October 6, 2012

Men's Hockey Opens 2012-13 Campaign with Exhibition Game Against St. Francis Xavier

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St. Francis Xavier at New Hampshire
Oct. 6, 2012 • 7 p.m. • Whittemore Center • Durham, N.H.
Radio: Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) • Pete Webster (analyst) 

Scouting St. Francis Xavier: St. Francis Xavier is 3-1-0-0 so far in the exhibition play and will travel to St. Thomas (New Brunswick) on Thursday night before heading south for games against UNH and Northeastern over the weekend. The X-Men notched victories over Acadia (3-2), Moncton (5-3) and UPEI (3-2 OT), with their lone loss coming against Saint Mary's (2-1 OT). Last time out against UPEI, defender Spencer McAvoy tallied the game-winning goal 55 seconds into the overtime period on a power play. Other goals came from forward Zach MacQueen and defender R.D. Chisholm. Freshman goalie Drew Owsley was credited with the win.  Last season, the X-Men finished 10-14-4 in the A.U.S.

499 for Umile: Head Coach Dick Umile with 499 wins is closing in on 500 career wins. Umile would become one of just seven active coaches with 500 career wins and one of 15 coaches all-time to pass that historic milestone. Additionally, he would become just the eighth coach in Division I history to win 500 games at one program.
Division I Coaches with 500 Wins at One Program
Name (University)            Wins
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)* Active    872
Red Berenson (Michigan)*Active        752        
Ron Mason (Michigan State)        635
John MacInnes (Michigan Tech)        555
Jack Riley (Army)                542
Rick Comley (Michigan State)        538
George Gwozdecky (Denver)        506

Active Division I Coaches with 500 Wins
Name (Current School)            Wins
Jerry York (Boston College)        913
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)            875
Red Berenson (Michigan)            752
Don Lucia (Minnesota)            583
George Gwozdecky (Denver)        573

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
9/24            RV    NP    4th (pre)
10/1            NP    RV    4th (pre)

'Cats Picked Fourth in Preseason Coaches' Poll: UNH was voted fourth in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Tuesday afternoon at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats racked up 64 points, including one first place vote, to give them the fourth place standing. New Hampshire has been picked third in the last two preseason polls and finished in the top three in Hockey East five of the last six seasons, including three regular-season titles in that span.
2012-2013 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.         Team (FPV)                 Pts
1.            Boston College (9)                90
2.            UMass-Lowell                74
3.            Boston University                73
4.            New Hampshire (1)            63                       
5.            Maine                    56
6.            Northeastern                44
               Providence                    44           
8.            Merrimack                    38                       
9.            Massachusetts                35           
10.          Vermont                    23          

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 1)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (35)       33-10-1       972        NR
 2     Minnesota                     (12)      28-14-1       937        NR
 3     Michigan                      (3)       24-13-4       857        NR
 4     North Dakota                         26-13-3       826        NR
 5     Union                                    26- 8-7       789        NR
 6     Cornell                                  19- 9-7       631        NR
 7     Massachusetts-Lowell                 24-13-1       599        NR
 8     Denver                                   25-14-4       566        NR
 9     Miami                                    24-15-2       553        NR
10    Western Michigan                     21-14-6       516        NR
11     Ferris State                             26-12-5       472        NR
12     Minnesota-Duluth                     25-10-6       460        NR
13     Boston University                    23-15-1       413        NR
14     Notre Dame                           19-18-3       395        NR
15     Maine                                    23-14-3       234        NR
16     Michigan State                       19-16-4       219        NR
17     Harvard                                  13-10-11    213        NR
18     Wisconsin                                17-18-2       202        NR
19     Air Force                                21-11-7       116        NR
20     Colorado College                     18-16-2    81        NR
Others receiving votes: New Hampshire 78, St. Cloud State 78, Quinnipiac 64, Ohio State 54, Merrimack 43,    Nebraska-Omaha 31, Northern Michigan 25, Massachusetts 13,    Lake Superior 12, Northeastern 11, Providence 8, RIT 6, Yale 6, Michigan Tech 5, Rensselaer 5, Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota State 2, Niagara 2, Colgate 1, St. Lawrence 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Sept. 24)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 476 (20)    1    33-10-1    1
1    University of Minnesota, 476 (12)    4    28-14-1    1
3    University of Michigan, 408 (2)    7    24-13-4    1
4    University of North Dakota, 407    6    26-13-3    1
5    Union College, 295        3    26-8-7    1
6    Cornell University, 233        13    19-9-7    1
7    UMass-Lowell, 221        9    24-13-1    1
8    University of Denver, 220    8    25-14-4    1
9    Miami University, 203        10    24-15-2    1
10    University of Notre Dame, 186    NR    19-18-3    1
11    Western Michigan, 182        14    21-14-6    1
12    Minnesota Duluth, 176        5    25-10-6    1
13    Boston University, 158        11    23-15-1    1
14    Ferris State University, 123    2    26-12-5    1
15    University of Wisconsin, 99    NR    17-18-2    1
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 58; University of Maine, 24; Quinnipiac University, 24; Michigan State University, 19; Colorado College, 19; University of New Hampshire, 17; Ohio State University, 17; St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, 15; Merrimack College, 7; Providence College, 6; Yale University, 6; United States Air Force Academy, 3; Northern Michigan University, 1; Michigan Tech University, 1.

Wildcat Season Preview:
Defense: The Wildcats have a veteran blueline corps with five returning starters from last year's squad led by seniors Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) and Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.). Hardowa was voted as the team's 109th captain. He played in 36 of the team's 37 games last season and recorded 16 points on six goals and 10 assists. In a 3-2 overtime win at Providence College on Feb. 4, he scored the Wildcats' first goal and then assisted on the game-winning goal. Kostolansky, named as an alternate captain, is among the top defenders for the 'Cats for the past three seasons. He has 36 points in 104 games and was among UNH's most sure-handed defenders. Juniors Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) and Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) both played in all 37 games on defense for the Wildcats during their sophomore seasons. Knodel spent some time on the Wildcat power play and registered 12 points on three goals and nine assists. Agosta chipped in with five points on four assists and a goal. Sophomore Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was one of UNH's most reliable defenders upon arriving in Durham. He was slotted on to UNH's top defensive pair and power play unit out of the gate and responded with a team-best 19 points from the blueline on four goals and 15 assists. A Hockey East All-Rookie selection, he was the only defenseman to rank in the top 10 in Hockey East freshman scoring. Sophomore Ryan Randall (Durham, N.H.) along with freshmen Harry Quast (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) round out the defensive core. Randall did not play as a freshman, but gained valuable experience as a reserve. Quast played 87 games over two seasons with the Bay State Breakers of the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2010-12. He had a breakout year in 2011-12 collecting 32 points on eight goals and 24 assists in 45 games. Pesce, the highly-touted defender, spent two seasons with the North Jersey Avalanche from 2010-12. With the Avalanche, he played 52 games and earned 40 points. In 2011-12, he recorded 27 points on nine goals and 18 assists in 20 games. Pesce also played for the Jersey Hitmen in 2011-12 - registering six points (1g, 5a) in 17 games - as well as the U.S. National Development team over the holiday break.

Forwards: New Hampshire is also deep up front with eight upperclassmen that have seen significant minutes and a promising group of emerging offensive talent. Four seniors - Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) and Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) - will be asked to provide a lot of the Wildcat offense. Block registered 27 points in 97 career games including more than half of that productivity with 15 points last season. Burke, an alternate captain, battled through injuries but tallied 24 points in 84 games including a career-high six goals last season. Henrion comes into the year with a well-balanced 40 points with 20 goals and 20 assists in 103 games. Last season, he registered 17 points on five goals and 12 assists including nine points in league play. Pavelski worked himself into the lineup down the stretch for the Wildcats playing in 12 games during the second half of the season including the final five games. He notched goals in two of those contests including a late goal against Boston College that gave UNH the lead. After missing most of last season with injury, redshirt junior Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) leads a group of four juniors into this season. Speelman had six points in 11 games with three goals and three assists last season. He was on fire before his season ending injury as he had scored goals in three straight games with four points in that span. Overall, Speelman has 29 points in 82 games including 16 goals. He is joined by Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y. ), Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.). Goumas, as a junior, is the active leader in career points with 52 points in 68 games. He was third on the team in scoring with 34 points on nine goals and 25 assists last season. He had nine multi-point efforts including a four-assist game against Alabama-Huntsville. Silengo has become a steady defensive-minded forward. He played in 29 games last season and 64 games in his career. He has 14 points on four goals and 10 assists. He tallied the game-winning goal Nov. 18 against UMass-Lowell. Sorkin emerged as one of UNH's top offensive weapons last season. He finished tied with Stevie Moses for the team lead in points with 35 after having just five points his freshman season. He matched a Whittemore Center record with five assists in a game against Alabama-Huntsville and had an eight-game point streak from Oct. 15 through Nov. 12. Last season as freshmen, the quartet of Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio), Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia), Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) and Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) made a major impact of the Wildcat offense. This foursome will be asked to make an even larger contribution this season. Camper appeared in 13 games missing some time with injury last season. He registered a goal and an assist including a goal against rival Maine on Nov. 5. Downing emerged as UNH's top freshman forward. He had 23 points in 34 games with none bigger than his double-overtime game-winner at Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Thrush registered 12 points in 31 games last season for the 'Cats. He saved the best for last with a career high two-goal performance at Boston University in the quarterfinals. Willows fought his way into the lineup and appeared in 15 of the final 16 games and 20 games overall. The hard-nosed forward quickly developed a reputation for being a grinder on offense and defense. He posted a season high two assists in the final game of the season. Rounding out this deep group of forwards are five freshmen: Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia), Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.), Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.), Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.) and Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.). Correale appeared in 149 games between two teams in juniors. He played from 2009-11 with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. During that span he appeared in 120 games and recorded 109 points on 35 goals and 74 assists. In 2011-12 Correale played with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League. He registered 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists in 29 games with the team and was named the squad's most exciting player. Gaudreault played with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. From 2010-12, he earned 44 points on 21 goals and 23 assists over 105 games. He also scored three shorthanded goals and added six game winners. In 2011-12, he helped return the team to the playoffs. Hill played three seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. He recorded 83 total points over his 165 regular season games with the team. He scored 33 goals and dished out 52 assists during the regular season in his time with Waterloo. MacDonald comes to UNH following a stellar season with the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. In 2011-12, MacDonald played 45 regular season games with the Hitmen, where he scored 27 goals and earned 18 assists. Smith played three seasons with the Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2009-12. He appeared in 136 games with the Junior Bruins, recording 153 points on 53 goals and 100 assists.

Goaltenders: Sophomore netminder Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) emerged as UNH's top netminder midway through the 2011-12 season. The freshman was thrust into action and responded by being one of the league's top netminders down the stretch. DeSmith, a Hockey East All-Rookie selection, finished a stellar freshman campaign with a 2.33 goals against average and a.926 save percentage. He was 9-10-1 with eight of his 10 losses by just one goal including four in overtime. DeSmith was first in Hockey East in save percentage at .928, while his 2.29 GAA was fourth best in league play. He stopped 30-plus shots in 12 games including 50 saves in the season finale on March 11, 2012 and allowed two goals or fewer on 12 separate occasions. Junior Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) will be fighting with DeSmith for the starting job in net. He appeared to be the heir-apparent to senior Matt Di Girolamo, but was sidelined for the season with a knee injury, which opened the door for DeSmith. Wyer appeared in three games before his injury, including his first collegiate start last season. He had a 2.50 GAA and .897 save percentage. Freshman Jamie Regan (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) could also fight for some time between the pipes for the 'Cats. Regan played two seasons with the Philadelphia Revolution of the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2010-12. He registered a .904 and .903 save percentage in his two years with the Revolution. An EJHL All-Star, he also appeared in two playoff games in his time with the Revolution earning a .924 save percentage.
 
UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Time/Result    Channel
Fri. Oct. 12     vs. St. Cloud St.     7:30 p.m.     WBIN
Sat. Oct. 20     vs. Boston U.     7:00 p.m.     WBIN
Fri. Oct. 26     vs. Northeastern     7:30 p.m.     WBIN
Sat. Oct. 27     at Northeastern     7:00 p.m.     WBIN
Fri. Nov. 30     vs. UMass-Lowell     7:30 p.m.     WBIN
Sat. Jan. 5     vs. Rensselaer     7:00 p.m.     WBIN
Fri. Jan. 11     at Boston College     7:00 p.m.     NESN
Sat. Feb. 2     vs. Merrimack     7:00 p.m.     WBIN
Fri. Feb. 8     at Providence     7:00 p.m.     Cox Comm.
Sun. Feb. 10     vs. Providence     4:00 p.m.     CBS Sports
Fri. Feb. 22     at Vermont     7:00 p.m.     NESN
Sat. Feb 23     at Vermont     4:00 p.m.     CBS Sports
Fri. Mar. 1     vs. Massachusetts     7:30 p.m.     WBIN
Sat. Mar. 2     vs. Massachusetts     7:00 p.m.     WBIN
Fri. Mar. 8     vs. Maine     7:30 p.m.     NBC Sports

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Bobby Butler: Albany Devils (AHL)
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Matt Campanale: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Eindhoven Kemphanen (Netherlands)
Phil DeSimone: Albany Devils (AHL)
Matt Di Girolamo: Trenton Titans (ECHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Västerås (Allsvenskan)
Brian Foster: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
Lanny Gare: Lausitzer Fuchse (Germany2)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Leksand (Allsvenskan)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Damon Kipp: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 (ET)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Kevin McCarey: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Biel (NLA)
Steve Moses: Jokerit (ET)
Jerry Pollastrone: Friesland Flyers (Netherlands)
Nick Poole: Milton Keynes Lightning (EPIHL)
Josh Prudden: Tilburg Trappers (Netherlands)
Mike Radja: Nippon Paper Cranes (Asia League)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo (Elitserien)
Mike Sislo: Albany Devils (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Hershey Bears (AHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

SCORING BY CLASS: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    0-0-0    0-0-0
Juniors:    0-0-0    0-0-0
Sophomores:    0-0-0    0-0-0
Freshmen:    0-0-0    0-0-0

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Junior forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks while sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former wildcat and current Toronto Maple Leaf forward James van Riemsdyk.

'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 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 WPKX-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 WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London), 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 sixth-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

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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