DURHAM, N.H. -- The 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team returns to action this weekend with a pair of league games. The Wildcats travel to Northeastern on Friday night (7 p.m.) at Matthews Arena and head home to play host to top-ranked Boston College for the home-opener Saturday night (7 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.
Scouting the Huskies: Northeastern Huskies are coming off a 14-16-8 record during their 2010-11 season. The Huskies finished sixth in the Hockey East regular season standings. NU came on late in the season including an upset win over Boston University in a three-game series in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Northeastern was then ousted by Hockey East champions Boston College. Coming off a 3-3 tie to UMass and a 6-3 loss to Maine last weekend, the Huskies are looking to improve upon their 0-1-1 record. Returning this year for the Huskies is senior goalie Chris Rawlings, who posted an impressive 2.68 GAA as well as a .920 save percentage. NU also returns sophomore standouts Brodie Reid, who had 28 points including 11 goals and 17 assists in the 2010-2011 season and Anthony Bitetto who recorded 20 points on the year.
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 Stevie Moses is the active scoring leader against the Huskies with seven points in nine games. Senior 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.
Last Time These Teams Met (2-26-11): Paul Thompson and Stevie Moses each scored a pair of goals to lead five players with multi-point efforts to lift UNH to a 6-3 win over Northeastern University in Hockey East action at Matthews Arena. Matt Di Girolamo turned aside 33 shots, including 17 in the second period and improves to 19-7-6. Chris Rawlings stopped 26-of-31 shots in 45:51 of play before being lifted in favor of Clay Witt, who turned aside all six shots he faces in 13:37 of action.UNH was 1-4 on the power play, while NU was 1-6 in its extra-skater opportunities.
Scouting the Eagles: The top-ranked Boston College Eagles are coming off a 30-8-1 record during the 2010-11 campaign. The Eagles finished first in the Hockey East regular-season standings and won the Hockey East Tournament. In NCAA tournament play, BC was topped by Colorado College in the opening round. BC opened the 2011-12 campaign with a pair of wins and the title at the IceBreaker in Grand Folks, North Dakota. The Eagles defeated Michigan State, 5-2, in the first round before downing North Dakota, 6-2, in the title game. The Eagles return junior defenseman Brain Dumoulin, who tallied 33 points including 30 assists. After losing standout goalie John Muse to graduation, Boston College will now look to junior goaltender Parker Milner who saw just under 400 minutes, had a 2.68 GAA and recorded a .899 save percentage in the 2010-2011 season.
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. Brett Kostolansky and Dalton Speelman are the active scoring leaders against the Eagles with three points apiece .Matt Di Girolamo is 1-3-0 in three career starts against the Eagles.
Last Time These Teams Met (3-5-11): Blake Kessel and Mike Sislo recorded two points apiece, but UNH was defeated 4-3 in its regular-season finale by second-ranked Boston College. UNH goaltender Matt Di Girolamo finished with 25 saves, while BC's John Muse stopped 27 shots, including 14 in the second period.
Last Time Out (10/8/11 VS. Boston U.): Matt Di Girolamo stopped 32 shots including double figures in all three periods, but the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell, 5-0, in Saturday night's season opener with sixth-ranked Boston University at Agganis Arena. BU netminder Kieran Millan turned aside all 35 shots he faced including 18 in the second period to earn the shutout. Overall, BU held a 37-35 shot edge thanks to a 14-6 edge in the final period. BU was 1-5 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 0-6 in its extra-skater opportunities. Overall, 15 penalties were whistled during the contest.
Tough Team to Shutout: The Wildcats were only shutout once in 2010-11 during the final weekend of the regular season and avoiding being shutout in the regular season in 2009-10. Overall, UNH has only been blanked six times in the previous five seasons.
'Cats Look to Bounce Back: New Hampshire is trying to avoid back-to-back losses when it travels to Northeastern on Friday. UNH only lost back-to-back game twice in 2010-11.
Home Opener: The 'Cats will open at home Saturday night against Boston College. New Hampshire opened last year's home slate with a 3-3 tie with Michigan. Since 1997-98, UNH is 9-3-2 in home openers.
Years Res. Score Opponent
2010-11: T 3-3 Michigan
2009-10: L 3-6 Miami
2008-09: W 5-1 Wisconsin
2007-08: W 5-3 Colorado College
2006-07: L 2-3 Massachusetts
2005-06: L 2-3 North Dakota
2004-05: W 5-1 Ohio State
2003-04: W 3-0 Vermont
2002-03: T 5-5 Minnesota
2001-02: W 7-1 Vermont
2000-01: W 5-4 OT Lake Superior State
1999-00: W 7-4 Vermont
1998-99: W 5-2 Lake Superior State
1997-98 W 5-1 Vermont
Di Gi Picks Up From Where He Left Off: Matt Di Girolamo turned aside 32 shots in the season opener including double figures in all three frames. Last season he led the nation in saves with 1,145.
Umile Approaching 300 Hockey East Victories: UNH head coach Dick Umile is just one win shy of 300 wins in Hockey East play. Umile, with 299 wins, is looking to become just the second coach in league history to capture 300 league wins. BU's Jack Parker was the first. Umile's career record in Hockey East is 299-145-73.
Coach Team Years in HE Wins
1. Jack Parker BU 27 390
2. Dick Umile UNH 21 299
3. Jerry York BC 17 241
4. Shawn Walsh Maine 17 226
5. Tim Whitehead UML, Maine 15 177
UNH to Play Rival Maine at Fenway Park: The University of New Hampshire will make history Jan. 7, 2012, when the Wildcats face off against longtime nemesis University of Maine at Fenway Park as part of a Hockey East doubleheader that was announced Aug. 25 at the venerable ballpark, which is home to the Boston Red Sox of MLB. The event has been dubbed Frozen Fenway 2012 and Hockey Day in New England. The 111th meeting in the series between UNH and Maine - the 'Cats swept last year's season series - is the second game of a doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a matchup between the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts at 4 p.m. The doubleheader will be broadcast live in high-definition on NESN.
UNH, Verizon Wireless Arena Awarded 2013 NCAA Northeast Men's Hockey Regional: The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee announced Oct. 5 that the University of New Hampshire and Verizon Wireless Arena have been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division I men's hockey Northeast Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31. 2013 will mark the fifth time UNH and Verizon Wireless Arena have hosted this event, all since 2004. Last season, UNH advanced to the regional finals against with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Miami at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester. New Hampshire also hosted in 2007 and 2009. In addition to the Northeast Regional, the East Regional will be held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. and hosted by Brown University, the Midwest Regional will be held at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and hosted by Bowling Green State University and the West Regional will be held at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. and be hosted by the University of Michigan.
Jim Tortorella Named Associate Head Coach: On Aug. 30, Dick Umile announced the hiring of Jim Tortorella as associate head coach of the program. Tortorella comes to New Hampshire after a 16-year stint as head coach at Colby College, where he led the Mules to an impressive 230-138-33 record in that span and leaves his mark as the program's all-time leader in career wins. A highly respected coach throughout the New England region, Tortorella brings a wealth of experience to Durham and will work primarily with the UNH defense. Tortorella replaces former associate coach David Lassonde, who was recently named the assistant coach at the University of Denver.
Wildcats Tabbed Third in Hockey East Preseason Poll: The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was picked to finish third in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Sept. 27 at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats garnered 72 points in the poll, which was good enough for a third place preseason standing. UNH was picked third last season and finished second in the league's regular-season standings. New Hampshire has finished in the top three in Hockey East each of the last five seasons, including three regular-season titles in that span.
2011-2012 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts
1. Boston College (7) 88
2. Boston University (3) 83
3. New Hampshire 72
4. Maine 64
5. Merrimack 61
6. Vermont 44
7. Massachusetts 42
8. Northeastern 33
9. UMass-Lowell 27
10. Providence 26
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 12th 12th 3rd (pre)
10/3 NP NP 3rd (pre)
10/10 RV 15th 6th
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 10)
Rk. Team, Points (FPV) Last Poll Record Weeks
1 Boston College, 495 (27) 5 2-0-0 2
2 Notre Dame, 428 (3) 2 1-1-0 2
3 University of Denver, 399 (2) 4 0-0-0 2
4 Miami University, 384 1 1-1-0 2
5 University of Michigan, 338 9 3-0-0 2
6 North Dakota, 328 3 1-1-0 2
7 Boston University, 314 (1) 6 1-0-0 2
8 Colorado College, 306 7 0-0-0 2
9 Minnesota Duluth, 252 10 1-1-0 2
10 Yale University, 234 (1) 8 0-0-0 2
11 Union College, 163 11 1-0-0 2
12 Western Michigan, 146 13 2-0-0 2
13 Merrimack College, 61 NR 1-0-0 1
14 University of Minnesota, 60 NR 2-0-0 1
15 Nebraska Omaha, 47 14 1-1-0 2
Others receiving votes: University of New Hampshire, 43; University of Maine, 21; University of Wisconsin, 15; Colgate University, 10; Cornell University, 7; Ferris State University, 6; Northern Michigan University, 6; University of Alaska, 5; Dartmouth College, 5; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3; St. Cloud State University 2, Bemidji State University, 1; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 10)
Rk. School (FPV) Record Points Lst Wk.
1 Boston College (36) 2-0-0 973 5
2 Notre Dame (7) 1-1-0 861 1
3 Denver (2) 0-0-0 807 4
4 Michigan 3-0-0 806 6
5 Miami (1) 1-1-0 742 2
6 North Dakota 1-1-0 710 3
7 Colorado College 0-0-0 682 7
8 Boston University (3) 1-0-0 669 10
9 Minnesota-Duluth 1-1-0 665 8
10 Yale (1) 0-0-0 623 9
11 Union 1-0-0 514 11
12 Western Michigan 2-0-0 451 13
13 Merrimack 1-0-0 363 15
14 Minnesota 2-0-0 294 19
15 New Hampshire 0-1-0 256 12
16 Nebraska-Omaha 1-1-0 230 14
17 Maine 1-1-0 201 16
18 Wisconsin 1-1-0 157 17
19 Cornell 0-0-0 98 20
20 Rensselaer 1-1-0 77 18
Others receiving votes: Colgate 71, Ferris State 60, Dartmouth 31, Northern Michigan 29, Bemidji State 24, St. Cloud State 23, Alaska 18, Air Force 14, Alaska-Anchorage 13, RIT 8, Harvard 6, Lake Superior 6, Michigan State 5, Massachusetts 3, Quinnipiac 3, Minnesota State 2, Northeastern 2, Ohio State 2.
UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional): UNH will have nine games broadcast live on TV in 2011-12. WBIN-TV will air six games with one game on CBS College Sports, NESN and Cox while one will air locally on ONN (Ohio).
DATE GAME Channel RES.
Nov.18 Mass.-Lowell WBIN
Dec. 8 Boston Univ. WBIN
Jan. 7 vs. Maine (Frozen Fenway) NESN
Jan. 11 at Providence COX
Jan. 21 Merrimack WBIN
Jan. 28 Boston College WBIN
Feb. 3 Providence CBS Sports
Feb. 10 Northeatern WBIN
Feb. 17 Vermont WBIN
Wildcats on Defense: Senior co-captain Damon Kipp (Salmon Arms, British Columbia) anchors a solid corps of defensive returnees. Kipp played in 106 career games with 31 points during his first three seasons. Juniors Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) and Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) both took giant leaps in 2010-11 and will be asked to provide leadership on the Wildcat blueline. Kostolansky, a mainstay on the UNH power play, is a sure-handed defender that spent all of last season on UNH's top defensive pair. Kostolansky's 19 points are the most by any returning blueliner and were second best on the team a year ago. Hardowa, voted UNH's Most Improved Player in 2010-11, was an invaluable part of the UNH blueliners. Hardowa's +13 rating was the second best by a New Hampshire defenseman and he chipped in with 13 points, third best by a UNH defender. Sophomores Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) and Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) are primed to compete for a spot in the Wildcat defense. Both gained valuable experience being able to learn the New Hampshire defensive systems as freshmen. Knodel is a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Agosta spent time in both the EJHL and USHL in 2009-10. A trio of freshmen -- Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.), Eric Chevrier (South Cayuga, Ontario) and Ryan Randall (Durham, N.H.) -- could all see time on defense for Coach Umile in 2011-12. van Riemsdyk, the younger brother of Wildcat phenom James van Riemsdyk, and Randall were defensive partners in 2010-11 for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. The duo helped lead the Jr. Monachs to an EJHL championship a year ago. Randall racked up 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 32 regular-season games, while van Riemsdyk posted 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games. Chevrier potted a pair of goals and dished out 15 assists for 17 points in 35 games at Cushing (Mass.) Academy in his senior season.
Forward Thinking: Senior co-captain Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) and alternate captain Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) made up two-thirds of one the team's top lines in 2010-11. This pair along with fellow senior Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) comprises the veteran offensive core for UNH. Borisenok, who is a two-time winner of the Warren Brown Best Defensive Forward Award, centered UNH's second line. Borisenok's line was considered one of the nation's hottest lines over the final month and a half of the season as he put up a career-high 20 points on six goals and 14 assists in 37 games. Moses emerged as one of the Wildcats' top offensive weapons in the second half of the season. The speedy forward tallied 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists. Moses owned a +13 rating and played in all 39 games this past season. McCarey played in 26 games with a pair of assists on the season. New Hampshire's depth could come from its junior class as it returns five players that saw significant time last season in Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), John Henrion (Holden, Mass.), Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) and Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.). Block centered New Hampshire's third line and garnered nine points on four goals and five assists in 36 games. Burke missed a number of games due to injury, but chipped in with three points in 18 games. Henrion had a breakout season in 2010-11 with 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points in 39 games. Pavelski saw action in 10 contests, while Speelman played in all 39 games notching 10 goals and six assists. Three sophomores -- Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.), Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) -- all saw significant ice time as freshmen. The three combined to play in 102 games with 31 points. Goumas was the left-winger on UNH's formidable GO-BO-MO line (which also featured Moses and Borisenok). Goumas finished the season with 18 points on six goals and 12 assists. Silengo posted eight points in 35 games, none bigger than his two-goal performance in a 4-3 overtime win at Maine on Dec. 10. Sorkin appeared in 35 games with three goals and two assists including the game-winning goal Jan. 28 at Providence. Four newcomers round out a deep crop of forwards: Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio), Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia), Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) and Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.). Camper is coming off two seasons in the USHL with the Chicago Steel. He missed the last 20 games of the Steel's 2010-11 season with injury. However, Camper still managed to collect 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in his 37 games played. Downing is coming off three seasons in the BCHL with the Westside Warriors. In his 2010-11 season, he posted 70 points with 34 goals and 36 assists in 52 games, while also putting in 13 power-play goals and five shorthanded goals. Thrush played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL in 2010-11, tallying 28 points on 10 goals and 18 assists last season. In 2009-10, he was named a NAPHL first team selection and led his team to the national championship semifinals. Willows played his 2010-11 season with the New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL. In just 40 games, Willows racked up a league-leading 70 points (27 goals, 43 assists), while his 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in eight playoff games also led the EJHL. These numbers had Willows named the Offensive Player of the Year, and he totaled 145 points in 94 career contests.
Goal Oriented: Senior Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) emerged as one of the league's top netminders in 2010-11. The relatively unknown goalie burst on the scene and took his place in a long line of great UNH goalies. College hockey's ironman in net, he logged a national-best 2,302:51 between the pipes and posted a 22-11-6 record with a school-record 1,145 saves, a .923 save percentage and a pair of shutouts. Fellow senior Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) saw time in a relief appearance against Vermont on Dec. 5. Sophomore netminder Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) served as Di Girolamo's understudy in 2010-11. Wyer and local newcomer Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) are expected to compete for the backup role in 2011-12. DeSmith played his 2010-11 season with the Indiana Ice of the USHL, posting a 22-13-2 record in 37 regular-season appearances with three shutouts, a .920 save percentage, and a 2.54 goals against average.
SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P G-A-P %.
Seniors: 0-0-0 0-0-0
Juniors: 0-0-0 0-0-0
Sophomores: 0-0-0 0-0-0
Freshmen: 0-0-0 0-0-0
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Sophomore forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks while freshman defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former wildcat and current Philadelphia flyer James van Riemsdyk.
'CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Two current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Greg Burke (Washington) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been drafted.
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.In 2009, 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 WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts, 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 fifth-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
Matt Di Girolamo USCHO's Top 10 Goalies #1 9/26
Stevie Moses USCHO's Top 10 Forwards #4 9/30
GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee), Ryan Randall (Durham) and Casey DeSmith (Rochester) 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 22nd 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 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 . Last year, the Wildcats had a successful campaign posting a 22-11-6 overall record and 17-6-4 in Hockey East. The season took off quickly with just two losses in the 'Cats first 16 games. In Hockey East play, they won the regular-season series with five of nine league foes, highlighted by a season series sweep of rival Mane. New Hampshire continued its hot streak, without back-to-back losses until mid-February. Umile helped take a team to its 23rd straight trip to the Hockey East playoffs and home-ice advantage for a league best 15th straight season. New Hampshire was awarded the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award this season. The 'Cats earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament for the 10th-straight season and hosted the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester as a fourth seed. They advanced to the regional final for the third straight season with a 3-1 victory over the top seeded Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.