Game Notes: Men's Hockey Takes on Merrimack in Hockey East Semifinals at TD Garden (Fri. - 8 p.m. - NESN)

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DURHAM, N.H. -
The 10th-ranked and second-seeded University of New Hampshire men's hockey team advanced to the Hockey East semifinals by virtue of a Hockey East quarterfinal sweep of the University of Vermont on Saturday evening. The Wildcats will play fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Merrimack College at TD Garden at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18. The game will be broadcast live on NESN with radio coverage on the Wildcat Sports Network.

New Hampshire will play the second of two semifinals, while top-seeded Boston College will play sixth-seeded Northeastern in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

Wildcat fans are encouraged to visit the pre-game UNH Fan Headquarters at The Four's at 166 Canal Street in Boston, Mass.  UNH Athletics, the UNH Alumni Association, and the UNH Boston Alumni Chapter invite fans to wear their Wildcat gear and join fellow alumni and fans at the restaurant starting at 6 p.m.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please note, there is a no re-entry policy in the TD Garden, fans are advised to plan accordingly.

Tickets are now on sale at the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office at (603)862-4000, extension 5, during normal box office hours of Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the TD Garden box office or online at Ticketmaster.com. UNH fans are asked to request the UNH section when ordering through the TD Garden Box Office.

Ticket pricing for the Hockey East semifinals (one ticket for both semifinals) and championship (8 p.m.) are as follows:

Loge Seating: $39.00
Balcony Seating: $25.00/$17.00*
*(available only through the TD Garden Box Office or Ticketmaster)
UNH Student Balcony seating: $10.00


SCOUTING THE FOURTH-SEEDED MERRIMACK WARRIORS: The fourth-seeded Merrimack College Warriors enter the Hockey East semifinals with a 24-8-4 record and a 16-8-3 record within Hockey East. Merrimack is coming off a sweep of the Maine Black Bears in the Hockey East quarterfinals after wrapping up the regular season by dropping three of their last four games. Offensively, the Warriors are led by a trio of players: senior Chris Barton with a team-high 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists), senior Joe Cucci (12 goals, 17 assists) and sophomore Stephane Da Costa (9 goals, 18 assists). Junior goaltender Joe Cannata, who has played in 83 career games, is 24-8-4 with a 2.57 GAA and a .910 save percentage in the 2010-11 season. This season against the Wildcats, the Warriors are 2-1-0 including a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 22.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 64-15-8 in 87 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960.  Since 1996, UNH is 40-6-6 in the last 52 games. UNH owns a 25-4-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile has compiled a 52-12-7 all-time mark against the Warriors. The 'Cats are 15-4-0 in the last 19 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink. Merrimack won the regular season series 2-1-0 on the strength of a weekend sweep Feb. 11-12. Senior forward Paul Thompson is  the active scoring leaders against Merrimack with 11 points in 11 games. Matt Di Girolamo is 1-2-0 lifetime against the Warriors with a .933 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA.

UNH VS. MC IN THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT: UNH and MC have met eight times in the history of the Hockey East tournament. UNH holds a 8-0-0 advantage all time.

1992-93
3-12-93    (H)    5    Merrimack    3    W
3-14-93    (H)    9    Merrimack    2    W
(UNH wins best of three games, 2-0, quarterfinals)
1998-99
3/12/99    (H)    3    Merrimack    2    W
3/13/99    (H)    5    Merrimack    4    W
(Quarterfinals — UNH wins best of three games, 2-0)
1999-2000
3/9/00    (H)    5    Merrimack    2    W
3/10/00    (H)    3    Merrimack    2    W
(Quarterfinals — UNH wins best of two games, 2-0)
2001-2002
3/8/02    (H)    6    Merrimack    2    W
3/9/02    (H)    5    Merrimack    4    W    OT
(Quarterfinals — UNH wins series, 2-0)

SCOUTING THE TOP-SEEDED EAGLES: The top-seeded Boston College Eagles come into the Hockey East semifinals with a 28-7-1 record and a 20-6-1 mark in Hockey East. BC has lost just once in its last seven games (6-1-0) including a two-game sweep of the Massachusetts Minutemen in the Hockey East quarterfinals and a sweep of New Hampshire on March 5 and March 11 to end the regular season. The Eagles are the 2010-2011 Regular Season Champions and are looking to defend their 2010 Hockey East Championship. On the offensive side of things, BC is led by junior Cam Atkinson, who has a team-high 24 goals and 14 assists for 38 points and senior Brian Gibbons with 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points. Senior goaltender John Muse, who has played in 141 career games, is currently 25-5-1 with a 2.04 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 63-61-12 in 136 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 6, 1937. BC captured the season series, 2-1-0, by virtue of a weekend sweep of the Wildcats back on March 4-5. Coach Umile owns a 39-25-11 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 14-17-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 16-6-2 all-time record at the Whittemore Center. Mike Sislo is the active leading scorer against the Eagles with 13 points in 15 games. Matt Di Girolamo is 1-3-0 in three career starts against the Eagles.

UNH VS. BC IN THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT: UNH and BC have met 11 times in the history of the Hockey East tournament. BC holds a 3-8-0 advantage all time.
1989-90
3-9-90    (A)    4    Boston College    5    L    OT
(BC wins HE Semifinal at Conte Forum)
1993-94
3-11-94    (H)    4    Boston College    1    W
3-12-94    (H)    6    Boston College    5    W    2OT
(UNH wins best of three games, 2-0, quarterfinals)
1996-97
3/14/97    (N)    4    Boston College    0    W
(HE Semifinals at Fleet Center)
1998-99
3/20/99    (N)    5    Boston College    4    L    OT
(HE Finals at FleetCenter)
1999-2000
3/17/00    (N)    1    Boston College    2    L
(HE Semifinals at FleetCenter)
2004-2005
3/19/05    (N)    1    Boston College    3    L
(HE Finals at the FleetCenter)
2006-2007
3/17/07    (N)    2    Boston College    5    L
(HE Finals at the TD Banknorth Garden)
2007-2008
3/21/08    (N)    4    Boston College    5    L    3OT
(HE Semifinals at the TD Banknorth Garden)
2008-2009
3/13/09    (H)    3    Boston College    5    L
3/14/09    (H)    0    Boston College    1    L
(Quarterfinals ----- BC wins series , 2-0)

SCOUTING THE SIXTH-SEEDED HUSKIES: The sixth-seeded Northeastern Huskies enter the Hockey East semifinals with a 14-15-8 record and a 10-10-7 record within Hockey East. The Huskies are coming off a Game 3 win against Boston University to win the quarterfinal series and advance to the semifinals. To end the regular season, Northeastern posted a 2-2-1 record including defeating Boston College 2-1 on Feb. 19 and tying New Hampshire 2-2 on Feb. 25. Offensively, Northeastern is led by a senior duo of Wade MacLeod (14 goals, 16 assists for 30 points) and Tyler McNeely (11 goals, 15 assists for 26 points). Sophomore goaltender Chris Rawlings, who has played in 65 career games, is 12-13-8 with a 2.62 GAA and .921 save percentage this season.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN: UNH owns an 87-57-14 all-time record against Northeastern in 158 meetings in the series history between the two teams.UNH won the season series with Northeastern 1-0-2. The teams skated to a pair of 2-2 tie on Oct. 22 and Feb. 25, while New Hampshire earned a 6-3 win on Feb. 26. Coach Umile owns a 42-15-12 record all-time against Northeastern. Senior forward Mike Sislo is the active scoring leader against the Huskies with nine points in 12 games.  Junior netminder Matt Di Girolamo is 1-0-3 with a 2.12 GAA all time against the Huskies. Di Girolamo's first collegiate start was on Nov. 1, 2008 against Northeastern.

UNH VS. NU IN THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT: UNH and NU have met five times in the history of the Hockey East tournament. UNH holds a 3-1-1 advantage all time.

1988-89
3-4-89    (A)    4    Northeastern    5    L
(NU wins single elimination quarterfinal)
1991-92
3-8-92    (H)    4    Northeastern    2    W
(UNH wins single elimination quarterfinal)
1993-94
3-19-94    (N)    4    Northeastern    4    T    OT
(UNH ties HE Third Place Game at Boston Garden)
2004-2005
3/10/05    (H)    6    Northeastern    1    W
3/11/05    (H)    4    Northeastern    0    W
(Quarterfinals — UNH wins series, 2-0)

DI GIROLAMO NAMED HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goaltender Matt Di Girolamo was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. Di Girolamo earns the award for the third this season, which is tied for the most in Hockey East. Di Girolamo, who was the league's top defensive player on Oct. 18 and Dec. 6, turned away 56-of-60 shots to lift UNH to a weekend sweep of Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals this past weekend. He posted a 2.00 goals against average and a .933 save percentage for the weekend in the two-game series at the Whittemore Center. Overall, Di Girolamo ranks in the top three in Hockey East in every goaltending category. He ranks first in minutes (2184:52), sits second in save percentage (.922) and saves (1,057), while his 2.47 goals against average and 21 wins rank third.

UNH AGAINST THE FIELD: New Hampshire is 3-4-2 against the three teams remaining in the Hockey East tournament. UNH captured wins over all three foes.

SISLO LIFTS 'CATS TO THE GARDEN: Mike Sislo lifted the Wildcats into the semifinals with the game-winner with three minutes remaining in the third period. Sislo has seven points in the last five games.

'CATS CAPTURE WINS OVER ALL NINE LEAGUE FOES: UNH is one of three teams in Hockey East to capture wins over all nine Hockey East foes. Merrimack and Boston College also captured wins over all nine league foes.

UNH ALL-TIME IN HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS: New Hampshire is 7-7-0 all-time in the Hockey East semifinals.

UNH ALL-TIME IN HOCKEY EAST FINALS: UNH is 2-5-0 all-time in Hockey East title games. New Hampshire won back-to-back league championship in 2002 and 2003.

10 home wins for 15th-straight season: With a win at home on Friday night, the Wildcats have won 10 or more games at home every year since 1996-97.
Year        Home Record
2010-11        11-4-4
2009-10        10-3-5
2008-09        12-4-2
2007-08        14-4-1
2006-07        15-5-1
2005-06        10-6-3
2004-05        17-3-0
2003-04        13-5-2
2002-03        15-3-1
2001-02        16-2-1
2000-01        12-5-3
1999-00        13-1-5
1998-99        18-0-1
1997-98        11-5-1
1996-97        14-5-0
Total        201-55-30    (.755)

THOMPSON TALLIES 50th POINT: Paul Thompson became just the seven player at UNH since 2000 to register 50 points in a single season.
SINCE 2000 PLAYERS WITH 50-PLUS POINTS
Player    G-A-P    Year
Paul Thompson    28-24-52    2010-11
Bobby Butler    29-24-53    2009-10
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02

TO THIS POINT: A comparison through 36 games between this season and the last three seasons.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    11-12
Record     25-8-3    19-12-5    17-12-7    21-9-6
HE Record    19-5-3    15-8-4    15-6-6    17-6-4
Goals scored    125    109    123    126
Goals scored/PG    3.5    3.00    3.42    3.50
Goals Allowed    82    105    113    91
Goals Allowed/PG    2.30    2.90    3.14    2.53
Shots    1174    1180    1073    1217
Shots Allowed    1125    1064    1133    1148
Power Play    19.0%     11.5%    17.1%    20.4
    (32-168)    (22-191)    (25-146)    (31-152)
Penalty Kill    86.8%     82.9%    81.6%    82.0%
    (158-182)    (151-182)    (115-141) (109-133)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riems.      Butler    Thompson
    18-27-45    17-22-39          27-23-50    28-24-52
    Radja    Sislo                   Thompson    Sislo
    19-23-42    18-10-28          17-19-36    13-33-46
    van Riem.    LeBlanc    Kessel     DeSimone
    11-18-29    12-15-27    9-26-35    10-30-40

40-40-40 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2005-06: For the first time since 2005-06, UNH has three players with 40 or more points. Paul Thompson (52), Mike Sislo (46) and Phil DeSimone (40) are the first to do so since, Jacob Micflikier (42), Brett Hemingway (41) and Daniel Winnik. In addition, UNH is the only east-coast team with three 40 point players. Miami, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota and Wisconsin are the others.It marks the 22nd consecutive year a UNH player has tallied four points. Phil DeSimone currently has 38 points and is looking to join his teammates over 40 points.
SINCE 2000 PLAYERS WITH 40-PLUS POINTS
Player             G-A-P    Year    
Phil DeSimone    10-30-40    2010-11
Mike Sislo    13-33-46    2010-11
Paul Thompson    28-24-52    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

'Cats, UMILE GET TO 20 WINS: UNH captured a 20-win season for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons. Overall,  Dick Umile has 18 20-win season in just 21 years of coaching at UNH.

17-0-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO PERIODS: The Wildcats are an impressive 17-0-2 when leading after two periods. UNH's two ties were 11/13 at Massachusetts and 2/19 at Vermont.

1,000 saves for Di Girolamo: Matt Di Girolamo became just the sixth player in program history to register 1,000 saves in a single season.
Player            Year        Games    Saves
1. Mike Ayer         2002-03        41    1,139
2. Brian Foster        2009-10        38    1,128
3. Bruce Gillies        1983-84        34    1,065
4. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    36    1,057
5. Todd Pearson        1981-82        35    1,028
6. Kevin Regan        2006-07        35    1,025

PAIRWISE RANKINGS (through 3/16/11)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk
1     Yale     29     25-6-1     .7969     1     .5760*     3
2     North Dakota     28     28-8-3     .7564     3     .5833*     1
3     Boston College     27     28-7-1     .7917     2     .5779*     2
4t     Michigan     25     25-9-4     .7105     6     .5577     4
4t     Miami     25     21-9-6     .6667     9t     .5561     6
6t     Denver     23     23-10-5     .6711     8     .5573     5
6t     Minn-Duluth     23     22-9-6     .6757     7     .5533     7
6t     Merrimack     23     24-8-4     .7222     4     .5524*     9
9     Union     21     26-9-4     .7179     5     .5529*     8
10     Notre Dame     20     23-11-5     .6538     11     .5492     10
11t     New Hampshire     18     21-9-6     .6667     9t     .5471     11
11t     Western Michigan     18     18-11-10     .5897     16t     .5300     14
13t     Nebraska-Omaha     16     21-15-2     .5789     19     .5327     12
13t     Colorado College     16     21-17-3     .5488     24     .5260     16
15t     Dartmouth     15     18-11-3     .6094     13     .5308     13
15t     Rensselaer     15     20-12-5     .6081     14     .5240     18
17     Boston University     13     19-12-8     .5897     16t     .5280     15
18     Maine     12     17-12-7     .5694     21     .5243     17
19     Minnesota     11     16-14-6     .5278     25     .5190     20
20     Alaska-Anchorage     10     16-17-3     .4861     32     .5173     21
21     St. Cloud State     8     15-18-5     .4605     34     .5110     23
22t     Alaska     7     16-17-5     .4868     30     .5090     24
22t     Ferris State     7     18-16-5     .5256     27     .5082     25
24     Wisconsin     6     21-16-4     .5610     23     .5214     19
25t     Princeton     4     17-13-2     .5625     22     .5113     22
25t     RIT     4     18-10-8     .6111     12     .5065     26
25t     Cornell     4     15-14-3     .5156     28     .5063     27
25t     Bemidji State     4     14-17-5     .4583     37     .5047     29
29     Air Force     2     18-11-6     .6000     15     .5057     28
30     Quinnipiac     1     16-15-8     .5128     29     .5033     30

SCORING LEADERS IN HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    10    3-5-8
Phil DeSimone    10    1-5-6
Paul Thompson    10    3-2-5
Steve Moses    7    2-2-4
Blake Kessel    7    1-1-2
Matt Campanale    7    0-1-1
Kevin Goumas    2    0-2-2
Austin Block    1    1-0-1
Mike Borisenok    5    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    7    0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    5    0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-1-1
Kevin McCarey    5    0-1-1
Greg Manz    3    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    5    0-0-0
John Henrion    4    0-0-0
Mike Beck    5    0-0-0
Greg Burke    3    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    2    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    2    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    2/119:44    4    2.00    2-0-0    56    .933
Di Girolamo Game-by-Game in Hockey East Tournament
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
3-11-11        59:49    W    31    1    32
3-12-11        59:55    W    25    3    28
Totals        119:44    2-0-0    56    4    60

THOMPSON CAPTURES HE SCORING TITLE: UNH's Paul Thompson became the second-straight Wildcat to capture the league's scoring title. Thompson finished four points ahead of his closest competition.
Player            Team        G-A-P
1. Paul Thompson    UNH        23-19-42
2. Cam Atkinson        BC        24-14-38
3. Brian Gibbons        BC        10-26-36
    Gustav Nyquist        Maine        15-21-36

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 36 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 36 games    G    A    P    PPG    PWG    GWG
Thompson in 2010-11    28    24    52    1.44    12    7
Butler in 2009-10    27    23    50     1.39    7    4

21 wins for Di Girolamo: Matt Di Girolamo moved into sixth place on the single-season wins list.
Player            Year        Games    Wins
1. Mike Ayer         2002-03        41    27
2. Sean Matile        1997-98        38    25
3. Kevin Regan        2006-07        35    24
4. Kevin Regan        2007-08        32    23
5. Ty Conklin        1999-00        37    23
6. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    36    21
    two others tied                21

DI GIROLAMO STANDS TALL IN LEAGUE PLAY: Junior netminder Matt Di Girolamo closed out Hockey East play with a league best 1638:04 minutes, while his 797 saves was just two behind BU's Kieran Millan.

40 POINTS IN HE PLAY: Since 1999-2000, only five players have recorded 40-plus points in Hockey East play in a single season. Paul Thompson came the newest addition to his list.
SINCE 1999-2000
Player        Team    Year        G-A-P
Paul Thompson    UNH    2010-11    23-19-42
Bobby Butler    UNH    2009-10        21-20-41
Gustav Nyquist    Maine    2009-10        12-29-41
Ben Eaves     BC    2002-03        14-28-42
Darren Haydar    UNH    2001-02        15-27-42

SISLO HANDS OUT 30 ASSISTS: Mike Sislo moved past 30 assists  for the season. The last Wildcat to dish out 30+ assists in a season was Sean Collins in 2004-05 with 37 helpers.
Wildcats with 30+ Assists since 2000:
Mike Sislo        2010-11    33
Sean Collins        2004-05        37
Justin Aikins        2003-04        31
Steve Saviano        2002-03        30
Darren Haydar        2001-02        45
Colin Hemingway    2001-02        33
Lanny Gare        2001-02        31

15 WINS IN LEAGUE PLAY: UNH continues its success in Hockey East capturing 15 wins in league play for the fifth-straight season.
Since 2000 - 15+ Wins in Hockey East Play
Team        Seasons     Longest Streak
UNH        8        5 (2006-present)
Boston Coll.    8        3 (two occasions)
Boston Univ.    6        2 (two occasions)
Maine        2         1 (2003-04, 2005-06)
UMass        1        (2006-07)
Northeastern    1        (2008-09)
Vermont    1        (2008-09)
Merrimack    1        (2010-11)

THOMPSON'S NATION BEST 12 POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson ranks first in the nation in power play goals with 12 man-advantage tallies. Thompson's 12 is the most since Sean Collins and Colin Hemingway potted 13 power play goals in the 2001-02 season.

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.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    53-100-153    42-46-45
Juniors:    27-57-84    21-26-25
Sophomores:    36-40-76    29-19-22
Freshmen:    10-19-29    8-9-8

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
2/21            9th    9th    1st
2/28            8th    7th    1st
3/7            10th    10th    2nd
3/14            10th    10th    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 14)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    North Dakota, 505 (29)    1    28-8-3    23
2    Boston College, 479 (5)    2    28-7-1    23
3    Yale University, 425        3    25-6-1    23
4    University of Michigan, 414    5    25-9-4    23
5    University of Denver, 359    6    23-10-5    23
6    Miami University, 345    7    21-9-6    23
7    Merrimack College, 298    9    24-8-4    10
T-8    Union College, 248        4    26-9-4    20
T-8    Notre Dame, 248        8    23-11-5    20
10    New Hampshire, 213    10    21-9-6    23
11    Minnesota Duluth, 202    11    22-9-6    23
12    Western Michigan, 125    15    18-11-10    3
13    Colorado College, 86    NR    21-17-3    1
14    Nebraska Omaha, 58    12    21-15-2    19
15    Dartmouth College, 50    NR    18-11-3    1
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 13; University of Maine, 4; Rochester Institute of Technology, 4; Cornell University, 2; Rensselaer, 2.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 14)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     North Dakota            (42)      28-8-3       991         1
 2     Boston College          (7)      28-7-1       953         2
 3     Yale                    (1)      25-6-1       874         3
 4     Michigan                          25-9-4       848         5
 5     Denver                            23-10-5       772         6
 6     Miami                             21-9-6       757         7
 7     Merrimack                         24-8-4       650         9
 8     Notre Dame                        23-11-5       619         8
 9     Union                             26-9-4       602         4
10    New Hampshire                     21-9-6       584        10
11    Minnesota-Duluth                  22-9-6       571        11
12    Western Michigan                  18-11-10  417        15
13     Colorado College                  21-17-3       368        16
14     Nebraska-Omaha                    21-15-2       318        12
15     Dartmouth                         18-11-3       298        18
16     Boston University                 19-12-8       244        13
17     Maine                             17-12-7       222        14
18     Rensselaer                        20-12-5       117        20
19     Wisconsin                         21-16-4        98        19
20     Cornell                           15-14-3        58        NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 39, RIT 30, Alaska-Anchorage 23, Northeastern 20, Ferris State 18, Air Force 4, Bemidji State 3, Colgate 1, St. Cloud State 1

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 3/14): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual     Rank     Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson     4th     1.44 ppg
Mike Sislo        17th     1.28 ppg
Phil DeSimone     35th     1.11 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson      4th     0.78 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo         4th             0.92 apg
Phil DeSimone             13th              0.83 apg
Paul Thompson              42th            0.67 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson      1st      12 ppg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson      2nd     7 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel        17th     0.72 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo     27th           2.47 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo        15th     .922
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo     13th    .667
Team
Scoring Offense       11th     3.50
Scoring Defense          15th     2.53
Scoring Margin     8th     0.97
Power Play     15th     20.4
Penalty Kill       29th     82.0
Combined Special Teams     33th      49.1
Winnning Percentage       9th     .667

Among the League Leaders (THRU 3/14): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points     Paul Thompson     1st(52 pts)     1st (42 pts)
        Mike Sislo     5th (48 pts)            6th (32 pts)
         Phil DeSimone     8th (40 pts)     12th (27 pts)
Goals           Paul Thompson      1st (28 g)         2nd (23 g)
        Mike Sislo      17th (13g)      42nd (6 g)
        Stevie Moses     17th (13g)     33rd (7 g)
Assists           Mike Sislo      1st (33 a)      1st (26 a)
              Phil DeSimone      4th (30 a)       6th (20 a)
                   Paul Thompson      9th (24 a)       7th (19 a)
PP Points           Paul Thompson      3rd (22 pts)     1st (18 pts)
              Mike Sislo     6th (17 pts)        11th (12 pts)
        Blake Kessel     17th (14 pts)      14th (10 pts)
                Phil DeSimone      27th (11 pts)       23rd (8 pts)
PP Goals            Paul Thompson     1st (12 ppg)    1st (9 ppg)
              Mike Sislo     21st (4 ppg)   34th (2 ppg)
SH Points           Five Tied     17th (1 shp)     n/a
                Connor Hardowa  21st (1 shp)    16th (1 pt)
SH Goals     Dalton Speelman 12th (1 shg)     n/a
          Stevie Moses     12th (1 shg)      n/a
        Connor Hardowa    12th (1 shg)    (1 shg)
GW Goals       Paul Thompson     1st (7 gwg)      1st (7 gwg)
            Mike Sislo      8th (3 gwg)     25th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring      Blake Kessel     2nd (26 pts)     2nd (18 pts)
        Brett Kostolansky 7th (19 pts)      6th (15 pts)
GAA     Matt Di Girolamo     3rd (2.47)     2nd (2.16)
Save%     Matt Di Girolamo 2nd (.922)     3rd (.931)
Win%     Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.667)     3rd (.704)
Saves     Matt Di Girolamo 2nd (1057)     2nd (797)
Minutes                Matt Di Girolamo 1st (2184:52)     1st (1636:04)
Wins     Matt Di Girolamo     3rd (21)     2nd (17)         
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 3/14):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game     3.50/3rd     3.33/3rd
GAA     2.53/3rd     2.19/2nd
Power Play     20.4/3rd     22.0/2nd
Penalty Kill      82.0/6th     83.8/5th
Special Teams Net     +4/4th     +4/4th
1st Period Scoring          30/6th     25/4th
2nd Period Scoring        50/1st       35/1st
3rd Period Scoring     44/2ndd     28/3rd
Overtime Scoring        2/3rd       2/2nd

 'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Bobby Butler: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
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           W, 6-1    
March 4     at Boston College      NESNplus    L, 0-4
MARCH 18    VS. MERRIMACK (HE semis)    NESN    8:00 pm
MARCH 19    HOCKEY EAST FINALS    NESNplus    7:00 pm

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

'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.

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.

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
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Paul Thompson    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/21
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/28
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    3/14

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.

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 spe nt 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.

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