MEN'S HOCKEY GAME NOTES VS. NEW BRUNSWICK
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THE MATCHUP:  The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 6 in the preseason USCHO.com poll, opens the 2007-08 season with an exhibition game against the University of New Brunswick on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. Fans can listen to the action for Friday’s game on the UNH Sports Network (WNTK AM 1010 & AM 1490 ) or online at  www.unhwildcats.com. In addtion, the game will be streamed live over the internet through the new unhwildcats.tv. Live up-to-the minute stats will also be available online at www.unhwildcats.com.

SCOUTING THE VARSITY REDS: New Brunswick enters the week 5-0 in the preseason and a perfect 2-0 in AUS play. The Varsity Reds defeated the University of Prince Edward Island 4-2 on Wednesday. UNB is outscoring its opponents 42-10 through seven games this season.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NEW BRUNSWICK: The Wildcats and Varsity Reds have met one time in the all-time series history with UNH capturing a 6-1 win in an exhibition game back on Oct. 8, 2005.

ALL-TIME SERIES vs. NEW BRUNSWICK (1-0-0)
10-8-05    (H)    UNH    6    UNB    1        W

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET: Daniel Winnik recorded two goals and an assist -- all in the third period -- to lead UNH to the 6-1 victory. With the game tied 1-1 at the start of the third period, a Wildcat surge of three goals in 5:49 gave UNH a 4-1 lead. Winnik scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when, standing at the left post, he redirected Craig Switzer’s (Peachland, B.C.) pass from the right point into the net at 2:44. On a delayed penalty against New Brunswick, Brad Flashains’ shot from the left point was deflected to Andrew Leach in the low slot, and he shot the puck into an open net to give UNH a 3-1 lead at 7:10. Jacob Micflikier scored the Wildcats’ second power-play goal of the game 1:23 later when he redirected a pass from Brian Yandle from the top of the crease under the crossbar. Winnik upped the advantage to 5-1 at 15:27 with the assistance of Brett Hemingway; two assists and Micflikier and Mike Radja capped the scoring with 21 seconds remaining on a breakaway goal set up by Flashains.

DID YOU KNOW?: Coach Umile needs only one victory to become to ninth active head coach with 400 career coaching victories... The last coach to reach the 400 win mark was UNH alum Joe Marsh.

LAST TIME OUT: Ryan Jones recorded a goal and an assist and Jeff Zatkoff recorded 43 saves to lead 13th-ranked Miami University hockey team to a 2-1 victory against fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire in an NCAA first round game of the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena.UNH, the 2007 Hockey East regular-season champions who earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships, ends the season at 26-11-2. Trailing 2-0 midway through the third period, UNH pulled within 2-1 on Mike Radja’s shorthanded tally at 15:15. Craig Swizter’s pass through the neutral zone sent Radja into the offensive zone against two defenders. From the slot, he pushed the puck forward, shifted to the right to elude the defense and lunged forward to chip a shot over a charging Zatkoff into the net.

CAPTAIN FORNATARO: Senior forward Matt Fornataro is the 102nd captain in the history of UNH hockey. Fornataro, who was named a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, had a breakout season in his junior campaign with a career-high 40 points (13g, 27a) playing in all 39 games for the ‘Cats. He ranked tied for third on the team in goals and his point total was 10th best among Hockey East players. He posted 30 points in league play to rank fourth among conference skaters. Forntaro ranks fifth on Hockey’s East active scoring leaderboard with 72 points (26g, 46a).

HAPPY TO ASSIST: The 2007-08 version of the Wildcats men’s hockey team will boast four assistant captains. Seniors Mike Radja, Craig Switzer, Kevin Regan and Brad Flaishans.

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 at the league’s annual media day at Banners Restaurant at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Wildcats garnered 84 points in the poll and five first-place votes, which was good enough for a first-place tie with Boston College. After being selected fourth in the preseason last year, UNH captured the regular-season title by posting an 18-7-2 record in league play. UNH finished the 06-07 season with a 26-11-2 overall record, which helped the ‘Cats qualify for the NCAA tournament for the sixth-straight season.

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  

HOCKEY EAST STANDINGS:
        Conference        Overall
    Team    GP    W-L-T    Pts.    W-L-T
1.    Boston College    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Boston U.    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Maine    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Massachusetts    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Mass-Lowell    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Merrimack    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Northeastern    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    New Hampshire    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Providence    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
    Vermont    0    0-0-0    0    0-0-0
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    HE games     Overall
Goals/per game     0.00    0.00
GAA     0.00    0.00
Power Play     0.0%    0.0%
Penalty Kill     0.0%    0.0%

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH finished its 12th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2006-07 posting a final record of 12-5-1 record at Towse Rink this season..UNH owns a 156-44-18 all-time record in 12 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 141 sellouts during that time in 219 all-time games.

SCORING BY CLASS: This incoming senior class accounted for 41.9% of the Wildcat scoring this last season, while the junior class was responsible for 33.0% of the scoring in 06-07.
Class                G-A-P        Pct.
Seniors:    78-78-156    41.9%
Juniors:    50-73-123    33.0%
Sophomores:    11-10-21    21.7%

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Oct. 8)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1.    North Dakota (34)    510    1    0-0-0    2
2.    Boston College     505    3    0-0-0    2
3.    Michigan State    294    2    0-0-0    2
4.     Miami (Ohio)    243    5    0-0-0    2
5.    New Hampshire    119    6    0-0-0    2
6.    Minnesota    295    4    0-0-0    2
7.    Notre Dame    287    8    0-0-0    2
8.    Boston U.    340    9    0-0-0    2
9.    Michigan    383    10    0-0-0    2
10.    Denver    122    12    0-0-0    2
11.    Colorado College    161    11    0-0-0    2
12.    St. Lawrence    132    NR    1-0-0    1
13.    Clarkson    129    7    0-1-0    2
14.    Wisconsin    450    14    0-0-0    2
15.    Maine    385    13    0-0-0    2

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (Oct. 1)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    06-07 Record    Pts    LW
1    North Dakota(13)    24-14-5        545    6
2    Boston College( 3)    29-12-1        519    4
3    Michigan State(11)    26-13-3        513    10
4    Miami( 1)    24-14-4        471    13
5    Minnesota( 1)    31-10-3        470    2
6    New Hampshire    26-11-2    454    5
7    Clarkson    25- 9-5            396    3
8    Notre Dame    32- 7-3            358    1
9    Boston University    20-10-9        332    9
10    Michigan    26-14-1        296    8
11    Colorado College    18-17-4        277    20
12    Maine    23-15-2        234    14
13    Denver    21-15-4        232    15
14    Quinnipiac    21-14-5        196    16
15    Wisconsin    19-18-4        181    17
16    St. Lawrence    23-14-2        159    11
17    St. Cloud State    22-11-7        90    NR
18    Cornell    14-13-4        85    NR
19    Ohio State    15-17-5        51    NR
20    Vermont    18-16-5        46    NR

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    -

THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, 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 a 18-7-2 mark in conference play.

FORWARD THINKING:  The Wildcats have a very strong core of returning forwards led by seniors Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta), who is the 102nd captain in the history of Wildcat hockey, and senior Mike Radja, who is the top returning goal scorer from the 2006-2007 season.

Fornataro, who was named a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, had a breakout season in his junior campaign with a career-high 40 points (13g, 27a) playing in all 39 games for the ‘Cats. He ranked tied for third on the team in goals and his point total was 10th best among Hockey East players. He posted 30 points in league play to rank fourth among conference skaters. Forntaro ranks fifth on Hockey’s East active scoring leaderboard with 72 points (26g, 46a).

Radja also enjoyed his finest season as a Wildcat last year posting a career-high 37 points (19g, 18a), which ranked fourth on the Wildcats’ roster and his 19 goals ranked second only to former Wildcat Trevor Smith, who amassed 21 goals. Radja was also a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention selection and was Hockey East Player of the Month in December. He returns for his senior season as UNH’s active leading career scorer with 74 points (35g, 39a) in 113 career games for the Wildcats and the third leading active scorer in the Hockey East conference.

Juniors Jerry Pollastrone, Greg Collins and Thomas Fortney will have increased roles in UNH’s offense with the departure of five key letterwinners up front.

Pollastrone also made significant contributions last year with a career season of 31 points (9g, 22a) skating on UNH’s second line with Fornataro and Smith. Collins, who was named the Warren Brown Award winner at the annual team banquet as the ‘Cats best defensive forward, played in 33 games last year registering a career-high 11 points (4g, 7a). Fortney was a constant for UNH as the third line center posting 13 points (6g, 7a) and was one of 10 Wildcats who played in all 39 games in 2006-2007.

Sophomores Bobby Butler, Peter LeBlanc and Danny Rossman all gained valuable experience as freshmen and will have an increased role for the upcoming season. Butler was UNH’s leading rookie scorer with 12 points (9g, 3a) and he was a big factor during the Hockey East playoffs posting four points (3g, 1a) in four games, which included the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat nationally ranked Massachusetts in the Hockey East semifinals on March 16th at the TD Banknorth Garden. Butler scored a goal in his first collegiate game on Oct. 20, 2006 at Colorado College. LeBlanc had five points in his first season in Durham and was the only Wildcat rookie to play in all 39 games in 06-07. Rossman saw playing time in 19 games as a freshman and he scored a huge game-tying tally in the Hockey East semifinal against Massachusetts. Rossman amassed four points (1g, 3a) in his opening season in Durham.

The Wildcats will welcome seven freshmen forwards to the Wildcat lineup headlined by 2007 NHL Draft picks James vanRiemsdyk and Phil DeSimone. Matt Campanale, Danny Dries, Greg Manz, Mike Sislo and Danny Vranek will add depth to the position for the upcoming season.

vanRiemsdyk was the second overall selection in the June draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. He has skated the last two seasons for the United States National Program. He led the US Under-18 Team in scoring this season with 63 points (33g, 30a) in 42 games. vanRiemsdyk was a member of the gold medal winning team of the World Under-18 Championships in 05-06. DeSimone 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.

GETTING DEFENSIVE:   On the blueline, the Wildcats’ defense will be anchored by senior assistant captains Brad Flaishans and Craig Switzer. In addition to bringing his physical presence on the ice for the Wildcats, Flaishans brings a wealth of experience as he appeared in all 39 games for the Wildcats in his junior year recording a career-high 23 points (4g, 19a), to rank as UNH’s leading scorer on the blueline. He was one of four Wildcats named to the Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention Team in the conference. Switzer played in all 39 games in his junior season recording a career-high 17 points (3g, 14a) as the ‘Cats third leading blueline scorer and a team best +21 plus/minus rating. His 14 assists ranked second best among Wildcat defensemen.

Juniors Joe Charlebois and Jamie Fritsch solidified their spots on the Wildcat blueline as the pair both played in all 39 games last season. Charlebois tallied four points in his sophomore season with a +10 plus/minus rating, which was the fifth best total among Wildcat defensemen, while Fritsch recorded a career-high 11 points (2g, 9a), which was the fourth best point total among UNH blueliners. Fellow junior Kevin Kapstad played in all but one game a year ago for UNH, tallying a career-high six points (4g, 2a). Also adding depth in defense will be sophomore Nick Krates, who made his collegiate debut against St. Lawrence of Dec. 8.

The freshman blueliners include Mike Beck and Matt Campanale. Beck played the last four seasons in the United States Hockey League, including the last two seasons for the Sioux City Musketeers for coach Dave Siciliano. Last season, Beck recorded 41 points (7g, 34a) in 56 games as the fifth leading defensive scorer in the league. His +19 plus/minus rating was a team best among defensemen and he was named Sioux City’s Defensive Player of the Year in 06-07. Campanale skated the last two seasons for the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). He played in 43 games posting 33 points (8g, 25a) as the Glades leading defensive scorer last season and ranked fourth among league blueliners in scoring. Campanale was an EJHL First-Team All-Star selection in 2006-2007.

NET RESULTS: Senior Kevin Regan played in 35 games in his third season in Durham and his first year as a full-time starter with the Wildcats. Regan had his finest season as a Wildcat posting a 24-9-2 record with a 2.06 GAA, a school record .935 save percentage and three shutouts. Regan led the nation in save percentage and his goals-against-average was fifth best in the country. He also ranked fifth in the nation with a .714 winning percentage to go along with 24 wins, which was fifth best among Division I goaltenders. He had back-to back 40-save shutout efforts of Providence in the Hockey East quarterfinal series on March 8 and 9 at the Whittemore Center. He went on to break the Hockey East Tournament record held by Providence College netminder Chris Terreri posting 158 saves in four tounament games in March. Regan needs 12 wins to break Mike Ayers’ school record of 58 wins and he currently holds the school record for career save percentage. Regan ranked first in the league in save percentage and his GAA was third best among conference goalies.

Backing up Regan once again will be sophomore netminder Brian Foster. Foster played in seven games allowing just 11 goals in over 298 minutes of action. He posted a 2.11 GAA, .933 save percentage and was 2-2-0 overall. Prior to coming to UNH, Foster was in net for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. He played in 26 contests and posted a 12-9-3 record with a 2.81 GAA and a .903 save percentage, helping guide the team to the 2006 Clark Cup Championship. Foster was a fifth round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2005 NHL Draft.

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.

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
OCT. 26    COLORADO COLLEGE    NHPTV
OCT. 27    COLORADO COLLEGE    NHPTV
NOV. 3    NORTHEASTERN    NHPTV
NOV. 9    UMASS-LOWELL    NHPTV
NOV. 10    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV
Nov. 17    @ Providence    cox-tv
DEC. 16    MAINE (4 P.M.)    ESPNU
JAN. 6    ST. LAWRENCE (2 P.M.)    NHPTV
JAN. 11    @ MASSACHUSETTS (7:30)    NESN
JAN. 12    MASSACHUSETTS     NHPTV
JAN. 19    DARTMOUTH
    @ VERIZON WIR. ARENA    WMUR-TV
JAN. 26    @ BOSTON UNIVERSITY (7:30)    NESN
FEB. 1    @ VERMONT (8 P.M.)    CSTV
Feb. 8    @ Maine     WABI
Feb. 9    @ Maine    WABI
FEB. 16    PROVIDENCE    NHPTV
FEB. 22    @ BOSTON COLLEGE (7:30)    NESN
FEB. 23    BOSTON COLLEGE    NHPTV
March 7    vermont (8 p.m.)    CSTV
MARCH 8    VERMONT    NHPTV/CN8

‘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 SELECTED IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE NHL DRAFT BY THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS: 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.

vanRIEMSDYK SELECTED SECOND OVERALL BY THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: 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 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 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 Michael 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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