March 20, 2014

Goumas, Knodel Named Hockey East Second-Team All Stars

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Seniors Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) were honored by the Hockey East Conference on Thursday evening as they were each named Second-Team All Stars. The league made the announcement at its annual awards banquet, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.

The 2013-14 season has been a career year for Goumas as he has recorded 50 points on 17 goals and 33 assists through 38 games played. On Nov. 2, he recorded his 100th career point to become just the 71st player in program history to enter the Century Club. On March 1, Goumas achieved yet another milestone as he notched his 100th career assist in a four point effort to help the Wildcats to home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals. He is just the 16th student-athlete in program history to achieve the 100 assist plateau. Against 14th-ranked Northeastern in game three of the Hockey East quarterfinals, Goumas propelled the 'Cats to the semifinal round with another four point performance, recording his second career hat trick and an assist. His 144 points ties him with UNH head coach Dick Umile for 30th on the all-time scoring list. His 50 points puts him third in the conference in total points and in points per game (1.32). He is also third in assists and assists per game (0.87).

Knodel is also having a career year for the Wildcats. Playing in all 39 games, he has seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points from the blueline. Five of his seven goals have come on power plays. Knodel recorded a career-high two goals in a 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 3) and is tied for second in defenseman scoring in Hockey East. In the defensive zone, the captain ranks first in Hockey East in blocked shots, thwarting 95 attempts from the opposition. In league games, Knodel ranks third in defenseman scoring with 14 points stemming from three goals and 11 assists. He also finished first in blocked shots during league competition, registering a total of 50 (2.50 blocks per game).

The Wildcats spar with the Providence College Friars on Friday, March 21 in the Hockey East semifinal round, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the game may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the TD Bank Garden box office. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports and NESNplus.

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