Fourth-Ranked Men's Hockey Plays Home-and-Home Series With Merrimack (Fri - 7:30 - @MC) (Sat. - 5 - Verizon Wireless Arena)

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#4/4 UNH (14-5-2, 9-4-1 HEA) vs. Merrimack College (9-9-5, 7-5-2 HEA)
Friday, Jan. 25 -- 7:30 p.m. - Lawler Arena (2,489) | North Andover, Mass.
Saturday, Jan. 26 -- 5:00 p.m. - Verizon Wireless Arena (9,989) | Manchester, N.H.

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Jan. 25 - 7:30 p.m.  (7:00 p.m. pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Saturday, Jan. 26 - 5:00 p.m.  (4:30 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)
Affiliate Stations: WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London, Claremont) - WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) - WZEI-FM 101.5 (Meredith, Concord)

Scouting the Warriors: Merrimack College enters the game with  a 9-9-5 record with a 7-5-2 mark in Hockey East play. The Warriors are riding a three-game unbeaten streak into the weekend, all against Maine. MC captured a 6-0 win at Maine on 1/12 and this past weekend took three out of four points in Orono with a 1-1 tie on Friday and a 3-2 win on Saturday. Junior Mike Collins paces the Merrimack offense with 27 points on 11 goals and 16 assists. Seven other skaters have double-figures in points with no one with more than 12 points besides Collins. Sam Marotta and Rasmus Tirronen have split time in net for the Warriors with Marotta seeing most of the recent action. He is 6-4-3 with a 2.04 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Tirronen is 3-5-2 with a 2.58 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

Series History vs. Merrimack: The Wildcats hold the advantage in the all-time series vs. Merrimack College at 65-17-9 in 91 all-time meetings dating back to Jan. 16, 1960.  Since 1996, UNH is 41-8-7 in the last 56 games. UNH owns a 25-5-2 all-time record vs. Merrimack at the Whittemore Center and Coach Umile has compiled a 53-14-8 all-time mark against the Warriors. The 'Cats are 15-5-0 in the last 20 meetings against Merrimack at Towse Rink. In a low-scoring even-played series last year, the teams went 1-1-1 including a pair of overtime games. Nick Sorkin and Brett Kostolansky are tied for the most points among active players against Merrimack. Casey DeSmith is 1-1-1 lifetime with a .942 save percentage and a 1.62 goals against average.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Warriors:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Nick Sorkin    6    0-3-3
Brett Kostolansky    10    1-2-3
Grayson Downing    3    2-0-2
Connor Hardowa    8    1-1-2
Greg Burke    7    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman    6    1-0-1
Kevin Goumas    7    0-1-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3    0-1-1
John Henrion    9    0-0-0
Austin Block    9    0-0-0
Scott Pavelski    4    0-0-0
Jeff Silengo    5    0-0-0
Casey Thrush    3    0-0-0
Matt Willows    3    0-0-0
Eric Knodel    3    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    3/185:19    5    1.62    1-1-1    81    .942

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-20-12        60:00    W    24    1    25
1-21-12        60:19    L    23    3    26
2-11-12        65:00    T    34    1    35
Totals        185:19    1-1-1    81    5    86

Agosta Posts Career-High Three Assists against Providence: Justin Agosta recorded a career high three assists against Providence.

Four Record Multi-Point Efforts: Justin Agosta (3a), John Henrion (1g, 1a), Kevin Goumas (1g, 1a) and Casey Thrush (1g,1a) all registered multiple points on the night.

4 for 40: The Wildcats had 42 shots on net on Saturday marking the fourth time this season the team has had 40-plus shots.

Goumas On Fire for the 'Cats: Kevin Goumas continues to be UNH's offensive catalyst he is riding a five-game scoring streak with two goals and four assists in that span. Additionally, Goumas has points in 15-of-16 games and 18-of-21 games overall this season.

Henrion Streaking: John Henrion has also been hot of late with a four-game scoring streak with five points and three goals in that stretch.

Third Period All UNH: The Wildcats are outscoring opponents 25-9 in the third period this year including an unbelievable 15-3 edge in Hockey East play.

Killing the Advantage: New Hampshire hold the top spot in the nation in killing penalties with a success rate of 92.8 %. The squad has only allowed five goals in the 69 chances opponents have had and have only relinquished three power play goals in the last 47 power plays.

'Cats Match 2011-12 Regular Season Win Total: With the win over Boston College on Jan. 12, the Wildcats matched their regular season win total from last year (14).

All-Time Games at Verizon Wireless Arena: UNH is 11-10-2 lifetime in 23 games at Verizon Wireless Arena including winning three of the last five games at VWA.
Date    Winning Team    Score    Losing Team    Score    Res.
12-13-01    UNH    6    Dartmouth    3    W
1-15-03    UNH    1    Dartmouth    1    T (OT)
2-1-03    UNH    4    Maine    2    W
11-12-03    UNH    2    Boston College    2    T (OT)
1-13-04    UNH    5    Dartmouth    0    W
3-27-04    Michigan (NCAA)    4    UNH    1    L
11-5-04    UNH    4    Boston U.    3    W
1-12-05    Dartmouth    9    UNH    8    L
11-1-05    Boston College    3    UNH    2    L
1-14-06    UNH    5    Dartmouth    4    W
1-13-07    UNH    4    Dartmouth    2    W
2-2-07    Maine    4    UNH    2    L
3-24-07    Miami (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-19-08    Dartmouth    5    UNH    3    L
1-17-09    UNH    6    Dartmouth    4    W
2-7-09    Maine    1    UNH    0    L
3-28-09    UNH (NCAA)    6    North Dakota    5    W(OT)
3-29-09    Boston U. (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-16-10    UNH    5    Dartmouth    2    W
1-15-11    Dartmouth    5    UNH    4    L
3-26-11    UNH (NCAA)    3    Miami    1    W
3-27-11    Notre Dame (NCAA)    2    UNH    1    L
1-14-12    UNH    4    Dartmouth    1    W
Total    11-10-2    .522    Goals (79)    GA (66)

3 Friars, 3 Warriors and a Husky Walk into a Rink: Including last Saturday, UNH will play six of the next seven games against Providence and Merrimack. UNH and MC will play three games at three different rinks in a nine day period. The only game not against PC or MC is a game at Northeastern on Feb. 1.

To This Point: A comparison through 21 games between this season and the last three seasons.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     10-7-4    13-4-4    8-11-2    14-5-2
HE Record    9-2-3    11-1-2    5-8-1    9-4-1
Goals scored    73    74    68    72
Goals scored/PG    3.48    3.52    3.24    3.43
Goals Allowed    70    52    69    47
Goals Allowed/PG    3.33    2.48    3.29    2.24
Shots    607    745    722    733
Shots Allowed    681    641    608    595
Power Play    19.4%     19.6%    18.4%    15.5%
    (18-93)    (19-97)    (14-76)    (13-84)
Penalty Kill    79.5%     80.6%    81.7%    92.8%
    (70-88)    (58-72)    (58-71)    (64-69)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses    Goumas
    16-14-30    17-17-34    16-10-26    10-20-30
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin    Henrion
    6-20-26    9-20-29    6-16-22    8-7-15
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas    Downing
    12-12-24    5-18-23    6-14-20    8-7-15

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (Jan. 21)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    28    17-3-3    .8043    1    .5874    1    9-2-1    .7917
2    Minnesota    27    17-3-4    .7917    2    .5801    2    6-2-2    .7000
3    Boston College    26    14-5-2    .7143    4t    .5758*    4    9-4-2    .6667
4    UNH    25    14-5-2    .7143    4t    .5794    3    9-5-0    .6429
5    Yale    24    11-4-3    .6944    6    .5652    5    3-2-3    .5625
6t    North Dakota    22    13-7-4    .6250    11t    .5510    6    6-5-2    .5385
6t    Mass.-Lowell    22    13-7-1    .6429    9    .5499    7    3-6-0    .3333
8    Miami    21    13-6-5    .6458    8    .5468    9    9-5-3    .6176
9t    Dartmouth    19    10-6-2    .6111    14    .5470    8    3-5-2    .4000
9t    Notre Dame    19    15-9-0    .6250    11t    .5425    10    7-6-0    .5385
11    Denver    18    13-8-4    .6000    15    .5406    12    8-7-3    .5278
12    Western Mich.    17    14-6-4    .6667    7    .5389    14    7-2-1    .7500
13    Boston Univ.    16    12-9-0    .5714    19    .5422    11    6-7-0    .4615
14    St. Cloud State    14    14-10-0    .5833    17t    .5396*    13    7-7-0    .5000
15t    Minnesota State    13    15-8-3    .6346    10    .5354*    15    6-8-0    .4286
15t    Northern Mich.    13    11-10-4    .5200    28    .5212    18    7-8-3    .4722
17t    Niagara    12    14-4-4    .7273    3    .5341*    16    2-2-0    .5000
17t    Alaska    12    10-8-4    .5455    23t    .5191    19    6-6-1    .5000
19t    Neb.-Omaha    9    13-9-2    .5833    17t    .5278    17    4-8-1    .3462
19t    Cornell    9    8-7-2    .5294    25    .5184    20    3-3-2    .5000
21    Ferris State    8    12-9-3    .5625    21    .5184    21    3-6-0    .3333
22t    Robert Morris    7    12-7-2    .6190    13    .5180    22    3-2-1    .5833
22t    Lake Superior    7    13-12-1    .5192    29    .5040    27    7-6-1    .5357
24t    Union    5    11-8-4    .5652    20    .5176    23    1-6-1    .1875
24t    Colgate    5    11-9-2    .5455    23t    .5108*    25    5-5-1    .5000
26    Wisconsin    4    9-8-5    .5227    26t    .5120    24    4-6-2    .4167
27    Providence    2    10-9-3    .5227    26t    .5090*    26    3-7-2    .3333
28t    Holy Cross    1    12-8-2    .5909    16    .5037*    28    2-4-1    .3571
28t    Massachusetts    1    8-11-2    .4286    43    .5014    29    4-10-1    .3000

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/21): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        5th    1.43 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block     40th       0.48 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             5th    0.95 apg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            15th    0.71 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           24th           2.21 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         24th          .923
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     5th    .737
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          5th               3.43 g/gm
Scoring Defense         10th       2.24 g/gm
Scoring Margin            3rd        1.19
Power Play                   35th       15.5 pct
Penalty Kill                   1st        92.8 pct
Combined Special Teams   29th      50.3 pct
Team Winning Percentage 4th    .714

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/21): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas         2nd (30 pts)    5th (19 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block        6th (10g)       7th (7g)
        Kevin Goumas       6th (10g)              7th (7g)
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (20a)    5th (12a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     2nd (4g)    2nd (3g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)    1st (2g)
GW Goals:     Austin Block       6th (2g)    10th (1g)
        Dalton Speelman 6th (2g)             10th (1g)
        Kevin Goumas       6th (2g)             10th (1g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    6th (2g)     NR
        John Henrion    6th (2g)    3rd (2g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (15 pts)     7th (8 pts)
        Justin Agosta    7th (12 pts)      4th (9 pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    5th (+16)     7th (+9)
        Casey Thrush       7th (+11)       NR
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st (92)    1st (67)
        Austin Block    5th (74)    NR
Faceoff %:     Jeff Silengo    2nd (.600)     1st (.629)
        Jay Camper    5th (.578)    NR
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith    3rd (2.12)     1st (1.81)
Save Percentage:    
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.923)     1st (.939)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    1st (.737)     2nd (.731)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/21):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.43/2nd    3.14/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.24/1st    1.86/1st
Power Play         15.5/6th    15.9/6th
Penalty Kill         92.8/1st    95.6/1st
Special Teams Net     +11/1st     +10/1st
1st Period Scoring          20/2nd      13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring       26/2nd      16/3rd
3rd Period Scoring        25/3rd         13/4th
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
1/7            4    4    2nd
1/14            3    3    2nd
1/21            4    4    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 21)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (48)       17- 3-4       998         1
 2     Quinnipiac                    (2)       17- 3-3       920         4
 3     Boston College                           14- 5-2       913         2
 4     New Hampshire                        14- 5-2       857         3
 5     North Dakota                             13- 7-4       746         6
 6     Miami                                    13- 6-5       700         8
 7     Notre Dame                               15- 9-0      640         5
 8     Yale                                     11- 4-3       619        12
 9     Western Michigan                     14- 6-4       577        10
10     Denver                                   13- 8-4       545         7
11     Boston University                        12- 9-0       479         9
12     Dartmouth                                10- 6-2       456        11
13     Nebraska-Omaha                       13- 9-2       358        13
14     Minnesota State                          15- 8-3       356        14
15     Massachusetts-Lowell                 13- 7-1       346        18
16     St. Cloud State                          14-10-0       336        19
17     Niagara                                  14- 4-4       183        15
18     Cornell                                   8- 7-2       154        16
19     Union                                    11- 8-4       120        17
20     Wisconsin                                 9- 8-5        66        NR
Others receiving votes: Ferris State 39, Alaska 27, Providence 24, Northern Michigan 22, Holy Cross 10, Colgate6, Robert Morris 3.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 21)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 507 (31)    1    17-3-4    16
2    Quinnipiac University, 457 (3)    5    17-3-3    7
3    Boston College, 453        2    14-5-2    16
4    New Hampshire, 403        3    14-5-2    13
5     University of North Dakota, 329    6    13-7-4    16
6    Miami University, 326        8    13-6-5    16
7    Yale University, 293        12    11-4-3    7
8    University of Notre Dame, 242    4    15-9-0    16
9    Western Michigan University, 232    10    14-6-4    16
10    Boston University, 160        9    12-9-0    16
11    University of Denver, 157    7    13-8-4    16
12    UMass-Lowell, 151        15    13-7-1    8
13    Dartmouth College, 138        11    10-6-2    10
14    Nebraska-Omaha, 68        13    13-9-2    9
15    St. Cloud State University, 64    NR    14-10-0    4
Others receiving votes: Minnesota State University, 57; Niagara University, 17; Cornell University, 14; Union College, 7; Ferris State University, 3; University of Alaska, 1; University of Northern Michigan, 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     L, 2-5             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
Austin Block    All-Tourney team (Dartmouth)    12/31

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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