January 9, 2013

No. 4 Men's Hockey Enters Into Home-and-Home Series with No. 2/3 Boston College (FRI | 7:00 | NESN) (SAT | 7:00)

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#4/4 UNH (13-3-2, 8-2-1 HEA) vs. #2/3 Boston College (12-3-2, 9-2-1 HEA)
Friday, Jan. 11 -- 7:00 p.m. - Conte Forum (7,884) | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Saturday, Jan. 12 -- 7:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
Friday, Jan. 11 - 7 p.m. - NESN
Tom Caron (Play by Play), Andy Brickley (Analyst)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Jan. 11 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Saturday, Jan. 12 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. 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 Eagles: Boston College comes into the weekend series ranked 2/3 in the nation, racking up an overall record of 12-3-2 and a Hockey East record of 9-2-1. In their last contest, the Eagles played to a 3-3 draw against Yale at home. Bill Arnold, Brendan Silk and Steven Whitney each tallied a goal in the game while Michael Matheson dished out a game high three assists. Boston College is led by sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, who comes in with a team high 11 goals and adds 12 assists for 23 points. He has a pair of power play goals and five game winners. Pat Mullane has lit the lamp eight times and dished out a team leading 13 assists for 21 points. Whitney leads the squad on special teams with five power play goals as Kevin Hayes is close behind with four. Senior goalie Parker Milner has seen the majority of time in net for the Eagles, starting all 17 games he has played in. He comes in with a record of 12-3-2, including a pair of shutouts, and has registered a 2.48 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Sophomore Brian Billet has seen 15:40 of ice time, making three saves on five shots he faced. 

Series History vs. Boston College: With Boston College capturing the win in last season's series finale, the Eagles hold a 64-63-12 advantage over the Wildcats in 139 all-time meetings, dating back to Feb. 6, 1937. In 2011-12, BC captured the season series with a pair of one-goal decisions in the previous two meetings. Coach Umile owns a 39-28-11 all-time record against the Eagles and is 14-18-6 at Conte Forum, but the Wildcats lead Boston College at the Whittemore Center with a mark of 16-8-2.  Brett Kostolansky, Dalton Speelman, John Henrion and Nick Sorkin are the active scoring leaders against BC while Casey DeSmith is 0-2-0 between the pipes with a 3.41 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE EAGLES:
Player                  GP    G-A-P    
Brett Kostolansky    7    1-3-4
Dalton Speelman    7    2-1-3
John Henrion    9    2-1-3
Nick Sorkin    5    1-2-3
Connor Hardowa    9    0-2-2
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3    0-2-2
Scott Pavelski    3    1-0-1
Austin Block    5    1-0-1
Justin Agosta    3    0-1-1
Grayson Downing    2    0-1-1
Kevin Goumas    5    0-1-1
Greg Burke    7    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    6    0-0-0
Casey Thrush    2    0-0-0
Eric Knodel    3    0-0-0
Matt Willows    2    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    2/123:06    7    3.41    0-2-0    64    .901

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Eagles
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-27-12        59:39    L    30    4    34
1-28-13        63:27    L    34    3    37
Totals        123:06    0-2-0    64    7    71

Clash of the Titans: The much-talked about series between UNH and BC will commence Friday night at Boston College (7 p.m. – NESN), while the teams will play in Durham on Saturday night (7 p.m. ). Both teams have spent time at the number one spot nationally and both are currently in the top five nationally.

Last Time Between Top-5: The last time New Hampshire and its opponent were each ranked in the top-five nationally, the Wildcats went 0-1-1 at Minnesota Nov. 7-8, 2008. UNH was ranked fifth in the country while Minnesota was ranked fourth. James van Riemdsyk, brother of current Wildcat Trevor, tallied a goal in the second game of the series.

A Pair of Firsts: Connor Hardowa and Jeff Silengo each scored their first goals of the season in a 5-2 win over RPI on Saturday.

Taking Care of Business: UNH captured a pair of wins last week with a 3-2 overtime win over Bemidji State on Dec. 31 and a 5-2 win over Rensselaer on Saturday night in the final non-conference contests of the season.

Non-Conference Success: The 'Cats finished non-league play 5-1-1 including a perfect 3-0 at home; last season the team was just 3-3-1 in regular season non-conference action.

Home Ice Advantage: UNH will conclude the regular season with 16-straight Hockey East contests with eight of those contests at home, seven away games and one neutral site contest.

Fourth and Eight: UNH's fourth line of Jay Camper, Dan Correale and Matt Willows combined for eight points in a pair of wins this week. The newly formed line combined for a goal and seven assists and was on the ice for the game-winning goals in both games.

Defensive Scoring: Three defensemen registered goals in Saturday's 5-2 win with Eric Knodel (5), Justin Agosta (2) and Connor Hardowa (1) all lighting the lamp. For Hardowa and Jeff Silengo, the goals on Saturday night were their first of the season.

'Cat Attack: 17 different players have a goal this season for New Hampshire, while 23 have at least a point with seven players in double figures.

What a Start: It's UNH's best start through 18 games since the 2006-07 season when the team was 14-3-1. Last season, UNH captured its 13th win on Feb. 18 with a 3-1 win over Vermont; the team was 13-15-3 at that point.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/7): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas          5th    1.44 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block     15th       0.56 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             3rd     1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
Austin Block        8th    4 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            6th    0.83 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           13th           1.90 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         11th          .934
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     4th    .765
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          5th               3.50 g/gm
Scoring Defense         6th       1.94 g/gm
Scoring Margin            3rd        1.56
Power Play                   34th       15.5 pct
Penalty Kill                   1st        93.7 pct
Combined Special Teams   15th      52.2 pct
Team Winning Percentage  2nd     .778

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/7): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas         1st (26 pts)    3rd (15 pts)
        Grayson Downing11th (15 pts)   NR
        T. van Riemsdyk      11th (15 pts)    19th (8 pts)
        Austin Block            16th (13 pts)      11th (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 (18a)    2nd (10a)
        Nick Sorkin    11th (9a)     15th (6a)
        Connor Hardowa  9th (9a)              NR
        T. Van Riemsdyk     11th (9a)        15th (6)
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       5th (2g)    6th (1g)
        Dalton Speelman 5th (2g)             6th (1g)
        Kevin Goumas       5th (2g)             6th (1g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    5th (2g)     NR
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (15 pts)     4th (8 pts)
        Connor Hardowa    6th (10 pts)      11th (5 pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    1st (+17)     3rd (+10)
        T. van Riemsdyk       7th (+12)       3rd (+10)
        Grayson Downing 9th (+10)         10th (+7)
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st (75)    1st (50)
                                  Grayson Downing 9th (55)             NR
Faceoff %:     Jeff Silengo    2nd (.600)     4th (.629)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith    1st (1.90)     1st (1.26)
Save Percentage:    
        Casey DeSmith     1st (.934)     1st (.959)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    1st (.765)     2nd (.773)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/7):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.50/1st    3.18/2nd
Scoring Defense            1.94/1st    1.27/1st
Power Play         15.5/5th    16.0/5th
Penalty Kill         93.7/1st    97.4/1st
Special Teams Net     +10/1st     +9/2nd
1st Period Scoring          19/1st      12/1st
2nd Period Scoring       23/1st      13/3rd
3rd Period Scoring        20/3rd         10/4th
Overtime Scoring           1/1st            0/NA

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 7)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (38)     13- 3-3       979         1
 2     Notre Dame                    ( 8)       14- 4-0       915         3
 3     Boston College                ( 1)       12- 3-2       914         2
 4     New Hampshire                 ( 1)       13- 3-2       854         4
 5     Quinnipiac                    ( 2)       16- 3-2       812         5
 6     Miami                                    12- 4-4       731         6
 7     North Dakota                             12- 5-3       707         7
 8     Boston University                        11- 6-0       636         9
 9     Denver                                   12- 6-3       607        11
10     Western Michigan                     12- 5-3       568        10
11     Minnesota State                          14- 6-2       440        14
12     Dartmouth                                 8- 5-2       420         8
13     Nebraska-Omaha                       13- 8-1       397        16
14     Yale                                      7- 4-3       290        17
15     Cornell                                   7- 6-2       264        12
16     Union                                     9- 6-4       231        13
17     Niagara                                  11- 3-4       210        18
18     St. Cloud State                          12-10-0       166        15
19     Colgate                                  11- 7-2       125        NR
20     Massachusetts-Lowell                  9- 7-1        64        NR
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 61, Ferris State 50, Lake Superior 26, Holy Cross 20, Michigan Tech 4, Providence 4, Northern Michigan 3, Mercyhurst 2.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 7)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 476 (21)    1    13-3-3    14
2    Boston College, 462 (5)        3    12-3-2    14
3    University of Notre Dame, 436 (2)    2    14-4-0    14
4    New Hampshire, 417 (3)    4    13-3-2    11
5    Quinnipiac University, 398 (3)    5    16-3-2    5
6    Miami University, 327        6    12-4-4    14
7     University of North Dakota, 306    7    12-5-3    14
8    Boston University, 276        9    11-6-0    14
9    University of Denver, 234    11    12-6-3    14
10    Western Michigan University, 218    10    12-5-3    14
11    Minnesota State University, 132    14    14-6-2    2
12    Dartmouth College, 120        8    8-5-2    8
13    Nebraska-Omaha, 115        15    13-8-1    7
14    Yale University, 60        NR    7-4-3    5
15    Cornell University, 36        12    7-6-2    14
Others receiving votes: Niagara University, 29; Union College, 24; Colgate University, 3; Ferris State University, 3; UMass Lowell, 3; St. Cloud State University, 3; Lake Superior State University, 1; Robert Morris University, 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     W, 5-2            WBIN | FOX College Sports Central
Sat. Jan. 5     vs. Rensselaer     W, 5-2            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.

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