Top-Ranked Men's Hockey Takes on No. 7 Boston University (Thurs. | 7 p.m.) & U.S. Under-18 Team (Sun. | 4 p.m.)

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No. 1/1 UNH (11-1-2, 8-1-1 Hockey East)
vs. No. 7/7 Boston U. (8-5-0, 6-4-0 HE)
vs. US Under-18 (Exhibition) (11-6-3)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Thursday, Dec. 6 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)

Sunday, Dec. 9 - 4:00 p.m.  (3:30 p.m. pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)

Scouting No. 7 Boston University: The No. 7 Boston University Terriers enter Thursday's matchup at 8-5-0 overall with a 6-4-0 record in Hockey East.  BU is coming off a weekend home-and-home split of the then No. 1 Boston College Eagles and will face the number one team in the nation for the third straight game.  BU notched a 4-2 win at home before losing 5-2 on Saturday in Chestnut Hill.  The Terriers average 3.15 goals-per-game on 30.8 shots-per-contest.  Senior forward Wade Megan leads the squad in goals with eight on the campaign and has added six assists for a total of 14 points.  Sophomore Cason Hohmann is first on the team in points (15), assists (11) and plus/minus (+13).  The Terriers have featured a pair of freshman netminders this year, but Matt O'Connor has emerged as the team's top option in net.  O'Connor leads the way in saves (281), save % (.930) and goals against average (2.25).  The rookie stopper is 6-3-0 on the season, including a loss against the Wildcats on Nov. 18, a game at Agganis Arena in which O'Connor gave up two goals in 32 shots.  BU pulled its netminder down 2-1 with 1:09 remaining in a 3-1 losing effort.  O'Connor's counterpart Sean Maguire is 2-2-0 on the season with a 2.56 GAA and .910 save %.  Maguire's last appearance came Nov. 24 against St. Lawrence, recording his first-career shutout on 21 saves.   

 

Series History vs. Boston U.: Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH 101-49-19 in 169 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. The Wildcats won the first two games of this year's series 4-1 and 3-1, respectively. Coach Umile owns a 29-37-9 all-time record against Boston University.  The Wildcats have enjoyed success at Agganis Arena with a 7-6-3 mark all time at Jack Parker Rink. Kevin Goumas is the active leading career Wildcat scorer against BU with six points in 11 games. Casey DeSmith is 2-3-0, with a 2.42 GAA and a .924 save percentage in his career against the Terriers.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas                 11                3-3-6
Connor Hardowa     14    1-4-5
Nick Sorkin    11    3-1-4
Brett Kostolansky    15    1-2-3
Greg Burke                 8    3-0-3
John Henrion    14    3-0-3
Casey Thrush                 5                2-1-3
Matt Willows                 6                 0-3-3
Grayson Downing     7     1-2-3
Austin Block                 15                 0-3-3
Dalton Speelman     11    0-3-3
Trevor van Riemsdyk     8     1-1-2
Scott Pavelski                 7                 1-1-2
Justin Agosta                 8                0-2-2
Eric Knodel                 8                 1-0-1
Dan Correale    1    0-1-1
Maxim Gaudreault    1    1-0-1
Jeff Silengo                 9               0-0-0
Jay Camper                 2                 0-0-0
Brett Pesce    2    0-0-0
Matt Willows    1    0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmtih     6/406:27    15     2.21    3-3-0     215    .934
 
DeSmith's Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-8-11         59:23     L     32     2     34
3-9-12        82:00    W    32    2    34
3-10-12        58:22    L    32    4    36
3-11-12        86:42    L    50    5    55
11-10-12        60:00    W    24    1    25
11-18-12        60:00    W    45    1    46
Total:         406:27     3-3-0     215     15     230

Scouting The U.S. Under-18 National Team: The United States Under-18 Men's National Team enters the week with an 14-6-1-3 record on the year and boast a ten game unbeaten streak. The team will play Merrimack College on Saturday before facing the Wildcats. In this span the squad is 8-0-2 and has outscored its opponents 48-21. In its last matchup the U-18 team skated to a 1-1 tied with the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday, Dec. 1. Forward Sean Malone scored the team's lone goal 5:22 into the game. Goalie The U-18 squad averages 3.83 goals-per-game while allowing only 2.71. They also dominate the shot department, firing 36.2 shots-on-goal per-game while allowing only 23.1. Tyler Kelleher paces the team in scoring with 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists on the campaign. Fellow forward Shane Eiserman has posted a solid seven goals and four assists four 11 points on the year as well. Will Butcher leads all defenseman with four goals and 11 assists. Goaltenders Thatcher Demko and Hunter Miska have split time between the pipes this year. Demko has a 10-2-0-2 record with a 2.24 goals-against average and .904 save %. Miska, the apparent backup is 4-4-1-1 with a 3.30 gaa and .849 save %.   

Wildcats Ascend to #1: UNH ascended to the number 1 spot in USCHO.com Division I Men's College Hockey Top 20 Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. In the USCHO poll, the Wildcats garnered 31 of 50 first place votes and 977 points, just 12 points ahead of second place Boston College. In the USA Today Poll, the 'Cats garnered 24 of 34 first-place votes for 496 points, just nine ahead of Boston College.The Wildcats earn the top spot in the USCHO.com & USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls for the first time since Jan. 29, 2007. UNH's last time at the No. 1 spot lasted only a week as it split the following weekend with Maine. The Wildcats were unranked at the beginning of the season, but debuted in week three and continued to claim reaching the top spot this week.

DeSmith Wins Hockey East Goalie of the Month for November:  Casey DeSmith was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for November. The league office made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. DeSmith earns the award for the second time in his career and does so in back-to-back months. The netminder becomes the first Wildcat since Brian Foster (December 2010, January 2011) to win this award in consecutive months. DeSmith went 5-1-1 in the month of November and collected a pair of Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week awards. The sophomore netminder posted a 1.65 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. DeSmith had three straight shutouts and in the process set a UNH record for scoreless minutes at 203:32. The goaltender stopped 30-plus shots on four occasions in the month of November, including a pair of 40-plus save performances. Along with a strong power play in front of him, DeSmith played a key role in spring-boarding the Wildcats to their best start in program history and the top of the nation's poll by the end of the month.

Downing Shares Hockey East Player of the Week Honors: Grayson Downing was named Hockey East Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week. This is the first time Downing has been named Hockey East Player of the Week, he shared this award with Evan Rodrigues of Boston University. Downing becomes the second Wildcat in as many weeks to take home this award, following Kevin Goumas last week. Downing tallied two goals and two assists in a weekend sweep over UMass.-Lowell. The sophomore forward had five shots on net and was a +5 on the weekend. His two goals came in a 5-2 victory Friday in Durham. He followed that up with a pair of assists Saturday night in Lowell. Downing has seven points on five goals and two assists in the last three games, including his first career hat trick in Denver last weekend.

Wildcats Earn Hockey East Team of the Week for the Third-Straight Weekend: UNH claimed Hockey East's Team of the Week honors for the third-straight week. UNH captured its third team of the week honors and jumped to number one in the nation's poll thanks to a four point weekend against UMass Lowell. The Wildcats skated to a pair of 5-2 victories on Friday and Saturday in a home-and-home series. The Wildcats came out of the weekend with a season sweep of the River Hawks, outscoring UMass Lowell 13-4 in three matchups this year. The team is 7-0-1 in the last eight games and boasts its best start in program history with an 11-1-2 mark.

UNH Off to a Historically Good Start: UNH continued its historically great start with a pair of wins over UMass Lowell this weekend to improve to 11-1-2 overall with an 8-1-1 mark in Hockey East. This Wildcat squad owns the nation's top winning percentage (.857) and have the fewest losses by any UNH team through 14 games. The .857 win percentage matching the best start by any UNH team as the 1968-69 team was 12-2-0 through 14 games and went on to a 14-2-0 start. The team's 8-1-1 mark is the best since the team opened 2006-07 13-1-1 in Hockey East play.  New Hampshire is 7-0-1 in the last eight games with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak behind only Niagara's 11 game mark.

'Cats Hold Nation's Top Winning Percentage: This Wildcat squad owns the nation's top winning percentage (.857) and have the fewest losses by any UNH team through 14 games.

UNH Fewest Losses Through 14 games, Matches Best Winning Percentage in Program History: The .857 win percentage matching the best start by any UNH team as the 1968-69 team was 12-2-0 through 14 games and went on to a 14-2-0 start.The team's 8-1-1 mark in Hockey East is the best since the team opened 2006-07 13-1-1 in Hockey East play.

Goumas On A Nine-Game Point Scoring Streak; Ranks Third Nationally in Points: Kevin Goumas is riding a nine-game point streak with 18 points (6g,12a) in that span. He has a point in 12-of-14 games this season.
Goumas' National Rankings
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        3rd    1.64 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             1st      1.14 apg

We're Streaking: New Hampshire is 7-0-1 in the last eight games with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak behind only Niagara's 11-game mark.
Current Unbeaten Streak:                  W- L- T      Games
    Niagara                               9- 0- 2         11
    New Hampshire                         7- 0- 1          8
    Quinnipiac                            7- 0- 1          8
    Miami                                 5- 0- 2          7
    Ferris State                          4- 0- 1          5

DeSmith Bounces Back: Casey DeSmith picked up a pair of wins in net for the Wildcats, improving to 10-1-2 overall. He is first in Hockey East in save percentage (.943), win percentage (.846) and second in GAA (1.72).
DeSmith's National Rankings
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           7th           1.72 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         3rd          .943
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    .846
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    4

Deadly Kill: UNH has killed off 30-straight opponent power play opportunities with three shorthanded goals in that span. Overall, the 'Cats ranked second nationally with a 96% kill rate (48-50) with four shorthanded goals this season.

Consistency-- Cats Rank Third Nationally in Offense and Defense; First in Scoring Margin: The Wildcats rank third nationally in both offense and defense. UNH is averaging 3.71 goals per game offensively, while allowing 1.71 goals per game defensively. New Hampshire is outscoring opponents 52-24. UNH's +2.00 scoring margin is the best in Division I.

He's Back, Ayers Returns to UNH: UNH Alum Mike Ayers, a former All-America selection and the 2003 USA Hockey National Player of the Year, returns to Durham with the US Under-18 team. Ayer is the goaltender coach with the program.

No Place Like Home; Matches Best Home Start at the Whitt: UNH is a perfect 6-0-0 at home this season. They have outscored opponents 26-11 in those  contests. It's just the second time in the history of the Whittemore Center the team has gone 6-0-0 or better out of the gate. In 2004-05, the team went 12-0-0 over the first dozen games. That squad went to to finish 16-3-0.
Great Starts at the Whittemore Center; Record Before First Loss
1998-99        18-0-1        18-0-1
2000-01        3-0-0        12-5-3
2003-04        5-0-1        13-5-1
2004-05        12-0-0        16-3-0
2008-09        5-0-1        12-4-2
2010-11        4-0-3        11-4-4
2012-13                 6-0-0              --------

Four Score: UNH scored four goals or more 10 time this season including four-straight games. Conversely, CC and DU became the first two teams to score four goals against the 'Cats this season.

'Cats 4-0-2 Against Nationally Ranked Opponents:  UNH is 4-0-2 against nationally-ranked opponents with a pair of wins over Boston University, a win over Denver, a tie with Colorado College and a win and a tie with Northeastern.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    18-22-40    35-25-29
Juniors:    18-40-58    35-45-41
Sophomores:    14-21-35    27-24-25
Freshmen:    2-6-8    4-7-6

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 12/3): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        3rd    1.64 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block    16th        0.64 gpa
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             1st      1.14 apg
Power Play Goals:
Austin Block        3rd    0.29 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         1st                     0.21 shg
Grayson Downing
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            5th                  0.93 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           7th           1.72 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         3rd          .943
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    .846
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          3rd               3.71 g/gm
Scoring Defense         3rd       1.71 g/gm
Scoring Margin            1st        2.00
Power Play                   29th       17.0 pct
Penalty Kill                   2nd        96.0 pct
Combined Special Teams   12th       55.3 pct
Team Winning Percentage    1st    .857

Among the League Leaders (Thru 12/3): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:        Kevin Goumas         1st (23 pts)    T-1st (14 pts)
        Austin Block             T-12th (12 pts)    T-10th (10 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk       T-8th (13 pts)    T-15th (8 pts)
                                  Grayson Downing T-8th (13 pts)   NR                   
Goals:       Austin Block         2nd (9g)         T-1st (7 g)
                                  Kevin Goumas       T-4th (7g)           T-10th (4g)
                                  T. van Riemsdyk     T-12th (5g)            NR
                                  Grayson Downing T-4th (7g)          T-10th (4g)
        Eric Knodel       NR       T-10th (4g)
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (16a)      T-1st (10a)
        Connor Hardowa  T-6th (9a)              NR
                                  T. van Riemsdyk    T-9th (8a)            T-12th (6a)
        Nick Sorkin    T-14th (7a)        NR
PP Points:             Austin Block      T-11th (4 pts)        T-14th (3pts)
                                 Eric Knodel    T-11th (4pts)        T-14th (3 pts)
        Kevin Goumas    NR    T-14th (3pts)
        Connor Hardowa    NR    T-14th (3pts)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     T-1st (4g)    T-2nd (3g)
        Eric Knodel           T-7th (2g)    T-5th (2g)
                                  T. van Riemsdyk    NR                       T-15th (1g)
        Kevin Goumas    NR    T-15th (1g)
SH Goals:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-2nd (1shg)    NR
        Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)    1st (2g)
GW Goals:     Austin Block       T-3rd (2g)    T-6th (1g)
                                  Dalton Speelman T-3rd (2g)           T-6th (1g)
        Kevin Goumas       T-3rd (2g)             T-6th (1g)
        4 others tied at 6th with (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (13 pts)    T-2nd (8 pts)
        Connor Hardowa     T-3rd (9 pts)      T-9th (5 pts)
        Eric Knodel    NR    T-9th (5pts)
        Justin Agosta    NR    T-15th (4pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    1st (+18)    T-3rd (+9)
                                  Grayson Downing T-5th (+13)      T-3rd (+9)
                                  Austin Block            9th (+11)          T-3rd (+9)
        T. van Riemsdyk        8th (+12)       T-2nd (+11)
        Connor Hardowa  10th (+10)    NR
Shots on Goal:    John Henrion    1st (60)    1st (43)
                                  Kevin Goumas       T-8th (47)             NR
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     2nd (1.72)    1st (1.09)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith      1st (.943)    1st (.965)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    T-1st (.846)    1st (.850)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 12/3):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.71/1st    3.30/2nd
Scoring Defense            1.71/1st    1.10/1st
Power Play         17.0/4th    17.1/4th
Penalty Kill         96.0/1st     97.1/1st
Special Teams Net         +10/1st      +8/2nd
1st Period Scoring          17/1st       12/T-1st
2nd Period Scoring       18/1st       12/T-3rd
3rd Period Scoring        17/3rd          9/5th
Overtime Scoring           0/T-2nd             0/T-2nd

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
11/12        5    5    2nd
11/19        3    3    2nd
11/27        2    2    2nd
12/3            1    1    2nd    

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 3)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     New Hampshire                 (31)       11- 1-2       977         2
 2     Boston College                (19)       11- 2-0       965         1
 3     Miami                                     9- 2-3       883         4
 4     Minnesota                                10- 3-2       806         3
 5     Notre Dame                               11- 4-0       791         6
 6     Denver                                    9- 4-1       674         5
 7     Boston University                     8- 5-0       644         9
 7     Western Michigan                      8- 3-1       644        10
 9     North Dakota                              7- 5-2       636         7
10    Dartmouth                                 6- 2-2       459        11
11     Cornell                                   6- 3-2       453        12
12     Union                                     8- 3-2       433         8
13     Quinnipiac                               10- 3-2       418        16
14     Nebraska-Omaha                        9- 4-1       411        13
15     Yale                                      6- 2-1       316        15
16     Ferris State                              7- 4-3       254        17
17     St. Cloud State                           8- 6-0       224        14
18     Niagara                                  10- 2-3       155        20
19     Colorado College                      8- 7-1       145        18
20     Harvard                                   4- 3-0       123        19
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 59, Providence 15, Alaska 5, Michigan 3, Minnesota State 2, St. Lawrence 2, Colgate 1, Holy Cross 1, Massachusetts 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 3)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    New Hampshire, 496 (24)    2    11-1-2    7
2    Boston College, 487 (10)        1    11-2-0    10
3    Miami University, 432        4    9-2-3    10
4    University of Notre Dame, 390    6    11-4-0    10
5    University of Minnesota, 365    3    10-3-2    10
6    University of Denver, 283    5    9-4-1    10
7    Boston University, 268        9    8-5-0    10
8     Western Michigan Univ., 258    10    8-3-1    10
9    University of North Dakota, 233    8    7-5-2    10
10    Dartmouth College, 173        11    6-2-2    4
11    Quinnipiac University, 146    NR    10-3-2    1
12    Union College, 140        7    8-3-2    10
13    Cornell University, 129        12    6-3-2    10
14    Nebraska-Omaha, 117        14    9-4-1    3
15    Yale University, 106        13    6-2-1    2
Others receiving votes: Ferris State University, 30; St. Cloud State University, 10, Niagara University, 9, Colorado College, 4; Harvard University, 3; Ohio State 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     W, 5-2            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
Connor Hardowa    Senior CLASS Award Candidate    11/13
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    11/19
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/19
Dick Umile    XOS Digital Coach of the Week    11/19
Kevin Goumas    HE Player of the Week    11/26
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/26
Grayson Downing    HE co-Player of the Week    12/3
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    12/3

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.

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      

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