Goumas Named MVP; Willows Tabbed as 111th Captain at Men’s Hockey Banquet

Kevin Goumas
Roger A. LeClerc (MVP)
Frank "The Fan" Halbert
Co-Guy Smith Award

Matt Willows
2014-15 Captain
Co-Guy Smith Award
Grayson Downing
2014-15 Alternate Captain
Casey Thrush
2014-15 Alternate Captain
Jeff Silengo
Nate Hardy Ironman
Warren Brown
Eric Knodel
Co-Rod Langway
Trevor van Riemsdyk
Co-Rod Langway
Sid Knight Award
Justin Agosta
Whoop Snively Citizenship Award
Jeff Wyer
Charles E. Holt Award
Nick Sorkin
Robert Kullen Award
Kyle Smith
Most Improved Award

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team was

presented with the Roger A. LeClerc Award at the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season. The announcement was made at the team awards banquet Saturday evening at the Huddleston Hall Ballroom.

Goumas is coming off a stellar season with the Wildcats as he posted career marks in goals (19), assists (33) and points (52). 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. Goumas also earned the Frank “The Fan” Halbert Fan Favorite Award, named after Frank Halbert who was the quintessential fan of all UNH athletics.

Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) was named the program’s 111th all-time captain at the awards banquet for the 2014-15 season. Additionally, classmates Grayson Downing (Abbotsford, British Columbia) and Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) were named alternate captains.

Willows recorded career high marks in goals (18), assists (21) and in points (39) as he played in all 41 games for the ‘Cats in 2013-14. He netted a team-high six game winning goals and shared the lead for shorthanded goals (2) with Goumas. His rating of +27 was the highest by any non-goaltender since 2002. Willows and Goumas also took home a share of the Guy Smith Award, given annually to the team’s best forward.

Downing, who missed seven games due to injury, finished his junior campaign with 22 points from 10 goals and 12 assists. He netted a pair of power play goals, one shorthanded tally and a game winner that came on the road at Colorado College (Nov. 29).

Thrush skated in all 41 games played by UNH and tallied four goals and five assists for nine points. He recorded the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win over Northeastern on Nov. 16.

Senior Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) was presented with two awards, the SOC Nate Hardy Ironman Award and the Warren Brown Award, presented to the best defensive forward. Despite battling injuries throughout the course of the season, Silengo finished the year with a career high 15 points from eight goals and seven assists. The SOC Nate Hardy Ironman Award is given in memory of Nate Hardy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Iraq in early February 2008. The award is bestowed to the player who excels in the weight room through a 15-event competition during fall dry-land training.

The Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award had co-recipients in senior captain Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) and junior alternate captain Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.). Knodel saw a plethora of ice time in the 41 games he skated in, compiling seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points from the blueline. Five of his seven goals came on power plays. He finished second in the league in scoring for defensemen. Knodel also thwarted 103 shots to lead the league. He was also the only skater in Hockey East to tally triple-digit blocks. van Riemsdyk, who was hampered by an ankle injury for the last half of the 2013-14 season, notched 23 points on four goals and 19 assists in his 26 games played this year. He was also the recipient of the Sid Knight Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average. van Riemsdyk currently holds a GPA of 3.69 and was recently inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.

Senior defenseman Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) received the A. Barr “Whoop” Snively Citizenship and Service Award for the second consecutive year. The award is presented to the player who has distinguished himself through his citizenship and service to the University and the community. The award was established in 2009 by Timothy J. Churchard (’67) to honor his coach and mentor – A. Barr Snively, who was the hockey, lacrosse and football coach at UNH from 1953-1964. Agosta skated in all 41 games this season, recording six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, all of which are career-high marks. He had one power play goal and two game winners.

Netminder Jeff Wyer, (Reading, Mass.) who served as an alternate captain for his senior year, was the recipient of the Charles E. Holt Coaches Award. The honor is decided by a vote by the coaching staff for the player who made large contributions both on and off the ice. Wyer started five of the eight games he played in 2013-14 and garnered a record of 2-2-1. He posted a career high mark of 33 saves in a 4-1 victory over Clarkson (Oct. 11) in the season opener and earned his second win of the season with 24 saves against Brown University (Nov. 12).

Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) was awarded the Robert Kullen Unsung Hero Award. Sorkin played in all 41 games this season after missing part of the 2012-13 season due to injury. He scored a team-high 20 goals and dished out 21 assists for 41 points. He led the squad in power play goals (6) and scored three game winners.

The 2013-14 Most Improved Player Award was received by sophomore Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.). Smith skated in 38 games this season after appearing in only two the year before. He recorded three goals and seven assists for 10 points and committed just one penalty.

Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau was named the recipient of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award for the second straight year. Gaudreau recorded a goal and two assists in two games played against the Wildcats.

Award Summary:

Award Player Class Position

Roger A. LeClerc (MVP) Kevin Goumas Sr. Forward

2014-15 Captain                                                Matt Willows                        Jr.             Forward

2014-15 Alternate Captain                                    Grayson Downing             Jr.            Forward

2014-15 Alternate Captain                                    Casey Thrush                        Jr.            Forward

SOC Nate Hardy Ironman Award Jeff Silengo Sr. Forward

Co-Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award            Eric Knodel                        Sr.            Defenseman

Co-Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award  Trevor van Riemsdyk Jr. Defenseman

Co-Guy Smith Award (Best Forward)            Kevin Goumas            Sr.            Forward

Co-Guy Smith Award (Best Forward)            Matt Willows                        Jr.            Forward

Sid Knight Award (Best GPA)                        Trevor van Riemsdyk            Jr.            Defenseman

Snively Citizenship and Service Award            Justin Agosta                        Sr.             Defenseman

Charles E. Holt Coaches Award                        Jeff Wyer                        Sr.             Goaltender

Warren Brown Award (Defensive Forward)            Jeff Silengo                        Sr.            Forward

Frank “The Fan” Halbert Fan Favorite            Kevin Goumas             Sr.            Forward

Robert Kullen Award (Unsung Hero)                        Nick Sorkin                        Sr.            Forward

Most Improved Player Award                                    Kyle Smith                        So.            Forward

Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent            Johnny Gaudreau (BC)Jr.            Forward

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