December 4, 2013

UNH Men's Hockey Spars with Boston College for Home-and-Home Series (Fri. 7 p.m. @ BC) (Sat. 7 p.m. @ UNH | WBIN-TV/FOX College Sports)

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RV/18 UNH (9-7-1, 5-3-0 HEA) at Boston College (8-4-2, 4-1-1 HEA)
Friday, Dec. 6 - 7:00 p.m. - Kelley Rink (7,884) | Boston, Mass.
RV/18 UNH (9-7-1, 5-3-0 HEA) vs. Boston College (8-4-2, 4-1-1 HEA)
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 7:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Dec. 6 - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Saturday, Dec. 6 - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Nate Bridges (Play by Play), Rob Dally (Analyst)
Television
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 7:00 p.m. - WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (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)

Pesce to Represent Team USA: Sophomore blueliner Brett Pesce will represent the Wildcats as he has been named to the 26-player preliminary roster for the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team that will play in the International Ice Hockey World Federation Junior Championships Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.

Wins vs. Losses: In the nine wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 40 goals and 69 assists and are averaging 4.44 goals per game. The team has allowed just nine goals in the nine games, making 247 saves on 256 shots faced (.963 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished five power play goals to opponents.

In the seven losses, UNH has scored 16 goals and 28 assists, averaging 2.29 goals per game. They've allowed 28 goals and made saves on 166 shots of 194 faced (.856 save percentage). They've also allowed seven 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 17 total games, UNH has scored the first goal in 13 of them.

Rocky Mountain High: Over Thanksgiving Break, the Wildcats traveled to Colorado Springs and took back-to-back games against Colorado College. On Black Friday, New Hampshire defeated the Tigers 6-2 at World Arena with Nick Sorkin scoring two goals, Trevor van Riemsdyk adding two assists, and Dalton Speelman adding a goal and an assist. The next night, Casey Desmith posted a 3-0 shutout while Sorkin and Kevin Goumas had three point nights.
 
Warrior…Come Out To Play: After recording five points in two games against Colorado College last weekend Nick Sorkin was named the Warrior Hockey Player of the Week. The senior forward tallied a pair of goals in Friday's 6-2 victories and followed that up with three points on one goal and two assists in Saturday's 3-0 shutout.

A Busy Month Finally Closes: Through the busy month of November, the Wildcats played a total of 12 games. The finished the month with a record of 8-4 overall and a conference record of 5-3.

Scouting Boston College:  The Eagles are coming off two home losses with an overall record of 8-4-2. With a conference record of 4-1-1, Boston College currently sits at third place in the Hockey East rankings right behind New Hampshire. Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau leads the Eagles with 25 points on 12 goals and 13 assists and is followed by senior forward Kevin Hayes with 21 points on eight goals and 13 assists. Senior Forward Bill Arnold leads the team in assists at 15 with three goals to boot. Junior netminder Brian Billett has started between the pipes nine times for the Eagles with a record of 5-3-1. Billett has a goals against average of 2.65 and a save percentage of .911. This season, Billet has stopped 108-of-118 shots in Hockey East matchups to earn a goals against average of 2.65 and a record of 2-1-1.

Series History vs. the Eagles: The Eagles hold a 66-63-13 advantage over the Wildcats in 141 all-time meetings, dating back to Feb. 6, 1937. In 2012-13, BC and UNH split the season series going 1-1-1 with the rubber match on Sunday February 17 ending in a 4-4 tie. Coach Umile owns a 40-29-12 all-time record against the Eagles and is 14-19-7 at Conte Forum, but the Wildcats lead Boston College at the Whittemore Center with a mark of 17-8-2. 


SCORING LEADERS VS. THE EAGLES:

Player    GP    G-A-P   

Dalton Speelman    10    2-1-3
Matt Willows    5    2-1-3
Nick Sorkin    6    1-2-3
Kevin Goumas    8    1-2-3
Dan Correale    3    1-2-3
Grayson Downing    5    1-2-3
Trevor van Riemsdyk    6    0-3-3
Justin Agosta    6    0-2-2
Brett Pesce    3    0-2-2
Jay Camper    3    1-0-1
Eric Knodel    6    1-0-1
Jeff Silengo    8    0-0-0
Casey Thrush    5    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    2    0-0-0

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

DeSmith    5/287:56    17    3.54    1-3-1    120    .876
Wyer    1/20:00    0    0.00    0-0-0    9    1.000

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

1-27-12        59:39    L    30    4    34
1-28-12        63:27    L    34    3    37
1-11-13        40:00    L    12    5    17
1-12-13        59:50    W    22    1    23
2-17-13        65:00    T    22    4    26
Totals        287:56    1-3-1    120    17    137

Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots

1-11-13        20:00    ND    8    0    8

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 12/3): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats   
Points Per Game:
Kevin Goumas           T-28th    1.19 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk    T-53rd    1.06 ppg
Nick Sorkin    T-53rd    1.06 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    16th    0.65 gpg
Grayson Downing    43rd    0.53 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             16th    0.88 apg
Kevin Goumas    T-30th    0.75 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    T-9th    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Grayson Downing    T-12th    1shg
Jeff Silengo    T-12th    1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Tyler Kelleher    T-20th    2 gwg
Nick Sorkin    T-20th    2 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3rd    1.06 ppg
Eric Knodel    T-41st    0.59 ppg
Points Per Game (Rookies):
Tyler Kelleher    38th    0.59 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith    8th    1.84 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    9th      .934
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     T-32nd    .583
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    T-7th    2
Team
Scoring Offense         15th       3.35 g/gm
Scoring Defense         11th       2.24 g/gm
Scoring Margin            9th      1.12
Penalty Minutes    57th    8.5
Power Play    16th    21.9%
Penalty Kill    41st    79.3%
Among the League Leaders (Thru 12/3): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:    Kevin Goumas     5th (19p)        T-4th (8p)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-6th (18p)        T-4th (8p)
        Nick Sorkin     T-6th (18p)        T-7th (7p)
        Grayson Downing 10th (15p)        T-2nd (9p)
        Matt Willows     T-15th (12p)        T-7th (7p)
        Tyler Kelleher    -        T-7th (7p)
Goals:    Nick Sorkin     T-3rd (11g)        T-3rd (5g)
        Grayson Downing 5th (9g)        2nd (6g)
        Kevin Goumas    T-7th (7g)        -
Assists:       T. van Riemsdyk    T-1st (15a)         T-5th (5a)
        Kevin Goumas    T-5th (12a)        T-1st (6a)
        Tyler Kelleher    -        T-1st (6a)
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-2nd (8p)         T-1st (5p)
        Grayson Downing T-6th (7p)        T-1st (5p)
        Tyler Kelleher     -        T-3rd (4p)
PP Goals:    Nick Sorkin    T-2nd (4g)        T-2nd (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk     -        T-2nd (2g)
        Grayson Downing -        T-2nd (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing  T-5th (1g)         T-2nd (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-5th (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
GW Goals:     Tyler Kelleher     T-6th (2g)         T-5th (1g)
        Nick Sorkin    T-6th (2g)        T-5th (1g)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-5th (1g)
        Matt WIllows    -        T-5th (1g)
        Casey Thrush    -        T-5th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (18 p)         1st ( 1.00 ppg)
        Eric Knodel    T-5th (10 p)        T-7th (0.50 ppg)
        Justin Agosta    T-9th (9p)        T-4th (0.62 ppg)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher    T-7th (10p)        1st (7p)
+/- :     T. van Riemsdyk     T-3rd (+14)         T-2nd (+7)
        Nick Sorkin    -        T-4th (+6)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-7th (+5)
        Kevin Goumas    T-7th (+11)        T-7th (+5)
Shots on Goal:     Grayson Downing T-4th (57 sog)         T-4th (27 sog)
        Matt Willows    T-10th (46 sog)        -
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel    1st (55 blk)         1st (29 blk)
        T. van Riemsdyk    3rd (35 blk)        5th (18 blk)
        Brett Pesce    4th (34 blk)        -
        Justin Agosta    -        T-9th (14 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith    4th (.583)        2nd (.625)
        Kevin Goumas    10th (.556)        -
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     4th (1.84)         5th (1.89)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    5th (..934)         8th (.928)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     8th (.583)         T-3rd (.625)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 12/3):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.35/4th    3.75/1st
Scoring Defense            2.24/4th     2.00/T-4th
Power Play %         21.9/3rd     27.0/2nd
Penalty Kill %        79.3/9th    81.5/7th
1st Period Scoring          15/3rd      9/1st
2nd Period Scoring       22/1st      10/1st
3rd Period Scoring        19/T-4th         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
12/2            RV    18    2nd   

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.

Seniors:    30-43-73    53-43-47
Juniors:    18-30-48    32-30-31
Sophomores:    7-15-22    12-15-14
Freshmen:    2-11-13    4-11-8               

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 2)

Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 508 (31)    1    11-2-1    10
2    St. Cloud State University, 457 (2)    2    9-1-2    10
3    University of Michigan, 433    3    9-2-1    10
4    Providence College, 402    4    11-2-2    10
5    Quinnipiac University, 388    5    13-2-2    10
6     UMass Lowell, 348        8    10-4-0    9
7    Ferris State University, 336    7    11-2-2    4
8    Yale University, 247        9    6-2-2    10
9    Boston College, 226        6    8-4-2    10
10    Clarkson University, 208    11    10-3-1    5
11    University of Notre Dame, 115    10    9-6-1    10
12    Miami University, 104        12    8-6-2    10
13    Lake Superior State University, 89    RV    9-4-1    2
14    Union College, 88        RV    8-3-2    4
15    Cornell University, 43        14    7-4-1    4

Others receiving votes: University of Nebraska-Omaha, 33; University of Wisconsin, 24; Rensselaer, 12; Northeastern University, 6; University of New Hampshire, 6; University of Minnesota Duluth, 4; University of North Dakota, 3.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 2)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.

 1     Minnesota                     (41)       11- 2-1       988         1
 2     St. Cloud State               (8)        9- 1-2       940         2
 3     Michigan                                  9- 2-1       883         3
 4     Providence                               11- 2-2       843         4
 5     Quinnipiac                               13- 2-2       817         5
 6     Ferris State                  ( 1)       11- 2-2       754         6
 7     Massachusetts-Lowell                 10- 4-0       683         8
 8     Yale                                      6- 2-2       628         9
 9     Boston College                        8- 4-2       583         7
10     Clarkson                                 10- 3-1       552        10
11     Union                                     8- 3-2       430        15
12     Miami                                    8- 6-2       421        13
13     Notre Dame                                9- 6-1       404        11
14     Lake Superior                             9- 4-1       353        16
15     Cornell                                   7- 4-1       251        14
16     Nebraska-Omaha                        8- 6-0       228        17
17     Wisconsin                                 4- 5-1       179        12
18     New Hampshire                         9- 7-1       134        20
19     Northeastern                              9- 5-1       131        NR
20     Minnesota-Duluth                     6- 5-1       122        18

Others receiving votes: Rensselaer 102, Ohio State 29,
Boston University 13, Denver 13, Vermont 7, St. Lawrence 5,
Maine 3, North Dakota 2, Air Force 1, 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     L, 3-6            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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