March 26, 2011

Game Notes: Men's Hockey Faces Off Against Notre Dame in Northeast Regional (Sun, 8pm on ESPNU)

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DURHAM, NH -
The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will face off against ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the NCAA Northeast Regional final game on March 27. Puck drops at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. with live television coverage on ESPNU.

'CATS SECOND LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK OF NCAA APPEARANCES: With 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances, UNH is second on the list of active programs with NCAA appearances. New Hampshire has been to the postseason in 14 of the last 15 seasons.
Program        Consecutive Trips to the NCAA's
Michigan        21    
UNH        10
North Dakota        9
Miami        6
Denver        4

SCORING LEADERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Sislo    5    3-2-5
Paul Thompson    5    2-1-3
Phil DeSimone    5    2-2-4
Blake Kessel    4    1-2-3
Greg Burke    2    0-2-2
Damon Kipp    4    0-2-2
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-2-2
Greg Manz    2    0-0-0
Stevie Moses    4    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    4    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    2    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    2    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    2    0-0-0
John Henrion    2    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    2    0-0-0
Mike Beck    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no active goalies with NCAA experence

RECORDS AGAINST TEAMS IN THE NCAA'S: UNH is 3-6-1 against teams in the NCAA field. The 'Cats are 2-4-0 against teams in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Team        W-L-T
Miami        1-1-0
Merrimack        1-3-0
Boston College    1-2-0
Michigan        0-0-1
Total        3-6-1 (.350)    (NE Regional foes 2-4-0)



DI GIROLAMO NATION'S LEADER IN SAVES: UNH's Matt Di Girolamo ranks first in the nation in saves.  Di Girolamo's 1,088 saves is three more than BU's Kieran Millan.

WINS IN BACK-TO-BACK NCAA'S: UNH and Miami are the only two teams in the nation with wins in the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons. UNH advanced to the regional finals in two straight seasons, while Miami has been to back-to-back Frozen Fours.

CATS IN THE NCAA's: UNH is making its 21st appearance in the NCAA tournament. The 'Cats have been to the postseason in 10-straight seasons and 14 of the last 15 years. New Hampshire has advanced to seven Frozen Fours including most recently in 2003 when it advanced to the title game. UNH is 13-22-0 lifetime in the NCAA's.
MOSES STREAKING: Stevie Moses has become one of UNH's top offensive weapons in the second half of the season. Moses is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak, while 13 of his 26 points have come since the month of February.

HISTORY HAS A FOUR SEED: This year marks the first time UNH will enter the NCAA tournament as a four seed.

HOBEY REGIONAL: Three of the 10 Hobey Baker finalists are competing in Manchester this weekend. UNH's Paul Thompson and Miami's Andy Miele and Carter Camper. There are three out of the NCAA's, two in the Midwest Regional, one in West and one in the East

SCOUTING THE FIELD:
SCOUTING MIAMI: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) enters 2011 NCAA postseason play with a 23-9-6 overall record. The RedHawks finished third in the CCHA standings with a 16-7-5 league record, swept Alaska in the quarterfinals, upended Notre Dame in the semifinals and earned an automatic berth into the NCAAs with a 5-2 victory against Western Michigan in the CCHA title game.
    Miami has won seven consecutive games as part of a 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3) that is currently tied for longest in the nation. The RedHawks' most recent loss was Jan. 21 at Michigan State.
    Miami compiled an 8-3-3 record against the 2011 NCAA tournament field. Including the split against UNH, the RedHawks went 2-1-2 vs. Notre Dame (which is also in the Northeast Region), 2-0-0 vs. Michigan and 3-1-1 vs. Western Michigan.
    MU is making its sixth consecutive NCAA tourney appearance and has a 7-8 overall record in eight appearances. The RedHawks, who have won four consecutive NCAA first-round games, finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2009 and also advanced to the Frozen Four in 2010.
    Miami boasts three of the top four point producers in the nation. Andy Miele sits atop the leaderboard at 1.87 points per game while Carter Camper is third (1.47 ppg) and Reilly Smith is fourth (1.46 ppg). Miele also leads the nation in assists per game (1.24) and is 12th in goals per game (0.63). Camper ranks third in assists (0.97 apg) and Smith is fifth in goals (0.76 gpg).
    The goaltending tandem of Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard are near the top of the leaderboard in goals-against-average, but not save percentage. Knapp is #6 in GAA (2.03) and 39th in save percentage (.909) while Reichard is eighth in GAA (2.05) and 35th in save percentage (.911). Reichard has started 22 games, including 16 in conference play. Knapp had 16 starts with 12 in CCHA action.
    As a team, Miami is among the top five in offense (#4– 3.82 gpg), defense (#3– 2.16 gpg), power play (#2– 25.1%) and penalty kill (#2– .881).
    The RedHawks have been a strong first period team with a 45-18 scoring advantage. They have a 16-6-4 record when scoring first as well as a 16-2-2 mark when leading at the first intermission as well as 21-2-3 when leading through two periods. Twenty-three of the 38 games were decided by 3+ goals and Miami went 19-4 in those games.

SCOUTING MERRIMACK: Merrimack College (North Andover, Mass.) enters the 2011 Northeast Regional with a 25-9-4 overall record. The Warriors finished fourth in the Hockey East regular-season standings with a 16-8-3 league record, swept Maine in the quarterfinals and defeated UNH in the semifinals before falling, 5-3, to Boston College in the Hockey East title game.
    Merrimack was impressive the second half of the season. Since the beginning of January, the Warriors have a 17-5-0 record and that included 13-1-0 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 19.
    MC has a 5-3-0 record against the 2011 NCAA tournament field with all eight games against Hockey East foes UNH (3-1-0) and Boston College (2-2-0).
    Merrimack is making just its second NCAA tourney appearance. Back in 1988, MC advanced out of the first round by virtue of a 10-8 goal differential vs. Northeastern, then lost to Lake Superior State (8-4 two-game aggregate score) in the quarterfinals.
    Stephane Da Costa leads a balanced offense – there are seven double-digit goal scorers and six skaters with 30+ points – with 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points; he ranks ninth nationally in points per game (1.38) and fifth in assists (0.94 apg).
    Other Warriors among the national leaders: are Joe Cucci in power-play goals (10th; 10); Jesse Todd in game-winning goals (fourth; six); Karl Stollery in defensemen scoring (17th; 0.71 ppg); and Mike Collins in rookie scoring (12th; 0.86).
    Joe Cannata has started all 38 games and played 2186:40 of a possible 2309:12 (94.7%). He compiled a 25-9-4 record with a 2.44 GAA and .911 save percentage to rank #24 in the nation in GAA and #34 in save percentage.
    As a team, Merrimack is #6 in offense (3.68 gpg), #11 in defense (2.45 gpg), #9 in power play (22.6%) and #11 in penalty kill (84.7%).
    The Warriors have been a strong first period team with a 47-26 scoring advantage. The have a 16-4-1 record when scoring first and are unbeaten (19-0-2) when leading through two periods.
    MC has been involved in 15 games decided by one goal and are 12-3, including 4-0 in overtime.

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME: The University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.) carries a 23-13-5 overall record into the 2011 Northeast Regional. The Fighting Irish finished second in the CCHA regular-season standings with an 18-7-3 league record, defeated Lake Superior in Game 3 of the quarterfinal series, lost to Miami in the semifinals and then was defeated by Michigan in the third-place game.
    ND is 2-4-0 in its last six games and that includes a 2-0 loss to Western Michigan in the regular-season finale. Prior to that, the Fighting Irish had an eight-game unbeaten streak of 6-0-2.
    Notre Dame has a 5-5-3 record vs. the 2011 NCAA tournament field, and 11 of those games were against CCHA teams. ND went 1-2-2 vs. Miami, 1-2-0 vs. Michigan and 2-1-1 against Western Michigan; they also defeated Boston College.
    The Fighting Irish are making their fifth NCAA tourney appearance. They are 4-4 in their four previous appearances (2004-07-08-09). In the most recent appearance, ND was defeated 5-1 by Bemidji State in the '09 Midwest Region. One year earlier, Notre Dame advanced out of the West Region to the Frozen Four and finished as runner-up (to Boston College).
    Freshmen T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee lead the offense as Tynan leads all rookies in scoring (1.27 points per game) and Lee ranks fourth (1.00 ppg). Tynan is 20th overall in scoring and Lee is fourth in game-winning goals (six). Tynan has 52 points (22g, 30a) followed by Lee (22g, 19a) and Billy Maday (6g, 31a).
    Mike Johnson has started 31 of 33 games and is 18-9-4 with a 2.62 GAA and .903 save percentage; with those numbers, he is 32nd in the nation in GAA and 52nd in save percentage.
    In the national rankings, Notre Dame is 10th in offense (3.46 gpg), 25th in defense (2.76 gpg), 40th in power play (16.2%), and 32nd in penalty kill (81.7%).
    ND has been a strong frontrunning team with a 20-3-3 record when scoring the game's first goal, 13-2-2 when leading after one period of play and 16-0-1 when holding a lead through two periods. The Fighting Irish have scored 40+ goals all three periods (40-59-42).

THOMPSON NAMED AS HOBEY BAKER FINALIST: Paul Thompson became the eighth player in school history to be named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as announced by the Hobey Baker committee Thursday evening. Read more about Thompson and his Hobey Baker campaign at ThompsonforHobey.com. Thompson becomes the second Wildcat in as many years and third in the last four seasons to be named to the top 10. Last year, Bobby Butler became UNH's second Hobey Baker Hat Trick (final three) finalist, while in 2007-08 Kevin Regan was a top-10 finalist.

THOMPSON FETED AS HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Paul Thompson was selected as the 2011 Hockey East Player of the Year at the annual league banquet at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on March 17. Thompson ranks second in the nation in power-play goals with 12, ranks fourth nationally in goals (28) and seventh in scoring (1.41 ppg). In addition, he is second nationally in game-winning goals (seven) and his 52 points are seventh best. Thompson has 17 multi-point efforts, seven multi-goal games and has goals in 20 of 37 games. The senior forward has been even better among Hockey East's elite, ranking first overall in goals (28), points (52), power-play goals (12) and game-winners (seven). In conference play, Thompson finished first in points (42), power-play points (18), power-play goals (nine) and was second in Hockey East play in goals (23) and goals per game (0.85).  Thompson has already taken home his share of hardware this season, highlighted by his Hockey East Player of the Month honors in November and January. Thompson was also a three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season. He is a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

THOMPSON UNANIMOUS HOCKEY EAST ALL-STAR FIRST TEAM SELECTION: Paul Thompson and BC's Cam Atkinson were the only two players in Hockey East unanimously selected as Hockey East All-Star First Team honorees. The awards were handed out March 17 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY OF THE NCAA REGIONAL IN MANCHESTER: 2011 marks the fourth time UNH will host the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. The following are quick facts about the regionals in Manchester.
Quick Hitters
 - 2004, 2007, 2009 & 2011: Four years UNH has hosted in Manchester
- 2004 - BC, 2007- BC, 2009 - BU:  Previous three regional winners have all came from Boston.
- Miami (four seed - 2007), UNH (three seed - 2009):  Only two lower seeds to win a first-round game in Manchester.
- BU - 2009: Only team to advance from Manchester to win a national championship.
- 4-of-4: Number of Appearances UNH has made in its home-site regional
Records by Seed in Manchester 2004-2009
1 seed         4-1
2 seed        3-2
3 seed        1-2
4 seed        1-2

ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS: UNH is 9-9-2 lifetime in 20 games at Verizon Wireless Arena including 1-3 mark in the NCAA's.
12-13-01    UNH    6    Dartmouth    3    W
1-15-03    UNH    1    Dartmouth    1    T (OT)
2-1-03    UNH    4    Maine    2    W
11-12-03    UNH    2    Boston College    2    T (OT)
1-13-04    UNH    5    Dartmouth    0    W
3-27-04    Michigan (NCAA)    4    UNH    1    L
11-5-04    UNH    4    Boston U.    3    W
1-12-05    Dartmouth    9    UNH    8    L
11-1-05    Boston College    3    UNH    2    L
1-14-06    UNH    5    Dartmouth    4    W
1-13-07    UNH    4    Dartmouth    2    W
2-2-07    Maine    4    UNH    2    L
3-24-07    Miami (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-19-08    Dartmouth    5    UNH    3    L
1-17-09    UNH    6    Dartmouth    4    W
2-7-09    Maine    1    UNH    0    L
3-28-09    UNH (NCAA)    6    North Dakota    5    W(OT)
3-29-09    Boston U. (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-16-10    UNH    5    Dartmouth    2    W
1-15-11    Dartmouth    5    UNH    4    L
Total    9-9-2    .500    Goals (71)    GA (62)

KESSEL EARNS HOCKEY EAST ALL-STAR FIRST TEAM FOR SECOND-CONSECUTIVE SEASON: For the second year in a row, Blake Kessel was selected as a Hockey East All-Star First Team honoree. Kessel, a 2011 Walter Brown Award semifinalist, helped anchor a stingy UNH defense that ranked second in Hockey East allowing just 2.19 goals per game on 59 goals in 27 games. A 2010 All-America selection and a first team Hockey East All-Star, Kessel ranks 17th nationally in defensemen scoring with 0.72 ppg. He leads all UNH blueliners and is fourth overall in both points (26) and assists (21). Kessel played in all 34 regular-season games and three Hockey East  postseason games and recorded a point in 20 of 37 games with five multiple-point efforts, including a three-assist game versus Maine on Feb. 4.

SISLO TABBED AS HOCKEY EAST HONORABLE MENTION SELECTION: Mike Sislo earned Hockey East Honorable Mention distinction on March 17 at the league's award banquet. Sislo, UNH's active career scoring leader with 114 points in 152 games, ranks first in Hockey East in assists with 33 helpers in 37 games. A Hockey East Player of the Week on Dec. 6, he ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (0.92) and 17th in points per game (1.28). Sislo's 46 points are fifth best in Hockey East, while his 17 power-play points rank sixth in the league. Most recently, Sislo broke a 3-3 tie with three minutes remaining in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals to send UNH into the semifinals. On Dec. 5, Sislo handed out a career-high five points – all on assists – against Vermont.

DI GIROLAMO GARNERS HOCKEY EAST HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Di Girolamo collects Hockey East Honorable Mention accolades on Thursday night at the Hockey East awards banquet. Di Girolamo has been remarkably consistent in his first season as a starter in Durham. A Hockey East Goaltender of the Month in December, he finished as runner-up to BC's John Muse for the Hockey East Goaltending Champion title. Di Girolamo was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week on Nov. 8 and was a three-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. He ranks first nationally in saves (1,088), fifth in minutes (2184:52) and 13th in win percentage (.642). An Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week on Nov. 8, he ranks third in Hockey East in GAA (2.47) and second in save percentage (.922) and had a 21-9-6 record with two shutouts. An ironman in net, Di Girolamo started all 34 regular-season games and all three Hockey East quarterfinal games and stopped 56 of 60 shots in the Hockey East quarterfinal sweep of Vermont. He was unbeaten (3-0-0) in the month of December while carrying a stingy 1.35 GAA and .950 save percentage. Di Girolamo had a season-best 41 saves in a 2-1 win against Merrimack (Nov. 27) and tallied 40 saves in a 2-2 tie at Vermont (Feb. 19).

WILDCATS EARN CHARLIE HOLT SPORTSMENSHIP AWARD: Hockey East proudly recognizes an entire team for its sportsmanlike play with the Charles E. Holt Sportsmanship Award, named after the former UNH coach. This award is given to the team that receives the lowest average penalty minutes per game over the course of regular season Hockey East play. The Team Sportsmanship Award was established by the league's directors in 1992 and was renamed to honor Holt in 1998. The award is in the form of a shadow box with etched glass depicting the image of New Hampshire's legendary coach. New Hampshire earns the award bearing the name of its former coach for the sixth time in program history and the second time in as many seasons. UNH's 10.1 penalty minutes per game are the fewest by any team in Hockey East. Overall, the Wildcats are the third-least penalized team in all of Division I college hockey with just 10.5 pmpg.

THOMPSON WINS HOCKEY EAST SCORING CHAMPIONSHIP & THREE-STAR AWARD: Senior forward Paul Thompson earned the Hockey East Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Championship and Three-Star Award. Thompson ran away with the scoring title finishing with 42 points, four ahead of Cam Atkinson from Boston College. Thompson ranked first in Hockey East play in power-play points (18), power-play goals (nine) as well as game-winning goals (seven) and finished second in league play in goals with 23. In addition, he was honored as the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award recipient for outstanding single-game accomplishments over the course of the 2010-11 season.

10 Home Wins for 15th-straight Season: With a win at home on Friday night, the Wildcats have won 10 or more games at home every year since 1996-97.
Year        Home Record
2010-11        11-4-4
2009-10        10-3-5
2008-09        12-4-2
2007-08        14-4-1
2006-07        15-5-1
2005-06        10-6-3
2004-05        17-3-0
2003-04        13-5-2
2002-03        15-3-1
2001-02        16-2-1
2000-01        12-5-3
1999-00        13-1-5
1998-99        18-0-1
1997-98        11-5-1
1996-97        14-5-0
Total        201-55-30    (.755)

THOMPSON TALLIES 50th POINT: Paul Thompson became just the seven player at UNH since 2000 to register 50 points in a single season.
SINCE 2000 PLAYERS WITH 50-PLUS POINTS
Player    G-A-P    Year
Paul Thompson    28-24-52    2010-11
Bobby Butler    29-24-53    2009-10
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 37 games between this season and last season.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11
Record     25-9-3    20-12-5    17-13-7    21-10-6
HE Record    19-5-3    15-8-4    15-6-6    17-6-4
Goals scored    129    115        123        127
Goals scored/PG    3.48    3.10        3.32        3.43
Goals Allowed    87    110        114        95    
Goals Allowed/PG    2.35    2.97        3.08        2.57
Shots    1241    1214        1239        1248
Shots Allowed    1174    1109        1107        1183
Power Play    18.6%     11.7%    16.9%    19.9%
    (33-177)    (23-196)    (25-148)    (31-156)
Penalty Kill    85.7%     83.4%    81.0%    82.1%
    (162-189)    (156-187)    (120-146) (110-134)
Top 3 Scorers   
Fornataro    van Riemsdyk Butler        Thomp.
    46        17-23-40           27-23-50    28-24-52
    Radja    Sislo                      Thompson    Sislo
    43        19-12-31             17-19-36    13-33-46
    van Riemsdyk    LeBlanc, Butler     Kessel    DeSimon
    31        14-15-29, 8-21-29  9-26-35 10-30-40

'Cats, UMILE GET TO 20 WINS: UNH captured a 20-win season for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons. Overall,  Dick Umile has 18 20-win season in just 21 years of coaching at UNH.
17-0-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO PERIODS: The Wildcats are an impressive 17-0-2 when leading after two periods. UNH's two ties were 11/13 at Massachusetts and 2/19 at Vermont.

1,000 saves for Di Girolamo: Matt Di Girolamo became just the sixth player in program history to register 1,000 saves in a single season.
Player            Year        Games    Saves
1. Mike Ayer         2002-03        41    1,139
2. Brian Foster        2009-10        38    1,128
3. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    37    1,088
4. Bruce Gillies        1983-84        34    1,065
5. Todd Pearson        1981-82        35    1,028
6. Kevin Regan        2006-07        35    1,025

SISLO HANDS OUT 30 ASSISTS: Mike Sislo moved past 30 assists  for the season. The last Wildcat to dish out 30+ assists in a season was Sean Collins in 2004-05 with 37 helpers.
Wildcats with 30+ Assists since 2000:
Mike Sislo        2010-11    33
Sean Collins        2004-05        37
Justin Aikins        2003-04        31
Steve Saviano        2002-03        30
Darren Haydar        2001-02        45
Colin Hemingway    2001-02        33
Lanny Gare        2001-02        31

40-40-40 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2005-06: For the first time since 2005-06, UNH has three players with 40 or more points. Paul Thompson (52), Mike Sislo (46) and Phil DeSimone (40) are the first to do so since, Jacob Micflikier (42), Brett Hemingway (41) and Daniel Winnik. In addition, UNH is the only east-coast team with three 40 point players. Miami, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota and Wisconsin are the others.It marks the 22nd consecutive year a UNH player has tallied four points. Phil DeSimone currently has 38 points and is looking to join his teammates over 40 points.

SINCE 2000 PLAYERS WITH 40-PLUS POINTS
Player             G-A-P    Year    
Phil DeSimone    10-30-40    2010-11
Mike Sislo    13-33-46    2010-11
Paul Thompson    28-24-52    2010-11
Bobby Butler    29-24-53    2009-10
James van Riemsdyk    17-23-40    2008-09
Matt Fornataro    18-28-46    2007-08              
Mike Radja    19-24-43    2007-08    
Trevor Smith    21-22-43    2006-07
Matt Fornataro    13-27-40    2006-07
Jacob Micflikier    16-26-42    2005-06
Brett Hemingway    19-22-41    2005-06
Daniel Winnik    15-26-41    2005-06
Sean Collins    19-37-56    2004-05
Preston Callander    25-29-54    2004-05
Jacob Micfliker    20-24-44    2004-05
Daniel Winnik    18-22-40    2004-05
Steve Saviano    27-22-49    2003-04
Sean Collins    16-26-42    2003-04
Justin Aikins    10-31-41    2003-04
Lanny Gare    22-29-51    2002-03
Colin Hemingway    22-25-47    2002-03
Darren Haydar    31-45-76    2001-02
Colin Hemingway    33-33-66    2001-02
Sean Collins    20-25-45    2001-02
Lanny Gare    9-31-40    2001-02
Darren Haydar    18-23-41    2000-01

PAIRWISE RANKINGS (through 3/20/11)
Rk     Team     PCWs     W-L-T     Win %     Rk     RPI     Rk
1     Yale     29     27-6-1     .8088     1     .5790*     3
2     North Dakota     28     30-8-3     .7683     3     .5873*     1
3     Boston College     27     30-7-1     .8026     2     .5821*     2
4     Miami     26     23-9-6     .6842     7     .5620     4
5t     Michigan     24     26-10-4     .7000     6     .5565     5
5t     Merrimack     24     25-9-4     .7105     5     .5520*     8
7     Denver     23     24-11-5     .6625     8     .5562     6
8     Union     22     26-9-4     .7179     4     .5526*     7
9     Minnesota-Duluth 21     22-10-6     .6579     9     .5481     9
10     Western Michigan     19     19-12-10     .5854     18     .5302     13
11     Notre Dame     18     23-13-5     .6220     11     .5429     11
12     Nebraska-Omaha     17     21-15-2     .5789     19     .5330     12
13t     New Hampshire     16     21-10-6     .6486     10     .5433     10
13t     Colorado College     16     22-18-3     .5465     24     .5264     16
13t     Rensselaer     16     20-12-5     .6081     13     .5237     18
16     Dartmouth     14     19-12-3     .6029     15     .5285     14
17     Boston University     13     19-12-8     .5897     16     .5276     15
18t     Maine     12     17-12-7     .5694     21     .5247     17
18t     Minnesota     12     16-14-6     .5278     25     .5178     20
20     Alaska-Anchorage     10     16-18-3     .4730     32     .5138     21
21     St. Cloud State     9     15-18-5     .4605     33t     .5113     23
22t     Air Force     7     20-11-6     .6216     12     .5120     22
22t     Alaska     7     16-17-5     .4868     30     .5089     25
24t     Wisconsin     6     21-16-4     .5610     23     .5205     19
24t     Ferris State     6     18-16-5     .5256     26     .5080     26
26     Bemidji State     5     15-18-5     .4605     33t     .5060     29
27     Cornell     4     16-15-3     .5147     27     .5078     27
28     Princeton     2     17-13-2     .5625     22     .5106     24
29t     RIT     1     19-11-8     .6053     14     .5061     28
29t     Quinnipiac     1     16-15-8     .5128     29     .5032     30

THOMPSON VS. BUTLER: Bobby Butler had one of the best seasons by a UNH player in some time including being a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist a year ago. However, through 37 games Paul Thompson numbers are better than Butler's in several categories.
Through 37 games    G    A    P    PPG    PWG    GWG
Thompson in 2010-11    28    24    52    1.41    12    7
Butler in 2009-10    27    23    50     1.35    7    4

21 wins for Di Girolamo: Matt Di Girolamo moved into sixth place on the single-season wins list.
Player            Year        Games    Wins
1. Mike Ayer         2002-03        41    27
2. Sean Matile        1997-98        38    25
3. Kevin Regan        2006-07        35    24
4. Kevin Regan        2007-08        32    23
5. Ty Conklin        1999-00        37    23
6. Matt Di Girolamo    2010-11    37    21
    two others tied                21

DI GIROLAMO STANDS TALL IN LEAGUE PLAY: Junior netminder Matt Di Girolamo closed out Hockey East play with a league best 1638:04 minutes, while his 797 saves was just two behind BU's Kieran Millan.

40 POINTS IN HE PLAY: Since 1999-2000, only five players have recorded 40-plus points in Hockey East play in a single season. Paul Thompson came the newest addition to his list.
SINCE 1999-2000
Player        Team    Year        G-A-P
Paul Thompson    UNH    2010-11    23-19-42
Bobby Butler    UNH    2009-10        21-20-41
Gustav Nyquist    Maine    2009-10        12-29-41
Ben Eaves     BC    2002-03        14-28-42
Darren Haydar    UNH    2001-02        15-27-42

15 WINS IN LEAGUE PLAY: UNH continues its success in Hockey East capturing 15 wins in league play for the fifth-straight season.
Since 2000 - 15+ Wins in Hockey East Play
Team        Seasons     Longest Streak
UNH        8        5 (2006-present)
Boston Coll.    8        3 (two occasions)
Boston Univ.    6        2 (two occasions)
Maine        2         1 (2003-04, 2005-06)
UMass        1        (2006-07)
Northeastern    1        (2008-09)
Vermont    1        (2008-09)
Merrimack    1        (2010-11)

THOMPSON RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY WITH 12 POWER PLAY GOALS: Paul Thompson ranks second in the nation in power play goals with 12 man-advantage tallies. Thompson's 12 is the most since Sean Collins and Colin Hemingway potted 13 power play goals in the 2001-02 season.

THOMPSONFORHOBEY.COM LAUNCHED: The University of New Hampshire athletic department unveils the all-new ThompsonforHobey.com. The sleek interactive site, designed by Pack Network, is geared to raise awareness and support for men's hockey senior forward Paul Thompson in his candidacy for college hockey's greatest individual honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey's top player. Click here to visit ThompsonforHobey.com. Fans, coaches and the media are encouraged to view the website for the most up-to-date information on Thompson. The site includes stats, biographical information, a Facebook Fan Page, photos, news clippings, fan voting and a video highlight clip.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2010-11 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    53-101-154    42-46-45
Juniors:    28-58-84    22-27-25
Sophomores:    36-40-76    28-18-22
Freshmen:    10-19-29    8-9-8

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            8th    N/P    3rd (pre)
10/4            N/P    10th    3rd (pre)
10/11        9th    9th    4th
10/18        7th­­­    7th    6th
10/25        10th    10th        7th
11/1            10th    10th    9th
11/8            8th    9th    4th
11/15        8th    7th    3rd
11/22        6th    6th    3rd
11/29        5th    5th    3rd
12/6            3rd    3rd    2nd
12/13        2nd    2nd    1st
12/20        2nd    NP    1st
12/27        NP    NP    1st
1/3            4th    4th    1st
1/10            4th    4th    1st
1/17            7th    7th    1st
1/24            8th    7th    2nd
1/31            6th    6th    1st
2/7            6th    6th    1st
2/14            9th    8th    1st
2/21            9th    9th    1st
2/28            8th    7th    1st
3/7            10th    10th    2nd
3/14            10th    10th    2nd
3/21            11th    12th    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 21)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Week Record    Weeks
1    North Dakota, 503 (27)    1    30-8-3    24
2    Boston College, 480 (6)    2    30-7-1    24
3    Yale University, 441 (1)    3    27-6-1    24
4    Miami University, 402    6    23-9-6    24
5    University of Denver, 353    5    24-11-5    24
6    University of Michigan, 349    4    26-10-4    24
7    Merrimack College, 320    7    25-9-4    11
8    Union College, 246        T-8    26-9-4    21
9    Notre Dame, 197        T-8    23-13-5    21
10    Western Michigan, 192    12    19-12-10    4
11    New Hampshire, 181    10    21-10-6    24
12    Minnesota Duluth, 176    11    22-10-6    24
13    Colorado College, 125    13    22-18-3    2
14    Nebraska Omaha, 72    14    21-15-2    20
15    Rensselaer, 28        NR    20-12-5    14
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth College, 12; Boston University, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 21)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     North Dakota           (37)    30- 8-3       985         1
 2     Boston College          (7)      30- 7-1       951         2
 3     Yale                    (5)      27- 6-1       901         3
 4     Miami                   (1)      23- 9-6       841         6
 5     Denver                            24-11-5       780         5
 6     Michigan                          26-10-4       748         4
 7     Merrimack                         25- 9-4       732         7
 8     Union                             26-9-4       605         9
 9     Notre Dame                        23-13-5       546         8
10     Western Michigan              19-12-10     539        12
11     Minnesota-Duluth              22-10-6       509        11
12     New Hampshire                 21-10-6       507        10
13     Colorado College                  22-18-3       419        13
14     Nebraska-Omaha                21-15-2       342        14
15     Dartmouth                         19-12-3       243        15
16     Rensselaer                        20-12-5       227        18
17     Boston University                 19-12-8       196        16
18     Maine                             17-12-7       140        17
19     Cornell                           16-15-3        92        20
20     Air Force                         20-11-6        75        NR
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 67, Minnesota 25, Alaska-Anchorage 8, Bemidji State 5, Ferris State 5, RIT 4, Northeastern 3, Princeton 3, St. Cloud State 2

Wildcats Among National leaders (THRU 3/20): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats
Points Per Game:
Paul Thompson         7th         1.41 ppg
Mike Sislo            21st         1.24 ppg
Phil DeSimone         38th         1.08 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Paul Thompson          5th         0.76 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Mike Sislo             8th                 0.89 apg
Phil DeSimone                 14th                  0.81 apg
Paul Thompson                  50th                0.65 apg
Power Play Goals:
Paul Thompson          2nd          12 ppg
Game-Winning Goal:
Paul Thompson          2nd         7 gwg
Defensemen Scoring:
Blake Kessel            20th         0.70 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Matt Di Girolamo         26th               2.49 gaa
Save Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo            13th         .921
Winning Percentage:
Matt Di Girolamo         12th        .649
Team
Scoring Offense           11th         3.43
Scoring Defense              16th         2.57
Scoring Margin         8th         0.86
Power Play         17th         19.9
Penalty Kill           26th         82.1
Combined Special Teams    39th         48.6
Winnning Percentage           10th         .649

Among the League Leaders (THRU 3/20): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points         Paul Thompson    1st (52 pts)         1st (42 pts)
               Mike Sislo         5th (46 pts)    6th (32 pts)
                Phil DeSimone         8th (40 pts)         12th (27 pts)
Goals               Paul Thompson    2nd (28 g)             2nd (23 g)
               Mike Sislo          20th (13g)          42nd (6 g)
               Stevie Moses         12th (14g)         33rd (7 g)
Assists               Mike Sislo          1st (33 a)          1st (26 a)
                 Phil DeSimone      4th (30 a)           6th (20 a)
                      Paul Thompson    10th (24 a)           7th (19 a)
PP Points               Paul Thompson    3rd (22 pts)         1st (18 pts)
                 Mike Sislo         7th (17 pts)            11th (12 pts)
               Blake Kessel         18th (14 pts)          14th (10 pts)
                   Phil DeSimone      29th (11 pts)           23rd (8 pts)
PP Goals                Paul Thompson    1st (12 ppg)        1st (9 ppg)
                 Mike Sislo         21st (4 ppg)       34th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Five Tied         21st (1 shp)         n/a
                   Connor Hardowa  21st (1 shp)        16th (1 pt)
SH Goals         Dalton Speelman 12th (1 shg)         n/a
             Stevie Moses         12th (1 shg)          n/a
               Connor Hardowa    12th (1 shg)        (1 shg)
GW Goals           Paul Thompson    1st (7 gwg)          1st (7 gwg)
               Mike Sislo          9th (3 gwg)         25th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring          Blake Kessel         3rd (26 pts)         2nd (18 pts)
               Brett Kostolansky 8th (19 pts)          6th (15 pts)
GAA         Matt Di Girolamo    3rd (2.49)         2nd (2.16)
Save%         Matt Di Girolamo 2nd (.921)        3rd (.931)
Win%         Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (.649)         3rd (.704)
Saves         Matt Di Girolamo 1st (1088)         2nd (797)
Minutes       Matt Di Girolamo 1st (2242:51)   1st (1636:04)
Wins         Matt Di Girolamo    3rd (21)         2nd (17)
    
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST (THRU 3/20):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game         3.43/3rd         3.33/3rd
GAA         2.53/3rd         2.57/3rd
Power Play         19.9/3rd         22.0/2nd
Penalty Kill          82.1/5th         83.8/5th
Special Teams Net         +2/5th         +4/4th
1st Period Scoring    31/5th         25/4th
2nd Period Scoring    50/2nd           35/1st
3rd Period Scoring         44/2nd         28/3rd
Overtime Scoring        2/3rd           2/2nd

 'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
Bobby Butler: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Thomas Fortney:  ESV Buchloe (GER)
Brian Foster: Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Colin Hemingway: Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Landshut Cannibals (2.GBun)
Jason Krog:  Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HC (Aust)
Jacob Micflikier: Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss-A)
Jerry Pollastrone: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Josh Prudden: Belfast Giants ( EIHL)
Mike Radja: Augsburg Panthers (DEL)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo HC (SWE)
Trevor Smith: Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have nine games broadcast live on TV in 2010-11. NESN will air five games, three will air on CBS College Sports, while one will air locally on ONN (Ohio).
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 8     at Miami                 CBS-College Sports    L, 3-6
Oct. 9     at Miami                    ONN (OHIO)    W, 6-3
Nov. 19     Boston U.               NESN    W, 5-2
Dec. 10      at Maine               CBS-College Sports        W, 4-3 OT
Jan. 22     Boston U.     NESN    L, 1-2
Feb. 4      Maine    NESN    W, 6-3
Feb. 5     Maine    NESN    W, 5-4 OT
Feb. 18    at Vermont    CBS-College Sports           W, 6-1    
March 4     at Boston College      NESNplus    L, 0-4
MARCH 18    VS. MERRIMACK (HE semis)    NESN    L, 1-4
MARCH 26    VS. MIAMI (NCAA NE Regional)    ESPNU    4 p.m.
MARCH 27    NCAA REGIONAL FINALS    ESPNU    8 p.m.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: UNH junior defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while sophomore forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.

WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST PRESEASON POLL:
Rk.            Team (FPV)                            Pts.
1.                Boston College (9)    90
2.                Maine (1)        80
3.                New Hampshire      76
4.                Boston University               59
5.                Northeastern                    54
6.                Vermont                                  53
7.                Merrimack                    48
8.                UMass-Lowell             33
9.                Massachusetts            26
10.          Providence                  21

'CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Four current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been taken.

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. 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 WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London), WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches' shows, 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 fourth-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
Blake Kessel    INCH Preseason All-America First Team    10/7
Blake Kessel    InsideHockey.com's Hobey Watch    10/7
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/18
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/8
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Player of the Week    11/8
Matt Di Girolamo    INCH National Player of the Week    11/8
Paul Thompson    HE co-Player of the Week    11/22
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Month (November)    12/1
Mike Sislo    HE co-Player of the Week    12/6
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    12/6
Jeff Silengo    HE Rookie of the Week    12/13
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    12/13
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Goalie of the Month (December)    1/4
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/10
Paul Thompson    HE Player of the Week    1/31
Paul Thompson    He co-Player of the Month (January)    2/1
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/7
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    2/7
Blake Kessel    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Paul Thompson    Walter Brown semifinalist    2/14
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/21
Kevin Goumas    HE Rookie of the Week    2/28
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    3/14
UNH Wildcats    Charlie Holt Sportsmenship Award    3/16
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Goaltending Champion Runner-Up    3/16
Paul Thompson    HE Scoring Champion    3/16
Paul Thompson    HE Three-Stars Award    3/17
Paul Thompson    Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist    3/17
Paul Thompson    HE All-Star First Team    3/17
Blake Kessel    HE All-Star First Team    3/17
Mike Sislo    HE All-Star Honorable Mention    3/17
Matt Di Girolamo    HE All-Star Honorable Mention    3/17

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features a pair of players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee) and Paul Thompson (Derry) 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 21st 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 current senior 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

PLAYER CAPSULES
#1 Tyler Scott
Listed as the third goaltender on the UNH depth chart… appeared in one game and did not face a shot in his 2:17 of action.

#2 Connor Hardowa
Played in all 37 games, including three Hockey East postseason games… set up the game-winning goal March 12 vs. Vermont that sent UNH into the Hockey East semifinals… recorded 10 points on three goals and seven assists… one shorthanded goal… tied for fourth on the team in plus/minus (+11)… credited with 38 blocks to rank fourth on the team in that statistic… 2-4-6 in 27 league games.

#3 Austin Block
Appeared in 32 regular-season games, one Hockey East quarterfinal game vs. Vermont and the semifinal game vs. Merrimack… his goal in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont ignited a 3-0 spurt that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead… recorded nine points with four goals and five assists… netted one power-play goal… recorded nine blocks… 2-3-5 in 25 league games.

#4 Damon Kipp
Suited up in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… set up UNH's first goal in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont that tied the score, 1-1… registered 11 points on three goals and eight assists… one game-winning goal and one power-play goal… contributed 34 blocks, which is fifth on the team…  2-6-8 in 27 league games.

#5 Eric Knodel
Has not seen any game action this season.

#7 Greg Manz
Played in five regular-season games, including four Hockey East league games… has not recorded a point.

#10 Dalton Speelman
Appeared in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied 16 points on 10 goals and six assists… third on the team in shooting percentage (.127)… three power-play goals, one shorthanded goal and one game-winning goal… recorded two points (1g, 1a) in a 2-1 defeat of Boston College (11/05)… matched his season high of two points (1g, 1a) vs. Providence (01/29).

#11 Scott Pavelski
Skated in nine regular-season games and Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals vs. Vermont… did not record a point… played in seven league games.

#12 Justin Agosta
Has not seen any game action this season.

#14 Mike Borisenok
Played in 32 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied a third-period assist in the 3-1 Game 1 victory vs. Vermont in the quarters… set up Stevie Moses' first-period in the semifinal that gave UNH a 1-0 lead… recorded 20 points with six goals and 14 assists… tied his career high of three points with one goal and two assists against Cornell (10/29)… also had a +4 rating in that game... scored the game-tying goal against Brown (11/23)… contributed three points to the home-and-home series vs. Northeastern (2/25, 2/26).

#15 Brett Kostolansky
Ranked seventh in Hockey East for defenseman scoring (19 points)… skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied an assist in the 4-3 Game 2 victory… recorded 19 points on five goals and 14 assists… ranked second on the team in shooting percentage (.139)… tied for fourth on the team in both plus/minus (+11)… netted two power-play goals and one game-winning goal…recorded a career-high three points with one goal and two assists against Vermont (12/05)… ranks second on the team in blocks with 44.

#16 John Henrion
Appeared in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… contributed 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists… tied for sixth on the team in plus/minus (+10)… ranked fifth in shooting percentage (.115)… scored the game-winning goal against Massachusetts-Lowell (11/06)… recorded a season-high two points in five games… had multiple goals against both Dartmouth (01/15) and Maine (02/05).

 #17 Paul Thompson
Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Year… unanimous selection as a Hockey East First Team All-Star…recipient of both the Army ROTC Three Stars Award and Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Champion… Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Month (Nov. and Jan.)… Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Week (three times)… Ranks second in the nation in both power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven) as well as seventh in points per game and fifth in goals per game… leads Hockey East in points (52), goals (28), power-play goals and game-winning goals, as well as third in power-play points (22) and ninth in assists (24)… skate in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… registered a point in 28 of 37 games, including a third-period goal in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals that gave UNH a 3-1 lead en route to a 4-3 victory and place in the semifinals… leads the team in points, goals, power-play goals, game-winning goals, shots (161) and shooting percentage (.174)… ranked third in assists and tied for sixth in plus/minus (+10)… 17 multiple-point games, including two hat tricks as part of a season-high four points (01/07 vs. UMass-Lowell; 12/05 vs. Vermont)… six total multiple-goal efforts and two multiple-assist games… recorded five points, including four goals, in the season series against Maine… notched his 100th career point against the Black Bears on Feb. 4 and scored the game-winner with 16 seconds to play on Feb. 5… nine-game point-scoring streak spanning 11/12 to 12/10 with seven multiple-point efforts during that span… 23-19-42 in 27 Hockey East league games with nine power-play goals and seven game-winning goals.

#18 Jeff Silengo
Hockey East Rookie of the Week (12/13)… Played in 30 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack…recorded eight points on three goals and five assists… scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, against rival Maine (12/10).

#19 Mike Sislo
Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star… Hockey East Player of the Week (12/06)… in the national stats, ranks eighth in assists per game and 21st in points per game…leads Hockey East in assists (33) and is ranked fifth in points (46), 17th in goals (13) and sixth in power-play points (17)… leads the team in assists… second in points, power-play goals (four), game-winning goals (three) and shots (135) as well as third in goals… skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied three points (1g, 2a) in the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont… broke a 3-3 tie with three minutes remaining in Game 2 to send UNH into the semifinals… scored the first goal of the game six times … in Hockey East play, he recorded six goals and 26 assists for 32 points in 27 games… 13 multiple-point efforts with two multiple-goal games and seven multiple-assist performances… career-high five points – all on assists – against Vermont (12/05).

#20 Blake Kessel
2011 Walter Brown Award semifinalist...  Hockey East First Team All-Star… in the national rankings, ranks 20th in defensemen scoring… in Hockey East, ranks 14th in assists (21), 17th in power-play points (14) and second in defensemen scoring (26 points)… leads all UNH blueliners and is fourth overall in both points (26) and assists… played in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… has a total of 39 blocked shots to rank third on the team… one power-play goal and one game-winning goal… recorded a point in 20 of 37 games with five multiple-point efforts… three assists versus Maine (02/04).

#21 Nick Sorkin
Skated in 30 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack…tallied five points with three goals and two assists… had a game-winning goal at Providence (01/28)… 3-1-4 in 24 Hockey East league games.

#22 Stevie Moses
Skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… scored a goal in both quarterfinal games against Vermont and the team's only goal in the semifinal… in Game 1, his third-period tally gave UNH a 3-1 lead, then in Game 2 his second-period goal gave UNH a 2-1 advantage… ranked 17th in Hockey East in goals (14)… tallied 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists… second on the team in goals and fifth in points as well as third in shots (128)… one shorthanded goal, one power-play goal and one game-winning goal… contributed 11 points in the month of February (eight games)… ranks third with a +12 plus/minus rating… had five multiple point efforts, including three points against both Northeastern (02/25; 2g, 1a) and Vermont (02/18; 1g, 2a).

#23 Kevin McCarey
Appeared in 21 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack…  tallied an assist on UNH's first goal of the game in Game 2 vs. Vermont… recorded two points, both on assists… also had an assist at Cornell (10/29).

#24 Matt Campanale
Skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… in the semifinal vs. MC, tallied an assist on UNH's lone goal, which gave the 'Cats a 1-0 first-period lead… posted nine points on nine assists… owns a team-high +22 plus/minus rating… leads the squad in blocks with 46… tallied eight points and compiled a +19 rating in 27 league games… had a +3 rating in the quarterfinal series vs. Vermont.

#25 Mike Beck
Played in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont as well as the semifinal vs. Merrimack… tallied seven points on two goals and five assists… scored a power-play goal against Vermont (02/19)… had a season-high two points in a defeat of Maine (02/05)… tallied 16 blocks on the year… recorded all seven points in 27 league games.

#26 Greg Burke
Skated in 18 regular-season games… posted three points on a pair of goals and an assist... potted one power-play goal (vs. Boston U. 01/22).

#27 Kevin Goumas
Hockey East Rookie of the Month (February)… Hockey East Rookie of the Week (three times, all in Feb.)… appeared in 27 regular-season games, both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… recorded an assist in both quarterfinal games… ranked 11th in Hockey East in rookie scoring (16 points)… contributed 16 points on four goals and 12 assists… tallied a point in eight of the last 13 games (4g, 9a)… second on the team in plus/minus (+13)… had a power-play goal and a game-tying goal… netted a game-winning goal against Maine (2/4)… had 11 points in eight games played in the month of February… 4-10-14 in 23 Hockey East league games.

#30 Matt Di Girolamo
Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star… Hockey East Goaltender of the Month (December)… Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week (11/08)… Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (three times)… Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week (11/08)… leads the nation in saves (1,088), second in minutes (2242:51), 13th in save percentage (.921) and 12th in win percentage (.649)… in Hockey East, ranks third in GAA (2.47) and second in save percentage (.922)… had a 21-10-6 record with two shutouts… started all 34 regular-season games and all three Hockey East postseason games… stopped 56 of 60 shots in the Hockey East quarterfinal sweep of Vermont, then 31 of 34 in the semifinal vs. Merrimack… in 27 league games, compiled a .931 save percentage with a total of 797 saves and a 2.16 GAA for a 17-6-4 record… ranks in the top three in every netminding category in Hockey East… led all of Hockey East in minutes played with 1636:04… was unbeaten (3-0-0) in the month of December while carrying a stingy 1.35 GAA and .950 save percentage… had a season-best 41 saves in a 2-1 win against Merrimack (11/27)… tallied 40 saves in a 2-2 tie at Vermont (02/19)… 15 other games with 30+ saves, including the semifinal… first career shutout with 19 saves vs. UMass (11/12)… 25 saves in a 3-0 victory at UMass-Lowell (12/02).

#35 Jeff Wyer
Wyer is the second goalie on the UNH depth chart… has not seen any action in net this year.

#39 Phil DeSimone
DeSimone skated in all 37 games, including both Hockey East quarterfinal games vs. Vermont and the semifinal vs. Merrimack… propelled UNH into the semifinals by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 1 and assisting on the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the series vs. Vermont… finished with two points in both games… in the national statistics, ranks 14th in assists per game… in Hockey East, ranks fourth in assists (30) and eight in points (40)… racked up 40 points on 10 goals and 30 assists… his assist total ranks second on the team and his point total is third… fourth in shots (108)… contributed three power-play goals and two game-winning goals… recorded a point in 22 games with 13 multiple point efforts, including a season-high two goals against Vermont (02/18)… tallied three points five times, most recently with a three-assist effort vs. Maine (02/05)… netted the game-winning goal against Massachusetts (01/08)… 7-20-27 in 27 league games.



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