February 6, 2014

No. 20 Men's Hockey Set for Two-Game Home Series with No. 19 Vermont (Fri. 7:30 p.m. | WBIN/FCS) (Sat. 7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team is set for its final two-game home series of the 2013-14 season as it welcomes the 19th-ranked University of Vermont to the Whittemore Center. Friday's game is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be aired live on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports Atlantic while Saturday's puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Saturday is also the Hockey East Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer Game.

Scouting Vermont: The Catamounts come into the weekend with an overall record of 13-9-3 and a Hockey East mark of 5-7-0. Most recently, Vermont split a pair of games at Boston University (Fri., Jan. 24/Sat., Jan. 25). On Friday, the Terriers took the game by a score of 4-2 while on Saturday, the Catamounts bounced back for a 6-2 win.

Senior Chris McCarthy leads the squad with 27 points, stemming from 13 goals and 14 assists. Freshman Mario Puskarich is second on the team with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. He leads the team in power play goals (5). Blueliner Michael Paliotta has lit the lamp three times and dished out a team-high 16 assists for 19 points on the year.

Rookie netminder Mike Santaguida has started all 15 games he has played and comes in with a record of 8-5-2 with one shutout. He has a goals against average of 2.32 and a save percentage of .917. Sophomore Brody Hoffman comes in with a record of 5-4-1 having started each of the 10 games he has played. He has a goals against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .921.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Catamounts:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas     11    2-11-13
Trevor van Riemsdyk     6     1-7-8
Eric Knodel     6     2-3-5
Grayson Downing     6     2-3-5
Dalton Speelman     16     2-1-3
Nick Sorkin     8     0-2-2
Matt Willows     4     1-0-1
Jeff Silengo     8     0-1-1
Justin Agosta     6     0-1-1
Casey DeSmith    5    0-1-1
Casey Thrush     6     0-0-0
Jay Camper    3    0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    1    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    3    0-0-0
Dan Correale    2    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    2    0-0-0
Kyle Smith    2    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith     5/305:24    9     1.77     3-1-1     113     .926

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Catamounts
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
2-17-12        61:32    L    17    4    21
2-18-12         60:00     W     28     1     29
11-10-12        58:52    W    27    0    27
2-22-13        60:00    W    11    3    14
2-23-13        65:00    T    30    1    31
Totals         305:24     3-1-0     113    9     122

Warrior of the Week: Senior Kevin Goumas earned the Warrior Player of the Week as named by Hockey East on Monday, Feb. 3. Goumas recorded five points (2g, 3a) on the weekend as the Wildcats swept 14th ranked Notre Dame. In Friday's 4-2 win, Goumas assisted on the first goal of the game for UNH and scored the game winner in the third period on a power play with under five minutes left in period. He notched his second assist of the night on the empty net goal late in the third. On Saturday, Goumas setup the game winning goal for the 'Cats that came during shorthanded play in the second period. He capped off the night with an empty net goal with 54 seconds left in the game. He finished the weekend with a +3 rating.

Team of the Week: The Wildcats also earned another Hockey East accolade in Monday's weekly awards announcement; Hockey East Team of the Week. The 'Cats completed a weekend sweep of No. 14 Notre Dame with 4-2 win on Friday, Jan. 31 and a 5-2 victory on Saturday, Feb. 1. It was the first conference sweep for UNH since downing now No. 11 Northeastern in a home-and-home series (Nov. 15/16).

Down One, One Up: Matt Willows scored the third shorthanded goal of the year for the Wildcats in Saturday's (Feb. 1) win over No. 14 Notre Dame. Grayson Downing recorded the first of the year in a 9-0 win over UMass (Nov. 9) while Jeff Silengo scored one the following weekend at Northeastern (Nov. 15).

150 and Counting: Senior Dalton Speelman played his 150th career game on Saturday, Feb. 1. In the game he tallied his fifth goal of the year and 30th of his career.

Career-Night: Blueliner Brett Pesce earned a new career-high mark for points in a game in Friday night's 4-2 win over Notre Dame (Jan. 31) with three. He scored UNH's first goal on a power play and assisted on the next two, including Kevin Goumas' game-winning power play goal.

The Great Wall of Casey: Wildcat netminder Casey DeSmith made a season-high 38 saves on 40 shots faced in Friday's 4-2 win over Notre Dame (Jan. 31). The following night, he made 32 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Fighting Irish (Saturday, Feb. 1). It is the 11th time he has made 30-plus saves this season and his fifth game in a row of that feat.

One of '603 Reasons': The Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.) recently published an article saying that UNH hockey is one of '603 Reasons' people say New Hampshire is special. The piece talks about the traidition of hockey at UNH and the history.

It's a Block Party: UNH blocked 22 shots in Saturday's (Jan. 25) game at the University of Maine. It was the sixth time this season the 'Cats have blocked 20 or more shots. The season high of 27 came against Northeastern (Nov. 15).

The Sorkin-Goumas Connection: Kevin Goumas and Nick Sorkin have teamed up on 14 goals this season. Sorkin has assisted Goumas on five while Goumas has assisted Sorkin nine times.

Spreading the Wealth: On the season, a total of 21 different skaters have tallied at least one point. Collin MacDonald was the most recent 'Cat to record a point with his first goal of the season in a 5-2 win over Notre Dame on Saturday (Feb. 1).

Willows' Progression: Junior forward Matt Willows is having a career year with 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points through his first 30 games. As a freshman, he played in 20 games and recorded a total of three assits on the year. Last year, he played in 29 games and had eight goals and five assists for 13 points.

Selling out the Whitt: The 'Cats have played in front of sellout (6,501 attendance) crowds five times this season at the Whittemore Center. Here is a list of the games:
Date    Opponent        Result
Oct. 5    vs. Acadia*        W, 6-3
Oct. 19    vs. Michigan (No. 5)        L, 2-3 (OT)
Dec. 7    vs. Boston College (No. 9)    L, 1-2
Jan. 24    vs. Maine (No. 20)        W, 3-2
Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame (No. 14)    W, 5-2
* Denotes exhibition contest.

Wins vs. Losses: In the 16 wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 69 goals and 125 assists and are averaging 4.31 goals per game. The team has allowed just 24 goals in the 16 games, making 450 saves on 474 shots faced (.949 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished five power play goals to opponents.

In the 13 losses, UNH has scored 25 goals and 45 assists, averaging 1.92 goals per game. They've allowed 50 goals and made saves on 317 shots of 362 faced (.876 save percentage). They've also allowed nine power play goals in those games.

Moving Up the Ranks: Senior forward Kevin Goumas is in 44th on the all-time scoring list. His 129 career points (37g, 92a) have him just one point shy of Preston Callander who is in 43rd with 130 points (62g, 68a).

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.

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (as of 2/5)
1    Minnesota    58    19-2-5    .8105    1    .6089    1
2    Boston College    57    20-4-3    .8120    2    .6049*    2
3    Quinnipiac    56    19-4-5    .7707    3    .5734*    3
4t    Union    54    17-6-3    .7164    5    .5677*    4
4t    Ferris State    54    18-6-3    .7444    4    .5662*    5
6    Cornell    53    12-4-5    .7000    7    .5637*    6
7    UMass-Lowell    52    18-7-2    .6917    6    .5621*    7
8t    Michigan    50    13-6-3    .6604    9    .5592    8
8t    Northeastern    50    16-8-3    .6581    10t    .5589*    9
10    St. Cloud State    49    14-6-4    .6641    8    .5588    10
11t    Providence    47    15-7-5    .6477    10t    .5526*    11
11t    Minnesota-Duluth    47    12-9-3    .5675    24t    .5487    12
13    Wisconsin    46    14-8-2    .6058    12    .5433*    13
14    New Hampshire    45    16-13-1    .5374    27    .5373    14
15    North Dakota    44    13-8-3    .5983    16t    .5368    15
16    Notre Dame    43    15-11-1    .5484    23    .5360*    16
17t    Clarkson    41    16-10-2    .6074    14t    .5346    17
17t    Vermont    41    13-9-3    .5738    21    .5330    19
19    Maine    40    12-9-3    .5680    24t    .5339    18
20t    Yale    39    11-6-4    .6139    13    .5327*    20
20t    Colgate    39    13-11-3    .5362    29    .5281    21
22    Denver    36    13-8-5    .5781    19    .5273    22
23t    Ohio State    35    14-9-1    .5794    16t    .5248    23
23t    Minnesota State    35    15-13-0    .5625    30    .5213    24
23t    Western Michigan    35    12-10-4    .5269    28    .5212    25

--The PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the RPI. (USCHO.com).

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/4): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
    Kevin Goumas    19th     1.21 ppg
    Nick Sorkin     T-53rd     0.97 ppg
Goals Per Game:
    Nick Sorkin     T-29th     0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
    Kevin Goumas     T-14th     0.79 apg
    T. van Riemsdyk    27th     0.73 apg
Power Play Goals:
    Nick Sorkin     T-26th     5 ppg
    Matt Willows     T-26th     5 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
    Grayson Downing T-31st     1shg
    Jeff Silengo     T-31st     1shg
    Matt Willows     T-31st     1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
    Matt Willows     T-7th     4 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
    T. van Riemsdyk T-4th     0.88 ppg
    Eric Knodel     13th     0.77 ppg
    Justin Agosta     36th     0.63 ppg
Goals Against Average:
    Casey DeSmith     20th     2.24 gaa
Save Percentage:
    Casey DeSmith     20th      .924
Winning Percentage:
    Casey DeSmith     32nd     .560
Shutouts:
    Casey DeSmith     T-15th     2
Team
Scoring Offense         16th     3.20 g/gm
Scoring Defense         T-20th       2.50 g/gm
Scoring Margin            15th      0.70
Penalty Minutes     59th     7.4
Power Play     14th     21.1%
Penalty Kill     22nd     83.0%

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/4): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas     4th (35pts)     6th (16pts)
        Nick Sorkin    9th (29pts)     T-12th (11pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-16th (23pts)     T-22nd  (9pts)
        Grayson Downing -    T-22nd (9pts)
        Matt Willows     13th (26pts)     T-9th (12pts)
Goals:     Nick Sorkin     T-5th (15g)     T-6th (7g)
        Grayson Downing -     T-8th (6g)
        Matt Willows     T-8th (13g)     T-15th (5g)
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     4th (23a)     T-3rd (12a)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-7th (19a)
        Tyler Kelleher     -     T-6th (9a)
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk     -     T-8th (5p)
        Grayson Downing-    T-8th (5p)
PP Goals:     Nick Sorkin     T-6th (5g)     T-8th (2g)
        Matt Willows     T-6th (5g)     -
        T. van Riemsdyk     -     T-9th (2g)
        Grayson Downing -     T-9th (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing T-10th (1g)     T-4th (1g)
        Jeff Silengo     T-10th (1g)     T-4th (1g)
        Matt Willows     T-10th (1g)     T-4th (1g)
GW Goals:     Matt WIllows     T-3rd (4g)     T-3rd (2g)
        Jay Camper     -     T-13th (1g)
        Tyler Kelleher     -     T-13th (1g)
        Nick Sorkin     -     T-13th (1g)
        Justin Agosta     -     T-13th (1g)
        Casey Thrush     -     T-13th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     Eric Knodel     T-1st (23 pts)     2nd (11pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (23 pts)     T-3rd ( 9pts)
        Justin Agosta     T-4th (19pts)     T-3rd (9pts)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher     -     T-2nd (10pts)
Plus-Minus:     Matt Willows     7th (+19)     T-4th (+10)
        Kevin Goumas     8th (+18)     T-6th (+9)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel     1st (73 blk)     T-1st (36 blk)
        Brett Pesce     2nd (61 blk)     4th (30 blk)
        T. van Riemsdyk     9th (50 blk)    -
        Matias Cleland 10th (49 blk)     8th (27 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith     T-3rd (.575)     4th (.615)
        Kevin Goumas     T-3rd (.575)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     7th (2.24)     6th (2.29)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     7th (.924)     5th (.920)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     9th (.560)     T-7th (.571)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/4):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.20/4th     3.36/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.50/8th     2.43/6th
Power Play %         21.1/2nd     23.6/1st
Penalty Kill %       83.0/8th     87.2/3rd
1st Period Scoring          25/T-4th     12/6th
2nd Period Scoring       36/T-2nd      18/1st
3rd Period Scoring        34/T-3rd         16/4th
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:    50-83-133    52-48-50
Juniors:    31-44-75    32-26-28
Sophomores:    12-25-37    13-15-14
Freshmen:    3-20-23    3-12-9     

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        NP    RV    3rd
1/6/14        RV    20    3rd
1/13            RV    17    5th
1/20            -    RV    6th
1/27            -    RV    6th
2/3            RV    20    4th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 3)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 503 (27)    1    19-2-5    17
2    Boston College, 481 (7)        2    19-4-3    17
3    Quinnipiac University, 444    3    19-4-5    17
4    Ferris State University, 360    6    18-6-3    11
5    St. Cloud State University, 349    5    14-6-4    17
6    Union College, 344        4    17-6-3    11
7    UMass Lowell, 335        8    18-7-2    16
8    Cornell University, 240        11    12-4-5    11
9    Providence College, 239    7    15-7-5    17
10    University of Michigan, 201    12    13-6-3    17
11    Northeastern University, 188    10    15-8-3    4
12    University of Wisconsin, 151    9    14-8-2    16
13    Yale University, 72        13    11-6-4    17
14    Clarkson University, 45        15    16-10-2    12
15    University of Denver, 44        RV    13-8-5    2

Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 36; University of North Dakota, 25; University of New Hampshire, 10; University of Notre Dame, 10; Mercyhurst University, 1; Minnesota State University, 1; University of Vermont, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 3)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (40)       19- 2-5       989         1
 2     Boston College                (10)       19- 4-3       959         2
 3     Quinnipiac                               19- 4-5       897         3
 4     Union                                    17- 6-3       798         4
 5     Ferris State                             18- 6-3       758         6
 6     St. Cloud State                          14- 6-4       745         5
 7    Massachusetts-Lowell                 18- 7-2       738         8
 8     Providence                               15- 7-5       621         7
 9     Cornell                                  12- 4-5       602        11
10     Michigan                                 13- 6-3       546        12
11     Northeastern                             15- 8-3       528        10
12     Wisconsin                                14- 8-2       460         9
13     Yale                                     11- 6-4       342        13
14     Clarkson                                 16-10-2       291        15
15     Denver                                   13- 8-5       278        16
16     North Dakota                             13- 8-3       266        17
17     Minnesota-Duluth                     12- 9-3       166        NR
18     Notre Dame                               15-11-1       147        14
19     Vermont                                  13- 9-3       130        19
20     New Hampshire                        16-13-1       120        NR

Others receiving votes: Maine 50, Colgate 23, Ohio State 18,
Mercyhurst 11, Air Force 6, Nebraska-Omaha 4, Western
Michigan 4, Minnesota State 3.

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    W, 3-2
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Jan 25    at Maine    W, 3-2
    FOX College Sports | WFVX Fox 22
Fri. Jan. 31     vs. Notre Dame     W, 4-2            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame    W, 5-2
    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 Olympics: With former Wildcat James van Riemsdyk heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he became the sixth Wildcat in program history to play for his country at the Olympics. Here is a list of those Wildcats:
Rube Bjorkman    1948-52    USA
Bob Miller    1976    USA
Steve Leach    1988    USA
Adrien Plavsic    1992    Canada
Jeff Lazaro    1994    USA
James van Riemsdyk    2014    USA

'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 handlesthe play-by-play for the seventh straight season, while Pete Webster does 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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