SIXTH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY CONCLUDES HOME-AND-HOME WITH NO. 9 NORTHEASTERN

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team enters a home-and-home series with ninth-ranked Northeastern University. Friday's game will be televised on CN8 with Greg Madden, Bob Norton and Kevin Winter calling all the action. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast on the UNH Sports Radio Network (UNHSN) with live audio and live stats at www.unhwildcats.com and  will be streamed live on the internet at www.unhwildcats.tv. The teams will meet again on Saturday at Matthews Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern, which is ranked ninth in the latest USCHO poll, is 5-0-1 overall and a perfect 4-0-0 in Hockey East play through four games....At 5-0-1, Northeastern is off to the second-best start in team history, trailing only a 12-0-0 start in 1980-81. NU’s 4-0-0 Hockey East start is the team’s best since league play began in 1984-85...Northeastern swept a weekend series at Maine’s Alfond Arena for the first time since Jan. 28-29, 1994, last weekend... The Huskies are led by netminder Brad Thiessen, who set the NU record with his eighth career shutout Friday at Maine. His 32 wins are tied for third all-time at NU and he is the career leader in GAA (2.46) and save percentage (.920).

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN: UNH owns an 83-56-10 all-time record against Northeastern in 149 meetings in the series history between the two teams...The Wildcats had a 19-game unbeaten streak (16-0-3) against the Huskies that was snapped with back-to-back wins by the Huskies over the ‘Cats at Whittemore Center last season... NU was the only team in Hockey East to win last year’s season series with UNH... Coach Umile owns a 38-14-8 record all-time against Northeastern...UNH is 33-31-5 all-time at Matthews Arena...The Wildcats have won the last seven meetings at Matthews Arena by a combined score of 34-14,  including a 7-4 win last year...Senior forward Jerry Pollastrone (2g, 5a) is the Wildcats’ leading career scorer vs. NU, while junior netminder Brian Foster has never played against Northeastern.

LAST TIME OUT (10/26/08 AT ST. LAWRENCE):
Zach Miskovic scored a pair of goals to help St. Lawrence University capture a 4-1 win Sunday night at Appleton Arena. UNH netminder Brian Foster stopped 31 shots, including 14 and 12, respectively, in the first and second stanzas. St. Lawrence goalie Alex Petizian turned away 28 shots, 10 each in the first two periods.

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (11/16/07 at Whittemore Center):
Brad Thiessen made 37 saves to backbone Northeastern to a 4-1 Hockey East victory against sixth-ranked UNH at the Whittemore Center. Peter LeBlanc scored the Wildcats’ lone goal (the game’s first goal).

van RIEMSDYK PROVIDING WILDCAT SPARK:
James van Riemsdyk has scored in two straight games (1-1-2) and tallied a point in 10 of the last 12 games (4-12-16) dating back to Feb. 22 at BC.
0-1-1 at SLU (10/26)
1-0-1 vs. UMass (10/24)
1-1-2 vs. BU (10/19)
0-0-0 vs. RPI (10/17)
1-0-1 vs. Wisconsin (10/11)
0-3-3 vs. Notre Dame (3/28)
0-2-2 vs. Boston College (3/21)
0-2-2 vs. UMass (3/15)
0-1-1 vs. UMass (3/14)
0-0-0 vs. Merrimack (3/1)
0-1-1 at Merrimack (2/29)
1-0-1 vs. Boston College (2/23)
0-1-1 at Boston College (2/22)
TOTAL: 4-12-16 (1.33 PPG)

DRIES LIGHTS THE LAMP FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON:
Danny Dries potted his first goal of the season Sunday night... He has three points (1g, 2a) in three games played.

FOSTER UNDER FIRE:
Brian Foster has stopped 30-plus shots on four occasions this season, including both games last weekend. The only game in which Foster recorded less than 30 saves was a 1-0 shutout of Rensselaer when he stopped all 17 shots he faced.

‘CATS CONTINUE SUCCESS OVER THE MINUTEMEN:
UNH is 4-0-1 in its last five against UMass.

PRODUCTIVITY LINE:
The line of Phil DeSimone, James van Riemsdyk and Mike Sislo has accounted for six of UNH’s 11 goals this season for 54.5 percent of the goal scoring.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP FOR WILDCATS:

A breakdown of scoring for UNH’s sophomore forwards that have played in all five games.
Player    G-A-P
van Riemsdyk    3-2-5
Dries        1-2-3
DeSimone    1-1-2
Sislo        1-0-1

HUSKIES HAD ‘CATS’ NUMBER IN 2007-08:
  While  UNH captured a program-record 19 wins in Hockey East and won seven straight season series in HE to end last year, Northeastern won last year’s series by winning the back end of a home-and-home at the Whitt and a single game at the Whitt just two weeks later. The Huskies accounted for half of UNH’s home losses a year ago, a year in which the ‘Cats were 14-4-1 at home.

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME:
UNH is 11-1-1 in its last 13 games at Whittemore Center and are 17-4-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

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
10/27        7    6    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (October 27)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1      Colorado College, 505 (30)      1    4-0-2    5
2     Boston College, 457 (3)         4    3-1-0    5
3     Boston University, 419         7    4-1-0    5
4     Denver, 414         2    4-1-0    5
5     Minnesota, 371 (1)         6    3-0-1    5
6     Miami (Ohio) University, 321     10    3-1-2    5
7     New Hampshire, 320         3    3-1-1    5
8     Michigan, 269         5    4-2-0    5
9     Northeastern University, 236     11    5-0-1    2
10     Princeton University, 202     9    0-0-0    4
11     Minnesota State, 135         13    3-1-0    3
12     Michigan State, 128         14    3-2-1    5
13     Notre Dame, 78         8    2-3-0    5
14     Clarkson University, 70         NR    1-1-2    4
15     Vermont, 67        12    2-1-1    2

USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (October 27)
Rk.  Team       (First Place)        Record     Pts    LW

1 Colorado College (37)            4-0-2        976    1
2 Boston College (7)            3-1-0    914    3
3 Boston University (1)            4-1-0    872    6
4 Denver (3)            4-1-0    860    2
5 Minnesota (2)            3-0-1    808    7
6 New Hampshire            3-1-1    694    4
7 Miami            3-1-2    693    10
8 Michigan            4-2-0    634    5
9 Northeastern            5-0-1    550    14
10 Princeton            0-0-0    510    9
11 Michigan State            3-2-1    432    12
12 Minnesota State            3-1-0    391    13
13 Notre Dame            2-3-0    385    8
14 Vermont            2-1-1    330    11
15 Clarkson            1-1-2    283    19
16 Cornell            0-0-0    161    17
17 Air Force            6-0-0    154    NR
18 North Dakota            1-3-0    143    16
19 St. Cloud State            3-3-0    138    15
20 Harvard            0-0-0    109    20

OTHER RANKINGS:

Inside College Hockey Power Rankings: 6th

FRIDAY ON CN8:
Friday’s game against Northeastern will air on CN8. Greg Madden will handle the play-by-play for TV and former UNH assistant coach and long-time color man Bob Norton will be the color analyst with Kevin Winter also reporting.

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

Brian Foster, UNH (Jr, G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 69 shots including a season-high 38 to preserve a 1-1 tie with Massachusetts on Friday.
James van Riemsdyk, UNH (Fr., F, Middletown, N.J.) Potted UNH’s only goal, a short-handed goal in a 1-1 tie with Massachusetts.

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), are now on sale. 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 (10/27):
Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual        Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Goals Per Game: 
James van Riemsdyk           44th    0.60 gpg
Assists Per Game: 
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk        19th    2 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
James van Riemsdyk        3rd    1 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Defensemen Scoring: 
Kevin Kapstad        43rd    .40 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster        11th    1.39
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster        5th    .955
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster        20th    .70
Team
Scoring Offense        43rd    2.00 gpg
Scoring Defense        6th    1.40 gapg
Scoring Margin        22nd    +.60
Winning  Percentage        12th    .700
Power Play        46th    7.9
Penalty Kill        14th    90.0
Combined Special Teams        29th    50.0
Team Winning Percentage        12th    .700

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (10/27):
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game    2.00/8th    3.00/7th
GAA    1.39/5th    .96/2nd
Power Play    7.9/5th    15.4/6th
Penalty Kill    90.0/1st    86.7/5th
Special Teams Net    +3/7th    +2/5th
1st Period Scoring    2/7th    2/5th
2nd Period Scoring    6/7th    1/5th
3rd Period Scoring    2/7th    0/5th

SCORING BY CLASS:
2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    Pct.
Seniors:    1-4-5    22%
Juniors:    2-2-4    17%
Sophomores:    6-5-11    48%
Freshmen:    1-2-3    13%

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 3-0-1 at Towse Rink...UNH owns a 173-48-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 157 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)
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: Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Nathan Martz: Alba Volan Szekeshfehervar (Austria)
Jacob Micflikier: Rochester Americans (AHL)
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. Dan Parkhurst will once again be handling the majority of the play-by-play, while Pete Webster will be doing the color commentating. Webster has been anouncing Wildcat hockey for 15 years since the 1993-94 season.

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 12 games broadcast live on TV in 2008-09...NESN will air four games, while three will air on CN8 and ESPNU, 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    L, 1-4
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. 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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