March 26, 2013

Game Notes: 10th-Ranked Men's Hockey Takes on No. 12 Denver in NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester

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#10 UNH (19-11-7, 13-8-6 HEA) vs. #12 Denver (20-13-5, 14-9-5 WCHA)
NCAA Northeast Regional
Friday, March 29 -- 8:00 p.m. -  Verizon Wireless Arena | Manchester, N.H.
if UNH advances Saturday, March 30 -- Regional Final - 6:30 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Arena | Manchester, N.H.

Television
Friday, March 29 - 8 p.m.  - ESPNU & Watch ESPN
Clay Matvick (Play by Play), Jim Paradise (Analyst)
Saturday, March 30 - 6:30 p.m.  - ESPNU & Watch ESPN
Clay Matvick (Play by Play), Jim Paradise (Analyst)
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, March 29 - 8:00 p.m.  (7:30 p.m. pregame show)
Saturday, March 30 - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 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)

Overview of the Northeast Region:  The 10th-ranked UNH men's ice hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship and will face off against 12th-ranked University of Denver in a Northeast Regional first round game March 29 (8 p.m.) at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.). The opening first round game between UMass-Lowell and Wisconsin begins at 4:30 p.m. The winners of the first round face off March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
    Tickets for the Northeast Regional can be purchased at UNH's Whittemore Center Box Office, the Verizon Wireless Arena by logging on to www.NCAA.com/frozenfour or by calling 800/745-3000. The three-game package is on sale at $77 for adults, $57 for children ages 2-12/Senior Citizen 65+.
    The official UNH Fan Headquarters is Margarita's Mexican Restaurant at 1037 Elm Street in Manchester, all weekend long. The UNH Beast of the East Pep Band and mascot Gnarlz will be there at 6 p.m. on March 29 to get fans ready for puck drop at 8 p.m.

UNH in the NCAAs:  UNH, which returns to the NCAA's after a one-year hiatus, has been to the tournament 11 of the last 12 years and 18 of the past 22 dating back to 1992. New Hampshire has a 14-24 record in 21 previous NCAA appearances and the Wildcats have advanced to seven Frozen Fours, the most recent of which was in 2003 when the 'Cats played in the title game. In the tenure of head coach Dick Umile, the Wildcats have a 13-17 NCAA tourney record and were national runner-up in 1999 and 2003.



Recent First Round Success:  UNH has won a regional first round game each of its last three NCAA tourney appearances – 2009 vs. North Dakota (6-5 in overtime), 2010 vs. Cornell (6-2) and 2011 against Miami (3-1). The Wildcats have a 6-8 overall record in the first round.

NCAA tourney history VS. the Northeast region teams:  New Hampshire has played a total of six NCAA tournament teams against Denver, Wisconsin and UMass-Lowell. UNH is 0-2 against first-round foe Denver with a 1995 first-round loss (9-2) and 2005 second-round loss (4-2). The Wildcats have a 1-3 record in NCAA tourney play against Wisconsin; the 'Cats prevailed 7-4 in the most recent meeting –1998 in the first round – but the Badgers ousted UNH from the NCAAs in 1977 (semifinals; 4-3), 1982 (semifinals; 5-0) and 1992 (first round; 4-2). UNH has never faced off against UMass-Lowell in the NCAA tourney.

UNH vs. the Field:  The Wildcats have a 7-1-1 overall record for a .833 winning percentage against teams competing in 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. UNH went 3-0-0 against the third overall seed and top seed of the Northeast Region, UMass-Lowell. The 'Cats also went 2-0-0 vs. St. Cloud State, 1-1-1 vs. Boston College and 1-0-0 against Denver.

We're number 2:  UNH is the second seed of the Northeast Region – it's the highest seed since earning the No. 1 seed of the West region in 2008; since then, the Wildcats were #3 in '09 and '10 and #4 in '11. New Hampshire has not been a No. 2 regional seed  since 2005, when they were 3-2 overtime victors against Harvard University in that Northeast Regional; the 'Cats then lost to Denver, 4-2, in the second round. The only other time UNH was a regional second seed was 1982, when New Hampshire advanced out of the quarterfinals against Michigan State before losing in the semifinals to Wisconsin and then to Northeastern in the third-place game.

UNH vs. Ranked Teams:  New Hampshire had a 6-5-3 overall record against nationally-ranked teams and that included 2-1-1 against Top 5 teams – the Wildcats prevailed 6-4 at then-No. 2 Denver on Nov. 24. UMass-Lowell was not ranked when the 'Cats recorded three victories vs. the River Hawks in November and early December.

On the verge of a 20-win season: Dick Umile has led the UNH Wildcats to 18 20-win seasons in his 23 years as head coach. The Wildcats, who enter the NCAA tourney with 19 victories, will increase that number to 19 with a first-round win against the University of Denver.

A Good Omen:  Prior to 2012, the last time New Hampshire did not advance to the NCAA tournament was 2001. One year later, the Wildcats advanced to the Frozen Four.

Four 'Cats honored by Hockey East:  At the annual Hockey East banquet on March 21, sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) were Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Stars. One day earlier, senior forward John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) was announced as the Army ROTC Three Stars Award recipient and UNH was honored with the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award for the fourth consecutive year and eighth time overall.

The State of New Hampshire:  UNH is 3-3-4 in its last 10 games and has not won consecutive games since Jan. 26 vs. Merrimack College (6-2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena) and Feb. 1 at Northeastern University (3-1). The Wildcats did record a five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3) spanning Feb. 17 to March 2. Including the Hockey East quarterfinal series at Providence College (March 15-17), each of UNH's last four losses has been by one goal; the 'Cats lost 4-3 to Maine at home (March 8) and 1-0 at Providence (Feb. 13).

Wildcats in the NCAA's: UNH is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament. The 'Cats have been to the postseason in 11 of the last 12 seasons and 15 of the last 17 years. New Hampshire has advanced to seven Frozen Fours including most recently in 2003 when it advanced to the title game. UNH is 14-23-0 lifetime in the NCAA's.

Scoring Leaders in the NCAA Tournament:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas    2    2-0-2
Greg Burke    2    0-2-2
Brett Kostolansky    4    0-2-2
Connor Hardowa    4    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    4    0-0-0
John Henrion    4    0-0-0
Nick Sorkin    2    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    2    0-0-0
Austin Block    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
no goalies with NCAA experience

All-Time Games at Verizon Wireless Arena: UNH is 12-10-2 lifetime in 24 games at Verizon Wireless Arena including winning three of the last four games at VWA. The 'Cats are 2-4-0 in six career NCAA games in Manchester.
Date    Winning Team    Score    Losing Team    Score    Res.
12-13-01    UNH    6    Dartmouth    3    W
1-15-03    UNH    1    Dartmouth    1    T (OT)
2-1-03    UNH    4    Maine    2    W
11-12-03    UNH    2    Boston College    2    T (OT)
1-13-04    UNH    5    Dartmouth    0    W
3-27-04    Michigan (NCAA)    4    UNH    1    L
11-5-04    UNH    4    Boston U.    3    W
1-12-05    Dartmouth    9    UNH    8    L
11-1-05    Boston College    3    UNH    2    L
1-14-06    UNH    5    Dartmouth    4    W
1-13-07    UNH    4    Dartmouth    2    W
2-2-07    Maine    4    UNH    2    L
3-24-07    Miami (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-19-08    Dartmouth    5    UNH    3    L
1-17-09    UNH    6    Dartmouth    4    W
2-7-09    Maine    1    UNH    0    L
3-28-09    UNH (NCAA)    6    North Dakota    5    W(OT)
3-29-09    Boston U. (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-16-10    UNH    5    Dartmouth    2    W
1-15-11    Dartmouth    5    UNH    4    L
3-26-11    UNH (NCAA)    3    Miami    1    W
3-27-11    Notre Dame (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-14-12    UNH    4    Dartmouth    1    W
1-26-12    UNH    6    Merrimack    2    W
Total    12-10-2    .542    Goals (85)    GA (68)

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (March 24)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    30    27-7-5    .7564    1    .5714    1    18-4-4    .7692
2    Minnesota    29    26-8-5    .7308    2    .5627    2    11-7-3    .5952
3    Mass-Lowell    27    26-10-2    .7105    3    .5558    3    9-7-0    .5625
4    Notre Dame    26    25-12-3    .6625    5t    .5497    4    11-9-3    .5435
5t    Miami    25    24-11-5    .6625    5t    .5470    5    13-8-2    .6087
5t    Boston College    25    22-11-4    .6486    7    .5406*    6    8-6-3    .5588
7    UNH    24    19-11-7.6081    12    .5341    10    11-7-3    .5952
8    North Dakota    23    21-12-7    .6125    11    .5368    8    13-11-4    .5357
9t    Denver    20    20-13-5    .5921    15    .5356    9    13-12-4    .5172
9t    Niagara    20    23-9-5    .6892    4    .5339*    11    3-2-0    .6000
11t    Minnesota State    19    24-13-3    .6375    8    .5391*    7    13-13-1    .5000
11t    Union    19    21-12-5    .6184    10    .5328    13    10-6-3    .6053
13    St. Cloud State    18    23-15-1    .6026    14    .5316*    15    14-10-1    .5800
14t    Wisconsin    16    22-12-7    .6220    9    .5334*    12    11-9-3    .5435
14t    Yale    16    18-12-3    .5909    16    .5316    14    10-10-3    .5000
16    Western Mich.    15    19-11-8    .6053    13    .5302    16    10-8-4    .5455
17    Robert Morris    14    20-14-4    .5789    18    .5055    27    5-3-2    .6000
18t    Boston Univ    13    21-16-2    .5641    20    .5215    17    8-10-1    .4474
18t    Rensselaer    13    18-14-5    .5541    21t    .5206    18    10-12-4    .4615
20t    Brown    11    16-14-6    .5278    24    .5139    20    6-12-5    .3696
20t    Alaska    11    17-16-4    .5135    28    .5059    26    9-7-1    .5588
22t    Providence    10    17-14-7    .5395    23    .5195    19    7-11-4    .4091
22t    Dartmouth    10    15-14-5    .5147    27    .5096    22    8-9-3    .4750
24    Cornell    8    15-16-3    .4853    35    .5076    23    11-11-1    .5000
25    Colorado Coll    7    18-19-5    .4881    32    .5122    21    11-17-3    .4032
26    St. Lawrence    5    18-16-4    .5263    25    .5059    25    6-12-1    .3421
27t    Ferris State    4    16-16-5    .5000    31    .5067    24    6-12-4    .3636
27t    Michigan    4    18-19-3    .4875    33t    .5041    28    8-13-2    .3913
29    Ohio State    2    16-17-7    .4875    33t    .5037    29    7-12-6    .4000
30    Neb-Omaha    1    19-18-2    .5128    29    .5025    30    6-13-1    .3250
31    Holy Cross    0    20-14-3    .5811    17    .5018    31    2-5-1    .3125

Throwing the Hats: Matt Willows recorded his first-career hat trick and also a career high mark in points in March 16's 4-1 win. The hat trick was the first in a HE Championship game by a Wildcat since Matt Fornataro and Jerry Pollastrone did so in the same game against UMass in 2008 (7-2 win).

First Goal: UNH has scored the first goal of the game in just three of the last 13 games. UNH is 2-0-1 when scoring the first goal in that stretch compared to just 1-5-4 when allowing the first goal of the game. Overall, UNH is 13-2-2 when scoring first compared to just 6-9-4 when its opponent strikes first.

Power Play Streak: The Wildcats have a power play goal in nine of the last 10 games. In the 10-game span, UNH registered a 25 conversion percentage, scoring 11 power play goals in 44 opportunities, including a trio of power play goals at Vermont (Feb. 22).

40-Plus Points: With his four assists over the weekend, Kevin Goumas became the first Wildcat to record more than 42 points in a season since 2010-11.

Career Split: Senior forward Austin Block recorded his 25th career goal in March 15's game against the Friars. He now splits his 50 career points with 25 goals and 25 assists.

Close Calls: Eight of UNH's 11 losses have been by one goal this season. The Wildcats have played to seven ties and have won four one-goal games. Overall, the team has played in 19 games that ended in tie or were decided by one goal.

Downing Heating Up at the Right Time: Grayson Downing has points in four of the last five games with three goals and two assists during that span.

van Riemsdyk Leads Hockey East in Defensive Scoring: Trevor van Riemsdyk had two assists on Sunday afternoon. The sophomore defenseman finished with a league-best 22 points, five more than his closest competition. Additionally, van Riemsdyk's 31 points overall is six more than BC's Michael Matheson.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    38-44-82    32%-22%-26%
Juniors:    35-80-115    30%-40%-36%
Sophomores:    36-60-96    31%-30%-30%
Freshmen:    8-18-26    7%-9%-8%

When Leading After Two: UNH is 15-0-2 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
3/11            7    7    3rd
3/18            11    10    3rd
3/25            10    10    3rd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 25)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
T-1    Quinnipiac University, 473 (16)    1    27-7-5    16
T-1    University of Minnesota, 473 (9)    2    26-8-5    25
3    UMass-Lowell, 463 (9)        5    26-10-2    16
4    University of Notre Dame, 399    9    25-12-3    25
5    Miami University, 376        3    24-11-5    25
6    Boston College, 354        4    22-11-4    25
7     University of North Dakota, 286    6    21-12-7    25
T-8    Minnesota State University, 202    8    24-13-3    12
T-8    University of Wisconsin, 202    15    22-12-7    6
10    New Hampshire, 201        11    19-11-7    22
11    St. Cloud State University, 196    7    23-15-1    13
12    University of Denver, 158    12    20-13-5    25
13    Union College, 135        NR    21-12-5    14
14    Niagara University, 71        14    23-9-5    7
15    Yale University, 57        10    18-12-3    16
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 20; Western Michigan University, 12; University of Michigan, 1; Providence College, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 25)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Quinnipiac                    (26)       27- 7-5       948         2
 2     Minnesota                     (10)       26- 8-5       943         1
 3    Massachusetts-Lowell      (14)       26-10-2       930         5
 4    Notre Dame                               25-12-3       818         9
 5     Miami                                    24-11-5       811         3
 6     Boston College                           22-11-4       754         4
 7     North Dakota                             21-12-7       685         6
 8     Wisconsin                                22-12-7       549        14
 9     St. Cloud State                          23-15-1       546         7
10     New Hampshire                        19-11-7       543        10
11     Minnesota State                          24-13-3       532         8
12     Denver                                   20-13-5       457        13
13     Union                                    21-12-5       412        18
14     Niagara                                  23- 9-5       328        15
15     Yale                                     18-12-3       317        11
16     Western Michigan                     19-11-8       257        12
17     Boston University                        21-16-2       221        17
18     Providence                               17-14-7       144        16
19     Michigan                                 18-19-3        98        20
20     Canisius                                 19-18-5        53        NR
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer 52, Colorado College 45, Brown 27, Robert Morris 23, Dartmouth 3, Nebraska-Omaha 3, Alaska 1.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 3/24): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        16th    1.14 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             6th    0.86 apg
Power Play Goals:         
Austin Block     T-25th     6 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     T-2nd                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            4th    0.84 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           21st           2.24 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         23rd          .924
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     17th    .632
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     T-2nd    5
Team
Scoring Offense          12th               3.16 g/gm
Scoring Defense         9th       2.32 g/gm
Scoring Margin            7th        0.84
Power Play                   18th       19.0 pct
Penalty Kill                   4th        89.7 pct
Combined Special Teams   19th      51.6 pct
Team Winning Percentage 12th    .608

Among the League Leaders (Thru 3/24): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas           4th (42 pts)    7th (27 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk      T-15th (31 pts) 16th (22 pts)
        Grayson Downing  17th (30 pts)   NR
Goals:       Austin Block      T-10th (15g)     10th (11g)
        Grayson Downing 9th (15 g)      10th (11g)      
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (32a)     3rd (20a)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-4th (24a)      5th (19a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     T-4th (6g)     2nd (5g)
        Eric Knodel    T-10th (5g)    2nd (5g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing T-1st (3g)     1st (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-9th (1g)         NR
GW Goals:     John Henrion     T-8th (3g)     4th (3g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (31 pts)     1st (22 pts)
        Eric Knodel          T-6th (20 pts)        2nd (17 pts)    
Plus-Minus:     Grayson Downing T-9th (+14)     9th (+10)
        Kevin Goumas     3rd (+18)     NR
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st (153)     1st (118)
        Austin Block     T-9th (123)     9th (89)
Blocked Shots:    Brett Pesce    10th (58)    NR    
Faceoff %:     Jeff Silengo     2nd (.591)     1st (.609)
        John Henrion     4th (.578)     2nd (.601)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (2.24)     2nd (2.04)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     5th (.924)     2nd (.933)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.632)     2nd (.640)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 3/24):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.16/2nd     3.00/3rd
Scoring Defense            2.32/2nd     2.15/1st
Power Play %         19.0/2nd     19.5/2nd
Penalty Kill %        89.7/1st    92.3/1st
Special Teams Net           +17/1st     +17/1st
1st Period Scoring          26/T-6th      17/7th
2nd Period Scoring       47/2nd      34/1st
3rd Period Scoring        43/3rd         30/4th
Overtime Scoring           1/T-5th           0/3rd

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     L, 3-4            NBC Sports
Sat. Mar. 9     vs. Maine     T, 4-4 OT            NESN
Sat. Mar. 16     at Providence (HE Q-Finals)    W, 4-1            NESN
Sun. Mar. 17    at Providence (HE Q-Finals)    L, 2-3
    NESN
Fri. Mar. 29    vs. Denver (NCAA's)    8:00 p.m
    ESPNU & Watch ESPN
Sat. Mar. 30    vs. Regional Final (NCAA's)    6:30 p.m
    ESPNU & Watch ESPN

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Bobby Butler: Nashville Predators (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
John Henrion    HE Three-Star Award    3/20
Casey DeSmith    HE Honorable Mention    3/21
Kevin Goumas    HE Honorable Mention    3/21
T van Riemsdyk    HE First Team All-Star    3/21

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.

'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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