DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team hits the road for a pair of Hockey East contests this weekend. The 'Cats travel to defending national champion #4 Boston College on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Conte Forum and head down the road to UMass-Lowell on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Tsongas Center.
SCOUTING THE NO. 4 EAGLES: No. 4 Boston College enters Friday night's game with a 5-2-0 overall record, 3-1-0 in Hockey East. Most recently, the Eagles captured a 5-2 win over UMass-Lowell on Tuesday night. In that game, Cam Atkinson and Chris Kreider each potted a pair of goals. BC returns the majority of its 2009-10 national championship team including a pair of 50-point scorers in Atkinson (53) and Brian Gibbons (50) and junior netminder John Muse who has two national championship titles in three years as a collegiate. Atkinson is the team's leading scorer with nine points (6g, 3a) in seven games, while Joe Whitney is second with eight points (1g, 7a). In net, the Eagles have used both netminders Muse and Parker Milner. Muse is 4-1-0 with a 1.61 GAA and a .946 save percentage, while Milner is 1-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 62-59-12 in 133 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 6, 1937. Last season, the Wildcats went 0-1-2 against BC including a pair of dramatic come-from-behind ties. In both games, the 'Cats trailed 3-0 in the third and rallied for a tie. The 3-3 deadlock on March 5 gave the Wildcats the Hockey East Regular Season Championship in front of the home crowd at Whittemore Center. Coach Umile owns a 38-23-11 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 13-16-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 16-5-2 all-time record at the Whittemore Center. Mike Sislo is the active leading scorer against the Eagles with 11 points in 11 games. Matt DiGirolamo is 0-1-0 in his only start against the Eagles.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE EAGLES:
Player GP G-A-P
Mike Sislo 11 4-7-11
Phil DeSimone 12 3-4-7
Paul Thompson 12 1-2-3
Blake Kessel 8 2-1-3
Brett Kostolansky 1 0-2-2
Mike Beck 4 1-1-2
Stevie Moses 7 1-0-1
Kevin McCarey 4 1-0-1
John Henrion 3 1-0-1
Damon Kipp 7 0-1-1
Mike Borisenok 3 0-1-1
Matt Campanale 8 0-0-0
Greg Burke 3 0-0-0
Dalton Speelman 3 0-0-0
Austin Block 1 0-0-0
Connor Hardowa 3 0-0-0
Greg Manz 2 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
DiGirolamo 1/58:47 7 7.15 0-1-0 29 .805
DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots
11-15-08 58:47 L 29 7 36
Totals 58:47 0-1-0 29 7 36
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (3/6/10 AT BC): Brian Foster stopped 39 shots with double-figure stops in all three thirds, but 10th-ranked men's hockey team dropped the regular-season finale, 3-2, to No. 5 Boston College at Conte Forum. Bobby Butler and Mike Beck scored for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: UMass.-Lowell enters the weekend 1-5-2 overall with a 1-5-0 mark in Hockey East. The River Hawks will play host to Vermont on Friday before welcoming in UNH on Saturday. Most recently, UML lost at BC, 5-2, on Tuesday night. The River Hawks are on a four-game losing streak with losses to Northeastern and Boston University twice before Tuesday's loss at BC. Riley Wetmore and Chad Ruhwedel are the leading scorers with six points apiece. After graduating a pair of veteran netminders in Nevin Hamilton and Carter Hutton, the River Hawks have a pair of freshmen splitting time in net. Marc Boulanger is 0-3-1 with a 4.37 GAA and a .858 save percentage, while Doug Carr is 1-2-1 with a 3.20 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS-LOWELL: The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 51-30-15 in 96 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983.The teams were an even 1-1-1 in 2009-10 including a 2-2 in the last meeting on Jan. 8, 2010. Coach Umile owns a 44-19-10 all-time record against the River Hawks in his coaching career. Phil DeSimone is the active leader in scorer against the River Hawks with six points (1g, 5a) in nine games. Matt DiGirolamo is 0-1-0 lifetime against UML.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE RIVER HAWKS:
Player GP G-A-P
Phil DeSimone 9 1-5-6
Mike Sislo 9 3-0-3
Blake Kessel 6 2-1-3
Greg Burke 3 0-2-2
Mike Borisenok 3 0-2-2
Matt Campanale 3 1-0-1
Austin Block 3 1-0-1
Connor Hardowa 3 0-1-1
Dalton Speelman 3 0-1-1
Paul Thompson 9 1-0-1
Damon Kipp 5 0-1-1
Stevie Moses 5 1-0-1
Mike Beck 4 0-0-0
Greg Manz 3 0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky 3 0-0-0
Kevin McCarey 2 0-0-0
John Henrion 1 0-0-0
Scott Pavelski 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
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
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (1/8/10 VS. MASS-LOWELL): Phil DeSimone scored the game-tying goal in the third period to lift the men's ice hockey team to a 2-2 overtime tie against 14th-ranked University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Whittemore Center. Matt Campanale scored UNH's first goal. Brian Foster finished the contest with 27 saves, including 20 stops in the final three frames.
LAST TIME OUT (10/29/10 AT CORNELL): Mike Sislo and Stevie Moses each potted a pair of goals to help lift UNH to a 7-4 win over 14th-ranked Cornell University in front of a sellout crowd of 4,267 at Lynah Arena. Mike Borisenok tallied a goal and two assists to round out top scorers, while Matt DiGirolamo stopped 31 shots.
NON-CONFERENCE RESUME: With its second non-conference win, UNH has surpassed its non-league win total from a year ago.
WE'RE STREAKING: The Wildcats own the nation's eighth longest unbeaten streak with a four-game streak at 2-0-2.
LUCKY SEVEN: UNH's seven goal output at Cornell's highly-touted Lynah Rink was the most at an away venue since a 7-4 win at North Dakota on Dec. 29, 2007.
CROOKED NUMBER AT LYNAH: UNH is the first team to score seven goals at Lynah Rink since Providence did so on Jan. 5, 1999.
CAREER-NIGHT FOR BORISENOK: Mike Borisenok posted a career-high with a goal and two assists on Friday night at Cornell.
SISLO SCORES A PAIR AT CORNELL: Mike Sislo scored a pair of goals including the game-winning goal and the first goal just 23 seconds into the game in a 7-4 win over Cornell.
SCORING IN EVERY WAY: The New Hampshire offense scored in every manner on Friday with a power play, short-handed, even-strength and empty-net goal.
SISLO AGAINST THE EAGLES: Mike Sislo is averaging point a game against BC with 11 points (4g, 7a) in 11 games.
AGAINST THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: UNH travels to defending national champion Boston College on Friday. With the last three champions coming from within Hockey East, the 'Cats are no stranger to playing the defending national champions.
2009-10 2-0-1 vs. Boston Univ.
2008-09 2-3-0 vs. BC (include HE quarterfinals)
KESSEL EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO SEVEN: Blake Kessel extended his point-streak to seven games dating date to last year's 6-2 win over Cornell in the NCAA East Regional opening round.
POWER PLAY GOAL IN EVERY GAME THIS SEASON: UNH has scored a power play goal in each of the first five games this season.
SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P G-A-P %
Seniors: 8-8-16 38-27-31
Juniors: 4-7-11 33-27-35
Sophomores: 4-9-13 29-37-33
Freshmen: 0-0-0 0-0-0
TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through five games between this season and last season.
Record 2-2-1 2-1-2
HE Record 2-0-0 0-0-1
Goals scored 18 21
Goals scored/PG 3.60 4.20
Goals Allowed 18 18
Goals Allowed/PG 3.60 3.60
Shots 149 184
Shots Allowed 131 177
Power Play 20.0% 19.2%
Penalty Kill 82.8% 75.0%
Top 3 Scorers Kessel DeSimone
Borisenok Four tied
3-3-6 four points
'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 T, 3-3
10/22 at Northeastern T, 2-2
10/29 at #14 Cornell W, 7-4
11/5 at #4 Boston College
11/6 at Mass.-Lowell
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 10th 3rd (pre)
10/11 9th 9th 4th
10/18 7th 7th 6th
10/25 10th 10th 7th
11/1 10th 10th 9th
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Nov. 1)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Miami (33) 5-1-2 977 1
2 Minn.-Duluth (8) 6-0-2 926 3
3 Boston Univ. (7) 6-0-1 836 6
4 Boston College (1) 4-2-0 835 2
5 Yale (1) 2-0-0 790 5
6 Michigan 4-1-3 762 4
7 Maine 4-1-2 707 7
8 Nebraska-Omaha 5-1-0 597 9
9 North Dakota 4-3-1 565 8
10 New Hampshire 2-1-2 555 10
11 Notre Dame 5-1-1 488 13
12 Michigan State 3-0-3 481 11
13 Denver 3-3-2 389 12
14 Alaska 5-2-1 358 15
15 Union 5-1-2 286 16
15 Wisconsin 5-2-1 286 18
17 Minnesota 5-3-0 191 20
18 Rensselaer 3-1-3 104 20
19 Cornell 0-2-0 91 14
20 St. Cloud State 3-4-1 88 17
Others Receiving Votes: Merrimack 44, Quinnipiac 38, Robert Morris 34, Colorado College 18, Michigan Tech 13, Ferris State 12, Western Michigan 12, Clarkson 7, RIT 6, Bemidji State 2, Canisius 1, Vermont 1
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 1)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) Record Last Weeks
1. Miami, 494 (23) 5-1-2 1 5
2. Minnesota Duluth, 469 (7) 6-0-2 3 5
3. Boston University, 407 (4) 6-0-1 5 5
4. Boston College, 403 4-2-0 2 5
5. Michigan, 361 4-1-3 4 5
6. Yale, 359 2-0-0 7 5
7. Maine, 322 4-1-2 6 5
8. Nebraska Omaha, 235 5-1-0 9 3
9. North Dakota, 208 4-3-1 8 5
10. New Hampshire, 200 2-1-2 10 5
11. Notre Dame, 163 5-1-1 11 2
12. Michigan State, 152 3-0-3 14 2
13. Denver, 94 3-3-2 12 5
14. Union College, 88 5-1-2 13 2
15. Alaska, 70 5-2-1 NR 4
Others receiving votes:University of Wisconsin, 25; University of Minnesota, 10; Cornell University, 9; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 7; Robert Morris University, 3; Quinnipiac University, 1.
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Phil DeSimone 53rd 1.20 ppg
Mike Borisenok 53rd 1.20 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses 21st 0.80 ppg
Paul Thompson 47th 0.60 ppg
Phil DeSimone 47th 0.60 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel 15th 1 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson 4th 3 ppg
Dalton Speelman 3rd 1 shg
Damon Kipp 14th 1 gwg
Blake Kessel 5th 1.00 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo 52nd 3.30 gaa
Matt DiGirolamo 38th .907
Matt DiGirolamo 27th .600
Scoring Offense 8th 4.20
Scoring Defense 40th 3.60
Scoring Margin 21st 0.60
Penalty Minutes 27th 14.0
Power Play 22nd 19.2
Penalty Kill 46th 75.0
Combined Special Teams 41st 46.0
Winnning Percentage 21st .600
Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
Player All Games HE Games
Points Phil DeSimone 13th (6 pts.) n/a
Mike Borisenok 13th (6 pts.) n/a
Three tied 24th (5 pts.)
Goals Stevie Moses 6th (4 g) n/a
Mike Sislo 13th (3 g) n/a
Paul Thompson 13 (3 g) 24th (1 g)
Four tied 23rd (2 g) n/a
Assists Blake Kessel 7th (5 a) 36th (1 a)
Phil DeSimone 12th (4 a) n/a
Mike Borisenok 12th (4 a) n/a
PP Points Paul Thompson 7th (3 pts.) 16th (1 pt)
Blake Kessel 7th (3 pts.) 16th (1 pt)
PP Goals Paul Thompson 1st (3 ppg) 4th (1 ppg)
Mike Sislo 10th (1 ppg) n/a
Austin Block 10th (1 ppg) n/a
SH Points Four Tied 2nd (1 shp) n/a
SH Goals Dalton Speelman 1st (1 shg) n/a
Stevie Moses 1st (1 shg) n/a
GW Goals Damon Kipp 2nd (1 gwg) n/a
Mike Sislo 2nd (1 gwg) n/a
Def. Scoring Blake Kessel 5th (5 pts) 14th (1 pt)
GAA Matt DiGirolamo 9th (3.30) 5th (1.86)
Save % Matt DiGirolamo 6th (.907) 3rd (.949)
Win % Matt DiGirolamo 5th (.600) 5th (.500)
Saves Matt DiGirolamo 3rd (166) 11th (37)
Minutes Matt DiGirolamo 3rd (309:22) 12th (64:40)
Wins Matt DiGirolamo 3rd (3) 9th (0)
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 4.20/2nd 2.00/7th
GAA 3.60/7th 2.00/2nd
Power Play 14.0/6th 16.6/10th
Penalty Kill 75.0/8th 100.0/1st
Special Teams Net -1/5th 0/3rd
1st Period Scoring 3/7th 1/7th
2nd Period Scoring 10/2nd 1/8th
3rd Period Scoring 8/2nd 1/7th
Overtime Scoring 0/2nd 0/3rd
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
Matt DiGirolamo HE Defensive Player of the Week 10/18
#10 MEN'S HOCKEY HITS THE ROAD FOR LEAGUE GAMES AT #4 BC (FRI - 7 PM) AND UMASS-LOWELL (SAT - 7 PM)