12th-ranked Men's Hockey Opens Season at Ice Breaker Tournament in Minnesota

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#12/13 UNH (0-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) vs. Clarkson (2-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC)
Friday, Oct. 11 -- 5:00 p.m. (EST) - Mariucci Arena (10,000) | Minneapolis, Minn.
vs. #5/5 Minnesota (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) or Mercyhurst (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Saturday, Oct. 12 -- 5:00/8:00 p.m. (EST) - Mariucci Arena (10,000) | Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday, Oct. 12 - 5/8 p.m. - FSN+
Only if UNH plays Minnesota
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Oct. 11 - 5:00 p.m.  (4:30 p.m. pregame show)
Saturday, Oct. 12 - 5/8:00 p.m.  (4:30/7:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Tom Wilkins (Analyst)
Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester), WQSO- 96.7 FM (Portsmouth), WPKX 930 AM (Rochester) , WZEI 101.5 FM (Concord), WASR 1420 AM (Wolfeboro), WSMN 1590 AM (Nashua),
WTSL 94.3, 94.5, 1400 (Claremont), WEEY 93.5 FM (Keene)

Wildcats Tune Up with 6-3 Win Over Acadia: In the 6-3 exhibition victory over Acadia Saturday night, Wildcat forwards Kyle Smith and Grayson Downing led the way with a pair of goals. Eric Knodel and Jamie Hill also scored, while Casey Thrush and Kevin Goumas added two assists. Goalies Casey DeSmith and Jeff Wyer split the time in net saving a total of 25 shots. Wyer started the game and turned aside all 13 shots he faced in 32:36 of action. DeSmith played the final 27:18 and allowed three goals on 15 shots. The Wildcats took advantage on Acadia's penalties scoring on three of their seven power play opportunities, while holding their opponents scoreless on their five chances.

Scouting the Golden Knights:  Clarkson kicked off the season by sweeping No. 20 Niagara in back-to-back games outscoring the Purple Eagles 4-1 with their only allowed goal let up on the power play. All four Clarkson goals were scored by a different Golden Knight with senior Forward Alan McPherson and sophomore Defenseman Paul Geiger leading the team with two points on a goal and an assist. Freshman Steve Perry and sophomore Greg Lewis split time between the pipes for the set of wins. On the first day of the season, Lewis started in net allowing only one goal on 20 shots. The next night, Perry shutout the Purple Eagles with 30 saves.

Series History vs. Clarkson: UNH leads Clarkson 22-21-2 in the all-time series dating back to Jan. 28, 1964. Coach Umile is 8-5 lifetime against the Golden Knights, while none of the players on this year's team has ever faced Clarkson. Despite such a close record, UNH enters their matchup with Clarkson on a three-game win streak. UNH also holds the edge over the Golden Knights at neutral site games 2-1.

vs. CLARKSON (22-21-2)
1-28-64    (A)    Clarkson    14    UNH    2        L
12-15-67    (A)    Clarkson    9    UNH    4        L
2-12-69    (H)    UNH    4    Clarkson    4    OTT
2-5-70    (A)    Clarkson    6    UNH    4        L
3-4-70    (H)    Clarkson     3    UNH    0        L
11-26-70    (N)    Clarkson    3    UNH    2        L
2-20-71    (H)    Clarkson    3    UNH    2        L
3-2-71    (A)    Clarkson    5    UNH    2        L
1-11-72    (H)    UNH    3    Clarkson    2    OT    W
3-3-72    (A)    Clarkson    8    UNH    5        L
2-17-73    (H)    UNH    8    Clarkson    5        W
3-2-73    (A)    Clarkson    5    UNH    3        L
1-11-74    (H)    UNH    7    Clarkson    2        W
2-5-74    (A)    UNH    3    Clarkson    2        W
1-25-75    (A)    UNH    5    Clarkson    3        W
2-15-75    (H)    UNH    8    Clarkson    4        W
2-21-76    (H)    UNH    5    Clarkson    4        W
3-3-76    (A)    Clarkson    8    UNH    3        L
11-25-76    (A)    Clarkson    5    UNH    2        L
2-19-77    (H)    UNH    8    Clarkson    6        W
3-1-77    (A)    Clarkson    7    UNH    6        L
2-11-78    (H)    UNH    6    Clarkson    4        W
2-17-78    (A)    Clarkson    10    UNH    7        L
1-13-79    (H)    UNH    4    Clarkson    0        W
2-2-79    (A)    UNH    6    Clarkson    4        W
1-12-80    (A)    Clarkson    8    UNH    2        L
2-14-81    (H)    UNH    4    Clarkson    4    OT    T
3-10-81    (A)    Clarkson    3    UNH    2        L
1-30-82    (A)    UNH    6    Clarkson    4        W
3-13-82    (N)    UNH    6    Clarkson    5        W
1-8-83    (H)    Clarkson    5    UNH    2        L
1-10-84    (A)    UNH    5    Clarkson    3        W
11-23-90    (A)    Clarkson    4    UNH    2        L
11-30-91    (A)    Clarkson    5    UNH    4        L
10-31-92    (A)    Clarkson    6    UNH    1        L
11-27-93    (A)    UNH    7    Clarkson    3        W
11-27-94    (H)    UNH    3    Clarkson    2        W
12-30-94    (N)    UNH    4    Clarkson    2        W
1-11-97    (H)    Clarkson    5    UNH    2        L
1-8-99    (H)    UNH    4    Clarkson    1        W
12-11-99    (A)    UNH    6    Clarkson    0        W
12-7-01    (A)    Clarkson    8    UNH    5        L
12-6-02    (H)    UNH    5    Clarkson    2        W
12-5-03    (A)    UNH    4    Clarkson    3        W
12-3-04    (H)    UNH    3    Clarkson    1        W

Last Time These Teams Met (12-3-04): Sean Collins recorded a goal and two assists to lead seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire to a 3-1 non-conference victory against Clarkson University at the Whittemore Center. Collins helped Brett Hemingway tie the score at 1-1 just 7:24 into the third period. Five minutes later the duo combined with Preston Chandler to take a 2-1 lead. Collins capped off scoring with an empty net goal at 19:10 of the third period. UNH goalie Kevin Regan made 17 saves in the victory while the Wildcats finished with a 40-18 shot advantage.

Scouting the Golden Gophers: Minnesota opened its 2013-14 season last Saturday with a 5-1 exhibition win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Travis Boyd and Hudson Fasching recorded two points on a goal and assist while Ben Marshall tallied two assists to lead the Golden Gophers to victory. Minnesota played three goalies in the game starting with Adam Wilcox who made four saves in the first period before being replaced by Michael Shibrowski. The senior goaltender allowed made six saves and allowed one goal in 34:13 of play before being replaced by Ryan Coyne for the remainder of the exhibition.

Series History vs. Minnesota: UNH trails the all-time series with Minnesota 2-13-2 in 17 meetings dating back to March 23, 1979. The two last met Nov. 8, 2008 at Mariucci Arena when Minnesota won 6-2. The Wildcats and Gophers have met three times in NCAA tournament, including an April 12, 2003 meeting in the NCAA National Championship game at HSBC Arena, a 5-1 Minnesota win. None of the players on the current roster were on the team for the 2008 meetings. Coach Umile has a 1-4-2 record against Minnesota, while the 'Cats are 0-2-1 lifetime against Minnesota at Mariucci Arena, but do have a pair of wins (Harvard and Miami) at both as participants in the Dodge Classic in 1995 and 2003.

Series vs. Minnesota (2-13-2)
3-23-79    (N)    Minnesota    4    UNH    3        L
3-18-83    (A)    Minnesota    9    UNH    6        L
3-19-83    (A)    Minnesota    7    UNH    2        L
1-4-85    (A)    UNH    3    Minnesota    2    OT    W
1-5-85    (A)    Minnesota    4    UNH    3        L
12-29-85    (H)    Minnesota    5    UNH    1        L
12-30-85    (H)    Minnesota    10UNH    2        L
1-17-87    (H)    Minnesota    5    UNH    1        L
11-21-87    (A)    Minnesota    6    UNH    3        L
1-23-89    (H)    Minnesota    3    UNH    1        L
11-25-90    (H)    Minnesota    4    UNH    0        L
10-18-02    (H)    UNH    5    Minnesota    5    OT    T
10-19-02    (H)    UNH    3    Minnesota    1        W
4-12-03    (N)    Minnesota    5    UNH    1        L
12-21-03    (A)    Minnesota    4    UNH    2        L
11-7-08    (A)    UNH    2    Minnesota    2    OT    T
11-8-08    (A)    Minnesota    6    UNH    2        L

Last Time These Teams Met (11-8-08):  With the game tied 2-2 entering the third period, Minnesota erupted for four goals to lift the fourth-ranked Gophers to a 6-2 win over the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire. James van Riemsdyk tallied a goal and an assist while Danny Dries added two assists in the loss. In net, Brian Foster allowed six goals on 34 shots. The Gophers started off their comeback just 4:42 into the final frame when Ryan Stoa scored a shorthanded goal to take a 3-2 lead. David Fischer set up goals for Ryan Flynn and Taylor Matson barely two minutes apart before Flynn finished off the scoring with a power play goal with under five minutes left on the clock.

Scouting the Lakers: The Mercyhurst Lakers opened play with a 4-3 exhibition loss to the University of Guelph on Tuesday night. The Lakers were selected tied for second in the Atlantic Hockey preseason poll and received a league-best four first-place votes.   Mercyhurst finished 19-17-5 and one game shy of claiming a conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth a season ago.s. They were tied with Air Force, four points behind front-running Niagara.

Series History vs. Mercyhurst: In their only meeting,Preston Callander scored two goals and Brian Yandle recorded a career-high four points, all on assists, to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire to a 5-4 non-conference victory against Mercyhurst. UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak finished with 23 saves

Series vs. Mercyhurst (1-0-0)
10-23-04    (H)    UNH    5    Mercyhurst    4        W

Wildcats at the Ice Breaker: Since its inception in 1997, the Wildcats have competed in two Ice Breaker tournaments including one shot at hosting in 2004. In that time UNH has captured two championships making them the only undefeated multi-champion in the 17-year history of the tournament.

Hockey East in the Ice Breaker: Over the past seventeen years, Hockey East has dominated the Ice Breaker tournament with ten championships. The only schools to win more championships than the Wildcats at the tournament are Boston College and Boston University with three a piece. Vermont and Hockey East's newest member and last year's champion Notre Dame round out the final two Hockey East champions.

12-29-95 Bowling Green         L, 3-2
12-30-95 Harvard         W, 8-3
3-24-00 Niagara             L, 4-1
12-20-03 Miami University     W, 3-1
12-21-03 Minnesota         L, 4-2
11-7-08 Minnesota        T, 2-2-OT
11-8-08 Minnesota        L, 6-2
Total: (G: 19) (GA: 22)         (2-4-1)

Three of College Hockeys Winningest Coaches at this year's Ice Breaker (1567 Wins - Lucia, Gotkin, Umile):
Don Lucia and Dick Umile rank third and fourth, respectively, with 595 and 519 wins, while Gotkin's 453 overall wins make him fifth overall. 243 of those 453 wins were at the Division I level. Casey Jones is the "new kid on the block" he has a 25-37-13 record in three full seasons.

Active Division I Coaches with 500 Wins
Name (Current School)            Wins
Jerry York (Boston College)        935
Red Berenson (Michigan)            770
Don Lucia (Minnesota)            595
Dick Umile (New Hampshire)        519
Rick Gotkin (Mercyhurst)        453 (243 DI)

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)

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 7)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    UMass Lowell, 473 (13)        1    0-0-0    2
2    Miami University, 463 (16)    2    0-0-0    2
3    University of Wisconsin, 388    3    0-0-0    2
4    Boston College, 379        4    0-0-0    2
5    University of Minnesota, 373    5    0-0-0    2
6    Yale University, 345 (5)        8    0-0-0    2
7    University of North Dakota, 309    6    0-0-0    2
8    University of Notre Dame, 289    7    0-0-0    2
9    St. Cloud State University, 227    9    0-0-0    2
10    University of Michigan, 170    10    0-0-0    2
11    Minnesota State University, 139    14    0-0-0    2
12    New Hampshire, 113        13    0-0-0    2
13    Quinnipiac University, 111    11    0-0-0    2
14    Providence College, 109        15    0-0-0    2
15    Union College, 70        12    0-0-0    2
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer, 48; University of Denver, 33; Western Michigan University, 16; Cornell University, 14; Colorado College, 5; Niagara University, 4; Canisius College, 1; Clarkson University, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Sept. 30)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    UMass Lowell (19)        --    0-0-0    0
2    Miami University (Ohio)    (14)    --    0-0-0    0
3    University of Wisconsin (2)    --    0-0-0    0
4    Boston College        --    0-0-0    0
5    University of Minnesota (1)    --    0-0-0    0
6    Yale University (8)        --    0-0-0    0
7    University of North Dakota    --    0-0-0    0
8    University of Notre Dame    --    0-0-0    0
9    St. Cloud St. University         --    0-0-0    0
10    Quinnipiac University (1)    --    0-0-0    0
11    University of Michigan        --    0-0-0    0
11    Minnesota State University    --    0-0-0    0
13    University of New Hampshire    --    0-0-0    0
14    Providence College         --    0-0-0    0
15    Union College         --    0-0-0    0
Others receiving votes: Cornell 80, Ferris State 67, Harvard 18, Minnesota-Duluth 18, Nebraska-Omaha 16, Air Force 14, Michigan Tech 14, Canisius 12, Colorado College 11, Ohio State 11, Alaska 10, Mercyhurst 10, Michigan State 6, RIT 5, Bowling Green 4, Brown 4, Dartmouth 2, Merrimack 2, Robert
Morris 2.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Time/Result
Sat. Oct. 12    vs. Minnesota     5/8:00 PM
    FSN+ (only if UNH/Minnesota play)
Fri. Oct. 18     vs. Michigan     7:30 PM    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Oct. 19     vs. Michigan     7:00 PM    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Nov. 2     vs. Mass.-Lowell    7:00 PM    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 8     vs. Massachusetts     7:30 PM            WBIN | 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
    FOX College Sports
Fri. Jan. 31     vs. Notre Dame     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame    4:00 PM
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 Di Girolamo: Trenton Titans (ECHL)
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)
Trevor Smith: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
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 all been drafted. Jay Camper is the younger brother of Bruins' prospect and former Miami University star Carter Camper.

UNH Broadcaster Dan Parkhurst Named Hockey East's Joe Concannon Media Award: Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna announced on Sept. 24 at the league's annual media day that Dan Parkhurst has been named the 22nd recipient of the prestigious Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award. Parkhurst, who will again call UNH hockey games on television and radio for 2013-14, will also call select games for NBC Sports Network in the coming season. In addition to his broadcasting work, the 2013-14 season will mark Parkhurst's 17th year as Hockey East's website designer and coordinator.
Hockey East Media Award History
Year    Recipient, Affiliation
1992    Larry Mahoney, Bangor Daily News
1993    Bob Whitelaw, New England Sports Network
1994    Bob Monahan, Boston Globe
1995    John Connolly, Boston Herald
1996    Charles Scoggins, Lowell Sun
1997    Bob Norton, New England Sports Network
1998    Joe Concannon, Boston Globe
1999    Dick Osborne, UNH Sports Network
2000    Bill Doherty, Huskies Radio
2001    Dave Hendrickson, U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO)
2002    Roger Brown, Portsmouth Herald
2003    Bernie Corbett, Giant Sports Associates
2004    Rob Rudnick, Huskies Radio
2005    Eric Frede, NESN / CodRock Media
2006    Dan Hannigan, WZON / CodRock Media
2007    Allen Lessels, New Hampshire Union Leader
2008    Mike Logan, Providence College Radio
2009    Bob Ellis, UMass-Lowell Radio
2010    Brock Hines, UMass Sports Network
2011    Mike Machnik, Merrimack Radio, CHN & USCHO
2012    Jim Connelly, U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO)
2013    Dan Parkhurst, UNH Radio/TV & Merrimack Radio

UNH on the Radio:  In 2013-14, UNH athletics to proud to annouce — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network is made up of 10 stations across the state 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
Nashua        WSMN-AM    1590
Wolfeboro        WASR-AM    1420
World-wide        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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