March 6, 2013

No. 4 Men's Hockey Battles Rival Maine in Two-Game White Out Weekend (Fri - 7:30 - NBC Sport) (Sat - 4:00 - NESN)

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#4/4 UNH (18-8-6, 13-7-5 HEA) vs. Maine (10-17-7, 6-12-7 HEA)
White Out the Whitt Weekend
Friday, March 8-- 7:30 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.
Saturday, March 9 -- 4:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
NBC Sports - Friday, March 8 - 7:30 p.m.
John Walton (Play by Play), Ken Hodge Jr. (Analyst)

NESN - Saturday, March 9 - 4 p.m.
Tom Caron (Play by Play), Craig Janney (Analyst)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, March 8 - 7:30 p.m.  (7:00 p.m. pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Saturday, March 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)

Affiliate Stations: WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London,
Claremont) - WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) - WZEI-FM 101.5 (Meredith, Concord)

Scouting the Black Bears: Maine enters this weekend's two game series with UNH at 10-17-7 overall and 6-12-7 in Hockey East. The Black Bears played Northeastern last weekend, winning Friday's game 3-1 and tying 4-4 in overtime Saturday. Friday, Maine scored all three goals in the third period, outshooting Northeastern 34-20 in the game. Saturday's game ended in a 4-4 draw with neither team scoring after 25:44 of regulation or in overtime. The week before, the Black Bears played a two game series at Massachusetts winning Friday's game 2-0 then suffering a 2-5 loss Saturday. On Friday's game, UMass had plenty of chances to score, but all 30 shots were denied by Maine goalie Martin Ouelette. Maine finished the night with a 32-30 shot advantage and won 38 of 64 face-offs. Overall Maine is 2-3-2 over the last seven games. Offensively, the Black Bears are led by senior forward Joey Diamond with 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points.  Following closely behind is Devin Shore, a freshman with three goals and 18 assists for 21 points.  In net, Maine mostly uses junior Martin Ouellette.  He is 8-10-7 with a 2.30 GAA and .919 save percentage in 26 games. Junior Dan Sullivan is 0-6-0 with a 3.34 GAA and .898 save percentage in six games this season.

Series History vs. Maine: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 58-50-5 in 113 meetings. The Wildcats captured this season's only meeting 4-0 in Orono on Nov. 4, 2012. UNH has won five of the last seven games against Maine. Coach Umile is 36-41-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears. Junior forward Kevin Goumas is the active leader in scoring against Maine with nine points in seven games. Casey DeSmith is 1-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and an .942 save percentage in three career starts against the Black Bears.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Black Bears:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas        7        4-5-9
John Henrion        9        4-3-7
Dalton Speelman    6        3-1-4
Austin Block        9        3-2-5
Jeff Silengo        6        2-1-3
Nick Sorkin        6        1-1-2
Grayson Downing    3        1-1-2
Greg Burke        6        1-1-2
Brett Kostolansky    10        0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    8        0-3-3
Jay Camper        2        1-0-1
Eric Knodel        4        1-1-2
Trevor van Riemsdyk    4        0-3-3
Casey Thrush        4        0-1-1
Scott Pavelski        4        0-0-0
Justin Agosta        4        0-0-0
Dan Correale        1        0-0-0
Brett Pesce        1        0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    1        0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    1        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    3/179:46    6    2.00    1-2-0    98    .942

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
11-4-12        60:00    W    42    0    42
Totals        179:46    1-2-0    98    6    104

'Cats with Nine Straight Wins Over Maine at the Whitt:
UNH is 9-0-0 in its last nine games against Maine at the Whittemore Center. The Black Bears last win in Durham was Feb. 4, 2005, a 3-1 win. Maine has won three times at Verizon Wireless Arena over the Wildcats during this span. New Hampshire has outscored the Black Bears 36-18 during this streak.
2-4-05    (H)    Maine    3    UNH    1        L
2-5-05    (H)    UNH    2    Maine    1        W
2-4-06    (H)    UNH    7    Maine    4        W
2-3-07    (H)    UNH     2    Maine    1        W
12-16-07 (H)    UNH    2    Maine    0        W
2-6-09    (H)    UNH    4    Maine    1        W
10-24-09    (H)    UNH    5    Maine    2        W
2-4-11    (H)    UNH    6    Maine    3        W
2-5-11    (H)    UNH    5    Maine    4        W
11-5-11    (H)    UNH    3    Maine    2        W
Totals    9-0-0    UNH Score    36    Maine Score    18

Moving on Up: The UNH men's ice hockey team advanced one spot to No. 4 in this week's national poll.

Playing Catch Up: UNH has had to play catch up a bit in the second half of the season. Saturday night's 4-0 win broke a span of seven-straight games in which their opponent scored first. The Wildcats bounced back in those games only losing two of those seven contests.

'Cats Own Nation's Second-Best Unbeaten Streak: The Wildcats are riding a five-game unbeaten streak. Here is a look at the longest unbeaten streaks in the country.
Current Unbeaten Streak:              W- L- T          Games
    UMass Lowell                          7- 0- 0              7
    New Hampshire                     2- 0- 3              5
    Connecticut                           4- 0- 1              5
    Holy Cross                            4- 0- 1              5
    Notre Dame                            3- 0- 2              5
    Robert Morris                         3- 0- 2              5

Two Points Ices Home Ice: UNH can secure home-ice advantage  with two points this weekend. The Wildcats could get into a home ice position without two points, but would need some help in doing so. The Wildcats are looking to play at home for the 17th time in the last 18 years. 2011-12 was the first time since 1995-96 the Wildcats had to travel in the Hockey East playoff, by far the longest streak in Hockey East.

NBC Sports and NESN Bring Fans All the Action: This weekend UNH and Maine fans will be treated to a pair of televised games. Friday's game will air live on NBC Sports with John Walton and Ken Hodge on the call at 7:30. Saturday afternoon NESN will carry the regular season finale at 4 p.m. with Tom Caron and Craig Janney on the call.

Henrion Named Hockey East co-Player of the Week: On Monday, John Henrion was named Hockey East co-Player of the Week. The senior, who shares this award with BU's Matt Nieto, earns his first career Player of the Week honor. Henrion scored the game-tying goal against UMass with 3.7 seconds left in the third period of Friday night's 2-2 tie. He recorded his first collegiate hat trick Saturday night's win. Henrion was a plus-3 over the weekend and totaled 13 shots on net. He is third in Hockey East in game-wining goals (three) and ranks first in shots on goal (114).

DeSmith Earns Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Honors: Casey DeSmith was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. DeSmith collects this honor for the fifth time in his collegiate career, as well as his fourth time this year. DeSmith recorded his league-best fifth shutout of the season and stopped 25 shots Saturday night in a 4-0 win over UMass. Overall, he stopped 60 of 62 shots with a .967 save percentage and a 0.96 GAA for the weekend. DeSmith ranks second in Hockey East in goals against average at 1.87 and save percentage at .938.

DeSmith Eyeing Ayers' Shutout Record: Casey DeSmith has five shutouts this season including one last Saturday in a win over UMass. DeSmith is trying to catch Mike Ayers, who had seven shutouts in the 2002-03 season.

Thrush Happy to Assist: Sophomore forward Casey Thrush tallied a personal-best three assists in the four-goal win.

Multi-Assist Efforts: Junior forward Nick Sorkin and senior defenseman Brett Kostolansky both tallied two assists in the victory.

Willows Lights the Lamp for Fourth Time in Last Five Games: After scoring just one goal in his first 37 games, Matt Willows has four goals in UNH's last five games.

Working Overtime: UNH has played overtime in four of the last seven games and nine times overall this year. The 'Cats are 1-1-7 in those games this season.

Powerful Power Play: The UNH power play has been red hot with goals in six-straight games including a three-goal outpouring at Vermont on Feb. 22.

To This Point: A comparison through 32 games between this season and the 2007-08 season.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     22-7-2    18-9-5    16-10-6    19-7-6    14-15-3    18-8-6
HE Record    18-4-2    14-7-4    14-7-4    17-4-4    11-12-2    13-7-5
Goals scored    108    96    111    116    97    102
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.00    3.47    3.62    3.03    3.19
Goals Allowed    74    88    102    79    94    71
Goals Allowed/PG    2.30    2.75    3.19    2.47    2.94    2.22
Shots    1055    1051    1053    1103    1056    1097
Shots Allowed    1007    941    983    1017    966    948
Power Play    18.5%     12.7%    16.7%    21.2%    19.5%    18.3%
    (29-157)    (22-173)    (23-138)    (29-137)    (22-113)    (24-131)
Penalty Kill    87.2%     83.1%    80.0%    82.2%    82.3%    90.7%
    (143-164)    (138-166)    (104-130)    (97-118)    (79-96)    (97-107)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riem    Butler    Thomp.    Moses    Goumas
    13-26-39    13-22-35    24-21-45    26-22-48    20-13-33    10-27-37
    Radja    Butler              Thompson    Sislo    Sorkin    Downing
    18-21-39    7-18-25         16-18-34    11-30-41    6725-32    12-13-25
    JVR    Sislo                Kessel    DeSimone    Goumas    TVR
    11-15-26    18-6-24         7-25-32    8-27-35    8-21-29    7-18-25

Thank You Seniors: UNH will honor its six-player senior class of Austin Block, Greg Burke, Connor Hardowa, John Henrion, Brett Kostolansky and Scott Pavelski Saturday night before the game.

Back on the Kill: After allowing a pair of power play goals on Feb. 17, the Wildcat penalty kill got back on track blanking opponents in four-straight games and 14-straight power play opportunities.

Goals Against in Hockey East Play: UNH has allowed just 50 goals in Hockey East play, nine goals fewer than it closest competition (PC, UML 59). Here is a look at the teams that have allowed the fewest goals in each season since Vermont's insertion in 2005-06.
Season        Team        Goals Allowed in HE Play
2012-13        UNH        50 (through 25 games)
2011-12        BC        60
2010-11        BC        58
2009-10        BC        61
2008-09        BU        54
2007-08        UNH        54
2006-07        BU        51
2005-06        BC        58

Home Sweet Home: After playing just two home games in February, the Wildcats will play the final four games of the regular season at home. The Wildcats are 10-3-2 at home this season.

'Cats Aiming for Ninth Regular Season Title: UNH enters the final weekend of the regular season in second place in the league standings just one point behind UMass Lowell. The 'Cats are aiming for their ninth regular-season title over the weekend. New Hampshire is looking take the crown for the first time since 2009-10. BC's 12 Hockey East regular season titles are the most followed by UNH (nine) and BU at eight.
UNH Regular Season Titles:
2009-10
2007-08
2006-07
2002-03 (shared with BC)
2001-02
1998-99
1996-97 (shared with BU)
1991-92

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (March 4)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    32    24-5-5    .7794    1    .5763    1    15-2-4    .8095
2    Minnesota    31    22-7-5    .7206    2    .5634    2    12-6-3    .6429
3    Miami    30    22-9-5    .6806    5    .5539    3    13-7-4    .6250
4t    UNH    27    18-8-6    .6562    7    .5479    5    11-7-3    .5952
4t    Mass.Lowell    27    21-9-2    .6875    4    .5491    4    8-7-0    .5333
4t    Boston College    27    19-10-3    .6406    8    .5399*    8    10-6-3    .6053
7    North Dakota    26    18-9-7    .6324    10    .5445    6    12-9-4    .5600
8t    Minnesota State    24    21-10-3    .6618    6    .5442*    7    10-10-1    .5000
8t    Denver    24    17-11-5    .5909    15    .5378    10    13-10-4    .5556
10t    St. Cloud State    22    20-13-1    .6029    13t    .5369*    11    13-10-1    .5625
10t    Western Mich.    22    19-9-8    .6389    9    .5361    12    9-5-4    .6111
12    Yale    21    16-10-3    .6034    12    .5351    13    8-8-3    .5000
13    Niagara    19    21-8-5    .6912    3    .5316*    14    4-4-0    .5000
14t    Notre Dame    18    21-12-3    .6250    11    .5381    9    7-9-3    .4474
14t    Rensselaer    18    17-12-5    .5735    18t    .5255    15    9-10-4    .4783
16    Alaska    17    16-14-4    .5294    25t    .5129    22    10-8-3    .5476
17t    Union    16    17-12-5    .5735    18t    .5211    17    7-7-3    .5000
17t    Boston Univ.    16    16-15-2    .5152    27    .5130    21    10-9-1    .5250
19    Dartmouth    14    13-11-5    .5345    24    .5167    19    8-7-3    .5278
20    Wisconsin    13    16-11-7    .5735    18t    .5218    16    7-10-3    .4250
21    Robert Morris    12    18-12-4    .5882    16    .5108    23    5-6-2    .4615
22t    Providence    10    14-11-7    .5469    23    .5187    18    5-9-5    .3947
22t    Air Force    10    17-11-7    .5857    17    .5061    25    6-5-1    .5417
24    Ohio State    9    14-15-7    .4861    30    .5061    26    7-10-6    .4348
25t    Neb-Omaha    7    18-14-2    .5588    21t    .5150    20    6-12-1    .3421
25t    Ferris State    7    15-14-5    .5147    28    .5073    24    5-10-2    .3529
25t    St. Lawrence    7    16-14-4    .5294    25t    .5057    28    6-10-1    .3824
28t    Holy Cross    6    19-12-3    .6029    13t    .5060    27    3-6-1    .3500
28t    Cornell    6    12-14-3    .4655    36    .5008    31    9-9-1    .5000
28t    Northern Mich.    6    15-17-4    .4722    34    .5006    32    10-11-3    .4792
31t    Colorado Coll.    2    13-16-5    .4559    38t    .5042    29    8-15-3    .3654
31t    Merrimack    2    14-14-6    .5000    29    .5032    30    6-11-1    .3611
33    Brown    0    11-12-6    .4828    32    .5003    33    3-10-5    .3056

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    34-41-75    33%-23%-27%
Juniors:    31-70-101    30%-40%-36%
Sophomores:    30-51-81    29%-29%-29%
Freshmen:    7-15-22    7%-8%-8%

Wildcats Stamp Ticket to Hockey East Postseason for League-Best 25-Straight Seasons: The Wildcats have punched their ticket to the Hockey East playoffs for a league-best 25-straight seasons.

When Leading After Two: UNH is 14-0-1 when leading after two periods.

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
2/4            5    4    2nd
2/11            5    5    2nd
2/18            5    5    3rd
2/25            5    5    1st
3/4            4    4    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 4)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Quinnipiac                    (36)       24- 5-5       967         1
 2     Minnesota                     (12)      22- 7-5       949         2
 3     Miami                                    22- 9-5       898         3
 4     New Hampshire                        18- 8-6       803         5
 5     North Dakota                             18- 9-7       750         6
 6     Boston College                           19-10-3       730         4
 7     Massachusetts-Lowell          (2)       21- 9-2       660        12
 8     St. Cloud State                          20-13-1       612         7
 9     Western Michigan                     19- 9-8       589         8
10     Minnesota State                          21-10-3       571         9
11     Notre Dame                               21-12-3       527        11
12     Denver                                   17-11-5       508        10
13     Yale                                     16-10-3       345        15
14     Wisconsin                                16-11-7       307        16
15     Niagara                                  21- 8-5       221        14
16     Nebraska-Omaha                       18-14-2       210        13
17     Rensselaer                               17-12-5       207        NR
18     Providence                               14-11-7       167        20
19     Boston University                        16-15-2       118        19
20     Union                                    17-12-5       105        NR
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth 58, Merrimack 39, Alaska 25, Air Force 8, Ohio State 3, St. Lawrence 2, Robert Morris 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 4)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Quinnipiac University, 497 (25)    1    24-5-5    13
2    University of Minnesota, 472 (8)    2    22-7-5    22
3    Miami University, 445        3    22-9-5    22
4    New Hampshire, 383        5    18-8-6    19
5     University of North Dakota, 344    6    18-9-7    22
6    Boston College, 339        4    19-10-3    22
7    UMass-Lowell, 318 (1)        10    21-9-2    13
8    St. Cloud State University, 240    9    20-13-1    10
9    Western Michigan University, 227    8    19-9-8    22
10    Minnesota State University, 208    7    21-10-3    9
11    University of Denver, 189    11    17-11-5    22
12    University of Notre Dame, 184    12    21-12-3    22
13    Yale University, 86        14    16-10-3    13
14    University of Wisconsin, 42    NR    16-11-7    3
15    Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., 27    NR    17-12-5    1
Others receiving votes: Niagara University, 25; Providence College, 18, Union College, 17; University of Nebraska-Omaha, 15; Dartmouth College, 3; Boston University, 1.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 3/4): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        12th    1.16 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             5th    0.84 apg
Power Play Goals:         
Austin Block     15th     6 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            26th    0.78 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           19th           2.11 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         16th          .928
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     9th    .690
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    5
Team
Scoring Offense          12th               3.19 g/gm
Scoring Defense         7th       2.22 g/gm
Scoring Margin            9th        0.96
Power Play                   22nd       18.32 pct
Penalty Kill                   2nd        90.7 pct
Combined Special Teams   20th      51.3 pct
Team Winning Percentage 5th    .650

Among the League Leaders (Thru 3/4): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas           2nd (37 pts)    6th (26 pts)
        Grayson Downing  18th (25pts)   NR
        T. van Riemsdyk      18th (25 pts) 18th (18 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block      NR                     9th (10 pts)
        John Henrion       NR                     6th (11 pts)      
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (27a)     3rd (19a)
        T. van Riemsdyk   9th (18a)      9th (15a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     2nd (6g)     2nd (5g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 2nd (3shg)     1st (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    6th (1shg)         NR
GW Goals:     John Henrion     3rd (3g)     3rd (3g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (25 pts)     1st (18 pts)
        Eric Knodel          9th (16 pts)        5th (14 pts)    
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas     2nd (+17)     9th (+10)
        Grayson Downing 8th (+13)     9th (+10)
        Eric Knodel              8th (+13)         9th (+10)
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st(139)     1st (114)
        Austin Block     9th (106)     10th (84)
Faceoff %:     John Henrion     3rd(.600)     3rd (.600)
        Jeff Silengo     5th (.589)     2nd (.609)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     4th (2.12)     2nd (1.87)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.928)     2nd (.938)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     2nd (.690)     2nd (.674)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 3/4):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.19/2nd     2.96/3rd
Scoring Defense            2.22/1st     2.00/1st
Power Play         18.3/2nd     19.1/2nd
Penalty Kill         90.7/1st    91.6/1st
Special Teams Net           +17/1st     +16/1st
1st Period Scoring          23/2nd      16/3rd
2nd Period Scoring       42/2nd      32/1st
3rd Period Scoring        36/3rd         26/3rd
Overtime Scoring           1/2nd           0/3rd

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.

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     L, 1-4            WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Sun. Feb. 10     vs. Providence     T, 3-3 OT            CBS Sports
Fri. Feb. 22     at Vermont     W, 4-3            NESN
Sat. Feb 23     at Vermont     T, 1-1 OT            CBS Sports
Fri. Mar. 1     vs. Massachusetts     T, 2-2 OT            WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Sat. Mar. 2     vs. Massachusetts     W, 4-0            WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Mar. 8     vs. Maine     7:30 p.m.             NBC Sports
Sat. Mar. 9     vs. Maine     4:00 p.m.             NESN

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Bobby Butler: New Jersey Devils (NHL)
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 - Germany)
Matt Fornataro: Västerås (Allsvenskan - Sweden)
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 - Sweden)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Damon Kipp: South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 (ET - Finland)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Kevin McCarey: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Biel (NLA - Switzerland)
Steve Moses: Jokerit (ET - Finland)
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 - Sweden)
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    
John Henrion    HE co-Player of the Week    3/4
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    3/4

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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