January 7, 2012

Men's Hockey Plays Maine at Sun Life Frozen Fenway 2012

Game Notes
DURHAM, N.H. --
The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will make history when it travels to Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday night to compete in the 2012 Sun Life Frozen Fenway against rival Maine. UNH and the Black Bears will play the second game of the Hockey East doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. live on NESN. UMass and Vermont play at 4 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: Maine enters the week with a 8-7-2 record and a 5-6-1 mark in Hockey East. The Black Bears will play Vermont Wednesday night before its weekend matchup against UNH. Maine is 6-1-1 over its last eight games after a four-game losing streak. Most recently, the Black Bears won the Florida College Classic with wins over Clarkson and Massachusetts by counts of 6-1 and 5-2, respectively. Maine is led offensively by seniors Spencer Abbott and Brian Flynn. Abbott has 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points, while Flynn has nine goals and 17 assists. Between the pipes, the Black Bears have used a pair of goalies with Dan Sullivan seeing the majority of action lately. Sullivan is 7-4-2 with a 2.85 GAA and a .897 save percentage in 13 games. Martin Ouellette is 1-3-0 with a 3.31 GAA and a .873 save percentage.


SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE: The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 56-49-5 in 110 meetings. UNH earned a season sweep of the series last year thanks to an overtime win in Orono and a pair of home wins. Earlier this season, UNH went out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Black Bears at home on Nov. 5. Coach Umile is 35-39-5 all-time in his coaching career vs. the Black Bears.  Senior forward Stevie Moses is the active leader in scoring against Maine with eight points in 10 games. Senior netminder Matt Di Girolamo is 4-0-0 with 2.99 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BLACK BEARS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Stevie Moses        10        3-5-8
Kevin Goumas        4        2-4-6
Mike Borisenok    10        2-3-5
John Henrion        6        3-2-5
Dalton Speelman    5        3-1-4
Damon Kipp        9        0-3-3
Austin Block        6        1-2-3
Jeff Silengo        4        2-0-2
Nick Sorkin        4        1-1-2
Greg Burke        3        0-1-1
Kevin McCarey        7        0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky    7        0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    5        0-1-1
Jay Camper        1        1-0-1
Scott Pavelski        2        0-0-0    
Grayson Downing    1        0-0-0
Casey Thrush        1        0-0-0
Eric Knodel        1        0-0-0
Trevor van Riemsdyk    1        0-0-0
Justin Agosta        1        0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Di Girolamo    4/240:18    12    2.99    4-0-0    123    .911

Di Girolamo Game-by-Game vs. the Black Bears
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-10-10        60:18    W    27    3    30
2-4-11        60:00    W    37    3    40
2-5-11        60:00    W    28    4    32
11-5-11        60:00    W    31    2    33
Totals        240:18    4-0-0    123    12    135

LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Nov. 5, 2011): Nick Sorkin recorded a goal and an assist to propel UNH to a 3-2 Hockey East victory against 20th-ranked University of Maine at the Whittemore Center. UNH goaltender Matt Di Girolamo recorded 13 saves in both the first and second periods en route to a 31-save effort. Maine goalie Martin Ouellette stopped 10 shots in both the first and third, and made 25 saves overall.  New Hampshire went out to an early 3-0 lead and held off a late charge by Maine to earn the victory.

Saturday's Weather Forecast - Courtesy Weather.com: Mostly Sunny; High 48°F;  Low 33°F.  Precip: 10%.  

Tortorella to Face Alma Mater: Saturday night's game against Maine will pit Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella against his alma mater. Tortorella was a goaltender at UMaine from 1977-81.

Di Gi vs. Maine: Matt Di Girolamo is 4-0-0 lifetime against the Black Bears with a 2.99 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

UNH 15-5-0 in Last 20 Against Maine: The Wildcats are 15-5-0 in the last 20 games against the Black Bears dating back to February 2005. New Hampshire has won four-straight including all three in last year's season series.

Balanced Scoring Against Maine: There are 14 active Wildcats with at least a point against Maine, nine of which have multiple points in their careers against the Black Bears.

Goodbye to 2011: The Wildcats are happy to say goodbye to 2011 as they went 18-19-4 in the 2011 calendar year including a 6-10-2 mark in the first half of the season this year. Its the first time since 1992 that the Wildcats had a losing calendar year. UNH was 19-23-4 that calendar year.

Outdoor Games: UNH has several connections to outdoor games.  Here are just a few:
- UNH women's hockey captures a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Northeastern on Jan. 8, 2010 in the first Frozen Fenway. Shannon Sask scored a ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 goal as Sarah Cuthbert kicked the puck out to Sask for the one-timer.
- Former UNH All-American Ty Conklin is perhaps the most well-known outdoor game goalie having played in net in the first three NHL outdoor games for three different teams. In each case he was not the starting goaltender even a month prior to the game. He lost the first game 4-3 to Montreal as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, but bounced back and one his last two starts with a 2-1 shootout win as a Penguin over the Sabres and a 6-4 win as a Red Wing over the Blackhawks.
- Former Wildcat James van Riemsdyk has played in two of the last three Winter Classics. The Flyers' were defeated by Boston in 2009 and the Rangers this season.
- John Tortorella, brother of associate head coach Jim Tortorella, guided the Rangers to a win in this year's Winter Classic.

Hockey Day in New England Live on NESN: New England Sports Network (NESN) is scheduled to broadcast three hockey games on January 7 creating "Hockey Day in New England". The tripleheader begins at 1 p.m. when the Bruins take on the Canucks for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals. The network will then move to Fenway Park where it will showcase the two great Hockey East matchups at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Tom Caron and Craig Janney will call all the action from Fenway.

When Falling Behind:UNH is 1-4-1 when its opponent scores first. They are 0-4-2 when trailing after one period and 0-9-0 when trailing after second periods.

Streaky 'Cats: The streaky Wildcats have dropped six of its last seven. UNH opened the season with four-straight loses before a seven-game unbeaten streak, which preceded the latest 1-6 stretch.

Youth Served: Three freshmen rank in the top eight in scoring for New Hampshire. Grayson Downing is the leader in rookie scoring with 13 points in 16 games. Here is a look at recent successes among UNH freshmen compared to this year's top trio.
Players            Year        G-A-P
Grayson Downing    2011-12        5-8-13 (16 gp)
Casey Thrush        2011-12        2-7-9 (16 gp)
Trevor van Riemsdyk    2011-12        2-7-9 (18 gp)
Kevin Goumas        2010-11        6-12-18 (32 gp)
Brett Kostolansky    2009-10        0-12-12 (28 gp)
Stevie Moses        2008-09        5-8-13 (33 gp)
Blake Kessel        2008-09        6-7-13 (37 gp)
James van Riemsdyk    2007-08        11-23-34 (31 gp)
Danny Dries        2007-08        11-17-28 (37 gp)
Darren Haydar (record)    1998-99        31-30-61 (41 gp)

Coming Back from the Break: UNH is 4-9-0 since 2000 in games coming out of the break. However, the Wildcats have won just once in the last nine games out of the break.
Since 2000 Games Coming Out of the Break
Date    Opponent    Result        Neutral Site Info.
12-30-11    Brown    L, 2-5
1-2-11    St. Lawrence    L, 1-2
1-3-10    Cornell    L, 2-5
1-4-09    @ Maine    W, 5-4
12-28-07    @ North Dakota    L, 1-3
12-29-06    v. Cornell    L, 2-5         Estero, Florida
12-30-05    Niagara    L, 2-6
12-29-04    at Mich. State    L, 3-4 OT
1-3-04    Yale        L, 2-3
12-27-02    v. Clarkson    W, 4-2        Denver, Colo.
12-27-01    v. Colo. College    W, 6-2        Milwauke, Wis.
12-29-00    @Dartmouth    L, 3-6
1-3-00    Dartmouth    W, 3-2 OT
Total             4-9-0        

Home vs. Away: UNH is 6-4-0 at home compared to 0-6-2 on the road. Here is a look at some of the breakdown of home vs. away.
            Home        Away
Record            6-4-0        0-6-2
Goals For            38 (3.8)        21(2.6)
Goals Against        26 (2.6)        36 (4.5)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        21.2%        7.4%
Penalty Kill        88.4%        78.7%
Di Girolamo's GAA    2.60        4.47
Di Girolamo's Save %    .909        .852

Wins vs. Losses: UNH is averaging over five goals a game in wins and allowing just 1.5. Here is a look at stats in wins versus losses.
            Wins        Losses
Record            6-0-0        0-10-0
Goals For            31 (5.16)        21 (2.1)
Goals Against        9 (1.5)        47 (4.7)
GMs w/ 5+ goal    4        2    
Power Play        30.0%        10.5%
Penalty Kill        94.4%        77.4%
Di Girolamo's GAA    1.54        4.72
Di Girolamo's Save %    .946        .843
Top Scorers        Goumas (2-9-11)        Dowing (2-5-7)
            Sorkin (1-10-11)        Henrion (1-5-6)
            Moses (7-2-9)        Moses (3-3-6)

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 18 games between this season and last season.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    
Record     8-7-3    11-3-4    6-10-2
HE Record    8-2-2    9-1-2    4-7-1
Goals scored    59    63    59
Goals scored/PG    3.28    3.50    3.28
Goals Allowed    64    43    63
Goals Allowed/PG    3.56    2.39    3.50
Shots    510    637    640
Shots Allowed    598    552    527
Power Play    15.2%     20.9%    18.2%
    (12-79)    (18-86)    (12-66)
Penalty Kill    76.0%     83.6%    83.1%
    (57-75)    (51-61)    (49-59)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses
    13-11-24    14-15-29    11-9-20
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin
    5-13-18    8-17-25    6-14-20
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas
    8-9-17    4-17-21    4-11-15

Protecting the Lead: The Wildcats are 6-1-0 when leading after two periods.

SCORING BY CLASS: 2011-12 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    20-19-39    34%-18%-24%
Juniors:    16-30-46    27%-29%-28%
Sophomores:    13-34-47    22%-32%-29%
Freshmen:    10-22-32    17%-21%-20%

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/2): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats        Points Per Game:
Nick Sorkin        33rd         1.11 ppg
Stevie Moses       33rd        1.11 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Stevie Moses    20th       0.61 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    21st    0.78 apg
Kevin Goumas    53rd    0.65 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    27th    4 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Kevin Goumas    15th    1 shg
Nick Sorkin       15th      1 shg
Rookie Scoring
Grayson Downing    15th    0.81 ppg
Casey Thrush    48th    0.56 ppg
Team
Scoring Offense           16th        3.28
Scoring Defense              52nd        3.50
Scoring Margin       34th      -.22
Power Play        34th        18.2
Penalty Kill          27th    83.1
Combined Special Teams   38th        48.8

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/2): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points        Nick Sorkin        5th (20 pts)       39th (8 pts)
         Stevie Moses         5th (20 pts)          15th (11 pts)
Goals              Stevie Moses      3rd (11 g)          12th (5 g)
Assists              Nick Sorkin    4th (14 a)    26th (6 a)           
Kevin Goumas    14th (11 a)    16th (7 a)
PP Points               Stevie Moses      9th (7 pts)       9th (5 pts)
        Nick Sorkin     9th (7 pts)       42nd (3 pts)
PP Goals                Nick Sorkin     6th (4 ppg)      12th (2 ppg)
           Stevie Moses        14th (3 ppg)      12th (2 ppg)
SH Points               Kevin Goumas        9th (1 shp)      n/a
                 Nick Sorkin      9th (1 shp)      n/a
        Stevie Moses    9th (1 shp)
        T. van Riemsdyk    9th (1shp)
SH Goals         Kevin Goumas    5th (1 shg)    n/a
        Nick Sorkin     5th (1 shg)      n/a
Def. Scoring        T.van Riemsdyk    14th (9 pts)    22nd (3 pts)
        Damon Kipp     16th (8 pts)          18th (4 pts)
Freshman Scor.       Grayson Downing 5th (13 pts)    13th (4pts)
        Casey Thrush    11th (9 pts)    6th (7 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk    11th (9 pts)     17th (3pts)
Plus-Minus    Casey Thrush    20th (+8)    5th (+6)
GAA         Matt Di Girolamo 9th (3.41)      9th (3.23)
Save %        Matt Di Girolamo 9th (.883)       9th (.888)
Saves        Matt Di Girolamo 4th (386)        2nd (278)
Minutes       Matt Di Girolamo 4th (897:32)      2nd (649:11)
    
Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/2):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game        3.28/5th         2.67/7th
GAA         3.50/9th     3.25/7th
Power Play         18.2/5th         14.6/9th
Penalty Kill          83.1/5th         88.1/2nd
Special Teams Net         +2/5th        0/6th
1st Period Scoring     21/2nd         12/4th
2nd Period Scoring     19/2nd         11/5th
3rd Period Scoring     18/7th        9/8th
Overtime Scoring       1/3rd         n/a

All in the Family: Junior forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks while freshman defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former wildcat and current Philadelphia flyer James van Riemsdyk.  Freshman forward Jay Camper is the brother of Miami standout Carter Camper, while Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella is the brother of Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

'Cats Selected in the NHL Draft: Two current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Greg Burke (Washington) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been drafted.

UNH, Verizon Wireless Arena Awarded 2013 NCAA Northeast Men's Hockey Regional:  The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee announced Oct. 5 that the University of New Hampshire and Verizon Wireless Arena have been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division I men's hockey Northeast Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31. 2013 will mark the fifth time UNH and Verizon Wireless Arena have hosted this event, all since 2004. Last season, UNH advanced to the regional finals against with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Miami at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester. New Hampshire also hosted in 2007 and 2009. In addition to the Northeast Regional, the East Regional will be held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. and hosted by Brown University, the Midwest Regional will be held at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and hosted by Bowling Green State University and the West Regional will be held at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. and be hosted by the University of Michigan.

Wildcats Tabbed Third in Hockey East Preseason Poll:
2011-2012 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.            Team (FPV)                    Pts
1.            Boston College (7)                    88
2.            Boston University (3)                   83
3.            New Hampshire                    72          
4.            Maine                        64
5.            Merrimack                        61
6.            Vermont                        44
7.            Massachusetts                    42
8.            Northeastern                    33                      
9.            UMass-Lowell                    27
10.          Providence                        26

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
9/27            12th    12th    3rd (pre)
10/3            NP    NP    3rd (pre)
10/10        RV    15th    6th
10/17        NR    RV    8th
10/24        NR    NR    8th
10/31        NR    NR    7th
11/7            NR    RV    4th
11/14        NR    RV    4th
11/21        NR    RV    4th
11/28        NR    NR    4th
12/5            NR    NR    7th
12/12        NR    NR    8th
12/19        NR    NR    8th
12/26        NP    NP    8th
1/2            NR    NR        8th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 2)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota Duluth, 509 (33)    1    12-3-3    13
2    Ohio State University, 459 (1)    4    14-4-1    7
3    University of Notre Dame, 415    6    12-6-3    13
4    Boston College, 405        3    13-7-0    13
5    University of Minnesota, 395    2    15-6-1    12
6    Merrimack College, 325    7    11-3-3    12
7    Colgate University, 279        11    12-4-2    7
8    Colorado College, 248        5    12-6-0    13
9    Western Michigan, 238        8    10-5-5    13
10    University of Denver, 198    15    10-7-3    13
11    Boston University, 158        9    10-6-1    10
12    UMass Lowell, 136        NR    12-5-0    1
13    University of Michigan, 90    NR    11-8-3    9
14    Cornell University, 80        13    8-4-1    3
15    Michigan State University, 46    14    11-7-2    4
Others receiving votes: Union College, 42; Ferris State University, 24; Yale University, 15; Lake Superior State University, 8; Northeastern University, 5; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2; Northern Michigan University, 1; University of Nebraska Omaha, 1; University of North Dakota, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 2)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota-Duluth          (47)       12-3-3       997         1
 2     Ohio State                    (2)       14-4-1       930         4
 3     Minnesota                     (1)       15-6-1       862         2
 4     Boston College                       13-7-0       839         3
 5     Notre Dame                           12-6-3       833         5
 6     Colorado College                     12-6-0       675         6
 7     Merrimack                                11-3-3       648         7
 8     Western Michigan                     10-5-5       618         8
 9     Colgate                                  12-4-2       573        12
10     Boston University                    10-6-1       523         9
11     Denver                                   10-7-3       435        15
12     Massachusetts-Lowell                 12-5-0       375        17
13     Cornell                                   8-4-1       350        13
14     Union                                     9-5-5       349        10
15     Michigan State                       11-7-2       337        14
16     Michigan                                 11-8-3       264        20
17     Ferris State                             11-8-1       223        11
18     Lake Superior                        12-8-2       198        16
19     North Dakota                         10-8-2       157        18
20     Yale                                      7-5-1       111        19
Others receiving votes: Northeastern 75, Northern Michigan
61, Air Force 34, RIT 12, Miami 9, Nebraska-Omaha 8, Harvard
4.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Channel    RES.
Oct. 21    at St. Cloud    Charter    L, 5-7
Oct. 22    at St. Cloud    Charter    T, 3-3 OT
Nov. 12    at Vermont    WCAX    T, 4-4 OT
Nov.18    Mass.-Lowell    WBIN    W, 5-0
Dec. 8    Boston Univ.    WBIN    L, 1-2
Jan. 7    vs. Maine (Frozen Fenway)    NESN    7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21    Merrimack    WBIN    7 p.m.
Jan. 27    at Boston College    NESN    7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28    Boston College    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 3    Providence    CBS Sports    7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10    Northeatern    WBIN    7 p.m.
Feb. 11    at Merrimack    NESN    7 p.m.
Feb. 17    Vermont    WBIN    7 p.m.
NESN FLEX GAMES WILL BE DETERMINED TWO WEEKS OUT
Feb. 18    Vermont at New Hampshire    NESN-FLEX    7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25    New Hampshire at UMass    NESN-FLEX    3:30 p.m.
Mar. 3    New Hampshire at Maine    NESN-FLEX    4 p.m.

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award    Date
Matt Di Girolamo    USCHO's Top 10 Goalies #1    9/26
Stevie Moses    USCHO's Top 10 Forwards #4    9/30
Matt Di Girolamo    HE Defensive Player of the Week    10/31
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/7
Casey Thrush    HE Rookie of the Week    11/21
Stevie Moses    HE co-Player of the Week    11/28

UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO:  In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the "UNH Sports Network" — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events.In 2009, Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as affiliate stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining flagship WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family. These three aforementioned stations -- along with WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts, a select number of men's basketball, women's basketball and women's hockey broadcasts. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the fifth-straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey since the 1993-94 season.

LISTEN LIVE 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 Greg Burke (Lee), Ryan Randall (Durham) and Casey DeSmith (Rochester) all hailing from the Granite State.

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