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 Goaltender of the Month for October. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by the league office. DeSmith earns the award for the first time in his career and becomes the first Wildcat since Matt Di Girolamo (March 2011) to win this award.
DeSmith went 4-0-1 in the month of October to collect a pair of Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week awards. The sophomore netminder posted a 1.77 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He allowed three goals or fewer every game in October by allowing three goals twice, two goals once, one goal once and earned his second career shutout, stopped 34 shots, on Oct. 27 against Northeastern. DeSmith ranks first in league play with a 1.30 GAA and a .950 save percentage through three games, all against nationally-ranked opponents. He helped the Wildcats to their best start since the 2000-01 season.
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.) this 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.