Men's Hockey Hits the Road for a Two-Game Series at UMass

Game Notes
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team travels to the University of Massachusetts for a two-game road series this weekend. The teams will play Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Fans can listen to all the action on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: The University of Massachusetts enter the weekend series with New Hampshire with an 11-14-5 overall record and a 7-12-4 mark in Hockey East. The Minutemen are currently tied for eighth place in the Hockey East standings with Northeastern. Last weekend, UMass split a two-game road series at Maine with a 4-1 win on Saturday night, rebounding from a 7-3 loss on Friday night. Overall, Massachusetts went 3-0-1 in the first four games of 2012, but are just 2-6-0 since that streak. Offensively, the trio of T.J. Syner, Michael Pereira and Conor Sheary are leading the way with 31, 30 and 29 points, respectively. In net, the Minutemen have used a trio of netminders with a pair of freshmen seeing the majority of action. Kevin Boyle is 7-4-4 with a 3.12 GAA and a .895 save percentage including Saturday night's win. Steve Mastalerz is 3-5-0 in 10 games with a 3.45 GAA and a .890 save percentage. Sophomore Jeff Taglia is 1-5-1 with a 3.32 GAA and a .886 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 80-18-8 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 106 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH captured last year's season series with a 2-0-1 record.  Earlier this season, the Wildcats captured a 7-3 win over UMass on Nov. 4 at Whittemore Center. UNH is 10-1-3 in the last 14 meetings with the Minutemen.  Coach Umile owns a 41-10-7 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Senior Stevie Moses is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with seven points in 10 games. Matt Di Girolamo is 3-0-1 in four career games against UMass. He collected his first career shutout against UMass on Nov. 12. He owns a 1.72 GAA and a .940 save percentage lifetime against the Minutemen.

Player    GP    G-A-P
Stevie Moses    10    4-3-7
Brett Kostolansky    7    1-3-4
Kevin McCarey    6    1-2-3
Greg Burke    3    0-2-2
Grayson Downing    1    1-1-2
Damon Kipp    10    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    4    0-2-2
John Henrion    6    1-1-2
Austin Block    6    0-2-2
Dalton Speelman    5    1-1-2
Nick Sorkin    4    0-2-2
Kevin Goumas    4    1-1-2
Casey Thrush    1    0-1-1
Mike Borisenok    9    1-0-1
Connor Hardowa    6    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    3    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    1    0-0-0
Jay Camper    1    0-0-0
Trevor van Riemsdyk    1    0-0-0
Eric Knodel    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo     5/244:22     7     1.72     3-0-1     110      .940

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
11-4-11        60:00    W    29    3    32
Totals        244:22    3-0-1    110    7    117

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Nov. 4, 2011): Seven Wildcat skaters recorded two points and 14 tallied at least one point to lead UNH to a 7-3 Hockey East victory against the University of Massachusetts at the Whittemore Center. Seven different players scored goals for the Wildcats with Grayson Downing, Kevin Goumas, John Henrion, Stevie Moses and Dalton Speelman all recorded a goal and an assist while both Austin Block and Nick Sorkin tallied two assists. Sorkin now owns a six-game point-scoring stretch. UNH goaltender Matt Di Girolamo, the reigning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, made double-digit saves in both the first (10) and third (12) periods en route to a 29-save effort. UMass goalie Kevin Boyle entered the game with UMass trailing 3-2 just 35 seconds into the second period and exited 10:40 later with the Minutemen trailing 5-2. He was charged the loss in the two-save effort. Starting netminder Steve Mastalerz played a total of 49:20, yielded five goals and was credited with 23 saves.

497 for Umile: Head Coach Dick Umile with 497 wins is closing in on 500 career wins. Umile would become one of just six active coaches with 500 career wins and one of 14 coaches all-time to pass that historic milestone. Additionally, he would become just the eighth coach in Division I history to win 500 games at one program.
Division I Coaches with 500 Wins at One Program
Name (University)            Wins
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)* Active    868
Red Berenson (Michigan)*Active    748        
Ron Mason (Michigan State)        635
John MacInnes (Michigan Tech)        555
Jack Riley (Army)                542
Rick Comley (Michigan State)        538
John "Snooks" Kelley (Boston College)    501

Active Division I Coaches with 500 Wins
Name (Current School)            Wins
Jerry York (Boston College)        901
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)        868
Red Berenson (Michigan)            748
Don Lucia (Minnesota)            589
George Gwozdecky (Denver)        566

UNH Needs Two Points at UMass for 24th-Straight Trip to Hockey East Postseason: With a four-point lead over Massachusetts and a win in the season series with Northeastern, the Wildcats can secure a playoff berth with two points this weekend at Massachusetts. With a win in one game or ties in both, UNH would garner the points necessary to qualify for the postseason.

DeSmith Top 10 Nationally in Save Percentage and GAA: Casey DeSmith ranks ninth nationally with a .929 save percentage, while his goals against average ranks 10th nationally at 2.11 GAA.

'Cats 10-1-3 in last 14 Against UMass: UNH is 10-1-3 in its last 14 games against UMass. The last loss to the Minutemen was a 4-3 overtime loss at UMass on Nov. 13, 2009. The Wildcats and Minutemen have played five overtime games during this span.

Senior Send Off: UNH seniors Kevin McCarey, Mike Borisenok and Damon Kipp all registered a point on Senior Night. Of the four UNH senior skaters in the lineup on Saturday, only Stevie Moses, the team's leading scorer, was held off the score sheet.

Top PK in Hockey East: UNH owns the league's top penalty kill in conference play with a 85.1 kill rate.

DeSmith DaDifference for UNH in Net: Casey DeSmith has been red-hot since becoming the everyday starter in Durham. He has allowed two goals or fewer nine of 13 starts this season. Overall he is 7-6-1 with all five of his losses by one goal including three in overtime. He has stopped 30-plus shots in five of the last six games.
Date        Opp    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots    Margin
12-8-11        BU    L, 1-2    32    2    34    -1
1-7-12        v. Maine    L, 4-5 OT    28    5    33    -1
1-11-12        at PC    W, 1-0    26    0    26    +1
1-14-12        v. Dart.    W, 4-1    21    1    22    +3
1-20-12        at MC    W, 2-1    24    1    25    +1
1-21-12        MC    L, 2-3 OT    23    3    26    -1
1-27-12        at BC    L, 3-4    30    4    34    -1
1-28-12        BC    L, 2-3    34    3    37    -1
2-3-12        PC    W, 3-1    37    1    38    +2
2-4-12        @PC    W, 3-2 OT    34    2    36    +1
2-10-12        NU    W, 3-2    24    2    26    +1
2-11-12        @MC    T, 1-1    34    1    35    E
2-17-12        UVM    L, 3-4 OT    17    4    21    -1
2-18-12        UVM    W, 3-1    28    1    29    +2
Totals            7-6-1    392    30    422    +5
GAA: 2.11        Save%  .929        SHO (1)

Knodel Matches Career High: Eric Knodel matched a career-high with two points on a goal and an assist on Friday night against Vermont.

First Period Scoring: UNH leads Hockey East in first period scoring. The Wildcats have 36 first period goals and 26 first period tallies in league play.

Penalty Kill Key to UNH Success: UNH has killed off 34 of 35 (97.1%) power play opportunities during its 13 wins this season. With the lone power play goal they allowed in a winning effort being a goal by UMass' Conor Sheary on Nov. 4. In comparision, UNH has allowed 14 power play goals in 15 losses this season killing off 34 of 48 chances (70.8%).

Moses with 50 Assists: Stevie Moses handed out his 50th career assist on Friday night against Vermont.

Moses at 95 and Counting: Stevie Moses with 95 points in hand is trying to become the 71st player in school history to record 100 career points. Last season, UNH's top line of Paul Thompson, Mike Sislo and Phil DeSimone joined the century club, while Bobby Butler did so in 2009-10.

Sorkin with Points in Nine of Last 11 Games: Nick Sorkin has points in nine of the last 11 games.  He has with 11 assists in that span including an assist against Vermont on Friday night.

Close Calls/Nine One-Goal Games in Last 12:  UNH has played in nine one-goal games since January including five overtime contests.

Playoff Picture: UNH sits in seventh place. The Wildcats trail sixth-place Providence by one points with the Friars holding one game in hand. New Hampshire has a four-point lead over Northeastern and Massachusetts, but each team has a game in hand against the Wildcats. UNH has made the Hockey East playoffs in 23-straight seasons, including having home-ice advantage in 15-straight season coming into this year.

NESN Flex Men's Hockey at Maine: The Hockey East Association and the New England Sports Network (NESN) announced on Saturday afternoon that the matchup between New Hampshire at Maine will be broadcast live from Alfond Arena on Saturday, March 3rd at 4pm. Hockey East Overtime LIVE will air at the conclusion of the live broadcast. This is the third announcement of NESN's new flex scheduling option, allowing the network, for the first time ever to choose the best match-up for the final three weeks of the Hockey East regular-season schedule. The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 57-49-5 in 111 meetings. The teams have split the two previous meetings this season. UNH captured a 3-2 win over the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center on Nov. 5 and most recently, Maine captured a 5-4 overtime win over the 'Cats at Frozen Fenway on Jan. 7th. Tom Caron (play-by-play) and Craig Janney (color analyst) will have the call of the game from the campus of the University of Maine, while Hockey East Overtime LIVE will feature studio host Jamison Coyle and analyst Josh Ciocco.

Moses Named Walter Brown Award Semifinalist: Stevie Moses was named a semifinalist for the 60th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Moses was among a group of 21 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by Paul Stewart on Feb. 13. In total, 14 players from Hockey East were selected. Moses has become one of the top players in college hockey in 2011-12. The alternate captain recently became the third Wildcat in as many seasons to have 20-plus goals in a season. He ranks first in Hockey East in goals with 20 and is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with four. Moses ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 31 points (20g, 11a). In his overall career, Moses has played in 140 games with 94 points on 45 goals and 49 assists. 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 more recently, Bobby Butler (2010).

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats are 13-2-0 when leading after two periods. UNH is 9-2-0 when leading after one period.

Youth Served: Two freshmen rank in the top six in scoring for New Hampshire. Grayson Downing is the leader in rookie scoring with 21 points in 29 games. Additionally, Downing's nine goals are second on the team. Here is a look at recent successes among UNH freshmen compared to this year's top duo.
Players            Year        G-A-P
Grayson Downing    2011-12        9-12-21 (29 gp)
Trevor van Riemsdyk    2011-12        2-14-16 (31 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)

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %
Seniors:    33-33-66    35%-20%-25%
Juniors:    28-39-67    30%-23%-26%
Sophomores:    18-61-79    19%-37%-30%
Freshmen:    14-34-48    15%-20%-18%

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Bobby Butler: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Mike Beck: Vita Hasten (Sweden)
Matt Campanale: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Riessersee SC (2.GBun)
Ty Conklin: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Phil DeSimone: Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Brian Foster: Florida Panthers (NHL)**/ Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Wichita Thunder (CHL)
Colin Hemingway: Wichita Thunder (CHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Landshut Cannibals (2.GBun)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 Jonkoping (Elitserien)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Jacob Micflikier: Hershey Bears (AHL)
Jerry Pollastrone: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Sterzing/Vipiteno (Italy)
Mike Radja: Houston Aeros (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo HC (Elitserien)
Mike Sislo: Albany Devils (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Garrett Stafford: Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Craig Switzer: AaB (Denmark)
Paul Thompson: Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
**=spent time with NHL team in 2011-12
Home vs. Away: UNH is 9-7-0 at home compared to 2-7-2 on the road. Here is a look at some of the breakdown of home vs. away and neutral.
            Home        Away    Neutral
Record            9-7-0        3-7-3    1-1-0
Goals For            54 (3.4)        31 (2.4)    8 (4.0)
Goals Against        40 (2.5)        45 (3.5)    6 (3.0)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    0
Power Play        24.1%        14.0%    28.6%
Penalty Kill        87.5%        82.6%    62.5%

Wins vs. Losses: UNH is averaging almost four goals a game in wins and allowing just 1.3. Here is a look at stats in wins versus losses.
            Wins        Losses
Record            13-0-0        0-15-0
Goals For            50 (3.8)        35 (2.3)
Goals Against        17 (1.3)        66 (4.4)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        31.5% (13-46)        12.7% (7-55)
Penalty Kill        97.1% (30-31)        70.8% (34-48)
Top Scorers        Moses (15-2-17)         Sorkin (3-8-11)
            Sorkin (1-16-17)        Downing (3-7-10)
             Goumas (2-15-17)         Moses (4-6-10)    

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 31 games over the past few seasons.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11    11-12
Record     22-7-2    17-9-5    15-10-6    18-7-6    13-15-3
HE Record    18-4-2    13-7-4    14-5-5    16-4-4    10-12-2
Goals scored    107    95    108    110    93
Goals scored/PG    3.50    3.06    3.48    3.55    3.00
Goals Allowed    73    88    101    76    91
Goals Allowed/PG    2.40    2.84    3.26    2.45    2.94
Shots    1,019    1,026    960    1,065    1,027
Shots Allowed    972    915    1,028    981    915
Power Play    19.1%     13.2%    16.9%    21.1%    19.6%
    (29-152)    (22-167)    (23-136)    (28-133)(22/112)
Penalty Kill    87.4%     82.7%    79.4%    82.1%    83.0%
    (139-159)    (134-162)(100-126)    (92-112)    (78-94)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riem     Butler    Thomps.    Moses
    13-26-39    13-22-35     24-20-44    24-22-46    20-12-32
    Radja    Butler              Thompson    Sislo    Sorkin
    18-21-39    7-18-25         15-18-33    10-29-39    6-25-31
    J. van Riems.    Sislo                Kessel    DeSimone    Goumas
    11-15-26    18-6-24         7-25-32    8-26-34    7-19-26

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/20): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats        Points Per Game:
Stevie Moses       45th       1.03 ppg
Nick Sorkin        49th        1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses     8th      0.65 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Nick Sorkin     15th       0.81 apg
Kevin Goumas     46th      0.63 apg
Power Play Goals:
Stevie Moses     22nd     7 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Kevin Goumas     10th      2 shg
Stevie Moses     28th      1 shg
Nick Sorkin       28th      1 shg
Game-Winning Goals
Stevie Moses     10th      4 gwg
Rookie Scoring
Grayson Downing     25th      0.72 ppg
Goals Against Average
Casey DeSmith      10th      2.11
Save Percentage
Casey DeSmith      9th      .929
Scoring Offense           22nd        3.00
Scoring Defense              39th       2.94
Scoring Margin       32nd      0.06
Power Play        25th        19.6
Penalty Kill          22nd     83.0
Combined Special Teams   40th       48.5

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/20): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points        Stevie Moses        7th (32 pts)      18th (19 pts)
        Nick Sorkin        8th (31 pts)       24th (18 pts)
        Kevin Goumas     21st (26 pts)     39th (16 pts)
Goals              Stevie Moses      1st (20 g)          13th (10 g)
Assists              Nick Sorkin     3rd (25 a)     7th (16 a)
        Kevin Goumas     14th (19 a)      25th (12 a)
PP Points               Stevie Moses      17th (11 pts)   27th (7 pts)
        Nick Sorkin     17th (11 pts)   27th (7 pts)
PP Goals                Stevie Moses        7th (7 ppg)      12th (4 ppg)
        Nick Sorkin     18th (4 ppg)      27th (2 ppg)
        Greg Burke          n/a              27th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Kevin Goumas        6th (3 shp)      10th (1 shp)
        Stevie Moses      11th (2 shp)     n/a
                 Nick Sorkin      22nd (1 shp)      n/a
        T. van Riemsdyk    22nd (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals         Kevin Goumas      4th (2 shg)     5th (1 shg)
        Nick Sorkin     11th (1 shg)      n/a
        Stevie Moses     11th (1 shg)      n/a
Game Winning Goals
        Stevie Moses     1st (4 gwg)     5th (2 gwg)
        Kevin McCarey       n/a         5th (2 gwg)
Def. Scoring        T.van Riemsdyk    12th (16 pts)     18th (8 pts)
        Damon Kipp     17th (13 pts)     16th (9 pts)
Freshman Scor.       Grayson Downing 6th (21 pts)       9th (12 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk       9th (16 pts)     15th (8 pts)
        Casey Thrush       16th (10 pts)     15th (8 pts)
Goals Against Average
        Casey DeSmith      2nd  2.11       2nd (2.19)
Save Percentage
        Casey DeSmith      2nd  .929       3rd (.928)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/20):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.00/6th         2.58/8th
GAA         2.94/7th       2.75/5th
Power Play         19.6/5th         17.1/8th
Penalty Kill          83.0/3rd         85.1/1st
Special Teams Net         +7/4th        +2/5th
1st Period Scoring     36/1st         26/1st
2nd Period Scoring     30/5th         20/7th
3rd Period Scoring         25/10th        15/10th
Overtime Scoring       2/5th         1/5th

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 advan`ced 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
1/23            NR    NR    8th
1/30            NR    NR    9th
2/6            NR    NR    6th
2/13            NR    NR    7th
2/20            NR    NR    7th
THE NATIONAL POLLS: Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 20)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Ferris State                  (36)       22- 8-4       979         1
 2     Boston College                (11)       21-10-1       939         3
 3     Michigan                      (3)       20-10-4       860         5
 4     Minnesota-Duluth                     20- 7-5       836         4
 5     Boston University                    18-11-1       757         2
 6     Minnesota                                21-11-1       748         7
 7     Massachusetts-Lowell                 20- 9-0       736         6
 8     Union                                    19- 6-7       677         8
 9     Denver                                   18-10-4       521        10
10     Maine                                    18-10-3       511        11
11     Cornell                                  14- 6-7       472        12
12     Merrimack                                15- 9-6       434         9
13     Michigan State                       18-12-4       388        16
14     North Dakota                         17-11-3       384        14
15     Miami                                    19-13-2       331        19
16     Colorado College                     16-12-2       254        15
17     Ohio State                               15-11-5       227        17
18     Notre Dame                           16-15-3       140        13
19     Western Michigan                     16-13-5       133        18
20     Colgate                                  17-12-3        52        NR
Others receiving votes: Lake Superior 47, Northern Michigan
44, Air Force 14, Quinnipiac 8, Nebraska-Omaha 6, Clarkson

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 20)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Ferris State University, 504 (28)    1    22-8-4    15
2    Boston College, 470 (6)        4    21-10-1    20
3    University of Michigan, 424    5    20-10-4    16
4    Minnesota Duluth, 405        3    20-7-5    20
5    University of Minnesota, 363    7    21-11-1    19
6    Boston University, 337        2    18-11-1    17
7    UMass Lowell, 320        6    20-9-0    8
8    Union College, 289        8    19-6-7    18
9    Cornell University, 184        12    14-6-7    10
10    University of Denver, 174    10    18-10-4    19
11    University of Maine, 164    11    18-10-3    5
12    University of North Dakota, 135    15    17-11-3    8
13    Merrimack College, 104    9    15-9-6    19
14    Michigan State University, 92    NR    18-12-4    5
15    Miami University, 55        NR    19-13-2    4
Others receiving votes: Colorado College, 27; Ohio State University, 20; University of Notre Dame, 7; United States Air Force Academy, 3; University of Nebraska Omaha, 3.

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    L, 2-3 OT
Jan. 27    at Boston College    NESN    L, 3-4
Jan. 28    Boston College    WBIN    L, 2-3 OT
Feb. 3    Providence    CBS Sports    W, 3-1
Feb. 10    Northeastern    WBIN    W, 3-2
Feb. 11    at Merrimack    NESN    T, 1-1 OT
Feb. 17    Vermont    WBIN    L, 3-4 OT
Mar. 3    New Hampshire at Maine    NESN    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
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    2/6
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    2/6
Stevie Moses    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14

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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