WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) of the top-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for November. The league office made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. DeSmith earns the award for the second time in his career and does so in back-to-back months. The netminder becomes the first Wildcat since Brian Foster (December 2010, January 2011) to win this award in consecutive months.
DeSmith went 5-1-1 in the month of November and collected a pair of Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week awards. The sophomore netminder posted a 1.65 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. DeSmith had three straight shutouts and in the process set a UNH record for scoreless minutes at 203:32. The goaltender stopped 30-plus shots on four occasions in the month of November, including a pair of 40-plus save performances. Along with a strong power play in front of him, DeSmith played a key role in spring-boarding the Wildcats to their best start in program history and the top of the nation's poll by the end of the month.
DeSmith and the Wildcats return home with two games this weekend. The first comes against the No. 7 Boston University Terriers on Thursday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.). The Wildcats will end the first half of their season before the winter break with an exhibition matchup on Sunday, Nov. 9 (4 p.m.) against the U.S. Under-18 team. Tickets to these and all men's hockey home games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.