SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: No. 9 ranked Maine enters the weekend Hockey East series with a 16-7-2 overall record and a 9-7-1 mark in 17 conference games...The Black Bears occupy the sixth spot in the league standings with 19 points...Maine is coming off a weekend split with Northeastern at Alfond Arena, the Huskies earned a 6-1 victory on Friday, Jan. 26 and the Black Bears came back with a 2-1 win on Saturday, Jan. 27...Maine owns a 10-2-1 record away from Alfond Arena this season...Maine’s power play is the best in Division I hockey converting on 25% of their chances, they also rank 11th in the nation defensively allowing 2.40 goals per game...They have posted a 6-4-0 record in their last 10 games and they have scored two goals or less in five of those games...Freshman forward Teddy Purcell leads the team in scoring with 31 points (13g, 18a) in 25 games, while senior forward Josh Soares has totaled 14-15-29 as the Black Bears’ second-leading scorer...In net for Maine, sophomore Ben Bishop has logged the majority of the time with a 16-7-2 record in 25 starts...Bishop has registered a 2.18 GAA and a .919 save percentage....Junior defenseman Bret Tyler leads Hockey East blueliners in scoring with 19 points.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 52-38-5 in 95 meetings...Coach Umile is 24-35-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears...UNH won the first meeting of the season series on Nov. 12 in a 8-2 game at Alfond Arena...The Wildcats own a 1-0-0 all-time  record against Maine at the Verizon Wireless Arena with the only meeting coming on Feb. 1, 2003 (4-2) and UNH has posted a 11-5-1 record vs. the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center...Senior forward Jacob Micflikier is the active Wildcat scoring leader against Maine with nine points (5g, 4a) in 10 games, while classmate Brett Hemingway has amassed 3-4-7 in eight games played...Junior netminder Kevin Regan is 3-1-0 all-time vs. the Black Bears in four starts with a 2.00 GAA and a .942 save percentage.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats defeated Providence, 2-1 on Saturday night in the first meeting of the season between the two teams...Jacob Micflikier scored in his first game back after missing two games due to injury, while sophomore forward Thomas Fortney score the game-winning goal for the ‘Cats...Junior goaltender Kevin Regan had another solid effort stopping 32 of 33 Friar shots.

MEN’S HOCKEY RANKED NO. 1 IN THE NATION: The UNH men’s hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time this season in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the Poll that were released Monday afternoon...The Wildcats garnered 507 totals points and 31 of 34 first place votes in the USA Today poll, while UNH earned 795 points in the USCHO poll and collected 36 of 40 first-place tallies...UNH earned the No. 1 ranking for the first time in the USCHO poll since Oct. 20, 2003 and the last time the team was the top team in the country in both polls was Oct. 28, 2002...The last time the ‘Cats were ranked No. 1 this late in the season was the 2001-2002 season, when they headed into the 2002 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn. as the No. 1 team in the nation...They were the top team in the nation in seven of the final nine weeks of the poll...UNH is also ranked No. 1 in the Pairwise Rankings, which is used to mimic the NCAA selection process...The ‘Cats have the best winning percentage in college hockey at 81.6% with a 19-4-1 overall record and a 14-2-1 record in Hockey East play...They currently sit atop the Hockey East standings with 29 total points.

THE WEEKEND SERIES VS. MAINE ON TELEVISION: Friday night’s game will be UNH’s season debut on College Sports Television live from the Verizon Wireless Arena, please note 7 p.m. start of the game, the game was originally schedule for 8 p.m...Matt McConnell will handle the play-by-play duties, while Dave Starman will serve has the color commentator...On Saturday, New Hampshire Public Television will air the game live from the Whittemore Center (7 p.m.) in Game No. 8 of their 10-game package...Dan Parkhurst will serve as the play-by-play announcer and Pete Webster will handle the color commentary duties.

UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s offense is second best in the nation scoring 4.04 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is the fourth best unit in the country allowing 1.96 goals per game...UNH also ranks first in scoring margin outscoring their opponent by 2.08 goals per game, while the power play (18.8%) is 19th nationally and penalty kill (86.7%) ranks 12th best...The ‘Cats rank third in combined special teams at 56.9% and their team winning percentage is ranked first at 81.2%.

DID YOU KNOW?: UNH’s penalty kill has also thrived as of late with a 91.7% conversion rate (33 for 36) in the last seven games... UNH needs only one win for its 11th consecutive 20+ win season...The Wildcats are 6-0-0 in their last six home games and they have outscored the opponent, 22-3 in that time...Coach Umile needs only eight wins to become the eighth active NCAA Division I head coach with 400 career wins...The ‘Cats have scored 40 of their 97 goals this season in the second period, which accounts for 41.2% of the team’s offense...UNH owns a 6-3-2 record in 11 all-time games at the Verizon Wireless Arena...In all, 13 total all-time Division I college hockey games have been played there with 10 regular season games and three games in the 2004 NCAA Northeast Regional.

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 tied for 15th in the country scoring 1.33 points per game...Smith has 10 multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 16 of 24 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 (17 pts.), senior Chris Murray (15) and junior Craig Switzer (13) have all had career years to this point in the season...Flaishans ranks third in the conference among defensive scorers...Murray ranks second among conference defensemen with seven goals scored and in league play his 10 points are second best...Flaishans leads all conference blueliners in league games with 11 points...Switzer has the fifth best point total among Hockey East defensemen and the sixth best total in league play with nine points.
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.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 22 points (14g, 8a)...He ranks third in the nation scoring 0.78 goals per game...His 14 goals rank tied for second in the league despite missing the last six games due to injury...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 24 games...This line averages 3.46 points per game...As a line, they have accounted for 31.9% of the ‘Cats offense this season.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 29 points (10g, 19a) through 24 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 1.21 points per game is the 27th best total in Division I hockey...He ranks tied for second in overall scoring in the league and ranks tied for third in the league games with 22 points...Fornataro has a point in 15 of 24 games this season with nine multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 17-3-1 record in 21 starts in 06-07 with a 2.03 GAA and a .933 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 13-1-1 record with a 1.75 GAA and .939 save%..Regan ranks third in the league in GAA and first in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks second among conference goalies in GAA (1.75) and first in save percentage (.939)...His 83.3% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks second nationally...He also ranks fifth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of his 21 starts...His 17 wins in 06-07 rank third among of Division I goaltenders...He owns a 6-0-0 in his last six starts with a 1.05 GAA and a .967 save percentage...He has stopped 176 of 182 shots by the opponent during that time.

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