October 24, 2012

No. 11 Men's Hockey Enters Home-and-Home Series with 15th-ranked Northeastern University (FRI - 7:30 - TV: WBIN, FCS | SAT - 7:00 @NU)

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No. 15/RV Northeastern University vs. No. 11/12 New Hampshire
Television

Friday, Oct. 26 - 7:30 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 Net.50) FCS (DirecTV 626, Check your local cable provider for details)


Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Oct. 26 - 7:30 p.m. (7:00 pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 7:00 p.m. (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)-Flagship Station

Scouting the Huskies: No. 15 Northeastern enters the weekend 2-1-0. The Huskies won their first two games against Merrimack (4-2) and Boston College (3-1), but dropped the most recent game to Boston College (3-0). Freshman standout Kevin Roy leads the team in points with three, while five others (Belonger, Manno, Saucerman, Darcy, and Saponari) have tallied two points through the first three contests. Senior netminder Chris Rawlings is once again between the pipes for the Huskies. He owns a 2-1-0 record with a .935 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. The Huskies were picked to finish sixth in the Hockey East preseason poll, but are tied for first place in the league standings.

Series History vs. Northeastern: UNH owns an 89-58-14 all-time record against Northeastern in 161 meetings in the series history between the two teams.UNH won the 2011-12 season series with Northeastern 2-1-0. Northeastern captured a 4-0 shutout win over UNH in the first meeting, while the 'Cats bounced back with wins of 5-2 and 3-2 in the final two meetings of last season. Coach Umile owns a 44-16-12 record all-time against Northeastern. Junior forward Kevin Goumas is the active scoring leader against the Huskies with six points in five games. Jeff Wyer and Casey DeSmith have both seen action against the Huskies. Wyer saw 11:23 in a relief appearance on Nov. 1, 2008 and did not allow a goal in the three shots he faced. DeSmith stopped 24 of 26 shots en route to a 3-2 win over the Huskies on Feb. 10, 2012

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE HUSKIES:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas     5     1-5-6
Dalton Speelman     8     4-1-5
Nick Sorkin     6     0-3-3
Casey Thrush     2     0-3-3
Austin Block     8     2-1-3
John Henrion     8     0-2-2
Brett Kostolansky     6     0-2-2
Jeff Silengo     6     0-2-2
Connor Hardowa     9     1-0-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk     3     0-1-1
 Mike Borisenok     1     0-1-1
Damon Kipp     1     0-1-1
Greg Burke     7     0-0-0
Scott Pavelski     2     0-0-0
Eric Knodel     3     0-0-0
Justin Agosta     3     0-0-0
Grayson Downing     3     0-0-0
Jay Camper     1     0-0-0
Matt Willows     1     0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player     GP/Min     GA     GAA     W-L-T     SV     SV%
Wyer     1/11:23     0     0.00     0-0-0     3     1.000
DeSmith     1/60:00     2    2.00               1-0-0        24      .920
 
Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date     Min         Res.         Svs.     GA     Shots
11/1/08     11:23     ND         3     0     3
Totals     11:23     0-0-0         3     0     3

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Huskies
Date              Min      Res.         Svs.     GA     Shots
2/10/12     60:00     W            24         2        26
Totals    60:00    1-0-0        24    2    26

DeSmith Earns Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week: Casey DeSmith was named Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week. DeSmith shared the award with Doug Carr of UMass-Lowell. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for the second time in his collegiate career and the first time since Feb. 6, 2012. DeSmith improved to 3-0-0 by stopping 24 shots in a 4-1 win over Boston University on Saturday night. The Terriers scored on the first shift of the game on an odd-man rush, but he settled in and did not allow another goal all night. He stopped 11 shots in the first and 13 combined shots in the final two periods.

Three-Straight Games with 4 or More Goals: UNH has registered four or more goals in three-straight games. The Wildcats did no accomplish this during the 2011-12 season. The last time UNH had three-straight games with four goals or more was Jan. 28, 2011 through Feb. 5, 2011 when the team scored 16 goals in four games against Maine and Providence.

Un-Un UNH: New Hampshire is one of three unbeaten and untied teams this season that have played at least one game (Denver, Holy Cross).

Special Teams off to a Strong Start: The Wildcats have scored on the power play in each of the first three games of the season, while their penalty kill unit has killed off 14 of 15 penalties this season.

Balanced Scoring Against the Terriers: On Saturday, ten different Wildcats recorded a point in a balanced attack.

Where the Scoring is Coming From:
1st line: (Sorkin, Downing, Speelman) - 4 goals, 8 assists, 12 points
2nd line: (Burke, Goumas, Block) - 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points
3rd line: (Thrush, Silengo, Henrion) - 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
4th line: (combination of 6 players) - 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points
Blue line: (combined among all pairs) - 3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points

DeSmith Off to a Perfect Start: Sophomore goalie Casey DeSmith finished with 24 saves. He is a perfect 3-0-0 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA.

Hardowa Happy to Assist: Connor Hardowa has five assists in the first three games with a point in every game this season. He ranks third nationally in assists per game and is second in points per game by a defenseman.

Taking Offense; Sixth Nationally in Offensive, Third in Scoring Margin:  The UNH offense has 13 goals in the first three games (4.33 gpg). It took seven games for the 'Cats to get to the 13 goal mark last season and eight games for it to get to the three win mark (3-4-1). UNH ranks sixth nationally in offensively and is third in scoring margin at +2.33.

Correale Registers First Collegiate Point: Dan Correale handed out an assist on a Scott Pavelski goal on Saturday night. He was the first freshman to register a point this season.

Best Start Since 2008-09: UNH is off to its first 3-0-0 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.
3-0 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
2003-2004        3-0-0        20-15-6
2002-2003        3-0-2        28-8-6
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

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 10/22): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Connor Hardowa        T-11th        1.67 ppg
Dalton Speelman       T-11th         1.67 ppg
Nick Sorkin     T-31st       1.33 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block    T-38th        .67 gpa
Dalton Speelman        T-38th        .67 gpa
Trevor van Riemsdyk     T-38th     .67 gpa
John Henrion    T- 38th     .67 gpa
Nick Sorkin    T-38th       .67 gpa
Assists Per Game:
Connor Hardowa        T-3rd        1.67  apg
Grayson Downing       T-12th        1.00 apg
Dalton Speelman        T-12th       1.00 apg
Kevin Goumas             T-12th       1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
Eric Knodel            T-16th       .50 ppg
Austin Block        T-16th     .33 ppg
Dalton Speelman       T-16th     .33 ppg
Short Handed Goals:
Trevor van Riemsdyk     T-1st       .33 shg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           22nd            2.00 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         25th          .920
Team
Scoring Offense          6th               4.33 ggm
Scoring Defense         T-11th        2.00 ggm
Scoring Margin            T-3rd           2.33
Power Play                   13th        21.4 pct
Penalty Kill                   T-8th        93.3 pct
Combined Special Teams   10th       58.6 pct

Among the League Leaders (Thru 10/22): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:        Dalton Speelman T-2nd (5 pts    T-17th (1pt)
               Connor Hardowa T-2nd (5 pts    T-17th (1pt)
               Nick Sorkin     T-8th (4 pts)     T-17th (1pt)
                T. van Riemsdyk    T-11th (3 pts)    n/a
               Grayson DowningT-11th (3 pts)    n/a
               John Henrion         T-11th (3pts)       T-17th (1pt)
               Kevin Goumas       T-11th (3 pts)    T-17th (1pt)
Goals:       Austin Block        T-2nd (2g)        n/a
        Dalton Speelman    T-2nd (2g)    n/a
        John Henrion    T-2nd (2g)    T-6th    (1g)
        Nick Sorkin     T-2nd (2g)    T-6th    (1g)
        T. van Riemsdyk       T-2nd (2g)    n/a
Assists:       Connor Hardowa 1st (5a)              T-10th    (1a)
        Grayson DowningT-4th (3a)    n/a
        Dalton Speelman    T-4th (3a)    T-10th    (1a)
        Kevin Goumas     T-4th (3a)    T-10th    (1a)
PP Points:    Eric Knodel       T-1st  (2pts)    T-4th   (1pt)
        Austin Block      T-6th (1pt)    n/a
        Dalton Speelman    T-6th (1pt)    n/a
        John Henrion           T-6th (1pt)    n/a
        Nick Sorkin    T-6th (1pt)    n/a
        Kevin Goumas    T-6th (1pt)    T-4th   (1pt)
        Grayson DowningT-6th (1pt)    n/a
PP Goals:     Austin Block     T-3rd (1g)    n/a
        Dalton Speelman T-3rd (1g)    n/a           
        Eric Knodel           T-3rd  (1g)    T-2nd (1g)
SH Goals:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (1shg)    n/a
GW Goals:     Austin Block       T-2nd  (1g)    n/a
        Dalton Speelman    T-2nd (1g)    n/a
        Nick Sorkin         T-2nd (1g)    T-2nd (1g)
Def. Scoring:     Connor Hardowa     T-1st (5 pts)      T-4th  (1pt)
        T. van Riemsdyk    T-4th (3 pts)    n/a
        Eric Knodel    T-6th (2 pts)        T-4th  (1pt)
Plus-Minus:     Connor Hardowa   1st   (+7)        T-7th   (+2)
        T. van Riemsdyk       T-2nd (+4)       T-7th  (+2)
        Dalton Speelman    T-5th (+3)      n/a
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     6th  (2.00)    3rd (1.00)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith      8th (.920)    3rd (.960)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 10/22):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       4.33/1st    4.00/T-1st
Scoring Defense            2.00/T-2nd    1.00/T-1st
Power Play         21.4/3rd    25.0/T-2nd
Penalty Kill         93.3/3rd     100.0/T-1st
Special Teams Net         +2/1st      +1/T-2nd
1st Period Scoring          5/T-1st        2/T-3rd
2nd Period Scoring       4/2nd       2/T-1st
3rd Period Scoring        4/T-2nd          0/T-4th
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
10/22        11    12    T-3rd    

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 22)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (27)        2- 1-0       962         3
 2     Minnesota                    (12)        3- 1-0       908         1
 3     Miami                         ( 4)        3- 0-1       831         4
 4     North Dakota                  ( 1)        1- 1-0       828         2
 5     Denver                        ( 3)        2- 0-0       800         7
 6     Michigan                                  2- 1-0       769         5
 7     Cornell                       ( 1)        0- 0-0       666         6
 8     Union                         ( 1)        2- 1-0       635         8
 9     Notre Dame                                3- 1-0       587         9
10    Western Michigan                      3- 1-0       519        12
11    Massachusetts-Lowell                  1- 1-1       473        10
12     New Hampshire                 ( 1)        3- 0-0       466        15
13     Boston University                     1- 1-0       357        11
14     Minnesota-Duluth                      2- 2-0       331        13
15     Northeastern                              2- 1-0       267        14
16     Northern Michigan                     3- 1-0       210        17
17     Harvard                                   0- 0-0       185        17
18     Ferris State                              1- 1-2       178        16
19     Colorado College                      3- 1-0       147        19
20     Quinnipiac                                3- 1-1       116        20
Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence 109, Minnesota State 39, Nebraska-Omaha 28, Michigan Tech 16, St. Cloud State 12, Wisconsin 10, Lake Superior 9, Providence 8, Rensselaer 7, Michigan State 5, Merrimack 4, Air Force 3, Alaska 3, Ohio State 3, Yale 3, Alaska-Anchorage 2, Massachusetts 2, Holy Cross 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Oct. 22)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 477 (18)        3    2-1-0    4
2    University of Minnesota, 461 (11)    1    3-1-0    4
3    Miami University, 405 (3)    4    3-0-1    4
4    University of North Dakota, 387    2    1-1-0    4
5    University of Denver, 358 (1)    8    2-0-0    4
6    University of Michigan, 347    6    2-1-0    4
7    Cornell University, 269        5    0-0-0    4
8    Union College, 260 (1)        7    2-1-0    4
9    University of Notre Dame, 226    10    3-1-0    4
10    Western Michigan University, 185    12    3-1-0    4
11    New Hampshire, 176        NR    3-0-0    1
12    UMass Lowell, 165        9    1-1-1    4
13    Boston University, 89        11    1-1-0    4
14    Minnesota Duluth, 77        13    2-2-0    4
15    Northern Michigan University, 56    15    3-1-0    2
Others receiving votes: Colorado College, 35; Harvard University, 32; St. Lawrence University, 27; Northeastern University, 13; University of Nebraska-Omaha, 12; Quinnipiac University, 12; Ferris State University, 8; Minnesota State University, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 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.     W, 4-1    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports Pacific
Fri. Oct. 26     vs. Northeastern     7:30 p.m.     
    WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
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:    6-6-12    44-25-33
Juniors:    5-10-15    39-42-41
Sophomores:    2-7-9    15-29-24
Freshmen:    0-1-1    0-4-3

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
Casey DeSmith    HE co-Defensive Player of the Week    10/22

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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