February 18, 2011

#8 Men's Hockey Travels to Vermont for Two-Game Series (Fri - 7:30 p.m. - CBS College Sports) (Sat - 7 p.m.)

GAME NOTES
DURHAM, N.H --
The eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team (17-7-4, 15-4-2 HE) travels north to Vermont (7-16-5, 5-12-4 HE) for a two-game Hockey East series against the Catamounts. Friday's night game will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports, puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night is slated for a 7 p.m. puck drop at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt.

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: Vermont enters the weekend with 7-16-5 overall record and a 5-12-4 Hockey East record good for an eighth place in the league standings. The Catamounts are 2-1-1 over their last four games including a pair of back-to-back games with seven goals. Most recently, the Catamounts captured a convincing 7-2 win over Maine at Alfond on Friday before suffering a 4-2 setback to the Black Bears on Saturday. Sophomore Sebastian Stalberg leads Vermont offensively with 23 points on seven goals and 16 assists. In net, junior Rob Madore is 7-16-5 with a 2.95 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 28 games.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VERMONT: The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 70-16-4 in 90 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963. UNH is 12-4-3 against the Catamounts since they became a member of Hockey East during the 2005-06 season. This year,  the Wildcats won the only meeting of the season 5-1 at Whittemore Center on Dec. 5. Coach Umile in his coaching career has registered a 25-8-3 mark against Vermont in 36 meetings. Overall, the Wildcats are 20-8-3 in the last 31 meetings with Vermont. Paul Thompson is the leading active scorer against Vermont with 14 points in 13 games, while Matt Di Girolamo is 1-0-0 lifetime against the Catamounts with a 1.04 GAA and a .960 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE CATAMOUNTS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Paul Thompson    13    5-9-14
Mike Sislo    13    3-9-12
Phil DeSimone    13    1-9-10
Blake Kessel    10    5-3-8
Stevie Moses    10    0-6-6
Damon Kipp    10    2-2-4
Brett Kostolansky    4    1-3-4
Matt Campanale    11    1-2-3
Greg Manz    9    2-0-2
Greg Burke    6    2-0-2
Mike Borisenok    7    1-1-2
Austin Block    2    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    7    0-1-1
Mike Beck    6    0-0-0
John Henrion    5    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    6    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    5    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    3    0-0-0    
Kevin Goumas    1    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    1    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    1/57:34    1    1.04    1-0-0    24    .960
Scott    1/2:17    0    0.00    0-0-0    0    .000

Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-5-10        57:34    W    24    1    25
Totals        57:34    1-0-0    24    1    25
Scott Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-5-10        2:17    ND    0    0    0
Totals        2:17    0-0-0    0    0    0

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (MARCH 14, 2010): 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.

LAST TIME OUT (2/12/11 VS. MERRIMACK): Jordan Heywood scored 1:42 into overtime to lift 11th-ranked Merrimack to a 3-2 win and a weekend sweep of UNH in the Hockey East action Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 2,489 at Lawler Arena.Heywood's tally, just the second of his collegiate career, came on a one-timer from the top of the offensive zone and was assisted by Mike Collins and Shaun Bates. Heywood factored in all three Warrior goals (1g,2a). Merrimack held a 2-0 lead after two periods that was erased early in the third by a pair of power play goals. Overall, UNH struck twice during a five-minute major. The first tally, a 5-on-3 goal came from the left slot by Paul Thompson at 3:03 of the frame and was assisted by Mike Sislo and Mike Beck. The second was netted just over a minute later as Dalton Speelman scored from the high-center slot at 4:14 with helpers from Thompson and Sislo to tie the score at 2-2. New Hampshire held a 14-10 shot edge in the period. Junior netminder Matt Di Girolamo stopped 36 shots including 13 in each of the first two periods to move to 17-7-4, while his counterpart Joe Cannata stopped 38 shots including 14 in the second period and improves to 19-5-4.

THOMPSON, KESSEL NAMED WALTER BROWN SEMIFINALIST: Senior forward Paul Thompson and junior defenseman Blake Kessel were named semifinalists for the 59th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Thompson and Kessel were among a group of 15 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Ray Gallant on Feb. 14. In total, nine players from Hockey East were selected. Thompson has become one of the elite players in college hockey in 2010-11. A two-time Hockey East Player of the Month (November and January) and three-time Hockey East Player of the Week, he ranks second in the nation in goals (24), goals per game (.87) and points per game (1.57). In addition, Thompson leads the nation in power play goals with 11. The senior forward's 44 points is six more than his next closest competition in Hockey East, his linemate Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.).  Kessel leads all of Hockey East in defensive scoring with 21 points in 28 games (0.75 ppg). He is a mainstay in the UNH power play and ranks 10th in Hockey East in power play points with 11 points. The Wildcats have a storied tradition in the Walter Brown Award history that includes eight former Wildcats that have earned the honor, including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) Steve Saviano (2004), Kevin Regan (2008) and, most recently, Bobby Butler (2010).

LIVE ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS:  On Friday, UNH and Vermont will square off live on CBS College Sports (HD). Dave Starman and Eric Frede will be calling all the action from the Gutterson Fieldhouse with Shireen Saski serving as the sideline reporter.

THOMPSONFORHOBEY.COM LAUNCHED: The University of New Hampshire athletic department unveils the all-new ThompsonforHobey.com. The sleek interactive site, designed by Pack Network, is geared to raise awareness and support for men's hockey senior forward Paul Thompson in his candidacy for college hockey's greatest individual honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey's top player. Click here to visit ThompsonforHobey.com. Fans, coaches and the media are encouraged to view the website for the most up-to-date information on Thompson. The site includes stats, biographical information, a Facebook Fan Page, photos, news clippings, fan voting and a video highlight clip.

SISLO APPROACHING 30 ASSISTS: Mike Sislo has 28 assists and is fastly approaching 30 assist. The last Wildcat to dish out 30+ assists in a season was Sean Collins in 2004-05 with 37 helpers.

THOMPSON'S NATION BEST 11 POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson ranks first in the nation in power play goals with 11 man-advantage tallies. Thompson's 11 is tied for the most since Sean Collins and Colin Hemingway potted 13 power play goals in the 2001-02 season.

THOMPSON GOAL ORIENTED: Paul Thompson is second in the nation in goals (24) and goals per game (0.86) and leads Hockey East in both categories.
National Goal Leaders    Team        Goals    GPG
1. Bryan Haczyk    NIA        26     .87gpg
2. Paul Thompson    UNH        24    .86 gpg
      Paul Zanette    NIA        24    .80 gpg
Hockey East Goal Leaders (ALL GAMES)
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        24    .86
2. Cam Atkinson    BC        21    .75
Hockey East Goal Leaders (HE GAMES)
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        21    1.00
2. Cam Atkinson    BC        18    .86

THOMPSON GETS RIGHT TO THE POINTS: Paul Thompson is second nationally in points per game and his 44 points are fourth-best nationally.
National Scoring Leaders    Team        G-A-P    PPG
1. Andy Miele        Miami        17-39-56     1.75
2. Paul Thompson    UNH        24-20-44     1.57
3. Paul Zanette        Niagara        24-22-46         1.53
Hockey East Scoring Leaders            G-A-P    PPG
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        24-20-44    1.57
2. Mike Sislo        UNH        10-28-38    1.36   
3. Stephane DaCosta    MC        13-23-36    1.33
    Cam Atkinson    BC        21-15-36    1.29
    Gustav Nyquist    UM        13-23-36    1.29
HE  Scoring Leaders (HE)    Team        G-A-P    PPG
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        21-16-37     1.76 ppg
2. Chris Barton        MC        11-16-27       1.35 ppg
    Cam Atkinson    BC        18-9-27         1.29 ppg
    Mike Sislo        UNH        4-23-27         1.29 ppg

RECORD AFTER THE SECOND: UNH is 13-0-1 when leading after two periods, 2-0-1 when tied after two frames, but are just 2-6-2 when trailing heading into the third period.

30 SAVES: Matt Di Girolamo has turned away 30 shots or more in a game 12 times this season.

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.

TOP LINERS APPROACHING CENTURY MARK:
Player            G-A-P        Points to 100
Mike Sislo            46-60-106        Reached 1/28 at PC
Paul Thompson    53-51-104                    Reached 2/4 vs. Maine
Phil DeSimone        25-74-99        1

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 28 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 28 games    G    A    P    PPG    PWG    GWG
Thompson in 2010-11    24    20    44    1.57    11    6
Butler in 2009-10    22    19    41     1.46    6    4

THOMPSON ON A TEAR: Paul Thompson continues to be on a tear with 10 points in the last six games including a goal and an assist Saturday night. He has 15 multi-point efforts and points in 22-of-28 games this season.

'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 23 of 28 games.
Green Line by the Numbers
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG
Thompson    24    20            44    1.57
Sislo    10    28            38    1.36
DeSimone    5    26            31    1.11
Totals    39 (1.39)    74 (2.64)        113    4.04

SISLO FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN ASSISTS; DeSIMONE SECOND: Mike Sislo is first in Hockey East with 26 assists this season, while Phil DeSimone is second in the league with 25 assists.
Hockey East Assist Leaders
1. Mike Sislo        UNH        28
2. Phil DeSimone    UNH        26
3. Stephane Da Costa    MC        23
     Brian Gibbons    BC        23
     Gustav Nyquist    UM        23

THOMPSON FIRST IN HOCKEY EAST IN SCORING; SISLO RIGHT BEHIND: Paul Thompson ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 41 points, while his linemates Mike Sislo (36 pts) is second in the leauge in scoring.

'CATS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2007-08: UNH is off to its best start at 17-7-4 (.679) since the 2007 season when it was 19-7-2 (.714).
Year        Record (Pct.)        Final Record
2010-11        17-7-4 (.679)        ---
2009-10        14-10-4 (.571)        18-14-7
2008-09        14-9-5 (.589)        20-13-5
2007-08        19-7-2 (.714)        25-10-3

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 18-of-21 conference games and two or fewer 13 times in league play. He is second in Hockey East in GAA (2.04), save percentage (.935), win percentage (.762) and ranks first in wins (15).

THOMPSON GETS TO 40; LINEMATES APPROACHING: Paul Thompson recently went over 40 points during his senior 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 (38 pts.) and Phil DeSimone (31 pts) could also get to 40 this season.
Player    G-A-P    Year    
Paul Thompson    24-20-44    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.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %
Seniors:    40-85-125    40-50-46
Juniors:    20-42-62    20-25-23
Sophomores:    32-35-67    32-20-25
Freshmen:    8-9-17    8-5-6

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 28 games between this season and last season.
    09-10        10-11
Record     14-10-4        17-7-4
HE Record    13-5-3        15-4-2
Goals scored    96            100
Goals scored/PG    3.43        3.57
Goals Allowed    90            71
Goals Allowed/PG    3.21        2.54
Shots    852        963
Shots Allowed    924        889
Power Play    16.5%         21.0%
    (20-121)        (26-124)
Penalty Kill    79.0%         80.8%
    (94-119)        (80-99)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler        Thompson
    22-19-41        24-20-44
    Kessel        Sislo
    6-24-30        10-28-38
    Thomp.        DeSimone
    15-14-29        5-26-31

USCHO.COM'S PAIRWISE RANKINGS (2/14)
Rk.    Team    PWR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI    Rk
1    Yale    28    20-5-0    .8000    1    .5843*    1
2    Boston College    27    22-6-0    .7857    2    .5804*    2
3    North Dakota    25    21-8-2    .7097    5    .5803    3
4t    Denver    24    18-7-5    .6833    7    .5677    4
4t    Merrimack    24    19-5-4    .7500    3    .5589*    7
6    Minnesota-Duluth    22    18-6-5    .7069    6    .5661    5
7t    Union    20    22-7-3    .7344    4    .5616*    6
7t    Nebraska-Omaha    20    18-10-2    .6333    14    .5461    12
9t    New Hampshire    19    17-7-4    .6786    8    .5508    8
9t    Michigan    19    19-9-4    .6562    11    .5489    10
9t    Miami    19    17-9-6    .6250    17t    .5459    13
12t    Notre Dame    18    18-9-5    .6406    12t    .5508    9
12t    Dartmouth    18    15-7-3    .6600    10    .5487    11
14    Rensselaer    17    18-8-4    .6667    9    .5422    14
15t    Wisconsin    14    19-10-3    .6406    12t    .5406    15
15t    Western Michigan    14    15-7-10    .6250    17t    .5359    16
17t    Boston University    11    14-9-7    .5833    20t    .5326    17
17t    Colorado College    11    17-14-1    .5469    23    .5293    18
19t    Maine    9    12-10-6    .5357    25    .5206    19
19t    Minnesota    9    12-12-4    .5000    28t    .5194    20
19t    Ferris State    9    16-12-4    .5625    22    .5154    22
22    Princeton    8    14-9-2    .6000    19    .5190    21
23    Minnesota State    6    13-13-6    .5000    28t    .5110    23
24    RIT    5    16-8-7    .6290    15t    .5106    24
25    Alaska    4    12-13-5    .4833    32t    .5091    26
26t    Cornell    2    12-10-3    .5400    24    .5091    25
26t    St. Cloud State    2    12-14-4    .4667    36t    .5083    27
28t    Robert Morris    1    17-9-5    .6290    15t    .5044    28
28t    Alaska-Anchorage    1    10-15-3    .4107    42    .5032    29

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
2/14            9th    8th    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 14)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College          (50)      21-6-0      1000         1
 2     North Dakota                      21-8-2       956         5
 3     Yale                              20-5-0       889         2
 4     Denver                            18-7-5       814         4
 5     Minnesota-Duluth                  18-6-5       774         3
 6     Merrimack                         19-5-4       739        11
 7     Union                             22-7-3       714        9
 8     New Hampshire                     17-7-4       606         6
 9     Notre Dame                        18-9-5       599        10
10    Miami                             17-9-6       525        12
11    Michigan                          19-9-4       517        13
12    Wisconsin                        19-10-3       440         7
13     Nebraska-Omaha                   18-10-2       412        16
14     Rensselaer                        18-8-4       387         8
15     Boston University                 14-8-7       290        14
16     Dartmouth                         15-7-3       250        17
17     Western Michigan                 15-7-10   236        15
18     Colorado College                 17-14-1   102        19
19     Maine                            12-10-6    92        18
20     Ferris State                     16-12-4    61        NR
Others Receiving Votes: RIT 36, Princeton 35,  Minnesota 15, Cornell 5, Robert Morris 5,  Ohio State 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 14)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    Boston College, 510 (34)    1    21-6-0    19
2     North Dakota, 464        5    21-8-2    19
3    Yale University, 435        2    20-5-0    19
4    University of Denver, 386    4    18-7-5    19
5    Merrimack College, 348    11    19-5-4    6
6    Minnesota Duluth, 335    3    18-6-5    19
7    Union College, 334        9    22-7-3    16
8    Notre Dame, 248        10    18-9-5    16
9    New Hampshire, 234    6    17-7-4    19
10    Miami University, 204    12    17-9-6    19
11    University of Michigan, 175    13    19-9-4    19
12    Nebraska Omaha, 129    NR    18-10-2    15
13    University of Wisconsin, 105    7    19-10-3    14
14    Rensselaer, 101        8    18-8-4    11
15    Boston University, 33    14    14-8-7    16
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth College, 29; Western Michigan University, 6; Rochester Institute of Technology, 4.

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 2/14): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     2nd     1.57 ppg
Mike Sislo        8th     1.36 ppg
Phil DeSimone     34th     1.11 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      2nd      0.86 gpg
John Henrion     67th     0.43 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo         3rd             1.00 apg
Phil DeSimone             7th              0.93 apg
Paul Thompson              37th            0.71 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      1st      11 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Dalton Speelman      42nd     1 shg
Stevie Moses      42nd      1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      2nd     6 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        13th     0.75 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo     29th           2.48 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo        18th     .921
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo     13th     .679
Team
Scoring Offense       7th     3.57
Scoring Defense          18th     2.54
Scoring Margin     9th     1.04
Power Play     12th     21.0
Penalty Kill       41st     80.8
Combined Special Teams     44th        47.5
Winnning Percentage       8th     .697

Among the League Leaders (THRU 2/14): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points     Paul Thompson     1st(44 pts)     1st (37 pts)
        Mike Sislo     2nd (38 pts)        2nd (27pts)
         Phil DeSimone     8th (31 pts)      11th (22 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson      1st (24 g)         1st (21 g)
        Mike Sislo      18th (10g)      43rd (4g)
        John Henrion     11th (12 g)     20th (7 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st (28 a)      1st (23a)
                Phil DeSimone      2nd (26 a)       2nd (19 a)
                     Paul Thompson      6th (20 a)       5th (16 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      1st (20pts)     1st (17 pts)
                Mike Sislo     4th (15pts)     4th (11 pts)
        Blake Kessel     10th (11 pts)     16th (7 pts)
              Phil DeSimone      16th (10 pts)       11th (8 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 30th (8 pts)     16th (7 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (11 ppg)         1st(8 ppg)
                Mike Sislo     22nd (3 ppg)    48th (1 ppg)
SH Points           Four Tied     11th (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 8th (1 shg)     n/a
            Stevie Moses     8th (1 shg)     n/a
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (6 gwg)      1st(6 gwg)
              Mike Sislo      13th (2 gwg)     17th(1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     1st (21 pts)     2nd (13 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 7th (15 pts)      3rd (12 pts)
GAA     Matt Di Girolamo 4th (2.48)     2nd (2.04)
Save %     Matt Di Girolamo 4th (.921)     2nd (.935)
Win %     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.679)     2nd (.762)
Saves     Matt Di Girolamo 1st (818)     1st (614)
Minutes                 Matt Di Girolamo 1st (1696:09)     1st (1267:05)
Wins     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (17)     1st (15)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 2/14/11):
            Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.57/3rd     3.38/3rd
GAA         2.54/4th     2.05/2nd
Power Play         21.0/3rd     22.2/2nd
Penalty Kill          80.8/7th     83.3/5th
Special Teams Net     +6/3rd     +6/3rd
1st Period Scoring          25/6th     21/4th
2nd Period Scoring        40/1st       28/1st
3rd Period Scoring     33/2nd      20/4th
Overtime Scoring             2/2nd       2/1st

BUTLER NETS FIRST NHL GOAL: Former Wildcat Bobby Butler scored his first NHL goal on Saturday night in the Ottawa Senators' 5-3 win over Edmonton.

 'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Bobby Butler: 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 OT
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
2/21 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 (January)    2/1
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the 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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