Men's Hockey Travels to #10/11 Maine for Regular-Season Finale (Sat. - 4 p.m. - NESN & NHL Network)

Game Notes
DURHAM, N.H. --
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team concludes the 2011-12 regular season at rival #10/11 Maine on Saturday afternoon. Both teams are fighting for position in the upcoming Hockey East tournament. Puck drops at 4 p.m. at Alfond Arena with live coverage on NESN-HD inside of New England and NHL Network throughout the rest of the United States.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: The tenth-ranked University of Maine Black Bears enter the regular-season finale with a 19-11-3 overall record and a 14-10-3 mark in Hockey East. The Black Bears are 9-3-0 over their last 12 games, but had dropped back-to-back games to Massachusetts and Northeastern before rallying for a 7-1 win over Northeastern last time out. Maine enters the final weekend in fourth place in the league standings and can finish third-to-fifth in the standings. The Black Bears, River Hawks and Warriors are all battling for the final two home-ice spots as Boston College and Boston University have already secured home-ice.  Maine's Spencer Abbott (56 pts), Brian Flynn (45 pts) and Joey Diamond (41 pts) all rank in the top-10 in the nation in points per game. Diamond has 22 goals on the season, the most for a Maine player since Greg Moore tallied 28 during the 2005-06 season. Twenty of Diamond's goals have come in Hockey East play, he joins UNH's Bobby Butler and Paul Thompson as well as BC's Cam Atkinson in becoming the fourth player in the last five years with 20-plus goals in league play. In the net, sophomore Dan Sullivan has taken over the reigns with 29 games played. He is 18-8-3 with a 2.65 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 57-49-5 in 111 meetings. UNH earned a season sweep of the series last year thanks to an overtime win in Orono and a pair of home wins. Earlier this season, UNH went out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Black Bears at home on Nov. 5. On Jan. 7, UNH and Maine brought the rivalry to Fenway Park as the nightcap of Frozen Fenways 2012. UNH rallied from two down, but lost in overtime 5-4. Coach Umile is 35-40-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears.  Senior forward Stevie Moses is the active leader in scoring against Maine with nine points in 11 games. Senior netminder Matt Di Girolamo is 4-0-0 with 2.99 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Freshman Casey DeSmith is 0-1-0 with a 4.87 GAA and an .848 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:

Player    GP    G-A-P    
Stevie Moses        11        3-6-9
Kevin Goumas        5        4-4-8
John Henrion        7        4-2-6
Mike Borisenok    11        2-3-5
Dalton Speelman    5        3-1-4
Damon Kipp        10        0-3-3
Austin Block        7        1-2-3
Jeff Silengo        5        2-1-3
Nick Sorkin        5        1-1-2
Grayson Downing    2        1-1-2
Greg Burke        4        0-1-1
Kevin McCarey        8        0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    8        0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    6        0-1-1
Jay Camper        2        1-0-1
Eric Knodel        2        0-1-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    2        0-1-1
Casey Thrush        2        0-0-0
Scott Pavelski        2        0-0-0
Justin Agosta        2        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    4/240:18    12    2.99    4-0-0    123    .911
DeSmith    1/61:29    5    4.87    0-1-0    28    .848
DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-7-12        61:29    L    28    5    33
Totals        61:29    0-1-0    28    5    33
Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-10-10        60:18    W    27    3    30
2-4-11        60:00    W    37    3    40
2-5-11        60:00    W    28    4    32
11-5-11        60:00    W    31    2    33
Totals        240:18    4-0-0    123    12    135

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Jan. 7, 2012 Frozen Fenway): The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team netted back-to-back goals early in the third period to force overtime, but it would not be enough, as the Wildcats fell to rival Maine, 5-4, in the 2012 Sunlife Frozen Fenway at Fenway Park. After sophomore Kevin Goumas and freshman Grayson Downing posted consecutive goals in the span of 1:33 to pull UNH even at 4-4 and eventually force overtime, Maine's Brian Flynn scored at 1:29 in extra time, deflecting a pass by Joey Diamond to lift the Black Bears to victory. Freshman Casey DeSmith stopped 28 shots in net for UNH, while Dan Sullivan posted 20 saves for the Black Bears. Goumas led UNH with a pair of tallies in the contest.

Playoff Picture: UNH can finish as high as sixth and as low as seventh. Despite trailing UNH by one point Providence, by virtue of its game in hand on Friday, controls their own destiny for the sixth seed. However, UNH owns the season series with PC 3-0-0.  PC must finish ahead of the 'Cats in the regular season standings to secure the sixth seed otherwise New Hampshire would be sixth. The Friars play a home-and-home series with UMass-Lowell this weekend.

Possible Destinations for the 'Cats: UNH is traveling in the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1995-96 season, a span of 16 years. UNH can travel to Boston College and Merrimack, although UMass-Lowell and Boston University seems like more likely spots for the Wildcats in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats cannot travel to Maine due to scenarios with UMass-Lowell and Providence playing head-to-head this weekend.

NESN Flex Men's Hockey at Maine: The Hockey East Association and the New England Sports Network (NESN) announced othat the matchup between New Hampshire at Maine will be broadcast live from Alfond Arena on Saturday, March 3rd at 4pm. Hockey East Overtime LIVE will air at the conclusion of the live broadcast.Tom Caron (play-by-play) and Craig Janney (color analyst) will have the call of the game from the campus of the University of Maine, while Hockey East Overtime LIVE will feature studio host Jamison Coyle and analyst Josh Ciocco.

'Cats Punch Ticket to Postseason for 24th-Straight Season: With a win over Massachusetts on Friday night, the Wildcats have secured a playoff berth for a league-best 24th-straight season.

Career High 48 Saves for DeSmith: Casey DeSmith turned aside a career-high 48 shots on Friday night against UMass. DeSmith's previous best was a 37-save performance against Providence on Feb. 3. DeSmith becomes the first Wildcat with 45-plus saves since Brian Foster turned away 47-Wisconsin shots on Oct. 30, 2009 at Kohl Center.

498 for Umile: Head Coach Dick Umile with 498 wins is closing in on 500 career wins. Umile would become one of just six active coaches with 500 career wins and one of 14 coaches all-time to pass that historic milestone. Additionally, he would become just the eighth coach in Division I history to win 500 games at one program.
Division I Coaches with 500 Wins at One Program
Name (University)            Wins
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)* Active    870
Red Berenson (Michigan)*Active        749        
Ron Mason (Michigan State)        635
John MacInnes (Michigan Tech)        555
Jack Riley (Army)                542
Rick Comley (Michigan State)        538
John "Snooks" Kelley (Boston College)    501

Active Division I Coaches with 500 Wins
Name (Current School)            Wins
Jerry York (Boston College)        903
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)            870
Red Berenson (Michigan)            749
Don Lucia (Minnesota)            591
George Gwozdecky (Denver)        567

van Riemsdyk named Hockey East co-Rookie of the Week: Trevor van Riemsdyk was named Hockey East co-Rookie of the Week. van Riemsdyk is the third Wildcat to earn this award this season (Casey Thrush – Nov 21, Casey DeSmith – January 16) and shares the honor with UMass' Steve Mastalerz. van Riemsdyk contributed a career-high two goals in a 4-3 road win against the University of Massachusetts on Friday night. A win that lifted the Wildcats into the Hockey East postseason for a league-best 24th-straight season. Additionally, the freshman defenseman had six shots on net and was a +3 for the weekend.  In Hockey East, van Riemsdyk ranks ninth in defenseman scoring with 18 points. He ranks eighth in scoring among all freshmen.

2011 vs. 2012: UNH has been playing much better hockey in the second half of the season. They are averaging over a half a goal more by game, while allowing over a full goal less per game.Here is a look at stats in 2011 versus 2012.
            2011        2012
Record            6-10-2        8-6-1
League Play        4-7-1        7-6-1
Goals For            59 (3.3)        40 (2.7)
Goals Against        63 (3.5)        35 (2.3)
GMs allowing/ 5+ goal    6        1    
Power Play        18.2% (12-66)        20.8% (10-48)
Penalty Kill        83.0% (49-59)        82.9% (34-41)
Starter's GAA        Di Girolamo (3.41)        DeSmith (2.30)
Starter's Save%    Di Girolamo (.883)        DeSmith (.926)
Top Scorers        Goumas (3-17-20)         Goumas (4-12-16)
            Sorkin (2-16-18)        Moses (10-4-14)
             Moses (15-3-18)         Sorkin (2-11-13)

Rubber Game of the Series: With UNH capture a 3-2 win at home on Nov. 5 and Maine earning a 5-4 overtime win at Frozen Fenway on Jan. 7, Saturday game will serve as the rubber game in the three game series.

Balanced Scoring Against Maine: There are 17 active Wildcats with at least a point against Maine, 10 of which have multiple points in their careers against the Black Bears.

Tortorella to Face Alma Mater: Saturday night's game against Maine will pit Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella against his alma mater. Tortorella was a goaltender at UMaine from 1977-81.

UNH 15-6-0 in Last 21 Against Maine: The Wildcats are 15-6-0 in the last 21 games against the Black Bears dating back to February 2005. New Hampshire had won four-straight including all three in last year's season series, prior to Maine's overtime win at Frozen Fenway.

First Collegiate Point for Willows: Matt Willows assisted on UNH's first goal on Friday night to register his first collegiate point.

Camper Collects First Assist: Jay Camper assisted on UNH's first goal on Friday night to collect his first collegiate assist.

Moses at 97 and Counting: Stevie Moses with 97 points in hand is trying to become the 71st player in school history to record 100 career points. Last season, UNH's top line of Paul Thompson, Mike Sislo and Phil DeSimone joined the century club, while Bobby Butler did so in 2009-10.

Favorable February: UNH is enjoying a favorable February. The Wildcats finished the month with a  5-2-1 mark.

DeSmith Top 20 Nationally in Save Percentage and GAA: Casey DeSmith ranks 11th nationally with a .926 save percentage, while his goals against average ranks 19th nationally at 2.28 GAA. Additionally, DeSmith is first among freshmen nationally in save percentage and third among rookies in GAA.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 33 games over the past few seasons.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11    11-12
Record     23-7-3    18-10-5    16-10-7    19-8-6    14-16-3
HE Record    19-4-3    14-8-4    15-5-6    17-5-4    11-13-2
Goals scored    111    100    114    116    99
Goals scored/PG    3.36    3.03    3.45    3.52    3.00
Goals Allowed    75    94    105    83    98
Goals Allowed/PG    2.27    2.84    3.18    2.52    2.97
Shots    1083    1083    1012    1115    1084
Shots Allowed    1027    976    1086    1059    998
Power Play    18.5%     12.2%    17.1%    20.7%    19.1%
    (29-161)    (22-179)    (24-140) (29-140)    (22-115)
Penalty Kill    87.5%     82.9%    80.2%    81.8%    83.0%
    (147-168)    (141-170)(105-131)     (99-122)    (83-100)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riem.    Butler    Thomps.    Moses
    13-26-39    14-22-36        24-22-46    26-22-48    21-13-34
    Radja    Butler              Thomp.    Sislo    Sorkin
    18-21-39    7-18-25       16-18-34    11-30-41    8-25-33
    van RiemsdykSislo                 Kessel    DeSim.     Goumas
    11-15-26    18-8-26       8-25-33    8-27-35    8-23-31

Road Woes?: Following an 0-6-2 start to the season on the road, UNH is 4-2-1 in road games since January.

DeSmith DaDifference for UNH in Net: Casey DeSmith has been red-hot since becoming the everyday starter in Durham. He has allowed two goals or fewer nine of 15 starts this season. Overall he is 8-7-1 with six of his seven losses by one goal including three in overtime. He has stopped 30-plus shots in nine games.
Date        Opp    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots    Margin
12-8-11        BU    L, 1-2    32    2    34    -1
1-7-12        v. Maine    L, 4-5 OT    28    5    33    -1
1-11-12        at PC    W, 1-0    26    0    26    +1
1-14-12        v. Dart.    W, 4-1    21    1    22    +3
1-20-12        at MC    W, 2-1    24    1    25    +1
1-21-12        MC    L, 2-3 OT    23    3    26    -1
1-27-12        at BC    L, 3-4    30    4    34    -1
1-28-12        BC    L, 2-3    34    3    37    -1
2-3-12        PC    W, 3-1    37    1    38    +2
2-4-12        @PC    W, 3-2 OT    34    2    36    +1
2-10-12        NU    W, 3-2    24    2    26    +1
2-11-12        @MC    T, 1-1    34    1    35    E
2-17-12        UVM    L, 3-4 OT    17    4    21    -1
2-18-12        UVM    W, 3-1    28    1    29    +2
2-24-12        @UMass    W, 4-3    48    3    51    +1
2-25-12        @UMass    L, 2-4    28    4    32    -2
Totals            8-7-1    468    37    505    +4
GAA: 2.29        Save%  .927        SHO (1)

Penalty Kill Key to UNH Success: UNH has killed off 35 of 37 (94.5%) power play opportunities during its 14 wins this season. In comparision, UNH has allowed 14 power play goals in 16 losses this season killing off 38 of 52 chances (73.0%).

Sorkin with Points in 11 of Last 14 Games: Nick Sorkin has points in 11 of the last 14 games.  He has two goals and 11 assists in that span including a goal in each game of the weekend series at UMass.

Close Calls/10 One-Goal Games Since January:  UNH has played in 10 one-goal games since January including five overtime contests.

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats are 14-2-0 when leading after two periods. UNH is 10-3-0 when leading after one period.

Youth Served: Two freshmen rank in the top five in scoring for New Hampshire. Grayson Downing is the leader in rookie scoring with 21 points in 31 games. Additionally, Downing's nine goals are second on the team. Here is a look at recent successes among UNH freshmen compared to this year's top duo.
Players            Year        G-A-P
Grayson Downing    2011-12        9-12-21 (31 gp)
Trevor van Riemsdyk    2011-12        4-14-18 (33 gp)
Kevin Goumas        2010-11        6-12-18 (32 gp)
Brett Kostolansky    2009-10        0-12-12 (28 gp)
Stevie Moses        2008-09        5-8-13 (33 gp)
Blake Kessel        2008-09        6-7-13 (37 gp)
James van Riemsdyk    2007-08        11-23-34 (31 gp)
Danny Dries        2007-08        11-17-28 (37 gp)
Darren Haydar (record)    1998-99        31-30-61 (41 gp)

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    34-34-68    34%-19%-25%
Juniors:    28-40-68    28%-23%-25%
Sophomores:    21-66-87    21%-38%-32%
Freshmen:    16-36-52    16%-20%-19%

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Bobby Butler: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Mike Beck: Vita Hasten (Sweden)
Matt Campanale: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Riessersee SC (2.GBun)
Ty Conklin: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)/Grand Rapids (AHL)
Phil DeSimone: Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Brian Foster: Florida Panthers (NHL)**/ Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Wichita Thunder (CHL)
Colin Hemingway: Wichita Thunder (CHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Landshut Cannibals (2.GBun)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 Jonkoping (Elitserien)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Jacob Micflikier: Hershey Bears (AHL)
Jerry Pollastrone: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Sterzing/Vipiteno (Italy)
Mike Radja: Houston Aeros (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo HC (Elitserien)
Mike Sislo: Albany Devils (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)/Norfolk (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Craig Switzer: AaB (Denmark)
Paul Thompson: Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Colorado Avalanche/San Jose Sharks (NHL)
**=spent time with NHL team in 2011-12
    
Home vs. Away: UNH is 9-7-0 at home compared to 4-8-3 on the road. Here is a look at some of the breakdown of home vs. away and neutral.
            Home        Away    Neutral
Record            9-7-0        4-8-3    1-1-0
Goals For            54 (3.4)        37 (2.5)    8 (4.0)
Goals Against        40 (2.5)        52 (3.5)    6 (3.0)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    0
Power Play        24.1%        13.2%    28.6%
Penalty Kill        87.5%        82.6%    62.5%

Wins vs. Losses: UNH is averaging almost four goals a game in wins and allowing just 1.3. Here is a look at stats in wins versus losses.
            Wins        Losses
Record            14-0-0        0-16-0
Goals For            54 (3.9)        37 (2.3)
Goals Against        20 (1.4)        70 (4.4)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        31.4% (13-47)        12.3% (7-57)
Penalty Kill        94.5% (35-37)        73.0% (38-52)
Top Scorers        Goumas (3-17-20)         Sorkin (4-8-12)
            Sorkin (2-16-18)        Goumas (5-6-11)
             Moses (15-3-18)         Moses (5-6-11)    

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/27): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats        Points Per Game:
Stevie Moses       48th       1.03 ppg
Nick Sorkin        51st        1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses     10th      0.64 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Nick Sorkin     21st       0.76 apg
Kevin Goumas     26th      0.72 apg
Power Play Goals:
Stevie Moses     26th     7 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Kevin Goumas     11th      2 shg
Stevie Moses     11th      2 shg
Nick Sorkin       34th      1 shg
Game-Winning Goals
Stevie Moses     10th      4 gwg
Rookie Scoring
Grayson Downing     30th      0.68 ppg
Goals Against Average
Casey DeSmith      19th      2.28
Save Percentage
Casey DeSmith      11th      .926
Team
Scoring Offense           21st        3.00
Scoring Defense              42nd        2.97
Scoring Margin       33rd      0.03
Power Play        38th        19.1
Penalty Kill          24th     83.0
Combined Special Teams   38th       48.8

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/27): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points        Stevie Moses        6th (34 pts)          19th (21 pts)
        Nick Sorkin        8th (33 pts)       26th (20 pts)
        Kevin Goumas     15th (31 pts)       19th (21 pts)
Goals              Stevie Moses      2nd (21 g)          13th (11 g)
Assists              Nick Sorkin     3rd (24 a)     12th (16 a)
        Kevin Goumas     9th (23 a)      12th (16 a)
PP Points               Stevie Moses      21st (11 pts)       31st (11 pts)
        Nick Sorkin     11th (11 pts)       31st (11 pts)
PP Goals                Stevie Moses        7th (7 ppg)      13th (4 ppg)
        Nick Sorkin     20th (4 ppg)      30th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Kevin Goumas        3rd (4 shp)      5th (2 shp)
        Stevie Moses      7th (3 shp)       11th (1 shp)
                 Nick Sorkin      22nd (1 shp)      n/a
        T. van Riemsdyk    22nd (1 shp)     n/a
SH Goals        Kevin Goumas      4th (2 shg)     5th (1 shg)
        Stevie Moses     4th (2 shg)     5th (1 shg)
        Nick Sorkin     12th (1 shg)      n/a
Game Winning Goals
        Stevie Moses     1st (4 gwg)     6th (2 gwg)
        Kevin McCarey       n/a         6th (2 gwg)
Def. Scoring        T.van Riemsdyk    9th (18 pts)     16th (10 pts)
        Damon Kipp     18th (13 pts)     18th (9 pts)
Freshman Scor.   Grayson Downing 6th (21 pts)       9th (12 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk   8th (18 pts)     13th (10 pts)
        Casey Thrush       16th (10 pts)     17th (8 pts)
Goals Against Average
        Casey DeSmith      4th  2.28       4th (2.37)
Save Percentage
        Casey DeSmith  2nd  .926       4th (.925)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/27):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.00/6th         2.62/7th
GAA         2.97/7th       2.81/5th
Power Play         19.1/5th         16.5/8th
Penalty Kill          83.0/3rd         85.0/3rd
Special Teams Net         +7/4th        +2/5th
1st Period Scoring     38/2nd         28/2nd
2nd Period Scoring     32/5th         22/5th
3rd Period Scoring        27/8th        17/10th
Overtime Scoring       2/5th         1/6th

All in the Family: Junior 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.  Freshman forward Jay Camper is the brother of Miami standout Carter Camper, while Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella is the brother of Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

'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, 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 advan`ced 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.

Wildcats Tabbed Third in Hockey East Preseason Poll:
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
10/24        NR    NR    8th
10/31        NR    NR    7th
11/7            NR    RV    4th
11/14        NR    RV    4th
11/21        NR    RV    4th
11/28        NR    NR    4th
12/5            NR    NR    7th
12/12        NR    NR    8th
12/19        NR    NR    8th
12/26        NP    NP    8th
1/2            NR    NR        8th
1/9            NR    NR    9th
1/16            NR    NR    8th
1/23            NR    NR    8th
1/30            NR    NR    9th
2/6            NR    NR    6th
2/13            NR    NR    7th
2/20            NR    NR    7th
2/27            NR    RV    6th
    
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 27)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (44)       23-10-1       993         2
 2     Minnesota-Duluth              (5)       22- 7-5       922         4
 3     Ferris State                  (1)       22- 9-5       861         1
 4     Boston University                20-11-1       814         5
 4     Minnesota                                23-11-1       814         6
 6     Michigan                                 21-11-4       805         3
 7     Union                                    20- 7-7       661         8
 8     Massachusetts-Lowell                 20-10-1       612         7
 9     Denver                                   19-11-4       538         9
10    Maine                                    19-11-3       496        10
11     Miami                                    21-13-2       487        15
12     Merrimack                                16- 9-7       474        12
13     Cornell                                  15- 7-7       435        11
14     North Dakota                         18-12-3       376        14
15     Michigan State                       19-13-4       361        13
16     Western Michigan                     17-13-6       244        19
17     Northern Michigan                    16-12-6       177        NR
18     Notre Dame                           17-16-3       119        18
19     Colorado College                     16-14-2       112        16
20     Air Force                                17- 9-7        52        NR
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 49, Quinnipiac 26, Harvard 25, Lake Superior 25, Colgate 12, Niagara 7, Nebraska-Omaha 1, New Hampshire 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 27)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 504 (31)    2    23-10-1    21
2    Minnesota Duluth, 468 (2)    4    22-7-5    21
3    Ferris State University, 418 (1)    1    22-9-5    16
4    Boston University, 399        6    20-11-1    18
5    University of Minnesota, 381    5    23-11-1    20
6    University of Michigan, 372    3    21-11-4    17
7    Union College, 255        8    20-7-7    19
8    UMass Lowell, 249        7    20-10-1    9
9    Miami University, 192        15    21-13-2    5
10    University of Denver, 189    10    19-11-4    20
11    University of Maine, 185    11    19-11-3    6
12    Merrimack College, 158    13    16-9-7    20
13    Cornell University, 106        9    15-7-7    11
14    Michigan State University, 91    14    19-13-4    6
15    University of North Dakota, 87    12    18-12-3    9
Others receiving votes: Northern Michigan University, 14; Western Michigan University, 5; Ohio State University, 4; University of Notre Dame, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 1.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 21    at St. Cloud    Charter    L, 5-7
Oct. 22    at St. Cloud    Charter    T, 3-3 OT
Nov. 12    at Vermont    WCAX    T, 4-4 OT
Nov.18    Mass.-Lowell    WBIN    W, 5-0
Dec. 8    Boston Univ.    WBIN    L, 1-2
Jan. 7    vs. Maine (Frozen Fenway)    NESN    L, 4-5 OT
Jan. 21    Merrimack    WBIN    L, 2-3 OT
Jan. 27    at Boston College    NESN    L, 3-4
Jan. 28    Boston College    WBIN    L, 2-3 OT
Feb. 3    Providence    CBS Sports    W, 3-1
Feb. 10    Northeastern    WBIN    W, 3-2
Feb. 11    at Merrimack    NESN    T, 1-1 OT
Feb. 17    Vermont    WBIN    L, 3-4 OT
Feb. 25    at Massachusetts    WBIN    L, 2-4
Mar. 3    New Hampshire at Maine    NESN    4 p.m.

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
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/31
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/7
Casey Thrush    HE Rookie of the Week    11/21
Stevie Moses    HE co-Player of the Week    11/28
Grayson Downing    HE Rookie of the Month    Nov.
Stevie Moses    MVP Battle for RiverStone Cup XI    1/14
Stevie Moses    HE Player of the Week    1/16
Casey DeSmith    HE Rookie of the Week    1/16
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    2/6
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    2/6
Stevie Moses    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Trevor van Riemsdyk    HE co-Rookie of the Week    2/27

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.

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.

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