Third-Ranked Men's Hockey Travels West to Take on No. 14 Colorado College and No. 2 Denver

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No. 3/3 UNH (8-1-1, 6-1-1 Hockey East)

at No. 14/RV Colorado College (7-5-0, 4-2-0 WCHA)
Friday, Nov. 23 -- 7:37 p.m. (MT) - World Arena (7,343) | Colorado Springs, Colo.

at No. 2/2 Denver (9-1-0, 7-1-0 WCHA)
Saturday, Nov. 24 -- 7:07 p.m. (MT) - Magness Arena (6,026) | Denver, Colo.

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Nov. 23 - 7:37 p.m. MT (9:37 p.m - ET)
(7 p.m. - MT | 9 p.m. - ET pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)

Saturday, Nov. 24 - 7:07 p.m. MT (9:07 p.m - ET)
(6:30 p.m. - MT | 8:30 p.m. - ET pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)

Scouting the Tigers: The 14th-ranked Colorado College Tigers enter Friday's game against UNH with a 7-5-0 overall record and a 4-2-0 mark in the WCHA. After going 7-3-0 over the first 10 games, the Tigers lost both games in a home-and-home series with Denver last weekend.  CC lost 6-5 at home on Friday and 6-2 in Denver on Saturday. The Tigers have six different players with double-digit points, led by William Rapuzzi with 14 points on six goals and eight assists. Rylan Schwartz has 13 points on five goals and eight assists in 11 games. In net, the Tigers have used a pair of goalies. Josh Thorimbert is 4-3-0 with a 3.07 GAA and an .885 save percentage in eight games, while Joe Howe is 3-2-0 with a 3.37 GAA and an .888 save percentage in five games. The Tigers are averaging 3.58 goals per game and its power play is operating at a 23.8 percent efficiency.

Series History vs. Colorado College: The Wildcats and Tigers have met 16 times in the all-time series history with UNH owning the advantage at 11-5-0. UNH last met up with Colorado College on Oct. 26-27, 2007,  5-3 and 4-2 Wildcat wins in the home-opening weekend of the 2007-08 season. The Wildcats have won the last seven meetings by a combined score of 35-16. UNH in its last five meetings owns a 5-0-0 record and Coach Umile is 8-1-0 all-time vs. the Tigers.
All-Time Series vs. Colorado College (11-5-0)
10-19-84    (A)    CC    6    UNH    2        L
10-20-84    (A)    CC    7    UNH    5        L
1-3-86    (H)    UNH    5    CC    3        W
1-4-86    (H)    CC    4    UNH    2        L
1-9-86    (A)    CC    7    UNH    2        L
11-27-87    (H)    UNH    8    CC    3        W
11-10-88    (A)    UNH    5    CC    0        W
12-28-96    (N)    UNH    4    CC    3        W
3-21-97    (N)    CC    3    UNH    2        L
12-27-97    (N)    UNH    5    CC    3        W
1-2-99    (A)    UNH    4    CC    1        W
12-27-01    (N)    UNH    6    CC    2        W
10-20-06    (A)    UNH    4    CC    3        W
10-21-06    (A)    UNH    7    CC    2        W
10-26-07    (H)    UNH    5    CC    2        W
10-27-07    (H)    UNH    4    CC    2        W

Scouting the Pioneers: The second-ranked University of Denver Pioneers enter the weekend with a 9-1-0 record, including winning five straight games. Most recently, the Pioneers swept a home-and-home series against Colorado College. Denver's only loss came at home against St. Cloud State on Nov. 2. DU's only game against Hockey East was a 5-1 win over UMass-Lowell on Oct. 19. The Pioneers are led offensively by three players with double figures in scoring. Nick Shore is the team leader in points with five goals and 11 assists, Chris Knowlton has eight goals and five assists, while defenseman Joey LaLeggia has five goals and seven assists for DU. The Pioneers have used three different netminders in the season with Sam Brittain seeing the most action. He is 4-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Juho Olkinuora is 3-0-0 with a 2.67 GAA and a .917 save percentage in three games, while Adam Murray is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .935 save percenatage in two games played.

Series History vs. Denver: In 12 previous meetings, Denver holds a 9-3 advantage over the Wildcats. These teams last met in the NCAA regional finals in Amherst, Mass., a 4-2 Denver win on March 27, 2005. UNH's last victory over Denver came at the Whittemore Center on November 25, 2002, a 5-2 win. The Pioneers have won five of the last six meetings over the Wildcats.

All-Time Series vs. Denver  (3-9-0)
12-13-84    (H)    Denver    5    UNH    4    OT    L
12-14-84    (H)    UNH    3    Denver    2        W
1-17-86    (A)    Denver    9    UNH    2        L
1-18-86    (A)    Denver    8    UNH    3        L
1-10-87    (A)    Denver    7    UNH    2        L
11-28-87    (H)    UNH    6    Denver    3        W
11-12-88    (A)    Denver    8    UNH    1        L
3-24-95    (N)    Denver    9    UNH    2    NCAA    L
1-3-99    (A)    Denver    4    UNH    2        L
11-25-01    (H)    UNH    5    Denver    2        W
12-28-02    (A)    Denver    4    UNH    0        L
3-27-05    (N)    Denver    4    UNH    2    NCAA    L

DeSmith Garners Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Casey DeSmith was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. The announcement was made Monday by the league office. DeSmith collects this honor for the fifth time in his collegiate career and the fourth time in the last five weeks. DeSmith went 2-0 with a pair of road wins this weekend. He recorded his fourth shutout of the season and third straight on Friday night at Lowell (3-0). He followed that up by stopping 45-of-46 shots in a 3-1 win at No. 11 Boston University on Sunday. DeSmith set a UNH program record with 203:32 of scoreless hockey in net for the Wildcats. He posted a .986 save percentage and a 0.50 GAA for the weekend. He has won four-straight games and allowed just one goal in that span. DeSmith is first in Hockey East in every statistical category.

Wildcats Earn Hockey East Team of the Week Honors: UNH captured its first team of the week honors thanks to a pair of critical Hockey East road wins. The Wildcats won at UMass-Lowell, 3-0, on Friday night and captured a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Boston University.

'Cats Off to Their Best Start Since 1968-69: UNH is off to its best start through 10 games since the 1968-69 season when the team went 10-1-0 over the first 11 games.  This season is just the second time in program history the team has just one loss over the first 10 games. Head coach Dick Umile was a freshman at UNH in 1968-69.

UNH Owns Nation's Top Defense: UNH defense is first in the nation allowing just 1.22 goals per game. The 'Cats have allowed 12 goals in 10 games this season.

What a Difference a Year Makes: Sunday the team won its eight game of the season. In 2011-12, the Wildcats didn't garner their eighth win until Jan. 14 against Dartmouth. Last year, the Wildcats allowed its 12th goal in the third game of the season. This year the 12th goal came in game 10. Through 10 games in 2011-12, UNH let in 36 goals (three times as many goals as this season).

The Streak: UNH broke a program record with 204:40 of scoreless play breaking a previous mark of 181:31 set in 1968-69. Additionally, it was the first time since the 1928-29 season the team had three-straight shutouts.

The Streak: DeSmith Edition: Casey DeSmith was in net for 203:32 of that streak to set the program's record for scoreless play by a goaltender. DeSmith stopped 111-straight shots during that span. He is 8-1-1 with a 1.19 goals against average and a .961 save percentage and a .86 GAA and a .972 save percentage in Hockey East play.

Goumas Streaking; 1st in HE, 5th Nationally in Assists: Kevin Goumas is riding a five-game point-scoring streak with two goals and six assists for eight points in that span. Goumas is first in league in assists and ranks fifth nationally in that category.

Block Party; 1st in HE goals & PP goals: Austin Block is on a four-game point streak with five goals and an assist in that span. Block is first in Hockey East in goals and ranks sixth nationally. His four power play goals are tied for first nationally and are also a league benchmark.

UNH Breaks Into Top 3 Nationally: The Wildcats currently ranks third in the nation in the USCHO.com & USA Hockey polls. It marks the first time since Dec. 20, 2011 the team was ranked in the top three nationally. New Hampshire was second in the nation behind only Yale at that point.

DeSmith Ranks in the Top 3 Nationally in Every Goaltending Category: Casey DeSmith has been outstanding in net for the Wildcats. He leads Hockey East and ranks second in the nation in save percentage (.961) and goals against average (1.19). DeSmith's four shutouts are second behind Niagara's Carsen Chubak for the best in the country. He owns a microscopic 0.86 GAA and .972 save percentage in league play.
Where DeSmith Ranks Nationally:
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           2nd           1.19 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         2nd          .961
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    3rd    .850
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    4

UNH Penalty Kill Ranks Second Nationally: UNH's penalty kill is second nationally at 94.6 percent and have tallied two shorthanded goals for compared to the two power play goals against. The Wildcats have killed off 35-of-37 power play opportunities by their opponents.

'Cats 3-0-1 Against Nationally Ranked Opponents:  UNH is 3-0-1 against nationally-ranked opponents with a pair of wins over Boston University and a win and a tie with Northeastern. Both teams this weekend are ranked nationally.

New Hampshire 2-0-0 Against WCHA:  UNH is 2-0-0 against the WCHA this season with a pair of wins over St. Cloud State.

Familiar Face:  UNH will see a familiar face on Saturday night in Denver. DU's assistant coach David Lassonde spent 17 seasons as an assistant with the Wildcats. He is in his second season with the Pioneers.

No Place Like Home; Matches Best Home Start at the Whitt: UNH is a perfect 5-0-0 at home this season. They have outscored opponents 21-9 in those  contests. It's just the second time in the history of the Whittemore Center the team has gone 5-0-0 or better out of the gate. In 2004-05, the team went 12-0-0 over the first dozen games. That squad went to to finish 16-3-0.
Great Starts at the Whittemore Center; Record Before First Loss
1998-99        18-0-1        18-0-1
2000-01        3-0-0        12-5-3
2003-04        5-0-1        13-5-1
2004-05        12-0-0        16-3-0
2008-09        5-0-1        12-4-2
2010-11        4-0-3        11-4-4
2012-13        5-0-0        --------

On the Road Again, And Again, And Again: UNH has just two  games remaining in a stretch of playing eight of nine games on the road.  
The ROAD Ahead
OCT.    27    Sat.    @ No. 15 Northeastern*     T, 0-0 (OT)
NOV.    2    Fri.     @ Massachusetts*        L, 1-2 (OT)
    4    Sun.    @ Maine*            W, 4-0
    10    Sat.    VERMONT*         W, 4-0
    16    Fri.    @ Mass.-Lowell*        W, 3-0
    18    Sun.    @ Boston U. *        W, 3-1
    23    Fri.    @ Colorado Coll.         9:37 PM
    24    Sat.    @ Denver         9:07 PM
 
Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    15-16-31    47-29-35
Juniors:    10-23-33    31-41-38
Sophomores:    6-16-22    19-29-25
Freshmen:    1-1-2    3-2-2   

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/20): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        16th    1.30 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block    6th        0.80 gpa
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             5th      1.00 apg
Connor Hardowa        11th        0.90  apg
Power Play Goals:
Austin Block        1st    4 ppg
Game-Winning Goals:
Austin Block                            5th                     2 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            3rd                  1.00 ppg
Connor Hardowa    11th    0.90 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           2nd           1.19 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         2nd          .961
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    3rd    .850
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          14th               3.20 ggm
Scoring Defense         1st        1.20 ggm
Scoring Margin            3rd        2.00
Power Play                   20th       19.0 pct
Penalty Kill                   2nd        94.6 pct
Combined Special Teams   11th       54.4 pct
Team Winning Percentage    3rd    .850

Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/20): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:        Kevin Goumas         3rd (13 pts)    3rd (11 pts)
        Austin Block             8th (10 pts)    10th (8 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk       8th (10 pts)         13th (7 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block        1st (8 g)        1st (6 g)
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (10 a)    1st (8 a)
        Connor Hardowa  2nd (9 a)              NR
PP Points:             Austin Block      5th (4 pts)    9th (3p)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     1st (4 g)    2nd (3g)
        Eric Knodel           5th (2 g)    4th (2g)
SH Goals:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (1 shg)    NR
        Grayson Downing1st (1 shg)    1st (1 g)
GW Goals:     Austin Block       2nd (2 g)    6th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (10 pts)    2nd (7 pts)
        Connor Hardowa     3rd (9 pts)      7th (5 pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    2nd (+11)    4th (+8)
        Connor Hardowa     5th (+10)        NR
        T. van Riemsdyk       5th (+10)       4th (+8)
Shots on Goal:
        John Henrion    2nd (41)    4th (31)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     1st (1.19)    1st (0.86)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith      1st (.961)    1st (.972)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    2nd (.850)    3rd (.812)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/20):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.20/2nd    2.88/4th
Scoring Defense            1.20/1st    0.88/1st
Power Play         19.0/4th    18.8/4th
Penalty Kill         94.6/1st     96.3/1st
Special Teams Net         +7/1st      +6/2nd
1st Period Scoring          13/1st       11/2nd
2nd Period Scoring       9/7th       7/6th
3rd Period Scoring        10/4th          6/5th
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    5th
10/22        11    12    3rd
10/29        10    9    3rd
11/5            9    9    2nd
11/12        5    5    2nd
11/19        3    3    2nd    

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 19)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (47)    9- 1-0       996         1
 2     Denver                        (2)        9- 1-0       948         2
 3     New Hampshire                 (1)        8- 1-1       865         5
 4     Minnesota                                 7- 2-2       853         3
 5     Miami                                     7- 2-3       781         4
 6     Notre Dame                                8- 3-0       731         8
 7     North Dakota                              5- 3-2       705         6
 8     Union                                     6- 2-1       664         7
 9     Western Michigan                      6- 3-1       543         9
10     Boston University                     6- 4-0       536        11
11     Dartmouth                                 5- 1-2       462        12
12     St. Cloud State                           6- 4-0       377        15
13     Cornell                                   3- 3-2       322        10
14     Colorado College                      7- 5-0       287        14
15     Nebraska-Omaha                        6- 3-1       260        18
16     Ferris State                              6- 4-2       211        20
17     Harvard                                   4- 3-0       201        17
18     Quinnipiac                                7- 3-1       187        NR
19     Michigan                                  4- 6-1       160        13
20     Niagara                                   8- 2-3       112        NR
Others receiving votes: Alaska 79, Yale 66, St. Lawrence 57, Holy Cross 34, Providence 23, Massachusetts-Lowell 14, Northern Michigan 12, Ohio State 9, Northeastern 2, Colgate 1, Merrimack 1, Minnesota State 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 19)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 509 (33)        1    9-1-0    8
2    University of Denver, 475 (1)    2    9-1-0    8
3    New Hampshire, 420        6    8-1-1    5
4    University of Minnesota, 405    3    7-2-2    8
5    Miami University, 376        4    6-4-2    8
6    University of Notre Dame, 331    7    8-3-0    8
7     University of North Dakota, 310    5    5-3-2    8
8    Union College, 281        8    6-2-1    8
9    Western Michigan University, 208    9    6-3-1    8
10    Boston University, 201        11    6-4-0    8
11    Dartmouth College, 144        12    5-1-2    2
12    St. Cloud State University, 100    15    6-4-0    2
13    Cornell University, 97        10    3-3-2    8
14    Nebraska-Omaha, 56        NR    7-5-0    1
15    Harvard University, 41        NR    6-3-1    3
Others receiving votes: Colorado College, 28; Quinnipiac University, 28; University of Michigan, 21; Ferris State University, 19; Niagara University, 11; St. Lawrence University, 6; University of Alaska, 5; Yale University, 4; College of the Holy Cross, 3; UMass Lowell, 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     W, 4-3    
    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)

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: Two current 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
Casey DeSmith    HE co-Defensive Player of the Week    10/29
Casey DeSmith    HE Goaltender of the Month    October
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    11/5
Connor Hardowa    Senior CLASS Award Candidate    11/13
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    11/19

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.

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      

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