DURHAM, N.H. – Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team, has announced the six-member incoming freshman class of 2010 Friday morning. Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.), Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.), Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.), Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.), Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) and Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) comprise the Wildcats' freshman class for the upcoming 2010-11 season.
“This class of incoming freshmen will help the UNH program in many ways. They feature great skills and strong knowledge of the game,” said Umile. “Each of them will be asked to make an immediate impact both on and off the ice. Overall, we are very happy to be adding this group of six hockey players to the UNH program.”
Agosta (D, 6-3, 210) split time in 2009-10 with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Agosta played 36 games with 16 points on three goals and 13 assists on defense for the Ice and owned a +3 plus/minus rating. He finished the season in Jersey, playing in 10 games tallying three goals and six assists. Before his time in the USHL, Agosta also played a year at the Berkshire School, recording 69 points (18g, 51a) in 62 games.
Goumas (F, 5-10, 160) also played this past season with the Indiana Ice of the USHL, where he ranked fourth on the Ice in scoring, posting 41 points on 12 goals and 29 assists in 59 games. The forward also added a goal and four helpers in the Ice's playoff run. In addition, he also played at Canterbury Prep School scoring 58 points (23g, 35a) in just 30 games in 2008-09 on his way to earning All-New England First Team honors.
Knodel (D, 6-6, 225) was a member of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL in 2009-10, racking up 20 points with three goals and 17 assists in 50 games last season. Prior to his time in the USHL, he played at West Chester Rustin High School where he won a state championship in 2009. Knodel was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Level Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 128th overall pick.
One of two Sioux City Musketeers included in this year's recruiting class is Silengo (F, 6-1, 179), who recently registered 16 points on seven goals and nine assists paired with a +3 plus/minus rating in 55 games. Prior to his time at Sioux City, Silengo played at South Kent Prep, the same school as junior netminder Tyler Scott. While at South Kent, he tallied 52 points his junior season and 71 points combined in two seasons.
Sorkin (F, 6-3, 175) split time in 2009-10 at Sioux City and Waterloo, both of the USHL. He combined for 34 points in 53 games last season. He played his first 31 games in Waterloo with five goals and 19 assists, then finished his final 22 games in Sioux City with 10 points (3g, 7a). Sorkin was one of Maryland's most elite players out of Bullis Preparatory School, tallying 80 goals and 93 assists in 48 career games and setting the school's record for most career points (173), most points in a single season (54) and the most goals in a game (seven). In addition, he was also a two-time All-MET selection and was selected as the 2009 All-MET Player of the Year.
Wyer (G, 6-0, 185) looks to join a long line of successful UNH netminders from the Bay State, including most recently Kevin Regan and Mike Ayers. Wyer played last season for the Valley Jr. Warriors of the EJHL, posting a 14-13-1 record in 29 games with a .907 save percentage and a 3.87 goals against average. The Reading High School product's accomplishments are extensive starting with a 50-15-3 record and a 1.45 GAA in his high school career. Wyer had 18 career shutouts including seven during his final season in Reading, a year in which he was 12-8-3 with a .934 save percentage. Wyer's Reading team was named the Massachusetts Super 8 champions in 2008 and was also Middlesex League champions in 2006-07 and 2007-08. In 2009, Wyer was named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic and Super Team, as well as the Boston Herald All-Scholastic and Dream Team.
The Wildcats officially kick off the 2010-11 season on Friday, Oct. 8 (7:30 p.m.) at national-power Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. UNH will host an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 2 against St. Francis Xavier University at the Whittemore Center at 7 p.m. New Hampshire's home opener is Saturday, Oct. 16 against the University of Michigan, one of the nation's most storied hockey programs.
UNH Hockey Recruiting Class of 2010-11
Justin Agosta D East Meadow, N.Y./Jersey (EJHL) 6-3/210
Kevin Goumas F Lake Worth, Fla./Indiana (USHL) 5-10/160
Eric Knodel D West Chester, Pa./Des Moines (USHL) 6-6/225
Jeff Silengo F Madison, Conn./Sioux City (USHL) 6-1/179
Nick Sorkin F Rockville, Md./Sioux City (USHL) 6-3/175
Jeff Wyer G Reading, Mass./Valley Jr. (EJHL) 6-0/185