December 30, 2011

Men's Hockey Entertains Brown University on Friday Night (7 p.m.)

Game Notes
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team returns to action after the holiday break when it entertains ECAC-foe Brown University on Friday night (7 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats, who are 6-3-0 at home, are trying to snap a three-game skid. The teams played to a 5-5 overtime tie a year ago.

Scouting the Bears:  Brown enters the matchup with UNH with a 4-6-1 overall record and an even 3-3-0 mark in ECAC. The Bears snapped a five-game winless draught with a 6-4 win over nationally-ranked Yale on Dec. 3 before the 27-day layoff. A well-balanced offensive attack is led by senior Jack Maclellan with five goals and four assists, while Bobby Farnham and Matt Wahl each have eight points for the Bears. In net, senior netminder Mike Clemente has seen every minute of action posting a 4-6-1 record with a 2.56 GAA coupled with a .907 save percentage. The Bears have been stingy defensively allowing just 2.73 GAA offensively, but are averaging only 2.18 over the first 11 games.

Series History vs. Brown: The Wildcats own a 20-13-2 all-time record vs. Brown in 35 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 11, 1927. UNH is unbeaten in the last eight meetings with Brown (7-0-1) including a 5-5 come-back tie last year. The last time Brown defeated UNH was Dec. 1, 1987 (4-3). UNH last defeated Brown on Nov.  26, 2007 (5-2). UNH has won 11 of the last 13 meetings and are 15-2-1 in the last 18 games. Mike Borisenok and Brett Kostolansky both scored goals in last year's game and are the top returners. Di Girolamo is 0-0-1 with a 4.66 GAA and a .815 save percentage against Brown

Scoring Leaders vs. Brown:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Mike Borisenok    1    1-0-1
Brett Kostolansky    1    1-0-1
Stevie Moses    1    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1    0-0-0
Austin Block    1    0-0-0
John Henrion    1    0-0-0
Kevin Goumas    1    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    1    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    1    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    1    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    1    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    1/64:20    5    4.66    0-0-1    22    .815    

Last Time These Teams Met (11/23/10): Blake Kessel and Mike Borisenok scored goals 11 seconds apart late in the third period to lift UNH to a 5-5 non-conference tie against Brown University at the Whittemore Center. Trailing 5-3, the Wildcats called time out with 2:33 remaining and pulled goaltender Matt Di Girolamo in favor of an extra skater. Phil DeSimone swung the puck from the right circle to Mike Sislo at the opposite side. Sislo quickly made a touch pass to Kessel in the high slot and his shot sailed into the net at 18:07. Borisenok leveled the score, 5-5, at 18:18 when he corralled a loose puck in front of the net and beat Brown goalie Mike Clemente. Di Girolamo finished with 22 saves, including four in the five-minute overtime session. Clemente stopped 36 shots, including two in OT and 14 in the third period. It was the seventh time this season New Hampshire registered 40-plus shots on net. UNH's offense was led by Sislo (two goals, two assists) and DeSimone (three assists). Kessel tallied a goal and an assist. For Brown, Harry Zolnierczyk (2g, 1a), Jack Maclellan (3a) and Jeff Buvinow (2a) had multiple-point games.

Last Time Out (12/8/11): Casey DeSmith made 32 saves in his first collegiate start but UNH was defeated 2-1 by 11th-ranked Boston University in Hockey East action at the Whittemore Center. DeSmith made double-digit saves in both the first (11) and second (14) periods, and he stopped all seven shots in the final frame. BU netminder Kieran Millan finished with 28 saves, including 11 in the second stanza.

DeBut for DeSmith: In his first collegiate start, Casey DeSmith stopped 32 of 34 Terrier shots. DeSmith made double-digit saves in both the first (11) and second (14) periods, and he stopped all seven shots in the final frame.

Chevrier Departs: Freshman defenseman Eric Chevrier has left the Wildcats to go play junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Surrey Eagles. Chevrier had not seen any game action this season. "I think Eric decided this option gives him an opportunity to play on a more regular basis and continue to develop as a hockey player," UNH coach Dick Umile. "Eric is a terrific young man and I wish him nothing but the best of luck in the future."

Burke Lights the Lamp for Third Time in Four Games:  Greg Burke scored UNH's lone goal, he has goals in three of the last four games.

Streaky 'Cats: The streaky Wildcats ended the first half by dropping five of its last six. UNH opened the season with four-straight loses before a seven-game unbeaten streak, which preceded the latest 1-5 stretch.

Coming Back from the Break: UNH is 4-8-0 since 2000 in games coming out of the break. However, the Wildcats have won just once in the last eight games out of the break.
Since 2000 Games Coming Out of the Break
Date    Opponent    Result        Neutral Site Info.
1-2-11    St. Lawrence    L, 1-2
1-3-10    Cornell    L, 2-5
1-4-09    @ Maine    W, 5-4
12-28-07    @ North Dakota    L, 1-3
12-29-06    v. Cornell    L, 2-5         Estero, Florida
12-30-05    Niagara    L, 2-6
12-29-04    at Mich. State    L, 3-4 OT
1-3-04    Yale        L, 2-3
12-27-02    v. Clarkson    W, 4-2        Denver, Colo.
12-27-01    v. Colo. College    W, 6-2        Milwauke, Wis.
12-29-00    @Dartmouth    L, 3-6
1-3-00    Dartmouth    W, 3-2 OT
Total             4-8-0        

Home vs. Away: UNH is 6-2-0 at home compared to 0-6-2 on the road. Here is a look at some of the breakdown of home vs. away.
            Home        Away
Record            6-2-0        0-6-2
Goals For            35        21
Goals Against        19        36
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        26.9%        7.4%
Penalty Kill        91.6%        78.7%
Di Girolamo's GAA    2.44        4.47
Di Girolamo's Save %    .915        .852

Wins vs. Losses: UNH is averaging over five goals a game in wins and allowing just 1.5. Here is a look at stats in wins versus losses.
            Wins        Losses
Record            6-0-0        0-9-0
Goals For            31        19
Goals Against        9        42
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        30.0%        11.1%
Penalty Kill        94.4%        74.2%
Di Girolamo's GAA    1.54        4.74
Di Girolamo's Save %    .946        .844
Top Scorers        Goumas (2-9-11)        Dowing (2-5-7)
            Sorkin (1-10-11)        Henrion (1-5-6)
            Moses (7-2-9)        Moses (3-2-5)

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 17 games between this season and last season.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    
Record     8-6-3    10-3-4    6-9-2
HE Record    8-2-2    8-1-2    4-7-1
Goals scored    57    58    57
Goals scored/PG    3.35    3.41    3.35
Goals Allowed    59    41    58
Goals Allowed/PG    3.47    2.41    3.41
Shots    488    613    599
Shots Allowed    555    521    502
Power Play    16.0%     19.8%    18.8%
    (12-75)    (16-81)    (12-64)
Penalty Kill    75.0%     84.5%    83.1%
    (54-72)    (49-58)    (49-59)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses    
    13-11-24    11-14-25    11-8-19
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin
    5-13-18    8-16-24    5-14-19
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas
    8-9-17    4-16-20    4-11-15

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats are 6-1-0 when leading after two periods.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    20-16-35    35%-16%-23%
Juniors:    15-29-43    26%-29%-28%
Sophomores:    12-34-46    21%-34%-29%
Freshmen:    10-22-33    18%-22%-20%

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 12/16): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats       
Points Per Game:
Nick Sorkin        38th         1.12 ppg
Stevie Moses       38th        1.12 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses    16th       0.65 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    18th    0.82 apg
Kevin Goumas    42nd    0.69 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    20th    4 ppg
Stevie Moses    49th     3 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Kevin Goumas    12th    1 shg
Nick Sorkin       12th      1 shg
Rookie Scoring
Grayson Downing    9th    0.87 ppg
Casey Thrush    42nd    0.60 ppg
Team
Scoring Offense           13th        3.35
Scoring Defense              52nd        3.41
Scoring Margin       34th      -.06
Power Play        30th        18.8
Penalty Kill          27th    83.1
Combined Special Teams   31st         49.6

Among the League Leaders (Thru 12/16): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points        Nick Sorkin        6th (19 pts)       39th (8 pts)
         Stevie Moses         6th (19 pts)          15th (11 pts)
         Kevin Goumas      15th (15 pts)        39th (8 pts)
Goals              Stevie Moses      3rd (11 g)          12th (5 g)
        Grayson Downing 29th ( 5g)    52nd (2 g)
        Nick Sorkin    29th (5 g)    52nd (2g)
Assists              Nick Sorkin    2nd (14 a)    26th (6 a)           
Kevin Goumas    9th (11 a)    16th (7 a)
        John Henrion    20th (9 a)    64th (3 a)
PP Points               Stevie Moses      9th (7 pts)       9th (5 pts)
        Nick Sorkin     9th (7 pts)       42nd (3 pts)
PP Goals                Nick Sorkin     4th (4 ppg)      12th (2 ppg)
           Stevie Moses        12th (3 ppg)      12th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Kevin Goumas        8th (1 shp)      n/a
                 Nick Sorkin      8th (1 shp)      n/a
        Stevie Moses    8th (1 shp)
        T. van Riemsdyk    8th (1shp)
SH Goals         Kevin Goumas    3rd (1 shg)    n/a
        Nick Sorkin     3rd (1 shg)      n/a
Game Winning Goals    
        Jeff Silengo     18th (1 gwg)     9th (1 g)
        Kevin Goumas    18th (1gwg)    n/a                     Stevie Moses    18th (1gwg)
        Kevin McCarey      18th (1 gwg)       9th (1 g)
        Bret Kostolansky    18th (1gwg)    9th (1 g)
        Nick Sorkin    18th (1gwg)    9th (1 g)
Def. Scoring        T.van Riemsdyk    10th (9 pts)    22nd (3 pts)
        Damon Kipp     15th (7 pts)          18th (4 pts)
Freshman Scor.       Grayson Downing 3rd (13 pts)    13th (4pts)
        Casey Thrush    9th (9 pts)    6th (7 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    9th (9 pts)     17th (3pts)
Plus-Minus    Casey Thrush    8th (+8)    5th (+6)
GAA         Matt Di Girolamo 9th (3.36)      9th (3.23)
Save %        Matt Di Girolamo 9th (.885)       9th (.888)
Saves        Matt Di Girolamo 3rd (371)        2nd (278)
Minutes       Matt Di Girolamo 2nd (857:32)      2nd (649:11)
    
Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 12/16):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.35/4th         2.67/7th
GAA         3.41/9th     3.25/7th
Power Play         18.8/6th         14.6/9th
Penalty Kill          83.1/6th         88.1/2nd
Special Teams Net         +2/6th        0/6th
1st Period Scoring     21/1st         12/4th
2nd Period Scoring     18/3rd         11/5th
3rd Period Scoring     17/5th        9/8th
Overtime Scoring       1/3rd         n/a

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.

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:
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
11/28        NR    NR    4th
12/5            NR    NR    7th
12/12        NR    NR    8th
12/19        NR    NR    8th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 19)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota Duluth, 510 (34)    1    12-3-3    12
2    University of Minnesota, 474    2    14-5-1    11
3    Boston College, 426        4    12-6-0    12
4    Ohio State University, 418    3    13-4-1    6
5    Colorado College, 340        7    11-5-0    12
6    University of Notre Dame, 332    6    11-6-3    12
7    Merrimack College, 306    5    10-3-2    11
8    Western Michigan Univ., 254    8    9-4-5    12
9    Boston University, 216        9    10-5-1    9
10    Union College, 214        12    9-3-5    12
11    Colgate University, 168        10    11-4-2    6
12    Ferris State University, 166    11    11-6-1    9
13    Cornell University, 82        15    7-3-1    2
14    Michigan State University, 72    14    10-6-2    3
15    University of Denver, 54    13    8-7-3    12
Others receiving votes: UMass Lowell, 34; Lake Superior State University, 8; United States Air Force Academy, 2; University of North Dakota, 2; Yale University, 2.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 19)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota-Duluth          (48)       12-3-3       998         1
 2     Minnesota                     (1)       14-5-1       920         2
 3     Boston College                       12-6-0       879         3
 4     Ohio State                    (1)       13-4-1       865         4
 5     Notre Dame                           11-6-3       721         6
 6     Colorado College                     11-5-0       716         7
 7     Merrimack                                10-3-2       682         5
 8     Western Michigan                      9-4-5       631         8
 9     Boston University                    10-5-1       596         9
10    Union                                     9-3-5       571        11
11     Ferris State                             11-6-1       508        10
12     Colgate                                  11-4-2       482        12
13     Cornell                                   7-3-1       391        13
14     Michigan State                       10-6-2       327        15
15     Denver                                    8-7-3       259        14
16     Lake Superior                        11-7-2       254        16
17     Massachusetts-Lowell                 10-5-0     247        17
18     North Dakota                          9-8-1       107        18
19     Yale                                      6-5-1        68        19
20     Michigan                                  9-8-3        60        20
Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac 52, Northern Michigan 50,
Northeastern 29, Air Force 26, Miami 18, Clarkson 12,
Providence 10, Harvard 9, Nebraska-Omaha 8, Robert Morris 4.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
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    L, 1-2
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.

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
Stevie Moses    HE co-Player of the Week    11/28

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.

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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