November 1, 2013

Men's Hockey Opens League Play with a Home-and-Home Series against No. 15 UMass Lowell

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RV/RV UNH (1-3-1, 0-0-0 HEA) vs. #15/RV UMass Lowell (3-3-0, 0-0-0 HE)
Friday, Nov. 1 - 7:15 p.m. - Tsongas Center (6,003) | Lowell, Mass.
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7:00 p.m. WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Nov. 1 - 7:15 p.m.  (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 pregame show)
Nate Bridges (Play by Play), Rob Dally (Analyst)
Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester), WQSO- 96.7 FM (Portsmouth), WPKX 930 AM (Rochester) , WZEI 101.5 FM (Concord), WASR 1420 AM (Wolfeboro), WSMN 1590 AM (Nashua), WTSL 94.3, 94.5, 1400 (Claremont), WEEY 93.5 FM (Keene)



Scouting the River Hawks:  The No. 14/15 River Hawks come into the game off a 2-1 victory over no. 4 Michigan. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 shots from a strong Michigan offense to earn Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors. Three players lead the team in scoring with four points each: forwards Joseph Pendenza and Ryan McGrath have tallied three goals an an assist while defenseman Michael Kapla has recorded all four points on assists. The River Hawks improved to 3-3-0 after winning back to back games againt Michigan State and Michigan as part of the Hockey East/Big Ten Challenge.

Series History vs. UMass Lowell:  The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the River Hawks at 58-33-15 in 106 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Dec. 6, 1983. Coach Umile owns a 51-23-10 all-time record against the River Hawks in his coaching career. Senior forwards Kevin Goumas and Jeff Silengo lead the team against UML with one goal and five assists in seven and eight games respectively.  Casey DeSmith leads Wildcat netminders with 3-1-0 record, a .946 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA against the River Hawks.

Last Time Out Against UML: UNH last went head to head with the River Hawks in the second round of NCAA Men's Ice Hocey Tournament on March 30, 2013 when the  WIldcats fell 2-0 to the no. 3 seed River Hawks . Casey DeSmith started in net for UNH making 26 saves on 28 shots while Hellebuyck stopped all 28 shots faced for UML. After a scoreless first period, Scott Wilson collected a rebound for a 1-0 lead at 19:30 of the second period. Adam Chapie scored the backbreaker at 13:58 of the third period with a backhander over DeSmith's glove side shoulder. UMass Lowell advanced to the semifinals against Yale where they fell 3-2.

Scoring Leaders vs. The River Hawks:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas    7    1-5-6
Jeff Silengo    8    1-5-6
Grayson Downing    6    2-3-5
Dalton Speelman    10    3-2-5
Nick Sorkin    9    0-4-4
Casey Thrush    6    2-2-4
Justin Agosta    6    2-1-3
Eric Knodel    6    1-2-3
Brett Pesce    3    1-0-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    6    0-1-1
Jay Camper    3    0-0-0
Dan Correale    2    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    2    0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    1    0-0-0
Matt Willows    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    4/237:13    6    1.51    3-1-0    105     .946    

DeSmith's Game-by-Game vs. the River Hawks
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
11-16-12         60:00     W     23     0     23
11-30-12        60:00    W    34    2    36
12-1-12        60:00    W    22    2    24
3-30-13        57:13    L    26    2    28

Goumas Two Points Shy of Century Club: Kevin Goumas is trying to become the 71st Wildcat to go over 100 career points. He is just two points shy at 98 career points. Goumas would become the first since Phil DeSimone to go over 100 career points. DeSimone, Mike Sislo and Paul Thompson all went over 100 points in the 2010-11 season.

Wildcats Difficult Opening Schedule Continues: The Wildcats are off to a difficult 1-3-1 start, but have played four-straight games against nationally ranked teams and their only win was over now-ranked Clarkson. UNH's losses came to teams with a combined 12-2-2 ranking including top-ranked Minnesota, third-ranked Michigan and 12th-ranked Rensselaer.

UNH in Hockey East Openers: The Wildcats are 7-2-1 in their last 10 Hockey East openers. UNH is 16-5-3 over the last 24 seasons in league openers.

The Road Ahead - 12 Games in November: The month of November will be the busiest of the season for the Wildcats with 12 games on the calendar. The schedule includes three home-and-home series against Hockey East rivals UMass Lowell, Massachusetts, and Northeastern as well as back-to-back games against the Friars in Providence. UNH will host two midweek matchups against Ivy League opponents Brown and Harvard before heading to Colorado Springs for two games against the Colorado College Tigers to close out the month.

Stellar Start for TVR: After being named the first Wildcat blueliner selected as an All-American first team since Blake Kessell in 2011, junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is off to another terrific start. His five points lead the time, but also rank the alternate captain 12th in the nation for points per game by a defenseman. With all five points coming off of assists, van Riemsdyk ranks 5th in all of Hockey East for total assists and 15th in the nation for assists per game.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 10/28): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             T-15th    1.00 apg
Game-Winning Goals:
Tyler Kelleher    T-13th    1 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            T-12th    1.00 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith         30th           2.32 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    T-26th      .923
Winning Percentage:
Jeff Wyer         T-34th    .500
Team
Scoring Defense         T-17th       2.40 g/gm
Scoring Margin            T-32nd        -0.20
Penalty Minutes    34th    12.6

Among the League Leaders (Thru 10/28): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Assists:       T. van Riemsdyk    T-5th (5 a)         N/A
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-14th (3 pp)         N/A
PP Goals:    Kevin Goumas    T-15th (1g)        N/A
        Eric Knodel    T-15th (1g)         N/A
        Nick Sorkin    T-15th (1g)             N/A     
        Matt Willows    T-15th (1g)             N/A    
GW Goals:     Tyler Kelleher     T-1st (1g)         N/A
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-6th (5 pts)         N/A
        Eric Knodel          T-10th (4 pts)          N/A    
Blocked Shots:     Brett Pesce    T-7th (11 pp)         N/A
Faceoff Percentage:
        Jeff Silengo     3rd (.647)         N/A
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     6th (2.32)         N/A
        Jeff Wyer    9th (2.42)        N/A
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    8th (.923)         N/A
        Jeff Wyer    10th (.914)        N/A
Winning Percentage:
        Jeff Wyer     T-8th (.500)         N/A

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 10/28):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       2.20/T-10th    N/A
Scoring Defense            2.00/T-5th     N/A
Power Play %         16.7/T-7th     N/A
Penalty Kill %        78.3/11th    N/A
1st Period Scoring          3/4th      N/A
2nd Period Scoring       7/9th      N/A
3rd Period Scoring        1/11th         N/A
Overtime Scoring           N/A           N/A

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
9/23            13    NP    3rd (pre)
9/30            NP    13    3rd (pre)
10/7            12    NP    3rd (pre)
10/14        13    13    2nd
10/21        13    14    2nd
10/28        RV    RV    2nd

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    7-9-16    64-45-52
Juniors:    2-8-10    18-40-32
Sophomores:    1-3-4    9-15-13
Freshmen:    1-0-1    9-0-3

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 28)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 510 (34)    1    5-0-1    5
2    University of Notre Dame, 438    2    5-1-0    5
3    Providence College, 391    8    4-0-1    5
4    University of Michigan, 388    4    4-1-1    5
5    Miami University, 355        3    3-2-1    5
6     University of North Dakota, 335    7    2-1-1    5
7    Boston College, 312        5    2-2-1    5
8    St. Cloud State University, 283    10    3-0-1    5
9    Quinnipiac University, 275    9    6-1-0    5
10    Rensselaer, 166        12    4-1-0    2
11    Yale University, 160        6    1-1-0    5
12    University of Wisconsin, 137    11    2-2-0    5
13    Lake Superior State Univ., 81    15    4-0-0    2
14    Massachusetts-Lowell, 65    RV    3-3-0    4
15    Cornell University, 54        RV    2-0-0    1
Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 24; Boston University, 23; Clarkson University, 19; University of New Hampshire, 18; Minnesota State University, 12; Brown University, 8; University of Denver, 7; University of Alaska, 4; University of Minnesota Duluth, 4; Union College, 2.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 28)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (50)        5- 0-1      1000         1
 2     Notre Dame                                5- 1-0       890         2
 3     Providence                                4- 0-1       844         8
 4     Michigan                                  4- 1-1       810         4
 5     North Dakota                          2- 1-1       777         6
 6     Miami                                     3- 2-1       743         3
 7     Quinnipiac                                6- 1-0       671         9
 8     Boston College                        2- 2-1       670         5
 9     St. Cloud State                           3- 0-1       643        10
10     Rensselaer                                4- 1-0       529        12
11     Yale                                      1- 1-0       457         7
12     Lake Superior                             4- 0-0       383        15
13     Wisconsin                                 2- 2-0       380        11
14     Cornell                                   2- 0-0       285        19
15     Massachusetts-Lowell                  3- 3-0       262        18
16     Minnesota State                       2- 2-0       195        16
17     Clarkson                                  6- 1-1       184        NR
18     Boston University                     3- 3-0       168        13
19     Northeastern                              5- 1-0       154        20
20     Minnesota-Duluth                      3- 2-1       108        NR
Others receiving votes: New Hampshire 106, Brown 54, Denver 47, Alaska-Anchorage 36, St. Lawrence 32, Air Force 16, Ferris State 15, Harvard 13, Alaska 12, Maine 4, Bowling Green 2.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Time/Result
Sat. Oct. 12    vs. Minnesota     L, 2-3
    FSN+
Fri. Oct. 18     vs. Michigan     T, 1-1 (OT)
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Oct. 19     vs. Michigan     L, 2-3 (OT)    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Nov. 2     vs. Mass.-Lowell    7:00 PM    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 8     vs. Massachusetts     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Tue. Nov. 12     vs. Brown     7:00 PM            Live Well Network | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 22     at Providence     7:00 PM            Cox Sports on OCN
Tue. Nov. 26     vs. Harvard     7:00 PM            Live Well Network | FOX College Sports
Sat. Dec. 7     vs. Boston College     7:00 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Jan. 3     vs. Neb.-Omaha    7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Jan 24    vs. Maine    7:30 PM
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Jan 25    at Maine    7:00 PM
    FOX College Sports | WFVX Fox 22
Fri. Jan. 31     vs. Notre Dame     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame    4:00 PM
    NESN
Fri. Feb. 7     vs. Vermont     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Feb. 14    vs. Boston University    7:00 PM
    NBC Sports Network

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Mike Beck: Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Austin Block: HIFK (ET-Finland)
Bobby Butler: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Matt Campanale: Manchester Monarchs (AHL)
Joe Charlebois: HC Bolzano (Austria)
Greg Collins: HYS The Hague (Netherlands)
Phil DeSimone: Jokerit (ET-Finland)
Matt Di Girolamo: Trenton Titans (ECHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (DEL - Germany)
Matt Fornataro: Leksand (Allsvenskan - Sweden)
Brian Foster: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Milano Rossoblu (Italy)
Lanny Gare: Löwen Frankfurt (Germany3)
Connor Hardowa: KooKoo (Mestis)
Darren Haydar: EHC München (DEL-Germany)
Kevin Kapstad: Leksand (Allsvenskan - Sweden)
Blake Kessel: Iowa Wild (AHL)
Damon Kipp: Reading Royals (ECHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 (ET - Finland)
Peter LeBlanc: Hershey Bears (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Kevin McCarey: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Steve Moses: Jokerit (ET-Finland)
Jerry Pollastrone: Dundee Stars (EIHL)
Nick Poole: Milton Keynes Lightning (EPIHL)
Josh Prudden: Tilburg Trappers (Netherlands)
Mike Radja: Nippon Paper Cranes (Asia League)
Kevin Regan: Fife Flyers (EIHL)
Steve Saviano: Djurgården (Allsvenskan)
Mike Sislo: Albany Devils (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
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:  Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former Wildcat and current Toronto Maple Leaf forward James van Riemsdyk. Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella is the brother of Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.

'Cats Selected in the NHL Draft: Two current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Eric Knodel (Toronto) and Brett Pesce (Carolina) have been drafted. Jay Camper is the younger brother of Bruins' prospect and former Miami University star Carter Camper.

UNH on the Radio:  In 2013-14, UNH athletics is proud to annouce the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network is made up of 10 stations with blanketing coverage across the state. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the seventh straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey since the 1993-94 season.
Location        Call Letters    Station #
Concord-Meredith    WZEI-FM    101.5
Dover-Portsmouth-Rochester    WPKX-AM    930
Dover-Portsmouth-Rochester    WQSO-FM    96.7
Keene        WEEY-FM    93.5
Lebanon-Claremont-Hanover    WTSL-AM    1400
Lebanon-Claremont-Hanover    WTSL-FM    94.3
Lebanon-Claremont-Hanover    WTSL-FM    94.5
Manchester        WGIR-AM    610
Nashua        WSMN-AM    1590
Wolfeboro        WASR-AM    1420
Worldwide        UNHWildcats.com    Live Stream

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.

Granite State Connection: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Collin Bourque (Goffstown) Ryan Randall (Durham) and Casey DeSmith (Rochester) all hailing from the Granite State.

'Cats Picked Third in Preseason Coaches' Poll: The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was voted third, along with Notre Dame, in the Hockey East Association Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Tuesday during the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant in the TD Garden.The Wildcats, who racked up 84 points, have been picked third in two out of the last three preseason polls and finished in the top three in Hockey East five of the last seven seasons, including three regular-season titles.

2013-2014 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll:
Rk.         Team (FPV)                 Pts
1.            UMass-Lowell (7)                104
               Boston College (4)               104
3.            New Hampshire               84
               Notre Dame                   84                       
5.            Providence                    79
6.            Boston University                67
7.            Merrimack                    54           
8.            Maine                    45                       
9.            Vermont                 34           
10.         Massachusetts                 32
11.         Northeastern        28        

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