Men's Hockey Competes in Annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup XI against Dartmouth (Sat. - 7 p.m. - Verizon Wireless Arena)

Game Notes
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team (7-11-2) looks to build on recent success when it plays in-state rival Dartmouth College (7-6-2) in the annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup XI. Puck drops at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN:  Dartmouth College Big Green enters Saturday's game with the Wildcats with a 7-6-2 overall record and a 4-4-1 mark in ECAC play. The Big Green saw its four-game unbeaten streak (0-3-1) snapped most recently by a 7-1 loss at Union on Jan. 7. Dartmouth is 5-3-2 at home this season compared to just 2-3-0 away from Thompson Arena. A well-balanced offense sees four Big Green players in double-figure scoring led by Eric Robinson and Tyler Sikura with seven goals and four assists for 11 points each. Dustin Walsh (3g, 7a) and Matt Lindblad (1g, 9a) round out double figure scorers. In net, Dartmouth uses a trio of netminders. James Mello is 3-4-1 with a 2.99 GAA and a .898 save percentage in eight games, Cab Morris is 3-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .902 save percentage, while Jody O'Neill is 1-1-0 with a 2.30 GAA and a .914 save percentage in three games. The Big Green defense is holding teams to just 3.0 goals per game, but the offense is scoring just 2.53 per contest. Dartmouth's power play is just 10.2 percent with five goals in 49 chances, while its penalty kill is operating at a 72.7 percent efficiency with 48 kills in 66 attempts.

SERIES HISTORY VS. DARTMOUTH: The Wildcats and Big Green have met 52 times in the all-time series history with UNH holding the advantage at 32-18-2, which dates back to February 19, 1936.The 'Cats have won four of the last six meetings, despite a 5-4 set back last season in the annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup.  Overall, UNH holds a 6-3-1 edge in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup that has been played at Verizon Wireless Arena in each of the past 10 years. Coach Umile owns a 10-5-1 lifetime record against Dartmouth. The last meeting between the two schools on a campus site was Dec. 29, 2000 in a 6-2 Dartmouth win at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Stevie Moses and John Henrion are the active leading scorers against Dartmouth with two points apiece. Moses has a pair of assists, while Henrion had two goals in last year's contest. Matt Di Girolamo is 0-1-0 lifetime against the Big Green with a 5.02 GAA and a .833 in his only start.

Player    GP    G-A-P    
Stevie Moses    3    0-2-2
John Henrion    1    2-0-2
Brett Kostolansky    2    0-1-1
Jeff Silengo    1    0-1-1
Nick Sorkin    1    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    2    0-0-0
Greg Burke    2    0-0-0
Mike Borisenok    3    0-0-0
Damon Kipp    3    0-0-0
Kevin McCarey    1    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    1    0-0-0
Kevin Goumas    1    0-0-0
Austin Block    1    0-0-0
Connor Hardowa    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    1/59:42    5    5.02    0-1-0    25    .833

HISTORY OF THE RIVERSTONE CUP:  UNH holds a 6-3-1 advantage in 10 previous Battle for the RiverStone Cups. The Big Green captured its first win in the series in a crazy 9-8 game on Jan. 12, 2005. Dartmouth's other wins came in 2008 and last year.
2011    Doug Jones            Dartmouth
2010     Blake Kessel, Paul Thompson    UNH
2009    Jerry Pollastrone            UNH
2008    J.T. Wyman                Dartmouth
2007    Kevin Regan            UNH
2006    Jacob Micflikier            UNH
2005    Jarrett Sampson            Dartmouth
2004    Mike Ayers, Steve Saviano        UNH
2003    Dan Yacey                Dartmouth
2002    Colin Hemingway            UNH   
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Jan 15, 2011): Doug Jones broke a tie with 1:11 remaining in regulation to lift the Dartmouth College men's ice hockey team a 5-4 non-conference victory against UNH. Jones, who also tallied an assist, was named MVP of the Battle for the RiverStone Cup X intrastate matchup. John Henrion had a pair of goals for the Wildcats, while Paul Thompson (1g, 1a), Mike Sislo (1g, 1a) and Blake Kessel (2a) all registered multi-point efforts. Matt Di Girolamo had 25 saves, while his counterpart James Mello had 34 saves. Jones (1g, 1a) and Adam Estoclet (2a) both had multi-point efforts.

LAST TIME OUT (JAN. 11 AT PROVIDENCE): Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced to register his first collegiate win and shutout, lifting the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 1-0 win over Providence College in Wednesday night's Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.DeSmith becomes the first Wildcat freshman goalie to earn a shutout since Brian Foster did so on Dec. 8, 2006 against St. Lawrence. In a scoreless first period, both teams had chances. UNH had several chances including a tip by Mike Borisenok  and a one-on-none break away by Stevie Moses. PC's best chances came during its three power play opportunities. UNH broke the deadlock as Moses scored his team-best 12th goal of the season at 6:41 of the second. Damon Kipp  fought to keep the puck in the offensive zone and found Nick Sorkin in the zone. Sorkin carried the puck cross ice and his centering pass was deflected to an open Moses who fired a wrister from the center slot. The teams each had power play chances that they were unable to capitalize on, while the 'Cats held an 11-7 shot edge in the period. In a scoreless third period, the teams play even throughout the majority of the frame with the Friars getting the better of chances in the final minutes when skating with an empty net. PC held a 9-6 shot advantage for the period, while both teams netted 26 shots on net overall. Providence went 0-5 on the power play, while the 'Cats were 0-3 in its extra-skater opportunities. DeSmith earns his first collegiate win, moving to 1-2-0 overall. Providence's Alex Beaudry turned aside 25-of-26 Wildcat shots, but falls to 7-9-2 with the loss.

ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS: UNH is 10-10-2 lifetime in 22 games at Verizon Wireless Arena including a 6-3-1 mark in 10 games against the Big  Green.
Date    Winning Team    Score    Losing Team    Score    Res.
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
3-26-11    UNH (NCAA)    3    Miami    1    W
3-27-11    Notre Dame (NCAA)    2    UNH (NCAA)    1    L
Total    10-10-2    .500    Goals (75)    GA (65)

DeSmith Captures First Collegiate Win, Shutout: Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced to register his first collegiate win and shutout, lifting UNH to a 1-0 win over Providence College in Wednesday night's Hockey East action at Schneider Arena. DeSmith becomes the first Wildcat freshman goalie to earn a shutout since Brian Foster did so on Dec. 8, 2006 against St. Lawrence. He is the first freshman netminder to earn a win since Matt Di Girolamo did so in a relief appearance in UNH's 9-4 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 2008.

Two Goalies with Shutouts in the Same Season: The 2006-07 season was the last time UNH had two different goalies with shutouts in the same season. That season Kevin Regan had three shutouts in 35 games, while freshman Brian Foster had two shutouts in seven games played. Earlier this season, Matt Di Girolamo stopped 31 shots in a 5-0 shutout of UMass Lowell.

UNH Extends Unbeaten Streak against PC to 15 Games: UNH is 13-0-2 in its last 15 games against PC with its last loss coming in a 7-1 defeat on Feb. 24, 2007. In addition, New Hampshire is 15-0-1 in its last 16 games at home against the Friars with the last loss at home coming on March 12, 2004 in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Following a Win: UNH is 3-2-1 following a win this season.

Final Non-Conference Game: Saturday night is UNH's final non-conference game of the season. The 'Cats are 2-3-1 in their first six non-conference games.

Battle for the RiverStone Cup Features Four Granite Skaters: Saturday's game between UNH and Dartmouth for New Hampshire's bragging rights will feature four players from New Hampshire. Jim Gaudet, son of head coach Bob Gaudet, is Dartmouth's lone Granite Stater, while UNH has three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and Ryan Randall (Durham, N.H.)

Cats Captures First Road Win: UNH captures its first road win since Feb. 26, 2011 at Northeastern. Overall, the 'Cats went 0-7-2 in the 318 days between road wins.

Power Play: UNH is 0-20 on the power play over the last six-plus games and are 2-8-0 when they failed to score on the power play compared to 5-3-2 when scored a power play goal. UNH's last power play goal came in the team's 9-1 win over Alabama Huntsville on Nov. 26.

Moses Heating Up: Stevie Moses is riding a three-game point scoring streak with a goal and two assists in that span. Overall, Moses has points in four of the last five games and six of the last eight.

1-0 Win:  The Wildcats have been know for its high-power offense so 1-0 wins have been rare. UNH's last 1-0 win came on Feb. 28, 2008 versus Merrimack. In that game, Brian Foster stopped 26 shots. Overall, UNH had two 1-0 wins that season behind Foster.

Close Calls Against the Friars: While UNH is riding a 15 game unbeaten streak against the Friars, the series has been close of late. During the 15-game unbeaten streak, the teams have gone to overtime five times (3 UNH wins, 2 ties). Including the overtime games, nine of the last 15 games have been decided by one goal or less.

Goumas Nets Two: Sophomore forward Kevin Goumas scored two goals, including a 5-on-3 shorthanded tally. His shorthanded tally gave the 'Cats a 2-1 second-period lead, and Goumas scored the first of two UNH goals 1 minute, 43 seconds apart early in the third period to help the Wildcats pull into a 4-4 tie.

When Falling Behind: UNH is 1-4-1 when its opponent scores first. They are 0-4-2 when trailing after one period and 0-10-0 when trailing after second periods.

Youth Served: Three freshmen rank in the top seven in scoring for New Hampshire. Grayson Downing is the leader in rookie scoring with 15 points in 18 games. Here is a look at recent successes among UNH freshmen compared to this year's top trio.
Players            Year        G-A-P
Grayson Downing    2011-12        6-9-15 (18 gp)
Trevor van Riemsdyk    2011-12        2-8-10 (20 gp)
Casey Thrush        2011-12        2-7-9 (18 gp)
Kevin Goumas        2010-11        6-12-18 (32 gp)
Brett Kostolansky    2009-10        0-12-12 (28 gp)
Stevie Moses        2008-09        5-8-13 (33 gp)
Blake Kessel        2008-09        6-7-13 (37 gp)
James van Riemsdyk    2007-08        11-23-34 (31 gp)
Danny Dries        2007-08        11-17-28 (37 gp)
Darren Haydar (record)    1998-99        31-30-61 (41 gp)
Home vs. Away: UNH is 6-4-0 at home compared to 1-6-2 on the road. Here is a look at some of the breakdown of home vs. away and neutral.
            Home        Away    Neutral
Record            6-4-0        1-6-2    0-1-0
Goals For            38 (3.8)        22(2.4)    4 (4.0)
Goals Against        26 (2.6)        36 (4.1)    5 (5.0)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    0
Power Play        21.2%        13.9%    0.0%
Penalty Kill        88.4%        81.0%    40.0%

Wins vs. Losses: UNH is averaging nearly five goals a game in wins and allowing just 1.3. Here is a look at stats in wins versus losses.
            Wins        Losses
Record            7-0-0        0-11-0
Goals For            32 (4.6)        25 (2.1)
Goals Against        9 (1.3)        52 (4.7)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        26.1%        10.0%
Penalty Kill        95.4%        69.4%
Top Scorers        Sorkin (1-11-12)         Dowing (3-6-9)
            Goumas (2-9-11)        Henrion (2-5-7)
            Moses (8-2-10)        Moses (3-4-7)

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 20 games between this season and the last two seasons.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    
Record     9-7-4    12-4-4    7-11-2
HE Record    9-2-3    10-1-2    5-8-1
Goals scored    68    70    64
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.50    3.20
Goals Allowed    68    49    68
Goals Allowed/PG    3.40    2.45    3.40
Shots    569    710    690
Shots Allowed    655    616    586
Power Play    16.9%     20.7%    16.9%
    (15-89)    (19-92)    (12-71)
Penalty Kill    78.6%     82.4%    80.9%
    (66-84)    (56-68)    (55-68)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses
    15-14-29    16-17-33    12-10-22
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin
    6-16-22    9-19-28    6-15-21
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas
    10-11-21    5-18-23    6-11-17

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats are 7-1-0 when leading after two periods.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %
Seniors:    21-21-42    33%-19%-24%
Juniors:    17-30-47    27%-27%-27%
Sophomores:    15-37-51    23%-33%-30%
Freshmen:    11-24-35    17%-21%-20%

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/12): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats        Points Per Game:
Stevie Moses       32nd       1.10 ppg
Nick Sorkin        44th         1.05 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses    18th       0.60 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    24th    0.75 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    31st    4 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Kevin Goumas    4th    2 shg
Nick Sorkin       18th      1 shg
Game-Winning Goals
Stevie Moses    35th    2 gwg
Rookie Scoring
Grayson Downing    16th    0.83 ppg
Scoring Offense           16th        3.20
Scoring Defense              51st        3.40
Scoring Margin       40th      -.20
Power Play        36th        16.9
Penalty Kill          36th    80.9
Combined Special Teams   43rd        48.2

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/12): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points         Stevie Moses         7th (22 pts)          13th (13 pts)
        Nick Sorkin        9th (20 pts)       33rd (9 pts)
Goals              Stevie Moses      4th (12 g)          9th (6 g)
Assists              Nick Sorkin    4th (15 a)    24th (7 a)           
Kevin Goumas    16th (11 a)    24th (7 a)
PP Points               Stevie Moses      16th (7 pts)       32nd (5 pts)
        Nick Sorkin     16th (7 pts)       44th (3 pts)
PP Goals                Nick Sorkin     6th (4 ppg)      14th (2 ppg)
           Stevie Moses        16th (3 ppg)      14th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Kevin Goumas        4th (2 shp)      5th (1 shp)
                 Nick Sorkin      13th (1 shp)      n/a
        Stevie Moses    13th (1 shp)
        T. van Riemsdyk    13th (1shp)
SH Goals         Kevin Goumas    1st (1 shg)    3rd (1shg)
        Nick Sorkin     7th (1 shg)      n/a
Game Winning Goals
        Stevie Moses    6th (2 gwg)    9th (1 gwg)
Def. Scoring        T.van Riemsdyk    14th (10 pts)    21st (4 pts)
        Damon Kipp     17th (9 pts)          19th (5 pts)
Freshman Scor.       Grayson Downing 2nd (15 pts)    11th (6pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    10th (10 pts)     15th (4pts)
        Casey Thrush    13th (9 pts)    8th (7 pts)
Plus-Minus    Casey Thrush    22nd (+8)    6th (+6)
GAA         Matt Di Girolamo 9th (3.41)      9th (3.23)
Save %        Matt Di Girolamo 9th (.883)       9th (.888)
Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/12):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.20/5th         2.64/8th
GAA         3.40/9th     3.14/7th
Power Play         16.9/7th         13.0/9th
Penalty Kill          80.9/7th         84.3/5th
Special Teams Net         0/6th        -2/6th
1st Period Scoring     22/2nd         13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring     21/2nd         13/3rd
3rd Period Scoring     20/4th        11/6th
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, 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
12/26        NP    NP    8th
1/2            NR    NR        8th
1/9            NR    NR    9th

THE NATIONAL POLLS: Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 9)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota-Duluth          (50)       14-3-3      1000         1
 2     Ohio State                               14-4-3       928         2
 3     Notre Dame                           13-6-3       907         5
 4     Boston College                       13-7-1       846         4
 5     Minnesota                                15-7-1       806         3
 6     Boston University                    11-6-1       698        10
 7     Merrimack                                11-4-4       656         7
 8     Colorado College                     12-7-1       632         6
 9     Cornell                                   9-4-2       525        13
10     Western Michigan                     10-7-5       493         8
11     Massachusetts-Lowell                 12-5-0       473        12
12     Colgate                                  12-6-2       392         9
13     Ferris State                             13-8-1       370        17
14     Union                                    10-5-6       357        14
15     Michigan                                 12-8-4       343        16
16     Denver                                   11-8-3       293        11
17     North Dakota                         11-8-2       160        19
18     Michigan State                       11-9-2       157        15
19     Lake Superior                        12-9-3       125        18
20     Northern Michigan                    10-7-4       121        NR
Others receiving votes: Miami 108, Northeastern 48, Yale 33,
Nebraska-Omaha 11, Harvard 7, Maine 6, Quinnipiac 2, Air
Force 1, Mercyhurst 1, St. Cloud State 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 9)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota Duluth, 510 (34)    1    14-3-3    14
2    Ohio State University, 456    2    14-4-3    8
3    University of Notre Dame, 450    3    13-6-3    14
4    Boston College, 402        4    13-7-1    14
5    University of Minnesota, 378    5    15-7-1    13
6    Boston University, 288        11    11-6-1    11
7    Merrimack College, 285    6    11-4-4    13
8    Colorado College, 236        8    12-7-1    14
9    Cornell University, 215        14    9-4-1    4
10    UMass Lowell, 205        12    12-5-0    2
11    Western Michigan, 150        9    10-7-5    14
12    Ferris State University, 120    NR    13-8-1    9
13    Union College, 112        NR    10-5-6    12
14    Colgate University, 108        7    12-6-2    8
15    University of Michigan, 62    13    12-8-4    10
Others receiving votes: University of Denver, 58; Northern Michigan University, 15; University of North Dakota, 13; Miami University, 9; Michigan State University, 7; Lake Superior State University 1.

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    L, 4-5 OT
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.
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: 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

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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