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 Defensive Player of the Week for the third-straight week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for the fourth time in his collegiate career and the third time in as many weeks. He becomes the first player in Hockey East to collect this award three weeks in a row since Parker Milner did so Feb. 20-March 5, 2012.
DeSmith stopped a season-high 42 shots and earned his second shutout of the season on Sunday at Maine. He posted 0.97 GAA and a .974 save percentage during the weekend. Overall, he stopped 76-of-78 shots on the weekend. DeSmith ranks first in Hockey East in goals against average at 1.54 and save percentage at .947. He is also first in Hockey East league play in those categories as well with a 1.17 GAA and a .962 save percentage.
DeSmith and the Wildcats return home 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.