November 2, 2012

Men's Hockey Travels to UMass and Maine This Weekend

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No. 9/10 New Hampshire at Massachusetts
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Nov. 2 - 7 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
No. 9/10 New Hampshire at Maine
Wildcat Sports Radio Network

Sunday, Nov. 4 - 4 p.m. (3:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Scouting the Minutemen: The Minutemen enter the weekend 1-3-0 overall, 0-3-0 in Hockey East. UMass opened the season with a 4-1 win against UConn. Since that victory they dropped a 5-4 overtime heartbreaker to BC and were swept by BU in a home-and-home series. UMass is led by first year coach John Micheletto, who spent the past nine seasons at Vermont in an assistant capacity. The Minutemen have four players with three points including leading goal scorer Rocco Carzo (3g). UMass uses a pair of sophomores in net in Steve Mastalerz and Kevin Boyle. Mastalerz is 0-2-0 with a 4.40 GAA and a .864 save percentage, while Kevin Boyle is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and a .933 save percentage. The Wildcats saw Mastalerz and Boyle as freshmen with Mastalerz picking up the only win in those three games.

Series History vs. Massachusetts: UNH has a 81-19-8 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 108 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH has captured the past two season series with Massachusetts by posting a 6-1-1 mark over the last eight meetings. UMass' lone win came in a 4-2 win last time out at Mullins Center. UNH is 11-2-3 in the last 16 meetings with the Minutemen.  Coach Umile owns a 42-11-7 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Junior Kevin Goumas is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with seven points in six games. Casey DeSmith is 1-1-0 against UMass with a 3.54 GAA and a .916 save percentage.



Scoring Leaders vs. the Minutemen:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas    6    2-5-7
Brett Kostolansky    9    1-3-4
Nick Sorkin    6    2-2-4
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3    2-0-2
Greg Burke    5    0-2-2
Grayson Downing    3    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    6    0-2-2
John Henrion    7    1-1-2
Austin Block    8    0-2-2
Dalton Speelman    5    1-1-2
Matt Willows    2    0-1-1
Jay Camper    2    0-1-1
Casey Thrush    2    0-1-1
Eric Knodel    3    0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    8    0-1-1
Scott Pavelski    4    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    2/118:30    7    3.54    1-1-0    76    .916

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
2-24-12        60:00    W    48    3    51
2-25-12        58:30    L    28    4    32
Totals        118:30    1-1-0    76    7    83

Scouting the Black Bears: Maine enters the weekend with a 1-6-0 record including an 0-3-0 mark at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears, which are 0-2-0 in Hockey East play, will play Boston College on Friday night before welcoming in the Wildcats for a Sunday afternoon tilt. The Black Bears have struggled to score this season averaging 1.14 goals per game this season compared to 3.14 against. Maine's lone win came in the third place game of the IceBreaker in Kansas City, a 4-3 win over Army. Most recently, they dropped a pair of league games at Providence by scores of 3-2 and 3-0, respectively. Senior Joey Diamon and sophomore Stu Higgins lead the Maine offense with three points a piece over the first seven games. The Black Bears have used three goalies this season with Dan Sullivan seeing the majority of ice time. He is 0-5-0 with a 3.18 GAA and a .893 save percentage. Freshman Matt Morris is 1-0-0 with a 3.20 GAA and a .842 save percentage, while junior Martin Ouellette is 0-1-0 with a 3.06 GAA and a .889 save percentage.

Series History vs. Maine: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 58-49-5 in 112 meetings. Maine won last year's season series 2-1-0 thanks to wins at Frozen Fenway (5-4 OT) on Jan. 7 and a 1-0 win at Alfond Arena on March 3. Despite losing last year's series, UNH has won four of the last six games against Maine. Coach Umile is 35-41-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Junior forward Kevin Goumas is the active leader in scoring against Maine with eight points in six games. Casey DeSmith is 0-2-0 with a 3.00 GAA and an .903 save percentage in two career starts against the Black Bears.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Black Bears:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas        6        4-4-8
John Henrion        8        4-2-6
Dalton Speelman    5        3-1-4
Austin Block        8        1-2-3
Jeff Silengo        6        2-1-3
Nick Sorkin        6        1-1-2
Grayson Downing    2        1-1-2
Greg Burke        5        0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    9        0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    7        0-1-1
Jay Camper        2        1-0-1
Eric Knodel        3        0-1-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3        0-1-1
Casey Thrush        3        0-0-0
Scott Pavelski        3        0-0-0
Justin Agosta        3        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    2/119:46    6    3.00    0-2-0    56    .903

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-7-12        61:29    L    28    5    33
3-3-12        58:17    L    28    1    29
Totals        119:46    0-2-0    56    6    62

DeSmith Repeats as Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week: Casey DeSmith was named Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week. DeSmith shared the award with Bryan Mountain of Northeastern. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for the third time in his collegiate career and the second time in as many weeks. DeSmith went 1-0-1 during the weekend to improve to 4-0-1 on the season. He stopped 18 of 21 shots on Friday night in a 4-3 win and was lights out on Saturday night turning aside all 34 shots he faced in a shutout of Northeastern. It was his first shutout of the season and second of his career. DeSmith's 34 saves were a season high. He posted a 1.44 GAA and a .945 save percentage during the week. He ranks first in Hockey East play in GAA at 1.30, save percentage .950 and is second in win percentage a .900.

UNH Owns Nation's Longest Unbeaten Streak: UNH has stormed out of the gate and own the nation's longest unbeaten streak at five games.
Current Unbeaten Streak:              W- L- T          Games
    New Hampshire                     4- 0- 1              5
    Boston College                        4- 0- 0              4
    Denver                                4- 0- 0              4
    St. Cloud State                       4- 0- 0             4
    Union                                 3- 0- 1              4

Best Start Since 2000-01: UNH is off to its best start since 2000-01 when the team was 5-0-1 over its first six games. Coach Umile's teams have faired well when getting out of the get strong. In fact, all of those teams finished with at least 21 wins.
4-0-1 Starts or Better Under Umile:
Year        Record        Final Record
2000-2001        5-0-1        21-12-6
1993-1994        6-0-0        25-12-3
1991-1992        8-0-0        22-13-2
1990-1991        5-0-0        22-11-2

New Hampshire Owns Top Offense and Defense in Hockey East: UNH owns the league's top offense averaging 3.40 goals per game. Conversely, the Wildcats' 1.80 goals against per game is also tops in Hockey East.

'Cats Crack the Top 10: UNH is ranked ninth in the USCHO.com Top 20 national poll. It marks the first time UNH has been in the top 10 since they ended the 2010-11 season at the ninth spot in the poll release April 11, 2011.

Henrion's Late Goal Lifts 'Cats to Comeback: On Friday night against NU, the Wildcats erased an early 3-1 deficit and John Henrion provided the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation.

Goalies Duel on Saturday Ends in Scoreless Tie: On Saturday night, it was a goaltenders' duel as Casey DeSmith stopped all 34 shots he faced in a scoreless overtime tie at Northeastern. NU's Bryan Mountain turned aside all 44 shots he faced to preserve his share of the tie. It was UNH and Northeastern's first scoreless tie in its 163-game history and the Wildcats first scoreless tie since Jan. 5, 2001. On that night in Durham, Ty Conklin and Matt Yeats each turned away 29 shots.

Isn't That Special: The Wildcat special teams units have continued to shine, the power play is 5-for-20 (25.0%), while the kill unit is 16-for-17 (94.1%).

Balanced Attack: A balanced UNH offense has seen 17 players with at least a point, 12 with multiple points and eight with four points or more through five games.
Where the Scoring is Coming From:
1st line: (Sorkin, Downing, Speelman) - 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points
2nd line: (Burke, Goumas, Block) - 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points
3rd line: (Thrush, Silengo, Henrion) - 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points
4th line: (combination of 6 players) - 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points
Blue line: (combined among all pairs) - 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points

On the Road Again, And Again, And Again: UNH is one game into its stretch of playing eight of the next nine games on the road.
The ROAD Ahead
OCT.    27    Sat.    @ No. 15 Northeastern*     T, 0-0 (OT)
NOV.    2    Fri.     @ Massachusetts*        7:00 PM
    4    Sun.    @ Maine*            4:00 PM
    10    Sat.    VERMONT*         7:00 PM
    16    Fri.    @ Mass.-Lowell*        7:30 PM
    18    Sun.    @ Boston U. *        5:00 PM
    23    Fri.    @ Colorado Coll.         9:37 PM
    24    Sat.    @ Denver         9:07 PM

Homecoming for Buckley: Friday night's game at UMass will be a homecoming for goaltending coach Mike Buckley. Buckley played at UMass and spent the previous five seasons on staff with the Minutemen.
 
Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    8-8-17    47-28-35
Juniors:    6-13-19    35-41-39
Sophomores:    3-9-12    18-28-24
Freshmen:    0-1-1    0-3-2

NCAA Northeast Regional Tickets Now On Sale: The University of New Hampshire athletic department and the NCAA announced that tickets for the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 hosted by UNH and the Verizon Wireless Arena are now on sale. Tickets for the three-game package range from $55-$75. Game times will be announced at a later time. To purchase tickets in person, please visit the Whittemore Center or Verizon Wireless Arena box offices. To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0100491F81FE34B9 or  www.verizonwirelessarena.com to  order tickets online.

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