February 9, 2010

#15 MEN'S HOCKEY HOSTS PROVIDENCE FRIDAY NIGHT (7 P.M.) IN SECOND-ANNUAL OPERATION HAT TRICK

GAME NOTES
THE MATCHUP:  The 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team returns home to complete the season series with Hockey East foe Providence College on Friday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center, where UNH is 6-0-2 against league foes this season. Friday night is also the second-annual Operation Hat Trick night.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence enters the weekend with a 9-16-2 overall record and a 4-14-2 mark in league play. The Friars are currently positioned in 10th place four points behind Merrimack and seven points out of the playoffs. PC is winless in its last seven games (0-6-1), but three of those games went to overtime including the last meeting with UNH a 3-2 Wildcat overtime win on Jan. 22. Most recently, the Friars skated to a 1-1 tie with Vermont. PC is led offensively by junior forward Kyle MacKinnon, who has 20 points (9g, 11a). Defensively, Alex Beaudry is 8-14-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY vs.  PROVIDENCE: The Wildcats and Friars have met 139 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 75-50-14. Coach Umile owns a 44-21-7 all-time mark vs. Providence. New Hampshire is unbeaten in its last 10 games (8-0-2) against the Friars dating back to Feb. 24, 2007. UNH won this year’s earlier meetings 4-3 and 3-2 (OT) at Schneider Arena. Paul Thompson had a career game in his first game against PC with a hat trick and two assists in the 5-4 win, he is the active scoring leader against PC with nine points. Senior goaltender Brian Foster is 4-0-1 all time in five starts against PC, while Matt DiGirolamo started and won on Dec. 11, 2009 for New Hampshire. In Foster’s six games, he turned away 30 shots or more on five occasions. He has a 3.25 GAA and a .908 save percentage all time against the Friars.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE FRIARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P  
 
Paul Thompson    6    6-3-9
Stevie Moses    4    2-5-7
Mike Sislo    7    2-1-3
Bobby Butler    12    3-3-6
Peter LeBlanc    12    1-2-3
Phil DeSimone    7    2-3-5
Damon Kipp    3    0-2-2
Mike Borisenok    3    2-0-2
Blake Kessel    4    0-2-2
Dalton Speelman    2    0-1-1
Nick Krates    4    0-0-0
Greg Manz    3    0-0-0
Mike Beck    3    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    5    0-0-0
Greg Burke    2    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

DiGirolamo    1/60:00    3    3.00    1-0-0    32    .914
Foster    6/350:02    19    3.25    4-0-1    188    .908
DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-11-09        60:00    W    32    3    35
Totals        60:00    1-0-0    32    3    35
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

2-24-07        40:00    ND    34    4    38
11-17-07        62:57    W    41    4    45
11-22-08        59:50    W    32    3    35
2-13-09        64:58    T    20    4    24
2-14-09        60:00    W    31    2    33
1-22-10        62:17    W    30    2    32
Totals        350:02    4-0-1     188    19    207

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Jan. 22, 2010):
Bobby Butler recorded a pair of assists including the primary assist on a game-winning overtime goal (100th point) to lift UNH to a 3-2 overtime win over Providence College in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena. Butler carried the puck into the offensive zone and behind the net. After holding the puck for several seconds, Butler found a crashing Phil DeSimone (1g, 1a) for the one-timer from the right slot. Blake Kessel tallied his team-high 21st assist on the game-winning goal at 2:17 of overtime.

HOME-SWEET-HOMESTAND:
After dropping three-straight road games, the Wildcats will return to the Whittemore Center where they are 6-0-2 against Hockey East opponents. UNH will play three-straight games at home, starting with Providence on Friday night, and five of the final seven.

2,000 SAVES FOR FOSTER:
Senior netminder Brian Foster turned away 30-plus shots in each game this weekend and became just the eighth player in UNH history to register 2,000 career saves.
RNK    PLAYER        GAMES        SAVES
1.        Kevin Regan    112        3,235
2.        Greg Moffett    101        2,602
3.        Mike Ayers    101        2,532
4.        Greg Rota    78        2,282
5.        Ty Conklin    93        2,188
6.        Todd Pearson    81        2,178
7.        Bruce Gillies    71        2,140
8.        Brian Foster    74        2,017

‘CATS BOASTS FOUR IN TOP 10 HOCKEY EAST SCORING:
UNH has four of Hockey East’s top 10 in scoring in league play.
Points        Bobby Butler      1st(31 pts)
            Paul Thompson      5th(24 pts.)
            Phil DeSimone    8th(22 pts.)
            Blake Kessel       10th(21 pts.)

DeSIMONE IS STREAKING: Junior forward Phil DeSimone remains on a roll for the Wildcats. He potted a goal in both games this weekend and is riding a nine-game scoring streak that includes 11 points (5g, 6a).

KESSEL JOINING ELITE COMPANY, 30 POINT BLUELINER:
Blake Kessel had a pair of assists on Friday night and now has 30 points this season. Kessel is the first defenseman to post 30 points since Brian Yandle had 30 in 2005-06.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    29-33-62    32-21-25
Juniors:    36-47-83    40-30-33
Sophomores:    20-56-76    22-35-31
Freshmen:    6-22-28    7-14-11

KESSEL MOVES UP TO SECOND NATIONALLY IN DEFENSIVE SCORING:
Blake Kessel ranks second nationally in defensive scoring behind Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith and his 24 assists matches the best total by a UNH defenseman (Yandle 24 – 2005-06) in the last decade.
20-plus assists for defenseman in single season since 1997-98
Year            Player            Assists
1998-99        Jayme Filipowicz            30
1997-98        Jayme Filipowicz            28
1998-99        Steve O’Brien            27
2009-10        Blake Kessel            24
2005-06        Brian Yandle            24
2008-09        Kevin Kapstad            23
2004-05        Brian Yandle            22
2001-02        Garrett Stafford            22
2000-01        Garrett Stafford            21

LONG TIME AWAY FROM THE WHITT FOR FRIARS:
It has been a long time since Hockey East foe Providence has been to the Whittemore Center. The teams have played its last three games at PC’s Schneider Arena with the last game at the Whitt coming on February 13, 2009, 365 days ago. The Friars are 3-24-1 lifetime at the Whittemore Center.

CLOSE CALLS FOR ‘CATS AND FRIARS:
Seven of the last eight games with Providence have by decided by one goal or less with four of those games going to overtime. The Wildcats are 6-0-2 in those games.

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (Feb. 9):
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk

1     Miami     24     20-4-6     .7667     1     .5899     1
1      Miami     24      20-4-6     .7667      1      .5898      1
2     Denver     23     18-6-4     .7143     3     .5827*     2
3     Wisconsin     22     16-7-4     .6667     5t     .5708     3
4     St. Cloud State     20     18-8-4     .6667     5t     .5666     4
5t     Bemidji State     19     18-6-2     .7308     2     .5548     6
5t     Boston College     19     16-8-2     .6538     8     .5539     7
7t     Maine     16     14-9-3     .5962     14     .5455     9
7t     Colorado Coll.    16     17-10-3.6167     11t     .5555     5
9t     Massachusetts     15     16-11-0.5926     15     .5373     15
9t     Minn.-Duluth     15     18-11-1.6167     11t     .5484     8
11t     Vermont     14     13-9-4     .5769     17     .5390     12
11t     North Dakota     14     13-10-5.5536     21     .5390     11
13     Ferris State     12     17-9-4     .6333     10     .5402     10
14     Michigan State     11     17-10-5.6094     13     .5375     14
15t     Cornell     10     13-6-3     .6591     7     .5367     16
15t     New Hampshire 10     13-10-4.5556     20     .5382     13
17t     Yale     8     14-6-3     .6739     4     .5366     17
17t     Union     8     15-7-6     .6429     9     .5325*     18
19     Alaska     6     11-9-8     .5357     25t     .5171     23
20t     Michigan     5     16-13-1.5500     22t     .5239     19
20t     Lake Superior     5     14-11-5.5500     22t     .5185     20
22     Minnesota     4     13-13-2.5000     32t     .5180     21
23     No. Michigan     3     12-10-8 .5333     29     .5175     22
24     Northeastern     1     13-12-1 .5192     31     .5170     24
25     Mass.-Lowell     0     14-12-2 .5357     25t     .5153     25

HATS OFF TO OPERATION HAT TRICK:
Friday night’s game is the second-annual Operation Hat Trick night. Operation Hat Trick was created in the fall of 2008, and is dedicated to Chief Petty Officer Nate Hardy, a Navy SEAL and son of a UNH professor and his wife, who was killed while on a covert mission in Iraq. Operation Hat Trick provides blue and white baseball caps to injured soldiers. For every two hats sold, a third is donated to VA Medical Centers around the country. Hats have already made their way to VA Medical Centers in Manchester, N.H., West Roxbury, Mass., La Jolla, Calif., and now Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The second annual Operation Hat Trick Night will provide fans the opportunity to donate to Operation Hat Trick buy purchasing raffle tickets to win one of three team signed hats. Proceeds will go to benefit the NH VA Medical Center’s Recreation Therapy program. Hats will be available for sale at the game at the Friends of Hockey merchandise booth.

T-B-D LINE EXTENDS GOAL SCORING STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES:
UNH’s top line of Bobby Butler, Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone have combined to score at least one goal in each of the past nine games for UNH. Overall,  the line has 17 goals (1.88 gpg) during this nine-game span and 32 since its formation 17 games ago (1.88 gpg).

‘CATS REMAIN IN FIRST PLACE PERCH:
Despite losses last weekend,, UNH holds on to a three-point lead in Hockey East over Boston College and Maine. The Wildcats have been in first since since Nov. 23, 2009.

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
2/8            15    15    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Feb. 8)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    Miami University, 509 (33)    1    20-4-6    18
2    University of Denver, 478 (1)    2    18-6-4    18
3    University of Wisconsin, 441    3    16-7-4    11
4    St. Cloud State University, 400    4    18-8-4    7
5    Bemidji State University, 305    7    18-6-2    15
6    Cornell University, 289        5    13-6-3    18
7    Yale University, 286        8    14-6-3    18
8    Minnesota Duluth, 260        6    18-11-1    12
9    Colorado College, 244        10    17-10-3    15
10    Boston College, 227        14    15-8-2    15
11    University of North Dakota, 199    9    13-10-5    18
12    University of Maine, 136        NR    14-9-3    1
13    Ferris State University, 98        11    17-9-4    9
14    Michigan State University, 87    12    17-10-5    13
15    New Hampshire, 48        13    13-10-4    3
Others receiving votes: University of Massachusetts, 27; Union College, 21; University of Vermont, 18; University of Michigan, 6; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (Feb. 8)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1     Miami                   (46)          20- 4-6   996         1
2     Denver                  (3)          18- 6-4   949         2
3     Wisconsin               (1)          16- 7-4   899         3
4     St. Cloud State                       18- 8-4   844         4
5     Bemidji State                         18- 6-2   703         7
6     Yale                                  14- 6-3   650         8
7     Minnesota-Duluth                  18-11-1  642         6
8     Cornell                               13- 6-3       637         5
9     Colorado College                  17-10-3  635        10
10     Boston College                        15- 8-2   598        14
11     North Dakota                          13-10-5  538         9
12     Maine                                 14-9-3       432        16
13     Michigan State                       17-10-5  389        12
14     Ferris State                          17-9-4       387        11
15     New Hampshire                     13-10-4  258        13
16     Union                                 15-7-6       248        20
17     Vermont                               13- 9-4       242        17
18     Massachusetts                         16-11-0  201        15
19     Michigan                              16-13-1  131        19
20    Mass.-Lowell                          14-12-2   29        18
Others Receiving Votes: St. Lawrence 28, Alaska 18, RIT 15, Boston University 8, Rensselaer 8, Northern Michigan 6, Sacred Heart 5, Lake Superior 3, Minnesota 1

A BALANCED SHORT-HANDED ATTACK:
UNH has five short-handed goals scored by five different scorers this season including most recently Mike Sislo on Friday night. It marks the first time five Wildcats have scored short-handed since the 2006-07 season. Bobby Butler, Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson and Peter LeBlanc have also scored short-handed for UNH.

HARDOWA MOVING ON UP: 
For the first time in his college career freshman defenseman Connor Hardowa skated as a forward. Hardowa centered UNH’s fourth line on Saturday night against Maine.

SISLO POTS SHORT AT ALFOND FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT SEASON:
Friday night was a bit of deja vu for junior Mike Sislo, he scored a short-handed goal for the second-straight season at Alfond. Last year’s goal started a three-goal rally that lifted the Wildcats to a 5-4 win.

T-B-D LINE, A DETERMINED SUCCESS:
Since its formation on Nov. 14, 2009, the Wildcat TBD line (Thompson, Butler, DeSimone) have posted 32 goals, 37 assists for 69 points in 17 games (4.05 ppg) and guided UNH to a 11-4-2 record over span.
Since the T-B-D line was formed
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG

Butler    11    14            25    1.47
Thompson    13    10            23    1.35
DeSimone    8    13            21    1.24   
Totals    32    37            69    4.05

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:    2.85 (5th)    Career Save %:    .908 (5th)
Career Games:    74 (8th)        Career Saves: 2,017 (8th)
Career Wins:    35 (9th)

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
Bobby Butler    Frozen Four Skills Challenge Nom.    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    7th    1.37 ppg
Blake Kessel    28th    1.15 ppg
Paul Thompson     48th    1.07 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler      8th    0.67 gpg
Paul Thompson    24th    0.54 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel       6th    0.92 apg
Bobby Butler       31st    0.70 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    24th     6 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    25th    1 shg
Peter LeBlanc    25th    1 shg
Phil DeSimone    25th    1 shg
Paul Thompson    25th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Bobby Butler    21st    3 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel       2nd/2nd    30pts. /1.15 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    54th    3.14 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster       49th    .903
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    33rd    .538
Team
Scoring Offense      10th    3.37
Scoring Defense    44th    3.26
Scoring Margin    26th    0.11
Penalty Minutes    57th    10.5
Power Play    40th    17.2
Penalty Kill       47th       78.3
Combined Special Teams    46th    47.6
Winnning Percentage    20th    .556

***HOBEY BAKER CANDIDATE BOBBY BUTLER***
BUTLER SEVENTH NATIONALLY IN GOALS, SCORING:
Bobby Butler ranks seventh in the nation in goals with 0.67 goals per game. In addition, his 1.37 ppg is good for seventh nationally.

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 ONE OF 16 NOMINEES FOR 2010 HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN:
Bobby Butler was among a group of 18 college hockey players nominated for the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award honors college hockey’s finest citizen, someone who gives back to his or her community. The finalists will be announced later this month, and the recipient will be announced at the Frozen Four in Detroit on April 9. For more on the award, visit hockeyhumanitarian.org.

Butler going for 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, 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).

UNH’S OFFENSE 10TH NATIONALLY:
New Hampshire’s offense ranks 10th in the country at 3.37 gpg including 13 games with four or more goals.

Among the League Leaders:
Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Bobby Butler      3rd (37pts.)    1st(31 pts)
            Blake Kessel     8th (30 pts.)      10th(21 pts.)
            Paul Thompson      9th (29 pts.)    5th(24 pts.)
            Phil DeSimone    13th (24 pts.)      8th(22 pts.)
Goals        Bobby Butler    2nd (18 g)    1st (14 g)
            Paul Thompson    5th (15 g)      3rd (12 g)
Assists       Blake Kessel      4th (24 a)            4th (17 a)
            Bobby Butler    6th (19 a)         4th (17 a)
            Phil DeSimone    13th (16 a)      7th (15 a)
PP Goals    Bobby Butler    8th (6 ppg)    8th (4 ppg)
            Mike Sislo            8th  (4ppg)    SH Points    Bobby Butler    4th (2 shp)    2nd (2 shp)
            Paul Thompson    4th (2 shp)    2nd (2 shp)
GW Goals    Bobby Butler     4th (3 gwg)    5th (2 gwg)
Def. Scoring    Blake Kessel    1st (30 pts)    1st(21 pts)
GAA        Brian Foster       9th (3.14)              5th (2.74)
Save %        Brian Foster      9th (.903)    5th (.912)
Win %        Brian Foster       7th(.538)                2nd (.658)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.37/3rd     3.65/1st
GAA     3.26/8th    2.85/4th
Power Play     17.2/8th     17.5/8th
Penalty Kill       78.3/9th     74.1/9th
Special Teams Net     0/8th      -4/6th
1st Period Scoring          23/5th     19/3rd
2nd Period Scoring        44/1st       32/1st
3rd Period Scoring     22/8th     20/5th
Overtime Scoring             2/2nd        2/1st

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    W, 5-2
Dec. 11     at Providence     Cox-TV    W, 4-3
Jan. 3     Cornell    ESPNU    L, 2-5
jan. 23    at boston univ.    nesn    W, 4-1
Feb. 6     at Maine     WABI-TV    L, 3-6
Feb. 19     Vermont     NESN
March 5     Boston College    NESN

WILDCATS PICKED FOURTH IN HOCKEY EAST POLL:
UNH was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 30 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden.
2009-10 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.    Team (FPV)            Pts

1. Boston University (6)         84
2. UMass-Lowell (2)         79
3. Boston College (2)         76
4. New Hampshire         59
Vermont             59
6. Northeastern             57
7. Massachusetts             47
8. Maine             32
9. Providence             24
10. Merrimack             23

THE DICK UMILE ERA:
Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 20th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award following the 2007-08 season. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, 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, 15 NCAA tournament appearances and 19 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 19-year career in Durham.  In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 19 seasons, including a current streak of 13 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 444 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 fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .652 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 444 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 directed the Wildcats to a 20-13-5 mark as they captured their eighth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Umile guided the Wildcats to 20+ wins in 13 straight years, the second longest streak in the nation and five seasons more than its closest competition; no other team in Hockey East has an active streak longer than one season. After struggling through a 1-5-2 stretch in November, New Hampshire went 14-4-2 to close out the regular season and claimed third place in the league and home-ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for a Hockey East-best 13th straight season. The crowning moment of the 2008-09 season was the Wildcats’ goal with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie and eventually win 6-5 in overtime in their NCAA Northeast Regional opening-round game against perennial power North Dakota in front of UNH faithful at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY: 
UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times in the 82-year history of the program, including the nation’s second best streak at eight-straight appearances. 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 30 seasons with 20-plus wins, including the last 13 consecutive seasons.

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