December 10, 2010

#3 Men's Hockey Travels to Rival #6 Maine on Friday (7:30 p.m. - CBS College Sports)

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. -- The third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team (9-2-4, 7-1-2 HE) travels north to play Hockey East rival Maine (7-3-4, 5-2-2 HE) on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) at Alfond Arena. The game will be broadcast live nationally on CBS College Sports. The Wildcats are trying to end the first half of the season on a five-game unbeaten streak.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: No. 6/8 Maine Black Bears enter Friday night's game with New Hampshire with a 7-3-4 mark overall and a 5-2-2 record in Hockey East. Most recently, the Black Bears took three points in a two-game road series at Providence by virtue of a 3-3 tie on Friday night and a 5-0 win on Saturday. The high-power Maine offense ranks second in Hockey East and 10th nationally with 3.57 gpg.  The Black Bears are led by junior Spencer Abbott with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists, while 2009-10 Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist Gustav Nyquist is off to another fine start with 17 points on five goals and 12 assists. Maine has used three netminders on the season including a pair of freshman and sophomore Shawn Sirman. Freshman Dan Sullivan has seen the most time between the pipes with a 4-3-1 mark in nine games including a 2.62 GAA and a .885 save percentage. Sirman has played in five games with a 2-0-2 record, 2.61 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Martin Ouellette has played in just two games, but is the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Week as he stopped 32 shots in a 5-0 shutout of Providence on Saturday.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 56-45-5 in 106 meetings. Maine captured last year's season series 2-1-0 winning twice on their home ice in early February, while UNH successfully defended its home ice in October. Coach Umile is 31-39-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Senior forward Paul Thompson is the active leader in Wildcat scoring against Maine with five points in eight games, while five different Wildcats each have four career points against Maine. No active goalies have seen time against Maine.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Paul Thompson    8        0-5-5
Mike Borisenok    6        1-3-4
Blake Kessel        5        1-3-4
Mike Sislo            9        3-1-4
Steve Moses        6        3-1-4
Phil DeSimone        9        3-1-4
Mike Beck            6        0-2-2
Damon Kipp        5        0-1-1
Greg Manz        3        1-0-1
Greg Burke        1        0-1-1
Kevin McCarey        5        0-1-1
John Henrion        2        1-0-1
Brett Kostolansky    3        0-1-1
Matt Campanale    5        0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    2        0-0-0
Austin Block        2        0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1        0-0-0
Scott Pavelski        2        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no active goalies with experience against Maine

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (FEB. 6, 2010): Maine scored three goals in the second and third periods to erase a 2-0 deficit and capture a 6-3 win over the UNH in Hockey East action at Alfond Arena. John Henrion and Peter LeBlanc scored for the 'Cats.UNH netminder Brian Foster stopped 34 shots including 15 in the middle frame, but falls to 12-10-4. Maine's Scott Darling turned away 27 shots and improves to 14-3-3.

LAST TIME OUT (12/5/10 VS. VERMONT): Mike Sislo recorded a career-high five assists and Paul Thompson finished with four points, including his second career hat trick, to propel UNH to Sunday afternoon's 5-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Vermont at the Whittemore Center. Brett Kostolansky tallied a career-high three points with a goal and two assists; the two assists matched his personal best. Phil DeSimone also had a multiple-point game with two assists and Blake Kessel netted UNH's other goal. New Hampshire starting goalie Matt DiGirolamo finished with 24 saves. Tyler Scott played the final 2:17 of the game to make his collegiate debut; he was not credited with a save. UVM netminder Rob Madore stopped 27 shots, including 14 in the third period.

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.COM'S PAIRWISE RANKINGS (12/7)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI        Rk
1     Yale     24     10-1-0     .9091     1     .6312*     1
2     Minn-Duluth     23     12-2-2     .8125     2     .6019     2
3     Denver     21     11-5-2     .6667     7t     .5743     4
4t     New Hampshire     20     9-2-4     .7333     3     .5699     6
4t     North Dakota     20     11-5-2     .6667     7t     .5853     3
4t     Boston College     20     11-5-0     .6875     4     .5703*     5
7     Notre Dame     18     10-5-2     .6471     10     .5696     7
8     Neb-Omaha     17     9-4-1     .6786     5t     .5624     8
9     Union     16     8-3-3     .6786     5t     .5592     9
10     Rensselaer     15     8-4-3     .6333     14t     .5519     10
11     Miami     14     10-5-3     .6389     13     .5508     11
12t     Dartmouth     13     6-3-1     .6500     9     .5495     12
12t     Maine     13     7-3-4     .6429     11t     .5487     13
14     Boston Univ.    11     7-3-5     .6333     14t     .5481     14
15     Alaska     10     8-5-3     .5938     19     .5431     15
16     Michigan     9     9-5-4     .6111     17     .5423     16
17     Merrimack     8     7-4-4     .6000     18     .5318     17
18     Colorado College     7     8-7-1     .5312     24t     .5238     18
19     Wisconsin     6     8-7-3     .5278     26     .5227*     19
20     Clarkson     5     9-5-2     .6250     16     .5175     20
21     Princeton     4     6-5-0     .5455     23     .5134     21
22     No. Michigan     3     7-7-3     .5000     27t     .5116     22
23     Western Mich.     2     7-5-4     .5625     21     .5112     23
24     Minnesota     1     8-7-1     .5312     24t     .5112     24
25     Bemidji State     0     5-8-1     .3929     41t     .5108     25

SISLO GARNERS HOCKEY EAST co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Mike Sislo was named Hockey East co-Player of the Week. He shares the honor with BC's Steven Whitney. Sislo scored a goal on Thursday night and handed out a career-high five assists on Sunday against Vermont. Sislo factored in all five New Hampshire goals on Sunday. He registered six shots on goal and was a +2 overall on the week.     

DIGIROLAMO TABBED HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt DiGirolamo was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. DiGirolamo, who earned Hockey East Player of the Week on Nov.8 and Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18, stopped 49-of-50 shots (.980 save%) lifting UNH to a pair of wins over UMass-Lowell and Vermont. DiGirolamo turned aside 25 shots on Thursday to record his second career shutout and allowed a single goal on 25 shots on Sunday against Vermont. He has allowed two goals or fewer in seven Hockey East games this season, including just two goals in the last three games. He is 7-1-2 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.49 GAA in 10 Hockey East contests.

THOMPSON CAPTURES SECOND CAREER HAT TRICK: Paul Thompson registered his second career hat trick on Sunday against Vermont. He becomes the first UNH player to record a hat trick since Bobby Butler did so on Feb. 12, 2010. Thompson's previous hat trick came as a freshman in a 5-4 overtime win at PC on Nov. 17, 2007.

SISLO SETS WHITTEMORE CENTER RECORD WITH FIVE ASSISTS; FIRST WILDCAT SINCE 1993 TO DO SO: Mike Sislo dished out assists in all five UNH goals on Sunday becoming the first player to have five points or more in a game since Dec. 11, 2008 vs. Holy Cross when three players had five-plus points including Sislo, who had a career-high six points (4g, 2a) that night. Sislo becomes first UNH player since Nick Poole (Jan. 9, 1993 at Snively Arena vs. Merrimack) to register five assists in a game.

LIVE ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS:  On Friday, UNH and Maine will square off live on CBS College Sports (HD). Dave Starman and Eric Frede will be calling all the action from the Alfond Arena. UNH's NCAA football quarterfinal game also air live on ESPN2 on Friday at 8 p.m. placing UNH athletics in over 200 million homes on Friday evening.

POINTS AT WHOLESALE; 3 for 20: UNH is the only team in Hockey East with three players with 20 points or more.

POWER PLAY TRIO: UNH scored three power play goals on Sunday against Vermont marking the second time the 'Cats have three power play goals in a single game. The 'Cats potted three goals on Nov. 12 against UMass. UNH has 15 power play goals in 15 games this season.

DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER; 'CATS MAKE IT NINE IN A ROW: UNH has won nine-straight games in December including a perfect 6-0 over the last two seasons. New Hampshire's last loss in December came on Dec. 28, 2007 at North Dakota.
Year        Record        GF/GA
2010-11        2-0-0        8-1    
2009-10        3-0-0         11-6
2008-09        3-0-0        14-10

DIGI POSTS SECOND CAREER SHUTOUT: Matt DiGirolamo stopped 25 shots to register his second career shutout on Thursday night. He stopped 19 shots in a 3-0 win over Massachusetts on Nov.11 for his first collegiate shutout.

FIRST COLLEGIATE POINTS: Freshman Jeff Silengo and junior netminder Matt DiGirolamo handed out their first collegiate points with assists on Thursday at Mass.-Lowell.

'CATS UNBEATEN IN LAST FOUR: UNH owned the nation's longest unbeaten streak at nine games earlier this season. Its four-game unbeaten streak is quickly climbing the national charts. UNH's four-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest nationally.
Current Unbeaten Streak:    W-L-T        Games
Yale                    5-0-0        5
UNH                3-0-1        4
Minnesota State            4-0-0        4
Massachusetts            3-0-1        4
North Dakota            3-0-1        4
six other teams            varied        3

KOSTOLANSKY ON FIRE: After recording no goals over his first 38 games, Brett Kostolansky has four goals in his last five games.

STARTERS ACCOUNT FOR ALL 15 POINTS ON SUNDAY: UNH's starting lineup recorded all 15 points. Thompson, DeSimone and Sislo combined for 11 points and the starting defensive pair of Kostolansky and Kessel accounted for the team's other four points.

'CATS CRACK TOP 3 NATIONALLY: UNH earned its highest national ranking of the year being ranked third in both national polls behind only Yale and Minnesota-Duluth. It marks the first time the 'Cats are third in both national polls since March 3, 2008.

TYLER SCOTT MAKES COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Junior netminder Tyler Scott saw his first collegiate action between the pipes for New Hampshire. He played the final 2:17 in UNH's 5-1 win over Vermont.

TOP LINE PRODUCING:  UNH's top line of Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo have combined for 14 goals, 35 assists and 49 points over the last eight games. The group is averaging 1.75 gpg and 6.125 ppg.
Date    Thompson    Sislo    DeSimone
11/12 UMass    0-2-2     1-1-2    1-1-2
11/13 UMass    0-3-3    1-0-1    0-2-2
11/19 BU    2-1-3    0-1-1    1-2-3
11/20 @BU    1-1-2    0-2-2    0-1-1
11/23 Brown    0-1-1    2-2-4    0-3-3
11/27 Merr.    1-1-2    0-1-1    0-0-0
12/2 at UML    0-1-1    1-0-1    0-1-1
12/5 vs. UVM    3-1-4    0-5-5    0-2-2
Totals     7-11-18    5-12-17    2-12-14

'CATS EXTENDS WHITTEMORE CENTER UNBEATEN STREAK TO 25 AGAINST HOCKEY EAST FOE:  With a 5-1 win over Vermont, UNH is 18-0-7 in the last 25 Hockey East contests at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire's last home league loss came on Jan. 24, 2009 against BU.

THOMPSON FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SCORING; LINEMATES RIGHT BEHIND: Paul Thompson ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 23 points, while his linemates Mike Sislo (22 pts) and  Phil DeSimone (20 pts) rank second and fifth, respectively.

THOMPSON; SISLO STREAKING: Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo are riding season-long eight game scoring streaks.

TOP LINERS APPROACHING CENTURY MARK: All three members of UNH's top line have a chance to capture 100 points during their season season. Mike Sislo is now just 10 points away.
Player            G-A-P        Points to 100
Mike Sislo            44-46-90        10
Phil DeSimone        24-64-88        12
Paul Thompson    39-44-83        17

DeSIMONE; SISLO FIRST & SECOND IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS: Phil DeSimone has a league-best 16 assists, while his linemate Mike Sislo is second with 14 helpers this season.

1ST IN 2ND: UNH  ranks first in Hockey East in second period scoring. The 'Cats have a league-best 25 goals in the second.

DiGIROLAMO LOGGING THE MINUTES: Matt DiGirolamo has a notched a league-best 913:28 of time between the pipes for New Hampshire.

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006-07: UNH is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season when the 'Cats were 12-2-1 over the first 15 games.
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        9-2-4 (.733)        ---
2009-10        6-6-3 (.500)        18-14-7
2008-09        6-6-3 (.464)        20-13-5
2007-08        9-5-1 (.633)        25-10-3
2006-07        12-2-1 (.833)        26-11-2

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    22-46-68    42-53-49
Juniors:    15-19-34    28-22-24
Sophomores:    15-21-36    28-24-26
Freshmen:    1-1-2    2-1-1

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 15 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     6-6-3        9-2-4
HE Record    6-2-2        7-1-2
Goals scored    48            53
Goals scored/PG    3.20        3.53
Goals Allowed    54            36
Goals Allowed/PG    3.60        2.40
Shots    437        555
Shots Allowed    490        461
Power Play    18.5%         21.1%
    (12-65)        (15-71)
Penalty Kill    76.9%         83.3%
    (50-65)        (45-54)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    12-9-21        10-13-23
    Kessel        Sislo
    4-12-16        8-14-22
    Thomp.        Sislo
    7-7-14        4-16-20

FORMER WILDCAT BUTLER GETS CALLED UP TO OTTAWA AFTER BEING NAMED AHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH IN NOVEMBER: Former UNH standout Bobby Butler has been recalled by Ottawa and played Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Butler skated as a left wing on the Senators' top line alongside Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson. Butler, the reigning American Hockey League Rookie of the Month, leads AHL rookies in scoring with 23 points and is tied for the league lead in goals with 15.

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
11/15        8th    7th    3rd
11/22        6th    6th    3rd
11/29        5th    5th    3rd
12/6            3rd    3rd    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll (Dec. 6)
Rk.      Team                  (FPV)    Rec.         Pts         LW
 1     Yale                    (34)      10-1-0       973         2
 2     Minnesota-Duluth    (13)      12-2-2       950         1
 3     New Hampshire                  9-2-4       882         5
 4     Boston College          (3)      11-5-0       819         8
 5     North Dakota                  11-5-2       814         7
 6     Miami                             10-5-3       683         6
 7     Boston University              7-3-5       678         2
 8     Maine                              7-3-4       676         9
 9     Denver                            11-5-2       601        10
10    Nebraska-Omaha                 9-4-1       585        4
11     Notre Dame                    10-5-2       499        12
12     Michigan                           9-5-4       454        11
13     Union                              8-3-3       412        13
14     Alaska                             8-5-3       348        14
15     Rensselaer                         8-4-3       260        16
16     Wisconsin                          8-7-3       243        15
17     Merrimack                          7-4-4       210        18
18     Ferris State                       8-6-3       113       20
19     Dartmouth                      6-3-1       98        NR
20     Western Michigan               7-5-4        60        19
Others Receiving Votes: Clarkson 42, Minnesota 30,  Robert Morris 23, Colorado College 17, Minnesota State 9,  Northern Michigan 8, Michigan State 4, Bemidji State 3, Princeton 3, Providence 2, Niagara 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Dec. 6)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        Last     Record    Weeks
1    Yale University, 498 (24)        2    10-1-0    10
2    Minnesota Duluth, 475 (9)    1    12-2-2    10
3    New Hampshire, 436        5    9-2-4    10
4    Boston College, 394 (1)        8    11-5-0    10
5    University of North Dakota, 382    7    11-5-2    10
6    University of Maine, 308    9    7-3-4    10
7    Boston University, 298        3    7-3-5    10
8    Miami University, 289        6    10-5-3    10
9    Nebraska Omaha, 246        4    9-4-1    8
10    University of Denver, 203    10    11-5-2    10
11    University of Notre Dame, 156    12    10-5-2    7
12    University of Michigan, 152    11    9-5-4    10
13    Union College, 114        13    8-3-3    7
14    University of Alaska, 69        14    8-5-3    9
15    Rensselaer, 22        15    8-4-3    2
Others receiving votes: University of Wisconsin, 17; Merrimack College, 13; Dartmouth College, 3; University of Minnesota, 2; Robert Morris University, 2; Bemidji State University, 1.

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 12/7): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     9th     1.53 ppg
Mike Sislo        11th     1.47 ppg
Phil DeSimone     17th     1.33 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      12th      0.67 gpg
Mike Sislo     38th        0.53 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Phil DeSimone             6th              1.07 apg
Mike Sislo         11th              0.93 apg
Paul Thompson              18th            0.87 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      6th       5 ppg
Mike Sislo     32nd     3 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      16th     1 shg
Stevie Moses     16th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      2nd       3 gwg
Mike Sislo       10th       2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        17th     0.73 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt DiGirolamo     23rd             2.30 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo        18th     .924
Winning Percentage:
Matt DiGirolamo     10th     .733
Team
Scoring Offense       12th     3.53
Scoring Defense          13th     2.40
Scoring Margin     8th     1.13
Penalty Minutes     53rd       9.7
Power Play     17th     21.1
Penalty Kill       25th     83.3
Combined Special Teams     41st         48.0
Winnning Percentage       3rd     .733

Among the League Leaders (THRU 12/7): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points     Paul Thompson     1st (23 pts)     1st (18 pts)
        Mike Sislo     2nd (22 pts)     5th (13 pts)
          Phil DeSimone     5th (20 pts)     8th (11 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson     3rd (10 g)         2nd (8 g)
        Mike Sislo      5th (8 g)      22nd (3 g)
              Stevie Moses      13th (6 g)          22nd (3 g)
Assists           Phil DeSimone      1st (16 a)       6th (9 a)
                   Mike Sislo      2nd   (14 a)        2nd (10 a)
                         Paul Thompson      3rd (13 a)       2nd (10 a)
                         Blake Kessel     17th (8 a)           46th (3 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (11 pts)    1st (9 pts)
                   Mike Sislo     2nd (9 pts)     5th (6 pts)
                  Phil DeSimone      7th (7 pts)       7th (5 pts)
        Blake Kessel     10th (6 pts)     18th (3 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     2nd (5 ppg)         2nd (3 ppg)
               Mike Sislo     4th (3 ppg)         19th (1 ppg)
                  Phil DeSimone     14th (2 ppg)     5th (2 ppg)
                   Brett Kostolansky 5th (2 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     7th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 5th (1 shg)     n/a
               Stevie Moses     5th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (3 gwg)      1st (3 gwg)
             Mike Sislo      3rd (2 gwg)       7th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (11 pts)     7th (5 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 3rd (10 pts)      3rd (7 pts)
        Connor Hardowa     15th (5 pts)     29th (2 pts)
GAA     Matt DiGirolamo     4th (2.30)     1st (1.49)
Save %     Matt DiGirolamo     4th (.924)     1st (.948)
Win %     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (.733)     2nd (.800)
Saves     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (425)     7th (274)
Minutes     Matt DiGirolamo 1st (913:28)          5th (604:26)
Wins     Matt DiGirolamo     2nd (9)     2nd (7)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 12/6):
            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.53/3rd     2.90/3rd
GAA         2.40/3rd     1.50/1st
Power Play         21.1/2nd     21.7/2nd
Penalty Kill          83.3/5th     90.6/2nd
Special Teams Net     +5/2nd      +5/2nd
1st Period Scoring          12/6th     9/4th
2nd Period Scoring        25/1st       14/3rd
3rd Period Scoring     16/3rd     6/9th
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    W, 5-2
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.

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST PRESEASON POLL:
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 beginning in January (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.

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
Paul Thompson    HE co-Player of the Week    11/22
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Month (November)    12/1
Mike Sislo    HE co-Player of the Week    12/6
Matt DiGirolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    12/6

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.

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