MARQUEE MATCHUP FEATURES FIFTH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY AT NO. 4 MINNESOTA

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team hits the road for a pair of road games at No. 4 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are one of six unbeaten teams and are in first place all alone in the highly contested WCHA. Both games will air on Fox Sports North and will be covered locally by the Wildcats Sports Radio Network. Puck drops Friday night at 8 p.m. (EST) and 7 p.m. (EST) on Saturday night. Log on to www.unhwildcats.com for links to live stats and live audio broadcasts.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS: No. 4/4 Minnesota enters this weekend’s matchup with New Hampshire as one of just six undefeated Division I programs. The Gophers are 4-0-2 overall and will step away from WCHA play for the first time this season. Minnesota’s 10 points in WCHA gives it a three-point cushion over Colorado College, which is ranked first in the latest national poll. A well-rounded team, the Gophers rank 13th nationally in scoring (3.5 gpg) and 17th defensively (2.17 gapg). Led by head coach Don Lucia, who is one of five active coaches with more than 500 victories, Minnesota was picked fourth in the preseason WCHA Coaches’ Poll behind CC, North Dakota and Denver. Offensively, the Gophers are led by Ryan Stoa, who has 10 points (6-4-10) in six games (1.67 ppg). Between the pipes, Minnesota is led by Alex Kangas, who is allowing just over two goals per game (2.11 GAA) and has a .922 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MINNESOTA: UNH trails the all-time series with Minnesota 2-12-1 in 15 meetings dating back to March 23, 1979... The two last met Dec. 21, 2003 at the Dodge Classic at Mariucci Arena... Minnesota won that game 4-2... The Wildcats and Gophers have met three times in NCAA tournament, including an April 12, 2003 meeting in the NCAA National Championship game at HSBC Arena, a 5-1 Minnesota win. None of the players on the current roster were on the team for the 2003 meetings... Coach Umile has a 1-3-11 record against Minnesota, while the ‘Cats are 0-1-0 lifetime against Minnesota at Mariucci Arena, but do have a pair of wins (Harvard and Miami) at both as participants in the Dodge Classic in 1995 and 2003.

UNH ALL TIME AT MARIUCCI ARENA:
12-29-95 Bowling Green L, 3-2
12-30-95 Harvard W, 8-3
3-24-00 Niagara L, 4-1
12-20-03 Miami University W, 3-1
12-21-03 Minnesota L, 4-2
Total: (G: 15) (GA: 14) (2-3-0)

LAST TIME OUT (11/01/08 AT NORTHEASTERN): NU netminder Brad Thiessen turned away 43 shots to preserve a 2-2 tie for the Huskies on Saturday night at Matthews Arena... The Wildcats remain unbeaten in their last nine at Matthews (7-0-2)... Freshman netminder Matt DiGirolamo made his collegiate debut and stopped 22 shots, including four in the overtime period... His classmate Steve Moses tallied a career-high two assists on goals by Paul Thompson and Peter LeBlanc... The Wildcats remain unbeaten in Hockey East through four games (2-0-2) for the first time since 2003-04.

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (12/21/03 AT MINNESOTA): These teams last met in the championship game of the 2003 Dodge Holiday Classic at Mariucci Arena... The Gophers charged out of the gate with a single goal in the first and two in the second to build a 3-0 lead... Back-to-back goals by Preston Callander cut it to 3-2, but Thomas Vanek added an empty-netter for the 4-2 win.

FOSTER NAMED ITECH HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH: Brian Foster was ITECH Hockey East Goalie of the Month for October. Foster becomes the first Wildcat netminder to win this award since Kevin Regan in February 2008. Foster played all six games in the month and went 4-1-1 with wins over three nationally ranked teams. He stopped 30-plus shots on four occasions and allowed two goals or fewer in five out of six starts. He totaled a season-high 38 saves in a 1-1 tie against UMass and recorded a shutout of Rensselaer on Oct. 27.

UNBEATEN THROUGH FOUR HOCKEY EAST GAMES: UNH remained unbeaten in Hockey East play (2-0-2) through four games for the first time since 2003-04.

UNH CONTINUES SUCCESS AT MATTHEWS ARENA: The Wildcats are 7-0-2 in their last nine games at Matthews Arena.

GREAT STARTS: UNH’s 5-1-2 start is its best start since the 2003-04 season when it was 6-1-0 out of the gate.

BUTLER CATCHING FIRE: Bobby Butler scored three points over the last two games after having only one point in his first five games.

RAPID FIRE: UNH’s 45 shots on net was the most its had since 49 shots in its triple-overtime loss to BC in last year’s Hockey East semifinals.

KESSEL CONNECTION: UNH freshman defender Blake Kessel’s brother, Phil Kessel, played for the Gophers during the 2005-06 season. Phil had 51 points in his lone season with Minnesota before leaving to pursue an NHL career with the Boston Bruins. Kessel was the WCHA Rookie of the Year and led the Gophers to a WCHA regular season championship.

A PAIR OF COACHING LEGENDS: Don Lucia and Dick Umile have secured their places in hockey history, ranking in the top ten in wins and winning percentage among active coaches.

NCAA DIVISION I ACTIVE COACHES BY WINNING PERCENTAGE (coming into 2008-09):
RK. Name School Yrs. %

1. Jeff Jackson Notre Dame 9 .708
2. Red Berenson Michigan 25 .671
3. Dick Umile UNH 18 .653
4. Don Lucia Minnesota 21 .647

NCAA DIVISION I ACTIVE COACHES BY WINS
(coming into 2008-09):
RK. Name School Yrs. Wins

1. Jerry York Boston Col. 36 792
2. Jack Parker Boston Univ. 35 778
3. Rick Comley Mich. State 35 739
4. Red Berenson Michigan 24 644
5. Don Lucia Minnesota 21 518
6. G. Gwozdecky Denver 22 473
7. Dick Umile UNH 18 424

TWO TEAMS ASSURED NOT TO MEET IN THE NCAA REGIONALS: With Minnesota hosting the West Regional at Mariucci Arena and UNH hosting the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena, these teams are guaranteed not to meet at the regionals. By rule in hockey, a host school will play at their regional if selected to participate in the 16-team field.

SEMI HOMECOMING FOR VRANEK:
Although sophomore Danny Vranek calls New Port Richey, Fla. home, he went to high school not far from the home of the Gophers at Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minn, roughly 20 miles from Minneapolis.

UNH LOOKS TO CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST WCHA: UNH is 6-1-0 in its last seven games against WCHA foes.
Date Team Score
10-11-08 Wisconsin W, 5-1
12-28-07 North Dakota W, 7-4
12-27-07 North Dakota L, 1-3
10-27-07 Colorado Coll. W, 4-2
10-26-07 Colorado Coll. W, 5-3
10-21-06 Colorado Coll. W, 7-2
10-20-06 Colorado Coll. W, 4-3

van RIEMSDYK PROVIDING WILDCAT SPARK: James van Riemsdyk has scored in three of the last four games (2-2-4) and tallied a point in 11 of the last 14 games (5-13-18) dating back to Feb. 22 at BC.
0-0-0 at NU (11/1)
1-1-2 vs. NU (10/31)
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: 5-13-18 (1.38 PPG)

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP FOR WILDCATS:
A breakdown of scoring for UNH’s sophomore forwards. Overall the sophomores are accounting for 45 percent of the offense.
Player G-A-P
van Riemsdyk 4-3-7
Dries 1-2-3
DeSimone 2-1-3
Sislo 2-0-2
Thompson, P. 2-0-2
Vranek 0-0-0
Manz 0-0-0
TOTAL: 11-6-17

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is 12-1-1 in its last 13 games at Whittemore Center and are 18-4-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P Pct.
Seniors: 1-6-7 18%
Juniors: 4-6-10 26%
Sophomores: 11-6-17 45%
Freshmen: 0-4-4 11%

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 3)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Colorado College, 501 (28) 1 5-0-3 6
2 Boston College, 469 (5) 2 5-1-0 6
3 Boston University, 442 (1) 3 5-1-0 6
4 Minnesota, 394 5 4-0-2 6
5 New Hampshire, 361 7 4-1-2 6

6 Denver, 354 4 4-2-1 6
7 Michigan, 304 8 6-2-0 6
8 Miami (Ohio) University, 242 6 4-2-2 6
9 Princeton, 205 10 1-0-0 5 10 Northeastern, 193 9 5-1-2 3
11 Michigan State, 162 12 4-2-2 6
12 Notre Dame, 141 13 4-3-0 6
13 Minnesota State, 73 11 3-2-1 4
14 U.S. Air Force Academy, 72 NR 8-0-0 1
15 Clarkson, 50 14 1-1-2 5

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

USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Nov. 3)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW

1 Colorado College (41) 5-0-3 986 1
2 Boston College (5) 5-1-0 932 2
3 Boston University (4) 5-1-0 908 3
4 Minnesota 4-0-2 829 5
5 New Hampshire 4-1-2 772 6

6 Denver 4-2-1 755 4
7 Michigan 6-2-0 676 8
8 Miami 4-2-2 599 7
9 Princeton 1-0-0 548 10
10 Northeastern 5-1-2 529 9
11 Michigan State 4-2-2 468 11
12 Notre Dame 4-3-0 457 13
13 Minnesota State 3-2-1 316 12
14 Air Force 8-0-0 291 17
15 Clarkson 1-1-2 249 15
16 Vermont 3-2-1 216 14
17 Cornell 0-0-0 187 16
18 Harvard 1-0-0 156 20
19 Massachusetts 4-1-1 146 NR
20 Minnesota-Duluth 4-1-2 104 NR

OTHER RANKINGS:
Inside College Hockey Power Rankings: 5th

UNH’S HOCKEY EAST TOP WEEKLY PERFORMERS (AS ANNOUNCED BY LEAGUE OFFICE):
Bobby Butler, UNH (Jr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Had three points (1g,2a) as UNH earned a win and a tie with No. 9 NU over the weekend.
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Fr., G, Penilyn, Pa.) Made his collegiate debut with 22 saves at Northeastern on Saturday.

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 (11/3): 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 57th 0.57 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk 7th 3 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 8th 1.49
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster 6th .951
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster 20th .70
Team
Scoring Offense 39th 2.29 gpg
Scoring Defense 8th 1.57 gapg
Scoring Margin 23rd +.71
Winning Percentage 14th .750
Power Play 51st 7.4
Penalty Kill 21st 86.8
Combined Special Teams 33rd 46.7
Team Winning Percentage 14th .714

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (11/7):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 2.29/8th 2.25/6th
GAA 1.57/2nd 1.50/2nd
Power Play 7.4/9th 10.3/7th
Penalty Kill 86.8/6th 82.1/7th
Special Teams Net -2/7th -1/7th
1st Period Scoring 3/9th 3/5th
2nd Period Scoring 9/9th 4/3rd
3rd Period Scoring 4/6th 2/5th

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

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 4-0-1 at Towse Rink...UNH owns a 174-48-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 158 sellouts during that time in 241 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)
Josh Prudden: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Mike Radja: Fresno Falcons (ECHL)
Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Soundtigers (AHL)
Mike Souza: Cortina SG (Italy)
Garrett Stafford: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Quad City Flames (AHL)
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 W, 4-2
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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