January 22, 2010

16TH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY TRAVELS TO PROVIDENCE (FRI - 7 P.M.) AND BOSTON UNIV. (SAT. - 7 P.M. - NESN)

Game Notes
THE MATCHUP: 
The 16th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team returns to action with a pair of road games against Hockey East foes. The Wildcats travel to Providence College on Friday night and conclude the season series with Boston University on Saturday night in Boston. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on NESN.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS:
Providence enters the week 9-10-1 and will play at Northeastern on Tuesday night before playing host to the Wildcats on Friday night. The Friars ended a six-game slide with definitive wins over Boston Univ. (3-1) and Maine (3-2) over the weekend.  PC is 4-8-1 in Hockey East and its nine points is good for ninth play in the league standings. Matt Bergland and Kyle MacKinnon pace the Friar offense with 18 and 16 points, respectively.  Netminder Alex Beaudry is 8-8-1 with a 2.42 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY vs.  PROVIDENCE:
The Wildcats and Friars have met 138 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 74-50-14.Coach Umile owns a 43-21-7 all-time mark vs. Providence. New Hampshire is unbeaten in its last nine games (7-0-2) against the Friars dating back to Feb. 24, 2007. UNH won this year’s earlier meeting 4-3 at Schneider Arena. Paul Thompson had a career game in his first game against PC with a hat trick and two assists in the 5-4 win, he is the active scoring leader against PC with eight points. Senior goaltender Brian Foster is 3-0-1 all time in five games against PC, while Matt DiGirolamo started and won on Dec. 11, 2009 for New Hampshire. In Foster’s five games, he turned away 30 shots or more on four occasions. He has a 3.54 GAA and a .902 save percentage all time against the Friars.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE FRIARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P   

Paul Thompson    5    5-3-8
Stevie Moses    3    2-4-6
Mike Sislo    6    2-1-3
Bobby Butler    11    3-1-4
Peter LeBlanc    11    1-2-3
Phil DeSimone    6    1-2-3
Damon Kipp    2    0-2-2
Mike Borisenok    2    1-0-1
Blake Kessel    3    0-1-1
Nick Krates    3    0-0-0
Greg Manz    2    0-0-0
Mike Beck    2    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    4    0-0-0
Greg Burke    1    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1    0-0-0
Austin Block    1    0-0-0
John Henrion    1    0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    1    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DiGirolamo    1/60:00    3    3.00    1-0-0    32    .914
Foster    5/287:45    17    3.54    3-0-1    158    .902
DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-11-09        60:00    W    32    3    35
Totals        60:00    1-0-0    32    3    35
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
2-24-07        40:00    ND    34    4    38
11-17-07        62:57    W    41    4    45
11-22-08        59:50    W    32    3    35
2-13-09        64:58    T    20    4    24
2-14-09        60:00    W    31    2    33
Totals        287:45    3-0-1    158    17    175

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Dec. 11, 2009):
Five skaters recorded multiple points to lift the 19th-ranked UNH to a 4-3 win over Providence College at Schneider Arena. Phil DeSimone (1g, 1a), Bobby Butler (1g, 1a), Paul Thompson (1g, 1a), Damon Kipp (2a) and Stevie Moses (2a) all recorded multiple points, while sophomore netminder Matt DiGirolamo stopped 32 shots including 13 in the final stanza to earn his first win as a starter and second win overall.

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS: 
Boston University enters this weekend 7-10-3 overall, 5-8-2 in Hockey East and will travel to play cross-town rival Boston College on Friday night live on NESN before playing host to New Hampshire on Saturday. The Terriers are winnings of three of their last four with a 3-1 loss to Providence being their only set back since the holiday break. Most recently, the Terriers captured a 6-4 win over Merrimack. Juniors Kevin Shattenkirk and Nick Bonino power the BU offense with 18 and 16 points, respectively.  Sophomore netminder Kieran Millan is 5-10-0 overall with a 3.35 GAA and a .869 save percentage, while Grant Rollheiser is 2-0-3 with a 3.25 GAA and a .881 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON U.:
Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 95-43-19 in 157 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. Saturday’s game is the final game of this year’s series. UNH leads this year’s series 1-0-1 with a 4-2 win at home on Nov. 20 and a 3-3 tie at BU the following night.  Coach Umile owns a 24-31-9 all-time record against Boston University.  The Wildcats have enjoyed success at Agganis Arena with a 4-1-3 mark all time at Jack Parker Rink. Senior forward Bobby Butler is the active leading career Wildcat scorer against BU with nine points, while senior goaltender Brian Foster is 2-3-1 against the Terriers, despite a 2.53 GAA and an .906 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player    GP    G-A-P  
 
Bobby Butler    12    3-6-9
Paul Thompson    7    3-2-5
Phil DeSimone    9    2-2-4
Matt Campanale    5    0-3-3
Mike Sislo    9    1-0-1
Peter LeBlanc    12    0-1-1
John Henrion    2    1-0-1
Blake Kessel    6    0-1-1
Damon Kipp    5    1-0-1
Greg Manz    4    0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    2    0-1-1
Nick Krates    7    0-0-0
Stevie Moses    5    0-0-0
Mike Beck    3    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    3    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    3    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    2    0-0-0
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Foster    6/355:35    15    2.53    2-3-1    146    .906
DiGirolamo    1/8:57    0    0.00    0-0-0    1    1.000
Foster’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
10-19-08        60:00    W    31    1    32
1-23-09        51:03    L    24    5    29
1-24-09        59:47    L    15    2    17
3-29-09        59:45    L    21    2    23
11-20-09        60:00    W    21    2    23
11-21-09        65:00    T    34    3    37
Totals        355:35    2-3-1    146    15    161

DiGirolamo’s Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-23-09        8:57    ND    1    0    1
Total        8:57    0-0-0    1    0    1

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Nov. 21, 2009):
UNH’s top line combined for three goals and four assist in a 3-3 tie with Boston University in Hockey East action at Agganis Arena.  Paul Thompson potted a pair of goals and an assist, Phil DeSimone had a goal and an assist, while Bobby Butler notched helpers on all three goals for the Wildcats. In addition, Brian Foster stopped 34 shots, including 15 in the third and overtime combined.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR:
A comparison through 21 games between this season and each of the last two seasons. Bold are categories UNH is ahead of the pace of the last two seasons.
    07-08    08-09        09-10
Record     13-7-1    11-6-4        10-7-4
HE Record    7-3-1    7-4-3        9-2-3
Goals scored    72        68        73
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.24        3.48
Goals Allowed    58        63        70
Goals Allowed/PG    2.80    3.00        3.33
Shots    716    730        681
Shots Allowed    652    647        607   
Power Play    15.4%     15.2%        19.4%
    (16-104)    (18-118)        (18-93)
Penalty Kill    84.7%     80.8        79.5%   
    (94-111)    (97-120)        (70-88)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riems.         Butler
    7-18-25    9-17-26              16-14-30
    van Riemsdyk    LeBlanc              Kessel
    9-11-20    8-10-18              6-20-26
    Radja    Sislo, Butler       Thompson
    11-8-19    14-3-17; 6-11-17    12-12-24

98 AND COUNTING FOR BUTLER:
Senior Bobby Butler has 98 (48g, 50a) career points and is fasting approaching the Wildcats’ Century Club. Butler looks to become the 67th member of this prestigious group and the first since Mike Radja and Matt Fornataro did so in the same game at Boston University on Jan. 26, 2008.

‘CATS GRAB GRANITE STATE BRAGGING RIGHTS:
UNH captured a 5-2 win over intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX. The Wildcats capture their second-straight win over the Big Green improve to 6-2-1 in the all time series.

KESSEL HANDS OUT CAREER HIGH FOUR ASSISTS IN WIN OVER DARTMOUTH:
Blake Kessel was named co-MVP at the Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX. Kessel posted career highs in points and assists with four helpers. He factored in all but one New Hampshire goal. Kessel’s four assists is the most by any Wildcat since James van Riemsdyk had four helpers on Dec. 11, 2008 against Holy Cross.

KESSEL SECOND NATIONALLY IN DEFENSIVE POINTS, MOST POINTS BY UNH BLUELINER SINCE BRIAN YANDLE:  Blake Kessel’s 26 points (6-20-26) is second only to Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith (30). In addition, his 26 points are the most points by defenseman since Brian Yandle had 30 points in 2005-06.

NEW HAMPSHIRE’S OWN THOMPSON LEADS WILDCATS TO GRANITE SKATE BRAGGING RIGHTS:
Paul Thompson was named co-MVP at the Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX  for his two goals and an assist effort. Thompson has been on fire for New Hampshire with seven points (4g, 3a) in the last two games.

‘CATS SKATE TO 8-1-2 MARK OVER THE LAST 11 GAMES:
New Hampshire is 8-1-2 in last 11 games (7-0-2 in HE) and has outscored its opponents 43-28 in that span.

T.B.D. LINE DETERMINED TO BE EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL: 
The top line of Paul Thompson, Bobby Butler and Phil DeSimone were formed exactly 11 games ago. UNH is 8-1-2 since the line’s formation and the trio have put up some eye-popping numbers. Overall, New Hampshire is outscoring opponents 43-28, converting power plays at 22.4 percent and are 87.5 percent on the penalty kill.
Player        GP        G-A-P        Note
Thompson     11        10-8-18    (1.63 ppg)    4pp, 1sh
Butler        11        9-9-18  (1.63 ppg)    3pp, 1sh
DeSimone    11        5-9-14 (1.27 ppg)    3pts prior

UNH’S OFFENSE CRACKS TOP 10 NATIONALLY:
The ‘Cats  cracked the top 10 in the nation in total offense averaging 3.48 gpg (ninth) including 11 games with four or more goals.

T.B.D. LINE AGAINST DARTMOUTH:
The trio of Thompson, Phil DeSimone and Bobby Butler had seven points (4g, 3a) on Saturday and 15 points (8g, 7a) in the last two games (7.5 ppg).

BUTLER THIRD NATIONALLY IN GOALS, SIXTH IN POINTS:
Bobby Butler ranks third in the nation in goals with 0.75 goals per game. In addition, his 1.45 ppg is good enough for sixth nationally. UMass’s Casey Wellman (0.85 gpg) and Cornell’s Blake Gallagher (0.79 gpg) are the only two with better goals per game averages than Butler.

30-30 FOR BUTLER:
Bobby Butler posted 30 points for the second-straight season. Butler finished 2008-09 with 30 points (9-21-30). Butler’s 16 goals is a career-best for any single season.

SPECIALTIES PAVE THE WAY TO WIN OVER DARTMOUTH, 3 POWER PLAY TALLIES, 4 PENALTY KILLS:
UNH went 3-4 on the power play and was a perfect 4-4 in the kill. The last time UNH scored three times on the power play was when it was 3-10 in a win at Maine on Jan. 4, 2009.  The Wildcats are 4-0-1 when scoring two or more on the power play.

PROTECTING THE LEAD:
UNH is 5-0-0 when leading after one period and 8-0-0 when leading after two periods.

ROAD WARRIORS:
After three in a row at home and one at home-away-from-home Verizon Wireless Arena, the Wildcats will hit the road for three-straight road games. After dropping the first five road decisions, UNH is 4-0-1 in the last five road games.

‘CATS RESUME LEAGUE PLAY ON NINE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK:
After capturing its first non-conference win of the season on Saturday against Dartmouth, UNH looks to extend its Hockey East unbeaten streak, which currently sits at nine games (7-0-2), a streak which dates back to Nov. 14.

Among the League Leaders:
Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Bobby Butler    3rd (30pts.)    1st(24 pts)
            Blake Kessel    5th (26 pts.)    5th(17 pts.)
            Paul Thompson    6th (24 pts.)    3rd(19 pts.)
Goals        Bobby Butler    2nd (16 g)    1st (12 g)
            Paul Thompson    5th (12 g)    4th (9 g)
Assists        Blake Kessel    2nd (20 a)    3rd (13 a)
            Bobby Butler    9th (14 a)    5th (12 a)
            Phil DeSimone    15th (12 a)    6th (11 a)
Def. Scoring    Blake Kessel    1st (26 pts)    1st(17 pts)
GAA        Brian Foster    9th (3.24)    5th (2.71)
Save %        Brian Foster    9th (.898)    6th (.908)
Win %        Brian Foster    8th (.550)    2nd (.731)

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (Jan. 18):
Rk.    Team    PC    W-L-T    Win %    Rk.    RPI    Rk.

1t      Miami     23      15-4-5     .7292      1      .5869      1
1t     Denver     23     14-5-3     .7045     4t     .5853     2
3     Minn.-Duluth     21     16-7-1     .6875     6     .5722*     3
4t     Wisconsin     20     13-6-3     .6591     8     .5666     4
4t     Ferris State     20     16-6-2     .7083     3     .5637*     5
6     St. Cloud State     18     14-7-3     .6458     12     .5629     6
7t     Union     17     13-4-5     .7045     4t     .5557*     8
7t     Bemidji State     17     15-5-2     .7273     2     .5544     9
9     Boston College     16     12-6-2     .6500     11     .5533     10
10t     Massachusetts     14     14-8-0     .6364     13     .5501     13
10t     Colorado College14     13-8-3     .6042     15t     .5580     7
12t     North Dakota     13     12-7-5     .6042     15t     .5527     11
12t     Vermont     13     11-7-2     .6000     17     .5446     14
14     Michigan State     12     15-7-4     .6538     10     .5512     12
15t     UNH    9     10-7-4 .5714     19     .5438     15
15t     Yale     9     10-4-3     .6765     7     .5368     16
17t     Lake Superior     8     14-8-4     .6154     14     .5322     17
17t     Cornell     8     9-4-3     .6562     9     .5319     18
17t     Michigan     8     13-10-1 .5625     24t     .5297     19
20     Maine     5     11-9-2     .5455     26     .5293     20
21     Alaska     4     10-7-5     .5682     20t     .5198     24
22     Mass.-Lowell     3     12-9-2     .5652     22t     .5210     22
23t     Minnesota     2     12-10-2 .5417     27t     .5260     21
23t     No. Michigan     2     10-8-6     .5417     27t     .5200     23
25     Notre Dame     1     10-10-6.5000     31t     .5100     25

SCORING BY CLASS:
2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    24-25-49    33-20-25
Juniors:    27-37-64    37-30-32
Sophomores:    17-45-62    23-36-31
Freshmen:    5-17-21    7-14-11

OLYMPIANS IN THE FAMILY:
UNH sophomore defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while freshman forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. Both pros were selected to honor Team USA in the 2010 Olympics.

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
9/28            RV    N/A    t-4th (pre)
10/5            N/A    16    t-4th (pre)
10/12        RV    RV    t-4th (pre)
10/19        RV    RV    N/A
10/26        RV    RV    t-1st
11/2            NR    RV    t-2nd
11/9            NR    RV    t-3rd
11/16        NR    RV    t-2nd
11/23        NR    RV    t-1st
11/30        NR    RV    1st
12/7            RV    19    1st
12/14        RV    16    1st
12/21        RV    NP    1st
12/28        NP    NP    1st
1/4            RV    RV    1st
1/11            RV    20    1st
1/18            RV    16    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 18)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    University of Denver, 500 (24)    1    14-5-3    15
2    Miami University, 483 (10)    2    15-4-5    15
3    University of Wisconsin, 420    3    13-6-3    8
4    Minnesota Duluth, 361        10    16-7-1    9
5    Yale University, 304        5    10-4-3    15
6    North Dakota, 295        4    12-7-5    15
7    Cornell University, 263        8    9-4-3    15
8    Colorado College, 249        9    13-8-3    12
9    Ferris State University, 237    7    16-6-2    6
10    Boston College, 232        12    12-6-2    12
11    Michigan State University, 214    6    15-7-4    10
12    St. Cloud State University, 173    15    14-7-3    4
13    Union College, 158        13    13-4-5    2
14    Bemidji State University, 90    11    15-5-2    12
15    University of Massachusetts, 58    NR    14-8-0    8
Others receiving votes: University of New Hampshire, 35; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 3; University of Vermont, 3; University of Alaska, 2.

USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (Jan. 18)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1     Denver    (39)                14-5-3       989         1
2     Miami    (11)                15-4-5       957         2
3     Wisconsin                    13-6-3    863    3
4     Minnesota-Duluth                      16-7-1   795    10
5     North Dakota                              12-7-5   654     4
6     Yale                                          10-4-3   651     5
7     Colorado College                      13-8-3   641     8
8     Ferris State                              16-6-2   633     6
9     Cornell                                    9-4-3   573     9
10     Michigan State                            15-7-4   563     7
11     Boston College                            12-6-2   554    12
12     St. Cloud State                           14-7-3   523    14
13     Union                                     13-4-5   485    13
14     Bemidji State                             15-5-2   435    11
15     Massachusetts                             14-8-0   310    19
16     New Hampshire                         10-7-4   220    20
17     Vermont                                   11-7-2   185    18
18     Lake Superior                             14-8-4   118    NR
19     Mass.-Lowell                              12-9-2    97    15
20     Maine                                     11-9-2    83    16
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 52, Quinnipiac 47, Minnesota 30, Alaska 20, Notre Dame 19, St. Lawrence 2, RIT 1

WILDCAT AWARDS:
Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award                    Date
Dalton Speelman    HE Rookie of the Week                10/26
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        11/16
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        11/23
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Month                Nov.
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        12/7
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Dec.
Bobby Butler    HE Co-Player of the Week        1/11
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/11
Paul Thompson    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16
Blake Kessel    Co-MVP Battle for the RiverStone IX    1/16

Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    6th    1.43 ppg
Blake Kessel    16th    1.30 ppg
Paul Thompson    35th    1.14 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler    4th    0.76 gpg
Paul Thompson    23rd    0.57 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel    4th    1.00 apg
Bobby Butler    53rd    0.67 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    24th    5 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    19th    1 shg
Peter LeBlanc    19th    1 shg
Phil DeSimone    19th    1 shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Bobby Butler    11th    3 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel    2nd/3rd    26pts. /1.30 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    54th    3.24 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster    57th    .898
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    36th    .550
Team
Scoring Offense    9th    3.48
Scoring Defense    42nd    3.33
Scoring Margin    27th    0.14
Penalty Minutes    56th    10.5
Power Play    26th    19.4
Penalty Kill    39th    79.5
Combined Special Teams    43rd    48.6
Winnning Percentage    19th    .571

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.48/3rd     3.93/1st
GAA     3.33/8th     2.79/2nd
Power Play     19.4/6th     21.1/5th
Penalty Kill     79.5/8th     74.1/9th
Special Teams Net     +4/5th     E/5th
1st Period Scoring     17/6th     13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring     36/1st     24/1st
3rd Period Scoring     20/7th     19/3rd
Overtime Scoring     0/NR     0/NR

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION:
UNH will have 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2009-10. NESN will air four games, while three will air on ESPNU, while COX-TV and WABI will each broadcast one.
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 23     Northeastern    NESN    W, 4-2
oct. 30    at wisconsin    tvw madison/wc    L, 1-4
Oct. 31    at wisconsin    wisc-tv3/wc    L, 1-6
Nov. 6     Boston College    NESN    T, 4-4 (OT)
Nov. 8     AT Mass-Lowell     ESPNU    L, 3-6
nov. 21    at boston univ.    nesn    T, 3-3 (OT)
Dec. 6     at Vermont     ESPNU    W, 5-2
Dec. 11     at Providence     Cox-TV    W, 4-3
Jan. 3     Cornell    ESPNU    L, 2-5
jan. 23    at Boston Univ.    NESN
Feb. 6     at Maine     WABI-TV
Feb. 19     Vermont     NESN
March 5     Boston College    NESN

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