Nov. 21, 2008

Courtesy of New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. -- The thirteenth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team concludes its six-game road swing on Friday night at Northeastern (7 p.m.) and will return home for the first time this month as it plays host to Providence College on Saturday (7 p.m.). Both game will be broadcast by the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Log on to www.unhwildcats.com for links to live stats, live video and live audio broadcasts.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern enters the weekend ranked sixth in the latest USCHO and USA Today polls. At 7-2-2 (.727), Northeastern is tied for its second-best start through 11 games in team history. NU started 11-0-0 in 1980-81 (1.000) and went 8-3-0 (.727) in 1981-82. Northeastern is 5-2-1 in Hockey East, its best eight-game start since 1985-86 when NU went 6-2-0 in its first eight Hockey East games. Friday night’s win over Vermont was Northeastern’s first regular season win at Gutterson Fieldhouse since Dec. 11, 1982. The Huskies are 3-7-3 against Vermont since the Catamounts joined Hockey East. NU is led in net by Brad Thiessen, who ranks in the top half of the league in every goaltending statistic including stopping a league-best 317 shots. Offensively, a well-balanced attack features six players with eight or more points but no player in double figures. Tyler McNeely (5g, 4a) and Alex Tuckerman (3g,6a) are the leaders in points, while Ryan Ginand (6g, 2a) is the team’s leading goal scorer.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHEASTERN:
UNH owns an 84-56-11 all-time record against Northeastern in 151 meetings in the series history between the two teams.The Wildcats had a 19-game unbeaten streak (16-0-3) against the Huskies that was snapped with back-to-back wins by the Huskies over the ‘Cats at Whittemore Center last season. NU was the only team in Hockey East to win last year’s season series with UNH. Coach Umile owns a 39-14-9 record all-time against Northeastern.The Wildcats are 1-0-1 against NU this season with a 4-2 win at home on Halloween and a 2-2 tie on Nov. 1 at Matthews. UNH is 33-31-6 all-time at Matthews Arena.The Wildcats are unbeaten in their last nine games at Matthews Arena and are outscoring the Huskies by a combined score of 38-18 in that stretch. Senior forward Jerry Pollastrone (2g, 6a) is the Wildcats’ leading career scorer vs. NU, while junior netminder Brian Foster is 1-0-0 against Northeastern.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE HUSKIES:
Player    GP    G-A-P  
 
Jerry Pollastrone    11    2-6-8
Bobby Butler    6    1-5-6
Thomas Fortney    11    3-0-3
Jamie Fritsch    10    2-1-3
Peter LeBlanc    8    3-3-6
James van Riemsdyk    5    2-3-5
Kevin Kapstad    8    1-1-2
Paul Thompson    4    2-1-3
Phil DeSimone    5    1-1-2
Steve Moses    2    0-2-2
Greg Collins    10    0-1-1
Danny Dries    5    0-1-1
Joe Charlebois    9    0-1-1
Mike Sislo    5    1-0-1
Alan Thompson    2    0-1-1
Matt Campanale    1    0-0-0
Nick Krates    4    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    2    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    1    0-0-0
Danny Vranek    1    0-0-0
Blake Kessel    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    1/60:00    2    2.00    1-0-0    27    .931
DiGirolamo    1/64:51    2    1.85    0-0-1    22    .916

DiGirolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

11/1/08        64:51    T    22    2    24
Totals        64:51    0-0-1    22    2    24

Foster Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

10/31/08        60:00    W    27    2    29
Totals        60:00    1-0-0    27    2    29

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (11/1/08 AT NORTHEASTERN):
UNH and Northeastern skated to a 2-2 tie at the Matthews Arena. Freshman netminder Matt DiGirolamo made his collegiate debut and stopped 22 shots including four in the overtime period. NU’s Brad Thiessen was equally impressive in net stopping a career-high 43 shots, including 16 in the opening stanza. Peter LeBlanc and Paul Thompson tallied the goals for the Wildcats, while Steve Moses had a career-high two assists.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS:
After spending more than half of last season in the top 20 nationally, Providence has struggled a little out of the gate with a 2-7-1 record, 0-6-1 in Hockey East. The Friars have scored 21 goals, while they have given up 41 through 10 games. PC will play at Mass-Lowell on Friday before traveling north to Durham. Freshman Matt Bergland picked up another assist on Friday night to bring his total to nine this season.He leads the team with 11 points.Senior defenseman Matt Taormina picked up his 50th career point on Friday as scored one goal in the loss to Maine. Taormina has more points (eight-3g,5a) against Maine than any other team. Freshman goaltender Justin Gates made a career-high 33 saves on Saturday, which is the most saves by a PC rookie since Tyler Sims stopped 51 shots against Boston University on March 11, 2005.

SERIES HISTORY VS.  PROVIDENCE:
The Wildcats and Friars have met 134 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 71-50-13.Coach Umile owns a 40-21-6 all-time mark vs. Providence and UNH holds a 22-3-0 all-time record in 25 meetings vs. the Friars at the Whittemore Center.The Wildcats captured a 5-4 overtime win in Providence in this season’s first meeting, the teams tied 1-1 in the second meeting and UNH won the most recent meeting on Feb. 16 (4-3) at Whittemore Center. UNH won the 2006-07 series, 4-1, including a two-game sweep in the Hockey East Tournament. In those tournament wins, the Wildcats outscored PC, 10-0, with a pair of shutouts from Kevin Regan.The Wildcats have won the last nine meetings vs. Providence at Towse Rink and they have outscored the Friars 32-10 in that span.PC’s last win at UNH came on March 12, 2004, a 4-3 overtime victory.In the last 16 games at the Whittemore Center, UNH owns a 15-1-0 mark.Senior forward Thomas Fortney is the active leading career scorer vs. PC with 10 points (4g, 6a) in 12 games, while Greg Collins is second with six assists. Paul Thompson had a career game in his first game against PC with a hat trick and two assists in the 5-4 win.Junior goaltender Brian Foster is 1-0-0 all time in two games against PC including a 5-4 overtime win in which he turned away a career-high 45 shots.

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

Thomas Fortney    13    4-6-10
Greg Collins    12    0-6-6
Paul Thompson    3    3-2-5
Jamie Fritsch    13    1-4-5
Danny Dries    3    1-3-4
Jerry Pollastrone    13    1-3-4
James van Riemsdyk    3    1-3-4
Bobby Butler    8    2-0-2
Joe Charlebois    13    1-1-2
Phil DeSimone    3    0-1-1
Kevin Kapstad    8    0-1-1
Peter LeBlanc    8    0-1-1
Mike Sislo    3    1-0-1
Alan Thompson    3    0-0-0
Nick Krates    2    0-0-0
Greg Manz    1    0-0-0
Matt Campanale    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%

Foster    2/102:57    8    4.67    1-0-0    75    .903

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
Totals        102:57    1-0-0    75    8    83

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (2/16/08 AT UNH):
Mike Radja broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period and also recorded two assists to lift UNH to a 4-3 win. Radja’s linemate, Danny Dries tallied three points, all on assists, to finish with personal bests in both assists and points. UNH goaltender Kevin Regan finished with 37 saves, including 16 in the second period. PC counterpart Tyler Sims had double-digit saves all three periods (10-12-11) for a total of 33.
       
LAST TIME OUT (11/15/08 AT BOSTON COLLEGE)
: Boston College used a five-goal second period to erase a 3-0 deficit and capture an 8-6 win over the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team on Saturday night in Hockey East action in front of 5,417 at Conte Forum. UNH’s Mike Sislo (2g, 1a), James van Riemsdyk (1g, 3a), Peter LeBlanc (1g, 1a) and Joe Charlebois (0g, 2a) all had multi-point games for New Hampshire, while Blake Kessel and Steve Moses each scored their first collegiate goals.