DURHAM, N.H. – Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, has announced the seven-member incoming freshmen class of 2008 Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Borisenok
(Watervilet, N.Y.), Matt DiGirolamo (Penilyn, Pa.), Blake Kessel (Verona, Wisc.), Damon Kipp (Salmon Arm, B.C.), Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.) and Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) comprise the Wildcats’ freshmen class for the upcoming 2008-09 season.

“ We are very excited and think there is a lot of potential in this year recruiting class,” Umile said. “This players are all extremely talented players that excelled in their respective junior and prep leagues. We hope they can bring the same presence to us at UNH. I think we really have some young men that will make a difference in the program, but also have an impact within the university as a whole.”

Borisenok (5-9, 170) played his last two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Last season, the center skated in 46 games and totaled 39 points on 15 goals and 24 assists and was voted Gamblers’ Most Valuable Player. He was the team’s leading scorer despite missing 14 games with injury. Before his time with the Gamblers, Borisenok had a stint with both the Chicago Steel and the Waterloo Black Hawks both of the USHL. Over the course of his career, Borisenok played in 152 games and tallied 29 goals and 40 assists for a total of 69 points.

DiGirolamo (5-9, 160) played in 75 games over the last two years for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. Last season, the netminder put together an impressive campaign as he posted a 25-12 record in 42 games, a win total that ranked third in the USHL. During the year, the USHL all star notched 879 saves and had a goals-against-average of just 2.41, which ranked fourth in the league. He also helped lead the Blackhawks to the championship game where they lost in overtime. In the season prior, DiGirolamo had a 22-9 record to go along with a total of 735 saves and a save percentage of .905. In addition, he was awarded USHL Goalie of the Week three times in the 2007-08 season and twice in the 2006-07 season.

Kessel (6-2, 204) was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL draft by the New York Islanders with the 166th overall pick. He skated in 118 games in the last two seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Last season’s USHL Defenseman of the Year and an all star selection led all defensemen in scoring with 57 points on 19 goals and 38 assists in 59 games. In the season prior, Kessel played in 59 games and totaled 38 points as he notched 27 assists and 11 goals. Over the course of his career with the Blackhawks, Kessel was awarded the Defensive Player of the Week three times, twice in 2008 and once in 2007.

Kipp (6-0, 202) skated in 169 games in his three-year career for his hometown Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Last season the defenseman played in 66 games and tallied 53 points. Among defensemen, Kipp’s totals were especially impressive as he ranked third in assists and fourth in total points.  In both the 06-07 and the 07-08 seasons the Silverback captain played on the championship winning Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge, he served as the team’s assistant captain in this year’s championship run for the Canada West squad.  In the season prior, Kipp totaled 45 points on 35 assists and 10 goals in 55 games.

McCarey (5-11, 184) has played his last two seasons with the USA National Development Program. In that time, the forward has skated in 64 games and notched 20 goals and 11 assists, for a total of 31 points. Before his time with the USA Development Program, McCarey played for the Syracuse Stars of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. In his one-year stint with Syracuse he played in 45 games and amassed an 11-12-23 scoring line.

Moses (5-9, 170) played in 96 games over the last three years for the Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. In that span, he totaled 96 points on 37 goals and 59 assists and was an all star selection. In 2006 he was named to the EJHL USA Hockey National Junior roster to participate in the annual Jamboree. Last season, the center notched 11 goals along with an impressive 36 assists, a total which ranked fifth in the league. On the season, he finished 23rd in the league in points as he tallied a total of 47. He was also awarded the EJHL Player of the Week on Jan.19, 2007.

Scott (6-3, 185) minded the net last season for South Kent Prep of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference. During his season at South Kent, Scott helped the Cardinals go 24-9-3 and reach the New England semifinals. He played in 26 games and was quite stellar in the net as he posted a .923 save percentage paired with a 2.85 goals against average.

The Wildcats officially kick off the 2008-09 season on Saturday, Oct. 11 against WCHA foe Wisconsin at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. UNH will also host an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 4 against St. Francis Xavier at the Whittemore Center at 7 p.m.

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