November 22, 2011

Game Day: Men's Hockey Heads to Harvard University (Tues - 7 p.m.); Hosts Alabama-Huntsville (Sat - 7 p.m.)

Game Notes
DURHAM, N.H. --
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team looks to get back on track when it travels to non-conference rival Harvard University tonight at 7 p.m. The Wildcats return home on Saturday for a game against University of Alabama-Huntsville (7 p.m.).

Scouting the Crimson: Harvard University enters Tuesday evening's game with a 2-3-1 record and a 2-3-1 record in the ECAC conference. In the Crimson's last outing they traveled to upstate New York where they took on both Clarkson and St Lawrence and played to a 3-2 win and a 4-3 loss, respectively. The last time New Hampshire met Harvard was on Dec. 8, 2005 when they snuck by the 'Cats 1-0. On offensive, Harvard turns to junior defenseman Danny Biega (2g, 4a) and senior forward Alex Killorn (3g, 3a).  In goal for Harvard is freshman Steve Michalek with a record of 2-2-0, 2.81 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Backing up Michalek is sophomore Raphael Girard who has seen action in two games this season earning a 0-1-1 record and a 3.53 GAA, .866 save percentage.

Series History vs. Harvard:  Harvard University leads the all-time series with UNH, 18-11-0 in 29 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Jan. 12, 1942. Harvard won the first six meetings all time, while UNH has won six of the last seven. Harvard won the last meeting between the two with a 1-0 win on Dec. 8, 2005 in Durham.
 
vs. HARVARD (11-18-0)
1-12-43    (A)    Harvard    13    UNH    2        L
1-8-66        (A)    Harvard    9    UNH    5        L
12-3-66    (H)    Harvard    6    UNH    2        L
2-15-69    (A)    Harvard    7    UNH    1        L
3-4-69        (A)    Harvard    4    UNH    3    OT    L
12-9-69    (H)    Harvard    11    UNH    3        L
1-15-72    (H)    UNH    4    Harvard    3    OT    W
3-11-72    (N)    UNH    4    Harvard    1        W
12-2-72    (A)    Harvard    9    UNH    3        L
1-28-73    (H)    UNH    3    Harvard    2        W
3-9-76        (H)    Harvard    4    UNH    3        L
12-15-76    (A)    UNH    9    Harvard    6        W
12-14-77    (H)    Harvard    7    UNH    6        L
12-12-78    (A)    Harvard    8    UNH    4        L
12-11-79    (H)    Harvard    4    UNH    1        L
12-10-80    (A)    Harvard    4    UNH    3        L
12-9-81    (H)    Harvard    3    UNH    2        L
12-7-82    (A)    Harvard    7    UNH    5        L
3-11-83    (N)    Harvard    6    UNH    3        L
2-21-84    (H)    UNH    6    Harvard    2        W
12-10-88    (H)    Harvard    4    UNH    3    OT    L
3-26-94    (N)    Harvard    7    UNH    1        L
12-7-94    (A)    UNH    5    Harvard    2        W
12-21-95    (H)    UNH    3    Harvard    2    OT    W
12-30-95    (N)    UNH    8    Harvard    3        W
1-28-97    (A)    UNH    7    Harvard    5        W
12-14-00    (H)    UNH    4    Harvard    1        W
3-26-05    (N)    UNH    3    Harvard    2        W
12-8-05    (H)    Harvard    1    UNH    0        L

Last Time Out (12/8/05 vs. Harvard): John Daigneau recorded 32 saves to lead the Harvard University men's hockey team to a 1-0 upset victory against ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center. Harvard netted the game's only goal on defenseman Brian McCafferty's second tally of the season to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Kevin Du and Jimmy Fraser were credited with assists on the goal, which was potted off a rebound in front at 5:27 of the first period. In a scoreless second stanza, Harvard went 0-for-3 on the power play but was outshot by the Wildcats, who did not have a skater advantage in the period, by a 7-5 margin. Kevin Regan finished with 19 saves, eight of which came in the third period. Daigneau recorded half of his 32 saves in the first period.

Scouting the Chargers: The University of Alabama-Huntsville enters the week with a 0-11-1 record. On this road trip, the Charger's will also travel to Merrimack (Wednesday) and UMass Lowell (Friday). Over the weekend, the Chargers traveled to Providence College, where they tallied two losses with scores of 3-0 and 4-2. Offensively the Chargers look to freshman forward Kyle Lysaght and sophomore forward Mac Roy who lead Alabama-Huntsville with three goals apiece. Between the posts for the Chargers is sophomore Clarke Saunders, who despite his nine losses has compiled a .915 save percentage.

Series History vs. Alabama-Huntsville: UNH is 3-1-0 all-time in the series. The Wildcats won the first meeting between the two teams with an 11-4 win in Alabama on Jan. 5, 1990. New Hampshire swept a two-game series at home in 1990 with scores of 6-3 and 8-2, respectively. This is the first meeting since that 1990 series.
vs. ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE (3-1-0)
1-5-90        (A)    UNH    11    Alab.-Hunts.    4    W
1-6-90        (A)    Alab.-Hunts    4    UNH        1    L
11-9-90        (H)    UNH    6    Alab.-Hunts.    3    W
11-10-90    (H)    UNH    8    Alab.-Hunts    2    W

Thrush Named Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Freshman forward Casey Thrush of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. Thrush earns the award for the first time this season and becomes the first Wildcat since Kevin Goumas (March 28, 2011) to win this award.Thrush registered his first collegiate goal and added an assist in UNH's convincing 5-0 win over UMass Lowell on Friday night. Thrush had six shots on net and was a +2 on the weekend. He is tied with Grayson Downing for the most points by a Wildcat freshman with six points apiece.

Seven-Game Streak Comes to an End: UNH extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) on Friday night with a convincing 5-0 win over UMass Lowell before falling to Boston University 4-1 on the road Saturday night.

Di Gi Blanks UMass Lowell: On Friday night, Matt Di Girolamo turned aside 31 shots for his first shutout of the season and third of his career. It was his first shutout since a 25-save performance over the River Hawks on Dec. 2, 2010.

Five Score: UNH scored five goals in a win over Mass Lowell marking the four time in the last eight games the 'Cats have scored five goals or more.

New Hampshire 7-0-1 in Last Eight vs. UML at the Whitt: UNH is 7-0-1 in its last eight home games against UMass.-Lowell with its last home loss to the River Hawks on Nov. 19, 2005.

Last Time Out (11/19/11 at Boston University): No. 16 Boston University scored a pair of third-period goals just 36 seconds apart to capture a 4-1 win over the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team Hockey East action Saturday night at Agganis Arena.UNH, which sees its seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) come to an end, moves to 5-5-2, 4-4-1 in Hockey East. The Terriers improve to 6-4-1, 5-3-1 in Hockey East by capturing their fourth-straight win over New Hampshire including both meetings this season. Trailing 1-0, UNH controlled play early in the third period scoring the equalizer at 5:05 of the period as Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) scores his first collegiate goal on a slapshot from the right point. The goal was assisted by Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta). New Hampshire registered 10 of the first 11 shots on goal in the period and held a 23-8 advantage in the third period. However, it was BU that scored a pair of goals 36 second apart just over two minutes after UNH had netted the tying goal. The eventual game winner came when Max Nicastro scored his first of the season at 7:29 with assists from Chris Connolly and Corey Trivino. Trivino added an insurance goal at 8:05 with helpers from Connolly and Sahir Gill. New Hampshire had several chances in the second half of the period including a flurry during 40 seconds of empty-net time, but could not cut into the Boston University lead. The Terriers iced the victory when a Matt Nieto clearing attempt caught an edge and slowly rolled into an empty New Hampshire net at 18:57 of the third. In a scoreless first period, BU held a 9-4 shot advantage with each team unsuccessful in a power play opportunity. It was the second-straight games these teams played a scoreless first. For the second-straight game it was Wade Megan breaking up the scoreless deadlock with an even-strength goal at 8:25 of the second period with an assist from Evan Rodrigues. The Wildcats held a 34-27 shot advantage thanks to its lopsided edge in the third period. UNH was 0-4 on the power play, while BU was 0-2 in its extra-skater opportunities. Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 23 shots including nine in each of the first two periods, but falls to 5-4-1. Kieran Millan turned away 33 shots with 22 in the third period to move to 5-4-1.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 12 games between this season and last season.
    09-10    10-11    11-12
Record     4-6-2    6-2-4    5-5-2
HE Record    4-2-1    4-1-2    4-4-1
Goals scored    38    43    36
Goals scored/PG    3.17    3.58    3.00
Goals Allowed    46    34    40
Goals Allowed/PG    3.83    2.83    3.33
Shots    341    467    416
Shots Allowed    385    369    351
Power Play    17.6%     21.1%    20.0%
    (9-51)    (12-57)    (9-45)
Penalty Kill    76.4%     83.0%    36-44
    (42-55)    (39-47)    (36-44)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    DeSimone    Moses
    10-5-15    4-13-17    5-7-12
    Kessel    Thompson    Sorkin
    3-10-13    6-10-16    5-7-12
    LeBlanc    Sislo    Goumas
    4-7-11    7-8-15    2-6-8

Early November to Remember: UNH is 3-1-1 in the month of November. The 'Cats have outscored opponents 20-13 in the month.Last year, UNH went 5-1-2 in November.

Home-Sweet-Home: The Wildcats, who played four of the first five games on the road, returned home to the friendly confines of the Whittemore Center and rattled off five straight wins.

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats improved to 5-0-0 when leading after two periods thanks to a three-goal second period.

Di Gi's Back: After struggling out of the gate in 2011-12, senior netminder Matt Di Girolamo has been lights out during UNH's four-game winning streak.
Game            GA    Saves    Result
10-28 vs. Union    1    37    W
10-29 vs. Northeastern    2    15    W       
11-4 vs. UMass        3    29    W
11-5 vs. Maine        2    31    W
11-12 at Vermont    4    25    T
11-18 vs. UMass Lowell    0    31    W
11-19 at Boston University    3    23    L
Record - 5-1-1         (2.12 GAA) 15                    191     (.927)

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    12-14-26    33-22-26
Juniors:    10-18-28    28-29-28
Sophomores:    9-19-28    25-30-28
Freshmen:    5-12-17    14-19-17

All in the Family: Junior forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks while freshman defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former wildcat and current Philadelphia flyer James van Riemsdyk.  Freshman forward Jay Camper is the brother of Miami standout Carter Camper, while Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella is the brother of Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

'Cats Selected in the NHL Draft: Two current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Greg Burke (Washington) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been drafted.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/21): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats        Points Per Game:
Nick Sorkin        52nd         1.00 ppg
Stevie Moses       52nd        1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin     89th       0.42 gpg
Stevie Moses      89th      0.42 gpg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin      8th     4 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Nick Sorkin       6th      1 shg
Game Winning Goals:
Kevin Goumas      48th      1 shg
Kevin McCarey      48th      1 shg
Brett Kosotlansky       48th      1 shg
Nick Sorkin       48th     1 shg
Team
Scoring Offense           24th        3.00
Scoring Defense              48th        3.33
Scoring Margin       34th       -0.33
Power Play        19th        20.0
Penalty Kill          30th        81.8
Combined Special Teams   26th         50.6

Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/21): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points        Nick Sorkin        10th (14 pts)       25th (7 pts)
         Stevie Moses         10th (14 pts)          9th (9 pts)
         Kevin Goumas      36th (8 pts)        25nd (7 pts)
Goals              Nick Sorkin      13th (5 g)          35th (2 g)
        Stevie Moses     13th (5 g)       12th (4 g)
         Mike Borisenok       n/a       24th  (3 g)  
Assists              Nick Sorkin         14th (7 a)        15th (5 a)
         Stevie Moses       14th (7 a)      15th  (5 a)
          Casey Thrush      47th (4 a)      33rd (4 a)
         Grayson Downing25th (4 a)          n/a
        Austin Block      24th (6 a)       15th (5 a)
        Kevin Goumas      n/a         9th (6 a)
PP Points               Nick Sorkin     10th (5 pts)       20th (3 pts)
             Stevie Moses      2nd (6 pts)       2nd (5 pts)
             Grayson Downing34th (3 pts)            69th (1 pt)
PP Goals                Nick Sorkin     2nd (4 ppg)      7th (2 ppg)
          John Henrion         26th (1 ppg)        n/a
          Stevie Moses        10th (2 ppg)      7th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Stevie Moses        8th (1 shp)      n/a
                 Nick Sorkin      8th (1 shp)      n/a
SH Goals         Nick Sorkin     2nd (1 shg)      n/a
Game Winning Goals    
        Kevin Goumas      9th (1 gwg)      n/a
         Kevin McCarey      9th (1 gwg)       5th (1 g)
        Jeff Silengo      9th (1 gwg)       5th (1 g)
Def. Scoring         Eric Knodel         16th (4 pts)          42nd (1 pt)               Damon Kipp     12th (5 pts)          17th (3 pts)
Freshman Scor.    Casey Thrush      8th (6.00 pts)   8th (3.00 pts)
        Grayson Downing 8th (6.00 pts)13th (3.00 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    13th (4.00 pts)13th (3.00 pt)
GAA         Matt Di Girolamo 8th (3.13)      6th (3.04)
Save %        Matt Di Girolamo 7th (.893)       8th (.891)
Saves        Matt Di Girolamo 5th (238)        3rd (221)
Minutes       Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (632:44)           3rd (532:13)    
Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/21):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.00/7th         2.89/6th
GAA         3.33/8th     3.22/6th
Power Play         20.0/5th         20.7/5th
Penalty Kill          81.1/5th         87.5/3rd
Special Teams Net         +1/6th        +1/6th
1st Period Scoring     12/6th         9/6th
2nd Period Scoring     12/3rd         10/3rd
3rd Period Scoring     11/6th        7/7th
Overtime Scoring       1/2nd         n/a

UNH to Play Rival Maine at Fenway Park: The University of New Hampshire will make history Jan. 7, 2012, when the Wildcats face off against longtime nemesis University of Maine at Fenway Park as part of a Hockey East doubleheader that was announced Aug.  25 at the venerable ballpark, which is home to the Boston Red Sox of MLB. The event has been dubbed Frozen Fenway 2012 and Hockey Day in New England. The 111th meeting in the series between UNH and Maine - the 'Cats swept last year's season series - is the second game of a doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a matchup between the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts at 4 p.m. The doubleheader will be broadcast live in high-definition on NESN.

UNH, Verizon Wireless Arena Awarded 2013 NCAA Northeast Men's Hockey Regional:  The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee announced Oct. 5 that the University of New Hampshire and Verizon Wireless Arena have been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division I men's hockey Northeast Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31. 2013 will mark the fifth time UNH and Verizon Wireless Arena have hosted this event, all since 2004. Last season, UNH advanced to the regional finals against with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Miami at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester. New Hampshire also hosted in 2007 and 2009. In addition to the Northeast Regional, the East Regional will be held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. and hosted by Brown University, the Midwest Regional will be held at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and hosted by Bowling Green State University and the West Regional will be held at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. and be hosted by the University of Michigan.

Wildcats Tabbed Third in Hockey East Preseason Poll: The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was picked to finish third in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Sept. 27 at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden.
2011-2012 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.            Team (FPV)                    Pts
1.            Boston College (7)                    88
2.            Boston University (3)                   83
3.            New Hampshire                    72          
4.            Maine                        64
5.            Merrimack                        61
6.            Vermont                        44
7.            Massachusetts                    42
8.            Northeastern                    33                      
9.            UMass-Lowell                    27
10.          Providence                        26

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            12th    12th    3rd (pre)
10/3            NP    NP    3rd (pre)
10/10        RV    15th    6th
10/17        NR    RV    8th
10/24        NR    NR    8th
10/31        NR    NR    7th
11/7            NR    RV    4th
11/14        NR    RV    4th
11/21        NR    RV    4th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 21)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Merrimack College, 492 (20)    2    8-0-1    7
2    University of Minnesota, 461 (12)    1    11-3-0    7
3    University of Notre Dame, 455 (2)    4    9-2-2    8
4    Colorado College, 410        5    7-2-0    8
5    Boston College, 363        3    9-4-0    8
6    Minnesota Duluth, 328        8    9-3-2    8
7    Ferris State University, 274    6    10-3-1    5
8    Yale University, 269        9    5-1-1    8
9    University of Denver, 202    11    5-3-3    8
10    Ohio State University, 192    T-14    10-3-1    2
11    University of Michigan, 139    7    7-5-2    8
12    Union College, 133        12    6-3-3    8
13    Western Michigan, 125        10    6-4-3    8
14    Lake Superior State, 69        13    9-3-2    4
15    Colgate University, 61        NR    8-4-1    2
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 54; Cornell University, 48; Michigan Tech University, 5.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 21)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Merrimack                    (27)        8-0-1       967         2
 2     Notre Dame                    (10)        9-2-2       932         4
 3     Minnesota                     (11)       11-3-0       914         1
 4     Colorado College              (1)        7-2-0       842         5
 5     Boston College                (1)        9-4-0       789         3
 6     Minnesota-Duluth                      9-3-2       744         8
 7     Ferris State                             10-3-1      647         6
 8     Yale                                      5-1-1       629         9
 9     Ohio State                               10-3-1       562        14
10    Denver                                    5-3-3       549        11
11    Michigan                                  7-5-2       481         7
12    Western Michigan                      6-4-3       410        10
13     Lake Superior                         9-3-2       389        12
13     Union                                     6-3-3       389        13
15     Boston University                     6-4-1       311        16
16     Colgate                                   8-4-1       266        17
17     Cornell                                   5-2-0       249        18
18     Michigan Tech                         7-4-1       186        15
19     Nebraska-Omaha                        6-6-2        69        19
20     Michigan State                        7-5-0        48        NR
Others receiving votes: Miami 43, St. Cloud State 18, Northern Michigan 17, Massachusetts-Lowell 15, Clarkson 10, New Hampshire 9, Providence 9, RIT 4, Air Force 2.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional): UNH will have 12 games broadcast live on TV in 2011-12. WBIN-TV will air six games with one game on CBS Sports, WCAX, NESN and Cox, while two will air locally on Charter (Minn.).
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 21    at St. Cloud    Charter    L, 5-7
Oct. 22    at St. Cloud    Charter    T, 3-3 OT
Nov. 12    at Vermont    WCAX    T, 4-4 OT
Nov.18    Mass.-Lowell    WBIN    W, 5-0
Dec. 8    Boston Univ.    WBIN    7 p.m.
Jan. 7    vs. Maine (Frozen Fenway)    NESN    7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21    Merrimack    WBIN    7 p.m.
Jan. 27    at Boston College    NESN    7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28    Boston College    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 3    Providence    CBS Sports    7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10    Northeatern    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 11    at Merrimack    NESN    7 p.m.
Feb. 17    Vermont    WBIN    7 p.m.
NESN FLEX GAMES WILL BE DETERMINED TWO WEEKS OUT
Feb. 18    Vermont at New Hampshire    NESN-FLEX    7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25    New Hampshire at UMass    NESN-FLEX    3:30 p.m.
Mar. 3    New Hampshire at Maine    NESN-FLEX    4 p.m.

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.In 2009, 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 WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts, 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 fifth-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
Matt Di Girolamo    USCHO's Top 10 Goalies #1    9/26
Stevie Moses    USCHO's Top 10 Forwards #4    9/30
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/31
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/7
Casey Thrush    HE Rookie of the Week    11/21

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee), Ryan Randall (Durham) and Casey DeSmith (Rochester) all hailing from the Granite State.

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