January 30, 2013

Third-Ranked Men's Hockey Takes on Northeastern (Fri. - 7 PM @NU) and Merrimack College (Sat. - 7 PM - Whitt - FOX COLLEGE SPORTS, WBIN-TV)

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#3/4 UNH (15-6-2, 10-5-1 HEA) at Northeastern (7-12-3, 4-10-3 HEA)
Friday, Feb. 1 -- 7:00 p.m. - Matthews Arena (4,666) | Boston, Mass.

#3/4 UNH (15-6-2, 10-5-1 HEA) vs. Merrimack College (10-10-5, 8-6-2 HEA)
Saturday, Feb. 2 -- 7:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
Saturday, Feb. 2 - 7 p.m.
WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports Atlantic
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Feb. 1 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Saturday, Feb. 2 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob LIpman (Analyst)
Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)
Affiliate Stations: WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London, Claremont) - WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) - WZEI-FM 101.5 (Meredith, Concord)

Scouting the Huskies:  Northeastern enters the weekend 7-12-3 overall with a 4-10-3 mark in Hockey East action.  The team is coming off a 5-4 overtime loss at UMass Lowell.  Northeastern led 4-1 eight minutes into the third before a late rally by the River Hawks forced OT and UML scored at 3:07 of the overtime period. Overall, the Huskies are 2-5-1 since December, but notched a big 6-5 win at Boston University on Jan. 18.Offensively, freshman Kevin Roy leads the Huskies in goals, assists and points with 12, 14, and 26, respectively.  Cody Ferriero and Vinny Saponari have also been productive this season both amounting to 18 points on the season.  Chris Rawlings has spent the most time in the net for the Huskies this season totaling a goals against average of 2.86 per game along with a save percentage of .911.  Also seeing time between the pipes is senior Bryan Mountain, who is 0-5-2 with a 3.47 GAA and a .902 save percentage, while junior Clay Witt is 0-0-0 with a 4.86 GAA and .850 save percentage in his lone appearance of the season.

Series History vs. Northeastern: UNH owns an 90-58-15 all-time record against Northeastern in 163 meetings in the series history between the two teams.UNH won the 2011-12 season series with Northeastern 2-1-0. UNH leads this year's series 1-0-1with a 4-3 win in Durham on Oct. 26 and a scoreless tie the following night in Boston. Coach Umile owns a 45-16-13 record all-time against Northeastern. Junior forward Kevin Goumas is the active scoring leader against the Huskies with eight points in seven games. Jeff Wyer and Casey DeSmith have both seen action against the Huskies. Wyer saw 11:23 in a relief appearance on Nov. 1, 2008 and did not allow a goal in the three shots he faced. DeSmith is 2-0-1 with a 1.62 GAA and a .938 save percentage in three career games again NU.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE HUSKIES:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas     7     2-6-8
Dalton Speelman     10     4-1-5
Austin Block     10    3-2-5
Casey Thrush     4    0-4-4
Nick Sorkin     8     0-3-3
John Henrion     10     1-2-3
Jeff Silengo     8    0-3-3
Brett Kostolansky     8     0-2-2
Connor Hardowa     11     1-1-2
Trevor van Riemsdyk     5    1-1-2
Greg Burke     9     0-1-1
Justin Agosta     5     0-1-1
Grayson Downing     5     0-1-1
Scott Pavelski     4     0-0-0
Eric Knodel     5     0-0-0
Jay Camper     2     0-0-0
Brett Pesce    2    0-0-0
Matt Willows     1     0-0-0
Dan Correale    1    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    1    0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player     GP/Min     GA     GAA     W-L-T     SV     SV%
Wyer     1/11:23     0     0.00     0-0-0     3     1.000
DeSmith     3/185:00     5    1.62              2-0-1        76      .938
Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date     Min         Res.         Svs.     GA     Shots
11/1/08     11:23     ND         3     0     3
Totals     11:23     0-0-0         3     0     3

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date              Min      Res.         Svs.     GA     Shots
2/10/12     60:00     W            24         2        26
10/26/12    60:00    W        18    3    21
10/27/12    65:00    T        34    0    34
Totals    185:00    2-0-1        76    5    81

Scouting the Warriors:  Merrimack enters the weekend with UNH 10-10-5 overall with an 8-6-2 mark in Hockey East. The Warriors will play neighboring rival UMass Lowell on Friday night before heading to Durham. Most recently, the Warriors split a home-and-home series with UNH winning 3-2 on Friday and dropping Saturday's game 6-2 at Verizon Wireless Arena. Overall, Merrimack is 4-2-1 over the last seven games. Offensively, the Warriors look to the reigning Hockey East Player of the Week and Player of the Month for January in Mike Collins. The junior has 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points. The next closest Warrior has just 13 points total. In net, Merrimack has been using junior Sam Marotta of late. He is 7-5-3 with a 2.29 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Sophomore Rasmus Tirronen is 3-5-2 with a 2.58 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 10 games this season.

Series History vs. Merrimack: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 66-18-9 in 93 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960.  Since 1996, UNH is 42-9-7 in the last 58 games. UNH owns a 25-5-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile has compiled a 54-15-8 all-time mark against the Warriors. The 'Cats are 15-5-0 in the last 20 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink. The teams are 1-1-0 after a weekend split last weekend. The Warriors won 3-2 at Merrimack, while UNH earned a 6-2 win at Verizon Wireless Arena. Nick Sorkin, Connor Hardowa and Brett Kostolansky are tied for the most points among active players against Merrimack with five apiece. Casey DeSmith is 2-1-1 lifetime with a .943 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against average. Jeff Wyer is 0-1-0 all-time with a 3.07 GAA and a .914.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Warriors:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Grayson Downing    5    3-2-5
Connor Hardowa    10    2-3-5
Trevor van Riemsdyk    5    0-5-5
Brett Kostolansky    12    1-3-4
Nick Sorkin    7    0-4-4
Austin Block    11    1-2-3
Dalton Speelman    8    2-0-2
Eric Knodel    5    1-1-2
Casey Thrush    5    1-0-1
Dan Correale    2    1-0-1
Collin MacDonald    1    1-0-1
Greg Burke    7    0-1-1
Kevin Goumas    9    0-1-1
John Henrion    11    0-1-1
Matt Willows    5    0-1-1
Scott Pavelski    6    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    6    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    5    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    2    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    1    0-0-0
Jay Camper    1    0-0-0
Harry Quast    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    4/245:19    7    1.71    2-1-1    116    .943
Wyer    1/58:27    3    3.07    0-1-0    32    .914

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-20-12        60:00    W    24    1    25
1-21-12        60:19    L    23    3    26
2-11-12        65:00    T    34    1    35
1-26-13        60:00    W    35    2    37
Totals        245:19    2-1-1    116    7    123

Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-25-13        58:27    L    32    3    35
Totals        58:27    0-1-0    32    3    35

van Riemsdyk's Career Day Lifts Him to MVP honors: Trevor van Riemsdyk set career highs in points and assists on Saturday night against Merrimack. His four assist night earned him MVP honors in UNH's Battle for the RiverStone Cup game.

80 Goals The Magic Number: For the third time in the last four years, UNH has exactly 80 goals through 23 games (3.48 gpg). Conversely, the 'Cats have allowed just 52 goals (2.26 gpg) this season the fewest in the same four-year span. Compare the 52 goals this season to 73 allowed twice and 56 allowed once.

'Cats Match 2011-12 Win Total: On Saturday UNH captured its 15th win of the season, matching last year's win total with over a month left in the regular season. The team's 10 conference wins is just one shy of last year's 11 wins.

UNH Eyes Season Series With a Pair of League Foes: With a pair of wins, the Wildcats can take the season series with Merrimack and Northeastern. UNH leads NU 1-0-1, while the series is even at 1-1-0 between the 'Cats and Warriors.

Tough "Road" Ahead for the Wildcats; Two Home Games in February: The Wildcats enter a critical stretch with just two home games in February. UNH will make trips to Northeastern, PC, BC and Vermont (2) during the month. If the 'Cats can weather the rough road stretch they close out the regular season with four-straight home games in March.

Wyer Stops Career-High 32 Against Merrimack: Junior netminder Jeff Wyer made just his second career start on Friday night at Merrimack and stopped a career-high 32 shots in a 3-2 loss.

That's a Big 10, 4: In Saturday 6-2 win, ten different Wildcats factored in the scoring with four players with multi-point efforts.

van Riemsdyk Points= UNH Wins: The team is 10-0-1 when sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk has at least a point this season.

Goals on Sale; Six for Six: On Saturday night, six different Wildcats contributed to the team's six goal outburst. It was just the second time all season the team scored six goals. The last time the squad scored six it was just two players providing all the offense.

MacDonald, Correale Pot First Collegiate Goals: Freshmen Collin MacDonald and Dan Correale each scored their first collegiate goals in Saturday's 6-2 win over Merrimack. MacDonald was a healthy scratch in the previous six games, while Correale was inserted into the team's top line and both responded with big nights.

Wildcats Own Nation's Top Penalty Kill: UNH continues to be the nation's best team on the penalty kill. The team has killed off 71-76 power play opportunities four short-handed goals in that span. UNH has allowed just three power play goals since the being of November.

van Riemsdyk Tops Among Hockey East Defensmen: Sophomore Trevor van Riemsdyk ranks first in Hockey East in defensive scoring with 19 points.

Best in the Third, Period.: UNH is outscoring opponents 27-11 in third period this season (+16). The 'Cats 11 goals allowed in the third is 10 less than its next closest competition. Additionally, UNH holds a commanding 17-5 (+12) margin in the third period. The team is 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Henrion First in League to 100 Shots: John Henrion has a league-best 100 shots on net. NU's Kevin Roy is second with 99 shots.

Henrion Owns Hockey East's Top Faceoff Percentage: Senior John Henrioins has won 40-62 faceoffs for a .645 percentage, the best in Hockey East.

Pesce Receives High Marks from Central Scouting: Freshman defenseman Brett Pesce is the highest ranked collegiate player in the CSS Midterm 2013 NHL pre-draft rankings. Pesce is ranked 36th among North American skaters and has been projected as a first or second round draft pick according to some outlets. The highly-skilled blueliner celebrated his 18th birthday in November, while his captain Connor Hardowa celebrated his 24th birthday on the same day.

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (Jan. 28)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    28    18-3-3    .8125    1    .5870    1    10-2-1    .8077
2    Minnesota    27    18-4-4    .7692    2    .5724    2    7-3-2    .6667
3t    UNH    25    15-6-2    .6957    4    .5672    3    10-5-0    .6667
3t    Miami    25    15-6-5    .6731    7    .5546    4    10-4-4    .6667
5t    Yale    24    12-5-3    .6750    6    .5538    5    3-3-3    .5000
5t    Boston College    24    14-7-2    .6522    8t    .5521*    6    8-3-2    .6923
7    Western Mich.    22    16-6-4    .6923    5    .5457    7    6-2-0    .7500
8    Mass-Lowell    21    14-7-2    .6522    8t    .5456    8    2-6-0    .2500
9    St. Cloud State    19    15-10-1    .5962    16t    .5433*    9    8-7-1    .5312
10    North Dakota    18    13-8-5    .5962    16t    .5415    10    6-6-3    .5000
11t    Boston Univ.    17    13-9-1    .5870    18    .5404    11    7-7-1    .5000
11t    Alaska    17    12-8-4    .5833    19t    .5331    18    9-5-2    .6250
13    Denver    16    13-8-4    .6000    13t    .5396    12    8-7-3    .5278
14t    Notre Dame    15    16-10-0    .6154    11t    .5384    13    6-7-0    .4615
14t    Dartmouth    15    11-7-2    .6000    13t    .5365    14    3-4-2    .4444
16    Minnesota State    13    16-9-3    .6250    10    .5350*    15    7-9-0    .4375
17    Niagara    12    15-4-5    .7292    3    .5346*    16    2-2-0    .5000
18t    Union    10    13-8-4    .6000    13t    .5259    19    2-5-1    .3125
18t    Colgate    10    13-9-2    .5833    19t    .5221*    20    4-5-2    .4545
18t    No. Michigan    10    11-12-4    .4815    32    .5123    23    9-10-3    .4773
21t    Neb-Omaha    8    15-9-2    .6154    11t    .5334    17    4-8-1    .3462
21t    Ferris State    8    13-10-3    .5577    24    .5183    22    4-7-0    .3636
23    Wisconsin    7    11-8-5    .5625    23    .5210    21    4-6-2    .4167
24t    Ohio State    4    10-11-5    .4808    33    .5087    24    3-8-4    .3333
24t    Providence    4    10-10-4    .5000    28t    .5072*    25    2-8-3    .2692
24t    Robert Morris    4    12-9-2    .5652    22    .5046    26    4-2-2    .6250
27    Cornell    2    8-9-2    .4737    36t    .5044    27    3-4-2    .4444
28    Merrimack    1    10-10-5    .5000    28t    .5022    28    3-7-1    .3182
29    Holy Cross    0    13-9-2    .5833    19t    .5021    29    2-4-1    .3571

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
12/10        2    2    2nd
12/17        2    2    2nd
12/24        NP    NP    2nd
12/31        4    4    2nd
1/7            4    4    2nd
1/14            3    3    2nd
1/21            4    4    2nd
1/28            4    3    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 28)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (28)       18- 4-4       975         1
 2     Quinnipiac                    (22)       18- 3-3       967         2
 3     New Hampshire                        15- 6-2       871         4
 4     Miami                                    15- 6-5       835         6
 5     Boston College                           14- 7-2       771         3
 6     Western Michigan                     16- 6-4       723         9
 7     North Dakota                             13- 8-5       633         5
 8     Yale                                     12- 5-3       605         8
 9     Notre Dame                               16-10-0      564         7
10     Denver                                   13- 8-4       506        10
11     Boston University                    13- 9-1       479        11
12     St. Cloud State                          15-10-1       446        16
13     Massachusetts-Lowell                 14- 7-2       416        15
14     Nebraska-Omaha                       15- 9-2       406        13
15     Minnesota State                          16- 9-3       393        14
16     Dartmouth                                11- 7-2       302        12
17     Niagara                                  15- 4-5       180        17
18     Union                                    13- 8-4       151        19
19     Wisconsin                                11- 8-5       127        20
20     Alaska                                   12- 8-4        69        NR
Others receiving votes: Ferris State 42, Colgate 19, Providence 11, Cornell 5, Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 1, Northern Michigan 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 28)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 497 (23)    1    18-4-4    17
2    Quinnipiac University, 485 (11)    2    18-3-3    8
3    Miami University, 420        6    15-6-5    17
4    New Hampshire, 417        4    15-6-2    14
5    Boston College, 369        3    14-7-2    17
6    Western Michigan University, 330    9    16-6-4    17
7    Yale University, 290        7    12-5-3    8
8     University of North Dakota, 239    5    13-8-5    17
9    Boston University, 182        10    13-9-1    17
10    University of Denver, 174    11    13-8-4    17
11    University of Notre Dame, 169    8    16-10-0    17
12    UMass-Lowell, 145        12    14-7-2    9
13    St. Cloud State University, 141    15    15-10-1    5
14    Nebraska-Omaha, 77        14    15-9-2    10
15    Minnesota State University, 65    NR    16-9-3    4
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth College, 43; Niagara University, 17; University of Alaska, 10; Union College, 6; University of Wisconsin, 3; Ferris State University, 1.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    26-33-59    33%-24%-27%
Juniors:    27-55-82    34%-40%-38%
Sophomores:    22-38-60    28%-28%-28%
Freshmen:    5-10-15    6%-7%-7%

To This Point: A comparison through 23 games between this season and the last three seasons.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     12-7-4    14-5-4    9-12-2    15-6-2
HE Record    11-2-3    12-2-2    6-9-1    10-5-1
Goals scored    80    80    72    80
Goals scored/PG    3.48    3.48    3.13    3.48
Goals Allowed    73    56    73    52
Goals Allowed/PG    3.17    2.43    3.17    2.26
Shots    681    811    785    792
Shots Allowed    748    702    659    667
Power Play    18.4%     19.2%    18.8%    16.7%
    (19-103)    (20-104)    (16-85)    (15-90)
Penalty Kill    80.2%     80.8%    81.3%    92.4%
    (77-96)    (63-78)    (61-75)    (71-76)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses    Goumas
    17-16-33    19-18-37    17-11-28    10-20-30
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin    T.V.R.
    6-21-27    10-22-32    6-19-25    6-13-19
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas    Downing
    13-12-25    5-21-26    6-15-21    9-9-18

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/29): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        12th    1.30 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block     38th       0.48 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             9th    0.87 apg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            5th    0.83 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           23rd           2.20 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         25th          .924
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     4th    .750
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          4th               3.48 g/gm
Scoring Defense         12th       2.26 g/gm
Scoring Margin            3rd        1.22
Power Play                   29th       16.7 pct
Penalty Kill                   1st        93.4 pct
Combined Special Teams   17th      51.8 pct
Team Winning Percentage 4th    .696

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/29): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas         2nd (30 pts)    5th (19 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block        6th (11g)       5th (8g)
        Kevin Goumas       9th (10g)              10th (7g)
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (20a)    6th (12a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     2nd (5g)    1st (4g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)    1st (2g)
GW Goals:     Austin Block       7th (2g)    NR
        Dalton Speelman 7th (2g)             NR
        Kevin Goumas       7th (2g)             NR
        T. van Riemsdyk    7th (2g)     NR
        John Henrion    7th (2g)    3rd (2g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (19 pts)     2nd (12 pts)
        Justin Agosta    8th (12 pts)      7th (9 pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    2nd (+16)     6th (+9)
        Casey Thrush       8th (+11)       NR
        Grayson Downing 8th (+11)    9th (+8)
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st (100)    1st (75)
        Austin Block    7th (77)    9th (55)
Faceoff %:     John Henrion    1st (.645)     1st (.654)
        Jeff Silengo    3rd (.596)    2nd (.619)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith    2nd (2.20)     1st (1.83)
Save Percentage:    
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.924)     1st (.940)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    1st (.750)     1st (.750)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/29):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.48/1st    3.25/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.26/1st    1.94/1st
Power Play         16.7/4th    17.4/4th
Penalty Kill         93.4/1st    96.2/1st
Special Teams Net       +13/1st     +12/1st
1st Period Scoring          21/2nd      14/2nd
2nd Period Scoring       31/1st      21/1st
3rd Period Scoring        27/4th         17/5th
Overtime Scoring           1/1st            0/NA

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     W, 5-2            WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Jan. 11     at Boston College     L, 2-5             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:
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Bobby Butler: Albany Devils (AHL)
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: Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Lanny Gare: Löwen Frankfurt (Germany3)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Leksand (Allsvenskan)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Damon Kipp: South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
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 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) , WZEI-FM 101.5 (Meredith/Concord) 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 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
Austin Block    All-Tourney team (Dartmouth)    12/31
T. van Riemsdyk    MVP Battle for RiverStone Cup    1/26    

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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