DURHAM, N.H. — The seventh-ranked Wildcats (15-7-1, 11-4-1 HE) travels to Hockey East foe Vermont  (6-9-7, 5-5-5) for a single game on Friday night. Puck drops at 8 p.m. at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast live on CSTV. In addition, the game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio and live stats at as well as live video at

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: Vermont enters the weekend with a 6-9-7 overall record and a 5-5-5 record in Hockey East...The Catamounts currently own a season-best four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2)... This past weekend, UVM captured a win and a tie against UMass... On Friday night, the Catamounts built a 5-3 lead and held on for a 5-4 win and on Saturday night senior goalie Joe Fallon made 31 saves in a 2-2 tie against the Minutemen. Fallon  hasn’t allowed an even strength goal since Jan. 11. Forwards Dean Strong and Colin Vock pace the Vermont offense. Strong has 18 points (4g, 14a), while Vock has 17 points (5g, 12a). Through 17 games in net, Fallon is 4-8-5 with a .307 GAA and a .894 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VERMONT: The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 62-14-3 in 79 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963...In the first six meetings of between the two teams with Vermont as a member of Hockey East, the Wildcats are 4-0-2 against the Catamounts, including a season sweep last year... UNH owns a 29-9-1 all-time record vs. the Catamounts at Gutterson Field House and Coach Umile in his 16-year coaching career has registered a 18-4-2 mark against Vermont in 22 meetings...Overall, the Wildcats are 12-1-1 in the last 15 meetings with Vermont. Jerry Pollastrone is the leading active scorer against Vermont with six points (1g, 5a) in six games, while Kevin Regan is 4-0-2 with a 1.50 GAA and a .940 save percentage in six career starts vs. Vermont.

Player    GP    G-A-P   
Jerry Pollastrone    6    1-5-6
Matt Fornataro    6    1-4-5
Craig Switzer    7    0-4-4
Mike Radja    5    3-0-3
Jamie Fritsch    6    0-2-2
Kevin Kapstad    3    1-0-1   
Brad Flaishans    7    0-1-1   
Greg Collins    6    1-0-1
Thomas Fortney    6    0-1-1
Joe Charlebois    4    0-0-0
Bobby Butler    3    0-0-0
Peter LeBlanc    3    0-1-1
Danny Rossman    2    0-1-1
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Regan    6/358:02    9    1.50    4-0-2    141    .940
Foster    1/11:58    0    0.00    0-0-0    2    1.000
Regan Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12/2/05        65:00    T    31    3    34
1/6/06        60:00    W    27    1    28
1/7/06        65:00    T    19    2    21
12/3/06        60:00    W    22    1    23
1/5/07        48:02    W    8    1    9
1/6/07        60:00    W    34    1    35
Totals        358:02    4-0-2    141    9    150
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1/5/07        11:58    N/D    2    0    2
Totals        11:58    0-0-0    2    0    2

Kevin Regan was named Pure Hockey Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, for the fourth time this season. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon by the league office. Regan continues to excel in Hockey East earning his fifth- and sixth-straight wins against league foes with this weekend’s sweep of Boston University. Regan surpassed Mike Ayers as the all-time wins leader capturing his 59th win on Friday night. Regan recorded 28 saves, including 14 in the scoreless first period. He stopped 26 shots en route to Saturday night’s Hockey East victory as he improves to 13-5-0 overall. Regan ranks first in goals against average (2.09), save percentage (.932) and win percentage (.769) in Hockey East play.

FORNATARO JOINS CENTURY CLUB: With four points this weekend, Matt Fornataro became the 66th Wildcat to notch 100 career points. The last UNH player to record 100 points was Brett Hemingway, who earned his 100th on March 9, 2006.

REGAN PASSES AYERS TO BECOME WINNINGEST GOALIE AT UNH: Regan continues to excel in Hockey East play capturing five-straight in league play. With his win on Friday, he passed Mike Ayers as the program’s all-time wins leader with 59.  He moved past former Wildcat and current Pittsburgh Penguin Ty Conklin, who had 57 wins during his time in Durham. Regan added this 60th win on Saturday night.

HOCKEY EAST STREAKING: The Wildcats have won six-straight in Hockey East play. There last Hockey East loss came on Dec. 8 at UMass.

RADJA CLOSES IN ON A PAIR OF MILESTONES:  Mike Radja is just two goals away from 50 for his career. Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway were the last two players to earn this milestone. In addition, Radja sits just three points shy of joining teammate and linemate Matt Fornataro in the century club. Radja is looking to become the 67th member in program history and first since Fornataro.

OFFENSIVELY DEFENSIVE: Defensemen Kevin Kapstad and Craig Switzer have been on fire offensively for the Wildcats. The pair have combined for six goals and five assists in the last six games.Kapstad owns a four-game scoring streak with three goals and an assist in the last four games. He had no goals this season prior to his three game streak. Switzer has a three game scoring streak and tallied a goal in three of his last six.

FIRST-EVER SWEEP OF BU: UNH earned its first-ever swept of BU since the formation of Hockey East. Its last season sweep of the Terriers came in in the 1981-82 season, a two-game sweep.

HOME SWEET HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Wildcats improved to 4-0-2 at Agganis Arena since it open a few years ago.

UNFRIENDLY WELCOME TO CATAMOUNTS: Since Vermont joined Hockey East in 2005-06, the Wildcats are 4-0-2 against the Catamounts, including a season sweep last year.

PRODUCING ON THE POWER PLAY: UNH has scored at least one power-play goal in each of the last four games. Overall, the Wildcats have potted five power-play goals in the last four games.

WILDCATS POSTING BEST THIRD PERIOD PRODUCTION: UNH has a league-best 36 third-period goals this season. The next closest is Boston University with 27.

UNH FIRST TWO DOUBLE DIGITS FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT YEAR: UNH was the first team to double digit wins in Hockey East play for the second-straight season. The Wildcats have three more wins then their nearest competition with a game in hand on several league teams.

‘CATS GETTING DEFENSIVE IN LEAGUE PLAY: UNH boasts the best goals-against-average in Hockey East play this season. The Wildcats are allowing just 2.36 goals per game in Hockey East contests.

REGAN REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: UNH has a rich goaltending tradition with greats such as Ty Conklin, Mike Ayers, Greg Moffett and Cap Raeder. However, Kevin Regan has been climbing the charts in every goaltending category and will leave as perhaps the best of the bunch. Recently becoming the all-time saves and wins leader, below is where Regan ranks in major netminding categories :

(50 or more games)
        Player    Years    Games    Average
    1.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    93    2.18
    2.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    98    2.33
    3.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    2.46
        Player    Years    Games    Saves
    1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    98    2,785
    2.    Greg Moffett    1977-81    101    2,602
    3.    Mike Ayers    2000-04    101    2,532       
        Player    Years    Games     Save%
     1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    98    .926
    2.    Jeff Pietrasiak    2002-06    55    .917
    3.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    93    .915

        Player     Years    Games Played
    1.    Mike Ayers    2000-04    101
    2.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    98
        Ty Conklin    1998-01    93

        Player     Years    Wins
1.    Kevin Regan    2005-present    60
2.    Mike Ayers    2000-04    58
    3.    Ty Conklin    1998-01    57

COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU: The Wildcats are 9-4-1 in television games this season. They have outscored their opponents 53-40 in these 14 games.

WELL-BALANCED WINNING:  With the wins over UMass, the Wildcats have a win over every HE foe they’ve played this season. Eleven league wins over eight different teams, UNH has yet to play Vermont in league play.

FORNATARO FOURTH NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS: Senior captain Matt Fornataro ranks fourth nationally in assists with 0.91 apg.

vanRIEMSDYK RANKS THIRD IN ROOKIE SCORING: Freshman James vanRiemsdyk ranks third nationally in rookie scoring with 1.22 ppg.

RADJA RANKS SIXTH IN GAME WINNERS: Senior Mike Radja is tied for sixth nationally with four game-winning goals this season.

‘CATS RANK FOURTH IN NATION OFFENSIVELY: The Wildcats are currently ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense with 3.52 goals per game.

Finishing Strong:  UNH is 7-1-0 when leading after two periods and 5-0-1 when tied after two.

A TWO POINT MINIMUM: UNH has tallied at least two points in all but one Hockey East weekend this season.

Nationally ranked opponents: The Wildcats are 7-2-0 when playing a nationally-ranked opponent compared to just 6-5-1 against unranked foes.

vanRIEMSDYK FINISHES AS LEADING SCORER AT JUNIOR NATIONALS: James vanRiemsdyk finished the 2008 Junior Nationals as the tournament’s leading scorer. vanRiemsdyk had 11 points (5-6-11), leading Team USA to a fourth-place finish and a 4-2 record.vanRiemsdyk scored a goal in five of Team USA’s six games during the tournament. vanRiemsdyk was named one of Team USA’s best three players in the tournament along with Boston University’s Colin Wilson and Michigan’s Chris Summers. Last year, he led the US Under-18 team in scoring and led the squad to a gold medal at the U-18 Championships in 2005-06. vanRiemsdyk was selected as the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft. vanRiemsdyk will rejoin the Wildcats this week in practice and should be available for the Wildcats’ Hockey East match up at Massachusetts on Friday night in Amherst.

Wildcat award winners: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
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    October
Paul Thompson    HE Rookie of the Week    11-19-07
Paul Thompson    HE Rookie of the Month    November
Matt Fornataro    Lowe’s Senior CLASS Nominee   
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week    12-17-07
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week    1-7-08
James vanRiemsdyk    HE Rookie of the Week    1-14-08
TEAM    CHN Team of the Week    1-16-08
Kevin Regan    HE Def. Player of the Week    1-28-08

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Matt Fornataro    13th    1.26 ppg
James vanRiemsdyk    15th    1.22 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Radja    13th    0.62 gpg
James vanRiemsdyk    23rd    0.56 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Matt Fornataro    4th    0.91 apg
Game-Winning Goals:
Mike Radja    6th    4 gwg   
Defensemen Scoring:
Craig Switzer    18th    0.65 ppg
Brad Flaishans    25th    0.61 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
James vanRiemsdyk    3rd    1.22 ppg   
Goals Against Average:
Kevin Regan    28th    2.45
Save Percentage:
Kevin Regan    19th    .921
Winning Percentage:
Kevin Regan    5th    .722
Winnning Percentage    7th    .674 (15-7-1)
Scoring Offense    4th    3.52 gpg
Scoring Margin    9th    +0.78   

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 163-47-19 all-time record in 13 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 148 sellouts during that time.

    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     3.52/2nd    3.19/4th
GAA     2.74/5th    2.38/1st
Power Play    17.1/5th    13.3/89th
Penalty Kill    84.6/5th    85.2/3rd
Special Teams Net    0/5th    -4/8th
1st Period Scoring    19/3rd    14/4th
2nd Period Scoring    25/6th    18/4th
3rd Period Scoring    36/1st    18/2nd

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
12/3        8        7    3rd
12/10    10        10    5th
12/17    10        t-9    t-1st
12/24    no poll        no poll    t-1st
12/31    7        no poll    t-1st
1/7        8        8    t-1st
1/15        5        5    1st
1/21        7        7    t-1st
1/28        7        7    1st

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 28)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (34)     510    2    25-3-0    16
2    Michigan     442    1    22-3-1    16
3    North Dakota    420    4    16-8-1    16
4    Michigan State    410    5    17-5-5    16
5    Denver    392    6    18-6-0    16
6    Colorado College    341    3    18-7-0    16
7    New Hampshire    310    7    15-7-1    16
8    Notre Dame    261    9    20-9-1    16
9    Boston College    254    8    12-5-7    14
10    Clarkson University    218    10    15-7-2    16
11    Wisconsin    149    NR    11-10-5    13
12    Minnesota-Duluth    122    NR    10-8-6    7
13    Providence    80    NR    11-9-2    1
14    Northeastern    71    11    11-8-3    8
15    Minnesota    18    NR    12-11-5    12 Division I Men’s Poll (Jan. 28)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
 1    Miami (49)    25-3-0    999    2
 2     Michigan (1)    22-3-1    915    1
 3     North Dakota    16-8-1    854    4
 4    Denver    18-6-0    839    5
 5     Michigan State    17-5-5    819    6
 6    Colorado College    18-7-1    757    3
 7    New Hampshire    15-7-1    724    7
 8     Notre Dame     20-9-1    631    9
 9     Boston College    12-5-7    616    8
10     Clarkson    15-7-2    568    10
11     Wisconsin    11-10-5    425    16
12     Minnesota-Duluth    10-8-6    359    19
13     Northeastern    11-8-3    337    11
14    Providence    11-9-2    282    NR
15     Massachusetts    9-8-6    231    14
16     Mass.-Lowell    11-8-4    195    15
16     Quinnipiac    14-7-3    195    12
18     Minnesota    12-11-5    181    17
19     Princeton    10-8-0     125     18
20     St. Cloud State    11-12-3    120    13

FORNATARO NAMED NOMINEE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Matt Fornataro was one of twenty collegiate hockey players, who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service, and were  announced today as the official candidates for the men’s hockey division of the 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.  Fornataro, who was one of two Hockey East players selected, is currently the team’s leading scorer and garnered Hockey East Player of the Month for October. In addition, the senior forward is quickly approaching the 100-point mark for his career. The award – presented annually to the NCAA  Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports – focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. 

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.

‘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.

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 22 games broadcast live on TV in 2007-08...NHPTV will once again provide the 10-game package, while NESN will air three games, CSTV, WABI and FSSN 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    W, 2-0
Dec. 28    @North dakota    FSSN    L, 1-3
dec. 29    @north dakota    fssn    W, 7-4
JAN. 6    ST. LAWRENCE     NHPTV    L, 5-6
JAN. 11    @ MASSACHUSETTS    NESN    W, 3-2
JAN. 12    MASSACHUSETTS     NHPTV    W, 5-3
JAN. 19    DARTMOUTH         L, 3-5
JAN. 26    @ BOSTON UNIVERSITY     NESN    W, 5-3
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 IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Mike Ayers: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Derek Bekar:  Jesenice (Aust)
Eric Boguniecki:  Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Preston Callander:  Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Josh Ciocco: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Sean Collins:  Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Lanny Gare:  Lausitzer Foxes (2.GBun)
Darren Haydar: Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)/Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway:Reading Royals (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Anaheim Ducks (NHL) SC Bern (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Texas Wildcatters (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
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: Augusta Lynx (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
    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 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

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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