start the season, four have been decided by one goal or fewer with three going into overtime. Offensively, the Minutemen will look to senior T.J. Syner. Syner leads the Minutemen in scoring this year with six goals, three assists and nine points to his credit. He is ranked 18th nationally by netting an average of 1.50 points per game. In 105 career games at UMass, Syner has scored 36 goals and 43 assists for 79 points. The Minutemen will also look to sophomore Michael Pereira, who has scored four goals, three assists, and has earned seven points this year. In net for the Minutemen is freshman Kevin Boyle who has earned a 1-1-2 record for the 2011-12 campaign.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 79-18-8 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 105 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH captured last year's season series with a 2-0-1 record. UNH is 9-1-3 in the last 13 meetings with the Minutemen. Coach Umile owns a 40-10-7 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Senior Stevie Moses is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with five points in nine games. Matt Di Girolamo is 2-0-1 in three career games against UMass. He collected his first career shutout against UMass on Nov. 12. He owns a 1.30 GAA and a .952 save percentage lifetime against the Minutemen.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE MINUTEMEN:
Player GP G-A-P
Stevie Moses 9 3-2-5
Brett Kostolansky 6 0-3-3
Greg Burke 3 0-2-2
Kevin McCarey 5 1-1-2
Damon Kipp 9 1-0-1
Jeff Silengo 3 0-1-1
Mike Borisenok 8 0-0-0
Austin Block 5 0-0-0
Connor Hardowa 5 0-0-0
John Henrion 5 0-0-0
Scott Pavelski 2 0-0-0
Dalton Speelman 4 0-0-0
Nick Sorkin 3 0-0-0
Kevin Goumas 3 0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Di Girolamo 4/184:22 4 1.30 2-0-1 81 .952
Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
11-12-10 59:57 W 19 0 19
11-13-10 64:25 T 29 3 32
1-8-11 60:00 W 33 1 34
Totals 184:22 2-0-1 81 4 85
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Jan. 8, 2011): With the game tied 1-1 late in the third period, the UNH scored goals 45 seconds apart at 14:59 and 15:44 to earn a 3-1 Hockey East victory against Massachusetts at Mullins Center. Phil DeSimone (1g, 1a) scored the eventual game-winner at 14:59 with a forehand shot that beat UMass netminder Paul Dainton short-side. The play was setup by a nifty behind-the-back pass by Paul Thompson (1g, 1a), who added to his league-best 31 points. Mike Sislo also assisted on the goal, he and DeSimone are tied for the league's lead in assists with 18 helpers. New Hampshire wasted little time to get its insurance as Blake Kessel (1g, 1a) fired a one-timer past Dainton from the center slot. Jeff Silengo and Stevie Moses were credited with assists on the goal. UMass would pull Dainton in favor of an extra skater for the final 38 seconds, but were unable to draw closer. The 'Cats held a 12-11 edge for the period and a 35-34 advantage for the contest.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: The 20th-ranked University of Maine Black Bears enter into this weekend's game with a 3-2-1 overall record and a 3-1-0 mark in Hockey East good enough for third place in the standings. Despite the loss of two-time All-American Gustav Nyquist, the Black Bears are once again stacked with a high-powered offensive attack. Brian Flynn and Spencer Abbott pace the Maine attack with nine and eight points, respectively. Overall, seven players have four points or more on the season. In net, sophomores Dan Sullivan and Martin Ouellette have split time. Sullivan is 2-0-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .914 save percentage, while Ouellette is 1-2-0 with a 2.98 GAA and an .882 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 56-48-5 in 109 meetings. UNH earned a season sweep of the series last year thanks to an overtime win in Orono and a pair of home wins. Coach Umile is 34-39-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Senior forward Stevie Moses is the active leader in scoring against Maine with seven points in nine games. Senior netminder Matt Di Girolamo is 3-0-0 with 3.32 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:
Player GP G-A-P
Stevie Moses 9 3-4-7
Mike Borisenok 9 2-3-5
Kevin Goumas 3 2-3-5
John Henrion 5 3-2-5
Dalton Speelman 4 2-1-3
Jeff Silengo 3 2-0-2
Damon Kipp 8 0-2-2
Austin Block 5 1-1-2
Greg Burke 3 0-1-1
Kevin McCarey 6 0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky 6 0-1-1
Connor Hardowa 5 0-0-0
Scott Pavelski 2 0-0-0
Nick Sorkin 3 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Di Girolamo 3/180:18 10 3.32 3-0-0 92 .901
Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
12-10-10 60:18 W 27 3 30
2-4-11 60:00 W 37 3 40
2-5-11 60:00 W 28 4 32
Totals 180:18 3-0-0 92 10 102
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (FEB. 5, 2011): Paul Thompson scored with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to lift UNH to a 5-4 Hockey East victory against University of Maine at the Whittemore Center. John Henrion was one of four Wildcats with a multiple-point game as he matched his career highs in both goals (two) and points (two). Kevin Goumas had a goal and an assist to tie his best of two points. Stevie Moses and Mike Beck both finished with two assists. It was Beck's first multiple-point game while Moses equaled his personal bests in both assists and points. UNH goalie Matt Di Girolamo made 13 of his 28 saves in the first period. Maine counterpart Shawn Sirman was credited with 22 saves. The UM offense was led by Kyle Beattie (two goals), Spencer Abbott (two assists) and Tanner House (two assists).
Di Girolamo named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Senior goaltender Matt Di Girolamo of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. Di Girolamo earns the award for the first time this season and fifth time during his career. Di Girolamo turned away 52-of-55 shots on the weekend leading UNH to a pair of wins on the weekend. He stopped 37-of-38 shots in a 2-1 win over No. 11 Union on Friday night and followed that effort up with a 15-save performance on Saturday against Northeastern. Di Girolamo posted a 1.49 GAA and a .945 saver percentage.
Umile Earns 300 Hockey East Victories: UNH head coach Dick Umile became just the second coach in league history to capture 300 Hockey East victories in Hockey East play. Umile's career record in Hockey East is 300-146-73.
Coach Team Years in HE Wins
1. Jack Parker BU 27 391
2. Dick Umile UNH 21 300
3. Jerry York BC 17 246
4. Shawn Walsh Maine 17 226
5. Tim Whitehead UML, Maine 15 178
Streakin' Sorkin: Sophomore Nick Sorkin continues to be red-hot extended his point-scoring streak to five games. He has seven points with four goals and three assists in this span.
Di Gi Sends Back 37 on Friday Night: After missing his first start in 45 games on Saturday at St. Cloud, Matt Di Girolamo stopped a season-high 37 shots with double figure saves in each period of regulation.
Oh Captain: Senior co-captain Mike Borisenok scored Saturday night's first two goals. The first two goals of the season for the senior forward. It was a career-high for Borisenok.
Goumas Nets First in Dramatic Fashion: Kevin Goumas netted his first goal of the season just 31 seconds into overtime to power the 'Cats to the overtime win. The win was UNH's first overtime win since a 4-3 win over Providence on Jan. 21, 2011.
Four Score: On Saturday against Northeastern, UNH's fourth line contributed the team's first three goals of the game. Captain Mike Borisenok netted the first two goals with freshman Casey Thrush dished out helpers on both, while Kevin McCarey scored the team's third goal. The line earned a +3 rating for the night.
Home-Sweet-Home: The Wildcats, who played four of the first five games on the road, returned home to the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center for four-straight and five of the next six. The 'Cats have taken advantage of the home cooking with wins in their first two home games in this four-game span.
Tortorella to Face Alma Mater: Saturday night's game against Maine will pit Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella against his alma mater. Tortorella was a goaltender at UMaine from 1977-81.
Hoping for a Repeat Performance: UNH is hoping to repeat its 2010-11 results against UMass and Maine. The Wildcats captured the season series with UMass 2-0-1 and swept the series with Maine 3-0-0.
47 Shots: UNH's 47 shots against St. Cloud State on Saturday night were the most by a UNH team since a 49-shot output on Nov. 19, 2010 against Boston University.
High Five: UNH matched a season high with five goals on Saturday night. After scoring just one goal in the first three games, the 'Cats have netted 15 goals in the last four games.
White Out the Whitt Weekend: This weekend, UNH will once again hold its White Out the Whitt Weekend. Fans are encouraged to wear white, while a variety of fan promotions and giveaways are planned.
SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P G-A-P %.
Seniors: 6-6-12 38-23-29
Juniors: 4-4-6 25-15-19
Sophomores: 6-8-14 38-31-33
Freshmen: 0-8-8 0-31-19
All in the Family: Junior forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks while freshman defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former wildcat and current Philadelphia flyer James van Riemsdyk. Freshman forward Jay Camper is the brother of Miami standout Carter Camper, while Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella is the brother of Rangers head coach John Tortorella.
'Cats Selected in the NHL Draft: Two current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Greg Burke (Washington) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been drafted.
Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/2): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Nick Sorkin 77th 1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin 61st 0.57 gpg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin 7th 3 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Nick Sorkin 1st 1 shg
Game Winning Goals:
Kevin Goumas 25th 1 shg
Kevin McCarey 25th 1 shg
Scoring Offense 39th 2.29
Scoring Defense 48th 3.86
Scoring Margin 45th -1.57
Power Play 34th 16.7
Penalty Kill 41st 76.9
Combined Special Teams 48th 44.6
Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/2): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
Player All Games HE Games
Points Nick Sorkin 16th (7 pts) 48th (2 pt)
Stevie Moses 32nd (5 pts) 48th (2 pt)
Eric Knodel 37th (3 pts) n/a
Mike Borisenok n/a 37th (3 pts)
Goals Nick Sorkin 5th (4 g) 33rd (1 g)
Mike Borisenok n/a 12th (2 g)
Assists Stevie Moses 30th (3 a) 58th (1 a)
Casey Thrush 30th (3 a) n/a
Grayson Downing 30th (3 a) n/a
Eric Knodel 57th (2 a) n/a
Dalton Speelman 57th (2 a) 58th (1 a)
PP Points Nick Sorkin 2nd (4 pts) 5th (2 pts)
Stevie Moses 7th (3 pts) 5th (2 pts)
Grayson Downing26th (2 pts) n/a
PP Goals Nick Sorkin 1st (3 ppg) 4th (1 ppg)
John Henrion 13th (1 ppg) n/a
Stevie Moses 13th (1 ppg) 4th (1 ppg)
SH Points Stevie Moses 4th (1 shp) n/a
Nick Sorkin 4th (1 shp) n/a
SH Goals Nick Sorkin 1st (1 shg) n/a
Game Winning Goals
Kevin Goumas 8th (1 gwg) n/a
Kevin McCarey 8th (1 gwg) 4th (1 g)
Def. Scoring Eric Knodel 13th (3 pts) n/a
Damon Kipp 21st (2 pts) n/a
Freshman Scor. Casey Thrush 7th (3.00 pts) 6th (2.00 pts)
Grayson Downing 7th (3.00 pts) n/a
T. van Riemsdyk 13th (2.00 pts) 12th (1 pt)
GAA Matt Di Girolamo 12th (3.84) 13th (3.95)
Save% Matt Di Girolamo 11th (.867) 12th (.844)
Saves Matt Di Girolamo 5th (137) 6th (81)
Minutes Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (328:24) 5th (227:53)
Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/2):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 2.29/10th 1.50/9th
GAA 3.86/9th 4.00/7th
Power Play 16.7/6th 14.3/6th
Penalty Kill 76.9/9th 85.7/5th
Special Teams Net 0/5th 0/4th
1st Period Scoring 6/5th 3/7th
2nd Period Scoring 3/10th 2/8th
3rd Period Scoring 6/5th 2/8th
Overtime Scoring 1/1st n/a
UNH to Play Rival Maine at Fenway Park: The University of New Hampshire will make history Jan. 7, 2012, when the Wildcats face off against longtime nemesis University of Maine at Fenway Park as part of a Hockey East doubleheader that was announced Aug. 25 at the venerable ballpark, which is home to the Boston Red Sox of MLB. The event has been dubbed Frozen Fenway 2012 and Hockey Day in New England. The 111th meeting in the series between UNH and Maine - the 'Cats swept last year's season series - is the second game of a doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a matchup between the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts at 4 p.m. The doubleheader will be broadcast live in high-definition on NESN.
UNH, Verizon Wireless Arena Awarded 2013 NCAA Northeast Men's Hockey Regional: The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee announced Oct. 5 that the University of New Hampshire and Verizon Wireless Arena have been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division I men's hockey Northeast Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31. 2013 will mark the fifth time UNH and Verizon Wireless Arena have hosted this event, all since 2004. Last season, UNH advanced to the regional finals against with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Miami at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester. New Hampshire also hosted in 2007 and 2009. In addition to the Northeast Regional, the East Regional will be held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. and hosted by Brown University, the Midwest Regional will be held at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and hosted by Bowling Green State University and the West Regional will be held at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. and be hosted by the University of Michigan.
Jim Tortorella Named Associate Head Coach: On Aug. 30, Dick Umile announced the hiring of Jim Tortorella as associate head coach of the program. Tortorella comes to New Hampshire after a 16-year stint as head coach at Colby College, where he led the Mules to an impressive 230-138-33 record in that span and leaves his mark as the program's all-time leader in career wins. A highly respected coach throughout the New England region, Tortorella brings a wealth of experience to Durham and will work primarily with the UNH defense. Tortorella replaces former associate coach David Lassonde, who was recently named the assistant coach at the University of Denver.
Wildcats Tabbed Third in Hockey East Preseason Poll: The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was picked to finish third in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Sept. 27 at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats garnered 72 points in the poll, which was good enough for a third place preseason standing. UNH was picked third last season and finished second in the league's regular-season standings. New Hampshire has finished in the top three in Hockey East each of the last five seasons, including three regular-season titles in that span.
2011-2012 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts
1. Boston College (7) 88
2. Boston University (3) 83
3. New Hampshire 72
4. Maine 64
5. Merrimack 61
6. Vermont 44
7. Massachusetts 42
8. Northeastern 33
9. UMass-Lowell 27
10. Providence 26
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 12th 12th 3rd (pre)
10/3 NP NP 3rd (pre)
10/10 RV 15th 6th
10/17 NR RV 8th
10/24 NR NR 8th
10/31 NR NR 7th
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 31)
Rk. Team, Points (FPV) Last Poll Record Weeks
1 Boston College, 507 (30) 1 7-1-0 5
2 Colorado College, 464 (3) 3 4-0-0 5
3 University of Michigan, 427 4 6-1-1 5
4 University of Notre Dame, 366 5 5-2-0 5
5 University of Minnesota, 353 8 7-1-0 5
6 Western Michigan Univ., 311 10 5-0-3 5
7 Merrimack College, 309 9 6-0-0 4
8 University of Denver, 281 2 3-2-1 5
9 Yale University, 244 (1) 6 1-0-1 5
10 Ferris State University, 174 7 6-2-0 2
11 Union College, 158 11 3-1-3 5
12 Boston University, 126 12 3-2-1 5
13 Lake Superior State Univ., 109 NR 7-1-0 1
14 Minnesota Duluth, 86 15 4-3-1 5
15 University of North Dakota, 54 13 3-4-1 5
Others receiving votes: Northern Michigan University, 23; Colgate University, 21; Michigan Tech University, 21; Quinnipiac University, 18; University of Maine, 12; Clarkson University, 9; Dartmouth College, 6; United States Air Force Academy, 1.
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 31)
Rk. School (FPV) Record Points Lst Wk.
1 Boston College (42) 7-1-0 971 1
2 Colorado College (5) 4-0-0 834 3
3 Michigan 6-1-1 779 4
4 Western Michigan (1) 5-0-3 689 7
5 Minnesota 7-1-0 684 8
6 Notre Dame 5-2-0 681 5
7 Merrimack 6-0-0 627 9
8 Denver 3-2-1 589 2
9 Yale (1) 1-0-1 500 10
10 Ferris State 6-2-0 471 6
11 Lake Superior 7-1-0 390 18
12 Boston University 3-2-1 373 13
13 Union 3-1-3 367 11
14 Minnesota-Duluth 4-3-1 331 15
15 North Dakota 3-4-1 259 12
16 Michigan Tech 5-2-1 204 NR
17 Northern Michigan 4-3-1 197 14
18 Colgate 4-2-1 136 16
19 Quinnipiac 6-2-0 114 20
20 Maine 3-2-1 97 NR
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 64, Clarkson 47, Dartmouth
30, Miami 22, Nebraska-Omaha 21, Air Force 11, Cornell 11,
Harvard 7, Ohio State 7, St. Cloud State 7, Bowling Green 5,
Michigan State 3, Alaska-Anchorage 2.
UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional): UNH will have 11 games broadcast live on TV in 2011-12. WBIN-TV will air six games with one game on CBS Sports, NESN and Cox, while two will air locally on Charter (Minn.).
DATE GAME Channel RES.
Oct. 21 at St. Cloud Charter L, 5-7
Oct. 22 at St. Cloud Charter T, 3-3
Nov.18 Mass.-Lowell WBIN
Dec. 8 Boston Univ. WBIN
Jan. 7 vs. Maine (Frozen Fenway) NESN
Jan. 11 at Providence COX
Jan. 21 Merrimack WBIN
Jan. 28 Boston College WBIN
Feb. 3 Providence CBS Sports
Feb. 10 Northeatern WBIN
Feb. 17 Vermont WBIN
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.In 2009, 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 WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts, 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 fifth-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.
WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player Award Date
Matt Di Girolamo USCHO's Top 10 Goalies #1 9/26
Stevie Moses USCHO's Top 10 Forwards #4 9/30
Matt Di Girolamo HE Defensive Player of the Week 10/31
GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee), Ryan Randall (Durham) and Casey DeSmith (Rochester) all hailing from the Granite State.
THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, the first six-time Hockey East Coach of the Year in league history, is in the midst of his 22nd season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. With 483 career victories behind the bench, the Melrose, Mass., native is the winningest coach in school history. During his time in Durham, 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, 17 NCAA tournament appearances and 21 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 21-year career. Umile has guided the 'Cats to 20-victory campaigns in 18 of his 21 seasons, including this year's 21-10-6 mark. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt for the most victories in school history Feb. 16, 2005, by notching his 348th coaching triumph in a 6-1 defeat of Merrimack College at the Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .659 winning percentage, and his 483 career victories rank seventh among active bench bosses. 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. A total of 10 Hobey Baker finalists have suited up for Umile, including Paul Thompson and Jason Krog, who won the prestigious award in 1999, the year the Wildcats played for the National Championship in Anaheim, Calif. Umile became the 12th coach in University history when he was promoted to the position Dec. 6, 1990. Previously, he served as assistant coach in 1988-89 and associate head coach in '89-90. An outstanding player for the Wildcats, Umile captained the 1971-72 team that placed third in the ECAC playoffs with a 20-10 record. Umile's finest season came during his sophomore campaign when he collected a career-high 56 points, earning the Roger LeClerc Trophy as the team's MVP. In 87 career games at UNH, Umile potted 60 goals to go along with 84 assists for 144 points. Umile was inducted into the National Italian American Hall of Fame in 2007 and enshrined in the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey in 2009 . Last year, the Wildcats had a successful campaign posting a 22-11-6 overall record and 17-6-4 in Hockey East. The season took off quickly with just two losses in the 'Cats first 16 games. In Hockey East play, they won the regular-season series with five of nine league foes, highlighted by a season series sweep of rival Mane. New Hampshire continued its hot streak, without back-to-back losses until mid-February. Umile helped take a team to its 23rd straight trip to the Hockey East playoffs and home-ice advantage for a league best 15th straight season. New Hampshire was awarded the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award this season. The 'Cats earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament for the 10th-straight season and hosted the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester as a fourth seed. They advanced to the regional final for the third straight season with a 3-1 victory over the top seeded Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.