NO. 6 MEN'S HOCKEY RETURNS TO ACTION WITH HOME-AND-HOME WITH UMASS-LOWELL
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DURHAM, N.H. -- The sixth-ranked Wildcats (7-2-1, 4-2-1 HE) return to Hockey East play with a home-and-home series against UMass-Lowell (4-3-4, 2-3-4 HE) on Friday night at Whittemore Center and Saturday night at Tsongas Arena. Puck drops both nights at 7 p.m. Friday night the game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) and live video at www.unhwildcats.tv. On Saturday, the game will be on (UNHSN). UNH, which has won back-to-back games, looks to capture a pair of pivotal Hockey East win.

SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: The River Hawks enter the weekend 4-3-4 overall, 2-3-4 in Hockey East... UML went 2-0 on the week and have points in five of their last six games (2-1-3, 7 points)…Junior Mark Roebothan recorded his first career hat trick in UML’s 6-2 win Saturday; it was the first hat trick by a River Hawk since Danny O’Brien scored three in a 4-3 overtime victory at Providence…The River Hawks scored a season-high four second period goals Saturday against Merrimack and have totaled a Hockey East high 18 goals in the second period this season… The strength of the River Hawks comes from the reigning Defensive Player of the Week Carter Hutton, who earned his second collegiate shutout on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win at Merrimack. He recorded 22 saves in the victory, which included 13 stops in the final period.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 47-27-14 in 98 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983...The ‘Cats won all three games last season and the teams tied in their only meeting this year 2-2 back on Nov. 9...The Wildcats have won four of the last five , six of the last eight and they have outscored UML, 32 to 17 during that time...Coach Umile owns a 40-17-9 all-time record against the River Hawks in his 18-year coaching career...The Wildcats own a 6-2-4 all-time mark vs. UMass-Lowell in 12 meetings since 1998...Senior forward Mike Radja is the active career leading scorer against UML with eight points.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE RIVER HAWKS:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Mike Radja    10    6-2-8
Craig Switzer    10    1-6-7
Jerry Pollastrone    7    3-4-7
Brad Flaishans    7    1-5-5
Matt Fornataro    10    4-1-5   
Jamie Fritsch    6    0-2-2
Thomas Fortney    7    1-0-1
Joe Charlebois    7    0-1-1
Greg Collins    5    1-0-1
Kevin Kapstad    5    0-1-1
Danny Rossman    2    0-1-1       
Peter LeBlanc    4    0-1-1
Bobby Butler    4    0-0-0   
Paul Thompson    1    1-0-1
Danny Dries    1    0-1-1
Phil DeSimone    1    0-1-1
Mike Sislo    1    0-0-0
Nick Krates    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Foster    2/125:00    2    1.00    1-0-1    65    .970
Regan    4/259:54    15    3.75    3-1-0    142    .904
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-18-06        60:00    W    26    0    26
11-9-07        65:00    T    39    2    41
Totals        125:00    1-0-1    65    2    67   
Regan Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-28-05        20:00    ND    6    2    8
1-29-05        60:00    W    28    3    31
11-19-05        60:00    L    38    6    45
11-17-06        59:54    W    31    2    33
12-6-06        60:00    W    39    2    41
Totals        259:54    3-1-0    142    15    157

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE RIVER HAWKS (11/9/07): Carter Hutton recorded 39 saves to backbone UMass-Lowell to a 2-2 tie.UNH took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal by Paul Thompson at 3:34. Phil DeSimone carried the puck from behind the net at the right post and, as the puck came off his stick, Hutton struggled to cover the loose puck through the mass of bodies in front of the net. Danny Dries, positioned outside the top of the crease, pushed the puck to the left, where Thompson was able to reach in and sweep a shot into the open left side of the net.The RiverHawks gained momentum in the latter stages of the opening stanza and Ian Schaser’s wrist shot from the left faceoff circle dot caromed off UNH goalie Brian Foster (29 saves) and the right post. UMass-Lowell continued that momentum into the second period and struck at 1:48 and 6:04 to take a 2-1 lead, but the Wildcats scored 36 seconds later to even the score heading into the second intermission. Jonathan Maniff gathered Ryan Blair’s long outlet pass through the neutral zone behind UNH’s defense, skated from the top-right of the slot to the low left while fending off a defenseman and lifted a close-range shot into the upper-left corner of the goal. Schaser put the visitors in front, 2-1, when he jammed home the puck at the right post. The sequence initiated with Barry Goers’ shot from the right point that sailed wide of the cage on the near side. Chris Auger collected the puck off the rebound behind the net and quickly found Schaser at the right post. Brad Flashains pulled the ‘Cats even at 6:40 when he finished off a sequence of quick passes. Jerry Pollastrone moved the puck from the right side of the neutral zone up to the right point, where Peter LeBlanc centered the puck to the slot and Flashains fired a one-timer into the net. UMass-Lowell recorded a 3-2 shot advantage in the five-minute overtime session after being outshot 38-17 in regulation.

A HAT TRICK OF NOTES ON HAT TRICKS: Paul Thompson (4-1-5 at PC) and Mike Radja (3-1-4 vs. Brown) each recorded their first career hat tricks in back to back games.
1- The pair become the first back-to-back hat tricks since Eric Royal (1/2/93) amd Greg Klym (1/9/93).
2- Radja’s hat trick came on a power-play, short-handed and even-strength goals. He became the first player to accomplish this since Sean Collins (12/5/03 at Clarkson)
3-Thompson became the first freshman to tally a hat trick since Jacob Micfliker (4-1-5 vs. Union College (Oct. 31, 2003)).

‘CATS RANK THIRD IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats is currently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense as with 3.90 goals per game.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: UNH has scored four-plus goals in all seven wins this season and are averaging 5.0 gpg in wins compared to just 1.33 gpg in losses and ties. The Wildcats are outscoring their oppenents by 2.4 goals in all seven wins this season.

5-5-5: The Wildcats have scored five goals in their last five wins against Providence, Brown and Boston College.

RULE OF THREE: The Wildcats have tallied three goals in a period in six of seven wins this season including three in the third five times including last time out against Brown.

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

THOMPSON, vanRIEMSDYK TOP ONE-TWO FRESHMEN DUO: The one-two freshmen combo of James vanRiemsdyk and Paul Thompson rank second and sixth, respectively, in freshmen points per game nationally with 1.40 and 1.11 ppg. Overall, they are the best freshmen duo nationally with 24 points (11g, 13a) in 19 games (1.26 ppg).

RADJA, FORNATARO & DESIMONE SET CAREER HIGHS: In Saturday’s 5-2 win over Brown, Mike Radja, Matt Fornataro and Phil DeSimone all set career highs.
-Radja tallied his first career hat trick and set a high with four points.
- Fornataro set highs in assists and points with four of each.
- DeSimone set highs in assists and points with two of each.

Finishing Strong:  UNH is 4-0-0 when leading after two periods and 2-0-1 when tied after two.

DEUCES WILD: UNH has allowed two goals or less six times this season. They are 4-1-1 when allowing two goals or less.

Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 4-0-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 3-2-1 against unranked foes.

This point a year ago: The Wildcats posted a matching 7-2-1 record through 10 games a year ago. Last year’s team went on to post a 13-2-1 record over the first 16 games.

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

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

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    9th    1.40 ppg
Matt Fornataro    9th    1.40 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson    16th    0.67 gpg
Assists Per Game:
James vanRiemsdyk    10th    0.90 apg
Matt Fornataro    10th    0.90 apg
Defensemen Scoring:
Brad Flaishans    7th    0.90 ppg   
Rookie Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    2nd    1.40 ppg
Paul Thompson    6th    1.11 ppg
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    9th    .714
Team
Winnning Percentage    3rd    .750 (7-2-1)
Scoring Offense    3rd    3.90 gpg
Scoring Margin    7th    +1.30   

LUCKY SEVENS: 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).

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is in its 13th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2007-08.. UNH owns a 160-46-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 147 sellouts during that time.

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    HE games     Overall
Goals/per game     3.57/2nd    3.90/1st
GAA     2.71/6th    2.60/4th
Penalty Minutes    15.1/1st    15.6/2nd
Power Play    7.5/10th    13.8/7th
Penalty Kill    85.4/4th    84.7/4th
Special Teams Net    -4/8th    -1/6th
1st Period Scoring    9/1st    12/2nd
2nd Period Scoring    6/8th    8/9th
3rd Period Scoring    9/5th    18/2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 26)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (24)    500    1    13-1-0    9
2    Michigan (10)     486    2    13-1-0    9
3    Denver    416    3    9-3-0    9
4    Colorado College    392    4    8-4-0    9
5    Michigan State    366    6    8-3-2    9
6    New Hampshire    328    8    7-2-1    9
7    Notre Dame    305    9    12-4-0    9
8    North Dakota    279    5    6-4-1    9
9    Clarkson University    265    7    10-4-0    9
10    St. Cloud State    184    11    7-3-2    3
11    Massachusetts    136    10    6-3-4    4
12    Northeastern    106    NR    6-4-1    1
13    Minnesota-Duluth    105    12    6-4-2    5
14    Wisconsin    59    14    5-6-1    9
15    Harvard    55    NR    5-2-0    1

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 26)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
1     Miami (44)    13-1-0    994    1
2     Michigan (6)    13-1-0    956    2
3    Denver     9-3-0    876    3
4     Colorado College    8-4-0    833    4
5     Michigan State     8-3-2    748    5
6     New Hampshire    7-2-1    713    8
7     Notre Dame    12-4-0    693    9
8    North Dakota    6-4-1    679    6
9     Clarkson    10-4-0    644    7
10    St. Cloud State    7-3-2    533    10
11     Massachusetts    6-3-4    459    10
12     Minnesota-Duluth    6-4-2    386    15
13     Wisconsin    5-6-11    335    12
14     Minnesota    7-6-1    328    13
15    Harvard    5-2-0    299    18
16    Northeastern    6-4-1    289    20
17    Niagara    8-3-0    218    17
18    Rensselear    6-4-3    163    16
19     Boston College    3-4-5    157    14
20     Michigan Tech    5-6-1    63    19

WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: 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
11/26    6        6    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.

SEASON PREVIEWS:
THE DICK UMILE ERA: 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.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY:  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.

WILDCATS SHARE TOP SPOT IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: 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  

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: 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
OCT. 26    COLORADO COLLEGE    NHPTV    W, 5-3
OCT. 27    COLORADO COLLEGE    NHPTV    W, 4-2
NOV. 3    NORTHEASTERN    NHPTV    L, 1-2
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. 12    MASSACHUSETTS     NHPTV    7 P.M.
JAN. 19    DARTMOUTH         7 P.M.
    @ VERIZON WIR. ARENA    WMUR-TV
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.
FEB. 23    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV    7 P.M.
March 7    vermont    CSTV    8 P.M.
MARCH 8    VERMONT    NHPTV    7 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.

‘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)

UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO: 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 www.wntk.com.
    Games also can be heard on “Yahoo! Broadcast” by going to UNHWILDCATS.com, 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 DICK UMILE SHOW ON WTSN RADIO: 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.

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: 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.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: 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 www.unhwildcats.com.

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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