MEN'S HOCKEY TAKES ON PROVIDENCE ON SATURDAY (7 P.M.)
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SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence enters Saturday’s game (7 p.m.) with a 6-16-1 overall record and a 5-10-1 record in 16 Hockey East games...They currently occupy the eighth spot in the conference standings with 11 points...The Friars are coming off a weekend split with the Maine Black Bears at Schneider Arena with a 2-0 loss on Jan. 20 and a 3-0 win on Jan. 19...PC owns a 5-8-0 home record this season and they have posted 1-7-1 road mark...Providence has won two of their last 10 games, which also includes a 3-2 overtime win on Jan. 13 at UMass-Lowell...Junior forward Jon Rheault leads the team in scoring with 12 points (6g, 6a) in 22 games, while sophomore forward Nick Mazzolini has registered 3-8-11 in 23 games...Junior netminder Tyler Sims has played the majority of the time in between the pipes for Providence tallying a 5-13-1 record (2.66 GAA, .901 save%).

SERIES HISTORY vs.  PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 126 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927 with UNH leading the series at 65-49-12...Coach Umile owns a 34-20-5 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 17-3-0 all-time record vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center...The teams played five times last season, UNH won the last three meetings, including two quarterfinal playoff games at the Whittemore Center...UNH outscored them 15 to 5 in last year’s games...The ‘Cats have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Friars...Senior forward Brett Hemingway is the active leading career scorer vs. PC with 4-8-12 in 13 games, while linemate Jacob Micflikier is second with 10 points (4g, 6a) in 12 games...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan is 2-0-1 in three career starts vs. Providence with a 0.97 GAA and a .962 save percentage.

LAST TIME OUT:  Massachusetts halted the Wildcats school record 10-game win streak on the road handing them a 3-0 loss at the Mullins Center on Saturday night...Freshman goalie Brian Foster totaled a career-high 35 saves in his third collegiate start...His shutout streak to start his collegiate career ended at 172:22.

UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s top ranked offense leads the nation scoring 4.13 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is the fifth best unit in the country allowing 2.00 goals per game...UNH also ranks first in scoring margin outscoring their opponent by 2.13 goals per game, while the power play (19.5%) and penalty kill (86.5%) rank 15th best nationally...The ‘Cats rank third in combined special teams at 57.5% and their team winning percentage is second best only to Minnesota (83.3%) at 80.4%.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: UMass handed UNH its first road loss of the season on Saturday breaking their school record 10-game winning streak away from the Whittemore Center...UNH is now 10-1-0 in 11 road games this season...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?: The Wildcats have not lost at home since Oct. 28 vs. Yale, which marks a 6-0-1 record in those last seven games...They have outscored their opponents, 20-2 in their last six wins at the Whittemore Center...UMass is the only Hockey East team to win a season series with UNH in the last two years...UNH has been outshot by their opponents in five of the last seven games...UNH has 10 players that have scored 10 points or more and six players that have scored 20+ points...The ‘Cats have outscored their opponents, 38-18 in the second period this season and 35 to 14 in the third period.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 32 points (15g, 17a) with a +22 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (24)...Smith is also the conference goal scoring leader with 15...Smith ranks 11th in the country scoring 1.39 points per game and his 0.65 goals per game is tied for 11th best in the nation...Smith has 10 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 16 of 23 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 (16 pts.), senior Chris Murray (15) and junior Craig Switzer (13) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks second in the conference among defensive scorers...Murray ranks second among conference defensemen with seven goals scored...Murray and Flaishans are tied for the conference lead with 10 points in league games only...Switzer has the fifth best point total among Hockey East defensemen and the second best total in league play with nine points.

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 third in the nation scoring 0.78 goals per game...He ranks tied for 11th in the league in scoring and his 14 goals rank tied for second...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 83 points (33g, 50a) this season in 23 games...This line averages 3.61 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 29 points (10g, 19a) through 23 games in his junior season, which is 17 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 1.26 points per game is the 20th best total in Division I hockey...Fornataro also has the 16th best assist average in the country scoring 0.83 assists per game...He ranks tied for second in overall scoring in the league and ranks second in the league games with 22 points...Fornataro has a point in 15 of 23 games this season with nine multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 16-3-1 record in 20 starts in 06-07 with a 2.08 GAA and a .931 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 12-1-1 record with a 1.81 GAA and .936 save%...He established a  career-high with 16 wins on Friday night, after posting 15 victories in his freshman campaign..Regan ranks third in the league in GAA and second in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks third among conference goalies in GAA (1.81) and second in save percentage (.936)...His 82.5% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks second nationally...He also ranks ninth in the nation in GAA and seventh in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 20 starts...His 16 wins in 06-07 rank tied for second of Division I goaltenders...In his last 10 starts, he has posted a 9-1-0 record with a 1.44 GAA and a .953 save percentage.
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