MEN'S HOCKEY NOTES VS. COLORADO COLLEGE (10/20 & 10/21)
SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Colorado College enters the two-game set this week with a 3-0-1 overall record...The Tigers are coming off a 5-0 win against Merrimack College in the Nye Frontier Classic in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday, Oct. 14th...CC also played Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, Oct. 13 tying the Mavericks, 2-2... While looking to replace nearly 70 percent of their offensive production from 2005-06, the Tigers have gotten at least one point from 17 different players this season and more than one from 10...Junior forwards Jimmy Kilpatrick (3g, 3a) and Scott McCulloch (5g) lead the team in scoring with six and five points respectively, while freshman Brian Connelly has posted five assists in only two games...Senior Matt Zaba and sophomore Drew O’Connell have split time in net for the Tigers...Zaba owns a 1-0-1 record with a 1.44 GAA (.946 save%), while O’Connell has posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 GAA and a .976 save percentage...O’Connell recorded 18 saves in the shutout of the Warriors on Saturday...Colorado College was picked seventh in the 06-07 WCHA Preseason Coaches Poll...Colorado College has outscored its opponents 17-4 this season...They opened the regular-season with  a 2-1 against Air Force on Oct. 6th and a 8-1 win against Alabama-Huntsville on Oct. 7th aty World Arena.

SERIES HISTORY VS. COLORADO COLLEGE: The Wildcats and Tigers have met 12 times in the all-time series history with UNH owning the slight advantage at 7-5-0...UNH last met up with Colorado College on Dec. 27, 2001, a 6-2 ‘Cats win in the opening game of the Badger Classic at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc...In that game, Matt Carney got the starting nod for UNH in the net making 39 saves on 41 shots by CC...Sean Collins, Justin Aikins, Lanny Gare, Darren Haydar and Eddie Caron scored for UNH...The last time the two teams met at World Arena was on January 2, 1999 with the ‘Cats once again coming out on top, 4-1...Ty Conklin got the nod in goal making 17 saves, while Steve O’Brien, Christian Bragnalo, John Sadowski and Darren Haydar getting into the scoring column in that game...The Wildcats have won the last three meetings by a combined score of 15 to 6...UNH in its last five meetings owns a 4-1-0 record and Coach Umile is 4-1-0 all-time vs. the Tigers.

THE ‘CATS ON OPENING NIGHT: UNH opens its 80th season of Wildcat hockey on Friday night in Colorado Springs...The ‘Cats own a 41-37-1 all-time record on opening night...The Wildcats are 0-3-1 vs. WCHA teams in the first game of the season...The last time they faced a WCHA team in the season opener was October 6, 2000 against North Dakota in the opening game of the IceBreaker, a 2-2 tie at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich...In Coach Umile’s 16 seasons as head coach, the team is 12-3-1 on opening night.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats closed out their exhibition schedule with a 7-1 win over the US Under-18 Team on Saturday, Oct. 14th at the Whittemore Center...Sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone notched a game-high four points (2g, 2a) in the win...UNH’s second line of Pollastrone, Trevor Smith (2g, 1a) and Matt Fornataro (2a) posted 4 goals and 5 assists for nine points in the game vs. the Under-18 Team with 10 shots on goal and a +11 rating...10 different Wildcats scored a point in Saturday’s game...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan stopped 21 of 22 shots by Team USA...Freshman goalie Brian Foster also saw his first action as a Wildcat making all five saves in the final seven minutes and 20 seconds of action...30 NHL scouts were in attendance at Saturday night’s game.

CAPTAIN CIOCCO: Senior forward Josh Ciocco is the 101st captain in the history of UNH hockey...Ciocco posted 18 points as a junior with seven goals and 11 assists...In his Wildcat career, he has played in 98 career games with 16-24-40.

THE DYMANIC DUO: The Wildcats return one of the top scoring lines in the country, which includes senior forwards Brett Hemingway (41 pts.) and Jacob Micflikier (42 pts.)...They ranked first and second on the team last year in scoring, while Hemingway led the roster in goals with 19 and Micflikier was the top assist man with 26...Micflikier ranked fourth in the conference in scoring, while Hemingway had the fifth highest point total among Hockey East skaters...They both scored their 100th career points last season and they along with Michel Leveille of Maine are the only active 100 point scorers in Hockey East...Hemingway and Micflikier are also the active point leaders in Hockey East games with 74 and 71 points respectively...Hemingway’s 39 goals and Micflikier’s 45 assists are also active records among Hockey East players.

REGAN IS THE NUMBER ONE: Junior goaltender Kevin Regan is now UNH’s No. 1 goalie to start the season after platooning the last two seasons with former Wildcat Jeff Pietrasiak...Regan owned a 8-8-5 record in 05-06 with a 2.63 GAA and a .914 save percentage...In comparison to his stellar freshman season where he went 15-4-2 with a 2.35 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
UNH SPECIAL TEAMS: UNH’s power play posted 42 goals last season, the third highest total among conference teams...The Wildcat power play also ranked third in the league at a 19.9% conversion rate, which ranked ninth in the nation...In terms of penalty kill, the Wildcats also had a lot of success with a man down ranking seventh in the nation and second among Hockey East teams.

THE ‘CATS DEFENSE: UNH defense ranked fifth in the league and 16th in the nation last season allowing 2.55 goals per game.

TAYLOR ADDED TO WILDCAT HOCKEY COACHING STAFF: UNH head coach Dick Umile announced on Tuesday, Oct. 17 that former Yale Head Coach Tim Taylor has joined the Wildcat coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach... Taylor owned a 342-433-55 in 28 seasons as Yale’s head coach and has produced one ECACHL title, six Ivy League champions, 18 ECAC playoff teams and a pair of 20-win seasons. Taylor, the 1997-98 Spencer Penrose Award winner as the American Hockey Coaches Association University Coach of the Year, is a three-time (1986-87, 1991-92, 1997-98) ECAC Coach of the Year and a two-time (1991-92, 1997-98) New England Coach of the Year...Taylor, the head coach of the 1994 U.S. Olympic team at Lillehammer, spent 27 seasons behind the Yale bench and has coached more games than anyone in the history of ECACHL hockey...Taylor played at Harvard posting 46-33-79 in 68 career games for the Crimson.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Wildcats are the only Hockey East team that has not played a regular-season game to this point... The ‘Cats return 75% of the offense from last year’s team including four of their top six scorers.
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