Men's Hockey Enters Home-and-Home Series with Merrimack (Fri - 7 p.m. - Away) (Sat. - 7 p.m. - Home - WBIN-TV)

Game Notes
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team returns to Hockey East play with a critical home-and-home series against sixth-ranked Merrimack College. The Wildcats will play at Lawler Arena on Friday night (7 p.m.) and play host to the Warriors on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on WBIN-TV with Dan Parkhurst and Pete Webster calling all the action.

Scouting the Warriors: The 6th/7th-ranked Merrimack College Warriors enter the weekend's series with a 12-4-5 record overall and an 8-3-3 mark in Hockey East. The Warriors were unbeaten over their first 10 games (9-0-1) and owed the nation's top billing for several weeks early in the season. Merrimack is 3-4-4 since that time, but are riding a three-game unbeaten streak. Merrimack took three points from Maine last weekend with a 6-2 win on Friday and a 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday at Lawler Arena. A balanced Warrior offense features eight players in double-figure scoring with Ryan Flanigan (6g, 13a) and Jesse Todd (9g, 9a) leading the way with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Between the pipes, Merrimack looks to veteran netminder Joe Cannata. Cannata is 11-4-5 with a 2.02 GAA and a .927 save percentage in 20 games. The Warrior offense is averaging over three goals per game (3.10), while the defense is allowing just two goals per game (2.00).

Series History vs. Merrimack: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 64-16-8 in 88 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960.  Since 1996, UNH is 40-7-6 in the last 53 games. UNH owns a 25-4-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile has compiled a 52-13-7 all-time mark against the Warriors. The 'Cats are 15-4-0 in the last 19 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink. Merrimack won the 2010-11 regular season series 2-1-0 on the strength of a weekend sweep Feb. 11-12 and captured a 4-1 win in the Hockey East semifinals on March 18 at TD Garden in Boston. Senior forward Stevie Moses is  the active scoring leaders against Merrimack with five points in nine games. Matt Di Girolamo is 1-3-0 lifetime against the Warriors with a .928 save percentage and a 2.78 GAA.

Player    GP    G-A-P    
Stevie Moses    9    3-2-5
Damon Kipp    8    1-3-4
Brett Kostolansky    7    1-1-2
Mike Borisenok    8    0-2-2
Dalton Speelman    6    1-0-1
Kevin McCarey    5    0-0-0
John Henrion    6    0-0-0
Austin Block    6    0-0-0
Greg Burke    4    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    3    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    5    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    3    0-0-0
Kevin Goumas    4    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    4/237:03    11    2.78    1-3-0    142    .928

Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-27-10        59:49    W    41    1    42
2-11-11        57:33    L    34    4    38
2-12-11        61:42    L    36    3    39
3-18-11        57:59    L    31    3    34
Totals           237:03    1-3-0    142    11    153 
Last Time These Teams Met (March 18, 2011 - TD Garden): Stevie Moses  registered the lone goal of the evening, but it wasn't enough, as UNH fell to seventh-ranked and fourth-seeded Merrimack College, 4-1, in the Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden.New Hampshire nearly found the back of the net just 35 seconds into the action, as Blake Kessel dumped the puck into the offensive zone and it deflected in off a Merrimack stick and took a bad bounce past MC goalie Joe Cannata, but UNH was offside after a video review. UNH cracked the scoreboard first when Moses scored off a give-and-go pass sequence with Mike Borisenok, potting the puck from the center slot at 7:23 of the period. Borisenok and Matt Campanale were both credited with helpers on the tally. Moments later, the Warriors punched in the equalizer on a short-handed breakaway goal by Ryan Flanigan at 10:47 of the first with an assist from Stephane Da Costa, evening the score at 1-1. However, the score wouldn't stay tied for long, as Merrimack took its first lead of the night when Brendan Ellis fired a one-timer from the left point that deflected into the net off a UNH stick and then off of Merrimack's Elliott Sheen into the net at 16:15 to make it 2-1. Ellis and Karl Stollery were both credited with assists on the goal. New Hampshire held a 13-11 edge in shots during the frame. In a scoreless second period, both teams had chances with Merrimack holding a 12-11 shot edge in stanza. UNH's best chances came in power play, while the Warriors also generated some of its best chances on the man-advantage. The Warriors materialized those chances late in the third frame when Mike Collins chipped in a puck on the doorstep of the net on the right side with just over five minutes remaining. Jesse Todd and Ellis were both credited with assists on the score. Merrimack would add to its lead and seal the victory in the final seconds of the stanza, when Sheen scored a short-handed and empty net goal with just 7.7 seconds on the clock.  Di Girolamo (21-10-6) stopped a game-high 31 saves in the contest, including 12 in the second frame. Cannata (25-8-4) meanwhile stopped 30 shots on his own in the win.

Last Time Out (Jan. 14 vs. Dartmouth): Stevie Moses  registered his second career hat trick, potting four goals and earning Most Valuable Player honors as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team skated to a 4-1 win over Dartmouth College in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XI at Verizon Wireless Arena. For Moses, the four goals match a career high he netted previously against Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 26, 2011, at the Whittemore Center Arena. Moses scored in all fascets of the game with two power play goals (one 5-on-3, one 5-on-4), a shorthanded goal and an even-strength tally. Kevin Goumas (three assists) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (two assists) registered multi-point efforts for the Wildcats. Casey DeSmith earned his second-consecutive win as he stopped 21 shots including 14 in the final frame. DeSmith improves to 2-2-0 on the season, while counterpart James Mello is now 3-5-1, stopping 28 shots including 15 in the first period.
Moses Named Hockey East Player of the Week: Stevie Moses was named Hockey East Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. Moses earns the award for the second time this season. Moses scored all five of UNH's goals on the week leading the Wildcats to a pair of wins. The senior forward scored the game's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Providence on Wednesday night and followed that up with a four-goal outburst against Dartmouth on Saturday. He was named Most Valuable Player at the Battle for the RiverStone Cup, Moses had 14 shots on goal and was a +3 on the week. On Saturday night, Moses scored a 5-on-3 goal, a power play goal, a shorthanded goal and an even-strength tally. For Moses, the four-goal effort was the second four-goal effort of the season. Moses is the league-leader in goals scored with 16 thanks in part to a pair of four-goal efforts this season.

DeSmith Garners League's Top Rookie Honors:  Casey DeSmith earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors on Monday. He is the second UNH freshman to earn this award this season (Casey Thrush – Nov. 21). DeSmith stopped 48-of-49 shots during the week earning his first two collegiate wins and his first collegiate shutout. On Wednesday against Providence, he turned aside all 26 shots he faced to earn a 1-0 win. On Saturday against Dartmouth, the freshman netminder stopped the final 21 Dartmouth shots, allowing just one goal. DeSmith posted a 0.375 GAA and a .980 save percentage during the week. For DeSmith, this week's starts were just the third and fourth of his young career.

Moses Nets Second Four-Goal Game of the Season: Stevie Moses becomes the first Wildcat to register two four-goal games in a single season since Steve Saviano did so in the 2003-04 season. Saviano netted four against Canisius on Oct. 24, 2003 and at Merrimack on Jan. 23, 2004.

Saturday Night on WBIN-TV: Saturday night's game will be broadcast live in high-definition on WBIN-TV. UNH and WBIN have partnered to bring 12 UNH contests, including six men's hockey games to air. Additionally, UNH's monthly magazine show Inside Wildcat Country will air immediately following Saturday's game. Dan Parkhurst and Pete Webster will call all of the action from Whittemore Center. Pack Network will be producing the game along with UNH Wildcat Productions.

Goumas Happy to Assist: Kevin Goumas handed out three assists on Saturday night against Dartmouth.

RiverStone Hat Tricks: Stevie Moses became just the third player in the history of the RiverStone Cup game to register a hat trick and the first to score four goals in a game. Dartmouth's Jarrett Sampson did so most recently with three goals in a 9-8 Big Green win in 2005, while Steve Saviano was the first player to register a hat trick in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup with three goals in a 5-0 UNH win in 2004.

DeSmith Captures First Collegiate Win, Shutout: Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced to register his first collegiate win and shutout, lifting UNH to a 1-0 win over Providence College in Wednesday night's Hockey East action at Schneider Arena. DeSmith becomes the first Wildcat freshman goalie to earn a shutout since Brian Foster did so on Dec. 8, 2006 against St. Lawrence. He is the first freshman netminder to earn a win since Matt Di Girolamo did so in a relief appearance in UNH's 9-4 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 2008.

Two Goalies with Shutouts in the Same Season: The 2006-07 season was the last time UNH had two different goalies with shutouts in the same season. That season Kevin Regan had three shutouts in 35 games, while freshman Brian Foster had two shutouts in seven games played. Earlier this season, Matt Di Girolamo stopped 31 shots in a 5-0 shutout of UMass Lowell.

Following a Win: UNH is 4-2-1 following a win this season.

Back-to-Back Wins: UNH captured back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 4-5, when it won its third and fourth straight games during a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Final Non-Conference Game: Saturday night's game against Dartmouth was  UNH's final non-conference game of the season. The 'Cats finished an even 3-3-1 in non-conference games.

Cats Captures First Road Win: UNH captures its first road win since Feb. 26, 2011 at Northeastern. Overall, the 'Cats went 0-7-2 in the 318 days between road wins.

Power Play Back on Track: UNH was 0-20 on the power play over the last six-plus games before a 2-5 effort on Saturday against Dartmouth. The 'Cats are 2-8-0 when they failed to score on the power play compared to 6-3-2 when scored a power play goal. Prior to Saturday, UNH's last power play goal came in the team's 9-1 win over Alabama Huntsville on Nov. 26.

Moses Heating Up: Stevie Moses is riding a four-game point scoring streak with five goals and two assists in that span. Overall, Moses has points in five of the last six games and seven of the last nine.

Youth Served: Three freshmen rank in the top seven in scoring for New Hampshire. Grayson Downing is the leader in rookie scoring with 15 points in 19 games. Here is a look at recent successes among UNH freshmen compared to this year's top trio.
Players            Year        G-A-P
Grayson Downing    2011-12        6-9-15 (19 gp)
Trevor van Riemsdyk    2011-12        2-10-12 (21 gp)
Casey Thrush        2011-12        2-7-9 (19 gp)
Kevin Goumas        2010-11        6-12-18 (32 gp)
Brett Kostolansky    2009-10        0-12-12 (28 gp)
Stevie Moses        2008-09        5-8-13 (33 gp)
Blake Kessel        2008-09        6-7-13 (37 gp)
James van Riemsdyk    2007-08        11-23-34 (31 gp)
Danny Dries        2007-08        11-17-28 (37 gp)
Darren Haydar (record)    1998-99        31-30-61 (41 gp)
Home vs. Away: UNH is 6-4-0 at home compared to 1-6-2 on the road. Here is a look at some of the breakdown of home vs. away and neutral.
            Home        Away    Neutral
Record            6-4-0        1-6-2    1-1-0
Goals For            38 (3.8)        22(2.4)    8 (4.0)
Goals Against        26 (2.6)        36 (4.1)    6 (3.0)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    0
Power Play        21.2%        13.9%    28.6%
Penalty Kill        88.4%        81.0%    62.5%

Wins vs. Losses: UNH is averaging nearly five goals a game in wins and allowing just 1.3. Here is a look at stats in wins versus losses.
            Wins        Losses
Record            8-0-0        0-11-0
Goals For            36 (4.5)        25 (2.1)
Goals Against        10 (1.25)        52 (4.7)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        28.6%        10.0%
Penalty Kill        96.0%        69.4%
Top Scorers        Moses (12-2-14)         Downing (3-6-9)
            Goumas (2-12-14)        Henrion (2-5-7)
            Sorkin (1-12-13)         Moses (3-4-7)

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 21 games between this season and the last two seasons.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    
Record     10-7-4    13-4-4    8-11-2
HE Record    9-2-3    11-1-2    5-8-1
Goals scored    73    74    68
Goals scored/PG    3.48    3.52    3.24
Goals Allowed    70    52    69
Goals Allowed/PG    3.33    2.48    3.29
Shots    607    745    722
Shots Allowed    681    641    608
Power Play    19.4%     19.6%    18.4%
    (18-93)    (19-97)    (14-76)
Penalty Kill    79.5%     80.6%    81.7%
    (70-88)    (58-72)    (58-71)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses
    16-14-30    17-17-34    16-10-26
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin
    6-20-26    9-20-29    6-16-22
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas
    12-12-24    5-18-23    6-14-20

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats are 8-1-0 when leading after two periods.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    25-21-46    37%-18%-25%
Juniors:    17-31-48    25%-26%-26%
Sophomores:    15-41-56    22%-34%-30%
Freshmen:    11-26-37    16%-22%-20%

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/16): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats        Points Per Game:
Stevie Moses       19th       1.24 ppg
Nick Sorkin        40th         1.05 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses    5th       0.76 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    20th    0.76 apg
Kevin Goumas    33rd    0.70 apg
Power Play Goals:
Stevie Moses    26th    5 ppg
Nick Sorkin    43rd    4 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Kevin Goumas    7th    2 shg
Stevie Moses    19th    1 shg
Nick Sorkin       19th      1 shg
Game-Winning Goals
Stevie Moses    14th    3 gwg
Rookie Scoring
Grayson Downing    19th    0.79 ppg
Scoring Offense           11th        3.24
Scoring Defense              51st        3.29
Scoring Margin       40th      -.05
Power Play        33rd        18.4
Penalty Kill          32nd    81.7
Combined Special Teams   38th       49.0

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/16): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points         Stevie Moses         3rd (26 pts)          15th (13 pts)
        Nick Sorkin        9th (22 pts)       45th (9 pts)
        Kevin Goumas    10th (20 pts)    33rd (10 pts)
Goals              Stevie Moses      1st (16 g)          14th (6 g)
Assists              Nick Sorkin    4th (16 a)    29th (7 a)           
Kevin Goumas    10th (14 a)    29th (7 a)
PP Points               Stevie Moses      7th (9 pts)       25th (5 pts)
        Nick Sorkin     22nd (7 pts)       47th (3 pts)
PP Goals                Stevie Moses        5th (5 ppg)      15th (2 ppg)
        Nick Sorkin     10th (4 ppg)      15th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Kevin Goumas        3rd (3 shp)      6th (1 shp)
        Stevie Moses    7th (2 shp)    n/a
                 Nick Sorkin      14th (1 shp)      n/a
        T. van Riemsdyk    14th (1shp)    n/a
SH Goals         Kevin Goumas    2nd (2 shg)    5th (1shg)
        Nick Sorkin     8th (1 shg)      n/a
        Stevie Moses     8th (1 shg)      n/a
Game Winning Goals
        Stevie Moses    3rd (3 gwg)    11th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring        T.van Riemsdyk    11th (12 pts)    23rd (4 pts)
        Damon Kipp     18th (9 pts)          20th (5 pts)
Freshman Scor.       Grayson Downing 4th (15 pts)    11th (6pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    8th (12 pts)     17th (4pts)
        Casey Thrush    13th (9 pts)    9th (7 pts)
Plus-Minus    Casey Thrush    21st (+8)    5th (+6)
Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/16):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.24/4th         2.64/8th
GAA         3.29/9th     3.14/7th
Power Play         18.4/5th         13.0/9th
Penalty Kill          81.7/6th         84.3/4th
Special Teams Net         +3/5th        -2/6th
1st Period Scoring     23/2nd         13/4th
2nd Period Scoring     23/2nd         13/7th
3rd Period Scoring     21/6th        11/8th
Overtime Scoring       1/3rd         n/a

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.

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.

Wildcats Tabbed Third in Hockey East Preseason Poll:
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
11/7            NR    RV    4th
11/14        NR    RV    4th
11/21        NR    RV    4th
11/28        NR    NR    4th
12/5            NR    NR    7th
12/12        NR    NR    8th
12/19        NR    NR    8th
12/26        NP    NP    8th
1/2            NR    NR        8th
1/9            NR    NR    9th
1/16            NR    NR    8th

THE NATIONAL POLLS: Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 16)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota-Duluth          (50)       15-4-3      1000         1
 2     Boston University                   13-6-1       871         6
 3     Boston College                       14-8-1       856         4
 4     Minnesota                                16-8-1       783         5
 5     Ohio State                               14-6-3       780         2
 6     Merrimack                                12-4-5       747         7
 7     Notre Dame                           13-8-3       731         3
 8     Western Michigan                     12-7-5      627        10
 9     Cornell                                  10-4-3       571         9
10     Michigan                                 14-8-4       563        15
11     Colorado College                     13-8-1       505         8
12     Union                                    12-5-6       417        14
13     Ferris State                             14-8-2       396        13
14     Massachusetts-Lowell                 12-6-0       370        11
15     Denver                                   13-8-3       338        16
16     Michigan State                       12-9-3       205        18
17     North Dakota                         12-9-2       201        17
18     Colgate                                  12-8-2       156        12
19     Lake Superior                        13-10-3       129        19
20     Miami                                    12-10-2        91        NR
Others receiving votes: Northern Michigan 81, Nebraska-Omaha 43, Quinnipiac 15, Harvard 6, Northeastern 6, Minnesota State 4, Maine 3, RIT 2, St. Cloud State 2, Mercyhurst 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 16)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota Duluth, 510 (34)    1    15-4-3    15
2    University of Minnesota, 435    5    16-8-1    14
3    Boston University, 422        6    13-6-1    12
4    Boston College, 406        4    14-8-1    15
5    Ohio State University, 363    2    14-6-3    9
6    University of Notre Dame, 335    3    13-8-3    15
7    Merrimack College, 321    7    12-4-5    14
8    Western Michigan, 275        11    12-7-5    15
9    Cornell University, 232        9    10-4-3    5
10    University of Michigan, 191    15    14-8-4    11
11    Colorado College, 165        8    13-8-1    15
12    Union College, 152        13    12-5-6    13
13    UMass Lowell, 97        10    12-6-0    3
14    Ferris State University, 84    12    14-8-2    10
15    University of Denver, 60    NR    13-8-3    14
Others receiving votes: University of North Dakota, 8; Colgate University, 7; Northern Michigan University, 7; Michigan State University, 5; University of Nebraska Omaha, 3; Miami University, 1; Quinnipiac University, 1.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 21    at St. Cloud    Charter    L, 5-7
Oct. 22    at St. Cloud    Charter    T, 3-3 OT
Nov. 12    at Vermont    WCAX    T, 4-4 OT
Nov.18    Mass.-Lowell    WBIN    W, 5-0
Dec. 8    Boston Univ.    WBIN    L, 1-2
Jan. 7    vs. Maine (Frozen Fenway)    NESN    L, 4-5 OT
Jan. 21    Merrimack    WBIN    7 p.m.
Jan. 27    at Boston College    NESN    7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28    Boston College    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 3    Providence    CBS Sports    7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10    Northeatern    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 11    at Merrimack    NESN    7 p.m.
Feb. 17    Vermont    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 18    Vermont at New Hampshire    NESN-FLEX    7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25    New Hampshire at UMass    NESN-FLEX    3:30 p.m.
Mar. 3    New Hampshire at Maine    NESN-FLEX    4 p.m.

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
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/7
Casey Thrush    HE Rookie of the Week    11/21
Stevie Moses    HE co-Player of the Week    11/28
Grayson Downing    HE Rookie of the Month    Nov.
Stevie Moses    MVP Battle for RiverStone Cup XI    1/14
Stevie Moses    HE Player of the Week    1/16
Casey DeSmith    HE Rookie of the Week    1/16

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: 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

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.

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