November 21, 2013

No. 20 Men's Hockey Travels to No. 3 Providence for Weekend Series (Fri. | 7 p.m.) (Sat. | 7 p.m.)

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RV/20 UNH (6-5-1, 4-2-0 HEA) at 3/3 Providence (9-1-1, 5-1-0 HEA)
Friday, Nov. 22 - 7 p.m. - Schneider Arena (3,030) | Providence, R.I.
RV/20 UNH (6-5-1, 4-2-0 HEA) at 3/3 Providence (9-1-1, 5-1-0 HEA)
Saturday, Nov. 23 - 7 p.m. - Schneider Arena (3,030) | Providence, R.I.

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Nov. 22 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Saturday, Nov. 23 - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester), WQSO- 96.7 FM (Portsmouth), WPKX 930 AM (Rochester) , WZEI 101.5 FM (Concord), WASR 1420 AM (Wolfeboro), WTSL 94.3, 94.5, 1400 (Claremont), WEEY 93.5 FM (Keene)

DeSmith on a Roll: Junior netminder Casey DeSmith is 4-0 in his last four starts, including two stellar performances aganist No. 18 Northeastern that earned him Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors. DeSmith recorded his first shutout of the season with 22 saves at Matthews Arena while stopping 31 of 32 shots at home in a 4-1 win.

The Only One: Grayson Downing is the only player in the league to score a hat trick in a conference game, doing so at Massachusetts on Nov. 9.

Triple-Double: Kevin Goumas, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Nick Sorkin each have double-digit point totals through the first 12 games of the season. Goumas (5g, 8a) and van Riemsdyk (3g, 10a) each have 13 points as Sorkin has 11 on seven goals and four assists.



Wins vs. Losses: In the six wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 28 goals and 49 assists and are averaging 4.67 goals per game. The team has allowed just five goals in the six games, making 155 saves on 160 shots faced (.969 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished four power play goals to opponents.

In the five losses, UNH has scored 11 goals and 18 assists, averaging 2.20 goals per game. They allowed 18 goals and made saves on 129 shots of 147 faced (.878 save percentage). They also allowed six power play goals in those games.

Defensive Production: Junior blueliner Trevor van Riemsdyk is the only defenseman in Hockey East that has cracked the double-digit point mark thus far. He has three goals and 10 assists for 13 points.

The Puck Stops Here: Senior defenseman Eric Knodel currently leads the conference in blocked shots with 39.

Taking Advantage of the Advantage: New Hampshire went 3-for-4 on the power play in New Hampshire's 4-1 win over Northeastern on Saturday. Their success rate of 21.8% has them second in the conference.

Streaking: Nick Sorkin currently has a goal-scoring streak of four games. He also added an assist in the 4-2 win over Brown for five points in the span. van Riemsdyk has recorded at least one point in his last five games, producing two goals and five assists. Matt Willows has a point in his last four games (1g, 3a) as does Kevin Goumas (2g, 5a).

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.

Scouting the Friars: No. 3/3 Providence enters Friday's game with a 5-1-0 conference record (9-1-1 overall) after defeating Vermont on Saturday, 3-0.  The Friars and Catamounts were scoreless at the end of the first period, but Providence scored two goals in the second and added a third in the final period to put the game out of reach.  Winners of their last five straight, the Friars rank second in Hockey East in scoring offense (3.82 goals per game) and first in defense (1.82).  However, they have only converted on 15.3% of their power play opportunities. In addition to shutting out Vermont in their most recent contest, Providence also did not allow Merrimack to score during their winning streak, defeating the Warriors, 1-0. Junior Forward Ross Mauermann leads Providence in point scoring this season, and ranks second in the conference as he is averaging 1.64 points per game. He is also tied for first in goal scoring in Hockey East with 10. The Friars' top defensive scorer, freshman Anthony Florentino, is tied for seventh in the conference in the category, recording 0.7 points per game. Sophomore Goal Keeper Jon Gillies ranks first in Goals Against Average (1.59) and Save Percentage (.949) in Hockey East this season. He has recorded eight wins while only suffering one loss and one tie.

Series History vs. Providence: The University of New Hampshire owns a 83-54-15 record in 152 meetings between the two sides. In 2012-13, the Friars won the regular season series with a 2-0-1 advantage. The two teams were destined to square off in the Hockey East Quarterfinals as the fifth-seeded Wildcats traveled to fourth-seeded Providence. The Friars took game one, but Matt Willows recorded his first-career hat trick to power the 'Cats to a 4-1 win in game two. Providence ultimately took game three in the best-of-three series to advance and end UNH's playoff run. Head coach Dick Umile hold a 52-25-8 record against PC in his head coaching career.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Friars:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas    11    1-8-9
Dalton Speelman    11    3-4-7
Grayson Downing    9    4-3-7
Nick Sorkin    10    2-3-5
Eric Knodel    9    1-4-5
Justin Agosta    8    0-4-4
Matt Willows    8    3-0-3
Casey Thrush    9    1-2-3
Maxim Gaudreault    6    1-2-3
Jeff Silengo    8    2-1-3
Dan Correale    6    1-1-2
Brett Pesce    6    0-1-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    9    0-3-3
Jay Camper    7    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    9/502:19    18    2.15    4-3-1    262    .936
Wyer    1/29:39    2    4.04    0-1-0    10    .833

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-30-12        60:00    W    26    0    26
2-3-12        60:00    W    37    1    38
2-4-12        62:07    W    34    2    36
1-19-13        28:29    ND    11    4    15
2-10-13        65:00    T    39    3    42
2-13-13        58:35    L    33    1    34
3-15-13        59:26    L    22    3    25
3-16-13        60:00    W    38    1    39
3-17-13        58:42    L    22    3    25
Total        502:19    4-3-1    262    18    280

Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-19-13        29:39    L    10    2    12
Total        29:39    0-1-0    10    2    12

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/18): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
Kevin Goumas           37th    1.18 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk    T-47th    1.08 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    T-33rd    0.58 gpg
Grayson Downing    T-50th    0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             T-20th    0.83 apg
Kevin Goumas    T-38th    0.73 apg
Short-Handed Goals:
Grayson Downing    T-8th    1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Tyler Kelleher    T-12th    2 gwg
Justin Agosta    T-41st    1 gwg
Jeff Silengo    T-41st    1 gwg
Nick Sorkin    T-41st    1 gwg
Casey Thrush    T-41st    1 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk    T-4th    1.08 ppg
Points Per Game (Rookies):
Tyler Kelleher    T-31st    0.67 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith    8th    1.88 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    15th      .930
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     T-41st    .500
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    T-10th    1
Team
Scoring Offense         15th       3.33 g/gm
Scoring Defense         T-7th       2.00 g/gm
Scoring Margin            T-7th      1.33
Penalty Minutes    52nd    9.8

Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/18): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:    Kevin Goumas    T-7th (13p)        T-3rd (7p)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-7th (13p)        T-3rd (7p)
        Grayson Downing -        T-5th (6p)
        Tyler Kelleher    -        T-5th (6p)
Goals:    Nick Sorkin    4th (7g)        4th (4g)
        Grayson Downing T-5th (6g)        T-2nd (5g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    -        T-5th (3g)
Assists:       Tyler Kelleher    -        T-2nd (5a)
        Kevin Goumas    T-7th (8a)        T-2nd (5a)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-3rd (10a)         T-5th (4a)
        Matt Willows    -        T-5th (4a)
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-2nd (7 pp)         T-1st (4p)
        Grayson Downing -        T-3rd (3p)
        Tyler Kelleher    -        T-3rd (3p)
        Matt Willows    -        T-3rd (3p)
PP Goals:    T. van Riemsdyk    -        T-1st (2g)
        Kevin Goumas    -        T-1st (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing T-3rd (1g)         T-1st (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-3rd (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
GW Goals:     Tyler Kelleher     T-4th (2g)         T-2nd (1g)
        Justin Agosta    T-10th (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-10th (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
        Casey Thrush    T-10th (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (1.00 ppg)     1st ( 7 ppg)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-2nd (5  ppg)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher    T-7th (8p)        1st (6p)
+/- :     T. van Riemsdyk     T-2nd (+12)         T-4th (+7)
        Nick Sorkin    -        6th (+6)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-4th (+7)
        Kevin Goumas    -        T-7th (+5)
        Jeff Silengo            T-7th (+5)
Shots on Goal:     Grayson Downing 1st (38 sog)         T-3rd (22 sog)
        Kevin Goumas            T-5th (21 sog)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel    T-1st (39 blk)         1st (27 blk)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-3rd (26 blk)        7th (12 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith    7th (.590)        6th (.609)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (1.88)         4th (1.69)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    5th (.914)         6th (.930)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     T-10th (.500)         3rd (.667)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/18):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.33/4th    4.50/1st
Scoring Defense            2.00/T-3rd     2.25/T-5th
Power Play %         21.8/2nd     22.7/2nd
Penalty Kill %        78.3/10th    69.2/11th
1st Period Scoring          11/T-3rd      5/1st
2nd Period Scoring       18/1st      7/2nd
3rd Period Scoring        11/6th         6/T-1st
Overtime Scoring           0/T-5th      0/T-3rd

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
11/4            RV    RV    9th
11/11        RV    RV    3rd
11/18        RV    20    3rd

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    20-29-49    50-43-45
Juniors:    13-20-33    33-29-31
Sophomores:    5-11-16    13-16-15
Freshmen:    2-8-10    5-12-9

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 18)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 508 (32)    1    8-1-1    8
2    St. Cloud State University, 444    4    8-1-1    8
3    Providence College, 424 (1)    6    9-1-1    8
4    Quinnipiac University, 390 (1)    5    11-1-1    8
5    University of Michigan, 386    2    7-2-1    8
6     University of Notre Dame, 370    3    8-3-1    8
7    Boston College, 321        7    7-2-2    8
8    Miami University, 265        8    7-4-1    8
9    Yale University, 224        9    4-1-2    8
10    Clarkson University, 153    11    10-3-1    3
11    UMass Lowell, 150        13    8-4-0    7
12    University of Wisconsin, 146    12    4-3-1    8
13    Ferris State University, 136    15    8-2-1    2
14    University of North Dakota, 48    14    4-5-1    8
15    Union College, 31        RV    6-3-2    4

Others receiving votes: Rensselaer, 30; Lake Superior State University, 21; University of New Hampshire, 15; Cornell University, 4; University of Denver, 4; Air Force Academy, 3; Bowling Green State University, 3; Ohio State University, 3; University of Minnesota Duluth, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 18)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
  1     Minnesota                     (47)        8- 1-1       996         1
 2     St. Cloud State               ( 1)        8- 1-1       914         3
 3     Providence                              9- 1-1       873         5
 4     Quinnipiac                    ( 2)       11- 1-1       818         6
 5     Michigan                                  7- 2-1       807         2
 6     Notre Dame                             8- 3-1      778         4
 7     Boston College                        7- 2-2       739         7
 8     Miami                                     7- 4-1       644         8
 9     Yale                                      4- 1-2       586         9
10     Ferris State                             8- 2-1       476        14
11     Clarkson                                 10- 3-1       463        11
12     Wisconsin                                 4- 3-1       451        12
13     Massachusetts-Lowell                  8- 4-0       430        16
14     Rensselaer                               6- 4-2       280        10
15     North Dakota                          4- 5-1       254        13
16     Lake Superior                            6- 3-1      248        15
17     Union                                     6- 3-2       211        NR
18     Cornell                                   4- 3-1       115        19
19     Minnesota-Duluth                      5- 4-1       108        20
20     New Hampshire                        6- 5-1        83        NR

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 63, St. Lawrence 53,
Nebraska-Omaha 26, Air Force 22, Northeastern 21, Denver 11,
Alaska 10, Bowling Green 9, Boston University 4, Colgate 4,
Alaska-Anchorage 2, Minnesota State 1.

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    L, 2-3 (OT)    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 8     vs. Massachusetts     W, 4-1            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Tue. Nov. 12     vs. Brown     W, 4-2            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            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 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)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
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
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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