12TH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY ENTERS HOME-AND-HOME WITH PROVIDENCE

AUDIO | STATS: FRI - SAT | VIDEO: FRI - SAT | GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. -- The 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team concludes its five-game homestand as it plays host to Hockey East foe Providence College on Friday night and will wrap up the home-and-home series on Saturday night in Providence. Game time both nights is 7 p.m. and both games can be heard on the Wildcat Sports Network with live audio, live stats and live video available online at www.unhwildcats.com.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence enters this weekend’s series with New Hampshire 7-16-3 overall with a 4-12-3 mark in Hockey East, good for ninth place.  PC has been up-and-down all season, after going just 2-12-1 in its first 15 games, the Friars went on a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) including three-straight wins over UML (4-2), BU (4-2) and UMass (5-4). Since that unbeaten streak, PC is just 1-4-2 in its last seven games including back-to-back loses at UVM last weekend. Providence outshot Vermont, 30-17, including a 14-2 margin in the third period in the second game of a weekend series in Burlington. PC killed off all seven Vermont powerplay opportunities in the two-game set. The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in five consecutive games and have gone 6-for-26 (.231) on the man advantage during that span.  At least part of the Friars’ second-half success can be attributed to newcomer Alex Beaudry in net. Beaudry, who joined the team at the semester break, has played all 10 games in net since his arrival and is 4-4-2 with a 2.97 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Offensively, freshman Matt Bergland is leading with way with 23 points (7g, 16a), while senior defenseman Matt Taormina has 18 points (4g, 14a).

SERIES HISTORY VS. PROVIDENCE:
The Wildcats and Friars have met 135 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 72-50-13.Coach Umile owns a 41-21-6 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 23-3-0 all-time record in 26 meetings vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center.The Wildcats captured a 4-3 win in Providence in this season’s first meeting. The Wildcats have won the last 10 meetings vs. Providence at Towse Rink and they have outscored the Friars 36-13 in that span.PC’s last win at UNH came on March 12, 2004, a 4-3 overtime victory.In the last 17 games at the Whittemore Center, UNH owns a 16-1-0 mark.Senior forward Thomas Fortney is the active leading career scorer vs. PC with 10 points (4g, 6a) in 14 games, while Greg Collins is second with six assists. Paul Thompson had a career game in his first game against PC with a hat trick and two assists in the 5-4 win.Junior goaltender Brian Foster is 2-0-0 all time in three games against PC including a 5-4 overtime win in which he turned away a career-high 45 shots.

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

Thomas Fortney    14    4-6-10
Greg Collins    13    0-6-6
Danny Dries    4    3-3-6
Paul Thompson    3    3-2-5
Jamie Fritsch    14    1-4-5
James van Riemsdyk    4    1-4-5
Jerry Pollastrone    14    1-3-4
Joe Charlebois    14    1-3-4
Bobby Butler    9    2-0-2
Mike Sislo    4    2-0-2
Kevin Kapstad    9    0-2-2
Steve Moses    1    0-2-2
Phil DeSimone    4    0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc    9    0-1-1
Mike Borisenok    1    1-0-1
Danny Vranek    1    0-1-1
Alan Thompson    3    0-0-0
Nick Krates    2    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Mike Beck    1    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    2    0-0-0
Blake Kessel    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    3/162:47    11    4.05    2-0-0    118    .907
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

2-24-07        40:00    ND    34    4    38
11-17-07        62:57    W    41    4    45
11-22-08        59:50    W    32    3    35
Totals        162:47    2-0-0    107    11    118

CATS’ CAPTURE SEASON SERIES WITH MAINE FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT SEASON:
UNH captured the season series with Maine (2-1-0) for the fourth-straight season.

FORTNEY HOPES TO CONTINUE SUCCESS AGAINST FRIARS:
Senior forward Thomas Fortney has enjoyed success against Providence over the years. Fortney has 10 points (4g, 6a), the most by any current Wildcat, in 14 career games. With only 42 career points, nearly a quarter of Fortney’s points have come at the hands of the Friars.

SCORING SHORTHANDED AGAINST MAINE:
On Friday, the Wildcats scored short-handed for the second-straight game against Maine as James van Riemsdyk scored during the Maine power play.

FOSTER A WALL IN NET FOR WILDCATS OVER THE WEEKEND:
Brian Foster stopped 43 of 45 shots during the weekend allowing just a single goal each night. It was a power play tally on Friday night and a shorthanded goal on Saturday night.

MOSES NETS FIRST GAME-WINNER:
Freshman Steve Moses scored the first game-winning goal of his career on Friday night.

BORISENOK TALLIES FIRST CAREER ASSIST ON MOSES’ GAME-WINNER:
Mike Borisenok earned his first career assist on the game-winning tally Friday night against Maine.

WILDCATS CONCLUDE FIVE-GAME HOME STAND:
The Wildcats will conclude their five-game homestand on Friday night and hit the road on Saturday in a home-and-home series against Providence.  Overall, UNH is 2-2-0 in four games during this current homestand.

COACHES WITH TIES TO PROVIDENCE:
All three coaches at UNH have ties to Providence. Head Coach Dick Umile began his college coaching career in 1985 as an assistant coach to Mike McShane a 1971 UNH grad at PC until returning to UNH after two seasons. Umile worked on the PC staff with Associate Head Coach Scott Borek, while fellow Wildcat Associate Head Coach David Lassonde played as a goaltender for the Friars from 1981-83 and graduated from Providence in 1984.

FRITSCH MATCHES CAREER HIGH IN ASSISTS:
Jamie Fritsch matched a career high with two assists on Friday night against Maine.

‘CATS HOPE TO CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST FRIARS:
UNH is 10-1-1 in its last 12 against PC including a current unbeaten streak of five (4-0-1).

‘CATS PLAYED SATURDAY WITHOUT A PAIR OF FIRST LINE FORWARDS:
UNH played Saturday night’s game without marquee forwards Jerry Pollastrone and James van Riemsdyk. Both members of UNH’s first line, they sat with shoulder injuries and their status is still unknown for this weekend.

BOUNCING BACK AT HOME: 
The Wildcats have not lost back-to-back home games since Oct. 26 & 28, 2006 to Massachusetts and Yale, respectively. As for back-to-back home losses to Hockey East opponents, you have to go back to Feb. 26 & March 5, 2005 to BC and BU, respectively.

van RIEMSDYK NAMED WALTER BROWN SEMIFINALIST:
  James van Riemsdyk was named a semifinalist for the 57th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Last year, van Riemsdyk was a semifinalist along with eventual winner Kevin Regan. van Riemsdyk were among 16 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Tim Whelan on Feb. 2. van Riemsdyk was among a list of four players that are repeat nominees (BC’s Benn Ferriero, PC’s Matt Taormina, UMass’ James Marcou). Including Regan in 2008, UNH has had six former Wildcats earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) and Steve Saviano (2004). The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 57th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.

8-0-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO:
UNH has been able to finish teams off going 8-0-2 when leading after two periods.  In addition, the ‘Cats have lost just once when leading at one period (6-1-2).

COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS’ PAIRWISE RATINGS (AS OF 2/10):
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk

1      Boston University     24      22-5-1      .8036      1      .6037*  1
2t     Vermont     22     16-6-4     .6923     9     .5751     4
2t     Notre Dame     22     21-5-3     .7759     2     .5798     2
4     Michigan     21     21-9-0     .7000     8     .5698     5
5     Northeastern     19     19-7-2     .7143     6t     .5762     3
6t     Cornell     18     15-4-4     .7391     4t     .5628*     6
6t     Denver     18     17-9-3     .6379     12     .5549     7
8t     Princeton     17     17-6-0     .7391     4t     .5540*     8
8t     Miami     17     16-8-4     .6429     11     .5532     9
10     Yale     16     17-5-1     .7609     3     .5492*     10
11     New Hampshire     14     13-9-4     .5769     19t     .5430     11
12     Minnesota-Duluth 13     15-9-6     .6000     14     .5424     12
13t     Ohio State     11     18-9-3     .6500     10     .5423*     13
13t     Minnesota     11     12-9-5     .5577     22     .5396     15
15     Boston College     10     13-9-4     .5769     19t     .5414     14
16t     Wisconsin     9     16-11-3     .5833     16t     .5384     16
16t     North Dakota     9     16-11-3     .5833     16t     .5374     17
18     Air Force     7     19-7-2     .7143     6t     .5232     19
19     Colorado College     6     14-9-7     .5833     16t     .5260     18
20t     St. Lawrence     5     14-11-3     .5536     23t     .5224     20
20t     St. Cloud State     5     15-13-2     .5333     28     .5208     21
22     Alaska     3     12-10-6     .5357     25t     .5178     22
23     Dartmouth     2     12-8-3     .5870     15     .5147     23
24     Minnesota State     1     13-13-3     .5000     31t     .5134     24
25     Mass.-Lowell     0     13-13-0     .5000     31t     .5131     25

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME:
UNH is 17-3-1 in its last 21 games at Whittemore Center and are 24-6-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

4-0-0 WHEN SCORING TWICE ON THE POWER PLAY:
The Wildcats are 4-0-0 when scoring at least twice on the power play.  They are 5-4-0 when tally once on the power play and 2-2-4 when failing to score during an extra-man advantage. Overall, 10 of UNH’s 12 wins have come when it scores at least one power play goal.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR:
A comparison through 26 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09
Record     18-7-1    13-9-4
HE Record    14-4-1    9-7-3
Goals scored    93        76
Goals scored/PG    3.60    2.92
Goals Allowed    67        75
Goals Allowed/PG    2.60    2.88
Shots    856    877
Shots Allowed    794    766
Power Play    17.4%     12.8%
    (20-115)    (19-149)
Penalty Kill    86.0%     81.8%
    (117-136)    (117-143)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riemsdyk
    11-23-34    10-19-29
    Radja    LeBlanc, Sislo
    17-14-31    8-12-20, 16-4-20
    van Riemsdyk    Butler
    10-13-23    6-12-18

AMONG HOCKEY EAST’S TOP WEEKLY PERFORMER (AS ANNOUNCED WEEKLY BY HE):

Brian Foster,  (Jr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 43 of 45 shots on the weekend in a weekend split with Maine.
Steve Moses, (Fr., F, Leominster, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal on Friday night against Maine.
Mike Sislo, (So., F, Superior, Wis.) Registered a goal and an assist in UNH’s 4-1 win over Maine on Friday night.

WILDCAT LEADERS IN HOCKEY EAST GAMES:
Here is a breakdown of UNH leaders statistically in Hockey East games.
Name                Rank        Stat
POINTS
James van Riemsdyk        6th        19 (7-12)
Peter LeBlanc            18th        14 (4-11)
Bobby Butler            23rd        14 (5-9)
GOALS
Mike Sislo                5th        10 goals
James van Riemsdyk        8th        7 goals
ASSISTS
James van Riemsdyk        6th        12 assists
Kevin Kapstad            12th        11 assists
Peter LeBlanc            13th        11 assists
SHORT-HANDED GOALS
Mike Sislo                1st        2 shg
James van Riemsdyk        1st        2 shg
GAME-WINNING GOALS
Blake Kessel            12th        3 gwg
DEFENSIVE SCORING        
Kevin Kapstad            6th        12 (1-11)
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE        
Brian Foster            6th        2.19
SAVE PERCENTAGE        
Brian Foster            5th        .925
WINNING PERCENTAGE        
Brian Foster            4th        .625
 
SCORING BY CLASS:
2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
    (G) %    (A) %    (P) %    
Seniors    (12) 16%    (45) 35%    (57) 28%
Juniors    (14) 18%    (30) 23%    (44) 21%
Sophomores    (42) 55%    (41) 32%    (83) 40%
Freshmen    (8) 11%    (13) 10%    (21) 10%
Totals    (76) 100%    (129) 100%    (205) 100%

UNH ONE OF FIVE HOCKEY EAST TEAMS RANKED:
UNH is one of five Hockey East teams ranked in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Hockey East is the best represented conference in the poll and accounts for 33 percent of the field including the top two teams and three in the top five
League    # of Teams    Teams
Hockey East    5    BU, NU, BC, UVM, UNH
CCHA        4    ND, Mia, Mich, OSU
WCHA    3    Minn, Den,  No. Dak.
ECAC        3    Prin, Cornell, Yale

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Feb. 9)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Boston University, 510 (34)    1    21-5-1    18
2    Northeastern, 451        3    19-6-2    15
3    Notre Dame, 450        2    21-5-3    18
4    Michigan, 402        4    21-9-0    18
5    Vermont, 380        7    16-6-4    13
6    Miami (Ohio), 310        6    16-8-4    18
7    Cornell, 294        5    15-4-4    12
8    Denver, 268        8    17-9-3    18
9    Princeton, 263        10    17-6-0    17
10    Yale, 191        14    17-5-1    2
11    North Dakota, 130        13    16-11-3    9
12    New Hampshire, 122        11    13-9-4    17
13    Wisconsin, 92        NR    16-11-3    3
14    Minnesota, 72        9    12-9-5    18
15    Boston College, 67        12    12-9-4    18

USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Feb. 9)
Rk.  Team       (First Place)        Record     Pts    LW

 1 Boston University (49)            21-5-1    999    1
 2 Notre Dame (1)            21-5-3    912    2
 3 Northeastern            19-6-2    897    3
 4 Michigan            21-9-0    847    4
 5 Vermont            16-6-4    791    7
 6 Cornell            15-4-4    688    5
 7 Miami            16-8-4    668    8
 8 Denver            17-9-3    650    6
 9 Princeton             17-6-0    622    10
10 Yale            17-5-1    507    14
11 North Dakota            16-11-3    405    13
12 New Hampshire             13-9-4    402    11
13 Wisconsin            16-11-3    389    16
14 Minnesota            12-9-5        360    9
15 Boston College            12-9-4    346    12
16 Ohio State            18-9-3    335    15
17 Minnesota-Duluth            15-9-6    235    17
18 Colorado College            14-9-7    211    18
19 Dartmouth            12-8-3    89     19
20 Air Force            19-7-2    47    NR

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
11/3            5    5    2nd
11/10        5    6    2nd
11/17        13    13        5th
11/24        NR    15    6th
12/1            15    19    7th
12/8            15    15    3rd
12/15        14    15    4th
12/22        N/A    N/A    4th
12/29        N/A    N/A    4th
1/5            13    13    2nd
1/12            13    13    2nd    
1/19            12    11    4th
1/26            14    13    4th
2/2            11    11    4th
2/9            12    12    4th

NORTHEAST REGIONAL TICKETS ON SALE:
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 2:00 and 5:30 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.

Wildcats Among National leaders (2/9):
Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual        Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk           14th    1.21 ppg
Goals Per Game:  
Mike Sislo            10th    0.62 gpg
Assists Per Game:  
James van Riemsdyk           16th    0.79 apg
Power Play Goals:
none ranked
Short-Handed Goals:
James van Riemsdyk        7th    2 shg
Mike Sislo            7th    2 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Blake Kessel        27th    3 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:  
Kevin Kapstad        31st    0.65 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
none ranked
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster        31st    2.48
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster        30th    .915
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster        20th    .614
Team
Scoring Offense        27th    2.92 gpg
Scoring Defense        34th    2.88gapg
Scoring Margin        34th    -0.04
Power Play        49th    12.8
Penalty Kill        38th    81.8
Combined Special Teams        49th    46.6
Team Winning Percentage        19th    .577

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (2/9):
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game    2.92/5th    2.63/6th
GAA    2.88/9th    2.84/8th
Power Play    12.8/9th    12.6/9th
Penalty Kill    81.8/8th    83.2/6th
Special Teams Net    -6/7th    -1/6th
1st Period Scoring    21/6th    12/6th
2nd Period Scoring    26/4th    17/5th
3rd Period Scoring    28/4th    20/5th

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
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            October
Brian Foster    HE Def. Player of the Week        12-8-08
Mike Sislo    HE Player of the Week                12-15-08
Mike Sislo    INCH Nat. Player of the Week        12-16-08
Mike Sislo    HE Player of the Month                December
Greg Collins    HE Player of the Week                1-5-09
J. van Riemsdyk    Walter Brown Semifinalist        2-2-09

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 10-2-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 180-50-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 162 sellouts during that time in 250 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: Texas Brahmas (CHL)
Eric Boguniecki:  Iowa Chops (AHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Amarillo Gorillas (CHL)
Ty Conklin: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Worcester Sharks (AHL)
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)/Manitoba Moose (AHL)*
Nathan Martz: Alba Volan Szekeshfehervar (Austria)
Jacob Micflikier: Rochester Americans (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss NL)
Chris Murray: Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Bryan Muir: Frankfurt Lions (DEL)
Eric Nickulas: Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Josh Prudden: Sport Vaasan Metis (FIN)
Mike Radja: Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Boston Bruins (NHL)/Alaska Aces (ECHL)*
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: New York Islanders (NHL)/Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)*
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Tyson Teplitsky: Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
*=spent time in the NHL during 2008-09 season

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 five games, while three will air on ESPNU and two on both CN8 and 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    W, 4-2
NOV. 7        @ Minnesota    Fox Sports North-MN    T, 2-2
NOV. 8        @ Minnesota    Fox Sports North-MN    L, 2-6
DEC. 6        UMASS-LOWELL      CN8    W, 3-2
JAN. 4        @ Maine        ESPNU    W, 5-4
JAN. 23        @Boston U.         NESN    L, 0-5
JAN. 24        BOSTON U.         NESN    L, 1-3
FEB. 6        MAINE        NESN    W, 4-1
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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