October 29, 2012

Casey DeSmith Repeats As Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) of the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week. DeSmith shared the award with Bryan Mountain of Northeastern. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for the third time in his collegiate career and the second time in as many weeks.

DeSmith went 1-0-1 during the weekend to improve to 4-0-1 on the season. He stopped 18 of 21 shots on Friday night in a 4-3 win and was lights out on Saturday night turning aside all 34 shots he faced in a shutout of Northeastern. It was his first shutout of the season and second of his career. DeSmith's 34 saves were a season high. He posted a 1.44 GAA and a .945 save percentage during the week. He ranks first in Hockey East play in GAA at 1.30, save percentage .950 and is second in win percentage a .900.

It was UNH and Northeastern's first scoreless tie in its 163-game history and the Wildcats first scoreless tie since Jan. 5, 2001. On that night in Durham, Ty Conklin and Matt Yeats each turned away 29 shots.

DeSmith and the Wildcats continue this three-game road stretch with games at Massachusetts (Nov. 2 - 7 p.m.) and Maine (Nov. 4 - 4 p.m.) next weekend. UNH's next home game is Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) against the University of Vermont. Tickets to the Vermont game and all men's hockey home games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.

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