December 4, 2009

MEN'S HOCKEY TO PLAY #8 MASS.-LOWELL (FRI - 7PM - WHITT); AND AT #19 VERMONT (SUN - 3PM - ESPNU)

Game Notes
THE MATCHUP:
The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team is set to play a pair of nationally-ranked Hockey East foes. The ‘Cats conclude its 2009 home slate on Friday against No. 8 UMass-Lowell at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center and travels to No. 19 Vermont on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Sunday’s game will air live nationally on ESPNU.

SCOUTING THE NO. 8 RIVER HAWKS:
The No. 8 UMass-Lowell River Hawks enter Friday night’s game as the highest-ranked team in Hockey East. UML stormed out of the gate with a 8-2-1 record over its first 11 games before suffering back-to-back losses to Providence (4-2) and Maine (3-1). The River Hawks sit in fourth place in the Hockey East standings with a 4-3-1 mark, good enough for nine league points. This veteran group features 11 seniors including five with 10 points or more this season. Junior Scott Campbell is the team’s leading scorer with 13 points on five goals and eight assists. The River Hawks are also experienced in net with a pair of seniors splitting time this season. Carter Hutton is 4-3-0 with a 2.29 GAA and a .918 save percentage, while Nevin Hamilton is 4-1-1 with a 2.48 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL:
The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 50-30-14 in 94 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983.UNH went 2-1-0 against the River Hawks a year ago by virtue of the sweep of a home-and-home series in early December. Most recently, the River Hawks used a four-goal third period to capture a 6-4 win at Tsongas Arena on Nov. 8. UML was 3-6 on the power play in that game including a pair of third period power play goals. Coach Umile owns a 43-19-9 all-time record against the River Hawks in his 20-year coaching career. Phil DeSimone, Peter LeBlanc and Bobby Butler all have five points against UML, while Brian Foster is 3-1-1 in four career meetings with the River Hawks. He owns a 1.97 GAA, .932 save percentage and a pair shutouts against UML.

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

Phil DeSimone    7    0-5-5
Peter LeBlanc    10    2-3-5
Bobby Butler    10    1-4-5
Mike Sislo    7    2-0-2
Austin Block    1    1-0-1
Connor Hardowa    1    0-1-1
Blake Kessel    4    1-0-1
Nick Krates    6    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    1    0-1-1
Paul Thompson    7    1-0-1
Mike Beck    2    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    3    0-0-0
Stevie Moses    3    0-0-0
Greg Burke    1    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    1    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    1    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    1    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    1    0-0-0

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

Foster    5/304:57    10    1.97    3-1-1    137    .932
DiGirolamo    1/59:57    8    8.00    0-1-0    27    .771

DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

11-14-08        59:57    L    27    8    35
Totals        59:57    0-1-0    27    8    35

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

11-18-06        60:00    W    26    0    26
11-9-07        65:00    T    39    2    41
12-5-08        59:57    W    29    0    29
12-6-08        60:00    W    15    2    17
11-8-09        60:00    L    28    6    34
Totals        304:57    3-1-1    137    10    147

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Nov. 8, 2009):
A four-goal third period, which included a pair of power play goals, helped lift eight-ranked Massachusetts-Lowell to a 6-3 win over the UNH on Nov. 8 at Tsongas Arena. Mike Sislo, Austin Block and Bobby Butler scored for the Wildcats, who held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 during the contest.

SCOUTING THE NO. 19 CATAMOUNTS:
No. 19 Vermont enters the weekend 6-5-1 overall with 4-4-1 record good enough for a fourth-place tie in Hockey East. The Catamounts are riding a two-game winning streak with wins at Northeastern and home against ECAC foe Yale. The ‘Cats will place at BU on Friday before playing host to UNH for the only time this season at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Senior Brayden Irwin is the team’s leading scorer with 12 points on five goals and seven assists. UVM has been strong in net this season as sophomore Rob Madore and senior Mike Spillane have each played significant time in 2009-10. Madore is 3-4-1 with a 3.51 GAA and a .886 save percentage. Spillane is 3-1-0 with a 2.54 GAA and .915 save percentage. Most recently, Spillane shutout Yale, stopping all 26 shots he faced.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VERMONT:
The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 66-16-3 in 85 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963. UNH is 8-2-2 against the Catamounts since they became a member of Hockey East during the 2005-06 season. Last year, the Wildcats were 2-1-0 against the Catamounts including a 6-5 overtime road win in the regular-season finale, a win that gave UNH the third seed in the Hockey East tournament. UNH owns a 31-10-1 all-time record vs. the Catamounts at Gutterson Field House and Coach Umile in his 20-year coaching career has registered a 22-6-2 mark against Vermont in 30 meetings. Overall, the Wildcats are 16-3-2 in the last 21 meetings with Vermont. Co-captains Bobby Butler and Peter LeBlanc are the leading active scorers against Vermont with nine points in nine games, while Brian Foster is 2-1-0 in four all-time appearances against UVM.

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

Bobby Butler    9    5-4-9
Peter LeBlanc    9    4-5-9
Paul Thompson    6    1-3-4
Phil DeSimone    6    0-3-3
Blake Kessel    3    2-1-3
Mike Sislo    6    1-2-3
Greg Manz    3    1-0-1
Nick Krates    6    0-1-1
Matt Campanale    4    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    3    1-0-1
Stevie Moses    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    4/194:06    13    4.01    2-1-0    86    .868
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

1/5/07        11:58    N/D    2    0    2
1/30/09        60:00    W    24    2    26
3/6/09        58:24    L    29    6    35
3/7/09        63:44    W    31    5    36
Totals        194:06    2-1-0    86    13    99

SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.

Seniors:    17-17-34    37-22-28
Juniors:    14-24-38    30-32-31
Sophomores:    11-25-36    24-33-30
Freshmen:    4-10-14    9-13-11

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (March 7, 2009):
Greg Collins scored at 3:44 of overtime to lift ninth-ranked UNH to a 6-5 Hockey East win over No. 7 Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse in the regular-season finale. With the win, the Wildcats secured the third seed in the Hockey East tournament. Collins finished the night with a goal and two assists, while Peter LeBlanc had two goals including the game-tying goal at 16:40 of the third period.

BUTLER NAMED HE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER:
Bobby Butler was named Hockey East Player of the Month for November. He becomes the first Wildcat to earn this honor since Mike Sislo did so in December, 2008. Butler registered a point in all seven games in the month and scored a goal in all but one game, racking up 13 points on eight goals and five assists. Butler, who is tied as the nation’s top goal scorer, had four multi-point games and two multi-goal efforts in the month. The only game Butler did not score a goal in the month was when he handed out a career-high three assists factoring in all three goals in a 3-3 tie at Boston University (11/21). He skated a +7 and scored twice on the power play, once short-handed and netted the game-winning goal against UMass (11/14) and the game-tying goal against Boston College (11/6). Overall, the senior captain led the ‘Cats to a 3-2-2 mark and averaged 1.14 goals per game and 1.86 points per game in the month.

NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER FOR TOP LINE:
UNH’s top line of Bobby Butler, Phil DeSimone and Paul Thompson have  accounted for UNH’s last nine goals and 12 of the last 16 overall in the last four games (3-0-1). The trio racked up 31 points on 16 goals and 15 assists in seven games, including 21 points in the last three games.
November Stats            G-A-P
Bobby Butler (HEPOTM)        8-5-13
Paul Thompson            6-4-10
Phil DeSimone            2-6-8
Totals                16-15-31

UNBEATEN IN LAST FOUR:
New Hampshire is 3-0-1 in its last four games and sits alone atop the Hockey East standings for the first time this season.

TWO VS. RANKED FOES: 
UNH will play a pair of games against nationally-ranked opponents as UMass-Lowell is eighth nationally and Vermont is 19th in the latest top 20. Overall, UNH is just 1-5-2 against ranked opponents, but won its last game against a ranked team in a 4-2 win at No. 10 UMass.

IDENTICAL RECORDS: 
With a 5-6-3 mark through November, the Wildcats have an identical record to 2008-09 squad that qualified for the NCAA tournament. However, UNH was just 3- 4- 2 in conference compared to a 5-2-2 mark this season.

THE BUTLER DID IT:
Bobby Butler has 13 points (8g, 5a) in a seven-game scoring streak with eight goals and five assists... Butler is tied for the nation’s lead in goals with 12. He is tied with Canisius’ Cory Conacher and Ferris State’s Blair Riley.

KESSEL AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENSEMEN:
Blake Kessel, with a pair of assists on Saturday, became the league leader and is tied for the nation’s lead in defensemen assists with 12.

TURNING UP THE HEAT OFFENSIVELY:
The Wildcat offense has scored three or more goals in seven-straight games, including four games of four or more in that span.

THOMPSON HEATING UP:
Paul Thompson has eight points (5g, 3a) in the last three games and with 14 points (7g, 7a) has already set a career benchmark for goals, assists and points.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY:
The UNH power play has scored four times in the last three games.

CENTER OF ATTENTION FOR DESIMONE:
Phil DeSimone has seven points (2g, 5a) during his current four-game scoring streak, including goals in back-to-back games.

KIPP NOTCHES CAREER-HIGH TWO ASSISTS:
Damon Kipp handed out a career-high two assists on Saturday.

SCORING AT LAWLER:
Saturday’s five goals at Lawler Arena is the most by a UNH squad since Feb. 16, 2005.

CAPTAINS VS. THE CATAMOUNTS:
UNH’s co-captains Peter LeBlanc (4g, 5a) and Bobby Butler (5g, 4a) have combined for 18 points in nine games against Vermont.

COMING FROM BEHIND:
UNH’s 5-4 win over Merrimack was the first time the Wildcats won when trailing after one period. They are now 1-2-2 when trailing after one.

PROTECTING THE LEAD:
UNH is 3-0-0 when leading after one period and 4-0-0 when leading after two periods.

BUTLER APPROACHING 100 CAREER POINTS:
Senior Bobby Butler has 89 (44g, 45a) career points and is fasting approaching the Wildcats Century Club. Butler looks to become the 67th member of this prestigious group and the first since Mike Radja and Matt Fornataro did so in the same game at Boston University on Jan. 26, 2008.

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
9/28            RV    N/A    t-4th (pre)
10/5            N/A    16    t-4th (pre)
10/12        RV    RV    t-4th (pre)
10/19        RV    RV    N/A
10/26        RV    RV    t-1st
11/2            NR    RV    t-2nd
11/9            NR    RV    t-3rd
11/16        NR    RV    t-2nd
11/23        NR    RV    t-1st
11/30        NR    RV    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 30)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Miami University, 483 (18)    1    9-2-5    9
2    University of Denver, 470 (10)    2    9-4-1    9
3    North Dakota, 448 (3)        4    8-4-2    9
4    Bemidji State University, 373 (1)    6    11-2-1    6
5    Colorado College, 366 (1)    5    10-3-1    6
6    Quinnipiac University, 353 (1)    10    12-1-0    3
7    Cornell University, 316        8    6-2-1    9
8    Massachusetts Lowell, 244    3    8-4-1    9
9    Massachusetts, 237        9    9-3-0    4
10    Yale University, 198        11    5-2-2    9
11    Michigan State University, 129    7    9-5-2    4
12    Minnesota Duluth, 128        13    9-4-1    3
13    University of Alaska, 114    12    8-3-3    5
14    Boston College, 57        15    6-3-2    6
15    University of Notre Dame, 49    14    7-5-4    9
Others receiving votes: Ferris State University, 45; University of Wisconsin, 44; University of Nebraska Omaha, 11; University of Vermont, 9; University of Michigan, 2; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2; Boston University, 1; Colgate University, 1.

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Div. I Men’s Poll (Nov. 30)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1    Miami    (20)                9-2-5    934    1
2    Denver    (14)              9-4-1       923         2
3    North Dakota    (7)                   8-4-2       900         4
4    Quinnipiac    (7)                  12-1-0       799         9
5    Bemidji State    (2)                  11-2-1       784         6
6    Colorado College                10-3-1       766         5
7    Cornell                    6-2-1       708         7
8    Mass.-Lowell                    8-4-1       647         3
9    Massachusetts                    9-3-0       573        10
10     Yale                                           5-2-2       497        11
11     Michigan State                         9-5-2       441        8
12     Alaska                                     8-3-3       426        12
12     Minnesota-Duluth                   9-4-1       426        14
14     Notre Dame                                 7-5-4       323        13
15     Boston College                         6-3-2       321        16
16     Wisconsin                                  8-5-1       308        15
17     Ferris State                               9-3-2       265        17
18     Nebraska-Omaha                     7-4-3       146        19
19     Vermont                                    5-5-1        83        18
20     St. Cloud State                            6-6-2        80        NR

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 66, RIT 21, Colgate 20, Union 19, New Hampshire 9, Northern Michigan 7, Rensselaer 3, Providence 2, Boston University 1, Minnesota 1, Princeton 1

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award                    Date
Dalton Speelman    HE Rookie of the Week                10/26
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        11/16
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        11/23
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Month                Nov.

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    7th    1.50 ppg
Blake Kessel    38th    1.15 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler    4th    0.86 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel    10th    0.92 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    18th    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    7th    1 shg
Peter LeBlanc    7th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Bobby Butler    9th    2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel    3rd    1.15 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    72nd    3.72 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster    71st    .885
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    47th    .464
Team
Scoring Offense    16th    3.29
Scoring Defense    51st    3.79
Scoring Margin    39th    -0.50
Power Play    30th    17.7
Penalty Kill    52nd    75.8
Combined Special Teams    47th    46.8
Winnning Percentage    33rd    .464

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.29/6th    3.89/2nd
GAA     3.79/10th    3.22/7th
Power Play     17.7/8th    23.5/5th
Penalty Kill     75.8/8th    69.2/10th
Special Teams Net     -2/8th    -3/9th
1st Period Scoring     8/8th    6/8th
2nd Period Scoring     23/1st    15/1st
3rd Period Scoring     15/4th    14/1st
Overtime Scoring    0/NR    0/NR   

Nation’s Current Unbeaten Streak:     
        

                                   W- L- T      Games
    Quinnipiac                8-0-0        8
    RIT                          8-0-0        8
    Air Force                  4-0-3        7
    Ferris State              4-0-2        6
    Northern Michigan    3-0-3        6
    Union                      3-0-3        6
    Notre Dame             2-0-3        5
    New Hampshire    3-0-1        4
    Mercyhurst             4-0-0        4

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2009-10. NESN will air four games, while three will air on ESPNU, while COX-TV and WABI will each broadcast one.
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 23     Northeastern    NESN    W, 4-2
oct. 30    at wisconsin    tvw madison/wc    L, 1-4
Oct. 31    at wisconsin    wisc-tv3/wc    L, 1-6
Nov. 6     Boston College    NESN    T, 4-4 (OT)
Nov. 8     AT Mass-Lowell     ESPNU    L, 3-6
nov. 21    at boston univ.    nesn    T, 3-3 (OT)
Dec. 6     at Vermont     ESPNU
Dec. 11     at Providence     Cox-TV
Jan. 3     Cornell    ESPNU
jan. 23    at boston univ.    nesn
Feb. 6     at Maine     WABI-TV
Feb. 19     Vermont     NESN
March 5     Boston College    NESN

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