DURHAM, N.H. -- The eighth-ranked Wildcats return home to start a two-game home stand as they play host to non-conference foe Brown University on Saturday, Nov. 24 (7 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center. The Bears are 1-3-3 overall, 1-2-3 in ECAC play, while UNH is 6-2-1, 4-2-1 in Hockey East. Saturday night's game will be broadcast over the internet ONLY by the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) at and live video is available at

The Bears enter the weekend 1-3-3 overall, 1-2-3 in ECAC play... Senior Sean Hurley had three assists last weekend to give him 45 career assists as he entered Brown’s all-time top 10 list for career assists by a defenseman (ninth)... Overall, Jeff Prough is the team’s leading scorer with seven points (3g, 4a) this season... Dan Rosen has played all seven games in net for Brown... The Bears rank fourth in the ECAC in combined special teams at 53.7, while they own the fifth-best offense in the league at 2.67 gpg.

The Wildcats own a 19-13-1 all-time record vs. Brown in 33 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 11, 1927...UNH has won the last six meetings vs. the Bears and the last time Brown defeated UNH was Dec. 1, 1987 (4-3)...UNH last defeated Brown on Jan.17, 2004 (5-0). The shutout was the first blanking of Brown in series history.
SERIES VS. BROWN:(19-13-1)
2-11-27(A)     UNH     4     Brown     2         W
1-25-28(A)     UNH     3     Brown     2         W
1-9-29     (H)     UNH     2     Brown     1         W
1-25-29(A)     Brown     4     UNH     1         L
1-22-30(H)     Brown     3     UNH     1         L
1-25-30(A)     Brown     4     UNH     4     OT     T
1-17-31(A)     Brown     2     UNH     1         L
1-23-32(A)     Brown     2     UNH     1         L
1-13-33(A)     Brown     3     UNH     0         L
1-22-34(A)    Brown     5     UNH     1         L
1-21-35(A)    Brown     2     UNH     0         L
1-14-36(A)    Brown     6     UNH     3         L
2-18-48(A)     Brown     4     UNH     2         L
1-5-74     (A)     Brown     6     UNH     3         L
2-4-75     (H)    UNH     6     Brown     3         W
2-4-76 (A)    Brown     5     UNH     2         L
2-8-77     (H)     UNH     12     Brown     5         W
3-8-77     (H)     UNH     4     Brown     3     OT     W
3-1-78     (A)     UNH     5     Brown     2         W
2-27-79(H)     UNH     9     Brown     3         W
2-26-80(A)     Brown     6     UNH     3         L
2-21-81(H)     UNH     6     Brown     1         W
2-9-82     (A)     UNH     11     Brown     1         W
2-8-83     (H)     UNH     4     Brown     3         W
1-24-84(A)     UNH     9     Brown     1         W
11-25-86 (H)     UNH     7     Brown     3         W
12-1-87(A)     Brown     4     UNH     3         L
12-6-88(H)     UNH     3     Brown     1         W
11-21-89 (A)     UNH     4     Brown     2         W
12-9-92(H)     UNH     6     Brown     3         W
1-31-95(A)     UNH     7     Brown     2         W
12-28-01(N)     UNH     11     Brown     2         W
1-17-04(H)     UNH     5     Brown     0         W

Thompson named Hockey East Rookie of the Week:
Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week for the first time this season. The announcement was made Nov.19 by the league office. Thompson continued his breakout freshman season with an impressive hat trick and five-point performance in a 5-4 overtime win at Providence College on Nov. 17. The nation’s leader in goals per game for rookies (0.75), Thompson potted three goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goals. Overall, he had a hand in every UNH goal on the night and skated to a +4. Thompson, who tallied the game winner at 2:03 in the extra session, became the first Wildcat to record a hat trick since Jacob Micflikier did it on Feb. 23, 2007 versus PC. He also became the first Wildcat to tally five points in a game since Justin Aikins on Feb. 11, 2005 against UMass.?Through eight games played this season Thompson has 10 points and six goals.

THOMPSON, vanRIEMSDYK TOP ONE-TWO FRESHMEN DUO: The one-two freshmen combo of Paul Thompson and James vanRiemsdyk rank third and fifth, respectively, in freshmen points per game nationally with 1.33 and 1.25 ppg. Overall, they are the best freshmen duo nationally with 22 points (10g, 12a) in 17 games (1.29 ppg).

Sophomore goalie Brian Foster registered a career-high 41 saves and becomes the first UNH goalie to record 40-plus saves this season.

vanRIEMSDYK SETS CAREER HIGH: James vanRiemsdyk had a career-high four points with a goal and three assists on Saturday night against PC.

Although the Wildcats have now won three straight and eight of their last nine against the Friars, Saturday night’s win marked their first win at Schneider since Jan. 7, 2005.

The Wildcats are 3-0-0 on the road this season. UNH has outscored its opponents 16-10 during those games.

IRONIC TRENDS:  The Wildcats are:
- 3-0-0 when their opponent scores first.
- 4-0-0 when allowing 30-plus shots compared to 2-1-1 otherwise
- 3-1-0 when being outshot

SCORING IS WINNING: UNH has scored 30 goals during its six wins (5.0 gpg), compared to four goals in a tie and two losses (1.33 gpg). The ‘Cats have scored at least four goals in all six wins this season.

Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 4-0-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 2-2-1 against unranked foes.

this point a year ago:
The Wildcats posted a matching 6-2-1 record through nine games a year ago. Last year’s team went on to post a 13-2-1 record over the first 16 games.

DEUCES WILD: UNH has allowed two goals or less five times this season. They are 3-1-1 when allowing two goals or less.

Regan on the move: Senior goalie Kevin Regan moved up to third on the all-time saves list passing Greg Rota. In addition, he now sits fourth on the career wins list.
Name            Saves
1. Greg Moffett        2,602
2. Mike Ayers        2,532
3. Kevin Regan        2,427

Name            Wins
1. Mike Ayers        58
2. Ty Conklin        57
3. Sean Matile        53
4. Kevin Regan        51

FRITSCH GOALS=GAME WINNERS: Jamie Fritsch scored his second game-winning goal of the season in a win at Northeastern. The junior defenseman has two goals on the season, both game-winners.

Wildcat Award Winners:
Player    Award    Date
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week    10-22-07
Matt Fornataro    HE Player of the Week    10-27-07
TEAM    CHN Team of the Week    10-27-07
Matt Fornataro    HE Player of the Month    11-01-07
Paul Thompson    HE Rookie of the Week    11-19-07

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.

Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
James vanRiemsdyk    13th    1.33 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson    13th    0.75 gpg
Assists Per Game:
James vanRiemsdyk    16th    0.89 gpg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    9th    0.89 ppg   
Rookie Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    3rd    1.33 ppg
Paul Thompson    5th    1.25 ppg
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    5th    .833

Winnning Percentage    7th    .722 (6-2-1)
Scoring Offense    4th    3.78 gpg
Scoring Margin    7th    +1.11   
FORNATARO NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE MONTH:Matt Fornataro was named Hockey East Player of the Month for October. The announcement was made on Nov. 1 by the league office. The senior captain becomes the first Wildcat to win the award since Kevin Regan captured the honor back in January. Fornataro averaged 2.0 points per game and tallied at least a goal in every game during the month of October. He led the fourth-ranked Wildcats to their best start in four seasons. The senior forward tallied a goal and an assist in a critical Hockey East win at No. 18 Boston University to open the season and followed that up with two goals on Friday night and a goal and an assist on Saturday night during a weekend sweep of No. 4 Colorado College. Fornataro owns a three-game goal-scoring streak, the longest of his career and currently leads Hockey East in points per game (2.0) and goals per game (1.33).

Matt Fornataro was named CCM/Reebok Hockey East Player of the Week for the first time this season. The announcement was made on Oct. 27 afternoon by the league office. Fornataro registered three goals and an assist in UNH’s weekend sweep of fourth-ranked Colorado College. The senior captain scored a critical goal 15 seconds into the second period on Friday night that cut the lead to 3-2 and paved the way for a come-from-behind win. Fornataro secured the win for the Wildcats with an empty-net goal in the final minute. On Saturday, Fornataro scored the game’s first goal (a power-play goal) at 2:50 in the second period. He also helped setup a Brad Flaishans goal that made it 2-1 at the time. The senior first liner has scored at least a goal in each of the first three games and has six points in three games this season.

The seven-goal output against is the most since a 7-1 win at Vermont on January 5, 2007. Seven different players accounted for the goals en route to the win.

Umile captures 400th victory:
Oct. 19 win at Agganis Arena marked Head Coach Dick Umile’s 400th of his career, ranking him third amongst active NCAA coaches with a .653 win percentage. Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, is in his 18th season as head coach of the Wildcats and ranks ninth all-time among NCAA coaches with his 400 wins. Coming into the 2007-08 season, he  ranks third in wins amongst his Hockey East coaching peers. The last Division I coach to reach the 400 win plateau was UNH alum Joe Marsh (St. Lawrence).

Senior goaltender Kevin Regan was named Pure Hockey Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season.  Regan helped lift UNH to a 4-1 win over Hockey East foe Boston University in the season opener on Friday night. Regan, who was named the game’s No. 1 star, finished with 30 saves, including 12 in the first period when BU scored its only goal, and 10 in the third to protect the Wildcats’ lead. He is a perfect 1-0-0 this season, allowing just a single power-play goal after facing 31 shots on Friday night. In 81 career games as a Wildcat, Regan owns a 48-21-9 overall mark to go along with six shutouts, a 2.30 GAA and .928 save percentage.

UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 159-46-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 145 sellouts during that time in 223 all-time games.

    HE games     Overall
Goals/per game     3.57/2nd    3.78/1st
GAA     2.71/5th    2.64/7th
Penalty Minutes    15.1/3rd    15.1/4th
Power Play    7.5/9th    11.8/6th
Penalty Kill    85.4/4th    83.0/6th
Special Teams Net    -4/9th    -4/7th
1st Period Scoring    9/1st    10/1st

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 19)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP

1    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (26)    510    2    11-1-0    8
2    Michigan (8)     483    1    11-1-0    8
3    Denver    435    4    8-2-0    8
4    Colorado College    390    7    7-3-0    8
5    North Dakota    353    5    5-3-1    8
6    Michigan State    329    3    8-3-0    8
7    Clarkson University    300    8    9-3-0    8
8    New Hampshire    277    6    6-2-1    8
9    Notre Dame    267    11    9-4-0    8
10    Massachusetts    163    14    5-2-4    3
11    St. Cloud State    141    13    6-2-2    2
12    Minnesota-Duluth    102    15    5-3-2    4
13    Boston College    101    9    3-3-5    8
14    Wisconsin    77    10    5-5-0    8
15    Minnesota    69    12    7-5-0    8 Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 19)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW

1     Miami (48)    11-1-0    998    1
2     Michigan (2)    11-1-0    929    2
3    Denver     8-2-0    873    4
4     Colorado College    7-3-0    809    7
5     Michigan State     8-3-0    769    3
6    North Dakota    5-3-1    767    5
7     Clarkson    9-3-0    695    8
8     New Hampshire    6-2-1    666    6
9     Notre Dame    9-4-0    637    10
10     Massachusetts    5-2-4    464    14
    St. Cloud State    6-2-2    464    13
12     Wisconsin    5-5-0    403    9
13     Minnesota    7-5-0    377    12
14     Boston College    3-3-5    344    11
15     Minnesota-Duluth    5-3-2    338    17
16    Rensselear    6-3-2    264    15
17    Niagara    8-3-0    165    20
18    Harvard    4-2-0    143    19
19     Michigan Tech    5-6-1    89    18
20    Northeastern    5-4-1    87    NR

Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date     USCHO     UHM     HE
10/1        6        6    t-1st (pre)
10/8        6        5    -
10/15    8        8    -
10/22    7        6    t-1st
10/29    4        4    t-4th
11/5        6        7    t-3rd
11/12    6        6    t-1st
11/19    8        8    3rd
Foster defeats First ranked team: For the first time in his collegiate career, sophomore netminder Brian Foster defeated a nationally-ranked opponent. Foster, who is now 3-2-0, lost his only other start against a nationally ranked opponent when he was defeated by No. 11 Boston College (4-2) on 3/3/07.

Dick Umile (404-198-64), a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 18th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats and after signing a long-term contract extension in the summer of 2000, Umile will close out his coaching career at his alma mater.
    Umile has transformed UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 13  NCAA tournament appearances and 17 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 17-year career in Durham.
    In addition, Umile has posted 15 20-victory campaigns over the span of 17 seasons, including a current streak of 11 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 399 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on February 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Coach Umile ranks third among active NCAA coaches with a .651 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 399 victories ranks ninth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of nine times in his career, including New England honors three times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best.
    Last season, Umile helped the ‘Cats to the team’s sixth Hockey East regular-season title and their sixth straight NCAA Tournament apperance with a 26-11-2 overall record and an 18-7-2 mark in conference play.

  UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 17 times in the 80-year history of the program...UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances vs. Maine in 1999 and Minnesota in 2003...UNH earned Hockey East Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003 and regular-season championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007...The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979....UNH has posted 28 seasons with 20+ wins, including the last 11 consecutive seasons.

UNH was picked to finish tied for first in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 25.

Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll:
Rk.    Team (1st Place Votes)     Pts

1.    New Hampshire (5)    84
    Boston College (5)    84
3.    Boston University    77
4.    Maine    61
5.    Massachusetts    54
    Vermont    54
7.    Northeastern    43
8.    Providence    39
9.    UMass-Lowell    25
10.    Merrimack    19  

James vanRiemsdyk was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2007 National Hockey League draft. He became the highest Wildcat player ever chosen in the 44-year history of the NHL Entry Draft as the 81st draftee in the program’s 80-year history. The previous highest Wildcat draftee was Norm Lacombe with the 10th pick in the 1983 draft by the Buffalo Sabres. vanRiemsdyk becomes the fifth player in team history drafted by the Flyers; Bruce Crowder (1977), Andy Brickley (1980), Steve Morrow (1987) and Bruce MacDonald (1987).

UNH will have 20 games broadcast live on TV in 2007-08...NHPTV will once again provide the 10-game package, while NESN will air three games, CSTV and WABI will broadcast two, while ESPNU, COX-TV, CN8 and WMUR-TV will broadcast one game.
DATE    GAME    Channel    Time/Result
NOV. 9    UMASS-LOWELL    NHPTV    T, 2-2
NOV. 10    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV    W, 5-2
Nov. 17    @ Providence    cox-tv    W, 5-4 (OT)
DEC. 16    MAINE     ESPNU    4 P.M.
JAN. 6    ST. LAWRENCE     NHPTV    2 P.M.
JAN. 11    @ MASSACHUSETTS    NESN    7:30 P.M.
JAN. 19    DARTMOUTH         7 P.M.
JAN. 26    @ BOSTON UNIVERSITY     NESN    7:30 P.M.
FEB. 1    @ VERMONT     CSTV    8 P.M.
Feb. 8    @ Maine     WABI    7 P.M.
Feb. 9    @ Maine    WABI    7 P.M.
FEB. 16    PROVIDENCE    NHPTV    7 P.M.   
FEB. 22    @ BOSTON COLLEGE)    NESN    7:30 P.M.
March 7    vermont    CSTV    8 P.M.

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Seven UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Joe Charlebois (Chicago), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Peter LeBlanc (Chicago), Kevin Regan (Boston), Craig Switzer (Nashville) and James vanRiemsdyk (Philadelphia) have all been taken.

Phil DeSimone was selected by the Washington Capitals with the 84th pick in the third round of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. DeSimone (6-1, 195) is a three-year veteran of the USHL playing with the Sioux City Musketeers. DeSimone, the 06-07 USHL Player of the Year, scored 73 points (26g, 47a) in 60 games with a +13 plus/minus rating. He served as the Musketeers captain last year and was the assistant captain in the 05-06 season. DeSimone was also a USHL First-Team All-Star in his final season with Sioux City.

‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Mike Ayers: Sweden
Derek Bekar:  Jesenice (Aust)
Eric Boguniecki:  Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Preston Callander:  Wolfsburg EHC (2.GBun)
Josh Ciocco: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Sean Collins:  Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Lanny Gare:  Lausitzer Foxes (2.GBun)
Darren Haydar: Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Brett Hemingway: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Mark Mowers: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Chris Murray: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Reading Royals (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Kevin Truelson: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Brian Yandle: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)

DARREN HAYDAR SCORES HIS FIRST NHL GOAL: Former UNH men’s hockey standout Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario), who was recalled from Chicago (AHL) on Thursday, scored his first-career NHL goal at 2:21 of the first period in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to New Jersey. Haydar added one assist to give him a two-point night in his second game with the Thrashers this season. Haydar was one of the “Hobey Hat Trick” finalists in 2002, the first year the field was narrowed to three players. 

UNH men’s hockey action this season can be heard live on the UNH Sports Network...In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the “UNH Sports Network” — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. In 2001-2002, WTSN AM 1270 was introduced as the flagship station with the signal carried on several stations through New Hampshire. The network also consists of WTPL 107.7FM in Concord; WNTK 99.7 FM in New London; and WUVR-1490AM in Lebanon, NH. WNTK offers streaming audio of network broadcasts at
    Games also can be heard on “Yahoo! Broadcast” by going to, the official website for UNH athletics. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the majority of the play-by-play, while Pete Webster will once again be doingthe color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 14 years since the 1993-1994 season.

The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile with host Andy Schachat and D Ellis is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.) from Mike Libby’s Bar and Grill on Main Street in Durham...The show will start the Monday following the end of the UNH football season...The Coaches Show features coach Umile as well as a selected student-athlete each week from the men’s ice hockey team.

The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Brian Foster (Pembroke), Paul Thompson (Derry) and Alan Thompson (Gilford) all hailing from the Granite State.

Yahoo Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey at the Whittemore Center, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey Yahoo Broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE ***ALL NEW*** UNHWILDCATS.TV: The UNH athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-08 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
    Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. The premium content includes a behind the scenes look at UNH athletics through player and coaches interviews, highlights, podcasts, select post-game interviews and an in-depth archive section of all video available on UNHwildcats.TV. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.
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