Men's Hockey Plays Host to Maine for "White Out the Whitt" (Fri - 7:30 p.m. - NESN) (Sat - 7 p.m. - NESN)

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. --
The sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team plays host to border-rival No. 15 Maine this weekend. Both games in this marquee matchup will be televised live on NESN. Friday night's game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start, while Saturday's game is a 7 p.m. puck drop. Fans are encouraged to wear white for this weekend's "White Out the Whitt" promotion.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: No. 15 Maine Black Bears enter this weekend's series with UNH with a 11-7-6 overall record and an 8-5-4 mark in Hockey East. Maine's 20 points is good for fifth place in Hockey East a point behind Merrimack and a point ahead of Northeastern. Junior forwards Spencer Abbott and Gustav Nyquist power the Black Bear offense with 28 points apiece. Abbott has 14 goals and 14 assists, while Nyquist has six goals and 22 assists. Maine is winless in its last three contests with a pair of ties and a loss. This past weekend, the Black Bears lost Friday night (4-3) and tied Saturday night (1-1) at home against Boston University. Maine has used a variety of goaltenders during the 2010-11 season. Dan Sullivan is 5-4-1 with a 2.80 GAA and an .883 save percentage, Shawn Sirman is 3-1-3 with a 2.61 GAA and a .904 save percentage, while Martin Ouellette is 3-2-2 with a 2.43 GAA and a .893 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 56-46-5 in 107 meetings. UNH captured a 4-3 overtime win over the Black Bears in Orono on Dec. 10. Coach Umile is 32-39-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Senior forward Paul Thompson is the active leader in Wildcat scoring against Maine with seven points in nine games, while five different Wildcats each have four or more career points against Maine. Di Girolamo is 1-0-0 with 2.98 with a .900 save percentage.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Paul Thompson    9        1-6-7
Mike Sislo            10        3-3-6
Blake Kessel        6        1-4-5
Mike Borisenok    7        1-3-4
Stevie Moses        7        3-1-4
Phil DeSimone        10        3-1-4
Jeff Silengo        1        2-0-2
John Henrion        3        1-1-2
Mike Beck            7        0-2-2
Damon Kipp        6        0-2-2
Kevin Goumas        1        0-2-2
Greg Manz        3        1-0-1
Dalton Speelman    2        1-0-1
Greg Burke        1        0-1-1
Kevin McCarey        6        0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    4        0-1-1
Matt Campanale    6        0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    3        0-0-0
Austin Block        3        0-0-0
Scott Pavelski        2        0-0-0
Nick Sorkin        1        0-0-0    
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    1/60:18    3    2.98    1-0-0    27    .900

Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-10-10        60:18    W    27    3    30
Totals        60:18    1-0-0    27    3    30

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (DEC. 10, 2010): Freshman Jeff Silengo scored his first two collegiate goals including the game-winner at 1:26 of overtime to cap-off a, 4-3, come-from-behind victory for UNH over the sixth-ranked University of Maine in Hockey East action in front of a sellout crowd of 5445 at Alfond Arena.

LAST TIME OUT (1/29/11 VS. PROVIDENCE): Paul Thompson, John Henrion and Dalton Speelman all recorded a goal and an assist and Matt Di Girolamo made 37 saves to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 5-1 Hockey East victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH/MAINE TAKE CENTER STAGE LIVE ON NESN: UNH and Maine will take the Hockey East spotlight this weekend.  Friday night Tom Caron & Craig Janney will call all the action for Hockey East's Friday Night Hockey Package. On Saturday night, Eric Frede & Pete Webster will have the call for the season series finale. Broadcast time is 7 p.m. both nights as Friday night will have a 30-minute pregame show.

FIVE SCORE: UNH scored five goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

SISLO JOINS THE CENTURY CLUB: With three points on Friday night at Providence, senior Mike Sislo became the 68th member of the century club at UNH and the first since Bobby Butler did so at Schneider Arena on Jan. 22, 2010 in an overtime win over the Friars. Sislo becomes the first player from Wisconsin to ever earn this honor; his linemates are on also approach 100 points with Thompson at 99 and DeSimone at 95.

THOMPSON TABBED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the league office. Thompson earned HE Player of the Week honors on Nov. 22 & Jan. 10. Thompson registered three goals and two assists in a weekend sweep of Providence. He tallied a +1 rating and had 10 shots on net. He potted the game-winning goal Saturday night. Thompson leads the 'Cats in six offensive categories: points (39), goals (20), power-play goals (nine), game-winning goals (five), shots (112) and shooting percentage (.179). He is also third in assists (19) and tied for third in plus/minus (+10). Thompson has tallied a point in 19 of 24 games, including 13 of the last 14 games, with 13 multiple-point efforts. He has tallied a goal and an assist in the same game 12 times, including three straight. In the national statistics, Thompson ranks third in points (39 points, 1.62 per game), third in goals (0.83 per game) and 19th in assists (0.79 per game); third in power-play goals (nine) and second in game-winning goals (five). In Hockey East, he is the league leader in points (39), goals (17), power-play points (14) and game-winning goals (5) as well as third in assists (15). After registering five points this past weekend, Thompson is only one point away from the 100-point milestone. In 125 career games, he has amassed 99 points on 49 goals and 50 assists. He is the team's active leader in points per game (1.6).

THOMPSON GARNERS HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Athletic Republic co-Player of the Month for February. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by the league office. Thompson, who earned HE Player of the Week honors on Jan. 10 and 31, shares the honors with Stephane Da Costa of Merrimack. Thompson, who was the league's player of the month in November, registered 14 points and 1.75 points per game (9g, 5a) in eight games for the Wildcats, leading them to a 5-3-0 record in the month. He tallied a goal in six of nine games and a point in 7 of 9. Thompson had five multi-point efforts with a +3 rating and two game-winning goals. He notched four points and a hat trick on Jan. 7 vs. UMass-Lowell.

THOMPSON TO APPEAR ON NESN THURSDAY NIGHT: Paul Thompson will appear during an intermission of the Boston Bruin's broadcast on NESN on Thursday night when the Bruins take on the Dallas Stars.  Thompson will be talking about his breakout season and previewing the two UNH/Maine games that will air live on NESN this week.

THOMPSON VS. BUTLER: Bobby Butler had one of the best seasons by a UNH player in some time including being a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist a year ago. However, through 24 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 24 games    Goals    Assists    Points    PPG
Butler in 2009-10        18    17    35     1.45
Thompson in 2010-11    20    19    39    1.63

THOMPSON THIRD IN NATION IN SCORING: Paul Thompson is third in the nation in points per game at 1.63 ppg behind Miami's Andy Miele (1.75 ppg) and Carter Camper (1.64 ppg).

THOMPSON ON THE DOORSTEP OF 100:  Thompson with 49 goals and 50 assists is now just one point away from 100 for his career. Last weekend, Mike Sislo became the 68th member of the century club. Thompson's cousin Mike Souza is in the century club with 156 points (22nd on all-time scoring list). He is looking to become just the third Granite Stater to earn the century club at UNH. Frank Roy (Berlin, N.H.; 174 pts; 1979) and Dana Barbin (Exeter, N.H.; 127 pts; 1981) are the other two.

THOMPSON ON A TEAR: Paul Thompson continues to be on a tear with 14 points in the last seven games including five points this weekend (3g, 2a). He has 13 multi-point efforts in 24 games this season.

THOMPSON ONE AWAY FROM 40: Paul Thompson is just one point way from 40 during his senior season. There have been 24 players to record 40 points since 2000 with Darren Haydar topping the list with 76 points in 2001-02.
Player    G-A-P    Year    
Paul Thompson    19-20-39    2010-11
Bobby Butler    29-24-53    2009-10
James van Riemsdyk    17-23-40    2008-09
Matt Fornataro    18-28-46    2007-08              
Mike Radja    19-24-43    2007-08    
Trevor Smith    21-22-43    2006-07
Matt Fornataro    13-27-40    2006-07
Jacob Micflikier    16-26-42    2005-06
Brett Hemingway    19-22-41    2005-06
Daniel Winnik    15-26-41    2005-06
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Jacob Micfliker    20-24-44    2004-05
Daniel Winnik    18-22-40    2004-05
Steve Saviano    27-22-49    2003-04
Sean Collins    16-26-42    2003-04
Justin Aikins    10-31-41    2003-04
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Colin Hemingway    22-25-47    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02
Sean Collins    20-25-45    2001-02
Lanny Gare    9-31-40    2001-02
Darren Haydar    18-23-41    2000-01

TOP LINE NOMINATED FOR HOBEY BAKER AWARD: UNH's top line of Paul Thompson, Phil DeSimone and Mike Sislo are all on the ballot for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award. Fans can vote for the trio at www.VoteforHobey.com.

FOUR SCORE IN THE SECOND PERIOD: The 'Cats scored eight second-period goals during the weekend with four each night. Overall, New Hampshire has scored 38 goals in the middle frame accounting for nearly 45 percent.

SOPHOMORE LINE CLICKS RIGHT AWAY: UNH's newly assembled third line of Dalton Speelman, Austin Block and John Henrion each scored in Saturday night's 5-1 win over Providence.

TOP LINE COMBINES FOR NINE ON FRIDAY: On Friday, UNH's top line of Thompson, Sislo and Phil DeSimone combined for nine points (3g,6a) in a 5-2 win, for DeSimone his three assists matched a career high.

DESIMONE 95 AND CLIMBING/25 GOALS,70 ASSISTS: Phil DeSimone is approaching 100 career points. DeSimone has 95 points on 25 goals and 70 assists. Mark Mowers is the only other player from N.Y., Phil DeSimone's home state, in UNH's century club.DeSimone is the first Wildcat with 70 assists since Matt Fornataro dished out 74 assists in his career.

'CATS EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAK TO 14 AGAINST THE FRIARS: UNH is 12-0-2 in its last 14 games against PC with its last loss coming in a 7-1 defeat on Feb. 24, 2007. In addition, New Hampshire is 15-0-1 in its last 16 games at home against the Friars with the last loss at home coming on March 12, 2004 in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

WHITE OUT THE WHITT: This weekend's games are "White Out the Whitt". Fans are encourage to wear white, while rally towels and thundersticks will be given away to select, limited amounts of fans each night.

'CATS MAGIC NUMBER 1 FOR POSTSEASON BID: Any combination of a UNH win or tie and Vermont loss or tie would allow UNH to clinch a playoff spot for the 23rd-straight season. The Wildcats have advanced to the postseason in Hockey East every year since 1989.

DESIMONE MATCHES CAREER HIGH: Phil DeSimone matched a career high with three assists on Friday night at Providence.

TOP LINERS APPROACHING CENTURY MARK:
Player            G-A-P        Points to 100
Mike Sislo            46-54-100        Reached 1/28 at PC
Paul Thompson    49-50-99        1
Phil DeSimone        25-70-94        5

WILDCAT POINT SALE, 3 FOR 100?:  UNH's top line is could all reach the 100-point mark this season with Sislo over 100, Thompson at 99 and DeSimone at 95. Sean Collins (173 pts.), Preston Callander (130 pts.) and Justin Aikins (103 pts) were the last trio of classmates to enter the century club. They were class of 2005.

'CATS OWN LEAGUE'S SECOND BEST POWER PLAY: UNH owns the league's second best power play overall with a 20.0 percent conversion rate. The 'Cats are 22-of-110 on the extra-man advantage this season.

HOME-SWEET-HOMESTAND: New Hampshire is in the midst of playing six of seven games at the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center. UNH is 7-2-3 overall at home and 7-1-1 against Hockey East foes at the Whitt.

'CATS HOPE TO RIDE GREEN LINE TO THE GARDEN:  Dubbed the "Green Line" for the color they skate in during practice, UNH is hoping to continue to ride the unbelievable success of the "Green Line" to big things in 2010-11.  The line has registered a point in 20 of 24 games and accounts for almost 44 percent of the UNH offense.
Green Line by the Numbers
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG
Thompson    20    19            39    1.63
Sislo    10    23            33    1.38
DeSimone    5    22            27    1.13
Totals    35 (1.45)    64 (2.67)        99    4.13

THOMPSON FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SCORING; SISLO RIGHT BEHIND: Paul Thompson ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 39 points, while his linemates Mike Sislo (33 pts) is second in the leauge in scoring.

SISLO FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS; DeSIMONE SECOND: Mike Sislo is first in Hockey East with 23 assists this season, while Phil DeSimone is second in the league with 22 assists.

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006-07: UNH is off to its best start at 15-5-4 (.708) since the 2006-07 season when it was 19-4-1 (.813).
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        15-5-4 (.708)        ---
2009-10        12-8-4 (.583)        18-14-7
2008-09        12-8-4 (.583)        20-13-5
2007-08        16-7-1 (.688)        25-10-3
2006-07        19-4-1 (.813)        26-11-2

DIGI LIGHTS OUT IN HOCKEY EAST PLAY: Matt Di Girolamo continues to be lights out in Hockey East play. Overall, Di Girolamo has allowed three goals or fewer in 16-of-17 conference games and two or fewer 13 times in league play. He is first in Hockey East in GAA (1.69), save percentage (.943), win percentage (.824) and wins (13).

11-0-1 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO: UNH is 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.

BUTLER NAMED MVP OF AHL ALL-STAR GAME: Former UNH men's hockey standout Bobby Butler recorded a goal and three assists to lift the East team to an 11-8 win in the AHL All-Star game. For his efforts, Butler was named the game's Most Valuable Player on Jan. 31, 2011 in Hershey, Pa.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    35-70-105    41-49-46
Juniors:    18-34-52    21-24-23
Sophomores:    26-32-58    31-22-25
Freshmen:    6-8-14    7-6-6

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 24 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     12-8-4        15-5-4
HE Record    11-3-3        13-2-2
Goals scored    82            85
Goals scored/PG    3.42        3.54
Goals Allowed    76            57
Goals Allowed/PG    3.17        2.38
Shots    711        842
Shots Allowed    791        740
Power Play    18.5%         20.0%
    (20-108)        (22-110)
Penalty Kill    80.6%         82.1%
    (83-103)        (69-84)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    18-17-35        20-19-39
    Kessel        Sislo
    6-22-28        10-23-33
    Thomp.        DeSimone
    14-12-26        5-22-27

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.COM'S PAIRWISE RANKINGS (1/31)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI        Rk
1     Yale     32     17-4-0     .8095     1     .5878*     1
2t     North Dakota     30     19-8-2     .6897     10     .5767     4
2t     Denver     30     16-5-5     .7115     4t     .5787     3
4     Minn.-Duluth     29     17-5-3     .7400     3     .5825*     2
5     Boston College     28     18-6-0     .7500     2     .5766*     5
6     Rensselaer     27     17-6-3     .7115     4t     .5557*     8
7     Wisconsin     25     19-8-3     .6833     11     .5566*     6
8t     New Hampshire     24     15-5-4     .7083     6t     .5559     7
8t     Michigan     24     17-7-4     .6786     12     .5547     10
10     Merrimack     23     15-5-4     .7083     6t     .5478     12
11     Western Mich.    22     14-6-8     .6429     13t     .5383     15
12t     Notre Dame     21     16-9-5     .6167     17     .5491     11
12t     Union     21     18-7-3     .6964     8     .5551     9
14     Dartmouth     19     12-6-3     .6429     13t     .5393     14
15     Boston Univ.     18     12-7-7     .5962     18     .5413     13
16t     Princeton     16     14-6-1     .6905     9     .5356     17
16t     Neb-Omaha     16     14-10-2     .5769     22     .5298     20
18     Colorado College     14     15-12-1     .5536     24     .5312     19
19t     Miami     13     14-9-5     .5893     20     .5318     18
19t     Maine     13     11-7-6     .5833     21     .5361     16
21     Alaska     12     12-10-4     .5385     26     .5287     21
22     Minnesota     10     11-10-3     .5208     27     .5199     22
23     Ohio State     9     13-12-2     .5185     29     .5078     24
24t     Northern Mich.     8     11-13-4     .4643     35t     .5041     27
24t     Ferris State     8     12-12-4     .5000     30t     .5036     28
26     Minnesota State     7     11-11-6     .5000     30t     .5135     23
27t     Robert Morris     6     15-8-4     .6296     16     .5023     30
27t     Michigan State     6     11-13-4     .4643     35t     .5041     26
27t     Quinnipiac     6     13-10-4     .5556     23     .5009     31
30t     Alaska    5     8-13-3     .3958     43t     .5025     29
30t     St. Cloud State     5     11-12-3     .4808     33t     .5074     25
32     Brown     1     7-10-4     .4286     38     .5009     32
33     Niagara     0     15-8-3     .6346     15     .5005     33

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
12/13        2nd    2nd    1st
12/20        2nd    NP    1st
12/27        NP    NP    1st
1/3            4th    4th    1st
1/10            4th    4th    1st
1/17            7th    7th    1st
1/24            8th    7th    2nd
1/31            6th    6th    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 31)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    Boston College, 497 (26)    2    18-6-0    17
2    Yale University, 448 (3)    1    17-4-0    17
3    University of Denver, 445 (2)    3    16-5-5    17
4    Minnesota Duluth, 407 (3)    4    17-5-3    17
5    North Dakota, 393        5    19-8-2    17
6    New Hampshire, 325    8    15-5-4    17
7    University of Wisconsin, 272    7    19-8-3    12
8    Rensselaer, 259        10    17-6-3    9
9    University of Michigan, 258    6    17-7-4    17
10    University of Notre Dame, 197    9    16-9-5    14
11    Union College, 189        12    18-7-3    14
12    Merrimack College, 147    14    15-5-4    4
13    Miami University, 95        13    14-9-5    17
14    Boston University, 41    NR    12-7-7    14
15    University of Maine, 39    11    11-7-6    17
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan University, 37; Dartmouth College, 16; Princeton University, 10; University of Nebraska Omaha, 4; Robert Morris University, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 31)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College          (41)      18-6-0       988         2
 2     Denver                  (6)      16-5-5       922         3
 3     Yale                    (2)      17-4-0       881         1
 4     Minnesota-Duluth        (1)      17-5-3       840         5
 5     North Dakota                      19-8-2       813         4
 6     New Hampshire                     15-5-4       745         7
 7     Wisconsin                         19-8-3       670         8
 8     Michigan                          17-7-4       629         6
 9     Rensselaer                        17-6-3       594        10
10    Notre Dame                        16-9-5       549         9
11     Union                             18-7-3       507        13
12     Merrimack                         15-5-4       436        14
13     Miami                             14-9-5       427        11
14     Boston University                 12-7-7       314        16
15     Maine                             11-7-6       289        12
16     Western Michigan                  14-6-8       274        17
17     Dartmouth                         12-6-3       177       18
18     Nebraska-Omaha                   14-10-2       161        15
19     Princeton                         14-6-1       157        19
20     Colorado College                 15-12-1        80        20
Others Receiving Votes: Alaska 10, Providence 10, Robert Morris 7, Minnesota 4, Northeastern 4,  Ferris State 3, Ohio State 3, Minnesota State 2, RIT 2, Niagara 1, Quinnipiac 1

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 1/31): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     3rd    1.62 ppg
Mike Sislo        10th     1.38 ppg
Phil DeSimone     33rd     1.12 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      3rd      0.83 gpg
Mike Sislo     76th        0.42 gpg
John Henrion    76th    0.42 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo         4th             0.96 apg
Phil DeSimone             6th              0.92 apg
Paul Thompson              19th            0.79 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      43rd      9 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      37th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      2nd     5 gwg
Mike Sislo       43rd     2 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        15th     0.75 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo     23rd           2.31 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo        14th     .924
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo     13th     .708
Team
Scoring Offense       9th     3.54
Scoring Defense          14th     2.38
Scoring Margin     10th     1.17
Power Play     16th     20.0
Penalty Kill       30th    82.1
Combined Special Teams     47th        46.9
Winnning Percentage       6th     .708


Among the League Leaders (THRU 1/31): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points    Paul Thompson     1st(39 pts)     1st (32 pts)
        Mike Sislo     2nd (33 pts)     5th (22pts)
         Phil DeSimone     8th (27 pts)        8th (18 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson  1st (20 g)         1st (17 g)
        Mike Sislo      13th (10g)      46th (4g)
        John Henrion     13th (10 g)     28th (5 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st (23 a)      1st (18a)
                 Phil DeSimone      2nd (22 a)       3rd (15 a)
                      Paul Thompson      6th (17 a)       3rd (15 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (17pts)     1st (14 pts)
                 Mike Sislo     6th (12pts)     7th (8 pts)
        Blake Kessel     14th (9 pts)     23rd (5 pts)
               Phil DeSimone      19th (9 pts)       10th (7 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 20th (8 pts)     10h (7 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (9 ppg)             1st(6 ppg)
             Mike Sislo     18th (3 ppg)       5th (22 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     11th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 7th (1 shg)     n/a
             Stevie Moses     7th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (5 gwg)      1st(5 gwg)
               Mike Sislo      9th (2 gwg)         14th(1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (18 pts)     5th (10 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 5th (14 pts)      2nd 11 pts)
GAA    Matt Di Girolamo     4th (2.31)     1st (1.69)
Save %     Matt Di Girolamo     3rd (.924)     1st (.943)
Win %     Matt Di Girolamo     2nd (.708)     1st (.824)
Saves     Matt Di Girolamo     2nd (683)    3rd (479)
Minutes                Matt Di Girolamo 1st (1456:54)     2nd (1027:50)
Wins     Matt Di Girolamo     1st (15)     1st (13)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 1/31):
            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.54/2nd     3.29/2nd
GAA         2.45/4th     1.71/1st
Power Play         20.0/2nd    21.1/2nd
Penalty Kill          82.1/7th     86.4/4th
Special Teams Net     +6/3rd    +6/2nd
1st Period Scoring          9/8th         14/5th
2nd Period Scoring        31/3rd       26/1st
3rd Period Scoring     16/1st      14/6th
Overtime Scoring             2/2nd       2/1st

 'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Bobby Butler: Binghamton Senators (AHL)/Ottawa Senators***
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Thomas Fortney:  ESV Buchloe (GER)
Brian Foster: Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Colin Hemingway: Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Landshut Cannibals (2.GBun)
Jason Krog:  Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HC (Aust)
Jacob Micflikier: Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss-A)
Jerry Pollastrone: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Belfast Giants ( EIHL)
Mike Radja: Augsburg Panthers (DEL)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo HC (SWE)
Trevor Smith: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
***=spent time in Ottawa in 2010-11

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        W, 4-3 OT
Jan. 22     Boston U.     NESN    L, 1-2
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.  
UNH Coach's Show
2/7 Ballard's - Durham, NH
2/14 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH
2/21 Ballard's - Durham, NH
2/28 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH
3/7 Ballard's - Durham, NH
3/14 Kelley's Row - Dover, NH

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 Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/18
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/8
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Player of the Week    11/8
Matt Di Girolamo    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 Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    12/6
Jeff Silengo    HE Rookie of the Week    12/13
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    12/13
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Goalie of the Month (December)    1/4
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/10
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/31
Paul Thompson    HE co-Player of the Month    2/1

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.

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