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DURHAM, NH - The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will face off against ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the NCAA Northeast Regional final game on March 27. Puck drops at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. with live television coverage on ESPNU.
'CATS SECOND LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK OF NCAA APPEARANCES: With 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances, UNH is second on the list of active programs with NCAA appearances. New Hampshire has been to the postseason in 14 of the last 15 seasons.
Program Consecutive Trips to the NCAA's
North Dakota 9
SCORING LEADERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Player GP G-A-P
Mike Sislo 5 3-2-5
Paul Thompson 5 2-1-3
Phil DeSimone 5 2-2-4
Blake Kessel 4 1-2-3
Greg Burke 2 0-2-2
Damon Kipp 4 0-2-2
Brett Kostolansky 2 0-2-2
Greg Manz 2 0-0-0
Stevie Moses 4 0-0-0
Matt Campanale 4 0-0-0
Connor Hardowa 2 0-0-0
Dalton Speelman 2 0-0-0
Mike Borisenok 2 0-0-0
John Henrion 2 0-0-0
Kevin McCarey 2 0-0-0
Mike Beck 2 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
no active goalies with NCAA experence
RECORDS AGAINST TEAMS IN THE NCAA'S: UNH is 3-6-1 against teams in the NCAA field. The 'Cats are 2-4-0 against teams in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Boston College 1-2-0
Total 3-6-1 (.350) (NE Regional foes 2-4-0)
DI GIROLAMO NATION'S LEADER IN SAVES: UNH's Matt Di Girolamo ranks first in the nation in saves. Di Girolamo's 1,088 saves is three more than BU's Kieran Millan.
WINS IN BACK-TO-BACK NCAA'S: UNH and Miami are the only two teams in the nation with wins in the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons. UNH advanced to the regional finals in two straight seasons, while Miami has been to back-to-back Frozen Fours.
CATS IN THE NCAA's: UNH is making its 21st appearance in the NCAA tournament. The 'Cats have been to the postseason in 10-straight seasons and 14 of the last 15 years. New Hampshire has advanced to seven Frozen Fours including most recently in 2003 when it advanced to the title game. UNH is 13-22-0 lifetime in the NCAA's.
MOSES STREAKING: Stevie Moses has become one of UNH's top offensive weapons in the second half of the season. Moses is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak, while 13 of his 26 points have come since the month of February.
HISTORY HAS A FOUR SEED: This year marks the first time UNH will enter the NCAA tournament as a four seed.
HOBEY REGIONAL: Three of the 10 Hobey Baker finalists are competing in Manchester this weekend. UNH's Paul Thompson and Miami's Andy Miele and Carter Camper. There are three out of the NCAA's, two in the Midwest Regional, one in West and one in the East
SCOUTING THE FIELD:
SCOUTING MIAMI: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) enters 2011 NCAA postseason play with a 23-9-6 overall record. The RedHawks finished third in the CCHA standings with a 16-7-5 league record, swept Alaska in the quarterfinals, upended Notre Dame in the semifinals and earned an automatic berth into the NCAAs with a 5-2 victory against Western Michigan in the CCHA title game.
Miami has won seven consecutive games as part of a 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3) that is currently tied for longest in the nation. The RedHawks' most recent loss was Jan. 21 at Michigan State.
Miami compiled an 8-3-3 record against the 2011 NCAA tournament field. Including the split against UNH, the RedHawks went 2-1-2 vs. Notre Dame (which is also in the Northeast Region), 2-0-0 vs. Michigan and 3-1-1 vs. Western Michigan.
MU is making its sixth consecutive NCAA tourney appearance and has a 7-8 overall record in eight appearances. The RedHawks, who have won four consecutive NCAA first-round games, finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2009 and also advanced to the Frozen Four in 2010.
Miami boasts three of the top four point producers in the nation. Andy Miele sits atop the leaderboard at 1.87 points per game while Carter Camper is third (1.47 ppg) and Reilly Smith is fourth (1.46 ppg). Miele also leads the nation in assists per game (1.24) and is 12th in goals per game (0.63). Camper ranks third in assists (0.97 apg) and Smith is fifth in goals (0.76 gpg).
The goaltending tandem of Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard are near the top of the leaderboard in goals-against-average, but not save percentage. Knapp is #6 in GAA (2.03) and 39th in save percentage (.909) while Reichard is eighth in GAA (2.05) and 35th in save percentage (.911). Reichard has started 22 games, including 16 in conference play. Knapp had 16 starts with 12 in CCHA action.
As a team, Miami is among the top five in offense (#4– 3.82 gpg), defense (#3– 2.16 gpg), power play (#2– 25.1%) and penalty kill (#2– .881).
The RedHawks have been a strong first period team with a 45-18 scoring advantage. They have a 16-6-4 record when scoring first as well as a 16-2-2 mark when leading at the first intermission as well as 21-2-3 when leading through two periods. Twenty-three of the 38 games were decided by 3+ goals and Miami went 19-4 in those games.
SCOUTING MERRIMACK: Merrimack College (North Andover, Mass.) enters the 2011 Northeast Regional with a 25-9-4 overall record. The Warriors finished fourth in the Hockey East regular-season standings with a 16-8-3 league record, swept Maine in the quarterfinals and defeated UNH in the semifinals before falling, 5-3, to Boston College in the Hockey East title game.
Merrimack was impressive the second half of the season. Since the beginning of January, the Warriors have a 17-5-0 record and that included 13-1-0 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 19.
MC has a 5-3-0 record against the 2011 NCAA tournament field with all eight games against Hockey East foes UNH (3-1-0) and Boston College (2-2-0).
Merrimack is making just its second NCAA tourney appearance. Back in 1988, MC advanced out of the first round by virtue of a 10-8 goal differential vs. Northeastern, then lost to Lake Superior State (8-4 two-game aggregate score) in the quarterfinals.
Stephane Da Costa leads a balanced offense – there are seven double-digit goal scorers and six skaters with 30+ points – with 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points; he ranks ninth nationally in points per game (1.38) and fifth in assists (0.94 apg).
Other Warriors among the national leaders: are Joe Cucci in power-play goals (10th; 10); Jesse Todd in game-winning goals (fourth; six); Karl Stollery in defensemen scoring (17th; 0.71 ppg); and Mike Collins in rookie scoring (12th; 0.86).
Joe Cannata has started all 38 games and played 2186:40 of a possible 2309:12 (94.7%). He compiled a 25-9-4 record with a 2.44 GAA and .911 save percentage to rank #24 in the nation in GAA and #34 in save percentage.
As a team, Merrimack is #6 in offense (3.68 gpg), #11 in defense (2.45 gpg), #9 in power play (22.6%) and #11 in penalty kill (84.7%).
The Warriors have been a strong first period team with a 47-26 scoring advantage. The have a 16-4-1 record when scoring first and are unbeaten (19-0-2) when leading through two periods.
MC has been involved in 15 games decided by one goal and are 12-3, including 4-0 in overtime.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME: The University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.) carries a 23-13-5 overall record into the 2011 Northeast Regional. The Fighting Irish finished second in the CCHA regular-season standings with an 18-7-3 league record, defeated Lake Superior in Game 3 of the quarterfinal series, lost to Miami in the semifinals and then was defeated by Michigan in the third-place game.
ND is 2-4-0 in its last six games and that includes a 2-0 loss to Western Michigan in the regular-season finale. Prior to that, the Fighting Irish had an eight-game unbeaten streak of 6-0-2.
Notre Dame has a 5-5-3 record vs. the 2011 NCAA tournament field, and 11 of those games were against CCHA teams. ND went 1-2-2 vs. Miami, 1-2-0 vs. Michigan and 2-1-1 against Western Michigan; they also defeated Boston College.
The Fighting Irish are making their fifth NCAA tourney appearance. They are 4-4 in their four previous appearances (2004-07-08-09). In the most recent appearance, ND was defeated 5-1 by Bemidji State in the '09 Midwest Region. One year earlier, Notre Dame advanced out of the West Region to the Frozen Four and finished as runner-up (to Boston College).
Freshmen T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee lead the offense as Tynan leads all rookies in scoring (1.27 points per game) and Lee ranks fourth (1.00 ppg). Tynan is 20th overall in scoring and Lee is fourth in game-winning goals (six). Tynan has 52 points (22g, 30a) followed by Lee (22g, 19a) and Billy Maday (6g, 31a).
Mike Johnson has started 31 of 33 games and is 18-9-4 with a 2.62 GAA and .903 save percentage; with those numbers, he is 32nd in the nation in GAA and 52nd in save percentage.
In the national rankings, Notre Dame is 10th in offense (3.46 gpg), 25th in defense (2.76 gpg), 40th in power play (16.2%), and 32nd in penalty kill (81.7%).
ND has been a strong frontrunning team with a 20-3-3 record when scoring the game's first goal, 13-2-2 when leading after one period of play and 16-0-1 when holding a lead through two periods. The Fighting Irish have scored 40+ goals all three periods (40-59-42).
THOMPSON NAMED AS HOBEY BAKER FINALIST: Paul Thompson became the eighth player in school history to be named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as announced by the Hobey Baker committee Thursday evening. Read more about Thompson and his Hobey Baker campaign at ThompsonforHobey.com. Thompson becomes the second Wildcat in as many years and third in the last four seasons to be named to the top 10. Last year, Bobby Butler became UNH's second Hobey Baker Hat Trick (final three) finalist, while in 2007-08 Kevin Regan was a top-10 finalist.
THOMPSON FETED AS HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Paul Thompson was selected as the 2011 Hockey East Player of the Year at the annual league banquet at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on March 17. Thompson ranks second in the nation in power-play goals with 12, ranks fourth nationally in goals (28) and seventh in scoring (1.41 ppg). In addition, he is second nationally in game-winning goals (seven) and his 52 points are seventh best. Thompson has 17 multi-point efforts, seven multi-goal games and has goals in 20 of 37 games. The senior forward has been even better among Hockey East's elite, ranking first overall in goals (28), points (52), power-play goals (12) and game-winners (seven). In conference play, Thompson finished first in points (42), power-play points (18), power-play goals (nine) and was second in Hockey East play in goals (23) and goals per game (0.85). Thompson has already taken home his share of hardware this season, highlighted by his Hockey East Player of the Month honors in November and January. Thompson was also a three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season. He is a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
THOMPSON UNANIMOUS HOCKEY EAST ALL-STAR FIRST TEAM SELECTION: Paul Thompson and BC's Cam Atkinson were the only two players in Hockey East unanimously selected as Hockey East All-Star First Team honorees. The awards were handed out March 17 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.
HISTORY OF THE NCAA REGIONAL IN MANCHESTER: 2011 marks the fourth time UNH will host the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. The following are quick facts about the regionals in Manchester.
- 2004, 2007, 2009 & 2011: Four years UNH has hosted in Manchester
- 2004 - BC, 2007- BC, 2009 - BU: Previous three regional winners have all came from Boston.
- Miami (four seed - 2007), UNH (three seed - 2009): Only two lower seeds to win a first-round game in Manchester.
- BU - 2009: Only team to advance from Manchester to win a national championship.
- 4-of-4: Number of Appearances UNH has made in its home-site regional
Records by Seed in Manchester 2004-2009
1 seed 4-1
2 seed 3-2
3 seed 1-2
4 seed 1-2
ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS: UNH is 9-9-2 lifetime in 20 games at Verizon Wireless Arena including 1-3 mark in the NCAA's.
12-13-01 UNH 6 Dartmouth 3 W
1-15-03 UNH 1 Dartmouth 1 T (OT)
2-1-03 UNH 4 Maine 2 W
11-12-03 UNH 2 Boston College 2 T (OT)
1-13-04 UNH 5 Dartmouth 0 W
3-27-04 Michigan (NCAA) 4 UNH 1 L
11-5-04 UNH 4 Boston U. 3 W
1-12-05 Dartmouth 9 UNH 8 L
11-1-05 Boston College 3 UNH 2 L
1-14-06 UNH 5 Dartmouth 4 W
1-13-07 UNH 4 Dartmouth 2 W
2-2-07 Maine 4 UNH 2 L
3-24-07 Miami (NCAA) 2 UNH 1 L
1-19-08 Dartmouth 5 UNH 3 L
1-17-09 UNH 6 Dartmouth 4 W
2-7-09 Maine 1 UNH 0 L
3-28-09 UNH (NCAA) 6 North Dakota 5 W(OT)
3-29-09 Boston U. (NCAA) 2 UNH 1 L
1-16-10 UNH 5 Dartmouth 2 W
1-15-11 Dartmouth 5 UNH 4 L
Total 9-9-2 .500 Goals (71) GA (62)
KESSEL EARNS HOCKEY EAST ALL-STAR FIRST TEAM FOR SECOND-CONSECUTIVE SEASON: For the second year in a row, Blake Kessel was selected as a Hockey East All-Star First Team honoree. Kessel, a 2011 Walter Brown Award semifinalist, helped anchor a stingy UNH defense that ranked second in Hockey East allowing just 2.19 goals per game on 59 goals in 27 games. A 2010 All-America selection and a first team Hockey East All-Star, Kessel ranks 17th nationally in defensemen scoring with 0.72 ppg. He leads all UNH blueliners and is fourth overall in both points (26) and assists (21). Kessel played in all 34 regular-season games and three Hockey East postseason games and recorded a point in 20 of 37 games with five multiple-point efforts, including a three-assist game versus Maine on Feb. 4.
SISLO TABBED AS HOCKEY EAST HONORABLE MENTION SELECTION: Mike Sislo earned Hockey East Honorable Mention distinction on March 17 at the league's award banquet. Sislo, UNH's active career scoring leader with 114 points in 152 games, ranks first in Hockey East in assists with 33 helpers in 37 games. A Hockey East Player of the Week on Dec. 6, he ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (0.92) and 17th in points per game (1.28). Sislo's 46 points are fifth best in Hockey East, while his 17 power-play points rank sixth in the league. Most recently, Sislo broke a 3-3 tie with three minutes remaining in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals to send UNH into the semifinals. On Dec. 5, Sislo handed out a career-high five points – all on assists – against Vermont.
DI GIROLAMO GARNERS HOCKEY EAST HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Di Girolamo collects Hockey East Honorable Mention accolades on Thursday night at the Hockey East awards banquet. Di Girolamo has been remarkably consistent in his first season as a starter in Durham. A Hockey East Goaltender of the Month in December, he finished as runner-up to BC's John Muse for the Hockey East Goaltending Champion title. Di Girolamo was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week on Nov. 8 and was a three-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. He ranks first nationally in saves (1,088), fifth in minutes (2184:52) and 13th in win percentage (.642). An Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week on Nov. 8, he ranks third in Hockey East in GAA (2.47) and second in save percentage (.922) and had a 21-9-6 record with two shutouts. An ironman in net, Di Girolamo started all 34 regular-season games and all three Hockey East quarterfinal games and stopped 56 of 60 shots in the Hockey East quarterfinal sweep of Vermont. He was unbeaten (3-0-0) in the month of December while carrying a stingy 1.35 GAA and .950 save percentage. Di Girolamo had a season-best 41 saves in a 2-1 win against Merrimack (Nov. 27) and tallied 40 saves in a 2-2 tie at Vermont (Feb. 19).
WILDCATS EARN CHARLIE HOLT SPORTSMENSHIP AWARD: Hockey East proudly recognizes an entire team for its sportsmanlike play with the Charles E. Holt Sportsmanship Award, named after the former UNH coach. This award is given to the team that receives the lowest average penalty minutes per game over the course of regular season Hockey East play. The Team Sportsmanship Award was established by the league's directors in 1992 and was renamed to honor Holt in 1998. The award is in the form of a shadow box with etched glass depicting the image of New Hampshire's legendary coach. New Hampshire earns the award bearing the name of its former coach for the sixth time in program history and the second time in as many seasons. UNH's 10.1 penalty minutes per game are the fewest by any team in Hockey East. Overall, the Wildcats are the third-least penalized team in all of Division I college hockey with just 10.5 pmpg.
THOMPSON WINS HOCKEY EAST SCORING CHAMPIONSHIP & THREE-STAR AWARD: Senior forward Paul Thompson earned the Hockey East Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Championship and Three-Star Award. Thompson ran away with the scoring title finishing with 42 points, four ahead of Cam Atkinson from Boston College. Thompson ranked first in Hockey East play in power-play points (18), power-play goals (nine) as well as game-winning goals (seven) and finished second in league play in goals with 23. In addition, he was honored as the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award recipient for outstanding single-game accomplishments over the course of the 2010-11 season.
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
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 LAST YEAR: A comparison through 37 games between this season and last season.
07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11
Record 25-9-3 20-12-5 17-13-7 21-10-6
HE Record 19-5-3 15-8-4 15-6-6 17-6-4
Goals scored 129 115 123 127
Goals scored/PG 3.48 3.10 3.32 3.43
Goals Allowed 87 110 114 95
Goals Allowed/PG 2.35 2.97 3.08 2.57
Shots 1241 1214 1239 1248
Shots Allowed 1174 1109 1107 1183
Power Play 18.6% 11.7% 16.9% 19.9%
(33-177) (23-196) (25-148) (31-156)
Penalty Kill 85.7% 83.4% 81.0% 82.1%
(162-189) (156-187) (120-146) (110-134)
Top 3 Scorers
Fornataro van Riemsdyk Butler Thomp.
46 17-23-40 27-23-50 28-24-52
Radja Sislo Thompson Sislo
43 19-12-31 17-19-36 13-33-46
van Riemsdyk LeBlanc, Butler Kessel DeSimon
31 14-15-29, 8-21-29 9-26-35 10-30-40
'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. Matt Di Girolamo 2010-11 37 1,088
4. Bruce Gillies 1983-84 34 1,065
5. Todd Pearson 1981-82 35 1,028
6. Kevin Regan 2006-07 35 1,025
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
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
PAIRWISE RANKINGS (through 3/20/11)
Rk Team PCWs W-L-T Win % Rk RPI Rk
1 Yale 29 27-6-1 .8088 1 .5790* 3
2 North Dakota 28 30-8-3 .7683 3 .5873* 1
3 Boston College 27 30-7-1 .8026 2 .5821* 2
4 Miami 26 23-9-6 .6842 7 .5620 4
5t Michigan 24 26-10-4 .7000 6 .5565 5
5t Merrimack 24 25-9-4 .7105 5 .5520* 8
7 Denver 23 24-11-5 .6625 8 .5562 6
8 Union 22 26-9-4 .7179 4 .5526* 7
9 Minnesota-Duluth 21 22-10-6 .6579 9 .5481 9
10 Western Michigan 19 19-12-10 .5854 18 .5302 13
11 Notre Dame 18 23-13-5 .6220 11 .5429 11
12 Nebraska-Omaha 17 21-15-2 .5789 19 .5330 12
13t New Hampshire 16 21-10-6 .6486 10 .5433 10
13t Colorado College 16 22-18-3 .5465 24 .5264 16
13t Rensselaer 16 20-12-5 .6081 13 .5237 18
16 Dartmouth 14 19-12-3 .6029 15 .5285 14
17 Boston University 13 19-12-8 .5897 16 .5276 15
18t Maine 12 17-12-7 .5694 21 .5247 17
18t Minnesota 12 16-14-6 .5278 25 .5178 20
20 Alaska-Anchorage 10 16-18-3 .4730 32 .5138 21
21 St. Cloud State 9 15-18-5 .4605 33t .5113 23
22t Air Force 7 20-11-6 .6216 12 .5120 22
22t Alaska 7 16-17-5 .4868 30 .5089 25
24t Wisconsin 6 21-16-4 .5610 23 .5205 19
24t Ferris State 6 18-16-5 .5256 26 .5080 26
26 Bemidji State 5 15-18-5 .4605 33t .5060 29
27 Cornell 4 16-15-3 .5147 27 .5078 27
28 Princeton 2 17-13-2 .5625 22 .5106 24
29t RIT 1 19-11-8 .6053 14 .5061 28
29t Quinnipiac 1 16-15-8 .5128 29 .5032 30
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 37 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 37 games G A P PPG PWG GWG
Thompson in 2010-11 28 24 52 1.41 12 7
Butler in 2009-10 27 23 50 1.35 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 37 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.
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
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 RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY WITH 12 POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson ranks second 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: 53-101-154 42-46-45
Juniors: 28-58-84 22-27-25
Sophomores: 36-40-76 28-18-22
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
3/21 11th 12th 2nd
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 21)
Rk. Team, Points (FPV) Last Week Record Weeks
1 North Dakota, 503 (27) 1 30-8-3 24
2 Boston College, 480 (6) 2 30-7-1 24
3 Yale University, 441 (1) 3 27-6-1 24
4 Miami University, 402 6 23-9-6 24
5 University of Denver, 353 5 24-11-5 24
6 University of Michigan, 349 4 26-10-4 24
7 Merrimack College, 320 7 25-9-4 11
8 Union College, 246 T-8 26-9-4 21
9 Notre Dame, 197 T-8 23-13-5 21
10 Western Michigan, 192 12 19-12-10 4
11 New Hampshire, 181 10 21-10-6 24
12 Minnesota Duluth, 176 11 22-10-6 24
13 Colorado College, 125 13 22-18-3 2
14 Nebraska Omaha, 72 14 21-15-2 20
15 Rensselaer, 28 NR 20-12-5 14
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth College, 12; Boston University, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 1.
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 21)
Rk. School (FPV) Record Points Lst Wk.
1 North Dakota (37) 30- 8-3 985 1
2 Boston College (7) 30- 7-1 951 2
3 Yale (5) 27- 6-1 901 3
4 Miami (1) 23- 9-6 841 6
5 Denver 24-11-5 780 5
6 Michigan 26-10-4 748 4
7 Merrimack 25- 9-4 732 7
8 Union 26-9-4 605 9
9 Notre Dame 23-13-5 546 8
10 Western Michigan 19-12-10 539 12
11 Minnesota-Duluth 22-10-6 509 11
12 New Hampshire 21-10-6 507 10
13 Colorado College 22-18-3 419 13
14 Nebraska-Omaha 21-15-2 342 14
15 Dartmouth 19-12-3 243 15
16 Rensselaer 20-12-5 227 18
17 Boston University 19-12-8 196 16
18 Maine 17-12-7 140 17
19 Cornell 16-15-3 92 20
20 Air Force 20-11-6 75 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 67, Minnesota 25, Alaska-Anchorage 8, Bemidji State 5, Ferris State 5, RIT 4, Northeastern 3, Princeton 3, St. Cloud State 2
Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 3/20): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson 7th 1.41 ppg
Mike Sislo 21st 1.24 ppg
Phil DeSimone 38th 1.08 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson 5th 0.76 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo 8th 0.89 apg
Phil DeSimone 14th 0.81 apg
Paul Thompson 50th 0.65 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson 2nd 12 ppg
Paul Thompson 2nd 7 gwg
Blake Kessel 20th 0.70 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo 26th 2.49 gaa
Matt Di Girolamo 13th .921
Matt Di Girolamo 12th .649
Scoring Offense 11th 3.43
Scoring Defense 16th 2.57
Scoring Margin 8th 0.86
Power Play 17th 19.9
Penalty Kill 26th 82.1
Combined Special Teams 39th 48.6
Winnning Percentage 10th .649
Among the League Leaders (THRU 3/20): 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 (46 pts) 6th (32 pts)
Phil DeSimone 8th (40 pts) 12th (27 pts)
Goals Paul Thompson 2nd (28 g) 2nd (23 g)
Mike Sislo 20th (13g) 42nd (6 g)
Stevie Moses 12th (14g) 33rd (7 g)
Assists Mike Sislo 1st (33 a) 1st (26 a)
Phil DeSimone 4th (30 a) 6th (20 a)
Paul Thompson 10th (24 a) 7th (19 a)
PP Points Paul Thompson 3rd (22 pts) 1st (18 pts)
Mike Sislo 7th (17 pts) 11th (12 pts)
Blake Kessel 18th (14 pts) 14th (10 pts)
Phil DeSimone 29th (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 21st (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 9th (3 gwg) 25th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring Blake Kessel 3rd (26 pts) 2nd (18 pts)
Brett Kostolansky 8th (19 pts) 6th (15 pts)
GAA Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (2.49) 2nd (2.16)
Save% Matt Di Girolamo 2nd (.921) 3rd (.931)
Win% Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.649) 3rd (.704)
Saves Matt Di Girolamo 1st (1088) 2nd (797)
Minutes Matt Di Girolamo 1st (2242:51) 1st (1636:04)
Wins Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (21) 2nd (17)
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 3/20):
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.43/3rd 3.33/3rd
GAA 2.53/3rd 2.57/3rd
Power Play 19.9/3rd 22.0/2nd
Penalty Kill 82.1/5th 83.8/5th
Special Teams Net +2/5th +4/4th
1st Period Scoring 31/5th 25/4th
2nd Period Scoring 50/2nd 35/1st
3rd Period Scoring 44/2nd 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)
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 L, 1-4
MARCH 26 VS. MIAMI (NCAA NE Regional) ESPNU 4 p.m.
MARCH 27 NCAA REGIONAL FINALS ESPNU 8 p.m.
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
UNH Wildcats Charlie Holt Sportsmenship Award 3/16
Matt Di Girolamo HE Goaltending Champion Runner-Up 3/16
Paul Thompson HE Scoring Champion 3/16
Paul Thompson HE Three-Stars Award 3/17
Paul Thompson Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist 3/17
Paul Thompson HE All-Star First Team 3/17
Blake Kessel HE All-Star First Team 3/17
Mike Sislo HE All-Star Honorable Mention 3/17
Matt Di Girolamo HE All-Star Honorable Mention 3/17
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, the first six-time Hockey East Coach of the Year in league history, is in the midst of his 21st season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. With 483 career victories behind the bench, the Melrose, Mass., native is the winningest coach in school history. During his time in Durham, 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, 17 NCAA tournament appearances and 21 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 21-year career. Umile has guided the 'Cats to 20-victory campaigns in 18 of his 21 seasons, including this year's 21-10-6 mark. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt for the most victories in school history Feb. 16, 2005, by notching his 348th coaching triumph in a 6-1 defeat of Merrimack College at the Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .659 winning percentage, and his 483 career victories rank seventh among active bench bosses. 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. A total of 10 Hobey Baker finalists have suited up for Umile, including current senior Paul Thompson and Jason Krog, who won the prestigious award in 1999, the year the Wildcats played for the National Championship in Anaheim, Calif. Umile became the 12th coach in University history when he was promoted to the position Dec. 6, 1990. Previously, he served as assistant coach in 1988-89 and associate head coach in '89-90. An outstanding player for the Wildcats, Umile captained the 1971-72 team that placed third in the ECAC playoffs with a 20-10 record. Umile's finest season came during his sophomore campaign when he collected a career-high 56 points, earning the Roger LeClerc Trophy as the team's MVP. In 87 career games at UNH, Umile potted 60 goals to go along with 84 assists for 144 points. Umile was inducted into the National Italian American Hall of Fame in 2007 and enshrined in the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey in 2009
#1 Tyler Scott
Listed as the third goaltender on the UNH depth chart… appeared in one game and did not face a shot in his 2:17 of action.
#2 Connor Hardowa
Played in all 37 games, including three Hockey East postseason games… set up the game-winning goal March 12 vs. Vermont that sent UNH into the Hockey East semifinals… recorded 10 points on three goals and seven assists… one shorthanded goal… tied for fourth on the team in plus/minus (+11)… credited with 38 blocks to rank fourth on the team in that statistic… 2-4-6 in 27 league games.
#3 Austin Block
Appeared in 32 regular-season games, one Hockey East quarterfinal game vs. Vermont and the semifinal game vs. Merrimack… his goal in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont ignited a 3-0 spurt that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead… recorded nine points with four goals and five assists… netted one power-play goal… recorded nine blocks… 2-3-5 in 25 league games.
#4 Damon Kipp
Suited up in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… set up UNH's first goal in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont that tied the score, 1-1… registered 11 points on three goals and eight assists… one game-winning goal and one power-play goal… contributed 34 blocks, which is fifth on the team… 2-6-8 in 27 league games.
#5 Eric Knodel
Has not seen any game action this season.
#7 Greg Manz
Played in five regular-season games, including four Hockey East league games… has not recorded a point.
#10 Dalton Speelman
Appeared in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied 16 points on 10 goals and six assists… third on the team in shooting percentage (.127)… three power-play goals, one shorthanded goal and one game-winning goal… recorded two points (1g, 1a) in a 2-1 defeat of Boston College (11/05)… matched his season high of two points (1g, 1a) vs. Providence (01/29).
#11 Scott Pavelski
Skated in nine regular-season games and Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals vs. Vermont… did not record a point… played in seven league games.
#12 Justin Agosta
Has not seen any game action this season.
#14 Mike Borisenok
Played in 32 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied a third-period assist in the 3-1 Game 1 victory vs. Vermont in the quarters… set up Stevie Moses' first-period in the semifinal that gave UNH a 1-0 lead… recorded 20 points with six goals and 14 assists… tied his career high of three points with one goal and two assists against Cornell (10/29)… also had a +4 rating in that game... scored the game-tying goal against Brown (11/23)… contributed three points to the home-and-home series vs. Northeastern (2/25, 2/26).
#15 Brett Kostolansky
Ranked seventh in Hockey East for defenseman scoring (19 points)… skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied an assist in the 4-3 Game 2 victory… recorded 19 points on five goals and 14 assists… ranked second on the team in shooting percentage (.139)… tied for fourth on the team in both plus/minus (+11)… netted two power-play goals and one game-winning goal…recorded a career-high three points with one goal and two assists against Vermont (12/05)… ranks second on the team in blocks with 44.
#16 John Henrion
Appeared in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… contributed 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists… tied for sixth on the team in plus/minus (+10)… ranked fifth in shooting percentage (.115)… scored the game-winning goal against Massachusetts-Lowell (11/06)… recorded a season-high two points in five games… had multiple goals against both Dartmouth (01/15) and Maine (02/05).
#17 Paul Thompson
Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Year… unanimous selection as a Hockey East First Team All-Star…recipient of both the Army ROTC Three Stars Award and Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Champion… Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Month (Nov. and Jan.)… Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Week (three times)… Ranks second in the nation in both power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven) as well as seventh in points per game and fifth in goals per game… leads Hockey East in points (52), goals (28), power-play goals and game-winning goals, as well as third in power-play points (22) and ninth in assists (24)… skate in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… registered a point in 28 of 37 games, including a third-period goal in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals that gave UNH a 3-1 lead en route to a 4-3 victory and place in the semifinals… leads the team in points, goals, power-play goals, game-winning goals, shots (161) and shooting percentage (.174)… ranked third in assists and tied for sixth in plus/minus (+10)… 17 multiple-point games, including two hat tricks as part of a season-high four points (01/07 vs. UMass-Lowell; 12/05 vs. Vermont)… six total multiple-goal efforts and two multiple-assist games… recorded five points, including four goals, in the season series against Maine… notched his 100th career point against the Black Bears on Feb. 4 and scored the game-winner with 16 seconds to play on Feb. 5… nine-game point-scoring streak spanning 11/12 to 12/10 with seven multiple-point efforts during that span… 23-19-42 in 27 Hockey East league games with nine power-play goals and seven game-winning goals.
#18 Jeff Silengo
Hockey East Rookie of the Week (12/13)… Played in 30 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack…recorded eight points on three goals and five assists… scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, against rival Maine (12/10).
#19 Mike Sislo
Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star… Hockey East Player of the Week (12/06)… in the national stats, ranks eighth in assists per game and 21st in points per game…leads Hockey East in assists (33) and is ranked fifth in points (46), 17th in goals (13) and sixth in power-play points (17)… leads the team in assists… second in points, power-play goals (four), game-winning goals (three) and shots (135) as well as third in goals… skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied three points (1g, 2a) in the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont… broke a 3-3 tie with three minutes remaining in Game 2 to send UNH into the semifinals… scored the first goal of the game six times … in Hockey East play, he recorded six goals and 26 assists for 32 points in 27 games… 13 multiple-point efforts with two multiple-goal games and seven multiple-assist performances… career-high five points – all on assists – against Vermont (12/05).
#20 Blake Kessel
2011 Walter Brown Award semifinalist... Hockey East First Team All-Star… in the national rankings, ranks 20th in defensemen scoring… in Hockey East, ranks 14th in assists (21), 17th in power-play points (14) and second in defensemen scoring (26 points)… leads all UNH blueliners and is fourth overall in both points (26) and assists… played in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… has a total of 39 blocked shots to rank third on the team… one power-play goal and one game-winning goal… recorded a point in 20 of 37 games with five multiple-point efforts… three assists versus Maine (02/04).
#21 Nick Sorkin
Skated in 30 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack…tallied five points with three goals and two assists… had a game-winning goal at Providence (01/28)… 3-1-4 in 24 Hockey East league games.
#22 Stevie Moses
Skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… scored a goal in both quarterfinal games against Vermont and the team's only goal in the semifinal… in Game 1, his third-period tally gave UNH a 3-1 lead, then in Game 2 his second-period goal gave UNH a 2-1 advantage… ranked 17th in Hockey East in goals (14)… tallied 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists… second on the team in goals and fifth in points as well as third in shots (128)… one shorthanded goal, one power-play goal and one game-winning goal… contributed 11 points in the month of February (eight games)… ranks third with a +12 plus/minus rating… had five multiple point efforts, including three points against both Northeastern (02/25; 2g, 1a) and Vermont (02/18; 1g, 2a).
#23 Kevin McCarey
Appeared in 21 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied an assist on UNH's first goal of the game in Game 2 vs. Vermont… recorded two points, both on assists… also had an assist at Cornell (10/29).
#24 Matt Campanale
Skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… in the semifinal vs. MC, tallied an assist on UNH's lone goal, which gave the 'Cats a 1-0 first-period lead… posted nine points on nine assists… owns a team-high +22 plus/minus rating… leads the squad in blocks with 46… tallied eight points and compiled a +19 rating in 27 league games… had a +3 rating in the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont.
#25 Mike Beck
Played in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied seven points on two goals and five assists… scored a power-play goal against Vermont (02/19)… had a season-high two points in a defeat of Maine (02/05)… tallied 16 blocks on the year… recorded all seven points in 27 league games.
#26 Greg Burke
Skated in 18 regular-season games… posted three points on a pair of goals and an assist... potted one power-play goal (vs. Boston U. 01/22).
#27 Kevin Goumas
Hockey East Rookie of the Month (February)… Hockey East Rookie of the Week (three times, all in Feb.)… appeared in 27 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… recorded an assist in both quarterfinal games… ranked 11th in Hockey East in rookie scoring (16 points)… contributed 16 points on four goals and 12 assists… tallied a point in eight of the last 13 games (4g, 9a)… second on the team in plus/minus (+13)… had a power-play goal and a game-tying goal… netted a game-winning goal against Maine (2/4)… had 11 points in eight games played in the month of February… 4-10-14 in 23 Hockey East league games.
#30 Matt Di Girolamo
Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star… Hockey East Goaltender of the Month (December)… Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week (11/08)… Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (three times)… Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week (11/08)… leads the nation in saves (1,088), second in minutes (2242:51), 13th in save percentage (.921) and 12th in win percentage (.649)… in Hockey East, ranks third in GAA (2.47) and second in save percentage (.922)… had a 21-10-6 record with two shutouts… started all 34 regular-season games and all three Hockey East postseason games… stopped 56 of 60 shots in the Hockey East quarterfinal sweep of Vermont, then 31 of 34 in the semifinal vs. Merrimack… in 27 league games, compiled a .931 save percentage with a total of 797 saves and a 2.16 GAA for a 17-6-4 record… ranks in the top three in every netminding category in Hockey East… led all of Hockey East in minutes played with 1636:04… was unbeaten (3-0-0) in the month of December while carrying a stingy 1.35 GAA and .950 save percentage… had a season-best 41 saves in a 2-1 win against Merrimack (11/27)… tallied 40 saves in a 2-2 tie at Vermont (02/19)… 15 other games with 30+ saves, including the semifinal… first career shutout with 19 saves vs. UMass (11/12)… 25 saves in a 3-0 victory at UMass-Lowell (12/02).
#35 Jeff Wyer
Wyer is the second goalie on the UNH depth chart… has not seen any action in net this year.
#39 Phil DeSimone
DeSimone skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… propelled UNH into the semifinals by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 1 and assisting on the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the series vs. Vermont… finished with two points in both games… in the national statistics, ranks 14th in assists per game… in Hockey East, ranks fourth in assists (30) and eight in points (40)… racked up 40 points on 10 goals and 30 assists… his assist total ranks second on the team and his point total is third… fourth in shots (108)… contributed three power-play goals and two game-winning goals… recorded a point in 22 games with 13 multiple point efforts, including a season-high two goals against Vermont (02/18)… tallied three points five times, most recently with a three-assist effort vs. Maine (02/05)… netted the game-winning goal against Massachusetts (01/08)… 7-20-27 in 27 league games.