NO. 3 RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY FACES BOSTON COLLEGE IN WEEKEND SERIES
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SCOUTING THE EAGLES: No. 11 ranked Boston College enters the weekend Hockey East series with a 20-11-1 overall record and a 16-8-1 mark in 25 league games...The Eagles currently occupy third place in the conference standings with 33 points...BC can finish as high as second and as low as fourth in the seedings for the Hockey East playoffs...They are coming off a weekend sweep of UMass-Lowell on Thursday,  Feb. 22 (3-0) and Saturday, Feb. 24 (4-3)...Boston College owns a 10-4-0 home record and a 10-7-1 mark away from Conte Forum...BC is 8-2-0 in its last 10 games and 4-1-0 in its last five contests...Senior forward Brian Boyle leads the team in scoring with 38 points (15g, 23a), while sophomore Benn Ferriero (15g, 16a) and senior Joe Rooney (10g, 21a) rank second on BC roster in scoring with 31 points apiece...Sophomore forward Nathan Gerbe (30 pts.) leads the team with 18 goals, which ranks tied for second among league skaters...Boyle leads Hockey East with 33 points in 25 league games...Junior neminder Cory Schneider has started in net all 32 games for the Eagles posting a 20-11-1 record to go along with a 2.34 GAA and a .916 save percentage...BC’s 2.44 goals per game rank 12th nationally among Division I teams.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 57-51-10 in 118 meetings all-time meetings dating back to February 6, 1937...UNH is 2-3-1 in the last five meetings againt the Eagles, including a 6-3 Wildcat win in the first meeting of the season series at Conte Forum...Coach Umile owns a 33-15-9 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 11-13-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 13-2-0 all-time record at the Whittemore Center...The ‘Cats have won 10 of the last 11 meetings at Towse Rink, which includes a 6-1-0 record since the 2001 season.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats were defeated by Providence, 7-1 on Saturday night at Schneider Arena in Rhode Island...Sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone scored UNH’s only goal of the game... Junior goalie Kevin Regan made 10 saves in his 70th collegiate start...Freshman Brian Foster played the final 40 minutes, making 34 saves, which is one short of a career-high, 21 saves in the second period...Providence outshot UNH, 51-22 for the game, including a 24-8 advantage in the second frame.

‘CATS WIN HOCKEY EAST REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: With the BU loss on Saturday night to Vermont, UNH earned the Hockey East regular-season title ouright for the fourth time in school history and sixth time overall...UNH will also host the quarterfinal playoff series for a league-record 11 straight season...The Wildcats have won seven regular-season titles in the program’s history, which also includes the 1974 ECAC championship...The ‘Cats have won titles in 1992, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006.

DID YOU KNOW?: Coach Umile needs only four victories for 400 career coaching victories...UNH’s power play ranks ninth in the nation at 20.1%, while the penalty kill is 13th best in Division I hockey at 86.2%...UNH’s winning percentage is third best in the nation at 75%...The Wildcats have outscored its opponents 49 to 29 in the second period this season...UNH has posted 32 of its 120 goal on the power play this season (26.7%)...The ‘Cats power play failed to score a goal last weekend for only the second time this season, in the last three games the power play has only converted once in 14 chances.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 39 points (19g, 20a) with a +17 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and ranks second in conference scoring (31)...Smith ranks first among league scorers with 19 goals and in league play he ranks tied for first with 15 goals...Smith ranks 22nd in the country scoring 1.22 points per game and posts 0.59 goals per game which is tied for 16th in Division I hockey...Smith has 11 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 22 of 32 games this season...He has scored a goal in 15 games, with four multiple goal efforts in his second year at UNH...Smith has almost doubled his 20 points from his freshman year through 30 games...Smith started the season with a goal in his first six games of the season...He scored a goal in nine of his first 11 games and since then he has scored only eight goals in 19 games...UNH owns a 11-3-1 record when Smith scores a goal...Has notched a point in five of his last six games with six points in that time (4g, 2a).

DEFENSE GETS OFFENSIVE: UNH’s defensive corps has certainly stepped into the offense this season with two of the top five blueliner scorers in Hockey East...Junior Brad Flaishans (20 pts.) and senior Chris Murray (18) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks tied for fourth in the conference among defensive scorers and ranks tied for third in league play with 14 points...Murray ranks tied for fifth among conference defensemen with 18 points along with Brett Motherwell of BC and in league play his 13 points rank sixth...Murray has scored a career-high seven goals in his senior year, which ranks second among conference blueliners.

THE ‘CATS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: UNH’s offense ranks third best in the nation scoring 3.75 goals per game and allows only 2.25 goals per game which is seventh best in the nation...The Wildcats offense has scored 4+ goals on 17 occasions and the defense has allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of UNH’s 32 games...The ‘Cats have shutout their opponent three times and they have been shutout only once this season.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 31 points (18g, 13a)...He ranks tied for sixth in the nation scoring 0.69 goals per game...Radja currently ranks 25th in the nation scoring 1.19 points per game...His 18 goals are second best on the team and he ranks second in Hockey East in goals scored despite missing six games due to injury...Radja has posted at least one point in 20 games with 10 multi-point efforts to his credit...In the 15 games that he has scored in, UNH owns a 12-2-1 record...He has set career-highs in goals and points in 06-07...Radja has registered nine points (4g, 5a) scoring a point in six of his last seven games.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone, Trevor Smith and junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 102 points (40g, 62a) this season in 32 games...This line averages 3.19 points per game...As a line, they have accounted for 31.6% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 36 points (12g, 24a) through 32 games in his junior season, which is 24 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his 24 assists are tied for the team lead along with Jacob Micflikier...He ranks sixth in overall scoring in the league and also ranks tied for third in the league games with 29 points...Fornataro has a point in 21 of 32 games this season with 10 multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 21-6-2 record in 29 starts in 06-07 with a 2.17 GAA and a .930 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 17-4-2 record with a 2.02 GAA and .933 save%...Regan ranks fourth in the league in GAA and second in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks second among conference goalies in GAA (2.02) and second in save percentage (.933)...His 75.9% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks fourth nationally...He also ranks eighth in the nation in GAA and fourth in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of his 29 starts...His 21 wins in 06-07 rank is third among of Division I goaltenders, he is only one of five goalies in the nation with 20 wins in 06-07, Cory Schnider (20 wins) is the only other Hockey East goalie to accomplish that feat.
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