March 5, 2010

#10 MEN'S HOCKEY SQUARES OFF AGAINST #5 BC; (FRI - 7:30 PM NESN) (SAT - 7 PM AT BC)

GAME NOTES
THE MATCHUP:
The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team enters into a highly talked-about home-and-home series with No. 5 Boston College. The Wildcats need just a single point to capture its eighth regular season title and third in the last four years, while the Eagles can capture the title with a sweep this weekend. Friday’s game is senior night at the Whitt as seniors Nick Krates, Brian Foster, Peter LeBlanc and Bobby Butler will be honored. The game will also be broadcast live on NESN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m and faceoff at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 doors). Saturday night, the teams will conclude the series at Conte Forum (7 p.m.).

SCOUTING THE EAGLES:
No. 5 Boston College enters the weekend with a 20-10-2 overall record and a 15-8-2 mark in Hockey East play with 32 points. The Eagles can finish no lower than second place and can move up to first place and capture the regular season with a sweep of UNH. The Eagles have won four of their last five games and are 7-2-0 since the calendar turned to February. BC’s offense has scored six goals or more four times in those seven wins in February and its offense ranks fourth nationally with 3.75 gpg. Last week, the Eagles captured a pair of home wins defeating Merrimack 7-0 on Tuesday and downing UMass, 2-1 in overtime on Friday night. The Eagle offense boosts three players with 30-plus points including Brian Gibbons, who has 42 points on 15 goals and 27 assists. Cam Atkinson holds the team lead in goals with 21 goals and 18 assists, while Atkinson and Gibbons’ linemate Joe Whitney has 30 points (12g, 18a).

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE:
The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Eagles 62-58-11 in 131 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 6, 1937. Last year, New Hampshire went 2-1-0 in the regular season series with BC, but dropped a pair of Hockey East quarterfinal games at Whittemore Center.  This year, UNH erased a 3-0 deficit to rally for a 4-4 tie on Nov. 6, 2009 at Whittemore Center. UNH has won five of the last seven games in the regular season, while BC has won seven-straight in the Hockey East playoffs against the Wildcats. Coach Umile owns a 38-22-10 all-time record against BC and the Wildcats own a 13-15-6 all-time record at Conte Forum and a 16-5-1 all-time record at the Whittemore Center.The ‘Cats have won 13 of the last 18 meetings at Towse Rink. Bobby Butler and Mike Sislo are the active leading scorers against the Eagles with 10 points. Brian Foster  is 2-3-1 with a 2.82 GAA and a .905 save percentage, while Matt DiGirolamo is 0-1-0 in his only start against the Eagles.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE EAGLES:
Player    GP    G-A-P 
  
Bobby Butler    13    6-4-10
Mike Sislo    9    4-6-10
Peter LeBlanc    13    2-3-5
Phil DeSimone    10    3-1-4
Paul Thompson    10    1-2-3
Nick Krates    9    0-3-3
Blake Kessel    6    1-1-2
Brett Kostolansky    1    0-2-2
Stevie Moses    5    1-0-1
Damon Kipp    5    0-1-1
Matt Campanale    6    0-0-0
Mike Beck    2    0-0-0
Greg Burke    1    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    1    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    2    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1    0-0-0
Austin Block    1    0-0-0
John Henrion    1    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    6/361:33    17    2.82    2-3-1    163    .905
DiGirolamo    1/58:47    7    7.15    0-1-0    29    .805
Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

3-3-07        59:44    L    24    4    28
2-20-09        59:43    W    33    2    35
2-21-09        59:49    W    28    1    29
3-13-09        58:13    L    24    5    29
3-14-09        59:04    L    22    1    23
11-6-09        65:00    T    32    4    36
Totals        361:33    2-3-1    163    17    180
DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

11-15-08        58:47    L    29    7    36
Totals        58:47    0-1-0    29    7    36

Last Time These Teams Met (Nov. 6, 2009):
Bobby Butler scored the game-tying goal with just under a minute to play, lifting the Wildcats to a 4-4 overtime tie against No .16 Boston College. Brett Kostolansky ignited the play as he played the puck up to Phil DeSimone at the left circle, who found an open Butler in the slot, as the forward buried the puck in the back of the net with just 52.3 seconds remaining in regulation.For the Wildcats, the score was just one of three unanswered goals UNH posted in the final period. BC jumped out to a 3-0 lead and later led 4-1 thanks to an eye-popping 4-5 performance on the power play. UNH’s Brian Foster compiled 32 saves in the game, including 15 in the first period and 10 in the third. Muse stopped 27 shots on net, including 10 in the first period.

THREE-FOR-FOUR:
UNH captured three out of four points for the second-straight weekend, despite only leading for 4:50 during the entire weekend.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOCKEY LIVE ON NESN:
Friday night’s widely-talked about match up between UNH and Boston College will air live on NESN at 7:30 p.m. live from the Whittemore Center. Prior to the start of the game, which could be for the league’s regular season title. Tom Caron and Craig Janney will call all the action.

THANK YOU SENIORS:
UNH will honor its four-player senior class of Nick Krates, Brian Foster and co-captains Peter LeBlanc and Bobby Butler on Friday night before the game.

‘CATS A POINT AWAY FROM EIGHTH LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE:
New Hampshire is just one point away from its eighth Hockey East regular season title and third in the last four years. The ‘Cats capture the league’s regular season title in 1991-92, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2007-08. The Wildcats have held its position in first place in Hockey East since Nov. 23, 2009.

CALL IT A COME BACK:
Friday night, the Wildcats erased leads of 3-0 and 4-2 to escape Matthews Arena with a 4-4 tie. Blake Kessel scored the game-tying goal with 13.3 seconds. On Saturday night, Dalton Speelman scored at 5:02 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1 and just 12 seconds later Paul Thompson scored the eventual game winner in New Hampshire’s 3-1 win.

LINE-2-WATCH; SECOND TO NONE:
While much of the focus has been on UNH’s top TBD line (Thompson, Butler, DeSimone), UNH’s second line powered the offense on Friday night with three goals and eight points on the night. The line has been red hot with 31 points (11g, 20a - 3.875 ppg) over the last eight games since it was assembled.
Since LINE-2 was formed
Player    Goals    Assists            Points    PPG

Sislo    3    10            13    1.63
LeBlanc    7    4            11    1.38
Moses    1    7            8    1.00
Totals    11 (1.38)    21 (2.63)        31    3.875

SCORING IN TWO’S:
The Wildcat offense continues its remarkable run of two or more goals in every game since November a span of 26-straight games.

WORKING OVERTIME:
Friday night’s overtime game was UNH’s third-straight overtime game and 10th overtime game of the season. It marks the first time since the 2002-03 season the “Cats played in 10 or more overtime games. The Wildcats are 3-1-6 in overtime this season, while the 2002-03 team was 2-2-7 in 11 OT games.

15 WINS IN LEAGUE PLAY:
UNH continues its success in Hockey East capturing 15 wins in league play for the fourth-straight season.
Since 2000 - 15+ Wins in Hockey East Play
Team        Seasons     Longest Streak

UNH        7        4 (2006-present)
Boston Univ.    6        2 (two occasions)
Boston Coll.    6        2 (two occasions)
Maine        2         1 (2003-04, 2005-06)
UMass        1        (2006-07)
Northeastern    1        (2008-09)
Vermont    1        (2008-09)

TRAILING AFTER TWO:
UNH erased a 1-0 third period lead and capture its first win when trailing after two period.  The ‘Cats are now 1-4-5 when trailing entering the third period.

WELL-BALANCED SCORING; GOALS FROM ALL FOUR LINES:
Saturday night’s three goals came from three different lines, while all four lines scored at least once over the weekend against Northeastern.

‘CATS OWN NATION’S FOURTH-LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK:
UNH has its third five-game unbeaten streak of the season and are currently the fourth-longest active streak at five games.
Current Unbeaten Streak:              W- L- T      Games
    Denver            10- 0- 0       10
    Alaska            6- 0- 2          8
        RIT                6- 0- 0          6
        New Hampshire        3- 0- 2          5
    North Dakota        5- 0- 0          5
        Dartmouth            3- 0- 2          5

‘CATS 10-1-3 WHEN ALLOWING UNDER 30 SHOTS:
The Wildcats are 10-1-3 when allowing 30 shots or less including Saturday’s 3-1 win.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRST TO PUNCH ITS TICKET TO HOCKEY EAST POSTSEASON; 22ND-STRAIGHT APPEARANCE: UNH clinched a playoff spot for the 22nd-straight season. The Wildcats have advanced to the postseason in Hockey East every year since 1989.

‘CATS CLINCH TOP TWO FINISH; IN SEARCH OF EIGHTH LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON: UNH has ensured itself a top two finish for the third time in the last four years and 10th time in program history.
YEAR        FINISH        YEAR        FINISH
2009-10     1 OR 2        2007-08        1   
2006-07        1        2004-05        2
2002-03        1        2001-02        1
1999-00        2        1998-99        1
1996-97        1        1991-92        1

USCHO.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (March 1):
                Record             RPI
Rk     Team     PWR     Rk     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI

1      Denver     24      1          24-6-4      .7647      1      .5887*
2     Miami     23     2         24-5-7     .7639     2     .5847*
3     Wisconsin     22     5         21-8-4     .6970     3     .5712
4t     St. Cloud State     19     9         20-10-4     .6471     4     .5581
4t     Bemidji State     19     3         22-8-2     .7188     6     .5520
6t     Boston Coll.     18     7         20-10-2     .6562     7     .5499
6t     North Dakota     18     13t     18-11-5     .6029     5     .5526
8t     Yale     17     4         19-7-3     .7069     8     .5458
8t     Alaska     17     13t     16-9-9     .6029     11     .5358
10     New Hamp.     16     15     16-10-6 .5938     9     .5435
11     Cornell     13     8         17-8-4     .6552     12     .5356
12t     Michigan St.     12     11t     19-11-6     .6111     14     .5335
12t     Vermont     12     19     15-11-6     .5625     16     .5318
14t     Minn.-Duluth     11     18     19-14-1     .5735     10     .5363
14t     Ferris State     11     11t     19-11-6     .6111     13     .5353
16     No. Michigan     9     17     17-11-8     .5833     17     .5311
17     Maine     8     21     16-13-3     .5469     18     .5283
18t     Neb.-Omaha     6     20     18-14-6     .5526     19     .5255
18t     Union     6     10     18-10-6     .6176     20     .5222
20     Colorado Coll.     5     22t     17-14-3     .5441     15     .5321
21t     Northeastern     4     24     16-14-2     .5312     21     .5204
21t     Mass.-Lowell     4     22t     17-14-3     .5441     23     .5190
23     Boston Univ.     3     35     14-15-3     .4844     25     .5113
24     Minnesota     2     31t     16-16-2     .5000     22     .5201
25     Michigan     1     29     19-17-1     .5270     24     .5145

‘CATS CLINCH HOME-ICE FOR LEAGUE-BEST 14TH-STRAIGHT SEASON:
New Hampshire became the first in Hockey East to clinch home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats have hosted the quarterfinals for a league-best 14-straight seasons and have not had to travel for the first round of the post season since 1995-96.

HOCKEY EAST TAKE NOTICE; NOT IN OUR HOUSE 9-0-3 AT THE WHITT:
UNH remains unbeaten against Hockey East foe (9-0-3) at Whittemore Center this season. The ‘Cats last Hockey East loss at Whittemore Center was Jan. 25, 2009 a 3-1 loss to BU; they are 14-0-3 since that loss in league games at the Whitt.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR:
A comparison through 32 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09        09-10
Record     22-7-3    18-9-5        16-10-6
HE Record    18-4-3    14-7-4        15-5-5
Goals scored    108    96        111
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.00        3.47
Goals Allowed    74        88        102
Goals Allowed/PG    2.30    2.75        3.19
Shots    1055    1051        1053
Shots Allowed    1007    941        983
Power Play    18.5%     12.7%        16.7%
    (29-157)    (22-173)        (23-138)
Penalty Kill    87.2%     83.1%        80.0%
    (143-164)    (138-166)    (104-130)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riemsdyk    Butler
    13-26-39    13-22-35              24-21-45
    Radja    Butler                   Thompson
    18-21-39    7-18-25                16-18-34
    van Riemsdyk    Sislo                      Kessel
    11-15-26    18-6-24                7-25-32

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (March 1)
Rk.    School, Pts. (FPV)        LW     Record    WIP

1    University of Denver, 508 (32)    1    24-6-4    21
2    Miami University, 476 (2)        2    24-5-7    21
3    University of Wisconsin, 443    3    21-8-4    14
4    St. Cloud State University, 397    4    20-10-4    10
5    Boston College, 345        7    20-10-2    18
6    Yale University, 323        4    19-7-3    21
7    University of North Dakota, 318    8    18-11-5    21
8    Bemidji State University, 279    6    22-8-2    18
9    Cornell University, 231        9    17-8-4    21
10    New Hampshire, 217        10    16-10-6    6
11    Michigan State University, 146    13    19-11-6    16
12    Minnesota Duluth, 138        11    19-14-1    15
13    University of Alaska, 100        NR    16-9-9    6
14    Ferris State University, 54        14    19-11-6    12
15    Colorado College, 30        12    17-14-3    18
Others receiving votes: University of Maine, 26; University of Vermont, 19; University of Nebraska Omaha, 9; Rochester Institute of Technology, 8; Union College, 8; Northern Michigan University, 4; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1.

USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (March 1)
Rk.  Team           (First Place)    Record    Pts    LW

1     Denver                  (48)          24-6-4       998         1
2     Miami                   (2)          24-5-7       940         2
3     Wisconsin                             21-8-4       907         3
4     St. Cloud State                       20-10-4   833         4
5     Boston College                        20-10-2   738        7
6     Yale                                  19- 7-3       723         5
7     North Dakota                          18-11-5  714        8
8     Bemidji State                        22- 8-2       671         6
9     Cornell                               17- 8-4       601         9
10     New Hampshire                     16-10-6  544        11
11     Michigan State                        19-11-6  489        12
12     Minnesota-Duluth                  19-14-1  457        10
13     Ferris State                          19-11-6  339        14
14     Alaska                                16- 9-9       332        17
15     Colorado College                  17-14-3  252        13
16     Vermont                               15-11-6  221        18
17     Maine                                 16-13-3  212        16
18     Union                                 18-10-6  183        15
19     Northern Michigan                 17-11-8  146         NR
20     Nebraska-Omaha                    18-14-6  110        19
Others Receiving Votes: RIT 36, Mass.-Lowell 35, Boston University 7, Colgate 6, Michigan 5, Northeastern 1

HERE 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
1/25            12    13    1st
2/1            13    13    1st
2/8            15    15    1st
2/15            13    13    1st
2/22            10    11    1st
3/1            10    10    1st

40-POINT SCORERS SINCE 2000:
Bobby Butler surpassed the 40-point mark. There have been 23 players to record 40 points since 2000 with Darren Haydar topping the list with 76 points in 2001-02.
Player    G-A-P    Year   
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Steve Saviano    27-22-49    2003-04
Colin Hemingway    22-25-47    2002-03
Matt Fornataro    18-28-46    2007-08             
Bobby Butler    24-21-45    2009-10
Sean Collins    20-25-45    2001-02
Jacob Micfliker    20-24-44    2004-05
Mike Radja    19-24-43    2007-08   
Trevor Smith    21-22-43    2006-07
Jacob Micflikier    16-26-42    2005-06
Sean Collins    16-26-42    2003-04
Brett Hemingway    19-22-41    2005-06
Daniel Winnik    15-26-41    2005-06
Justin Aikins    10-31-41    2003-04
Darren Haydar    18-23-41    2000-01
Matt Fornataro    13-27-40    2006-07
Daniel Winnik    18-22-40    2004-05
James van Riemsdyk    17-23-40    2008-09
Lanny Gare    9-31-40    2001-02

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
Brian Foster    HE Defensive Player of Week        1/25
Brian Foster    HE Goalie of the Month            Jan.
Bobby Butler    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown Semifinalists        2/1
Bobby Butler    Frozen Four Skills Challenge Nom.    2/1
Bobby Butler    HE Player of the Week                2/15

WILDCATS CAPTURE SIXTH SEASON SERIES OF 2009-10:
UNH captured the season series 2-0-1 against Northeastern. The Wildcats have won six season series, tied one and lost one with one still to complete in Hockey East play.

BUTLER MOVING INTO ELITE HOCKEY EAST COMPANY:
Bobby Butler’s 39 points in league play is the most since Chris Collins (brother of former Wildcat Greg Collins) had 39 points in 2005-06. The last player to post 40 points in league play was Ben Eaves (42) in 2002-03. Butler is the first player to have 20 goals in league play since Colin Hemingway had 23 goals in 2001-02.

UNH’S OFFENSE 10TH NATIONALLY:
New Hampshire’s offense ranks 10th in the country at 3.47 gpg including 16 games (50%) with four or more goals.

2,000 SAVES FOR FOSTER:
Senior netminder Brian Foster is just the eighth player in UNH history to register 2,000 career saves.
RNK    PLAYER        GAMES        SAVES
1.        Kevin Regan    112        3,235
2.        Greg Moffett    101        2,602
3.        Mike Ayers    101        2,532
4.        Greg Rota    78        2,282
5.        Ty Conklin    93        2,188
6.        Todd Pearson    81        2,178
7.        Brian Foster    79        2,162
8.        Bruce Gillies    71        2,140

SCORING BY CLASS:
2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    40-38-78    36-20-26
Juniors:    40-66-106    36-34-35
Sophomores:    23-65-88    21-34-29
Freshmen:    8-25-33    7-13-11

KESSEL SECOND NATIONALLY IN DEFENSIVE SCORING:
Blake Kessel ranks second nationally in defensive scoring behind Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith and his 25 assists is the best total by a UNH defenseman since Steve O’Brien’s 27 assists and Jayme Filipowicz 30 assists in 1998-99.
20-plus assists for defenseman in single season since 1997-98
Year            Player            Assists

1998-99        Jayme Filipowicz            30
1997-98        Jayme Filipowicz            28
1998-99        Steve O’Brien            27
2009-10        Blake Kessel            25
2005-06        Brian Yandle            24
2008-09        Kevin Kapstad            23
2004-05        Brian Yandle            22
2001-02        Garrett Stafford            22
2000-01        Garrett Stafford            21

FOSTER CLIMBING UNH RECORD BOOKS:
After sitting the wings behind Wildcat legendary netminder Kevin Regan, Brian Foster is writing his name in the Wildcat goaltending record book.
Career GAA:    2.84 (5th)    Career Save %: .908 (5th)
Career Games:    79 (7th)        Career Saves: 2,162 (7th)
Career Wins:    38 (9th)
       
Wildcats Among National leaders:
Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual    Rank    Stats
Points Per Game:   
Bobby Butler    5th    1.41 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler      2nd/4th    0.75 gpg, 24 goals
Paul Thompson    33rd    0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel       13th    0.81 apg
Bobby Butler       49th    0.66 apg
Phil DeSimone             57th        0.62 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler    39th     6 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Bobby Butler    8th    2 shg
Mike Sislo        8th    2 shg
Peter LeBlanc    40th    1 shg
Phil DeSimone    40th    1 shg
Paul Thompson    40th     1 shg
Game-Winning Goal:
Bobby Butler    15th    4 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel       2nd/2nd    32pts. /1.03 ppg
Freshmen Scoring:
n/a
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster    52nd    3.07 gaa
Save Percentage:
Brian Foster       46th    .905
Winning Percentage:
Brian Foster    24th    .58
Team
Scoring Offense      10th    3.47
Scoring Defense    39th    3.19
Scoring Margin    22nd    0.28
Penalty Minutes    57th    10.1
Power Play    39th    16.7
Penalty Kill       38th       80.0
Combined Special Teams    47th    47.4
Winnning Percentage    15th    .594

***HOBEY BAKER CANDIDATE BOBBY BUTLER***
UNH ATHLETICS UNVEILS BUTLERFORHOBEY.COM:
UNH athletic department unveils the all-new ButlerforHobey.com. The sleek interactive site, designed by Pack Network, is geared to raise awareness and support for men’s hockey senior forward Bobby Butler in his candidacy for college hockey’s greatest individual honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey’s top player.

BUTLER SECOND NATIONALLY IN GOALS, FIFTH IN SCORING:
Bobby Butler ranks second in the nation in goals  per game at  0.80. In addition, his 1.41 ppg is good for fifth nationally.

BUTLER’S GOT SKILLS:
Bobby Butler is a nominee for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge team. Fans can log onto http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge/index.html.

BUTLER ONE OF 16 NOMINEES FOR 2010 HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN:
Bobby Butler was among a group of 18 college hockey players nominated for the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award honors college hockey’s finest citizen, someone who gives back to his or her community.

BUTLER, KESSEL NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR WALTER BROWN AWARD:
Bobby Butler and Blake Kessel were named semifinalists for the 58th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Butler and Kessel were among a group of 16 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Steve Grogan on Feb. 1. In total 11 players from Hockey East were selected. The Wildcats have a storied tradition in the Walter Brown Award history that includes seven former Wildcats that have earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) Steve Saviano (2004) and most recently Kevin Regan (2008).

Among the League Leaders:
Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
            Player        All Games    HE Games
Points        Bobby Butler      2nd (45pts.)    1st(39 pts)
            Paul Thompson      9th (34 pts.)    7th(29 pts.)
            Blake Kessel     12th (32 pts.)      15th(23 pts.)
            Peter LeBlanc    13th (31 pts.)      11th(25 pts.)
            Phil DeSimone    17th (29 pts.    9th(27 pts.)
Goals        Bobby Butler    1st (24 g)    1st (20 g)
            Paul Thompson    8th (16 g)      4th (13 g)
            Peter LeBlanc    12th (14 g)    7th (12 g)
Assists          Blake Kessel      5th (25 a)            7th (18 a)
            Bobby Butler    7th (21 a)         5th (19 a)
            Phil DeSimone    8th (20 a)      5th (19 a)
PP Goals    Bobby Butler    10th (6 ppg)       16th  (4 ppg)
SH Goals    Bobby Butler    2nd (2 shg)    1st (2 shg)
            Mike Sislo    2nd (2 shg)    1st (2 shg)
SH Points    Bobby Butler    2nd (3 shp)    1st (3 shp)
            Paul Thompson    6th (2 shp)    3rd (2 shp)
GW Goals    Bobby Butler     3th (4 gwg)       3rd (3 gwg)
Def. Scoring    Blake Kessel    1st (32 pts)    1st(23 pts)
GAA        Brian Foster       9th (3.07)              5th (2.73)
Save %        Brian Foster      7th (.905)    5th (.912)
Win %        Brian Foster       4th (.581)                2nd (.688)
Saves        Brian Foster    1st (903)        2nd (.695)

WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
    Overall    HE games

Goals/per game     3.47/3rd     3.72/1st
GAA     3.19/7th    2.84/3rd
Power Play     16.9/9th     16.7/9th
Penalty Kill       80.0/6th     77.0/10th
Special Teams Net     +4/4th      0/5th
1st Period Scoring          28/5th     24/4th
2nd Period Scoring        49/1st       37/1st
3rd Period Scoring     31/8th     29/3rd
Overtime Scoring             3/1st        3/1st

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    W, 4-1
Feb. 6     at Maine     WABI-TV    L, 3-6
Feb. 19     Vermont     NESN    T, 3-3
March 5     Boston College    NESN

WILDCATS PICKED FOURTH IN HOCKEY EAST POLL:
UNH was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 30 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden.
2009-10 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.    Team (FPV)            Pts

1. Boston University (6)         84
2. UMass-Lowell (2)         79
3. Boston College (2)         76
4. New Hampshire         59
Vermont             59
6. Northeastern             57
7. Massachusetts             47
8. Maine             32
9. Providence             24
10. Merrimack             23

THE DICK UMILE ERA:
Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 20th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award following the 2007-08 season. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. During his time spent at UNH, 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, 15 NCAA tournament appearances and 19 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 19-year career in Durham.  In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 19 seasons, including a current streak of 13 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 444 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on Feb. 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .652 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 444 victories ranks eighth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 10 times in his career, including New England honors four times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best.Last season, Umile directed the Wildcats to a 20-13-5 mark as they captured their eighth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Umile guided the Wildcats to 20+ wins in 13 straight years, the second longest streak in the nation and five seasons more than its closest competition; no other team in Hockey East has an active streak longer than one season. After struggling through a 1-5-2 stretch in November, New Hampshire went 14-4-2 to close out the regular season and claimed third place in the league and home-ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for a Hockey East-best 13th straight season. The crowning moment of the 2008-09 season was the Wildcats’ goal with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie and eventually win 6-5 in overtime in their NCAA Northeast Regional opening-round game against perennial power North Dakota in front of UNH faithful at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY: 
UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times in the 82-year history of the program, including the nation’s second best streak at eight-straight appearances. UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances against Maine in 1999 and Minnesota in 2003. UNH earned Hockey East Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003 and regular-season championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979. UNH has posted 30 seasons with 20-plus wins, including the last 13 consecutive seasons.

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT:
Five current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) have all been taken.


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.

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