Ninth-Ranked Men's Hockey Squares Off Against Vermont Saturday Night at the Whitt

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No. 9/9 New Hampshire vs. Vermont
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Saturday, Nov. 10 - 7 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Scouting the Catamounts: University of Vermont is 1-2-2 overall with a matching record in Hockey East coming into the weekend tilt against the Wildcats.  The Catamounts started the season 0-2-2, but captured a 2-0 win over Providence College on Saturday. Freshman netminder Brody Hoffman picked up his first career shutout, as Matt White and H.T. Lenz each tallied goals.  Hoffman stopped 24 shots for his first career win, including 17 saves in the third period. UVM's leading scorer is Chris McCarthy, who has four points in five games. Hoffman has played every minute in net for the Catamounts, he owns a .929 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average through five games. The Catamounts finished tenth in Hockey East last season with a 4-13-1 record. They were picked tenth in this year's preseason poll.

Series History vs. Vermont: The Wildcats own the advantage in the all-time series vs. Vermont at 75-19-5 in 99 all-time meetings dating back to Dec. 14, 1963. Last season, the teams split the  season series with a 1-1-1 mark.  Coach Umile in his coaching career has registered a 29-9-5 mark against Vermont in 42 meetings. Overall, the Wildcats are 24-9-5 in the last 38 meetings with Vermont. Kevin Goumas is the active leading scorer with eight points in eight games for the Wildcats. Casey DeSmith is 1-1-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Catamounts:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas     8     2-6-8
Brett Kostolansky     11     1-5-6
Greg Burke     10     3-1-4
Connor Hardowa     12     2-1-3
Austin Block     8     1-1-2
Dalton Speelman     13     1-1-2
Eric Knodel     3     1-1-2
Nick Sorkin     7     0-2-2
Trevor van Riemsdyk     3     0-2-2
John Henrion     11     0-2-2
Grayson Downing     3     1-1-2
Jeff Silengo     7     0-1-1
Scott Pavelski     8     1-0-1
Casey Thrush     3     0-0-0
Justin Agosta     3     0-0-0
Matt Willows     2     0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith     2/121:32     5     2.46     1-1-0     45     .900
DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
2-17-12        61:32    L    17    4    21
2-18-12         60:00     W     28     1     29
Totals         121:32     1-1-0     45     5     50

No Place Like Home: UNH is a perfect 4-0 at home this season. They play one of two home games in November on Saturday night.

Meeting 100 Between UNH and UVM: Saturday's game marks the 100th all-time meeting between UNH and UVM. New Hampshire holds a convincing 75-19-5 record in the first 99 meetings.

Wildcats Enjoying Recent Success Against the Catamounts: UNH is 24-6-4 against Vermont since the 1996-97 season. Additionally, New Hampshire is 15-4-5 in Hockey East play against Vermont since their addition to the league in 2005-06.

DeSmith Earns Third-Straight Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Casey DeSmith was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the third-straight week.  The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for the fourth time in his collegiate career and the third time in as many weeks. He becomes the first player in Hockey East to collect this award three weeks in a row since Parker Milner did so Feb. 20-March 5, 2012. DeSmith stopped a season-high 42 shots and earned his second shutout of the season on Sunday at Maine. He posted 0.97 GAA and a .974 save percentage during the weekend. Overall, he stopped 76-of-78 shots on the weekend. DeSmith ranks first in Hockey East in goals against average at 1.54 and save percentage at .947. He is also first in Hockey East league play in those categories as well with a 1.17 GAA and a .962 save percentage.

'Cats Third Nationally in Team Defense: UNH ranks third nationally in team defense, allowing just 1.57 goals per game.

DeSmith Over the Past Five Games: Casey DeSmith has been good all season, but has been very impressive over the past five games. He is 3-1-1 with a 1.17 goals per game average and a .962 percentage. He posted two shutouts and single games with one, two and three goals allowed. DeSmith has 152 saves over that five game span.

Block Matches Career High with Five Goals: Only seven games into the season, senior Austin Block as already matched a career-high for goals in a season. He had five goals all of last season as a junior and just five combined goals over the first two seasons in Durham.

Getting Off on the Right Foot: New Hampshire's 5-1-1 start is the best since the 2007-08 season when the 'Cats had a matching 5-1-1 mark through seven games.

Shutout at Alfond: Sunday's 4-0 win over the Black Bears was the team's first win since Dec. 10, 2010, while it was the first shutout at Maine since Jan. 17, 1998

Hardowa Happy to Assist: Connor Hardowa notched a pair of assists on Sunday against Maine. He now has eight assists in seven games and ranks first in Hockey East and sixth nationally in assists per game. Additionally, Hardowa ranks sixth nationally in defensive scoring at 1.14 gpg. His season high for assists coming into this year was 10 helpers last year as a junior. He is well on his way to blowing past that mark.

Time to Kill: The Wildcats own the nation's fifth-best penalty kill at 92.0 percent. UNH has killed off 23-of 25 power play opportunities against and have one short-handed goal for.

Hey Man Nice Shot: John Henrion has a league-high 32 shots on net. His closest competition Mike Collins (31) and Tim Schaller (28) have both played one more game than Henrion.

DeSmith With High Marks Nationally: Casey DeSmith ranks fifth nationally in save percentage at .947 and is seventh in the nation in goals against average at 1.54.

On the Road Again, And Again, And Again: UNH is three 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*        L, 1-2 (OT)
    4    Sun.    @ Maine*            W, 4-0
    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
 
Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    12-12-24    55-30-39
Juniors:    7-15-22    32-38-35
Sophomores:    3-12-15    14-30-24
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.

'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          

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/5): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Connor Hardowa        T-45th        1.14 ppg
Kevin Goumas                        T-53rd              1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block    T-16th        .71 gpa
Assists Per Game:
Connor Hardowa        T-6th        1.14  apg
Kevin Goumas             T-26th       .86 apg
Power Play Goals:
Austin Block        T-2nd     3 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk            T-4th                1 ppg
Game-Winning Goals:
Austin Block                            T-4th                 2 gwg
Nick Sorkin                              T-17th               1 gwg
Dalton Speelman                  T-17th               1 gwg
John Henrion                          T-17th               1 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Connor Hardowa    6th    1.14 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk            T-20th              0.86 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           7th           1.54 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         5th          .947
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    12th    .786
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    T-2nd    2
Team
Scoring Offense          20th               3.14 ggm
Scoring Defense         3rd        1.57 ggm
Scoring Margin            5th         1.57
Power Play                   22nd        19.4 pct
Penalty Kill                   5th        92.0 pct
Combined Special Teams   20th       51.8 pct

Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/5): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:        Connor Hardowa T-3rd (8pts)    T-17th (4pts)
        Austin Block         T-15th (6pts)    T- 17th (4pts)
               Kevin Goumas      T-8th(7pts)    T-10th (5pts)
                                    T. van Riemsdyk   T-15th (6pts)     NR
Goals:       Austin Block        T-1st (5g)        T-5th (3g)
        John Henrion    T-10th (3g)    NR
        T. van Riemsdyk       T-10th (3g)    NR
                                    Greg Burke             T-10th (3g)       NR
Assists:       Connor Hardowa  1st (8a)              T-8th
        Kevin Goumas     4th (6a)    T-8th
PP Points:             Austin Block      T-6th (3pts)    NR
PP Goals:     Austin Block     T-2nd (3g)    3rd (2g)
        Dalton Speelman T-6th (1g)    NR          
        Eric Knodel           T-6th (1g)    T-4th (1g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-6th (1g)    T-4th (1g)
SH Goals:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (1shg)    NR
GW Goals:     Austin Block       T-2nd (2g)    T-4th (1g)
        Dalton Speelman    T-5th (1g)    NR
        Nick Sorkin         T-5th (1g)    T-4th (1g)
        John Henrion    T-5th (1g)    T-4th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     Connor Hardowa     T-1st (8 pts)      T-4th (4pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-5th (6 pts)    T-9th (3pts)
Plus-Minus:     Connor Hardowa 1st (+8)        NR
        T. van Riemsdyk       T-2nd (+7)       T-7th (+5)
                                  John Henrion           NR                    T-10th (+4)
Shots on Goal:
        John Henrion    1st (32)    5th (22)
                                  Kevin Goumas       T-6th (25)          T-8th (20)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     1st (1.54)    1st (1.17)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith      1st (.947)    1st (.962)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    3rd (.786)    3rd (.700)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/5):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.14/4th    2.60/4th
Scoring Defense            1.57/1st    1.20/1st
Power Play         19.4/5th    19.0/5th
Penalty Kill         92.0/1st     93.3/1st
Special Teams Net         +4/2nd      +3/2nd
1st Period Scoring          9/2nd       6/T-2nd
2nd Period Scoring       7/4th       5/T-4th
3rd Period Scoring        6/5th          2/T-5th
Overtime Scoring           n/a             n/a

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)
10/8            RV    RV    4th (pre)
10/15        RV    15    5th
10/22        11    12    3rd
10/29        10    9    3rd
11/5            9    9    2nd    

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 5)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (48)        6- 1-0       998         1
 2     Minnesota                                 5- 2-0       896         2
 3     Denver                        ( 1)        5- 1-0       878         3
 4     Cornell                                   3- 0-1       790         6
 5     Miami                                     5- 2-1       765         4
 6     North Dakota                              3- 2-1       749         5
 7     Notre Dame                                6- 2-0       702         7
 8     Union                         ( 1)        5- 1-1       661        10
 9     New Hampshire                         5- 1-1       625         9
10     Western Michigan                      4- 2-0       532        11
11     Boston University                     4- 2-0       513        12
12     Michigan                                  3- 3-1       480         8
13     St. Lawrence                              5- 1-0       300        16
14     Harvard                                   2- 1-0       257        13
15     St. Cloud State                           5- 3-0       256        18
16     Northern Michigan                     4- 3-1       217        20
17     Massachusetts-Lowell                  1- 3-1       169        14
18     Ferris State                              3- 3-2       163        19
19     Colorado College                      5- 3-0       143        NR
20     Minnesota-Duluth                      2- 3-1       120        17
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth 102, Providence 35, Northeastern 28, Yale 24, Nebraska-Omaha 23, Merrimack 21, Quinnipiac 15, Holy Cross 9, Alaska 7, Bemidji State 7, Ohio State 4, Minnesota State 3, Niagara 3, Lake Superior 2, Massachusetts 2, Colgate 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 5)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 509 (33)        1    6-1-0    6
2    University of Minnesota, 455    2    5-2-0    6
3    University of Denver, 421    3    5-1-0    6
4    Cornell University, 372        5    3-0-1    6
5    Miami University, 361        4    5-2-1    6
6    University of North Dakota, 351    6    3-2-1    6
7    Union College, 297 (1)        9    5-1-1    6
8    University of Notre Dame, 294    8    6-2-0    6
9    New Hampshire, 238        10    5-1-1    3
10    Western Michigan, 200        11    4-0-1    6
11    University of Michigan, 180    7    3-3-1    6
12    Boston University, 178        12    4-2-0    6
13    Harvard University, 67        13    2-1-0    2
14    St. Lawrence University, 52    15    5-1-0    2
15    UMass Lowell, 36        14    1-3-1    6
Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State University, 19; Northern Michigan University, 15; Ferris State University, 14; Dartmouth College, 9; University of Minnesota Duluth, 6; Colorado College, 4; Providence College, 1; Quinnipiac University, 1

UNH Wildcat Productions Signs Multi-Sport Deals with WBIN & FOX College Sports: The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced a 15-game multi-sport package to air live on WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports. UNH Wildcat Productions will produce the games along with production partner Pack Network. Wildcat Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports, manages the comprehensive multimedia rights for UNH Athletics. The 15-game package will feature eight men's ice hockey games as well as three men's basketball games and a pair of games each for women's basketball and women's ice hockey. The first broadcast will be Friday, Oct. 12 when the men's hockey team takes on St. Cloud State University (7:30 p.m.). UNH Wildcat Productions broadcasts home games for 12 of its 20 varsity sports via UNHWildcats.tv. All told, UNH will produce over 100 games, including the 15 on WBIN & FCS.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Time/Result
Fri. Oct. 12     vs. St. Cloud St.     W, 5-3    
    Live Well Network | FOX College Sports Pacific
Sat. Oct. 20     vs. Boston U.     W, 4-1    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports Pacific
Fri. Oct. 26     vs. Northeastern     W, 4-3    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Nov. 30     vs. UMass-Lowell     7:30 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Central
Sat. Jan. 5     vs. Rensselaer     7:00 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Jan. 11     at Boston College     7:00 p.m.             NESN
Sat. Feb. 2     vs. Merrimack     7:00 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Feb. 8     at Providence     7:00 p.m.             Cox  Communications
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 | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Sat. Mar. 2     vs. Massachusetts     7:00 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
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)

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
Dalton Speelman    HE Player of the Week    10/15
Casey DeSmith    HE co-Defensive Player of the Week    10/22
Casey DeSmith    HE co-Defensive Player of the Week    10/29
Casey DeSmith    HE Goaltender of the Month    October
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    11/5

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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