January 5, 2013

No. 4 Men's Hockey Plays Host to Rensselaer on Saturday Night (7 p.m.) on WBIN & FOX College Sports Atlantic

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#4/4 UNH (12-3-2, 8-2-1 HEA) vs. Rensselaer (6-7-4, 1-5-2 ECAC)
Saturday, Jan. 5 -- 7:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
Saturday, Jan. 5 - 7 p.m.
WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports Atlantic
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Saturday, Jan. 5 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)
Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)

Scouting the Engineers: The Engineers come to Wildcat Country with a record of 6-7-4, not including Friday's game at Boston University. Prior to playing the Terriers, RPI tallied a 6-2 win over Sacred Heart on Dec. 31. Sophomore forward Jacob Laliberte leads the Engineers in points (15), tallying seven goals and eight assists. He has three power play goals and a game winner. Senior Nick Bailen comes in leading the squad in assists (9) and adds four goals for 13 points. He also has three power play goals. Milos Bubela shares the top spot in goals with Laliberte after finding the back of the net seven times. He adds four assists for 11 points. Senior netminder Bryce Merriam has started six of the seven games he has played in this year and has tallied a 2-3-1 record. Merriam has a 3.23 goals against average and a .890 save percentage. Rookie Jason Kasdorf has also made starts in six of his seven appearances, tallying a record of 2-1-2. He has a 1.63 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. Sophomore Scott Diebold has started five of the six games he has seen the ice in and has a 2-3-1 record. He also has a 3.06 goals against average and a .879 save percentage.

Series History vs. Rensselaer: UNH holds a slim 23-21-0 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to Feb. 7, 1964. The Wildcats have won nine of the last 13 contests. Coach Umile owns a 8-4-0 record all-time against RPI. In the last 10 meetings, UNH owns a 7-3-0 record in the last 10 meetings. Seniors Greg Burke, Austin Block, Connor Hardowa, Brett Kostolansky and John Henrion all played against RPI on Oct. 10, 2009.

TO THIS POINT LAST YEAR: A comparison through 17 games between this season and last season.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     8-6-3    10-3-4    6-9-2    12-3-2
HE Record    8-2-2    8-1-2    4-7-1    8-2-1
Goals scored    57    58    57    58
Goals scored/PG    3.35    3.41    3.35    3.41
Goals Allowed    59    41    58    33
Goals Allowed/PG    3.47    2.41    3.41    1.94
Shots    488    613    599    592
Shots Allowed    555    521    502    498
Power Play    16.0%     19.8%    18.8%    16.2%
    (12-75)    (16-81)    (12-64)    (11-68)
Penalty Kill    75.0%     84.5%    83.1%    94.9%
    (54-72)    (49-58)    (49-59)    (56-59)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses    Goumas    
    13-11-24    11-14-25    11-8-19    8-17-25
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin    Downing
    5-13-18    8-16-24    5-14-19    8-7-15
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas    T. van Riems.
    8-9-17    4-16-20    4-11-15    6-9-15

Block Nets 10th Goal of the Season... Austin Block scored his 10th goal of the season in UNH's 4-1 loss at Dartmouth. Block had just 10 goals combined in his first three seasons at UNH. Additionally, all of last season the Wildcats had just two players with 10-plus goals: Stevie Moses (22) and Grayson Downing (10). He is one of just two players in the league with 10-plus goals joining BC's Johnny Gaudreault.

UNH Against the WCHA: UNH is 4-0-1 against the WCHA this season with wins over St. Cloud State (2), Denver, Bemidji State and a tie at Colorado College.
van Riemsdyk Lifts Wildcats to Overtime Win: Trevor van Riemsdyk netted the game-winning goal at 2:08 of overtime… It marked the first time the 'Cats captured an overtime win since last season's 3-2 double overtime win over Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Fourth Line Lifts 'Cats on Monday: Fourth liners Jay Camper and Matt Willows, who did not play on Sunday, added a much needed spark on Monday with a combined four points… Camper had a goal and an assist, while Willows matched a career high with two assists.

'Cats Own Nation's Top Penalty Kill: UNH owns the nation's top penalty kill at 94.9 percent.

Block Named To All-Tournament Team: Senior Austin Block was named to the All-Tournament team of the Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth.

Downing Leads the Country in Shorties: Grayson Downing is first in the nation in short-handed goals with three.

Seniors Look to Erase First College Hockey Memory: For seniors John Henrion, Greg Burke, Austin Block, Connor Hardowa and Brett Kostolansky Oct. 10, 2009's 3-1 loss at RPI was their first collegiate experience. These 'Cats have a chance to redeem that loss on Saturday night at home against the Engineers.

Goumas Leading Hockey East in Points: Kevin Goumas is first in Hockey East in points with 25, while his 1.47 ppg ranks fourth in the nation.

Final Non-Conference Game Slated for Saturday: Saturday's game against Rensselaer will be the final non-conference game of the season.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    20-23-43    34-23-27
Juniors:    19-45-64    33-45-41
Sophomores:    17-26-43    29-26-27
Freshmen:    2-6-8    3-6-5

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/1): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        4th    1.47 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block    15th        0.59 gpa
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             2nd      1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
Austin Block        7th    4 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing    1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            3rd                  0.88 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           13th           1.90 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         12th          .935
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    4th    .750
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          10th               3.41 g/gm
Scoring Defense         6th       1.94 g/gm
Scoring Margin            3rd        1.47
Power Play                   33rd       16.2 pct
Penalty Kill                   1st        94.9 pct
Combined Special Teams   13th       52.8 pct
Team Winning Percentage    4th    .765

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/1): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:        Kevin Goumas         1st (25 pts)    2nd (15 pts)
        Grayson Downing10th (15 pts)       NR
        T. van Riemsdyk       10th (15 pts)        18th (8 pts)
        Austin Block             15th (13 pts)    10th (10 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block        2nd (10g)        1st (7 g)
                                  Kevin Goumas       6th (8g)               8th (5g)
                                    Grayson Downing 6th (8g)              NR
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (17a)    1st (10a)
        Nick Sorkin    9th (9a)    NR
        Connor Hardowa  9th (9a)              NR    
PP Goals:     Austin Block     2nd (4g)    2nd (3g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)    1st (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk     2nd (1shg)    NR
GW Goals:     Austin Block       4th (2g)    6th (1g)
                                  Dalton Speelman 4th (2g)              6th (1g)
        Kevin Goumas       4th (2g)             6th (1g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    4th (2g)    NR
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (15 pts)    4th (8 pts)
        Connor Hardowa     8th (9 pts)      10th (5 pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    1st (+16)    3rd (+10)
        T. van Riemsdyk        7th (+11)       3rd (+10)
                                  Grayson Downing 8th (+10)          10th (+7)
Shots on Goal:    John Henrion    1st (72)    1st (50)
                                  Grayson Downing 9th (54)             NR
Faceoff %    Jeff Silengo    2nd (.600)    4th (.629)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     1st (1.90)    1st (1.26)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith      1st (.935)    1st (.959)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    2nd (.750)    2nd (.773)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/1):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.41/2nd    3.18/2nd
Scoring Defense            1.94/1st    1.27/1st
Power Play         16.2/4th    16.0/5th
Penalty Kill         94.9/1st     97.4/1st
Special Teams Net         +11/1st      +9/2nd
1st Period Scoring          18/1st       12/1st
2nd Period Scoring       21/1st       13/3rd
3rd Period Scoring        18/4th          10/4th
Overtime Scoring           1/1st             0/NA

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
11/27        2    2    2nd
12/3            1    1    2nd
12/10        2    2    2nd
12/17        2    2    2nd
12/24        NP    NP    2nd
12/31        4    4    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 31)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (35)    13- 3-3       977         4
 2     Boston College                ( 5)       12- 3-1       922         1
 3     Notre Dame                    ( 9)       14- 4-0       913         3
 4     New Hampshire                        11- 3-2       843         2
 5     Quinnipiac                               14- 3-2       769         9
 6     Miami                                    12- 4-4       730         5
 7     North Dakota                             10- 5-3       720         7
 8     Dartmouth                     ( 1)        8- 2-2       661        10
 9     Boston University                        10- 6-0       612         6
10     Western Michigan                     11- 5-2       513         8
11     Denver                                   10- 6-3       478        14
12     Cornell                                   7- 4-2       425        11
13     Union                                     9- 4-4       375        13
14     Minnesota State                          12- 6-2       336        18
15     St. Cloud State                          12- 8-0       291        16
16     Nebraska-Omaha                           11- 8-1       276        12
17     Yale                                      7- 4-2       213        15
18     Niagara                                  10- 3-4       124        17
19     Robert Morris                             9- 4-2       120        NR
20     Holy Cross                               10- 4-2        65        NR
Others receiving votes: Colgate 50, Ferris State 47, Providence 12, Harvard 10, Michigan Tech 5, Massachusetts 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 4, Northern Michigan 4, Colorado College 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 31)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 501 (25)    4    13-3-3    13
2    University of Notre Dame, 458 (9)    3    14-4-0    13
3    Boston College, 454        1    12-3-1    13
4    New Hampshire, 399        2    12-3-2    10
5    Quinnipiac University, 359    9    14-3-2    4
6    Miami University, 337        5    12-4-4    13
7    University of North Dakota, 303    8    10-5-3    13
8    Dartmouth College, 290        10    8-3-2    7
9    Boston University, 250        6    10-6-0    13
10    Western Michigan University, 177    7    11-5-2    13
11    University of Denver, 161    15    10-6-3    13
12    Cornell University, 145        11    7-4-2    13
13    Union College, 87        12    9-4-4    13
14    Minnesota State University, 59    NR    12-6-2    1
15    Nebraska-Omaha, 40        13    11-8-1    6
Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State University, 33; Yale University, 12; Robert Morris University, 9; Niagara University, 6.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (Jan. 1)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Boston College    25    12-3-1    .7812    2    .6055*    1    8-2-1    .7727
2    Quinnipiac    24    14-3-2    .7895    1    .5870    3    8-2-2    .7500
3    UNH    23    12-3-2    .7647    4    .6015*    2    8-3-1    .7083
4t    Dartmouth    21    8-3-2    .6923    8    .5788    4    3-3-2    .5000
4t    Notre Dame    21    14-4-0    .7778    3    .5787    5    3-3-0    .5000
6t    Boston Univ.    19    10-6-0    .6250    15    .5744    6    6-6-0    .5000
6t    Minnesota    19    13-3-3    .7632    5    .5704    7    4-2-1    .6429
8    North Dakota    18    10-5-3    .6389    14    .5582    8    5-4-1    .5500
9    Miami    17    12-4-4    .7000    7    .5568    9    5-1-2    .7500
10    Yale    16    7-4-2    .6154    16t    .5476    10    3-2-2    .5714
11    Robert Morris    15    9-4-2    .6667    10t    .5430    11    4-2-2    .6250
12    Cornell    14    7-4-2    .6154    16t    .5430    12    3-1-2    .6667
13    Denver    13    10-6-3    .6053    18    .5408    13    7-4-1    .6250
14    West. Michigan    12    11-5-2    .6667    10t    .5408    14    1-1-0    .5000
15t    Union    11    9-4-4    .6471    13    .5392    15    0-2-1    .1667
15t    St. Cloud State    11    12-8-0    .6000    19    .5392*    16    7-5-0    .5833
17t    Minnesota State    9    12-6-2    .6500    12    .5347*    17    2-6-0    .2500
17t    Colgate    9    9-7-2    .5556    22    .5268    18    5-4-1    .5500
19    Holy Cross    7    10-4-2    .6875    9    .5253*    19    1-1-1    .5000
20    Niagara    6    10-3-4    .7059    6    .5251*    20    1-1-0    .5000
21    Mass.-Lowell    5    7-7-1    .5000    24t    .5223    21    2-6-0    .2500
22    Neb.-Omaha    4    11-8-1    .5750    20    .5187    22    3-6-0    .3333
23    Providence    3    7-6-3    .5312    23    .5171*    23    0-4-2    .1667
24    Massachusetts    2    7-9-2    .4444    32t    .5166    24    3-8-1    .2917
25    Ohio State    1    7-8-5    .4750    27    .5049    25    0-4-3    .2143
26    Colorado Coll.    0    8-10-2    .4500    30t    .5029    26    1-10-2    .1538

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     W, 5-2            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
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/19
Dick Umile    XOS Digital Coach of the Week    11/19
Kevin Goumas    HE Player of the Week    11/26
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    11/26
Grayson Downing    HE co-Player of the Week    12/3
UNH Wildcats    HE Team of the Week    12/3

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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