January 15, 2014

No. 17 Men's Hockey Hosts No. 6 Union for Pair of Home Games (Fri. 7:30 p.m. | Sat. 7 p.m.); Free Tickets for All UNH Faculty/Staff

DURHAM, N.H. -- The 17th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team is set to host the sixth-ranked Union College Dutchmen for its last non-conference games of the 2013-14 season. The first game is set for Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. while the second game is slated for Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Jan. 17 - 7:30 p.m. (7:00 pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Saturday, Jan. 18 - 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)

17/RV UNH (13-10-1, 5-5-0 HEA) vs. 6/6 Union College (13-4-3, 9-2-0 ECAC)

Friday, Jan. 17 - 7:30 p.m. - Whittemore Center Arena (6,501) | Durham, N.H.
17/RV UNH (13-10-1, 5-5-0 HEA) vs. 6/6 Union College (13-4-3, 9-2-0 ECAC)
Saturday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center Arena (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Scouting the Dutchmen: Union comes into the weekend ranked sixth in the nation and have an overall record of 13-4-3 and an ECAC mark of 9-2-0. Most recently, the Dutchmen shutout conference foe Princeton by a score of 3-0 (Jan. 11). Max Novak led with way with a pair of points on a goal and an assist while netminder Colin Stevens made saves on all 33 shots faced.

On offense, Daniel Carr comes in with a team high 10 goals and 23 points, adding 13 assists. Four of his goals have come on power plays. Blueliner Mat Bodie has lit the lamp twice and dished out 18 assists for 20 points while Kevin Sullivan has three goals and 16 assists for 19 points.

Stevens has seen most of the action in net as he has started each of the 15 games he has played. He has a record of 10-2-1 with three shutouts, a goals against average of 2.12 and a save percentage of .916. Freshman Alex Sakellaropoulos has started five of the seven games he has played and has a 3-2-2 record. He has a goals against mark of 2.79 and a save percentage of .886. Dillon Pieri has played just over one period in net and made saves on each of the six shots faced.

van Riemsdyk on the Ballot: Junior blueliner Trevor van Riemsdyk is on the ballot for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Fan Voting. By logging onto www.hobeybaker.com, fans can vote once every 24 hours. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is college hockey's most prestigious award earned by the nation's most outstanding player.
Retaining the Cup: With a 4-2 victory over intrastate rival Dartmouth College last Saturday, the Wildcats were able to retain the RiverStone Cup. Senior Dalton Speelman was named the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XIII Most Valuable Player.

Wins vs. Losses: In the 13 wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 57 goals and 102 assists and are averaging 4.38 goals per game. The team has allowed just 18 goals in the 13 games, making 348 saves on 366 shots faced (.951 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished five power play goals to opponents.

In the 10 losses, UNH has scored 21 goals and 38 assists, averaging 2.10 goals per game. They've allowed 40 goals and made saves on 219 shots of 259 faced (.846 save percentage). They've also allowed eight power play goals in those games.

Closing in on 150: Dalton Speelman has played 145 career games and is just five away from number 150.

Moving Up the Ranks: Senior Kevin Goumas moved into 49th on the all-time points list with his two goals against Dartmouth. He is just four points behind Ralph Robinson and Tim Hanley who are 47th with 127 points.

A High Powered Senior Class: This year's senior class has accounted for exactly half of the total points by the Wildcats. Combined, they have 41 goals and 70 assists.

A Bunch of Big Shots: The Wildcats have outshot opponents in 10 of the last 11 games. On the season, they are outshooting opponents by a total of 823-642.

That's a Special Team: In each of New Hampshire's last six power play goals, the combination of Kevin Goumas, Nick Sorkin, Matt Willows, Eric Knodel and Trevor van Riemsdyk have been on the ice. Willows has three power play goals while Knodel has two and Sorkin has one.

Cracking the Top-10: Junior netminder Casey DeSmith is currently eighth on the all-time games played list for goaltenders with 80. He also moved into the ninth spot this season in career saves with 2,100.

James van Riemsdyk Headed to Russia: Former UNH hockey standout James van Riemsdyk was selected to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team to compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He is just one of six Wildcats in program history to receive the honor of representing the United States at the Olympics, joining the company of Rube Bjorkman (1948-52), Bob Miller (1976), Steve Leach (1988), Adrien Plavsic (1992) and Jeff Lazaro (1994) .
 
Scoring Leaders vs. the Dutchmen:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas    1    1-0-1
Nick Sorkin    1    0-1-1
Grayson Downing    1    0-0-0
Dalton Speelman    1    0-0-0
Casey Thrush    1    0-0-0
Eric Knodel    1    0-0-0
Trevor van Riemsdyk    1    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    1    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
N/A

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/14): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
Kevin Goumas           21st    1.22 ppg
Nick Sorkin    37th    1.08 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk    60th    0.96 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    T-38th    0.50 gpg
Matt Willows    T-38th    0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             17th    0.79 apg
Kevin Goumas    20th    0.78 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    T-11th    5 ppg
Matt Willows    T-11th    5 ppg
Eric Knodel    T-35th    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Grayson Downing    T-24th    1shg
Jeff Silengo    T-24th    1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Matt Willows    T-10th    3 gwg
Tyler Kelleher    T-38th    2 gwg
Nick Sorkin    T-38th    2 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk    4th    0.96 ppg
Eric Knodel    T-15th    0.75 ppg
Justin Agosta    T-27th    0.67 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith    21st    2.21 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    28th      .919
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     T-30th    .579
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    T-11th    2
Team
Scoring Offense         T-14th       3.33 g/gm
Scoring Defense         22nd       2.46 g/gm
Scoring Margin            12th      0.88
Penalty Minutes    57th    7.6
Power Play    14th    21.1%
Penalty Kill    36th    80.8%

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/14): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:    Kevin Goumas     T-5th (28pts)        T-7th (9pts)
        Nick Sorkin    T-7th (26pts)        T-7th (9pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-11th (23pts)        T-7th (9pts)
        Grayson Downing -        T-7th (9pts)
        Matt Willows    T-13th (21pts)        T-13th (8pts)
Goals:    Grayson Downing -        T-4th (6g)
        Nick Sorkin     T-6th (12g)        T-8th (5g)
        Matt Willows    T-6th (12g)        -
        Kevin Goumas    T-9th (10g)        -
Assists:       T. van Riemsdyk    4th (19a)         -
        Kevin Goumas    T-5th (18a)        T-6th (7a)
        Tyler Kelleher    -        T-7th (6a)
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-5th (10p)         T-2nd (5p)
        Grayson Downing -        T-2nd (5p)
        Tyler Kelleher     -        T-7th (4p)
PP Goals:    Nick Sorkin    T-2nd (5g)        T-5th (2g)
        Matt Willows    T-2nd (5g)        -
        Eric Knodel     T-9th (4g)
        T. van Riemsdyk     -        T-5th (2g)
        Grayson Downing -        T-5th (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing T-8th (1g)         T-3rd (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-8th (1g)        T-3rd (1g)
GW Goals:     Matt WIllows    T-3rd (3g)        T-8th (1g)
        Tyler Kelleher     T-9th (2g)         T-8th (1g)
        Nick Sorkin    T-9th (2g)        T-8th (1g)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-8th (1g)
        Casey Thrush    -        T-8th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (23 pts)         T-1st ( 9pts)
        Eric Knodel    2nd (18 pts)        T-5th (6pts)
        Justin Agosta    T-3rd (14pts)        T-5th (6pts)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher    -        T-3rd (7pts)
Plus-Minus:    Kevin Goumas    6th (+16)        T-8th (+6)
        Nick Sorkin    -        T-8th (+6)
Shots on Goal:     Grayson Downing T-4th (79 sog)         T-10th (32 sog)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel    1st (64 blk)         2nd (31 blk)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-3rd (49 blk)        6th (24 blk)

Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith    3rd (.592)        1st (.625)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     8th (2.20)         8th (2.31)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    9th (.919)         10th (.909)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     T-7th (.579)         T-6th (.500)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/15):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.33/4th    3.30/3rd
Scoring Defense            2.46/8th     2.40/7th
Power Play %         21.1/4th     22.2/3rd
Penalty Kill %        80.8/10th    81.5/7th
1st Period Scoring          21/T-4th     9/4th
2nd Period Scoring       30/1st      12/1st
3rd Period Scoring        28/4th         11/T-4th
Overtime Scoring           1/T-1st      1/T-1st

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %
Seniors:    41-70-111    51-49-50
Juniors:    29-37-66    36-26-30
Sophomores:    8-19-27    10-13-12
Freshmen:    2-16-18    3-11-8     

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
11/25        RV    20    2nd
12/2            RV    18    2nd
12/9            RV    RV    3rd    
12/16        RV    RV    3rd
12/30            RV    3rd
1/6/14        RV    20    3rd
1/13            RV    17    5th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 13)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 509 (33)    1    14-2-3    14
2    Ferris State University, 464 (1)    3    17-3-3    8
3    Boston College, 423        4    14-4-3    14
4    St. Cloud State University, 420    2    12-3-3    14
5    Quinnipiac University, 377    7    17-3-5    14
6     Union College, 342        5    13-4-3    8
7    Providence College, 259    6    13-5-4    14
8    Yale University, 240        10    8-3-4    14
9    University of Wisconsin, 208    14    13-6-1    13
10    UMass Lowell, 197        8    14-6-1    13
11    Northeastern University, 156    RV    13-6-3    1
12    Cornell University, 135        12    8-4-3    8
13    University of Michigan, 132    9    10-6-2    14
14    Clarkson University, 86        11    13-7-2    9
15    University of Notre Dame, 84    15    12-8-1    14

Others receiving votes: University of Denver, 19; University of New Hampshire, 13; Miami University, 5; Bowling Green State University, 3; University of North Dakota, 3; University of Vermont, 3; Colgate University, 1; University of Minnesota Duluth, 1

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 13)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (48)       14- 2-3       997         1
 2     Ferris State                  ( 1)       17- 3-3       935         3
 3     St. Cloud State               ( 1)       12- 3-3       865         2
 4     Boston College                       14- 4-3       853         5
 5     Quinnipiac                               17- 3-5       819         7
 6     Union                                    13- 4-3       760         4
 7     Providence                               13- 5-4       642         6
 8     Yale                                      8- 3-4       613        10
 9     Wisconsin                                13- 6-1       559        14
10     Massachusetts-Lowell                 14- 6-1       546         9
11     Northeastern                             13- 6-3       496        16
12     Cornell                                   8- 4-3       436        12
13     Michigan                                 10- 6-2       428         8
14     Clarkson                                 13- 7-2       352        11
15     Notre Dame                               12- 8-1       345        15
16     Denver                                   11- 7-4       208        17
17     New Hampshire                        13-10-1       148        20
18     Vermont                                  11- 7-3       143        18
19     Maine                                    11- 7-2        89        NR
20     North Dakota                             11- 7-2        81        NR

Others receiving votes: Miami 75, Ohio State 40, Western
Michigan 30, Colgate 18, Bowling Green 6, Lake Superior 6,
Mercyhurst 5, Bentley 3, Air Force 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    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     W, 3-2 (OT)            Cox Sports on OCN
Tue. Nov. 26     vs. Harvard     L, 3-6            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Dec. 7     vs. Boston College     L, 1-2            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Jan. 3     vs. Neb.-Omaha    W, 6-3            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)
John Henrion: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
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)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Mike Sislo: New Jersey Devils (NHL)
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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