#12 MEN'S HOCKEY ENTERS HOME-AND-HOME WITH BC: (FRI - 7:30 NESN - WHITT) (SAT - 7:00 - CONTE)

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DURHAM, N.H. --The 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team enters a weekend home-and-home series with defending national champion Boston College. The Wildcats will play host to the Eagles on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. live on NESN. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Friday night at Whittemore Center. The teams will wrap up the home-and-home series on Saturday night in Chestnut Hill (7:00 p.m.). 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 EAGLES: No. 17 Boston College enters this weekend’s matchup with New Hampshire with a 13-10-5 record overall and an 8-8-5 record good for 21 points and sixth place in Hockey East. Last week, the Eagles went 1-1-1 starting the week with a 4-3 win over Harvard in the consolation game of the Beanpot and followed that up with a loss and tie to UML over the weekend. Senior Brock Bradford, who tallied his 100th career point on the game-tying goal scored in the third period in Saturday’s 4-4 tie at UMass-Lowell, is the team leader and ranks fourth in Hockey East in scoring with 14 goals and nine assists.  Brian Gibbons is second on the team in scoring at 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists).  Sophomore netminder John Muse is 13-10-5 with a 2.92 GAA and a .898 save percentage in 28 games. Friday’s 6-0 home loss to UMass-Lowell marked the first time the Eagles were shutout this season and for the first time since Feb. 22, 2008, a 2-0 home loss to New Hampshire.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE:
The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 60-56-10 in 126 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 6, 1937.UNH captured a regular-season sweep of the Eagles before falling to the eventual  National Champions 5-4 in the longest game in UNH history on March 21 at the Hockey East semifinals. In this year’s lone meeting, the Wildcats dropped an 8-6 decision in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 15. Matt DiGirolamo was playing in place of an injured Brian Foster.Coach Umile owns a 36-20-9 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 12-15-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 15-2-0 all-time record at the Whittemore Center.The ‘Cats have won 12 of the last 14 meetings at Towse Rink. UNH clinched the regular season and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a sweep of the home-and-home series Feb. 22-23. Jerry Pollastrone and James van Riemsdyk are the active leading scorer with nine points each, while van Riemsdyk’s have come in just five career games. Brian Foster and Matt DiGirolamo are both 0-1-0 in their only starts against the Eagles.

‘CATS CAPTURE 13th-STRAIGHT 10-WIN SEASON IN HOCKEY EAST:
UNH captured 10 wins in Hockey East play for the 18th time in the last 19 years. Overall, the Wildcats have won 10 or more games in the league in all but one year during Coach Umile’s 19-year tenure and every year since 1997.

UNH ON VERGE OF 21st-STRAIGHT HOCKEY EAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE:
UNH is on the verge of its 21st-straight Hockey East playoff appearance. The Wildcats have qualified for the post season in every year since 1989. UNH would ensure a spot in the postseason with any combination of a Wildcat point or any Providence loss or tie in the final three weeks of the regular season.

UNH LOOKS TO CONTINUE HOME SUCCESS AGAINST EAGLES:
The ‘Cats are  won 12 of the last 14 meetings at Towse Rink, which includes nine-straight wins from 1-27-98 to 2-28-04. UNH has outscored BC 58-29 in those contests.
1-27-98    (H)    UNH    9        BC    3        W
12-4-98    (H)    UNH    6        BC    1        W
11-20-99    (H)    UNH    2        BC    1    OT    W
2-19-00    (H)    UNH    4        BC    1        W
2-18-01    (H)    UNH    2        BC    0        W
11-30-01    (H)    UNH    5        BC    4        W
3-2-02        (H)    UNH    5        BC    2        W
3-1-03        (H)    UNH    4        BC    1        W
2-28-04    (H)    UNH    3        BC    2        W
2-26-05    (H)    BC        5        UNH    2        L
3-4-06        (H)     UNH    5        BC    2        W
3-2-07        (H)    BC        4        UNH    1        L
11-10-07    (H)    UNH    5        BC    2        W
2-23-08    (H)    UNH    5        BC    1        W

ALAN THOMPSON HAS CAREER WEEKEND:
Alan Thompson set a career-high with two assists on Saturday night. Overall, Thompson had three points on the weekend as he scored his second career goal on Friday night.

MOSES’ POTS CAREER-HIGH TWO GOALS AT PC:
Steve Moses set a career high with two goals on Saturday night including the game-winner.

SCORIN’ A PAIR ON THE POWER PLAY:
The Wildcats scored a pair of power play goals on Friday night and move to 4-0-1 when scoring two or more times on the power play. The 2-3 performance matched the best power play percentage by the Wildcats this season, UNH went 2-3 against Holy Cross on Dec. 11.
Date        Opponent        Score
10/19        Boston University    W, 2-1
12/11        Holy Cross        W, 9-4
1/4            @ Maine            W, 5-4
1/10        Massachusetts        W, 3-2 (OT)
2/13        Providence        T, 4-4

FOUR SCORES AGAINST THE FRIARS:
UNH has scored four goals in each of the last four meetings against Providence. The Wildcats won 4-2 on Saturday night, tied the Friars 4-4 on Friday night and won both of the previous meetings with PC by matching scores of 4-3.

THE BUTLER DID IT:
Bobby Butler registered a goal and two assists Friday night for the Wildcats.

FOUR SCORES IN 10 GAMES:
With back-to-back four-goal outbursts this weekend, the Wildcats have scored four or more on 10 different occasions and are 8-1-1 when doing so. Six of those games were played at the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center.
Date        Opponent        Score
10/11        Wisconsin        W, 5-1
10/31        Northeastern        W, 4-2
11/15        @ Boston College    L, 6-8
11/22        Providence        W, 4-3
12/11        Holy Cross        W, 9-4
1/4            @ Maine            W, 5-4
1/17        v. Dartmouth        W, 6-4
2/6            Maine            W, 4-1
2/13        Providence        T, 4-4
2/14        at Providence        W, 4-2

FRESHMEN NETTING BIG GOALS, FIVE GAME-WINNINGS: Steve Moses and Blake Kessel have combined to scored five game-winning goals this season. With 10 goals scored combined between the two, exactly half of their goals have proved to be game-winners.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NESN:
Friday’s game will be broadcast live on NESN. The game will start at 7:30 with the pre-game show at 7:00. Overall, the Wildcats will be on NESN five times during the final two months of the season. Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Craig Janney (color analyst) will call the games for NESN’s Hockey East Friday Night broadcasts with Bob Beers (studio host) and Brendan Walsh (studio analyst).

GRANITE STATE WEEKEND:
It was a big weekend for the three Wildcats from the Granite State.
Alan Thompson    Gilford, N.H.   
    Second career goal Friday, career-high two assists Saturday
Paul Thompson    Derry, N.H.
    Second a goal to put the ‘Cats up 4-1 on Saturday night
Brian Foster    Pembroke, N.H.
    Registered a win and a tie, stopped 51 shots overall: 31 saves
    on Saturday night and 20 saves on Friday night.

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