NO. 2 MEN'S HOCKEY TAKES ON UMASS-LOWELL WED, DEC. 6 AT TSONGAS ARENA (7 P.M.)
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SCOUTING THE RIVERHAWKS: UMass-Lowell enter’s Wednesdays game with a 3-73 overall mark and a 2-5-2 record in nine Hockey East games...The River Hawks last played on Friday, Dec. 1st in a 2-1 loss to Vermont at Tsongas Arena...They have lost their last five games and have been outscored by their opponent, 19 to 5 during that time...Lowell’s last win came on Nov. 4 vs. Merrimack (5-0) at Tsongas Arena...UML is 1-2-2 at Tsongas Arena this season and they own a 2-5-1 record away from their home arena...The River Hawks are led statistically by senior forward Jason Tejchma with 14 points (7g, 7a) in 13 games, while senior forward Jeremy Hall (4g, 4a) and freshman forward Paul Worthington (1g, 7a) have each registered eight points...In net for the River Hawks, freshman Carter Hutton has logged the most time with a 2-6-3 record in 11 starts...Hutton also has posted a 2.81 GAA and a .890 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 45-27-13 in 95 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983...The ‘Cats and River Hawks have already met twice this season with UNH winning both games on Nov. 17 (5-2) at Tsongas Arena and Nov. 18 (4-0) at the Whittemore Center...The Wildcats have won four of the last five meetings and they have outscored UML, 26 to 11 during that time...Coach Umile owns a 39-17-8 all-time record against the River Hawks in his 17-year coaching career...The Wildcats own a 5-3-4 all-time mark vs. UMass-Lowell in 12 meetings since 1998...Senior forwards Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway are the active career leading scorers against UML with 11 points apiece.

SCOUTING THE SAINTS: St. Lawrence enters Friday’s game with a 8-5-0 record and a 5-1-0 record in ECACHL action...The Saints most recently split their games last weekend; a win at Yale on Dec. 2 (5-2) and a 4-1 loss at Brown the night before...SLU owns a 4-2-0 home record and a 4-3-0 road record in 06-07...In their last nine games, St. Lawrence owns a 7-2-0 record...They have faced only one other Hockey East team this season in a 4-2 loss to Providence on Oct. 14 at Schneider Arena...The Saints are led statistically by freshman forward Mike McKenzie who has totaled 14 points (5g, 9a) in 13 games, while senior forward Kyle Rank has notched 4-8-12...St. Lawrence has played three goalies this season; freshman Alex Petizian (4-2-0), junior Justin Pesony (2-2-0) and freshman Kain Tisi (2-1-0)...Petizian has registered a 2.35 GAA and a .917 save%, while Tisi has a 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. ST. LAWRENCE: The Wildcats and Saints have met 44 times in the all-time history and UNH holds the advantage at 30-13-1, which dates back to Jan. 31, 1964...The Wildcats have played SLU in each of the last five seasons; including the last meeting on Dec. 3, 2005, a 4-3 UNH win at the Whittemore Center...They have met six times in the last five years with UNH holding a 4-2-0 edge...Coach Umile owns a 11-3-0 lifetime record against St. Lawrence and the ‘Cats have a  5-1-0 all-time vs. the Saints at Towse Rink...The only time SLU won at the Whittemore Center was on Dec. 7, 2002 (4-2)...UNH has scored 14 goals in the last three wins against SLU, including a 6-3 win on Dec. 4, 2004 at the Whittemore Center...Senior forwards Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway are the active leading scorers against St. Lawrence with five points each.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats extended the nation’s second longest unbeaten streak to 9-0-1 on the year with a impressive 4-1 win over No. 18 ranked Vermont on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at the Whittemore Center...Junior forward Mike Radja posted two goals and a team-high four shots on goal for the Wildcats, while Josh Ciocco and Kevin Kapstad also got into the scoring column...UNH netminder Kevin Regan made 22 saves in net for the ‘Cats for his 10th victory of the season.

WILDCAT HOCKEY RANKED No. 2 IN THE NATION: UNH is ranked No. 2 nationally in both polls for the second straight week...The Wildcats received six first-place votes in the USA Today Poll and four votes in the USCHO/CSTV.com 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.

THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone and Trevor Smith along with junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 59 points (23g, 36a) this season in 14 games, which makes that line the third highest scoring line in Division I hockey...Pollastrone ranks ranks tied for first in nation in game winning goals with four...Pollastrone has a point in five of his last six games with 5-4-9 in that time...As a line, they have accounted for 35% of the ‘Cats offense this season.
UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s offense ranks first in the nation scoring 4.57 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is now ranked fifth allowing only 2.07 goals per game...UNH also ranks first in scoring margin at 2.30 goals per game, while the power play (18.8%) and the penalty kill (85.1%) both rank 22nd in the nation...The ‘Cats rank third in combined special teams at 57.1% and their team winning percentage is second best only to Minnesota at 82.1%.

THE 10-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: UNH has a 10-game unbeaten streak, the second longest in the country, and the ‘Cats have outscored their opponents 48 to 17 during that time...The last time the Wildcats had a 10-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 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.

DID YOU KNOW?: The ‘Cats are off to their best overall start since 99-00 when that team started the season 15-2-1 in the first 18 games of the year... In comparison to last season, the Wildcats were 7-5-2 through 14 games in 05-06 and had scored 43 goals in that time and this season, UNH has already posted 64 goals this season, which is a 32% increase in goal production from a season ago...The ‘Cats defense has allowed only five goals in its last five games...The Wildcats are unbeaten at 9-0-1 in the last 10, which includes seven consecutive victores...UNH has outscored its opponents 35 to 9 in the seven-game win streak...The Wildcats own a 5-0-1 against nationally ranked opponents this season...Five of the top seven scorers in Hockey East call Durham home and those five players account for 56% of the Wildcat offense...Junior blueliner Brad Flaishans is the top scoring defenseman in Hockey East with 12 points and he ranks 15th in the nation among defensemen scoring 0.85 points per game.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has scored at least one goal in eight of 14 games for UNH this season posting 22 points (11g, 11a) with a +19 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (16) and ranks second in goal scoring...He ranks seventh in the nation in goal scoring at 0.79 per game...Smith ranks eighth in the country scoring 1.57 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 14 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 fourth on the team in scoring with 17 points (12g, 5a)...He ranks tied for first in the nation scoring 0.86 goals per game...Radja, the ‘Cats top goal scorer, ranks tied for sixth in the conference in scoring and he is the top goal scorer in Hockey East...UNH’s first line center also ranks tied for fourth in conference only scoring with 12 points...His 12 goals are a team best total which marks a career-high for him after posting eight goals in each of the last two seasons...

FOSTER BECOMES FOURTH WILDCAT TO EARN SHUTOUT IN FIRST COLLEGIATE START: Freshman Brian Foster’s shutout against UMass-Lowell marked the first time since 1968 that a Wildcat netminder posted a shutout in his first collegiate start...The last player to accomplish that feat was Larry Smith with 17 saves against UConn on Dec. 16, 1968 in a 11-0 victory...The other two times in happened was by Rod Blackburn vs. MIT on 12/16/58 (10-0; 10 saves) and Paul Nugent against Union on 12/26/41 (8-0).

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 20 points (5g, 15a) through 14 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...His 1.43 points per game is the 14th best total in Division I hockey and his 1.07 assists per game are tied for fifth nationally,  along with teammate Jacob Micflikier...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 14 games this season with six multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 10-2-1 record in 06-07 with a 2.23 GAA and a .922 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 8-1-1 record with a 1.99 GAA and .928 save%...He needs only five victories to tie his career-high which he set in his freshman season with 15...Regan ranks fifth in the league in GAA and save percentage...His 80.8% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks third nationally...He also ranks 16th in the nation in GAA and 12th in save percentage...In his last six starts, Regan owns a 6-0-0 record with a 1.50 GAA and a .947 save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his 13 starts...He recorded his fourth career shutout on Nov. 28 in a 5-0 win over Merrimack at Towse Rink.
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