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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team will conclude non-conference play with the annual fight for New Hampshire bragging rights in the Battle for the Riverstone Cup VIII against instra-state foe No. 18 Dartmouth College on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Arena. Puck drops at 7 p.m. in Manchester, N.H. The games can also be heard on the Wildcat Sports Network with live audio and live stats available online at www.unhwildcats.com.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN: The 18th-ranked Dartmouth College Big Green enters Saturday’s game with a 10-6-0 mark overall and a 7-4 record in the ECAC. Winners of six of their last eight games, the Big Green is scoring 3.00 goals per game offensively, while allowing just 2.25 this season. Offensively, Adam Estoclet and Doug Jones lead with way with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Jody O’Oneill has been solid in net for Dartmouth with a 10-5-0 record and a 2.13 GAA combined with a .939 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. DARTMOUTH: The Wildcats and Big Green have met 49 times in the all-time series history with UNH holding the advantage at 30-17-2, which dates back to February 19, 1936...The ‘Cats have won two of the last three meetings with a 5-4 on Jan. 14, 2006, and 4-2 on Jan. 13, 2007. Coach Umile owns a 8-4-1 lifetime record against Dartmouth. The last meeting between the two schools on a campus site was Dec. 29, 2000 in a 6-2 Dartmouth win at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Jerry Pollastrone and Kevin Kapstad are the active leaders in scoring against the Big Green with three points a piece, while none of the UNH netminders have played against DC.
HISTORY OF THE RIVERSTONE CUP: The teams are 4-2-1 in the previous seven Battle for the Riverstone Cups, while UNH holds a slim 4-2-1 margin in games against the Big Green at Verizon Wireless Arena. Dartmouth captured a 9-8 win in a crazy game back in 2005, while last year’s 5-3 win over UNH was its second win at VWA. The Wildcats have outscored the Big Green 21-10 in the other five games in which UNH has a 4-0-1 advantage.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BIG GREEN:
Player GP G-A-P
Jerry Pollastrone 3 1-2-3
Kevin Kapstad 2 2-1-3
Peter LeBlanc 2 0-1-1
Jamie Fritsch 3 0-1-1
Greg Collins 3 0-1-1
Thomas Fortney 3 0-1-1
Danny Dries 1 0-1-1
James van Riemsdyk 1 1-0-1
Bobby Butler 2 0-0-0
Joe Charlebois 3 0-0-0
Mike Sislo 1 0-0-0
Phil DeSimone 1 0-0-0
Nick Krates 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
no active player with time against Dartmouth
ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS:
12-13-01 UNH 6 Dartmouth 3 W
1-15-03 UNH 1 Dartmouth 1 T
2-1-03 UNH 4 Maine 2 W
11-12-03 UNH 2 Boston College 2 T
1-13-04 UNH 5 Dartmouth 0 W
3-27-04 Michigan (NCAA) 4 UNH 1 L
11-5-04 UNH 4 Boston U. 3 W
1-12-05 Dartmouth 9 UNH 8 L
11-1-05 Boston College 3 UNH 2 L
1-14-06 UNH 5 Dartmouth 4 W
1-13-07 UNH 4 Dartmouth 2 W
2-2-07 Maine 4 UNH 2 L
3-24-07 Miami (NCAA) 2 UNH 1 L
1-19-08 Dartmouth 5 UNH 3 L
KAPSTAD EXTENDS STREAK TO EIGHT: Kevin Kapstad has an eight-game scoring streak dating back to Nov. 22 with 10 points during that span (1g, 9a).
KAPSTAD AGAINST THE BIG GREEN: Kevin Kapstad has three points in three games against Dartmouth including a goal in each of the past two seasons.
BUTLER LIGHTS THE LAMP IN THREE-STRAIGHT, SEVEN-GAME SCORING STREAK: Bobby Butler has scored a goal in three-straight games with two of those game-winners. Butler has 10 points (4g, 6a) in a current seven-game scoring streak.
SISLO CONTINUES TO FIND THE BACK OF THE NET: Mike Sislo has seven goals in the last three games including two short-handed tallies.
WILDCATS UNBEATEN SINCE DECEMBER: UNH is unbeaten in its last six games (5-0-1), the last time the Wildcats were unbeaten through six games was during a stretch in which they went 9-0-2 from Jan. 25 to March 1, 2008.
WILDCATS OWN NATION’S LONGEST GOAL-SCORING STREAK: UNH owns the longest streak in the nation without being shutout at 74 games. The last time the Wildcats were blanked was a 3-0 loss at UMass on Jan. 20, 2007. Overall, UNH has only been shutout once in since the start of the 2006-07 season a span of 96 games.
FOSTER BUSY IN WILDCAT WIN: Saturday night Brian Foster turned away 35 shots. The second time this season he’s had 35-plus saves. Foster had 39 saves in a 2-2 tie at Minnesota on Nov. 7.
BUTLER BURIES WINNER ‘AGAIN’: For the second time in three games, Bobby Butler scored to lift the Wildcats to wins. He scored with just under two minutes to go in a come from behind win at Maine and scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the ‘Cats to a 3-2 win on Saturday night.
WORKING OVERTIME: Saturday night’s win in overtime was the first overime win for the ‘Cats since a Nov. 17, 2007 at Providence. Overall, UNH is 1-0-3 in overtime games this season.
UNH CONTINUE SUCCESS AGAINST MINUTEMEN: The Wildcats are 5-0-2 in their last seven games against UMass.
‘CATS CONTINUE HOCKEY EAST STREAK: With the series win over UMass, UNH is unbeaten in its last 12 Hockey East season series (10-0-2). The last time the Wildcats lost a HE series was when it dropped the opening season of 2007-08 to Northeastern with a 4-1 loss on Nov. 16, 2007.
COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS’ PAIRWISE RATINGS (AS OF 1/14):
Rk Team PCWs W-L-T Win % Rk RPI Rk
1 Cornell 24 11-1-3 .8333 1 .6029* 1
2 Vermont 23 12-4-3 .7105 8 .5918* 2
3 Notre Dame 22 18-3-2 .8261 2 .5900 3
4 Northeastern 21 14-4-2 .7500 4 .5900 4
5 Boston University 20 14-5-1 .7250 6 .5879* 5
6 Michigan 18 15-7-0 .6818 11 .5663 7
7t Denver 17 15-6-2 .6957 10 .5690 6
7t Princeton 17 13-5-0 .7222 7 .5621* 8
9t Miami 16 12-7-3 .6136 15 .5465 12
9t Minnesota 16 10-5-5 .6250 13t .5566* 9
11 Ohio State 15 15-6-1 .7045 9 .5530* 10
12 Boston College 13 9-6-3 .5833 19 .5525 11
13 New Hampshire 11 10-6-4 .6000 17t .5458 14
14t Air Force 10 15-4-1 .7750 3 .5462* 13
14t Maine 10 10-8-2 .5500 25 .5371 15
16 Dartmouth 9 10-6-0 .6250 13t .5329 16
17 Colorado College 8 12-7-5 .6042 16 .5314 17
18 North Dakota 7 13-10-1 .5625 23t .5313 18
19 St. Cloud State 6 12-9-1 .5682 21t .5312 19
20t Wisconsin 5 12-9-3 .5625 23t .5301 20
20t Yale 5 11-4-0 .7333 5 .5289 21
22 Nebraska-Omaha 3 13-7-3 .6304 12 .5251 22
23t Minnesota-Duluth 2 9-7-6 .5455 26t .5248 23
23t Quinnipiac 2 11-7-2 .6000 17t .5248 24
25 Alaska 0 10-8-4 .5455 26t .5206 25
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (1/19/08 AT VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA): Back on Jan. 19, 2008 at Verizon Wireless Arena, it was the Big Green that capture the Battle for the Riverstone Cup with a 5-3 win behind a 54-save effort from netminder Mike Devine. UNH outshot Dartmouth 57-26 with goals from Craig Switzer, James van Riemsdyk and Kevin Kapstad. Following the loss to the Big Green, the Wildcats went on a season-high 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) which including the entire month of February.
LAST TIME OUT (1/10/09 VS. UMASS): Bobby Butler scored the game-winning power-play goal at 1:36 of overtime to lift UNH to Saturday night’s 3-2 victory against the University of Massachusetts in Hockey East action at the Whittemore Center. Mike Sislo and Thomas Fortney tallied for the Wildcats, while Brian Foster had 35 saves in the winning effort.
van RIEMSDYK FOURTH IN THE NATION IN SCORING: James van Riemsdyk currently rankes fourth nationally in scoring with 26 points in 19 games 1.37 ppg.
SISLO FIFTH NATIONALLY IN GOALS: Mike Sislo currently ranks fifth in the country in goal scoring with 0.70 gpg with 14 goals in 20 games.
FORGET NOVEMBER: While UNH struggled to a 1-5-2 mark in November, the Wildcats are 10-1-1 in October, December and January and have outscored their opponents 35-23 in those games. UNH is also a perfect 4-0-0 since November.
SCORING BY CLASS: 2008-09 breakdown of scoring by class.
(G) % (A) % (P) %
Seniors (10) 16% (35) 34% (45) 27%
Juniors (12) 19% (25) 24% (37) 22%
Sophomores (35) 56% (34) 33% (69) 42%
Freshmen (5) 8% (10) 10% (15) 9%
Totals (62) 100% (104) 100% (166) 100%
WHITTEMORE TRULY HOME SWEET HOME: UNH is 15-2-1 in its last 17 games at Whittemore Center and are 22-5-1 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. 12)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Notre Dame (46) 18-3-2 993 1
2 Boston University (2) 14-4-1 943 2
3 Northeastern 14-4-2 868 4
4 Denver 15-6-2 827 5
5 Cornell (2) 11-1-3 790 8
6 Michigan 15-7-0 692 10
7 Minnesota 10-5-5 674 3
8 Vermont 12-4-3 669 12
9 Miami 12-7-3 525 6
10 Princeton 13-5-0 510 7
11 Colorado College 12-7-5 483 10
12 Boston College 9-6-3 474 9
13 New Hampshire 10-6-4 420 13
14 Ohio State 15-6-1 380 16
15 Air Force 15-4-1 295 14
16 Wisconsin 12-9-3 235 17
17 North Dakota 13-10-1 173 NR
18 Dartmouth 10-6-0 161 15
19 Yale 11-4-0 114 NR
20 Nebraska-Omaha 13-7-3 108 18
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 12)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Notre Dame, 501 (30) 1 18-3-2 14
2 Boston University, 475 (2) 2 14-4-1 14
3 Northeastern, 421 4 14-4-2 11
4 Denver, 389 7 15-6-2 14
5 Cornell, 385 (2) 6 11-1-3 8
6 Michigan, 323 11 15-7-0 14
7 Vermont, 317 10 12-4-3 9
8 Minnesota, 275 3 10-5-5 14
9 Miami (Ohio), 199 8 12-7-3 14
10 Princeton, 180 5 13-5-0 13
11 Colorado College, 158 12 12-7-5 14
12 Boston College, 135 9 9-6-3 14
13 New Hampshire, 129 13 10-6-4 13
14 Ohio State, 95 15 15-6-1 2
15 Air Force, 46 14 15-4-1 9
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
1/12 13 13 2nd
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 (1/12): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 4th 1.37 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Mike Sislo 5th 0.70 gpg
Assists Per Game:
James van Riemsdyk 8th 0.89 apg
Power Play Goals:
James van Riemsdyk 43rd 4 ppg
Mike Sislo 11th 2 shg
Peter LeBlanc 71st 2 gwg
Bobby Butler 71st 2 gwg
Kevin Kapstad 24th 0.7 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 29th 2.44
Brian Foster 23rd .921
Brian Foster 17th .656
Scoring Offense 18th 3.10 gpg
Scoring Defense 37th 2.95 gapg
Scoring Margin 31st +0.15
Power Play 35th 14.8
Penalty Kill 38th 81.9
Combined Special Teams 40th 48.5
Team Winning Percentage 17th .600
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (1/12):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.10/4th 3.00/4th
GAA 2.95/9th 3.00/9th
Power Play 14.8/7th 16.2/6th
Penalty Kill 81.9/8th 82.1/7th
Special Teams Net -3/8th -1/6th
1st Period Scoring 16/4th 10/3rd
2nd Period Scoring 21/4th 14/1st
3rd Period Scoring 24/2nd 17/1st
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 8-1-1 at Towse Rink.UNH owns a 178-49-20 all-time record in 14 seasons of play at the Whittemore Center with 160 sellouts during that time in 246 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: Boston Bruins (NHL)/Providence Bruins (AHL)*
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Trevor Smith: New York Islanders (NHL)/Bridgeport Soundtigers (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)
Brian Yandle: Augusta Lynx (ECHL)
*=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
JAN. 24 BOSTON U. NESN
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.