November 25, 2013

Men's Hockey Plays Host to Harvard for Tuesday Tilt (7 p.m. | WBIN | FOX College Sports)

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RV/20 UNH (7-6-1, 5-3-0 HEA) vs. Harvard (3-5-1, 2-4-1 ECAC)
Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 7 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 7:00 p.m. FOX College Sports
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (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)

Senior Class Production: This year's senior class has accounted for 55 of 122 points for the Wildcats. Collectively, they have scored 22 goals and dished out 33 assists.

The Only One: Grayson Downing is the only player in the league to score a hat trick in a conference game, doing so at Massachusetts on Nov. 9.

Wins vs. Losses: In the seven wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 31 goals and 53 assists and are averaging 4.43 goals per game. The team has allowed just seven goals in the seven games, making 184 saves on 191 shots faced (.963 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished four power play goals to opponents.

In the six losses, UNH has scored 13 goals and 22 assists, averaging 2.17 goals per game. They've allowed 22 goals and made saves on 151 shots of 173 faced (.873 save percentage). They've also allowed six power play goals in those games.

Striking First: In the eight Hockey East games played so far, the Wildcats have scored first in each of them. In 14 total games, UNH has scored the first goal in 11 of them.

Downing Against Harvard: In one game played, Grayson Downing recorded a career-high four points in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in the last game played against Harvard. He struck for two goals and two assists.

The Puck Stops Here: Senior defenseman Eric Knodel currently leads the conference in blocked shots with 41.

12 Games in November: The month of November will be the busiest of the season for the Wildcats with 12 games on the calendar. The schedule includes three home-and-home series against Hockey East rivals UMass Lowell, Massachusetts, and Northeastern as well as back-to-back games against the Friars in Providence. UNH will host two midweek matchups against Ivy League opponents Brown and Harvard before heading to Colorado Springs for two games against the Colorado College Tigers to close out the month.

Scouting the Crimson: Harvard enters Tuesday's matchup with a 3-5-1 record coming off a 5-1 loss to No. 7 Boston College at home last Wednesday. Harvard is tied with No. 5 Quinnipiac for the best penalty kill in the country having allowed on three goals on 37 opportunities (91.9%). Sophomore forward Jimmy Vesey leads the team with eight points on six goals and two assists followed by fellow second year forward Kyle Crisculo with seven points (5-2-7). Senior Raphael Girard and junior Steven Michalek have been splitting time in net with the latter having started the last two.  Michalek enters Tuesday's matchup with a record of 1-3-1 with a 3.17 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Girard has gone 2-2-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .955 save percentage.

Series History vs. Harvard: Harvard leads the all-time series with UNH, 19-11-0 in thirty all-time meetings, dating back to January 12, 1943. UNH is 6-3-0 against the Crimson in the Umile era and are 3-2-0 in their last five meetings. The last time UNH won at the Whittemore Center was in a 4-1 victory on December 14, 2000.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Crimson:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Grayson Downing    1    2-2-4
Kevin Goumas    1    2-0-2
Trevor van Riemsdyk    1    1-1-2
Nick Sorkin    1    0-1-1
Casey Thrush    1    0-0-0
Eric Knodel    1    0-0-0
Jay Camper    1    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    1    0-0-0
Matt Willows    1    0-0-0

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

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/18): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
Kevin Goumas           T-48th    1.08 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk    T-53rd    1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    T-28th    0.57 gpg
Grayson Downing    T-48th    0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             T-22nd    0.79 apg
Kevin Goumas    T-45th    0.69 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    T-22nd    3 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Grayson Downing    T-9th    1shg
Jeff Silengo    T-9th    1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Tyler Kelleher    T-17th    2 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk    T-3rd    1.00 ppg
Eric Knodel    T-32nd    0.64 ppg
Points Per Game (Rookies):
Tyler Kelleher    T-33rd    0.64 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith    16th    2.00 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    T-20th      .926
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     T-42nd    .500
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    T-12th    1
Team
Scoring Offense         T-15th       3.21 g/gm
Scoring Defense         T-9th       2.14 g/gm
Scoring Margin            T-11th      1.07
Penalty Minutes    55th    9.1
Power Play    T-14th    22.2%
Penalty Kill    39th    80.4%


Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/18): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:    Kevin Goumas     T-7th (14p)        T-4th (8p)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-7th (14p)        T-4th (8p)
        Nick Sorkin     T-9th (13p)        T-7th (7p)
        Grayson Downing T-13th (11p)        T-2nd (9p)
        Matt Willows     T-13th (11p)        T-7th (7p)
        Tyler Kelleher     -        T-7th (7p)
Goals:    Nick Sorkin     4th (8g)        T-3rd (5g)
        Grayson Downing T-5th (7g)        2nd (6g)
Assists:       T. van Riemsdyk    5th (11a)         T-5th (5a)
        Kevin Goumas    T-6th (9a)        T-1st (6a)
        Tyler Kelleher     -        T-1st (6a)
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-1st (8p)         T-1st (5p)
        Grayson Downing T-6th (6p)        T-1st (5p)
        Tyler Kelleher     -        T-3rd (4p)
PP Goals:    Nick Sorkin    T-3rd (3g)        T-2nd (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk     -        T-2nd (2g)
        Grayson Downing -        T-2nd (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing  T-3rd (1g)         T-2nd (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-3rd (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
GW Goals:     Tyler Kelleher     T-5th (2g)         T-5th (1g)
        Justin Agosta    T-10th (1g)        T-5th (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-10th (1g)        T-5th (1g)
        Casey Thrush    T-10th (1g)        T-5th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (1.00 ppg)     1st ( 1.00 ppg)
        Eric Knodel    T-5th (0.64 ppg)    T-7th (0.50 ppg)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-4th (0.62 ppg)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher    T-8th (9p)        1st (7p)
+/- :     T. van Riemsdyk     T-4th (+12)         T-2nd (+7)
        Nick Sorkin    -        T-4th (+6)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-7th (+5)
        Kevin Goumas    -        T-7th (+5)
Shots on Goal:     Grayson Downing T-7th (43 sog)         T-4th (27 sog)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel    1st (41 blk)         1st (29 blk)
        T. van Riemsdyk     3rd (32 blk)        5th (18 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith    2nd (.604)        2nd (.625)
        Jeff Silengo    6th (.581)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     5th (2.00)         5th (1.89)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    7th (.926)         8th (.928)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     T-9th (.500)         T3rd (.625)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/18):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.21/4th    3.75/1st
Scoring Defense            2.14/5th     2.00/T-4th
Power Play %         22.2/3rd     27.0/2nd
Penalty Kill %        80.4/9th    81.5/7th
1st Period Scoring          14/4thrd      9/1st
2nd Period Scoring       18/T-2nd      10/1st
3rd Period Scoring        12/6th         10/T-1st
Overtime Scoring           1/T-1st      1/T-1st

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

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    22-33-55    49-43-45
Juniors:    16-23-39    36-30-32
Sophomores:    5-12-17    11-16-14
Freshmen:    2-9-11    4-12-9

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 25)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota, 492 (21)        1    9-2-1    9
2    St. Cloud State, 478 (12)        2    9-1-2    9
3    University of Michigan, 420    5    8-2-1    9
4    Providence College, 412 (1)    3    10-2-1    9
5    Quinnipiac University, 383    4    12-2-1    9
6     Boston College, 306        7    8-3-2    9
7    Ferris State University, 297    13    10-2-1    3
8    UMass Lowell, 256        11    10-4-0    8
9    Yale University, 224        9    5-2-2    9
10    University of Notre Dame, 188    6    8-5-1    9
11    Clarkson University, 185    10    10-3-1    4
12    Miami University, 109        8    7-6-1    9
13    University of Wisconsin, 103    12    4-3-1    8
14    Cornell University, 74        RV    6-3-1    3
15    Nebraska-Omaha, 40        NR    8-6-0    1

Others receiving votes: Union College, 30; University of New Hampshire, 28; Lake Superior State University, 18; Rensselaer, 15; University of Minnesota Duluth, 10; Ohio State University, 7; University of North Dakota, 4; Air Force Academy, 2; University of Denver, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 25)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                  (22)        9- 2-1       963         1
 2     St. Cloud State               (27)        9- 1-2      962         2
 3     Michigan                                 8- 2-1       860         5
 4     Providence                               10- 2-1      855         3
 5     Quinnipiac                               12- 2-1       818         4
 6     Ferris State                  ( 1)       10- 2-1       701        10
 7     Boston College                       8- 3-2       699         7
 8     Massachusetts-Lowell                 10- 4-0       650        13
 9     Yale                                      5- 2-2       576         9
10     Clarkson                                 10- 3-1       515        11
11     Notre Dame                                8- 5-1       514         6
12     Wisconsin                                 4- 3-1       396        12
13     Miami                                     7- 6-1       386         8
14     Cornell                                   6- 3-1       286        18
15     Union                                     6- 3-2       252        17
16     Lake Superior                             7- 4-1       210        16
17     Nebraska-Omaha                       8- 6-0       172        NR
18     Minnesota-Duluth                      6- 5-1       166        19
18     Rensselaer                                7- 5-2       166        14
20     New Hampshire                         7- 6-1       137        20

Others receiving votes: North Dakota 67, Ohio State 60,
Northeastern 20, Air Force 15, Boston University 14, Denver
13, Maine 9, Bowling Green 5, St. Lawrence 3,
Alaska-Anchorage 2, Minnesota State 1.

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     7:00 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
    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)
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)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
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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