MEN'S HOCKEY BATTLES VERMONT ON SUNDAY, DEC. 3 ON ESPNU (3 P.M.)
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SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: The Catamounts enter the weekend with an 8-4-1 overall record and a 5-1-1 record in seven Hockey East contests...UVM cuurently occupies second place in the conference standings with 11 points...Vermont is coming off a 2-1 overtime win against Harvard on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at the Bright Center (and Friday’s road game vs. UMass-Lowell)...The Catamounts are currently in the midst of a six-game win streak that started Nov. 10 at Providence after opening the season with a 2-4-1 record...During this streak, Vermont has outscored  its opponent 18 to 7...The team owns a 3-2-1 record at Gutterson Field House and a 4-2-0 road record...Vermont’s defense ranks second in the nation allowing 1.53 goals per game...UVM is led statistically by junior forward Torrey Mitchell, who has posted 18 points (5g, 13a) in 13 games, while Hockey East Player of the Month Dean Strong has totaled 10-7-17 in 13 contests...Strong amassed 6-4-10 in the month of November in seven games with four game-winning goals to his credit...Junior Joe Fallon has been a rock for the Catamounts in net posting a 7-3-1 record with a 1.54 GAA and a .933 save%...His GAA ranks him fourth among Division I goalies.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VERMONT: The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 59-14-3 in 76 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963...In the first season series between the two teams with Vermont as a member of Hockey East, the ‘Cats and Vermont went 1-1-1 last year with the teams tying in the last meeting on Jan. 7, 2006 at Towse Rink...UNH owns a 5-1-1 all-time record vs. the Catamounts at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile in his 16-year coaching career has registered a 15-4-2 mark against Vermont in 21 meetings...Jacob Micflikier is the leading active scorer against Vermont with four points (1g, 3a) in five games, while Kevin Regan is 1-0-2 with a 1.89 GAA and a .928 save percentage in three career starts vs. Vermont.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats shutout Merrimack, 5-0 on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at the Whittemore Center...Kevin Regan posted 26 saves in his first shutout of the season and it marked the fourth shutout of his Wildcat career...Five different Wildcats got into the scoring column for UNH, which inlduded; Jerry Pollastrone, Brett Hemingway, Josh Ciocco, Bobby Butler and Shawn Vinz...Hemingway registered a game-high seven shots on goal...Craig Switzer and Thomas Fortney both totaled two assists in the game...The ‘Cats registered two shorthanded goals in the game...UNH outshot the Warriors, 42-26, with a 17-8 shot advantage in the final period.

WILDCAT HOCKEY RANKED No. 2 IN THE NATION: UNH is ranked No. 2 nationally this week in both the USCHO/CSTV.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after two wins last week...The Wildcats defeated No. 4 Boston College, 6-3, last Tuesday night at Conte Forum and posted a 3-1 win at Northeastern on Saturday night at Matthews Arena. The ‘Cats jumped from their previous highest ranking of No. 8 in both polls last week, which marked their highest jump of the season in either poll...The last time UNH was ranked this high in either poll was Nov. 10, 2003, when they earned the No. 2 spot in both polls. The last time the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the nation was Oct. 20, 2003 in the USCHO poll.

REGAN NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH: Junior Kevin Regan was named Goaltender of the Month for November by the Hockey East Association on Wednesday...Regan, who won the award for the first time in his Wildcat career, went 7-0-1 in the month of November with a 1.98 GAA and a .931 save percentage in eight starts during UNH’s nine-game unbeaten streak, which is the second longest win streak in the nation...He shut down Merrimack, 5-0, on Tuesday, Nov. 28th in the final game of the month...Regan also posted 33 saves in the 8-2 victory at No. 1 Maine on Nov. 12 and 21 saves in the 6-3 win at #4 Boston College on Nov. 22...He has started 12 of UNH’s 13 games this season and owns a 9-2-1 record with a 2.34 GAA and a .920 save percentage...In league play, he has a 2.10 GAA and a .925 save percentage with a 7-1-1 record...Regan has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his 12 starts...He ranks fourth in the nation in winning% among Div. I goalies at 79% and his .920 save% is the 14th best mark in the country.
REGAN NAMED HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goaltender Kevin Regan was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Hockey East Association on Monday afternoon...Regan, who won the award for the first time this season and for the fourth time in his Wildcat career, started both games last weekend for the Wildcats against No. 4 Boston College and Northeastern and made 49 saves on 53 shots by the opponent in the two victories...He made 21 saves in his 30th collegiate win with the 6-3 win against the Eagles at Conte Forum on Tuesday night and he made 28 saves in the 3-1 victory against the Huskies at Matthews Arena.

ON THE COVER: Junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) is featured on this week’s program cover vs. Vermont...Fornataro ranks second on the team in scoring and has tied a career high with 20 points (5g, 15a) in 13 games with a team-high +19 plus/minus rating...He ranks second in the conference in scoring and he ranks 12th overall in the nation with 1.54 points per game...His 1.14 assists per game is the fourth best total among Division I players.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone and Trevor Smith along with junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 58 points (23g, 35a) this season in 13 games, which makes it the third highest scoring line in Division I hockey...Smith leads the team and Hockey East in scoring with 22 points and he ranks seventh in the nation at 1.69 points per game...Fornataro and Pollastrone have both matched their career-high point totals in 13 games...Pollastrone also ranks tied for first in nation, along with Dean Strong of Vermont in game winning goals with four...Pollastrone in his last five games has tallied 5-3-8 ...As a line, they have accounted for 36% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

UNH’S OFFENSE FIRES ON ALL CYLINDERS: UNH’s offense ranks first in the nation scoring 4.62 goals per game...During UNH’s recent nine-game unbeaten steak, the ‘Cats have scored 44 goals averaging 4.88 goals per game...UNH has scored four or more goals in nine of 13 games this season.

THE NINE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: UNH has a nine-game unbeaten streak, the second longest in the country, and the ‘Cats have outscored their opponents 44-15 during that time...The last time the Wildcats had a nine-game unbeaten streak was Feb. 14, 2003 to March 8, 2003...That 02-03 team went on to the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. and went into the NCAA national title game with a 13-game unbeaten steak of 10-0-3.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: UNH matched its best start on the road in school history – a perfect 7-0-0 record away from the Whittemore Center – with two more road wins last week at Boston College and Northeastern...With one more win on the road, UNH would break the all-time school road record to start a season, which was set in the 1996-1997 season from Nov. 1, 1996 to Dec. 27, 1997...The ‘Cats have three home games and one road game left – Wednesday, Dec. 6 vs. UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Arena – before Christmas break.

DID YOU KNOW?: The ‘Cats are off to their best overall start since 99-00 when the team went 10-2-1 in the first 13 games, and that team started the season 15-2-1 in the first 18 games of the year...UNH has matched its best start ever in Hockey East play with a 8-1-1 record, which they also started in the 1999-2000 season...The Wildcat defense ranks sixth in the nation allowing 2.15 goals per game...In conference play, UNH players are the top three scorers in Hockey East, which includes: Smith-16, Fornataro-15 and Micflikier-14.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has scored at least one goal in eight of 13 games for UNH this season posting 22 points (11g, 11a) with a +17 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in scoring and goal scoring...He ranks fifth in the nation in goal scoring at 0.85 per game...Smith ranks seventh in the country scoring 1.69 points per game...Smith has six multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 11 of 13 games this season...Smith has already exceeded his 20 points from his freshman year through 13 games.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 15 points (10g, 5a)...His 10 goals are the second best total on the team and that is a career-high for him after posting eight goals in each of the last two seasons...He ranks tied for third in the conference in goals with Dean Strong of UVM...He has posted a goal in five of the last seven games with 6-3-9 during that time.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 20 points (5g, 15a) through 13 games in his junior season, which is eight points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +19 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...He ranks second in the league in scoring...Fornataro ranks tied for first in Hockey East in assists with teammate Jacob Micflikier...Fornataro has a point in 10 of 13 games this season with six multi-point efforts...He has recorded 1-3-4 in has last three games.

MICFLIKIER SHOWS CONSISTENCY: Senior forward Jacob Micflikier has registered a point in 11 of 13 games for the ‘Cats, after scoring at least one point in the first eight games of the season...He ranks third on the team in scoring with 18 points (3g, 15a)...Micflikier has notched five points (5a) in his last four games...He ranks tied fourth in the conference in scoring with Torrey Mitchell of UVM and his assist total is best among Hockey East players...He is UNH’s active leading scorer with 130 career points ranking 41st on the Wildcat all-time scoring list, along with former teammate Preston Callander...Micflikier and linemate Brett Hemingway are only two of three Hockey East players with 50 career goals, along with Michel Leveille of Maine.
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