#6 Men's Hockey Enters Home-and-Home Series with #11 Merrimack College

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. --
The sixth ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team enters into a critical home-and-home series with 11th-ranked Merrimack College. The 'Cats play host to the Warriors on Friday night (7 p.m.) at the Whitt and will travel to Lawler Arean in North Andover, Mass. on Saturday (7 p.m.).

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS: No. 11 Merrimack enters the weekend with a 17-5-4 overall mark and an 11-5-3 mark in Hockey East play good for 25 points and a third-place tie. The Warriors have won 10-of-11 with its lone loss a 6-4 setback at home to UMass.-Lowell. Most recently, MC defeated Northeastern 4-3 in overtime Friday night and cruised back Massachusetts 11-2 on Saturday. Stephane Da Costa once again leads Merrimack offensively with 36 points on 13 goals and 23 assists. In net, junior Joe Cannata is 17-5-4 with a 2.12 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 26 games.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE WARRIORS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Paul Thompson    9    5-4-9
Phil DeSimone    9    2-5-7
Mike Sislo    10    3-3-6
Blake Kessel    7    0-4-4
Stevie Moses    6    1-2-3
Damon Kipp    5    1-2-3
Mike Beck    5    0-2-2
Brett Kostolansky    4    0-1-1
Matt Campanale    8    0-1-1
Greg Manz    4    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    5    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    3    0-0-0
John Henrion    3    0-0-0
Austin Block    3    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    3    0-0-0
Greg Burke    2    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    2    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    2    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    1    0-0-0
Kevin Goumas    1    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    1/59:49    1    1.00    1-0-0    41    .976

Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-27-10        59:49    W    41    1    42
Totals        59:49    1-0-0    41    1    42

SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 64-13-8 in 85 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960.  Since 1996, UNH is 40-4-6 in the last 50 games. UNH owns a 25-3-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile has compiled a 52-10-7 all-time mark against the Warriors. The 'Cats are 15-2-0 in the last 17 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink. UNH won this year's only meeting 2-1 on Nov. 27 at Whittemore Center.. Senior forward Paul Thompson is  the active scoring leaders against Merrimack with nine points in nine games. Matt Di Girolamo is 1-0-0 lifetime against the Warriors with a .976 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA.

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (1/30/10): Matt Di Girolamo recorded a career-high 41 saves and Paul Thompson tallied a goal and an assist in UNH's 2-1 Hockey East victory against 18th-ranked Merrimack College at the Whittemore Center. Following two scoreless periods of play, the Warriors capitalized on a power play to take a 1-0 lead at 4:12 of the third period. Joe Cucci won possession in the left corner and moved the puck to Stephane Da Costa in the lower-left circle. Da Costa quickly threw the puck to the top of the crease and Chris Barton redirected a shot into the net. That lead was short-lived, however, as UNH rallied to tie the score at 7:15 on a goal by Damon Kipp, whose shot from the right circle found the upper-right corner of the cage. Thompson, with the pass from the slot to Kipp, and Mike Beck set up the goal. New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead at 11:53 when Thompson scored his seventh goal of the season. Mike Sislo led a rush down the left side of the slot and dropped a pass diagonally back to Thompson, whose shot from the inner-right circle beat Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata (25 saves). Matt Campanale was also credited with an assist. The Warriors called time out with 2:23 remaining and pulled Cannata in favor of an extra skater. They kept pressure in the offensive zone but had two shots blocked and two others stopped by Di Girolamo before the 'Cats called a timeout with 1:25 to play. MC fired two shots on goal, including one by Joe Cucci from the slot with one second on the clock.

LAST TIME OUT (2/5/11 vs. MAINE):
Paul Thompson scored with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the UNH to Saturday night's 5-4 Hockey East victory against 15th-ranked University of Maine at the Whittemore Center. John Henrion was one of four Wildcats with a multiple-point game as he matched his career highs in both goals (two) and points (two). Kevin Goumas had a goal and an assist to tie his best of two points. Stevie Moses and Mike Beck both finished with two assists. It was Beck's first multiple-point game while Moses equaled his personal bests in both assists and points. UNH goalie Matt Di Girolamo made 13 of his 28 saves in the first period. Maine counterpart Shawn Sirman was credited with 22 saves. The UM offense was led by Kyle Beattie (two goals), Spencer Abbott (two assists) and Tanner House (two assists). With the score tied 4-4 in the closing seconds, Thompson entered the offensive zone in the high slot, continued towards the left circle and then charged towards the left post, where he tucked a shot inside the near post. Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.), who gained possession at center ice and sent a pass ahead to Thompson, set up the game-winning goal.

GOUMAS TABBED HOCKEY EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward Kevin Goumas was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Goumas is the second Wildcat to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season as Jeff Silengo earned this award on Dec. 13, 2010. Goumas tallied two goals and an assist over the weekend. The freshman forward netted the game-winning goal Friday night and followed that up with a goal and an assist on Saturday night. He had five shots and was a +3 on the weekend.

WILDCATS NAMED HOCKEY EAST'S TEAM OF THE WEEK: In addition, UNH was named Hockey East Team of the Week. The announcements were made Monday morning by the league office.  UNH captured a pair of wins to complete the season sweep of rival Maine. The 'Cats captured a 6-3 win Friday night and followed that up with a dramatic 5-4 win Saturday night. New Hampshire claimed sole possession of first place with the win and has now won four in a row and 11 of 12 in Hockey East play.

THOMPSON JOINS THE CENTURY CLUB:  Paul Thompson scored the game's first goal in Friday's 6-3 win over Maine to capture his 50th career goal and 100th career point. Thompson became the 69th 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 became 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 FIRST IN THE NATION IN GOALS PER GAME: Paul Thompson ranks first in the nation in goals per game with 0.88 gpg. Thompson's 22 goals is second in the country behind Niagara's Paul Zanette with 23.

THOMPSON SECOND IN NATION IN SCORING: Paul Thompson is third in the nation in points per game at 1.64 ppg behind Miami's Andy Miele (1.76 ppg).

FIVE FOR FOUR: UNH has scored five goals or more in four-straight games, all Hockey East victories.

THOM TERRIFIC: Paul Thompson continues to be the red hot for the Wildcats. He has six goals and eight points in the last four games. In addition, Thompson's 36 points in league play is nine more than his closest competition. Thompson ranks first nationally in goals (23) and goals per game (0.88) and is second in the nation in points per game (1.62).

BALANCED SCORING: While the top line of Thompson, Phil DeSimone and Mike Sislo have garnered much of the attention; UNH got scoring from three lines in both wins over the weekend.

SOPHOMORIC BEHAVIOR: The newly assembled third line, an all-sophomore line of Dalton Speelman, Austin Block and John Henrion, has scored seven goals in the three games since their formation.

DeSIMONE SITTING ON 99: DeSimone had four assists on the weekend and has 99 career points. He is just one point away from joining his linemates and becoming the 70th Wildcat to join the century club. Overall, DeSimone has eight assists in the last four games. 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 OFFENSE RANKS FOURTH NATIONALLY: UNH ranks fourth nationally in scoring averaging 3.69 points per game.

KESSEL FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN DEFENSIVE SCORING: Blake Kessel ranks first in Hockey East and eighth nationally in defensive scoring. Kessel is averaging 0.81 points per game with 21 points.

BECK NETS FIRST OF THE SEASON: Senior defenseman Mike Beck scored his first goal of the season and second goal of his career with an insurance goal late in the third period.

10 POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson netted this 10th power play goal of the season, second-most national. His 10 power play goals is the most by a Wildcat since Brett Hemingway tallied 11 in 2005-06.

THOMPSON/SISLO 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 25 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories. In addition, Mike Sislo's 36 points are tied with Butler's #'s through 25 games.
Through 25 games    Goals    Assists    Points    PPG
Thompson in 2010-11    22    19    41    1.64
Butler in 2009-10        18    18    36     1.44
Sislo in 2010-11        10    26    36    1.44

THOMPSON FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SCORING; SISLO RIGHT BEHIND: Paul Thompson ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 42 points, while his linemates Mike Sislo (36 pts) is second in the leauge in scoring. In addition, Thompson's 35 Hockey East points is nine more than his closest competition in league play.

SISLO, DESIMONE FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS: Mike Sislo and Phil DeSimone are tied for first in Hockey East with 26 assists this season.

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 17-of-19 conference games and two or fewer 13 times in league play. He is first in Hockey East in save percentage (.938), win percentage (.842), minutes (1,147:50) and wins (15).

'CATS CLINCH POSTSEASON BID:  UNH clinched a playoff spot for the 23rd-straight season with last night's 6-3 win over Maine. The Wildcats have advanced to the postseason in Hockey East every year since 1989. UNH and BC are the only teams to punch their tickets to the postseason.

30 POINTS IN LEAGUE PLAY: For the seventh-straight season UNH has 30-plus points in Hockey East play. New Hamnpshire is the only team in Hockey East to accomplish this feat in seven-straight seasons.

THOMPSON GETS TO 40; LINEMATES APPROACHING: Paul Thompson recently earned his 40th point of the season. There have been 25 players to record 40 points since 2000 with Darren Haydar topping the list with 76 points in 2001-02.  It marks the 22nd consecutive year a UNH player has tallied four points. In addition, Mike Sislo (36 pts.) and Phil DeSimone (31 pts) could also get to 40 this season.
Player    G-A-P    Year    
Paul Thompson    23-19-41    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.

13-0-1 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO: UNH is 13-0-1 when leading after two periods.

TOP LINERS APPROACHING CENTURY MARK:
Player            G-A-P        Points to 100
Mike Sislo            46-58-104        Reached 1/28 at PC
Paul Thompson    52-50-102                    Reached 2/4 vs. Maine
Phil DeSimone        25-74-99        1

HOME-SWEET-HOMESTAND: New Hampshire concludes a strtetch of playing six of seven games at the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center on Friday night. UNH is 9-2-3 overall at home and 9-1-1 against Hockey East foes at the Whitt. The 'Cats are 4-1-0 through the first five games of this homestand.

'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 22 of 26 games and accounts for almost 42 percent of the UNH offense.
Green Line by the Numbers
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG
Thompson    23    19            42    1.62
Sislo    10    26            36    1.38
DeSimone    5    26            31    1.19
Totals    38 (1.46)    71 (2.73)        109    4.19

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006-07: UNH is off to its best start at 17-5-4 (.731) since the 2006-07 season when it was 20-4-1 (.720).
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        17-5-4 (.731)        ---
2009-10        13-9-4 (.577)        18-14-7
2008-09        13-9-4 (.577)        20-13-5
2007-08        17-7-1 (.673)        25-10-3
2006-07        20-5-1 (.788)        26-11-2

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    39-81-120    41-49-46
Juniors:    19-40-59    20-24-23
Sophomores:    30-35-65    31-21-25
Freshmen:    8-9-17    8-5-7

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 26 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     13-9-4        17-5-4
HE Record    12-4-3        15-2-2
Goals scored    88            96
Goals scored/PG    3.38        3.69
Goals Allowed    82            64
Goals Allowed/PG    3.38        2.46
Shots    788         894
Shots Allowed    851        812
Power Play    17.9%         20.9%
    (20-112)        (24-115)
Penalty Kill    79.3%         80.0%
    (88-111)        (72-90)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    18-18-36        23-19-42
    Kessel        Sislo
    6-24-30        10-26-36
    Thomp.        DeSimone
    15-13-28        5-26-31

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.COM'S PAIRWISE RANKINGS (2/8)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI        Rk
1     Yale     29     19-4-0     .8261     1     .5943*     1
2     Boston College     28     20-6-0     .7692     2     .5812*     2
3t     New Hampshire     26     17-5-4     .7308     4t     .5645     6
3t     Minn-Duluth     26     18-5-4     .7407     3     .5795*     3
5t     North Dakota     25     19-8-2     .6897     9     .5759     4
5t     Denver     25     17-6-5     .6964     8     .5728     5
7t     Rensselaer     21     18-6-4     .7143     7     .5567     8
7t     Wisconsin     21     19-8-3     .6833     10     .5549     9
9t     Union     20     20-7-3     .7167     6     .5587*     7
9t     Merrimack     20     17-5-4     .7308     4t     .5512     10
11t     Notre Dame     18     16-9-5     .6167     16t     .5476     11
11t     Michigan     18     17-9-4     .6333     12     .5452     12
13     Western Mich    17     15-6-9     .6500     11     .5385     16
14     Neb-Omaha     16     16-10-2     .6071     18     .5371     17
15t     Dartmouth     15     13-7-3     .6304     13t     .5418     13
15t     Miami     15     16-9-5     .6167     16t     .5411     14
15t     Boston Univ     15     13-8-7     .5893     20t     .5401     15
18t     Ferris State     11     14-12-4     .5333     26     .5136     23
18t     Colorado College     11     16-13-1     .5500     22     .5329     18
20     Princeton     10     14-8-1     .6304     13t     .5243     20
21     Minnesota     9     11-11-4     .5000     30t     .5178     21
22t     Maine     8     11-9-6     .5385     24     .5253     19
22t     Alaska     8     12-12-4     .5000     30t     .5161     22
24     Minnesota State     6     12-12-6     .5000     30t     .5114     24
25t     Alaska-Anch.     5     10-13-3     .4423     39     .5095     25
25t     Ohio State     5     14-13-2     .5172     29     .5063     26
27t     Cornell     3     11-9-3     .5435     23     .5045     27
27t     Michigan State     3     12-14-4     .4667     34     .5039     28
29     RIT     1     14-8-7     .6034     19     .5012     29
30     Robert Morris     0     16-9-4     .6207     15     .5003     30

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
2/7            6th    6th    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 7)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    Boston College, 508 (32)    1    19-6-0    18
2    Yale University, 468 (1)    2    19-4-0    18
3    Minnesota Duluth, 424 (1)    4    18-5-4    18
4    University of Denver, 399    3    17-6-5    18
5    North Dakota, 389        5    19-8-2    18
6    New Hampshire, 356    6    17-5-4    18
7    University of Wisconsin, 263    7    19-8-3    13
8    Rensselaer, 255        8    18-6-4    10
9    Union College, 247        11    20-7-3    15
10    University of Notre Dame, 186    10    16-9-5    15
11    Merrimack College, 185    12    17-5-4    5
12    Miami University, 152    13    16-9-5    18
13    University of Michigan, 118    9    17-9-4    18
14    Boston University, 60    14    13-7-7    15
15    Western Michigan, 40    NR    15-6-9    1
Others receiving votes: University of Nebraska Omaha, 18; Dartmouth College, 9; Rochester Institute of Technology, 3.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 7)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College          (47)      19-6-0       996         1
 2     Yale                    (1)      19-4-0       932         3
 3     Minnesota-Duluth        (1)      18-5-4       871         4
 4     Denver                            17-6-5       850         2
 5    North Dakota                      19-8-2       804         5
 6     New Hampshire           (1)      17-5-4       780         6
 7     Wisconsin                         19-8-3       671         7
 8     Rensselaer                        18-6-4       599         9
 9     Union                             20-7-3       558        11
10    Notre Dame                        16-9-5       536        10
11     Merrimack                         17-5-4       521        12
12     Miami                             16-9-5       479        13
13     Michigan                          17-9-4       464         8
14     Boston University                 13-7-7       341        14
15     Western Michigan                  15-6-9       300        16
16     Nebraska-Omaha                   16-10-2     227        18
17     Dartmouth                         13-7-3       191        17
18     Maine                             11-9-6       140        15
19     Colorado College                 16-13-1       127        20
20     Princeton                         14-8-1        58        19
Others Receiving Votes: Ferris State 24, RIT 17, Alaska 5, Cornell 3, Minnesota 2, Robert Morris 2, Ohio State 1, Quinnipiac 1

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 2/7): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson         2nd            1.62 ppg
Mike Sislo                    9th             1.38 ppg
Phil DeSimone          27th            1.19 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson         1st             0.88 gpg
Mike Sislo                    96th             0.38gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo                   4th              1.00 apg
Phil DeSimone          4th                1.00 apg
Paul Thompson       29th            0.73 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson           2nd             10 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman          41st            1 shg
Stevie Moses                    41 st            1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson          2nd            6 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel           9th            0.81 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo       28th               2.40 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo          17th            .922
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo         13th            .708
Team
Scoring Offense          4th            3.69
Scoring Defense              14th         2.46
Scoring Margin           7th            1.23
Power Play           13th            20.9
Penalty Kill            42nd            80.0
Combined Special Teams      46th              46.8
Winning Percentage            4th            .731

Among the League Leaders (THRU 2/7): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points    Paul Thompson    1st(42 pts)         1st (35 pts)
                  Mike Sislo           2nd (36 pts)          4th (25pts)
                 Phil DeSimone    7th (31 pts)    9th (22pts)
Goals               Paul Thompson      1st (23g)          1st (20g)
                       John Henrion     29th (19g)      15th (7g)
                      Mike Sislo            16th (10g)      43rd(4g)
 Assists             Mike Sislo            1st (26 a)    1st (21a)
                  Phil DeSimone    1st(26 a)    2nd (19 a)
                           Paul Thompson      6th (19 a)    5th (15 a)
PP Points            Paul Thompson    1st (18pts)    1st (15 pts)
                         Mike Sislo           6th (13pts)           6th (9 pts)
                     Phil DeSimone         14th (10 pts)      11 th (8 pts)
                    Blake Kessel           10th (11 pts)          14th (7 pts)
                  Brett Kostolansky 29th (8 pts)        14th (7 pts)
PP Goals             Paul Thompson      1st (10 ppg)         1st(7 ppg)
                Mike Sislo           21st (3 ppg)          n/a
                   Phil DeSimone     36th (2ppg)        17 th (2ppg)
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 (6 gwg)           1st(6 gwg)
                       Mike Sislo            10th (2 gwg)       16th(1 gwg)
Def. Scoring            Blake Kessel           1st (21 pts)          2nd (13 pts)
                  Brett Kostolansky 7th (14 pts)         6th (11 pts)
GAA          Matt Di Girolamo    4th (2.40)           2nd (1.88)
Save %          Matt Di Girolamo    3rd (.922)           2nd(.938)
Win %          Matt Di Girolamo    2nd (.731)           1st (.842)
Saves           Matt Di Girolamo 1st (748)            1st  (544)
Minutes      Matt Di Girolamo  1st (1576:54)   1st (1147:50)
Wins           Matt Di Girolamo 1st (17)           1st (15)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 2/7):
            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.54/2nd                    3.29/2nd
GAA                                 2.45/4th                      1.71/1st
Power Play                   20.0/2nd                 22.2/2nd
Penalty Kill                    82.1/7th                   83.1/6th
Special Teams Net          +5/3rd                  +5/3rd
1st Period Scoring             24/4th                10/9th
2nd Period Scoring            39/1st              20/5th
3rd Period Scoring               31/2nd              6/10th
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    W, 6-3
Feb. 5     Maine    NESN    W, 5-4
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
2/14 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
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of Week    2/7
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    2/7

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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