Game Notes: Men's Hockey Travels to St. Cloud State for Two-Game Road Series

Game Notes
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team looks to get back on track when it travels to WCHA-foe St. Cloud State for a two-game set this weekend. The teams play Friday night at 8:37 p.m. and Saturday night at 8:07 p.m. Listen to all the action on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network with Dan Parkhurst.

Scouting the Huskies: St. Cloud State enters the weekend series with a 1-3-0 mark and will open its home slate this weekend with UNH. Last weekend, the Huskies dropped a pair of non-conference games at Northern Michigan. Offensively, the Huskies will look to senior forward Jared Festler. Festler owns a four-game point streak and a three-game goal streak headed into the New Hampshire series. He leads the club in scoring this year with three goals and six points to his credit. In 111 career games at SCSU, Festler has scored 33 goals and 38 assists for 71 points. Senior forward and team captain Drew LeBlanc also owns a four-game point streak for the Huskies, and he notched three assists in the games at NMU. In net, junior Mike Lee has played in three of the team's four games and owns a 1-2-0 record with a 3.32 GAA and an .882 save percentage. Freshman Ryan Faragher is 0-1-0 with a 3.10 GAA and an .870 save percentage in his only collegiate start.

Series History vs. St. Cloud State: The Wildcats won the only meeting between the two teams. UNH captured a 5-2 win over the Huskies in the NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals in Worcester, Mass.

Last Time These Teams Met (3-28-03):  Colin Hemingway and Preston Callander each scored two goals to lead UNH to a 5-2 win against St. Cloud State in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament held at the Worcester Centrum Centre in Worcester, Mass. Mike Ayers was solid throughout the game making 35 saves, including 19 in the third period. It was Ayers' 25th win of the season tying him with Sean Matile for the single-season win record at UNH.

Last Time Out (10/15/11 VS. Boston Col.): Parker Milner recorded 39 saves and a balanced offense in which four skaters recorded two points led the top-ranked Boston College men's hockey team to a 5-1 victory against 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire in front of a sellout crowd of 6,501 in UNH's home opener at the Whittemore Center. UNH goaltender Matt Di Girolamo  finished with 20 saves. Milner made 20 saves in the second period as well as 14 in the third. Bill Arnold, Johnny Gaudreau and Paul Carey all finished with a goal and an assist while Barry Almeida tallied two assists. Nick Sorkin scored UNH's power play goal with assists from Mike Borisenok and Stevie Moses.

Seven Debut Performance: Over the first three games, UNH has rolled out seven newcomers with sophomores Eric Knodel, Justin Agosta and Jeff Wyer and freshmen Trevor van Riemsdyk, Grayson Downing, Jay Camper and  Casey Thrush.

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 299-146-73.
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.

Both Teams Trying to Get Back on Track: The Huskies and Wildcats are both trying to snap a three-game losing streaking with SCSU owning a 1-3 record.

Sorkin Man: Nick Sorkin scored a power play goal on Saturday night to snap a 122 minute scoreless streak to start the season.

Firing Squad: UNH owned a 40-25 shot edge Saturday night against BC, while the also outshot Northeastern 27-21 on Friday night.

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
10/17        NR    RV    8th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 17)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 463 (15)    1    3-1-0    3
2    Michigan, 446 (12)        5    4-0-0    3
3    University of Denver, 411 (2)    3    1-1-0    3
4    Colorado College, 396 (3)    8    2-0-0    3
5    University of Notre Dame, 334    2    2-2-0    3
6    University of North Dakota, 320    6    2-1-1    3
7    Miami University, 275        4    2-2-0    3
8    Boston University, 273 (1)    7    2-1-0    3
9    Yale University, 266 (1)        10    0-0-0    3
10    University of Minnesota, 243    14    4-0-0    3
11    Union College, 184        11    1-0-2    3
12    Western Michigan, 149        12    2-0-2    3
13    Merrimack College, 98        13    2-0-0    2
14    Colgate University, 61        NR    3-1-0    1
15    Minnesota Duluth, 45        9    1-3-0    3
Others receiving votes: Ferris State University, 24; Providence College, 19; Northern Michigan University, 16; University of Maine, 15; Cornell University, 12; Michigan Technological University, 10; University of Alaska Anchorage, 6; Dartmouth College, 5; University of Alaska, 3; University of Nebraska Omaha, 2; Air Force Academy, 1; Lake Superior State University, 1; Quinnipiac University, 1; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 17)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College          (36)        2-0-0       973         5
 1     Michigan                      (24)        4-0-0     933         4
 2     Boston College                (15)        3-1-0      927         1
 3     Denver                        (4)        1-1-0      829         3
 4     Colorado College              (4)        2-0-0      785         7
 5     North Dakota                          2-1-1       744         6
 6     Notre Dame                            2-2-0       716         2
 7     Boston University             (1)        2-1-0       672         8
 8     Minnesota                     (1)        4-0-0       609        14
 9     Yale                          (1)        0-0-0       600        10
10     Miami                                     2-2-0       599         5
11     Western Michigan               2-0-2       510        12
12     Union                                     1-0-2       455        11
13     Merrimack                                 2-0-0       396        13
14     Ferris State                              4-0-0       282        NR
15     Minnesota-Duluth                      1-3-0       278         9
16     Colgate                                   3-1-0       202        NR
17     Northern Michigan                     3-1-0       143        NR
18     Maine                                     1-2-1       136        17
19     Lake Superior                         4-0-0        99        NR
20     Cornell                                   0-0-0        98        19
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 97, Alaska-Anchorage
88, Providence 69, Alaska 66, Quinnipiac 42, Dartmouth 33,
Nebraska-Omaha 16, Air Force 15, Massachusetts-Lowell 12,
New Hampshire 12, RIT 9, Wisconsin 9, Harvard 8, Ohio State
4, Northeastern 3, Rensselaer 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

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    0-2-0    0-100-66
Juniors:    0-0-0    0-0-0
Sophomores:    1-0-0    100-0-33
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.

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