The eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team returns home to the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center for a two-game home series with Hockey East foe Massachusetts. The teams will play Friday and Satruday, Nov. 12-13 (7 p.m.). UNH is looking to build on its six-game unbeaten streak and move up in the Hockey East standings.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN: UMass enters the weekend with a 0-5-2 overall record and a 0-2-2 mark in Hockey East. Most recently, the Minutemen suffered a 5-2 setback against Army on Friday night and defeated the Sweden Under-20 team 5-1 in an exhibition on Saturday night. Offensively, sophomore defenseman Darren Rowe (5-1-6) and freshman Michael Pereira (4-2-6) are the team's leading scorers with six points apiece. In net, play has been split between senior Paul Dainton and freshman Jeff Teglia. Dainton is 0-3-1 with a .382 GAA and a .881 save percentage, while Teglia is 0-2-1 with a 3.49 GAA and a .890 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MASSACHUSETTS: UNH has a 77-18-7 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 102 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH captured last year's season series 2-1-0 including a 7-2 win at Whittemore Center on Jan. 9, 2010. UNH is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings with the Minutemen.  Coach Umile owns a 38-10-6 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Senior Mike Sislo and Junior Blake Kessel are the active scoring leaders against the Minutemen with six points apiece. Junior netminder Matt DiGirolamo has never faced UMass in his career.

Player    GP    G-A-P
Mike Sislo    11    3-3-6
Blake Kessel    6    1-5-6
Paul Thompson    6    2-3-5
Stevie Moses    6    2-1-3
Brett Kostolansky    3    0-2-2
Greg Burke    2    0-2-2
Kevin McCarey    3    1-1-2
Phil DeSimone    11    0-2-2
Mike Beck    4    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    6    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    5    0-0-0
Greg Manz    4    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    4    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    2    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    2    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min        GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no active netminders with experience against UMass

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (1/9/10 VS. MASSACHUSETTS):  Paul Thompson and Bobby Butler both recorded two goals and two assists to propel the UNH to a 7-2 victory against 16th-ranked Massachusetts in Hockey East action at the Whittemore Center.The four points was, at the time, a career high for Butler, whose two goals equaled his personal best. For Thompson, the two assists tied a career high. Blake Kessel, who matched his personal best of three points with a goal and two assists, and Peter LeBlanc (two assists) also recorded multiple points for the Wildcats. Brian Foster turned away 26 of 28 shots for the 'Cats.

LAST TIME OUT (11/6/10 AT MASS.-LOWELL): John Henrion registered a goal and an assist including the game-winner to lift UNH to Saturday night's 2-1 win over Massachusetts-Lowell in Hockey East action at Tsongas Center. Dalton Speelman potted the game's first goal, while Matt DiGirolamo stopped 24 shots including 13 in the final frame. He improves to 4-1-2 overall.

WE'RE STREAKING: The Wildcats own the nation's third longest unbeaten streak with a six-game streak at 4-0-2.
Team        Streak        W-L-T
Boston Univ.    8        6-0-2
Union        7        4-0-3
UNH        6        4-0-2

SOPHOMORIC BEHAVIOR: UNH's line of John Henrion, Dalton Speelman and Austin Block. Accounted for all four goals over the weekend for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Line 2009-10 compared to 2010-11
Name        2009-10 G-A-P    2010-11 G-A-P thru 7 games
Speelman    3-4-7        4-3-7
Henrion        3-1-4        4-3-7
Block        1-2-3        1-3-4
Totals        7-7-14        9-9-18

TWO'S ENOUGH: UNH scored just two goals in each of its two wins over the weekend marking the first time since Oct. 17 & 19, 2008 New Hampshire scored two goals or less in back-to-back wins. UNH posted a 1-0 win over RPI and 2-1 win over Boston Univ. that weekend.

HOME-SWEET-HOME: UNH will play five of the next six games at the Whittemore Center and six of the next nine before holiday break at home.

DIGIROLAMO TABBED AS INSIDE COLLEGE HOCKEY'S NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo was named the Inside College Hockey Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by Inside College Hockey. DiGirolamo is the first UNH player to win this award since Mike Sislo did so on Dec. 16, 2008. DiGirolamo stopped 55 of 57 shots over the weekend, leading UNH to a pair of 2-1 wins over BC and UML. DiGirolamo made 31 saves Friday against the Eagles and 24 Saturday at Lowell as he posted a 1.00 GAA and  .965 save percentage.

DIGIROLAMO NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt DiGirolamo was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week. DiGirolamo, who collected HE's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16, becomes the first UNH player of earn the league's top honors since Bobby Butler did so Feb. 15, 2009.

DIGIROLAMO DURING UNH'S SIX-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: During UNH's unbeaten streak, Matt DiGirolamo is 4-0-2 with a 2.27 GAA and a .930 save percentage and wins over three nationally-ranked programs. He's allowed just six even-strength goals in those six games.
Opponent    Results        GA    E.S. GA    Saves       
at #3 Miami    W, 6-3        3    3    35
vs. #3 Michigan    T, 3-3        3    0    27
at Northeastern    T, 2-2        2    1    37
at #14 Cornell    W, 7-4        3    1    31
at #4 BC        W, 2-1        1    1    31
at Mass.-Lowell    W, 2-1        1    0    24
Totals        4-0-2        14    6    186    

'CATS GARNER HOCKEY EAST'S TEAM OF THE WEEK: UNH was tabbed as Hockey East's team of the week. New Hampshire earns this honor for the first time since its origination at the start of the 2010-11 season. UNH extended its unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) with back-to-back 2-1 wins over BC and UML. The Wildcats own the nation's third-longest unbeaten streak with a lone loss in the season opener at Miami as its only blemish.  

LAST TEN AGAINST THE MINUTEMEN: UNH is 7-1-3 in the last 10 games against the Minutement. In those 10 games, UNH has outscored UMass 39-22 with three or more goals on eight occasions.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    8-9-17    32-24-27
Juniors:    7-11-18    28-24-29
Sophomores:    10-17-27    40-46-44
Freshmen:    0-0-0    0-0-0

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through seven games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     2-4-1        4-1-2
HE Record    2-0-0        2-0-1
Goals scored    20            25
Goals scored/PG    2.86        3.57
Goals Allowed    28            20
Goals Allowed/PG    4.00        2.86
Shots    226        221
Shots Allowed    184        225
Power Play    15.8%         17.9%
    (6-38)        (5-28)
Penalty Kill    83.3%         75.9%
    (30-36)        (22-29)
Top 3 Scorers    Kessel        Speelman
    3-7-10        4-3-7
    Butler        Henrion
    4-4-8        4-3-7
    Borisenok        two tied
    3-4-7        six points

'CATS OPENED WITH FIVE OF SIX AGAINST TOP-15 OPPONENTS AND SIX OF SEVEN ON THE ROAD: New Hampshire completed perhaps the most difficult early schedule in collegiate hockey. The 'Cats played 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    W, 2-1
11/6        at Mass.-Lowell        W, 2-1

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
11/8            8th    9th    4th

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Nov. 8)
 Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW
1     Boston Univ.        (31)       6-0-2       955         3
2     Minn.-Duluth        (11)       7-1-2       867         2
3     Yale                        (5)       4-0-0       863         5
4     Miami                   (2)       5-2-3       842         1
5     Maine                          4-1-3       771         7
6     Neb.-Omaha          (1)       7-1-0       717         8
7     Boston College                 5-3-0       706         4
8     Michigan                       5-2-3       675         6
9     New Hampshire                  4-1-2       634        10
10     North Dakota                   5-4-1       547        9
11     Notre Dame                     6-2-1       461        11
12     Union                          6-1-3       421        15
13     Wisconsin                      6-2-2       406        15
14     Alaska                         6-3-1       399        14
15     Denver                         4-4-2       302        13
16     Michigan State                 3-2-3       214        12
17     Western Michigan               6-2-2       154        NR
18     Rensselaer                     4-2-3       145        18
19     Minnesota                      5-4-1       141        17
20     Ferris State                   5-3-2       132        NR
Others Receiving Votes: Cornell 30, Robert Morris 30, St. Cloud State 26, Colorado College 22, Michigan Tech 16, Quinnipiac 11, Merrimack 7, Clarkson 2, Dartmouth 2, Harvard 1, Niagara 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Nov. 8)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Record     Last    Weeks
1.    Boston University, 489 (23)    6-0-2    3    6
2.    Minnesota Duluth, 444 (5)    7-1-2    2    6
3.    Miami, 424 (3)        5-2-3    1    6
4.    Yale, 423 (2)        4-0-0    6    6
5.    Maine, 323        4-1-3    7    6
6.    Boston College, 320 (1)        5-3-0    4    6
7.    Nebraska Omaha, 297        7-1-0    8    4
8.    New Hampshire, 282        4-1-2    10    6
9.    Michigan, 278        5-2-3    5    6
10.    North Dakota, 232        5-4-1    9    6
11.    Notre Dame, 155        6-2-1    11    3
12.    Union College, 124        6-1-3    14    3
13.    Alaska, 105        6-3-1    15    5
14.    Wisconsin, 77        6-2-2    NR    4
15.    Denver, 56        4-4-2    13    6
Others receiving votes: Michigan State University, 13; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 13; Western Michigan University, 8; Ferris State University, 2; University of Minnesota, 2; Cornell University, 1; Robert Morris University, 1; St. Cloud State University, 1.

Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Dalton Speelman    71st     1.00 ppg
John Henrion    71st     1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses          39th        0.59 gpg
Dalton Speelman    39th        0.59 gpg
John Henrion    39th        0.59 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel         60th         0.71 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      8th      3 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      4th     1 shg
Stevie Moses    4th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Damon Kipp     16th      1 gwg
Mike Sislo        16th    1 gwg
Dalton Speelman    16th    1 gwg
John Henrion    16th    1 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        27th     0.71 ppg
Connor Hardowa    27th    0.71 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     37th             2.66 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        23rd    .921
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     15th     .714
Scoring Offense       13th     3.57
Scoring Defense           27th     2.86
Scoring Margin     17th     0.71
Penalty Minutes     42nd       11.4
Power Play     25th     17.9
Penalty Kill        47th     75.9
Combined Special Teams     39th         47.4
Winnning Percentage       8th    .714

Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points         Dalton Speelman15th (7 pts.)      11th (4 pts)
                 John Henrion    15th (7 pts.)     11th (4 pts)
Goals           Stevie Moses      8th (4 g)      n/a
                      Dalton Speelman8th (4 g)         5th (3 g)
                      John Henrion    8th (4 g)      11th (2 g)
Assists           Blake Kessel     11th (5 a)           51st (1 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      9th (3 pts.)      22nd (1 pt)
                      Blake Kessel      9th (3 pts.)       22nd (1 pt)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (3 ppg)     7th (1 ppg)
                       Mike Sislo     13th (1 ppg)      n/a
                      Austin Block        13th (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     four tied     2nd (1gwg)    2nd (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     5th (5 pts)     19th (1 pt)
            Connor Hardowa    5th (5 pts)    6th (2 pts)
GAA         Matt DiGirolamo     8th (2.66)     1st (1.30)
Save %         Matt DiGirolamo     6th (.921)     1st (.958)
Win %         Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (.714)     1st (.833)
Saves         Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (221)     8th (92)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo     3rd (429:22)              9th (184:40)
Wins         Matt DiGirolamo     1st (4)         4th (2)

    Overall    HE games
Goals/per game     3.57/2nd     2.00/6th
GAA     2.86/7th     1.33/1st
Power Play     17.9/2nd     12.5/7th
Penalty Kill      75.9/9th     87.5/4tht
Special Teams Net     -2/6th      -1/17th
1st Period Scoring          5/7th     3/6th
2nd Period Scoring        12/1st       1/8th
3rd Period Scoring     8/5th     2/7th
Overtime Scoring             0/3rd        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
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/8
Matt DiGirolamo    HE Player of the Week    11/8
Matt DiGirolamo    INCH National Player of the Week    11/8

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