No. 15 Men's Hockey Plays Host to No. 11 Boston University in Hockey East Opener (Sat. 7 p.m. | WBIN - FOX College Sports)

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No. 11 Boston University at No. 15 New Hampshire
Television

Saturday, Oct. 20 - 7:00 p.m.
WBIN & FOX College Sports Pacific
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst), Jayde Marie Huxtable (Rink-side)
WBIN - (Comcast 18, Fios 6, Over the Air 50, DirecTV 50, Dish Network 50) FCS (DirecTV 623, Check your local cable provider for details)
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Nate Bridges (Play by Play), Rob Dally (Analyst)
WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)-Flagship Station

Scouting Boston University: No. 11 Boston University is 1-0-0 this season. The Terriers won their opening game of the year Saturday night against Providence, 4-2.  Four different players contributed goals in the win.  Sophomore forward Cason Hohmann was involved with three of the goals, scoring the game-winning goal and totaling two assists.  Other goals were scored by senior Ryan Ruikka, senior Ben Rosen and junior Garrett Noonan.  In his collegiate debut goaltender Matt O'Connor made 26 saves, allowing two goals.  The Terriers were picked third in the Hockey East preseason poll.

Series History vs. Boston U.:Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH 101-47-19 in 167 all-time meetings between the two schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925. BU won the first three meetings of the year by a combined score of 11-2 (5-0, 4-1, 2-1).  UNH's 3-2 double overtime win on March 9 in the Hockey East quarterfinals snapped a five-game skid to BU and was the only win against the Terriers last season. BU bounced back to win the best-of-three quarterfinal series with a 4-2 win on March 10 and a 5-4 double-overtime win on March 11. The 'Cats were swept by BU in the regular season for the first time since the 1996-97 when the Terriers captured four wins over UNH. Coach Umile owns a 27-37-9 all-time record against Boston University.  The Wildcats have enjoyed success at Agganis Arena with a 6-6-3 mark all time at Jack Parker Rink. Connor Hardowa is the active leading career Wildcat scorer against BU with four points in 12 games. Casey DeSmith is 1-3-0, with a 2.72 GAA and a .918 save percentage in his career against the Terriers.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Connor Hardowa     12    1-3-4
Grayson Downing     5     1-2-3
Nick Sorkin    9    2-1-3
Kevin Goumas                 9                 1-2-3
Brett Kostolansky    13    1-2-3
Greg Burke                 7    3-0-3
John Henrion    12    2-0-2
Casey Thrush                 3                 2-0-2
Matt Willows                 5                 0-2-2
Trevor van Riemsdyk     6     1-1-2
Austin Block                 13                 0-2-2
Justin Agosta                 6                0-1-1
Dalton Speelman     9    0-1-1
Jeff Silengo                 7               0-0-0
Scott Pavelski                 5                 0-0-0
Eric Knodel                 6                 0-0-0
Jay Camper                 2                 0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmtih     4/286:27    13     2.72    1-3-0     146     .918
 
DeSmith's Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-8-11         59:23     L     32     2     34
3-9-12        82:00    W    32    2    34
3-10-12        58:22    L    32    4    36
3-11-12        86:42    L    50    5    55
Total:         286:27     1-3-0     146     13     159

Nine Goals in Two Games:  The 'Cats jumped out to a fast start win nine goals in the first two games this year. New Hampshire did not score in its first two games and had just one goal in three games to start last season. UNH's ninth goal a year ago came as the third and final goal in a 3-3 tie of St. Cloud in the fifth game of the regular season. At that point, the Wildcats were 0-4-1.

500 Wins for Coach Umile: Head Coach Dick Umile captured his 500th career win with a 5-3 win over St. Cloud State on Friday night. Umile became the 12th Division I coach all time with 500 wins and is one of just six active coaches with 500 career wins. Additionally, he became just the eighth coach in Division I history to win 500 games at one program.

Active Division I Coaches with 500 Wins
Name (Current School)            Wins
Jerry York (Boston College)        913
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)            874
Red Berenson (Michigan)            753
Don Lucia (Minnesota)            598
George Gwozdecky (Denver)        506
Dick Umile (UNH)            501

Division I Coaches with 500 Wins at One Program
Name (University)            Wins
Jack Parker (Boston Univ.)* Active    874
Red Berenson (Michigan)*Active        753        
Ron Mason (Michigan State)        635
John MacInnes (Michigan Tech)        555
Jack Riley (Army)                542
Rick Comley (Northern Michigan)        538
John "Snooks" Kelley (Boston College)    501
Dick Umile (UNH)*            501

Quick hitters on Umile
First win - Oct. 26, 1990 at Vermont, 5-4
100th win - Jan. 13, 1995 vs. Northeastern (JFK Arena), 6-5 OT
200th win - Feb. 6, 2000 vs. Maine, 1-0
300th win - March 1, 2003 vs. Boston College, 4-1
348th win - Feb. 16, 2005 at Merrimack, 6-1 (UNH's wins leader)
400th win - Oct. 19, 2007 at Boston University, 4-1

Dalton Speelman Named Hockey East Player of the Week:  Dalton Speelman was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. Speelman led the UNH men's ice hockey team to a season-opening two-game series sweep of St. Cloud State at the Whittemore Center with a four-point effort last weekend. He matched his personal best of two goals and added an assist for a career-high three points in the Oct. 12 season opener, a 5-3 win. Speelman also had an assist in the next night's 4-2 victory.With Friday's game tied 2-2 through two periods, Speelman netted a power-play goal 31 seconds into the final frame to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. He scored again at 3:10 to extend the advantage to 4-2 with what proved to be the game-winning goal. On Saturday, he assisted on Nick Sorkin's goal that gave UNH a 2-1 lead at 7:13 of the second period.Speelman missed a majority of the 2011-12 season with a wrist injury. He recorded three goals and three assists for six points in 11 games before incurring the season-ending injury.
Hardowa Posts Career High: Connor Hardowa posted a career-high three assists on Friday night. Overall, he had four assists in two games helping the Wildcats to a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State.

Best Start Since 2008-09: UNH is off to its first 2-0-0 start since 2008-09 when the team was 3-0-1 over its first four games. Coach Umile's teams have faired well when getting out of the get strong. In fact, all of those teams finished with at least 20 wins.
2-0 Starts or Better Under Umile:
Year        Record        Final Record
2008-2009        3-0-1        20-13-5
2007-2008        4-0-0        25-10-3
2006-2007        2-0-0        26-11-2
2004-2005        2-0-1        26-11-5
2003-2004        3-0-0        20-15-6
2002-2003        3-0-2        28-8-6
2001-2002        2-0-0        30-7-3
2000-2001        5-0-1        21-12-6
1999-2000        3-0-0        23-9-6
1998-1999        4-0-0        31-7-3
1997-1998        4-0-0        25-12-1
1993-1994        6-0-0        25-12-3
1991-1992        8-0-0        22-13-2
1990-1991        5-0-0        22-11-2

Good Start for DeSmith: DeSmith stopped 47-of-52 shots (2.49 GAA, .904 save%) and a pair of wins this weekend.

Umile in Season Openers: Despite losses in each of the last three seasons prior to this year, UNH is 16-6-1 in season openers under Dick Umile.

Scoring in Every Way: UNH scored three even-strength, one power play and one short handed goal in a 5-3 win.

Season Opening Win: UNH captured a win in the season opener for the first time since 2008-09.

High Five: UNH scored five goals in a game for the first time since a nine-goal outburst on Nov. 26, 2011 against Alabama-Huntsville. The 'Cats only scored five goals in a game six times last season, all in the first 14 games of the season.

Downing Matches Career High: Grayson Downing matched a career high win two assists on Friday night.

'Cats Crack Top 20 Poll: The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team broke into the USCHO.com Men's College Hockey Poll Top 20. The Wildcats garnered 273 points, just 10 points behind 14th-ranked Northeastern. The Wildcats return to the USCHO poll for the first time since Oct. 10, 2011. New Hampshire opened the 2012-13 season with a pair of home wins against St. Cloud State University. The 'Cats avenged a poor start in 2011-12, when it was 0-4-1 out of the gate, by getting out to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008-09.

NCAA Northeast Regional Tickets Now On Sale: The University of New Hampshire athletic department and the NCAA announced that tickets for the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 hosted by UNH and the Verizon Wireless Arena are now on sale. Tickets for the three-game package range from $55-$75. Game times will be announced at a later time. To purchase tickets in person, please visit the Whittemore Center or Verizon Wireless Arena box offices. To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0100491F81FE34B9 or  www.verizonwirelessarena.com to  order tickets online.

'Cats Picked Fourth in Preseason Coaches' Poll: UNH was voted fourth in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Tuesday afternoon at the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats racked up 64 points, including one first place vote, to give them the fourth place standing. New Hampshire has been picked third in the last two preseason polls and finished in the top three in Hockey East five of the last six seasons, including three regular-season titles in that span.
2012-2013 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk.         Team (FPV)                 Pts
1.            Boston College (9)                90
2.            UMass-Lowell                74
3.            Boston University                73
4.            New Hampshire (1)            63                       
5.            Maine                    56
6.            Northeastern                44
               Providence                    44           
8.            Merrimack                    38                       
9.            Massachusetts                35           
10.          Vermont                    23          

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 10/15): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Connor Hardowa        T-3rd        2.00 ppg
Dalton Speelman       T-3rd         2.00 ppg
Nick Sorkin     T-24th       1.50 ppg
Trevor van Riemsdyk     T-24th     1.50 ppg
Grayson Downing       T-24th      1.50 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block     T-7th        1.00 gpa
Dalton Speelman        T-7th        1.00 gpa
Trevor van Riemsdyk     T-7th     1.00 gpa
Assists Per Game:
Connor Hardowa        T-1st     2.00 apg
Grayson Downing       T-7th        1.50 apg
Dalton Speelman        T-19th       1.00 apg
Nick Sorkin        T-19th       1.00 apg
Kevin Goumas         T-19th       1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
Austin Block        T-7th     1.00 ppg
Dalton Speelman       T-7th     1.00 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Trevor van Riemsdyk     T-1st       1.00 shg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           33rd            2.50 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith           T-38th        .900
Team
Scoring Offense          6th               4.50 ggm
Scoring Defense         T-19th        2.50 ggm
Scoring Margin            T-4th           2.00
Power Play                   T-20th        20.0 pct
Penalty Kill                   T-20th        90.0 pct
Combined Special Teams   T-12th       55.0

Among the League Leaders (Thru 10/15): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:        Dalton Speelman T-1st (4 pts)       n/a
               Connor Hardowa    T-1st (4 pts)       n/a
              T. van Riemsdyk    T-4th (3 pts)      n/a
               Nick Sorkin    T-4th (3 pts)       n/a
               Grayson DowningT-4th (3 pts)    n/a
Assists:       Connor Hardowa     1st (4a)              n/a
        Grayson Downing T-2nd (3a)         n/a
        Dalton Speelman  T-5th (2a)    n/a
        Nick Sorkin    T-5th (2a)       n/a
        Kevin Goumas    T-5th (2a)       n/a
PP Goals:     Austin Block    T-1st (1g)       n/a
           Dalton Speelman T-1st (1g)    n/a           
SH Goals:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (1shg)       n/a
Def. Scoring:     Connor Hardowa 1st (4 pts)      n/a
        T. van Riemsdyk     2nd (3 pts)         n/a
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith    9th  (2.50)           n/a
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith      10th (.900)    n/a

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 10/15):
    Overall                 HE games
Goals/per game       4.50/2nd         n/a
GAA                        5/T-7th               n/a
Power Play         20.0/T-2nd       n/a
Penalty Kill         90.0/7th         n/a
Special Teams Net         +1/1st      n/a
1st Period Scoring          3/2nd        n/a
2nd Period Scoring       2/T-3rd       n/a
3rd Period Scoring        4/1st           n/a
Overtime Scoring           n/a             n/a

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
9/24            RV    NP    4th (pre)
10/1            NP    RV    4th (pre)
10/8            RV    RV    4th (pre)
10/15        RV    15    T-5th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 15)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                    (46)        2- 0-0       991         2
 2     North Dakota                   ( 1)        0- 0-0       894         4
 3     Boston College                ( 2)        0- 1-0       878         1
 4     Miami                                     2- 0-0       751         8
 5     Michigan                                  1- 1-0       726         3
 6     Cornell                                   0- 0-0       714                   5    
 7     Denver                                   0- 0-0       690         7
 8     Union                         ( 1)        2- 1-0       606        10
 9     Notre Dame                            2- 0-0       583        14
10     Massachusetts-Lowell                  0- 0-1       576         6
11     Boston University                     1- 0-0       549        12
12     Western Michigan                      1- 1-0       422         9
13     Minnesota-Duluth                      1- 1-0       308        13
14     Northeastern                          2- 0-0       283        NR
15     New Hampshire                         2- 0-0       273        NR
16     Ferris State                                            0- 1-1       218        11
17     Harvard                                   0- 0-0       213        17
17     Northern Michigan                     2- 0-0       213        NR
19     Colorado College                            2- 0-0       194        NR
20     Quinnipiac                                2- 1-0        74        18
Others receiving votes:  Air Force 47, Wisconsin 47, Maine
40, Rensselaer 40, Ohio State 39, Nebraska-Omaha 37,
Merrimack 33, Michigan State 17, RIT 12, St. Cloud State 9,
Lake Superior 7, St. Lawrence 6, Providence 4, Minnesota
State 3, Yale 3.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 15)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota, 507 (30)        1    2-0-0    3
2    North Dakota, 439 (1)        4    0-0-0    3
3    Boston College, 421 (1)        2    0-1-0    3
4    Miami University, 343        8    2-0-0    3
5    Cornell University, 328        5    0-0-0    3
6    University of Michigan, 316    3    1-1-0    3
7    Union College, 276 (1)        9    2-1-0    3
8    University of Denver, 273    10    0-0-0    3
9    UMass Lowell, 241        6    0-0-1    3
10    University of Notre Dame, 215    13    2-0-0    3
11    Boston University, 178        14    1-0-0    3
12    Western Mich. University, 153    7    1-1-0    3
13    University of Minn. Duluth, 75    12    1-1-0    3
14    Ferris State University, 53    11    0-1-1    3
15    Northern Mich. University, 52    NR    2-0-0    1
Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 49; University of New Hampshire, 45; Colorado College, 38; Harvard University, 34; Quinnipiac University, 19; University of Maine, 11; Ohio State University, 8; University of Nebraska-Omaha, 3; United States Air Force Academy, 2, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

UNH Wildcat Productions Signs Multi-Sport Deals with WBIN & FOX College Sports: The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced a 15-game multi-sport package to air live on WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports. UNH Wildcat Productions will produce the games along with production partner Pack Network. Wildcat Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports, manages the comprehensive multimedia rights for UNH Athletics. The 15-game package will feature eight men's ice hockey games as well as three men's basketball games and a pair of games each for women's basketball and women's ice hockey. The first broadcast will be Friday, Oct. 12 when the men's hockey team takes on St. Cloud State University (7:30 p.m.). UNH Wildcat Productions broadcasts home games for 12 of its 20 varsity sports via UNHWildcats.tv. All told, UNH will produce over 100 games, including the 15 on WBIN & FCS.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Time/Result
Fri. Oct. 12     vs. St. Cloud St.     W, 5-3    
    Live Well Network | FOX College Sports Pacific
Sat. Oct. 20     vs. Boston U.     7:00 p.m.     
    WBIN | FOX College Sports Pacific
Fri. Oct. 26     vs. Northeastern     7:30 p.m.     
    WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Sat. Oct. 27     at Northeastern     7:00 p.m.     
    WBIN
Fri. Nov. 30     vs. UMass-Lowell     7:30 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Central
Sat. Jan. 5     vs. Rensselaer     7:00 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Jan. 11     at Boston College     7:00 p.m.             NESN
Sat. Feb. 2     vs. Merrimack     7:00 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Feb. 8     at Providence     7:00 p.m.             Cox  Communications
Sun. Feb. 10     vs. Providence     4:00 p.m.             CBS Sports
Fri. Feb. 22     at Vermont     7:00 p.m.             NESN
Sat. Feb 23     at Vermont     4:00 p.m.             CBS Sports
Fri. Mar. 1     vs. Massachusetts     7:30 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Sat. Mar. 2     vs. Massachusetts     7:00 p.m.             WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Mar. 8     vs. Maine     7:30 p.m.             NBC Sports

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Bobby Butler: Albany Devils (AHL)
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Matt Campanale: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Joe Charlebois: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Eindhoven Kemphanen (Netherlands)
Phil DeSimone: Albany Devils (AHL)
Matt Di Girolamo: Trenton Titans (ECHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Västerås (Allsvenskan)
Brian Foster: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
Lanny Gare: Lausitzer Fuchse (Germany2)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Leksand (Allsvenskan)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Damon Kipp: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 (ET)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Kevin McCarey: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Biel (NLA)
Steve Moses: Jokerit (ET)
Jerry Pollastrone: Friesland Flyers (Netherlands)
Nick Poole: Milton Keynes Lightning (EPIHL)
Josh Prudden: Tilburg Trappers (Netherlands)
Mike Radja: Nippon Paper Cranes (Asia League)
Kevin Regan: Valpellice (Italy)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo (Elitserien)
Mike Sislo: Albany Devils (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Hershey Bears (AHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

SCORING BY CLASS: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    4-5-9    44-28-33
Juniors:    3-8-11    33-44-41
Sophomores:    2-5-7    22-28-25
Freshmen:    0-0-0    0-0-0

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Junior forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of  Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks while sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former wildcat and current Toronto Maple Leaf forward James van Riemsdyk.

'CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Twocurrent UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Greg Burke (Washington) and Eric Knodel (Toronto) have all been drafted.

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 WPKX-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 WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London), 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 sixth-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.

WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player    Award    Date
Dalton Speelman    HE Player of the Week    10/15

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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