SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: No. 15 ranked Vermont enters the weekend with a 11-6-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 record in nine Hockey East games...The Catamounts have the nation’s best defense allowing only 1.61 goals per game...UVM is coming off a 4-2 loss to St. Cloud State on Dec. 30 in the championship game of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Classic held in Burlington...Vermont owns a 9-2-0 record in its last 11 games, including a 3-2-0 record in the last five contests...The Catamounts own a 4-3-1 home record at Gutterson Field House this season...Junior forward Torrey Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 21 points (6g, 15a) in 18 games, while sophomore forward Dean Strong ranks second on the Catamounts’ roster in scoring with 11-9-20...Junior Joe Fallon has seen most of the action in between the pipes for UVM posting a 10-5-1 record with a 1.50 GAA and a .934 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VERMONT: The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 60-14-3 in 77 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963...In the first four meetings of between the two teams with Vermont as a member of Hockey East, the ‘Cats are 2-0-2 against the Catamounts, including a 4-1 win for the Wildcats on Dec. 3rd in the first meeting of the series this year... UNH owns a 27-9-1 all-time record vs. the Catamounts at Gutterson Field House and Coach Umile in his 16-year coaching career has registered a 16-4-2 mark against Vermont in 22 meetings...Jacob Micflikier is the leading active scorer against Vermont with four points (1g, 3a) in five games, while Kevin Regan is 2-0-2 with a 1.68 GAA and a .934 save percentage in three career starts vs. Vermont.

THE WEEKEND SERIES ON TELEVISON: The New England Sports Network (NESN) will be airing the Friday, Jan. 5th game live at 7:30 p.m., as Hockey East kicks off its nine-game television package. Tom Caron will provide play-by-play, while former Michigan Wolverine Jeff Norton will handle the color commentary duties...Tune into NESN’s new half-hour Hockey East pre-game show hosted by Bob Beers and Providence alum Tom Fitzgerald at 7 p.m...On Saturday night, January 6th, Comcast (CN8) will air the game at 7 p.m. from Gutterson Field House...Greg Madden will provide the play-by-play and Bob Norton will handle the color duties... UNH (14-3-1 overall, 10-1-1 HE) currently sits atop the Hockey East standings with 21 points and an eight-point lead, while Vermont (11-6-1, 6-2-1 HE) currently occupies second place with 13 points.

LAST TIME OUT:  UNH defeated Western Michigan in the consolation game of the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida...Senior defensman Chris Murray tied a career-high with three points (1g, 2a) and junior forward Matt Fornataro registered two goals...Junior Kevin Regan stopped all 32 shots he faced vs. the Broncos...The Wildcat penalty kill shut down the Western Michigan power play, killing off all 10 chances by the Broncos...Murray was the lone Wildcat named to the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team.

RADJA NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Junior forward Mike Radja was named CCM/RBK Player of the Month for December by the Hockey East Association on Wednesday...Radja, who won the award for the first time in his career, posted seven points (4g, 3a) with a +4 rating helping the No. 2 ranked Wildcats to a 4-1-0 record in the month of December...He posted a point in four of the five games, including multi-point efforts in three of those games and a two-goal effort in the 4-1 win against Vermont on Dec. 3rd...He ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with 22 points (14g, 8) with a +17 plus/minus rating in 18 games for the ‘Cats...Radja ranks first in Hockey East with 14 goals, while his point total is tied for fifth best among conference skaters. He has registered 14 (9g, 5a) of his 22 points in 12 Hockey East contests...His 0.78 goals per game ranks fifth best in the nation among Division I players.

UNH AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS: UNH’s offense ranks second in the nation to Minnesota (4.38) scoring 4.28 goals per game and the Wildcat defense is now ranked tied for seventh with St. Cloud State allowing only 2.11 goals per game...UNH also ranks second in scoring margin outscoring their opponent by 2.25 goals per game, while the power play (20.0%) is16th best nationally...UNH’s penalty kill also is 18th best in the nation among Division I teams...The ‘Cats rank third in combined special teams at 58.4% and their team winning percentage is third best only to Minnesota and Notre Dame at 80.6%.

DID YOU KNOW?: 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 return from 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...The Wildcats need only six wins for their 11th straight 20-win season...Eight Wildcats have already surpassed their point totals from 2005-2006...Coach Umile only needs 13 wins for 400 career coaching victories to become the eighth NCAA Division I active head coach to accomplish that feat...Senior forward Jacob Micflikier ranks tied for third in the nation with 1.00 assists per game...Junior Brad Flaishans (14 pts.) and Chris Murray (12 pts.) rank first and third respectively on the conference’s blueline scoring leaderboard.

SMITH LEADS UNH’S OFFENSE:  Sophomore forward Trevor Smith has posted 26 points (11g, 15a) with a +20 plus/minus rating...He is the conference leader in overall scoring and conference scoring (18) and ranks third in goal scoring...Smith ranks 10th in the country scoring 1.44 points per game...Smith has eight multi-point efforts to his credit already this season...He has registered at least one point in 13 of 18 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.

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.

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 fifth in the nation scoring 0.78 goals per game...He ranks tied for fifth in the league in scoring and his 14 goals are best among conference players...Radja has posted at least one point in 14 games with seven multi-point performances to his credit.
THE ‘CATS SECOND LINE: The Wildcat second line of sophomores Jerry Pollastrone and Trevor Smith along with junior forward Matt Fornataro has registered 68 points (27g, 41a) this season in 18 games, which makes that line the third highest scoring line in Division I hockey...As a line, they have accounted for 33.7% of the ‘Cats offense this season...Pollastrone ranks ranks tied for first in nation in game winning goals with four...He has already surpassed his freshman point total of 16 points in 05-06.

FORNATARO ASSISTS THE ‘CAT ATTACK:  Junior forward Matt Fornataro has already scored 24 points (9g, 15a) through 18 games in his junior season, which is 12 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 1.33 points per game is the 17th 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 12 of 18 games this season with seven multi-point efforts.

REGAN STABILIZES THE ‘CATS DEFENSE:  Junior goaltender Kevin Regan has posted a 12-3-1 record in 06-07 with a 2.26 GAA and a .924 save percentage...In league play, Regan owns a 9-1-1 record with a 1.99 GAA and .931 save%...He needs only three victories to tie his career-high which he set in his freshman season with 15...Regan ranks fifth in the league in GAA and third in save percentage...In conference play, Regan ranks fourth among conference goalies in GAA (1.99) and third in save% (.931)...His 78.1% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks tied for fourth nationally...He also ranks 15th in the nation in GAA and 12th in save percentage...He has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his 16 starts.
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