THIRD-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY TRAVELS TO ST. LAWRENCE (ESPNU)

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DURHAM, N.H. --
The third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team will travel to ECAC foe St. Lawrence (2-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) on Sunday night (7:30 p.m.) for a nationally televised game on ESPNU with Dan Parkhurst and Ken Hodge Jr. calling all the action. The game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio at www.unhwildcats.com.

SCOUTING THE SAINTS: St. Lawrence enters Sunday’s game 2-2 overall... The Saints opened the year with a pair of hard-fought losses at No. 2 Michigan (4-3, 5-3) and bounced back with road wins over Niagara (5-1) and RIT (2-1). Sunday will be the home opener for the Saints.  Junior netminder Alex Petizian was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week. He stopped 22 shots in a win over Niagara and 28 in SLU’s 201 win over RIT.

SERIES HISTORY VS. ST. LAWRENCE:
The Wildcats and Saints have met 46 times in the all-time history and UNH holds the advantage at 31-14-1, which dates back to Jan. 31, 1964...The Wildcats have played SLU in each of the last seven seasons; including the last meeting on Jan. 6, 2008, a 6-5 SLU come-from-behind win at the Whittemore Center...They have met eight times in the last seven years with UNH holding a 5-3-0 edge...Coach Umile owns a 12-4-0 lifetime record against St. Lawrence and the ‘Cats have a  6-2-0 all-time vs. the Saints at Towse Rink...UNH has scored 16 goals in the last four wins against SLU, including a 6-3 win on Dec. 4, 2004 at the Whittemore Center...Bobby Butler, Danny Dries and Phil DeSimone have all tallied two points against the Saints... Junior netminder Brian Foster shutout the Saints stopping 29 shots in a 2-0 win... However, last year St. Lawrence scored four in the third to defeat Foster and escape Durham with a 6-5 win.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE SAINTS:
Player    GP    G-A-P   

Bobby Butler    3    2-0-2
Danny Dries    1    2-0-2
Phil DeSimone    1    0-2-2
Joe Charlebois    3    1-0-1
Thomas Fortney    3    0-1-1
Jerry Pollastrone    3    0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc    2    0-1-1
Danny Vranek    1    1-0-1
Kevin Kapstad    1    0-1-1
Greg Collins    3    0-0-0
Jamie Fritsch    3    0-0-0
Nick Krates    2    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    1    0-0-0
Mike Sislo    1    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    2/119:12    6    3.02    1-1-0    49    .891

Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Saints
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

12/8/06        60:00    W    29    0    29
1/6/08        59:12    L    20    6    26
Totals        119:12    1-1-0    49    6    55
 
WILDCATS BOAST NATION’S TOP DEFENSE: 
The Wildcats own the nation’s top defense, allowing 0.67 goals per game.

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME:
UNH is 11-1-0 in its last 12 games at Whittemore Center and are 17-4-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

AT THEIR BEST AGAINST THE BEST: SIX-STRAIGHT AGAINST TOP 5:
The Wildcats have won six straight against top-five opponents with their last loss to a top five teamcoming March 25, 2006 against No. 3 Michigan State (1-0).
10/19/08 - vs. No. 5 BU (2-1)
1/12/08 - vs. No. 5 UMass (5-3)
1/11/08 - vs. No. 5 UMass (3-2)
10/27/07 - vs. No. 4 Colorado College (4-2)
10/26/07 - vs. No. 4 Colorado College (5-3)
11/22/06 - vs. No. 4 Boston College (6-3)
11/12/06 - vs. No. 1 Maine (8-2)

FOSTER HONORED BY HOCKEY EAST & INSIDE HOCKEY
: Brian Foster was named Pure Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and Inside Hockey’s National College Player of the Week. Foster posted a pair of wins including his third career shutout against Rensselaer and a critical Hockey East win over Boston University. Foster made 47 saves on 48 shots and has allowed one goal or less in each of his starts this season. The junior netminder had 17 saves Friday and 31 on Sunday, including 17 in the second stanza, for the Wildcats. The lone goal allowed Sunday was a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Terriers. Foster ranks fourth nationally with a 0.64 GAA, fifth in save percentage (.975) and first in win percentage (1.000).

STORMING OUT OF THE GATE:
The Wildcats are 3-0-0 for the second time in as many years... Last year, the Wildcats were 4-0-0 out of the gate... The 1991-92 Wildcats opened the season 8-0-0.

FOSTER STINGY IN NET:
Brian Foster has allowed one goal or less in four straight games dating back to Feb. 29 against Merrimack.

UNH CAPTURES FOURTH-STRAIGHT WIN OVER TERRIERS:
UNH has won four straight over the Terriers for the first time since 2003.

WILDCATS AMONG NATION’S TOP PENALTY KILLS:
UNH’s penalty has killed off 15-of-16 opportunities allowing just a 5-on-3 goal to BU on Sunday. UNH’s 96.2 percent on the kill ranks fifth nationally.

KAPSTAD HAD CAREER DAY AGAINST BU:
Kevin Kapstad had a career-high two assists Sunday against BU.

WHERE IS UNH RANKED?:
Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date     USA TODAY    USCHO     HE
9/22            N/A    7    3rd (pre)
9/29            N/A    7    3rd (pre)
10/6            7    7    3rd (pre)
10/13        6    6    ---
10/20        3    4    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (October 20)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1      Colorado College, 504 (31)      3    4-0-0    4
2     Denver, 469 (1)         4    3-0-0    4
3     New Hampshire, 427 (1)     6    3-0-0    4
4     Boston College, 415 (1)         1    2-1-0    4
5     Michigan, 374         2    3-1-0    4
6     Minnesota, 326         9    2-0-0    4
7     Boston University, 319         5    3-1-0    4
8     Notre Dame, 277         8    2-1-0    4
9     Princeton, 193         12    0-0-0    3
10     Miami (Ohio), 191         7    1-1-2    4
11     Northeastern, 139         NR    3-0-1    1
12     Vermont, 125        NR    2-0-1    1
13     Minnesota State, 94         15    3-1-0    2
14     Michigan State, 87         11    2-2-0    4
15     North Dakota, 28         13    1-3-0    4

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (October 20)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

 1 Colorado College (39)           4-0-0        976     3
 2 Denver (5)               3-0-0        928     4
 3 Boston College (3)              2-1-0        868     1
 4 New Hampshire (2)           3-0-0        840     6
 5 Michigan (1)            3-1-0    810     2
 6 Boston University                  3-1-0       726     5
 7 Minnesota                          2-0-0        694     9
 8 Notre Dame                         2-1-0        693     8
 9 Princeton                              0-0-0        480    10
10 Miami                                  1-1-2        472     7
11 Vermont                            2-0-1        388    17
12 Michigan State                     2-2-0        369    11
13 Minnesota State                    3-1-0        365    15
14 Northeastern                       3-0-1        312    NR
15 St. Cloud State                    2-2-0        246    12
16 North Dakota                       1-3-0        232    13
17 Cornell                                0-0-0        197    16
18 Northern Michigan                  2-2-0        196    19
19 Clarkson                               1-1-0        184    14
20 Harvard                                0-0-0        114    18

OTHER RANKINGS:
Inside College Hockey Power Rankings: 3rd
Inside Hockey Top Ten: 2nd

SUNDAY ON ESPNU:
Sunday’s game against St. Lawrence will air on ESPNU. UNH radio play-by-play announcer Dan Parkhurst will handle the play-by-play for TV, while former NHL player Ken Hodge Jr. will be the color man.

SIX DEGREES OF UNH WILDCAT HOCKEY:

Blake Kessel, Matt DiGirolamo, Mike Borisenok and Thomas Fortney all played with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL.
Paul Thompson and Jamie Fritsch played juniors for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the EJHL.
Kevin McCarey, Joe Charlebois and James van Riemsdyk were both part of the U.S. National Team Development program.
Joe Charlebois, Mike Beck and Phil DeSimone all played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.
Mike Borisenok and Mike Sislo played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
Bobby Butler, Steve Moses and Mike Borisenok played for the Jr.  Bruins of the EJHL.
Tyler Scott, Kevin Kapstad, Jerry Pollastrone and Greg Manz all played in the NEPSAC prep school league.
Danny Dries and Greg Collins played for the Cedar Rapid Roughriders of the USHL.

WILDCATS IN SEARCH OF FIFTH STRAIGHT AGAINST MINUTEMEN:
UNH is trying to capture its fifth-straight win against Massachusetts on Sunday.

UNH’S HOCKEY EAST TOP WEEKLY PERFORMERS (AS ANNOUNCED BY LEAGUE OFFICE):

Kevin Kapstad, UNH (Sr., D, Boxboro, Mass.) Registered an assist on each goal in UNH’s 2-1 win over Boston University.
James van Riemsdyk, UNH (So., F, Middletown, N.J.) Tallied a goal and an assist in UNH’s 2-1 win over No. 5 Boston University on Sunday.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 15:
Tickets for the Northeast regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. (hosted by the University of New Hampshire), will go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern time, Oct. 15. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Verizon Wireless Arena box office, by calling (603) 868-7300 or by logging onto the internet at www.unhwildcats.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Start times for the first-round games are 1:30 and 5 p.m. Eastern time, March 28, while the regional final is 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, March 29. Tickets for the three-game package are $82. As a bonus, any person buying tickets on the first day regional tickets go on sale will have the opportunity to win two tickets to the 2009 Men’s Frozen Four in Washington, D.C. Each region will award a pair of tickets to a person who is randomly selected from people who purchased tickets through the internet, in-person or by phone.

Wildcats Among National leaders (10/21):
Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Goals Per Game:
Peter LeBlanc    47th    0.67 gpg
James van Riemsdyk    47th    0.67 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Kapstad    29th    1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk    3rd    2 ppgpg
Short-Handed Goals:
Game-Winning Goals:
Defensemen Scoring:
Kevin Kapstad    11th    1.00 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    4th    0.67
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster    5th    .975
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    1st    1.000
Team
Scoring Offense    31st    2.67 gpg
Scoring Defense    1st    0.67 gapg
Scoring Margin    5th    +2.00
Winnning Percentage    1st    1.000 (1-0-0)
Power Play    33rd    11.5
Penalty Kill    5th    96.2
Combined Special Teams    16th    53.8
Team Winning Percentage    1st    1.000

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (10/21):
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     2.67/5th    2.00/4th
GAA     0.67/1st    1.00/1st
Power Play    11.5/5th    25.0/1st
Penalty Kill    96.2/1st    88.9/2nd
Special Teams Net    +2/3rd    +1/2nd
1st Period Scoring    1/6th    1/4th
2nd Period Scoring    5/3rd    1/4th
3rd Period Scoring    2/6th    0/3rd

SCORING BY CLASS:
2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    Pct.
Seniors:    1-4-5    .263
Juniors:    2-2-4    .210
Sophomores:    4-3-7    .368
Freshmen:    1-2-3    .158

WILDCAT AWARDS:
Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award                    Date
J. van Riemsdyk    CHN’s Nat. Plys to Watch        10-4-08
Joe Charlebois    CHN’s Nat. Plys to Watch        10-4-08
Brian Foster    CHN’s Nat. Plys to Watch        10-4-08
Brian Foster    HE Def. Player of the Week        10-20-08
Brian Foster    Inside Hockey Play. of the Week        10-20-08

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL:
UNH was picked third in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced Sept. 29 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Banknorth Garden.    
2008-09 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.    Team (FPV)            Pts
1.    Boston College (6)        86
2.    Boston University (3)        80
3.    New Hampshire (1)        78
4.    Northeastern        62
5.    Vermont            58
6.    Massachusetts        48
7.    UMass-Lowell        46
8.    Providence            34
9.    Maine            28
10.    Merrimack            20

HOME SWEET HOME:
UNH is in its 14th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2008-09, posting a 3-0-0 at Towse Rink...UNH owns a 173-48-19 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 156 sellouts during that time in 240 all-time games.

THE DICK UMILE ERA:
Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 19th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He recently earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award. After signing a long-term contract in 2000, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. During his time spent at UNH, Umile has molded UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 14 NCAA tournament appearances and 18 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 18-year career in Durham. In addition, Umile has posted 16 20-victory campaigns over the span of 18 seasons, including a current streak of 12 20-win seasons and back-to-back 25-plus win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 424 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on Feb. 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks third among active NCAA coaches with a .653 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 424 victories ranks eighth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 10 times in his career, including New England honors four times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best. Last season Umile led the Wildcats to a 25-10-3 record, including a program-record 19 Hockey East wins en route to a 19-5-3 record in league play, which earned UNH the regular season title for the second season in a row.  Umile captured his 400th career victory Oct. 19, 2007 against Boston University. Umile coached four All-Americans in Kevin Regan, Mike Radja, Matt Fornataro, and Brad Flashains, which was the first time in school history that four players received that honor.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY:
  UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 18 times in the 81-year history of the program. UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances against 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, 2007 and 2008. The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979. UNH has posted 29 seasons with 20-plus wins, including the last 12 consecutive seasons.

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT:
Six current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Joe Charlebois (Chicago), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders), Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) and James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia) have all been taken.

 ‘CATS IN THE PROS:
Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Sport Vaasan Mestis(FIN)
Travis Banga: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
Derek Bekar:  Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Eric Boguniecki:  Iowa Chops (AHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
Preston Callander:  Assat Pori (FNL)
Ty Conklin: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
Lanny Gare:  Bad Nauheim EC (GerObL)
Darren Haydar: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Brett Hemingway:Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Mark Kolanos: Arizona Sun Dogs (CHL)
Jason Krog: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Alba Volan Szekeshfehervar (Austria)
Jacob Micflikier: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Portland Pirates (AHL)
Bryan Muir: Minsk Dynamo (KHL)
Eric Nickulas: Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Jeff Pietrasiak: Texas Wildcatters (ECHL)
Mike Radja: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Grenoble (FRNC)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Soundtigers (AHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Tyson Teplitsky: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Shawn Vinz: Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
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 WGIR 610AM in Manchester; WNTK 99.7 FM in New London; WCNL 1010AM in Newport; and WUVR-1490AM in Lebanon. WNTK offers streaming audio of network broadcasts at www.wntk.com.

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.

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION:
UNH will have 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2008-09...NESN will air four games, while three will air on CN8 and ESPNU. WMUR-TV will broadcast one game, while two will air on FSN-North Minnesota.

DATE    GAME    Channel    Result
OCT. 19        BOSTON U.        ESPNU    W, 2-1
OCT. 26        @ ST. Lawrence        ESPNU
Oct. 31        NORTHEASTERN       CN8
NOV. 7        @ Minnesota    Fox Sports North-MN
NOV. 8        @ Minnesota    Fox Sports North-MN
DEC. 6        UMASS-LOWELL      CN8
JAN. 4        @ Maine        ESPNU
JAN. 17        Dartmouth
        @ Verizon Wir. Arena        WMUR-TV
JAN. 23        @Boston U.         NESN
JAN. 24        BOSTON U.         CN8
FEB. 6        MAINE        NESN
FEB. 20        BOSTON COLLEGE       NESN
FEB. 28       MERRIMACK      NESN

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO:
The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile, with hosts Andy Schachat and D. Ellis  is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.), simulcasted on WGIR- 610 AM (Manchester, N.H.) and on www.wtsn1270.com from 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.

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE UNHWILDCATS.TV:
After an extremely successful first season, UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2008-09 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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