MEN'S HOCKEY TAKES ON MASSACHUSETTS IN WEEKEND HOCKEY EAST SERIES
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SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: Massachusetts enters Friday’s game with a 10-7-3 overall record and a 7-5-1 record in Hockey East play...The Minutemen currently share the fifth spot in the Hockey East standings with 15 points...UMass is coming off a 5-1 win against UMass-Lowell on Jan. 12th at the Mullins Center and a 4-2 win against Merrinack on Jan. 6 at home...They own a 2-2-1 mark in their last five games...Massachusetts has posted a 8-1-1 home record in 06-07 and a 2-5-1 record on the road...UMass ranks fifth in Hockey East and 12 nationally in team defense allowing 2.35 goals per game...Sophomore forward Cory Quirk leads the team in scoring with 18 points (8g, 10a), which is the 15th best total among Hockey East players...Sophomore forward Chris Davis (8g, 9a) and senior forward Chris Capraro (4g, 13a) each have tallied 17 points...Sophomore goalie Jon Quick has logged the majority of the minutes in goal with a 9-6-3 record in 18 starts...Quick owns a 2.09 GAA and a .932 save percentage...His save percentage ranks fifth in the nation among Division I goalies.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 68-15-5 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 88 all-time meetings dating back to February 13, 1926...The Wildcats have a 14-3-2 all-time record in 19 games vs. the Minutemen at the Whittemore Center...UMass has won the last two games at UNH, including the first meeting of the season series (3-2) on Oct. 26, which is UNH’s only Hockey East loss to date in 06-07...Coach Umile owns a 30-7-4 all-time record against UMass in his 17-year coaching career...UNH has won five of the last seven meetings, which includes three wins at the Mullins Center, in those five wins they outscored the Minutemen, 25 to 4.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats won the sixth annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup” on Saturday with a 4-2 victory against Dartmouth in front of 9,640 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan was named the RiverStone Player of the Game stopping 43 of 45 shots by the Big Green...Regan made 17 saves in the opening period and 18 saves in the third period...Senior forward Josh Ciocco paced the ‘Cats with three points (1g, 2a), while Kevin Kapstad scored a career-high two points, including the game-winner with six minutes left to give UNH the win.

UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s offense ranks first in the nation scoring 4.29 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is now ranked fifth allowing 2.00 goals per game...UNH also ranks first in scoring margin outscoring their opponent by 2.29 goals per game, while the power play (19.6%) is16th best nationally...UNH’s penalty kill also is 16th best in the nation among Division I teams (86.3%)...The ‘Cats rank third in combined special teams at 57.3% and their team winning percentage is second best only to Minnesota at 83.3%.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: With the weekend sweep of Vermont two weekends ago, the ‘Cats are off to their best road start in school history and their best road stretch over any 10-game period at 10-0-0...The Wildcats’ previous best start was a 7-0-0 record that was set in the 1996-1997 season from Nov. 1, 1996 to Dec. 27, 1997.

DID YOU KNOW?: UNH is 10-0-0 on the road this season, which marks the best road record in college hockey...The ‘Cats own a 7-1-1 record against nationally ranked teams this season...Jacob Micflikier ranks tied for third in the nation in assists at 1.00 per game...UNH is 15-1-1 in their last 17 games and have outscored their opponents 74 to 22 in that time...Three of the top five scorers in Hockey East are from UNH...Jerry Pollastrone leads the nation in game-winning goals with five...UNH needs only three wins for its 11th consecutive 20+ win season.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 30 points (14g, 16a) with a +22 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (22)...Smith is also tied for the conference lead in goal scoring with 14...Smith ranks 10th in the country scoring 1.43 points per game and his 0.67 goals per game is 11th best in the nation...Smith has nine multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 15 of 21 games this season...Smith has already exceeded his 20 points from his freshman year through 16 games...Smith started the season with a goal in his first six games of the season.

DEFENSE GETS OFFENSIVE: UNH’s defensive corps has certainly stepped into the offense this season with three of the top five blueliner scorers in Hockey East...Junior Brad Flaishans (14 pts.), senior Chris Murray (13) and junior Craig Switzer (13) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks tied for second in the conference among defensive scorers...Murray ranks first among conference defensemen with seven goals scored and he ranks tied for third nationally...In conference play, Switzer’s nine points leads the league, along with Sean Sullivan of BU.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with 22 points (14g, 8a)...He ranks fourth in the nation scoring 0.78 goals per game...He ranks tied for 10th in the league in scoring and his 14 goals are best among conference players, along with Trevor Smith...Radja has posted at least one point in 14 games with seven multi-point efforts to his credit...In the 11 games that he scored in, UNH owned a 9-1-1 record...Prior to his injury, he had posted a point in four of the last five games with seven points (4g, 3a) during that time...He has set career-highs in goals and points in 06-07.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone, Trevor Smith and junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 79 points (31g, 48a) this season in 21 games...This line averages 3.76 points per game...As a line, they have accounted for 32.5% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 27 points (9g, 18a) through 21 games in his junior season, which is 15 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +22 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...His 1.29 points per game is the 19th best total in Division I hockey...Fornataro also has the 15th best assist average in the country scoring 0.86 assists per game...He ranks fourth in overall scoring in the league and tied for second in the league games with 20 points...Fornataro has a point in 14 of 21 games this season with eight multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 15-3-1 record in 19 starts in 06-07 with a 2.14 GAA and a .929 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 11-1-1 record with a 1.87 GAA and .934 save%...He tied his career-high with 15 wins on Saturday night, which he set in his freshman season..Regan ranks fourth in the league in GAA and tied for third in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks third among conference goalies in GAA (1.87) and third in save% (.934)...His 81.6% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks fourth nationally...He also ranks 13th in the nation in GAA and tied for 10th in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of his 19 starts...He and David Brown of Notre Dame are the only two goalies in the Division I college hockey that have logged 15 wins this season...He is logged 1123+ minutes this season, which ranks 16th among goalies in Division I hockey.
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