MEN'S HOCKEY TRAVELS TO RIVAL MAINE FOR TWO-GAME ROAD SERIES

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. --
The No. 13 University of New Hampshire men's hockey team travels to league foe and 16th-ranked Maine for a two-game road set this weekend. The teams will play Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: No. 16 Maine enters this weekend’s series with New Hampshire with a 12-9-3 record overall and a 9-6-2 mark and 20 points good for fourth place in Hockey East. After stumbling out of the gate, the Black Bears are 8-2-3 over the past 13 games including taking three points from Vermont in a road series last weekend. Maine is led by sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist, who ranks third in the nation in points per game with 36 points in 24 games (1.5 ppg). The Black Bears own the nation’s best power play converting on 30 percent with the extra attacker with 42 goals in 140 tries. After missing a pair of league games with a knee injury, Scott Darling returned in net last weekend for the Black Bears. Darling is 12-3-3 with a 2.70 GAA and a .908 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE:
The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 54-45-5 in 104 meetings.The Wildcats have won seven of the last night including this year’s only meeting 5-2 on Oct. 24 at Whittemore Center. Overall, UNH is 10-2-0 in the last 12 meetings with Maine including a five-game active winning streak at Alfond Arena. Coach Umile is 31-37-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Senior forward Bobby Butler is the active leader in Wildcat scoring against Maine with five points in 11 games, while Peter LeBlanc and Mike Borisenok each have four career points against Maine. In net, Brian Foster is 3-1-0 lifetime against the Black Bears with a 2.00 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

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

Bobby Butler        12        4-1-5
Peter LeBlanc        10        1-3-4
Mike Borisenok    4        1-3-4
Steve Moses        4        3-0-3
Mike Sislo            7        2-1-3
Paul Thompson    6        0-3-3
Phil DeSimone        7        1-1-2
Blake Kessel        3        1-1-2
Mike Beck            4        0-1-1
Damon Kipp        3        0-1-1
Greg Manz        1        1-0-1
Greg Burke        1        0-1-1
Matt Campanale    3        0-0-0
Nick Krates        6        0-0-0
Kevin McCarey        3        0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1        0-0-0
Austin Block        1        0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1        0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    1        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    4/239:07    8    2.00    3-1-0    94    .921
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

1-4-09        60:00    W    29    4    33
2-6-09        59:56    W    21    1    22
2-7-09        59:23    L    22    1    23
10-24-09        59:48    W    22    2    24
Totals        239:07    3-1-0    94    8    102

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (NOV. 24, 2009):
Stevie Moses notched two goals and classmate Mike Borisenok tallied a goal and two assists in a 5-2 Hockey East victory over Maine in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,501 fans, who were decked out in white for the annual “White Out the Whit,” at the Whittemore Center.

FOSTER TABBED HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH:
For the second-consecutive month, senior netminder Brian Foster was named Hockey East Goalie of the Month for January. The league office made the announcement Tuesday, Feb. 2. Foster earns this honor for the fourth time in his career. Foster went 5-2-1 in the month allowing two goals or fewer on five occasions in the month. Foster posted a 2.33 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. Foster was a two-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week during the month.

WORKING OVERTIME FOR WINS:
UNH captured its second overtime win of the season. The Wildcats had a pair of overtime wins in each of the last two seasons. However, it’s the first time UNH had two regular season overtime wins since the 2002-03 season.

***HOBEY BAKER CANDIDATE BOBBY BUTLER***
BUTLER THIRD NATIONALLY IN GOALS, FOURTH IN SCORING:
Bobby Butler ranks third in the nation in goals with 0.72 goals per game. In addition, his 1.44 ppg is good for fourth nationally.

THE BUTLER DID IT:
Bobby Butler extended his scoring streak to seven games and recorded his 50th goal in the process. Butler has 12 points in the last seven games. Butler now has a league best 30 points in Hockey East, most since Mike Radja had 30 points in league play in 2007-08.

BUTLER’S GOT SKILLS:
Bobby Butler is a nominee for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge team. Fans can log onto http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge/index.html.

Butler going to 20-goal season:
Bobby Butler is the team leader in goals with 18 goals. Butler is looking to become the first 20-goal scorer since Trevor Smith had 21 goals in 2006-07. Mike Radja led the team in scoring in 2007-08 with 19 goals, while Mike Sislo had a team-best 19 a year ago.

Butler records 50th career goal:
Bobby Butler tallied the 50th goal of his career on Friday night at Merrimack.

BUTLER, DESIMONE RIDING SEVEN-GAME SCORING STREAK:
Top liners Bobby Butler and Phil DeSimone are riding seven-game active scoring streaks. Butler has 12 points in the last seven games (5g, 7a), while DeSimone has nine points in that same span (3g, 6a).

BUTLER, KESSEL NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR WALTER BROWN AWARD:
Bobby Butler and Blake Kessel were named semifinalists for the 58th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Butler and Kessel were among a group of 16 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Steve Grogan on Feb. 1. In total 11 players from Hockey East were selected. The Wildcats have a storied tradition in the Walter Brown Award history that includes seven former Wildcats that have earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) Steve Saviano (2004) and most recently Kevin Regan (2008).

T-B-D LINE, A DETERMINED SUCCESS:
Since its formation on Nov. 14, 2009, the Wildcat TBD line (Thompson, Butler, DeSimone) have posted 30 goals, 34 assists for 64 points in 15 games (4.26 ppg) and guided UNH to a 11-2-2 record over span.
Since the T-B-D line was formed
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG
Butler    11    13            24    1.60
Thompson    13    8            21    1.40
DeSimone    6    13            19    1.26   
Totals    30    34            64    4.26

ANOTHER LETHAL LINE???:
While the T-B-D line has been on fire, UNH’s newly formed second line of Mike Sislo, Peter LeBlanc and Stevie Moses combined for eight points (3g, 5a) in a winning effort on Saturday against Merrimack.

HOCKEY EAST TAKE NOTICE; NOT IN OUR HOUSE:
With the win over Merrimack on Saturday night, New Hampshire improved to 6-0-2 in eight Hockey East games at Whittemore Center. The ‘Cats will play five more league games at Whittemore Center.

DESIMONE IS STREAKING:
Phil DeSimone also extended his active scoring streak to seven games.

‘CATS GOES 5-2-1 IN JANUARY:
The Wildcats finished January with a 5-2-1 record, overall UNH is 19-7-2 in January since 2007.

UNH HOPES TO CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS AT ALFOND:
UNH travels to play rival Maine in a two-game road series next weekend. The Wildcats have won five-straight at Alfond Arena dating back to Nov. 7, 2004.

GIVING IT THEIR BEST SHOTS:
UNH peppered Merrimack with a season-high 47 shots in an overtime win on Saturday night.

PROTECTING THE LEAD:
UNH is 8-0-0 when leading after one period and 11-0-0 when holding a lead after two period.

40-SAVE FOSTER:
Brian Foster turned away 40 shots for the second time this season. Foster had a career high 47 saves at Wisconsin on Oct. 30, 2009.

ONE SERIES AT A TIME:
UNH has won four season series thus far and has split the series with Mass.-Lowell.
School                UNH’s 09-10 Record
Boston Univ.                2-0-1
Massachusetts                2-1-0
Merrimack                2-1-0
Mass-Lowell (Tied)            1-1-1
Providence (one game remaining)        2-0-0
Vermont                    1-0-0
Northeastern                 1-0-0
Maine                    1-0-0
BC                        0-0-1

SCORING BY CLASS:
2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    28-32-60    33-21-26
Juniors:    33-44-77    38-30-33
Sophomores:    20-52-72    23-35-31
Freshmen:    5-21-26    6-14-11

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR:
A comparison through 25 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09        09-10
Record     17-7-1    13-8-4        13-8-4
HE Record    13-4-1    9-6-3        12-3-3
Goals scored    91        76        86
Goals scored/PG    3.64    3.04        3.44
Goals Allowed    65        74        79
Goals Allowed/PG    2.60    2.96        3.16
Shots    818    814        820
Shots Allowed    751    753        758
Power Play    17.9%     13.7%        18.3%
    (21-117)    (19-138)        (20-109)
Penalty Kill    85.2%     80.8%        79.2%
    (110-129)    (110-136)    (84-106)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riemsdyk   Butler
    12-21-33    10-19-29            18-18-36
    Radja    LeBlanc               Kessel
    13-14-27    8-12-20               6-22-28
    van Riemsdyk    Sislo                        Thompson
    10-14-24    16-4-20               15-22-27

KESSEL SECOND NATIONALLY IN DEFENSIVE POINTS, MOST POINTS BY UNH BLUELINER SINCE BRIAN YANDLE:
  Blake Kessel’s 28 points (6-21-28) is second only to Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith (31). In addition, his 28 points are the most points by defenseman since Brian Yandle had 30 points in 2005-06.

FOSTER CLIMBING UNH RECORD BOOKS:
After sitting the wings behind Wildcat legendary netminder Kevin Regan, Brian Foster is writing his name in the Wildcat goaltending record book.
Career GAA:    2.81 (5th)    Career Save %:    .909 (5th)
Career Games:    72 (9th)        Career Saves: 1,952 (9th)
Career Wins:    35 (9th)

UNH’S OFFENSE EIGHTH NATIONALLY:
New Hampshire’s offense ranks eighth in the country at 3.44 gpg including 13 games with four or more goals.

USCHO.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (Feb. 2):
Rk     Team     PWR Rk    W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI

1      Miami     24      1          18-4-6      .7500      1      .5875
2     Denver     23     3         16-6-4     .6923     2         .5807
3     Wisconsin     22     7         15-7-4     .6538     3         .5671
4     St. Cloud State     21     5t     17-8-3     .6607     4         .5625
5     Bemidji State     20     2         18-6-2     .7308     5         .5566
6     Minn-Duluth     18     10t     17-10-1     .6250     6         .5519
7t     Ferris State     17     5t     17-8-3     .6607     8         .5502*
7t     Massachusetts     17     12t     16-10-0     .6154     10     .5449
9     New Hampshire15     14     13-8-4     .6000     9         .5482
10     Colorado College14     17t     15-10-3     .5893     7         .5518
11t     Michigan State     13     9         17-9-4     .6333     11     .5446
11t     Boston College     13     10t     14-8-2     .6250     12     .5441
11t     Cornell     13     4         12-5-3     .6750     13     .5421
14     Vermont     11     21t     12-9-3     .5625     15     .5378
15t     North Dakota     9     23t     13-10-5     .5536     14     .5386
15t     Union     9     12t     13-7-6     .6154     20     .5256*
15t     Maine     9     21t     12-9-3     .5625     16     .5332
18t     Yale     8     8         12-6-3     .6429     17     .5322
18t     Mass.-Lowell     8     19t     14-10-2     .5769     18     .5266
20     Michigan     6     23t     15-12-1     .5536     19     .5263
21     Lake Superior     4     17t     14-9-5     .5893     21     .5254
22t     St. Lawrence     2     16     14-9-4     .5926     23     .5148
22t     Boston Univ.     2     36t     10-11-3     .4792     24     .5138
24t     Notre Dame     1     30t     12-11-7     .5167     25     .5135
24t     Minnesota     1     32t     13-13-2     .5000     22     .5157

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
12/7            RV    19    1st
12/14        RV    16    1st
12/21        RV    NP    1st
12/28        NP    NP    1st
1/4            RV    RV    1st
1/11            RV    20    1st
1/18            RV    16    1st
1/25            12    13    1st
2/1            13    13    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Feb. 1)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Miami University, 506 (30)    1    18-4-6    17
2    University of Denver, 480 (4)    3    16-6-4    17
3    University of Wisconsin, 436    2    15-7-4    10
4    St. Cloud State University, 381    5    17-8-3    6
5    Cornell University, 358        8    12-5-3    17
6    Minnesota Duluth, 289        9    17-10-1    11
7    Bemidji State University, 278    6    18-6-2    14
8    Yale University, 251        7    12-6-3    17
9    University of North Dakota, 241    4    13-10-5    17
10    Colorado College, 172        11    15-10-3    14
11    Ferris State University, 169    10    17-8-3    8
12    Michigan State University, 166    13    17-9-4    12
13    New Hampshire, 138        12    13-8-4    2
14    Boston College, 112        15    13-8-2    14
15    University of Massachusetts, 57    14    16-10-0    10
Others receiving votes: University of Maine, 16; Union College, 11; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 10; University of Michigan, 3; University of Vermont, 2; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1; Sacred Heart University, 1; St. Lawrence University, 1; University of Nebraska Omaha, 1.

USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (Feb. 1)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1     Miami                   (43)              18-4-6       993         1
2     Denver                  (6)                  16-6-4       950         3
3     Wisconsin               (1)                  15-7-4       895         2
4     St. Cloud State                           17-8-3       817         5
5     Cornell                                   12-5-3       718         8
6     Minnesota-Duluth                     17-10-1       690         9
7     Bemidji State                             18-6-2       635         7
8     Yale                                          12-6-3       603         6
9     North Dakota                             13-10-5   581        4
10     Colorado College                         15-10-3   548        11
11     Ferris State                              17-8-3       516        10
12     Michigan State                            17-9-4       483        12
13     New Hampshire                         13-8-4       443        13
14     Boston College                            13-8-2       432        14
15     Massachusetts                            16-10-0   347        15
16     Maine                                     12-9-3       212        19
17     Vermont                                   12-9-3       167        17
18     Mass.-Lowell                             14-10-2       149        16
19     Michigan                                 15-12-1       137        20
20     Union                                     13-7-6       100        18
Others Receiving Votes: St. Lawrence 46, Lake Superior 24, Sacred Heart 6, Notre Dame 4, RIT 2, Alaska 1, Minnesota 1

Among the League Leaders:
Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Bobby Butler      2nd (36pts.)    1st(30 pts)
            Blake Kessel     7th (28 pts.)      10th(19 pts.)
            Paul Thompson      8th (27 pts.)    4th(22 pts.)
            Phil DeSimone    18th (22 pts.)      9th(20 pts.)
Goals        Bobby Butler    2nd (18 g)    1st (14 g)
            Paul Thompson    5th (15 g)      3rd (12 g)
Assists       Blake Kessel      3rd (22 a)            6th (15 a)
            Bobby Butler    7th (18 a)         4th (16 a)
            Phil DeSimone    13th (16 a)      5th (15 a)
Def. Scoring    Blake Kessel    1st (28 pts)    1st(19 pts)
GAA        Brian Foster       10th (3.06)              3rd (2.59)
Save %        Brian Foster      9th (.905)    3rd (.915)
Win %        Brian Foster       5th(.583)                2nd (.735)

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.
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        12/7
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Dec.
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        1/11
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/11
Paul Thompson    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Blake Kessel    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/25
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Jan.
Bobby Butler    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    4th    1.44 ppg
Blake Kessel    25th    1.17 ppg
Paul Thompson     42nd    1.08 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler      3rd    0.72 gpg
Paul Thompson    20th    0.60 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel       8th    0.92 apg
Bobby Butler       30th    0.72 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    25th     6 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    21st    1 shg
Peter LeBlanc    21th    1 shg
Phil DeSimone    21st    1 shg
Paul Thompson    21st    1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Bobby Butler    16th    3 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel       2nd/3rd    28pts. /1.17 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    53rd    3.06 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster       47th    .905
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    26th    .583
Team
Scoring Offense      8th    3.44
Scoring Defense    40th    3.16
Scoring Margin    23rd    0.28
Penalty Minutes    56th    10.3
Power Play    31th    18.3
Penalty Kill       41st       79.2
Combined Special Teams    44th    48.4
Winnning Percentage    14th    .600

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.44/3rd     3.78/1st
GAA     3.16/7th    2.67/2nd
Power Play     18.3/7th     19.2/7th
Penalty Kill       79.2/8th     75.0/9th
Special Teams Net     +2/7th      -2/7th
1st Period Scoring          20/3rd     16/3rd
2nd Period Scoring        43/1st       31/1st
3rd Period Scoring     21/8th     19/5th
Overtime Scoring             2/2nd        2/1st

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