DeSmith Named MVP; Knodel Tabbed as 110th Captain at Men's Hockey Banquet

Casey DeSmith
Roger A. LeClerc (MVP)
Eric Knodel
2013-14 Captain

Trevor van Riemsdyk
2013-14 Alternate Captain
Rod Langway
Best Defenseman Award

Jeff Wyer
2013-14 Alternate Captain
Kevin Goumas
Guy Smith Award
Frank "the fan" Halbert
Fan Favorite Award
Grayson Downing
Guy Smith Award
Connor Hardowa
Holt Coaches Award
Brett Kostolansky
Robert Kullen Unsung Hero
Scott Pavelsky
Warren Brown Award
Matt Willows
Most Improved Player
Jeff Silengo
Nate Hardy Ironman Award
Justin Agosta
Snively Citizenship Award
Harry Quast
Sid Knight Award

DURHAM, N.H.— Sophomore goalie Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team was presented the Roger A. LeClerc Award as the team's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season, announced at the annual team awards banquet Saturday evening at the Huddleston Hall Ballroom.

DeSmith had a career year in net for the Wildcats, tallying a record of 19-10-7 with five shutouts. In the 38 games played, DeSmith made a total of 1,000 saves on 1,082 shots, recording a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average. The sophomore set a new school record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal (203:32), spanning three-plus games (Nov. 4 – Maine; Nov. 10 – Vermont; Nov. 16 – UMass-Lowell; Nov. 18 – Boston U.). DeSmith, a Hockey East Honorable Mention All Star, was tabbed the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week five times during the season and the Goaltender of the Month in October and December.

Junior defender Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) was named the 110th captain in the history of the UNH hockey program for the 2013-14 season. Additionally, junior goalie Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore defender Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) were named alternate captains.

Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) were the recipients of the Guy Smith Award while Goumas also garnered Frank "The Fan" Halbert Fan Favorite Award. The Guy Smith Award is given annually to the best offensive player on the team, while the Fan Favorite award celebrates the player who captures the admiration of the 'Fans in the Stands' as voted by those fans. The award was renamed in 2012 for Frank "The Fan" Halbert, who was the quintessential fan of all UNH athletics. Goumas performed at a top level this season, recording 42 points on 10 goals and 32 assists. His play earned him Hockey East Player of The Week (Nov. 26) and was a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star.  In the national rankings, Goumas was sixth in assists per game (0.84) and 18th in points per game (1.11). Downing finished the season with 31 points on 15 goals and 16 assists.  He tied for the team lead in goals and was third in points.

Senior captain Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) collects the Charles E. Holt Coaches Award, as voted by the coaching staff for the player who made large contributions both on and off the ice.  Skating in all 39 games, Hardowa recorded 15 points on two goals and 13 assists.  In 27 Hockey East games, he tallied nine points (1 goal, 8 assists). Hardowa had career highs against St. Cloud State (Oct. 12) with three assists for three points.  

Senior defenseman Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) earned the 2012-13 Robert A. Kullen Unsung Hero award. Kostolansky played in all 39 games for the Wildcats, earning 10 points which where all assists.  He tied fourth on the team in plus/minus (+8) and tallied a point in three consecutive games. Kostolansky also dished out an assist on the game-winning goal in the 5-2 win over Denver in the NCAA Regional Semifinal (March 29).

van Riemsdyk was named the winner of the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award for his defensive play throughout the season. van Riemsdyk skated in all 39 games this season and recorded 33 points on eight goals and 25 assists. The sophomore was named an AHCA/CCM Division I All-American, a New England Writers All-Star, and was tabbed to the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team and the Hockey East First Team All-Stars.

Senior Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) was named the recipient of the Warren Brown Award, which is given annually to the best defensive forward on UNH's roster.  The senior forward skated in 38 of the 39 games this season and recorded seven points on four goals and three assists.  In 27 Hockey East league games, Pavelski tallied six points on three goals and three assists.

Sophomore forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) collected the team's Most Improved Player award.   The sophomore played in 29 of the 39 games this season recording 13 points with eight goals and five assists.  In 21 Hockey East league games, he tallied eight points (5 goals, 3 assists).  In the Hockey East quarterfinal game against Providence (March 16), Willows recorded his first career hat trick, also giving him a career-high three points.

Freshman defenseman Harry Quast (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) won the SID Knight Award that is presented to the player with the best grade point average on the team. Quast is a business and marketing major at UNH.  He skated in three games during the season, including the first game of the Hockey East Quarterfinals at Providence (March 15).

Junior defenseman Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) was named the recipient of the Whoop Snively Citizenship and Service Award. The Whoop Snively Citizenship and Service Award is presented to the player who has distinguished himself through his citizenship and service to the University and the community.  This award was established in 2009 by Timothy J. Churchard '67 to honor his coach and mentor - A. Barr "Whoop" Snively, who was the hockey, lacrosse and football coach at UNH from 1953-1964. Agosta skated in 38 of the 39 games this season recording 14 points on two goals and 12 assists.  In 27 Hockey East games, Agosta tallied 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists).  He recorded his first career multiple-point game against Providence (Jan. 19) with three assists.

The SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award was received by junior forward Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.).  Silengo played in 24 of the 39 games this season recording 10 points on three goals and seven assists.  In 14 Hockey East league games, Silengo recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and had a career-high two assists against UMass-Lowell (Nov. 30).    

Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College was named the recipient of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award. Gaudreau recorded a total of four points (2g, 2a) in three games this season against the Wildcats. In the series opener (Jan. 11), the sophomore recorded a goal and two assists while dishing out an assist in the series finale (Feb. 17).

Award Summary:
Award                    Player            Class        Position    
Roger A. LeClerc Trophy (MVP)        Casey DeSmith        So.        Goalie
2013-14 Captains        Captain        Eric Knodel        Jr.        Defense
Alternate Capt.    Jeff Wyer        Jr.        Goalie
Alternate Capt.    Trevor van Riemsdyk    So.        Defense
Most Improved Player Award        Matt Willows        So.        Forward
Frank "The Fan" Halbert Fan Favorite Award        
Kevin Goumas        Jr.        Forward
Warren R. Brown Memorial Trophy    Scott Pavelski        Sr.        Forward
    (Best Defensive Forward)
Guy Smith Award             Grayson Downing    So.        Forward
    (Best Offensive Forward)        Kevin Goumas        Jr.        Forward
Sid Knight Award (Best GPA)        Harry Quast        Fr.        Defense
Robert A. Kullen (Unsung Hero)        Brett Kostolansky    Sr.        Defense
Charles E. Holt Coaches Award        Connor Hardowa        Sr.        Defense
Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award    Trevor van Riemsdyk    So.        Defense
SCO Nate Hardy Ironman Award        Jeff Silengo        Jr.        Forward
Snively Citizenship and Service Award    Justin Agosta        Jr.        Defense
Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent    Johnny Gaudreau        So.        Forward
(Boston College)

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