MEN'S HOCKEY ENTERS HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH MASSACHUSETTS

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team looks to build on a four-game winning streak this weekend as it will play a home-and-home series against Hockey East foe Massachusetts. This regional rivalry has really heated up of late and will start on Friday night (7 p.m.) at Mullins Center and will conclude on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The games can also be heard on the Wildcat Sports Network with live audio, live stats and live video available online at www.unhwildcats.com.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: UMass enters this weekend’s series with a 9-8-1 record overall and a 4-4-1 mark in Hockey East. The Minutemen are most recently coming off a 5-2 home loss to 10th-ranked Cornell on Sunday. UMass, much like the Wildcats, has been on a rollercoaster ride this season. UMass enjoyed a five-game unbeaten streak, which included a 1-1 tie at UNH, early on in the season, yet also saw a 2-5-0 stretch in mid-to-late November. A potent Minuteman offense features six players with 10 or more points including James Marcou (8-13-21) and Cory Quirk (6-13-19). UMass has a pair of netminders with experence that have split time in 2008-09 in Paul Dainton and Dan Meyers. Dainton is 6-5-0 with a 2.09 GAA in 12 games, while Meyers is 3-3-1 with a 2.13 GAA in eight starts. Meyers was in net in UMass’ 1-1 tie to the Wildcats on Oct. 24.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS:
UNH has a 74-17-6 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 97 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH captured last year’s season series 4-1 by sweeping a home-and-home series sweep Jan. 11-12. Back on Oct. 24 the Wildcats and Black Bears skated to a 1-1 tie at Whittemore Center. Coach Umile owns a 35-9-5 all-time record against UMass in his 19-year coaching career. The Wildcats have won five of the last seven meetings, including a 4-0-1 record over the past five games. UNH has the edge over the last 10 games at 6-3-1. Sophomore James van Riemsdyk is the scoring leaders with eight points, while Jerry Pollastrone has six goals against UMass including a hat trick in the convincing game of the Hockey East quarterfinals on March 15. Junior netminder Brian Foster owns a 0-2-1 career mark against the Minutemen in three career starts with a 2.59 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

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

J. van Riemsdyk    6    3-5-8
Bobby Butler    10    3-4-7
Jerry Pollastrone    12    6-0-6
Greg Collins    13    3-2-5
Danny Dries    6    2-3-5
Joe Charlebois    13    1-3-4
Thomas Fortney    12    0-3-3
Mike Sislo    6    0-3-3
Jamie Fritsch    12    0-2-2
Kevin Kapstad    9    1-1-2
Peter LeBlanc    10    1-0-1
Phil DeSimone    6    0-0-0
Nick Krates    6    0-0-0
Danny Vranek    3    0-0-0
Paul Thompson    3    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Steve Moses    1    0-0-0
Blake Kessel    1    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    1    0-0-0

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

Foster    3/185:00        8    2.59    0-2-1    100    .926

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

1-20-07    60:00    L    35    3    38
12-8-07    60:00    L    27    4    31
10-24-08    65:00    T    38    1    39
Totals        185:00    0-2-1    100    8    108

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (10/24/08 AT WHITTEMORE CENTER):
Brian Foster recorded 38 saves to lead UNH to a 1-1 tie in Hockey East action against the UMass at Whittemore Center. James van Riemsdyk scored the Wildcats’ lone goal, a short-handed goal, while Chase Langeraap scored UMass’ goal on the power play.

LAST TIME OUT (1/4/09 AT MAINE):
Trailing 4-2 and short-handed with just over seven minutes remaining in the third, UNH rallied with three-straight goals to capture a 5-4 win over Maine on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Bobby Butler scored the game-winner with 2:21 remaining in the third period. The Wildcats have now won five-straight against the Black Bears and four in a row at Alfond. The ‘Cats scored the first of their three-straight on a short-handed unassisted tally by Mike Sislo at 13:04 that make it 4-3. Sislo stole the puck in the defensive zone and beat UM netminder Scott Darling high-glove side. The game-tying goal came on the extra-man advantage just three minutes later (16:05) as Greg Collins scored with helpers from Peter LeBlanc and Kevin Kapstad. Butler’s game-winner came with assists from Joe Charlebois and LeBlanc at 17:39. UNH entered the third tallying 3-1, but cut into the lead just 93 seconds in as Collins scored with assists from Butler and Kapstad. Brian Foster stopped 29 shots including 11 in each of the first two period and improves to 8-4-2 overall, while Darling had 23 saves and is now 8-5-2 for Maine.

COLLINS NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Greg Collins was named Hockey East Reebok Player of the Week. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon by the league office.  Collins becomes the first UNH player to win this award since Mike Sislo earned the honor on Dec. 15, 2008. Collins scored a pair of third-period goals to lift UNH to a dramatic 5-4 come-from-behind win over Maine on Sunday afternoon in Orono, Maine. Collins, who set a career-high with the two goals, scored twice on the power play. The senior forward, who had just one goal entering Sunday’s game, tallied a goal early in the third that made it 3-2 and eventually potted the game-tying goal with just under four minutes remaining in regulation.

van RIEMSDYK SECOND IN THE NATION IN SCORING: 
James van Riemsdyk with five points against Holy Cross moved into first-place nationally in scoring with 26 points in 17 games 1.53 ppg and after missing last weekend’s action while with Team USA currently sits second in the nation with his 1.53 mark.

WILDCAT WINNING STREAK:
The Wildcats own a season-best four-game winning streak and have won three-straight in Hockey East to move into second place.

BUTLER HITTING HIS STRIDE:
Bobby Butler scored the game-winning goal and has eight points (2g, 6a) in a current five-game scoring streak.

SISLO’S SHORTY TURNS THE TIDE FOR WILDCATS:
Mike Sislo’s short-handed goal got the Wildcats back into the game (4-3) and was his fifth goal in the last two games. Sislo, who had just three goals coming into this season, is the team leader and ranks second in Hockey East with 12 goals.

SCORING IN BUNCHES:
UNH has three periods of four-plus goals in the last two games. The ‘Cats had a four-goal first period and a five-goal third period in a win over Holy Cross, while it took a four-goal third period for UNH to earn a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Maine.

KAPSTAD EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO SIX:
Kevin Kapstad matched a career-high with two assists including a helper on the game-tying goal and has eight points (1g, 7a) during a six-game scoring streak.

PRODUCTIVITY ON THE POWER PLAY, ‘CATS HAVE SCORED IN NINE OF 10:
UNH went 3-10 on the power play marking the first team it scored three power-play goals since March 9, 2007 against Providence. The Wildcats have six power play goals in the last three games. In addition, UNH has scored a power play goal in nine of the last 10 games.

van RIEMSDYK, KESSEL RETURN FROM TEAM USA, JVR FINISHES SECOND TO ROENICK ALL-TIME IN SCORING, GOALS:
James van Riemsdyk and Blake Kessel return to the Wildcat lineup after missing last weekend’s game while participating in the Junior National Tournament. van Riemsdyk was named one of Team USA’s Top Three Players, finished his career in Junior Championship play second all-time in the U.S. record book in both points (12-10--22) and goals (12). Jeremy Roenick (25 points, 13 goals) is tops in both categories.

FORGET NOVEMBER:
While UNH struggled to a 1-5-2 mark in November, the Wildcats are 8-1-1 in October, December and January and have outscored their opponents 31-19 in those games. UNH is also a perfect 4-0-0 since November.

STREAKING ‘CATS:
A breakdown of Wildcats with active scoring streaks of three of more games:
Name            Games            G-A-P
van Riemsdyk        10            5-14-19
Kapstad            6            1-7-8
Butler            5            2-6-8
LeBlanc            5            1-5-6
Collins            3            3-1-4
DeSimone        3            1-2-3

BECK REGISTERS FIRST CAREER POINT AT MAINE:
Mike Beck recorded his first career point with an assist on Sunday.

WILDCATS GARNER FIFTH-STRAIGHT AGAINST MAINE: 
UNH made it five-straight wins over the Black Bears. The Wildcats have only won five-plus from Maine once before that was when UNH captured seven in a row from Dec. 2, 1981 to Feb. 5, 1984. Last year, the Wildcats captured all three games in the season series including a two-game sweep at Alfond on Feb. 8-9. UNH was also won four-streak in the unfriendly confines of Alfond Arena.

SCORING BY CLASS:
2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
    (G) %    (A) %    (P) %    
Seniors    (9) 16%    (30) 32%    (39) 26%
Juniors    (10) 18%    (22) 23%    (32) 21%
Sophomores    (33) 58%    (34) 36%    (67) 44%
Freshmen    (5) 9%    (9) 9%    (14) 9%
Totals    (57) 100%    (95) 100%    (152) 100%

20-40-60 FOR VAN RIEMSDYK:
James van Riemsdyk has 20 goals, 40 assists for 60 points through 48 games at UNH.  He is second among active scorers for the Wildcats behind Jerry Pollastrone (31g, 53a - 84 points).

Leading after two:
UNH are now 7-0-1 when leading after two periods.

BALANCED SCORED:
While James van Riemsdyk has 10 more points than anyone else on the Wildcats, UNH has a balance core of players with points has seven Wildcats have 10-plus points, while 11 players have seven points or more.

van RIEMSDYK PROVIDING WILDCAT SPARK:
James van Riemsdyk has 19 points during a current 10-game scoring streak (5g, 14a - 1.9 ppg) and has scored in all but two of the Wildcats’ games this season. He has scored in 22 of the last 25 games (10-27-37) dating back to Feb. 22, 2008 at BC.
1-4-5 vs. Holy Cross (12/11)
0-1-1 vs. Mass-Lowell (12/6)
0-1-1 at Mass-Lowell (12/5)
0-1-1 vs. Merrimack (11/29)
0-1-1 vs. Providence (11/22)
2-0-2 at Northeastern (11/21)
1-3-4 at Boston College (11/15)
0-1-1 at Mass-Lowell (11/14)
1-1-2 at Minnesota (11/8)
0-1-1 at Minnesota (11/7)
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: 10-27-37 (1.48 PPG)

WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME:
UNH is 14-2-1 in its last 16 games at Whittemore Center and are 21-5-1 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

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.
League    # of Teams    Teams
Hockey East    5    BU, NU, BC, UVM, UNH

CCHA        4    ND, Mia, Mich, OSU
WCHA    3    Minn, Den, CC
ECAC        2    Prin, Cornell
Atlantic Hockey    1    Air Force

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Men’s Poll (Jan. 5)
Rk.  Team       (First Place)        Record     Pts    LW

 1 Notre Dame (47)            16-3-2    994    1
 2 Boston University (2)            13-4-1    940    3
 3 Minnesota            10-3-5    886    4
 4 Northeastern            12-4-2    782    6
 5 Denver            13-6-2    720    5
 6 Miami            12-5-3    697    2
 7 Princeton            13-3-0    690    8
 8 Cornell (1)            9-1-3    673    10
 9 Boston College            9-5-2    660    7
10 Colorado College            11-6-5    534    9
10 Michigan            13-7-0    534    12
12 Vermont            11-4-2    513    13
13 New Hampshire            9-6-3    298    15
14 Air Force            15-4-1    288    11
15 Dartmouth            9-5-0    198    20
16 Ohio State            13-6-1    197    NR
17 Wisconsin            10-9-3    153    14
18 Nebraska-Omaha            12-6-3    130    16
19 Alaska            10-6-4    123    18
20 Minnesota-Duluth            9-5-6    118    NR

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 5)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Notre Dame, 504 (32)        1    16-3-2    13
2    Boston University, 472 (1)    3    13-4-1    13
3    Minnesota, 435        4    10-3-5    13
4    Northeastern, 360        6    12-4-2    10
5    Princeton, 332        8    13-3-0    12
6    Cornell, 316 (1)        9    9-1-3    7
7    Denver, 309        5    13-6-2    13
8    Miami (Ohio), 277        2    12-5-3    13
9    Boston College, 261        7    9-5-2    13
10    Vermont, 218        13    11-4-2    8
11    Michigan, 200        11    13-7-0    13
12    Colorado College, 164        10    11-6-5    13
13    New Hampshire, 74        14    9-6-3    12
14    Air Force, 50        12    15-4-1    8
15    Ohio State, 38        NR    13-6-1    1

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        NP    NP    4th
12/29        NP    NP    4th
1/5            13    13    2nd    

COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS’ PAIRWISE RATINGS (AS OF 1/5):
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk

1     Cornell     24     9-1-3     .8077     3     .6027*     1
2t     Boston University     22     13-4-1     .7500     5     .6014*     2
2t     Princeton     22     13-3-0     .8125     1     .5999*     3
4     Vermont     20     11-4-2     .7059     7     .5913*     4
5t     Northeastern     19     12-4-2     .7222     6     .5910*     5
5t     Notre Dame     19     16-3-2     .8095     2     .5848*     6
7     Miami     18     12-5-3     .6750     10t     .5572     10
8t     Minnesota     17     10-3-5     .6944     8     .5740*     7
8t     Denver     17     13-6-2     .6667     12     .5662     8
10     Boston College     16     9-5-2     .6250     17     .5581     9
11     Michigan     15     13-7-0     .6500     13     .5536     11
12     New Hampshire     13     9-6-3     .5833     22     .5472     12
13     Dartmouth     12     9-5-0     .6429     14t     .5445*     13
14     Ohio State     11     13-6-1     .6750     10t     .5432*     14
15     Maine     10     10-7-2     .5789     23     .5411     15
16     Quinnipiac     9     11-6-1     .6389     16     .5405*     17
17     Air Force     8     15-4-1     .7750     4     .5406*     16
18     Minnesota-Duluth 7     9-5-6     .6000     19t     .5371     18
19     Colorado College     6     11-6-5     .6136     18     .5359     19
20     Alaska     5     10-6-4     .6000     19t     .5347     20
21     Nebraska-Omaha     4     12-6-3     .6429     14t     .5338*     21
22     Wisconsin     3     10-9-3     .5227     29t     .5204     22
23     North Dakota     2     11-10-1     .5227     29t     .5164     25
24     St. Cloud State     1     10-9-1     .5250     27t     .5197     23
25     Minnesota State     0     9-9-3     .5000     31t     .5183     24

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 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.

Wildcats Among National leaders (1/5):
Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual        Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk           2nd    1.53 ppg
Goals Per Game:  
Mike Sislo            7th    0.67 gpg
James van Riemsdyk           20th    0.53 gpg
Assists Per Game:  
James van Riemsdyk           5th    1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk        34th    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
James van Riemsdyk        66th    1 shg
Mike Sislo            66th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Peter LeBlanc        53rd    2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:  
Kevin Kapstad        29th    0.67 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
none ranked
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster        36th    2.52
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster        36th    .918
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster        19th    .643
Team
Scoring Offense        21st    3.17 gpg
Scoring Defense        40th    3.06 gapg
Scoring Margin        30th    +0.11
Power Play        37th    14.3
Penalty Kill        44th    81.0
Combined Special Teams        42nd    47.6
Team Winning Percentage        22nd    .583

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (1/5):
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game    3.17/5th    3.08/5th
GAA    3.06/9th    3.17/9th
Power Play    14.3/8th    15.7/7th
Penalty Kill    81.0/8th    80.6/7th
Special Teams Net    -5/8th    -1/7th
1st Period Scoring    16/4th    10/3rd
2nd Period Scoring    19/3rd    12/2nd
3rd Period Scoring    22/2nd    15/1st

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

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 7-1-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 177-49-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 159 sellouts during that time in 245 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: 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: Minsk Dynamo (KHL)
Eric Nickulas: Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Josh Prudden: Sport Vaasan Metis (FIN)
Mike Radja: Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: New York Islanders (NHL)
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)/San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
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    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
JAN. 24        BOSTON U.         Comcast sportsnet NE
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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