Coming off a split at Miami, the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team welcomes in third-ranked University of Michigan for a single non-conference game on Saturday at 7 p.m at the Whitt. The Wildcats and Wolverines are two of the most storied programs in college hockey with the two longest active NCAA appearance streaks. UM has been to 20-straight NCAA's, while New Hampshire has been to nine in a row.

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES: No. 3/3 Michigan enters the weekend with a 2-0-1 overall record and a perfect 2-0-0-0 mark in CCHA play. The Wolverines opened the season with a 4-4 tie with Mercyhurst on Oct. 2 and this past weekend the team swept a two game league series at Bowling Green. Michigan won 4-1 on Friday and completed the sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Senior forward Louie Caporusso recorded two assists in each game of the Wolverines sweep at Bowling Green. He also had a shorthanded goal in Saturday's 4-2 win for his second career five-point weekend. Caporusso is tied for the national scoring lead with 2-4-6 totals in three games. UM is anchored in net by a pair of seniors. Shawn Hunwick and Bryan Hogan each alternated starts in three regular season and one exhibition game. Hunwick is 1-0-1 with a 2.40 GAA and a .909 save percentage, while Hogan is 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .889 save percentage. If Michigan holds true to its current rotation, Hunwick would be due to start Saturday against New Hampshire.

SERIES HISTORY VS.  MICHIGAN: The Wolverines lead the all-time series with UNH, 5-2-1 in eight all-time meetings, dating back to November 3, 1983...The teams played to a 4-4 tie in the last meeting on Oct. 15, 2004 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. UNH's last win against Michigan was a 3-2 overtime win at the Worcester Centrum in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 27, 1999. Former Wildcat Darren Haydar scored 3:16 into overtime to send UNH to the Frozen Four in Anaheim, Calif. Coach Umile is 1-2-1 all-time against Michigan in his coaching career. No current Wildcats have played against Michigan.
vs. MICHIGAN (2-5-1)
11-4-83    (A)    Michigan    3    UNH    2    OT    L
11-5-83    (A)    Michigan    5    UNH    4        L   
11-2-84    (H)    Michigan    1    UNH    0        L
11-3-84    (H)    UNH    5    Michigan    4        W
4-2-98    (N)    Michigan    4    UNH    0        L
3-27-99    (N)    UNH    3    Michigan    2    OT    W
3-27-04    (N)    Michigan    4    UNH    1        L
10-15-04    (A)    UNH    4    Michigan    4    OT    T

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (10/15/04 AT MICHIGAN):  Sophomore forward Josh Ciocco posted a career-high two goals to lead UNH a 4-4 tie against No. 4 Michigan at Yost Ice Arena. Ciocco notched his second goal of the game to give UNH the 4-3 lead with 13:37 remaining in the game. Matt Fornataro registered his first collegiate point with a primary assist on Ciocco's second goal. Mike Radja also earned an assist on UNH's fourth tally. Michigan tied the game with just 7:41 left in regulation when Kevin Porter potted a power-play goal to even the Wolverines score for good. Senior forward Eric Nystrom tied the game at 3-3 with 15:24 remaining in the third period. Jeff Pietrasiak  stopped a career-high 44 saves on 48 shots by the Wolverines, including 13 saves in the first period and an impressive 21 stops in the third period. Junior Al Montoya posted 25 saves for Michigan, including 12 in the second and 10 in the third frame.

LAST TIME OUT (10/9/10 AT MIAMI): Five different players accounted for three even-strength, a power play and a short-handed goals in a five-goal second period to lift UNH to a 6-3 win over No. 3 Miami in the series finale at Goggin Ice Center. New Hampshire had six different goal scorers accounting for its six goals. Matt DiGirolamo finished with a career-high 36 saves, one more than last night's previous high. He improves to 1-1 on the season, while Connor Knapp played the first two periods and allowed five goals on 20 shots in 40 minutes of play and falls to 0-1 on the season. Reichard turned away six shots and allowed one goal in 16:30 of work in the third.

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE; MICHIGAN, UNH SECOND TO NONE:  With nine straight NCAA tournament appearances, UNH is second on the list of active programs with NCAA appearances. Michigan has qualified for the NCAA's in an unpresidented 20-straight seasons.
Program        Consecutive Trips to the NCAA's
Michigan        20    
UNH        9
North Dakota        8
Miami        5
Denver            3

WOLVERINES BACK IN DURHAM FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1984:  Saturday night's game against Michigan marks the first time since Nov., 1984 the Wolverines have played in Durham.

HARDOWA POTS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Sophomore defenseman Connor Hardowa scored his first collegiate goal on Friday against Miami. He added an assist on Saturday night.

'CATS OPEN WITH FIVE OF SIX AGAINST TOP-15 OPPONENTS AND SIX OF SEVEN ON THE ROAD: New Hampshire has perhaps the most difficult early schedules in collegiate hockey. The 'Cats will play five of its first six games against top-15 opponents with six of its first seven games on the road.
Date        Opponent        Results    
10/8        at #3 Miami        L, 3-6
10/9        at #3 Miami        W, 6-3
10/16        vs. #3 Michigan
10/22        at Northeastern
10/29        at #12 Cornell
11/5        at #1 Boston College
11/6        at Mass.-Lowell

DiGIROLAMO POSTS CAREER-HIGHS IN BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTS: Matt DiGirolamo posted career-highs in back-to-back games with 35 and 36 saves, respectively. His previous career high was 32 saves against Providence on Dec. 9, 2009.

FIVE-GOAL SECOND PERIOD: UNH used a five goal second period to capture a 6-3 win over Miami on Saturday night. It marked the first time since Oct. 17, 2009 New Hampshire scored five goals in a period. The Wildcats did so in the second period against Miami at the Whitt.

NON-CONFERENCE RESUME:  The Wildcats have already matched their non-conference win output from a year ago, they captured their first and only non-conference win of 2009-10 on January 16, 2010.

BEST IN THE SECOND, PERIOD: UNH ranks first in Hockey East with seven second-period goals. Over 77 percent of New Hampshire's goals have come in the second period.

'CATS ON THE KILL: UNH successfully killed off 11 of 12 power plays on the weekend including eight of eight on Saturday night and five of five in the third period.

BALANCED ATTACK: Twelve different New Hampshire players registered a point over the weekend against Miami.

DiGIROLAMO 1st IN HE; 4th NATIONALLY IN SAVES: Matt DiGirolamo's 71 saves in two games ranks first in Hockey East and fourth nationally.
National Saves Leaders
Player            Saves        Team
Dan Morrison        90        Canisius
Ben Meisner        85        AIC
Steven Legatto        72        Sacred Heart
Matt DiGirolamo    71        New Hampshire

DeSIMONE FACTORS IN ALL THREE GOALS ON FRIDAY: Senior forward Phil DeSimone registered a goal and two assists on Friday, factoring in all three New Hampshire goals on the night.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    3-4-7    33-27-29
Juniors:    3-5-8    33-27-33
Sophomores:    3-6-9    33-40-38
Freshmen:    0-0-0    0-0-0

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
9/27            8th    N/P    3rd (pre)
10/4            N/P    10    3rd (pre)
10/11        9th    9th    4th

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Oct. 11)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Last     Rec.     Weeks
1    Boston College, 507 (31)    1    1-0-0    2
2    North Dakota, 467 (3)        2    1-0-1    2
3    University of Michigan, 427    4    2-0-1    2
4    Miami University, 392        3    1-1-0    2
5    Yale University, 345        5    0-0-0    2
6    University of Maine, 300    7    1-0-1    2
7    Minnesota Duluth, 299        9    1-0-1    2
8    University of Denver, 241    11    1-0-1    2
9    New Hampshire, 226        8    1-1-0    2
T10    Boston University, 218        14    2-0-0    2
T10    St. Cloud State University, 218    6    1-1-0    2
12    Cornell University, 137        10    0-0-0    2
13    University of Minnesota, 129    15    2-0-0    2
14    University of Alaska, 71        12    1-1-0    2
15    University of Wisconsin, 46    13    1-1-0    2
Others receiving votes: Union College, 45; University of Nebraska Omaha, 19; University of Notre Dame, 11; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 9; Colorado College, 7; Michigan State University, 4; University of Vermont, 4; Merrimack College, 2; Colgate University, 1; Michigan Tech University, 1; Robert Morris University, 1.

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Oct. 11)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW
1     Boston College (48)    1-0-0    998    1
2     North Dakota (2)    1-0-1       916         2
3     Michigan        2-0-1    833    5
4    Miami        1-1-0    827    3
5     Yale                          0-0-0       751         6
6     Denver                         1-0-1       636         9
7     Minnesota-Duluth               1-0-1       608         8
8     Maine                          1-0-1       601         7
9     New Hampshire                  1-1-0       571        10
10     Boston University              2-0-0       546        14
11     St. Cloud State                1-1-0       545         4
12     Cornell                        0-0-0       453        11
13     Minnesota                      2-0-0       422        15
14     Alaska                         1-1-0       353        12
15     Wisconsin                      1-1-0       268        13
16     Union                          2-0-0       255        19
17     Nebraska-Omaha                 2-0-0       187        NR
18     Colorado College               1-0-1       169        20
19     Notre Dame                     1-1-0       167        17
20     Michigan State                 0-0-0       135        16
Others Receiving Votes: Vermont 57, Bemidji State 42, RIT 37, Colgate 21, Alaska-Anchorage 13, Michigan Tech 13, Rensselaer 13, Mercyhurst 12, Ferris State 11, Robert Morris 11, Canisius 10, Merrimack 6, Northern Michigan 4, Ohio State 4,  St. Lawrence 3, Quinnipiac 2

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:    
Phil DeSimone    42nd     1.50 ppg
Goals Per Game:
nine players    78th    0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
three players    33rd     1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
Mike Sislo         7th     1 ppg
Paul Thompson    7th    1 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman     1st     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Damon Kipp     1st     1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        12th     1.00 ppg
Connor Hardowa    12th    1.00 ppg
Brett Kostolansky    12th    1.00 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo    46th     4.01 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        39th     .899
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo    26th     .500
Scoring Offense       8th     4.50
Scoring Defense     41st     4.50
Scoring Margin     23rd     0.00
Penalty Minutes     5th     22.0
Power Play     20th    22.2
Penalty Kill        9th    91.7
Combined Special Teams     10th     61.9
Winnning Percentage     17th     .500

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Phil DeSimone    4th (3 pts.)    n/a
            six tied        11th (2 pts.)    n/a        Goals        nine tied    8th (1 g)        n/a    
Assists          three tied      3rd (1 a)            n/a
PP Points    Mike Sislo    2nd (2)        n/a
PP Goals    Mike Sislo    1st (1 ppg)           n/a
            Paul Thompson    1st (1 ppg)    n/a
SH Points    Dalton Speelman1st (1 shp)    n/a
            Brett Kostolansky1st (1 shp)    n/a
SH Goals    Dalton Speelman1st (1 shg)    n/a
GW Goals    Damon Kipp    1st (1 gwg)       n/a
Def. Scoring    three tied    3rd (2 pts)    n/a
GAA        Matt DiGirolamo    10th (4.01)    n/a
Save %        Matt DiGirolamo    6th (.899)    n/a
Win %        Matt DiGirolamo    6th (.500)    n/a
Saves        Matt DiGirolamo    1st (71)        n/a
Minutes    Matt DiGirolamo    2nd (119:50)     n/a
Wins        Matt DiGirolamo    1st (1)        n/a

    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     4.50/2nd     n/a
GAA     4.50/8th    n/a
Power Play     22.2/4th     n/a
Penalty Kill       91.7/3rd     n/a
Special Teams Net     +2/1st      n/a
1st Period Scoring          0/7th     n/a
2nd Period Scoring        7/1st       n/a
3rd Period Scoring     2/3rd     n/a
Overtime Scoring             n/a        n/a

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have nine games broadcast live on TV in 2010-11. NESN will air five games, three will air on CBS College Sports, while one will air locally on ONN (Ohio).
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 8     at Miami                 CBS-College Sports    L, 3-6
Oct. 9     at Miami                    ONN (OHIO)    W, 6-3
Nov. 19     Boston U.               NESN
Dec. 10      at Maine               CBS-College Sports
Jan. 22     Boston U.     NESN
Feb. 4      Maine    NESN
Feb. 5     Maine    NESN
Feb. 18    at Vermont    CBS-College Sports            
March 4     at Boston College      NESN

ALL IN THE FAMILY: UNH junior defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while sophomore forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.

SISLO TABBED CAPTAIN; CAMPANALE WILL SERVE AS ALTERNATE CAPTAIN: Mike Sislo was named the 106th captain in the history of the UNH hockey program for the 2010-11 season. Matt Campanale was named the alternate captain for the upcoming season.Sislo finished a well-balanced junior campaign with 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists. He is one of two players with 68 points (36g, 32a) to lead all returners coming into the upcoming season, while his 36 goals is tops among all returners. Sislo scored 22 of his 29 points in Hockey East play, scored four times on the power play and twice short-handed. In the season prior, Sislo was the team's leading goal scorer with 19 goals that season, while also tallying 12 assists. Campanale was a leader on a young Wildcat defense in 2009-10, playing on both the first and second defensive pair throughout the season. He played in all 39 games for New Hampshire this year, posting 12 points on three goals and nine assists.

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish third in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced on Wednesday afternoon at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats garnered 76 points in the poll, which was good enough for a third place preseason standing. UNH was picked fourth in the preseason and finished in first place in last year's regular season standings.
Rk.            Team (FPV)                            Pts.
1.                Boston College (9    90
2.                Maine (1)        80
3.                New Hampshire      76
4.                Boston University               59
5.                Northeastern                    54
6.                Vermont                                  53
7.                Merrimack                    48
8.                UMass-Lowell             33
9.                Massachusetts            26
10.          Providence                  21

THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, a six-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 21st season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He passed both Jerry York and Jack Parker in becoming the first coach in league history to six coach of the year honors. 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, 16 NCAA tournament appearances and 20 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 20-year career in Durham.
    In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 20 seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 462 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 fifth among active NCAA coaches with a .645 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 462 victories ranks seventh among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 11 times in his career, including New England honors four times and Hockey East Coach of the Year six times Last year, Umile guided the Wildcats, who were picked fourth in the Hockey East Preseason Poll, to their eighth regular season championship including the third in the last four years. The Wildcats led the Hockey East standings for an eye-popping 16-straight weeks, taking over the league lead Nov. 23, 2009 and never relinquishing that position. UNH went unbeaten at home in Hockey East play for the first time since the 1999-00 season and won the regular season series with six of nine league foes. Umile helped guide a team that lost 10 players, including Hockey East All Star and leading scorer James van Riemsdyk, from the 2008-09 squad to its 22nd straight trip to the Hockey East playoffs and home-ice advantage in the quarterfinals for a league-best 14th-straight season. After going just 2-6-2 over its first 10 games, Umile's Wildcats responded with a 10-1-2 mark over the next 13 games, including a 12-game unbeaten streak in Hockey East play. Umile's run in the regular season was capped by a dramatic 3-3 come-from-behind deadlock with Boston College that clinched the league's crown in front of the home fans on Senior Day at the Whittemore Center. The 'Cats earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament for the ninth-straight season and captured a convincing 6-2 win over favored Cornell in the opening round, advancing to the regional final for the second-straight season.

'CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Four current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been taken.

UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO:  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. Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as affiliate stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining flagship WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family. These three aforementioned stations -- along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London), WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches' shows, a select number of men's basketball, women's basketball and women's hockey broadcasts. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the fourth-straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey since the 1993-94 season.ouncing Wildcat hockey for 16 years since the 1993-94 season.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: UNHWildcats.com via Stretch Internet Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men's ice hockey action again this season. If you can not attend Wildcat hockey, 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 broadcast site by going to the men's hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO: The Coach's Show featuring UNH men's hockey head coach Dick Umile and hosted by Mike Murphy begins its 11th season in 2010-11. The Coach's Show is broadcast Mondays (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) on the Wildcat Sports Network from various locations around the seacoast and features Coach Umile, as well as a student-athlete from the men's ice hockey team. In front of a live audience, Murphy and his guests talk about the latest news and notes regarding UNH hockey.  

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features a pair of players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee) and Paul Thompson (Derry) all hailing from the Granite State.

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE UNHWILDCATS.TV: UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH's seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2010-11 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
    Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the "Wildcat All-Access Pass" which is an annual subscription for $89.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $7.95.

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award    Date
Blake Kessel    INCH Preseason All-America First Team    10/7
Blake Kessel    InsideHockey.com's Hobey Watch    10/7

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