MEN'S HOCKEY TRAVELS TO SUNSHINE STATE FOR FLORIDA COLLEGE HOCKEY CLASSIC
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SCOUTING THE BIG RED: No. 12 Cornell enter’s the Florida College Classic with a 8-3-1 overall record and a 5-2-1 mark in ECACHL play...The Big Red last played on Saturday, Dec. 2 with a 6-0 win against Union College at Lynah Rink...Cornell owns a 2-2-1 record in their last five games and a 6-3-1 mark in their last 10 contests...Cornell owns a 3-1-0 record away from Lynah Rink this season...This marks the first Hockey East team will play this season...They have allowed two goals or less in seven of their 12 games, which includes two shutouts in their last three games...Junior forward Topher Scott leads the team statistically with 15 points (4g, 11a) in 12 games, while freshman Tony Romano ranks second on the Big Red roster in scoring with 12 assists...Sophomore Troy Davenport has seen the majority of action in net for Cornell with a 7-2-0 record...Davenport has also posted a 2.48 GAA and a .892 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. CORNELL: The Wildcats and Big Red have met 19 times in the all-time series history with Cornell holding a slight advantage at 10-9-0, which dates back to Dec. 29, 1941...The last two meetings between the two school have come in the NCAA tournament, which includes the 2003 NCAA Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., the Wildcats defeated Cornell in the national semifinal, 3-2 on April 10, 2003 at HSBC Arena...The meeting prior to that was the 2002 NCAA East Regional final at the Worcester Centrum on March 24, 2002, a 4-3 Wildcat victory...Coach Umile is 2-0-0 all-time in his coaching career vs. Cornell...UNH is 4-1-0 in the last five meetings against the Big Red...No active UNH players have ever faced Cornell.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats finished off the first half of the season with a 2-0 win over ECACHL foe St. Lawrence on Friday, December 8th at the Whittemore Center...Freshman Bobby Butler scored the game-winning goal at 4:52 on the third period, while Josh Ciocco scored just 42 seconds later on the power play...Freshman netminder Brian Foster totaled 29 saves in his second collegiate start and shutout of his career, including a impressive 18 saves in the second period.

WILDCAT HOCKEY RANKED No. 2 IN THE NATION: UNH is ranked No. 2 nationally in both polls for the third straight week... 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 64 points (25g, 39a) this season in 16 games, which makes that line the third highest scoring line in Division I hockey...As a line, they have accounted for 34.7% of the ‘Cats offense this season...Pollastrone ranks ranks tied for first in nation in game winning goals with four...Pollastrone has a point in three of his last four games...He has already surpassed his freshman point total of 16 points in 05-06.

UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s offense ranks second in the nation to Minnesota (4.42) scoring 4.38 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is now ranked fourth allowing only 1.94 goals per game...UNH also ranks first in scoring margin outscoring their opponent by 2.44 goals per game, while the power play (20.0%) is tied for 15th best nationally...The ‘Cats rank second in combined special teams at 58.6% and their team winning percentage is second best only to Minnesota at 84.4%.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: With the 4-2 win at UMass-Lowell on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Tsongas Arena, the ‘Cats are off to their best road start in school history and their best road stretch over any eight-game period at 8-0-0...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.

THE 12-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: UNH has a 12-game unbeaten streak, the second longest in the country, and the ‘Cats have outscored their opponents 54-19 during that time...The last time the Wildcats had a 12-game unbeaten streak was Feb. 14, 2003 to March 14, 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 longest unbeaten streak in school history is 14 games in the 96-97 season from 11/1/96 to 12/28/96, which is also the school’s all-time win streak...During the current streak, Matt Fornataro and Trevor Smith have both posted 17 points to lead the Wildcat offense, while Jacob Micflikier (14 pts.), Mike Radja (13), Jerry Pollastrone (13) and Brett Hemingway (11) have also contributed to the ‘Cats offense leading the nation in scoring...Junior goalie Kevin Regan owns a 9-0-1 record during the streak with a 1.88 GAA and a .936 save percentage with one shutout to his credit.

DID YOU KNOW?: The last time that the Wildcats got off to a start like this was the 1999-2000 season when the ‘Cats went 15-2-1 to begin the year...UNH is off to its best start ever in Hockey East play with a 10-1-1 record and with 21 points the ‘Cats head into the break in first place in the conference standings...The Wildcats have already swept both season series against Northeastern and UMass-Lowell; the ‘Cats were the only Hockey East team not to lose a season series in 2005-2006...UNH has outscored its opponents 27-7 in the third period this season and has scored 28 goals in the second period this season...In comparison to last season, the Wildcats have scored 20 more goals and allowed 12 fewer goals to this point in 06-07, an increase of 29% in scoring from the 05-06 season...The ‘Cats defense has only allowed 19 goals in the last 12 games (1.58 gpg), including seven in the last seven games...Six of the top 10 scorers in Hockey East games call Durham home and those five players account for 64% of the Wildcat offense...Junior blueliner Brad Flaishans is the top scoring defenseman in Hockey East with 13 points and he ranks tied for 19th in the nation among defensemen scoring 0.81 points per game...The Wildcats need only seven wins for their 11th straight 20-win season...Eight Wildcats have already surpassed their point totals from 2005-2006...Coach Umile only needs 14 wins for 400 career coaching victories to become the eighth NCAA Division I active head coach to accomplish that feat.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 24 points (11g, 13a) with a +20 plus/minus rating...He is the conferen ce leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (18) and ranks second in goal scoring...Smith ranks tied for 10th in the country scoring 1.50 points per game...Smith has seven multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 12 of 16 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.

RADJA GETS GOAL ORIENTED: Junior forward Mike Radja currently ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with 19 points (13g, 6a)...He ranks fifth in the nation scoring 0.81 goals per game...He ranks fourth in the league in scoring and his 13 goals are best among conference players...Radja has posted at least one point in 12 games with six multi-point performances to his credit...During UNH’s 12-game unbeaten steak, Radja has tallied 9-4-13 in that time...He has played in 96 career games as a Wildcat with 56 points and 29 goals, which both rank third among active players behind Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway...His 13 goals are a career-high for him after posting eight goals in each of the last two seasons.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 22 points (7g, 15a) through 16 games in his junior season, which is 10 points more than he recorded in all of the 05-06 season...He ranks second on the team in scoring and his +21 plus/minus rating is best on the ‘Cats roster...His 1.38 points per game is the 16th best total in Division I hockey...He ranks second in overall scoring in the league and second in the league games with 17 points...Fornataro has a point in 11 of 16 games this season with six multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 11-2-1 record in 06-07 with a 2.22 GAA and a .925 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 9-1-1 record with a 1.99 GAA and .931 save%...He needs only four victories to tie his career-high which he set in his freshman season with 15...Regan ranks fourth in the league in GAA and fifth in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks fourth among conference goalies in GAA (1.99) and third in save% (.931)...His 83.3% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks third nationally...He also ranks 11th in the nation in GAA and 11th in save percentage...In his last seven starts, Regan owns a 7-0-0 record with a 1.57 GAA and a .948 save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his 14 starts...He recorded his fourth career shutout on Nov. 28 in a 5-0 win over Merrimack at Towse Rink.
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