February 7, 2013

Fourth-Ranked Men's Hockey Plays Home-and-Home Series With Providence (Sun - 4 p.m - CBS Sports) (Wed - 7 p.m. @ PC)

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#4/5 UNH (16-7-2, 11-6-1 HEA) vs. Providence Coll. (10-10-5, 8-6-4 HEA)
Sunday, Feb. 10 -- 4:00 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 -- 7:00 p.m. - Schneider Arena (3,030) | Providence, R.I.

Television
Sunday, Feb. 10 - 4 p.m. | CBS Sports
Eric Frede (Play by Play), Dave Starman (Analyst)
Shireen Saski (Rink-side)
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Sunday, Feb. 10 - 4:00 p.m.  (3:30 p.m. pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Wednesday, Feb. 13 - 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)

Affiliate Stations: WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London, Claremont) - WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro) - WZEI-FM 101.5 (Meredith, Concord)

Scouting the Friars: Providence enters Friday's game with UNH at 10-10-5 overall and 8-6-4 in Hockey East.  After a 5-4 win over New Hampshire, the Friars are 0-1-2 in their last three games. The Friars tied 2-2 with the Maine Black Bears at last Friday's game.  Providence jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held that lead in the third period. Maine retaliated and scored the tying goal during a power play with under four minutes left in the game.  Overall, Providence is 3-2-2 over the last seven games.  Derek Army, a junior, leads the Friars with 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points.  Ross Mauermann, a sophomore, follows closely behind with 18 points.  In net, the freshman Jon Gillies has seen a lot of playing time.  He is 10-8-4 with a 2.18 GAA and .927 save percentage.  Senior Russ Stein has only played four games this season with a record of 0-2-1 with a 4.05 GAA and .879 save percentage.

Series History vs.  Providence: The Wildcats and Friars have met 147 times in the all-time series history dating back to Feb. 12, 1927, with UNH leading the series at 82-51-14. Coach Umile owns a 51-22-7 all-time mark vs. Providence. New Hampshire was unbeaten in 17 games (15-0-2) against the Friars dating back to Feb. 24, 2007 before dropping this year's only meeting 6-5 at the Whittemore Center. UNH had won a series-best 10-straight including a sweep of the last three season series. Dalton Speelman is the active leader in scoring with six points in six games. Sophomore Casey DeSmith is 3-0-0 with a 1.99 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Friars:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Dalton Speelman    6    3-3-6
Nick Sorkin    7    2-3-5
John Henrion    10    2-3-5
Kevin Goumas    6    1-4-5
Eric Knodel    4    1-3-4
Justin Agosta    4    0-4-4
Connor Hardowa    8    1-2-3
Brett Kostolansky    10    0-3-3
Grayson Downing    4    1-1-2
Greg Burke    8    2-0-2
Austin Block    9    1-1-2
Casey Thrush    4    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    6    1-0-1
Scott Pavelski    5    0-1-1
Maxim Gaudreault    1    1-0-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    4    0-0-0
Jay Camper    2    0-0-0
Matt Willows    3    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    1    0-0-0
Dan Correale    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    4/210:36    7    1.99    3-0-0    108    .939
Wyer    1/29:39    2    4.04    0-1-0    10    .833

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-30-12        60:00    W    26    0    26
2-3-12        60:00    W    37    1    38
2-4-12        62:07    W    34    2    36
1-19-13        28:29    ND    11    4    15
Total        210:36    3-0-0    108    7    115

Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Friars
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-19-13        29:39    L    10    2    12
Total        29:39    0-1-0    10    2    12

Scoreless at Matthews, No Longer:  UNH snapped a span of 150:29 of scoreless play at Matthews Arena with a pair of goals just 44 seconds apart in the second period.

DeSmith Turns Aside Season High: Casey DeSmith stopped a season-high 47 shots on Friday night at Northeastern. It was also the most in a regulation game for the sophomore netminder.  He had 50 saves in a double overtime effort at BU.

DeSmith Gold Standard in Hockey East: Casey DeSmith leads Hockey East in every goaltending category.
Goals Against Average:    Overall    Hockey East
        Casey DeSmith    3rd (2.18)     1st (1.85)
Save Percentage:    
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.925)     1st (.940)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    1st (.727)     1st (.719)

Aiming for the Top: With a pair of wins, UNH can claim at least a share of first place in the Hockey East standing. It would mark the first time since Feb. 28, 2011 the team was atop the HE standings.

Winning the Draw: John Henrion ranks first overall and in Hockey East play in faceoff percentage.  Additionally, Jeff Silengo and Jay Camper both rank in the two 10 overall and in league play in that category.
Faceoff %:     Player    Overall    Hockey East
        John Henrion    1st (.635)     1st (.641)
        Jeff Silengo    4th (.596)    2nd (.619)
        Jay Camper    5th (.586)    6th (.592)

West Coast Offense: The newly formed top line of Dan Correale, Grayson Downing and Austin Block have been very productive since their formation. The line has four goals in three games (1.33 gpg). Downing and Correale hail from British Columbia, while Block is from California.

11 League Wins: The Wildcats match their 2011-12 Hockey East win total of 11 wins. UNH has 10 games left in the regular season, all league games.

'Cats Surpass 2011-12 Win Total: On Friday, UNH captured its 16th win of the season, surpassing last year's win total with over a month left in the regular season.

UNH Wins Season Series With Northeastern: The Wildcats captured a series win over Northeastern with a 3-1 win at Matthews Arena. The 'Cats went 2-0-1 against the Huskies.

Tough "Road" Ahead for the Wildcats; Two Home Games in February: The Wildcats enter a critical stretch with just two home games in February. UNH will make trips to Northeastern, PC, BC and Vermont (2) during the month. If the 'Cats can weather the rough road stretch they close out the regular season with four-straight home games in March.

Wildcats Own Nation's Top Penalty Kill: UNH continues to be the nation's best team on the penalty kill. The team has killed off 77-83 power play opportunities four short-handed goals in that span. UNH has allowed just four power play goals since the being of November.

Best in the Third, Period.: UNH is outscoring opponents 28-12 in third period this season (+16). The 'Cats 12 goals allowed in the third is nine less than its next closest competition. Additionally, UNH holds a commanding 18-6 (+12) margin in the third period in Hockey East play. The team is 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Henrion League Leading 112 Shots: John Henrion has a league-best 112 shots on net. NU's Kevin Roy is second with 107 shots.

Pesce Receives High Marks from Central Scouting: Freshman defenseman Brett Pesce is the highest ranked collegiate player in the CSS Midterm 2013 NHL pre-draft rankings. Pesce is ranked 36th among North American skaters and has been projected as a first or second round draft pick according to some outlets. The highly-skilled blueliner celebrated his 18th birthday in November, while his captain Connor Hardowa celebrated his 24th birthday on the same day.

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (Feb.5)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    30    19-3-4    .8077    1    .5845    1    12-2-3    .7941
2    Minnesota    29    18-4-4    .7692    2    .5693    2    7-3-2    .6667
3t    Miami    27    17-6-5    .6964    4t    .5623    3    12-4-4    .7000
3t    Boston College    27    16-7-2    .6800    6t    .5547*    5    10-4-2    .6875
5    UNH    26    16-7-2    .6800    6t    .5582    4    11-7-0    .6111
6    Western Mich.    25    17-6-5    .6964    4t    .5491    7    8-3-1    .7083
7    Yale    23    13-6-3    .6591    8    .5494    6    5-5-3    .5000
8    St. Cloud State    22    17-10-1    .6250    10t    .5443*    8    9-8-1    .5278
9t    Niagara    21    17-4-5    .7500    3    .5427*    9    2-2-0    .5000
9t    North Dakota    21    14-8-6    .6071    12t    .5394    11    7-6-4    .5294
11    Denver    18    15-8-4    .6296    9    .5420    10    6-7-3    .4688
12t    Minnesota State    17    16-9-3    .6250    10t    .5349    12    8-9-1    .4722
12t    Boston Univ.    17    13-11-1    .5400    22    .5252    18    11-8-1    .5750
12t    Alaska    17    12-10-4    .5385    23t    .5247    19    9-7-2    .5556
15t    Dartmouth    16    11-8-3    .5682    20    .5299    13    4-7-2    .3846
15t    Notre Dame    16    16-11-1    .5893    17    .5298    14    6-8-1    .4333
17    Colgate    15    13-9-4    .5769    18t    .5214*    20    6-6-2    .5000
18    Mass-Lowell    14    14-9-2    .6000    14t    .5296    15    3-7-0    .3000
19t    Union    13    13-8-5    .5962    16    .5264    17    5-4-2    .5455
19t    Northern Mich.    13    11-12-4    .4815    31    .5128    23    9-10-3    .4773
21    Neb-Omaha    11    16-10-2    .6071    12t    .5290    16    4-8-1    .3462
22    Wisconsin    9    11-9-6    .5385    23t    .5168    21    4-7-3    .3929
23t    Merrimack    8    12-10-5    .5370    26    .5142    22    5-7-1    .4231
23t    Ferris State    8    13-11-4    .5357    27    .5126    24    4-8-2    .3571
25    Ohio State    6    11-11-6    .5000    29t    .5122    25    4-8-5    .3824
26t    Providence    5    10-10-5    .5000    29t    .5083    26    4-9-3    .3438
26t    Robert Morris    5    14-9-2    .6000    14t    .5080    27    4-2-2    .6250
28    St. Lawrence    3    12-10-4    .5385    23t    .5052    28    3-5-1    .3889
29    Rensselaer    2    10-11-5    .4808    32t    .5044    29    5-9-3    .3824
30    Holy Cross    1    14-10-2    .5769    18t    .5023    30    2-4-1    .3571
31    Massachusetts    0    10-12-2    .4583    36    .5014    31    5-10-1    .3438

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
1/28            4    3    2nd
2/4            5    4    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 4)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
1     Minnesota                     (30)       18- 4-4       978         1
 2     Quinnipiac                    (20)       19- 3-4       967         2
 3     Miami                                    17- 6-5       876         4
 4     New Hampshire                        16- 7-2       804         3
 5     Boston College                           15- 7-2       798         5
 6     Western Michigan                     17- 6-5       770         6
 7     North Dakota                             14- 8-6       659         7
 8     St. Cloud State                          17-10-1       603        12
 9     Denver                                   15- 8-4       596        10
10     Yale                                     13- 6-3       587         8
11     Minnesota State                          16- 9-3       421        15
11     Notre Dame                               16-11-1       421         9
13     Boston University                        13-10-1       412        11
14     Nebraska-Omaha                       16-10-2       352        14
15     Niagara                                  17- 4-5       328        17
16     Massachusetts-Lowell                 14- 9-2       280        13
17     Dartmouth                                11- 8-3       190        16
18     Union                                    13- 8-5       168        18
19     Wisconsin                                11- 9-6        97        19
20     Merrimack                                12-10-5        61        NR
Others receiving votes: Alaska 46, Colgate 46, Ferris State17, Providence 13, Ohio State 4, St. Lawrence 2, Bowling Green 1, Holy Cross 1, Northern Michigan 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 4)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 494 (21)    1    18-4-4    18
2    Quinnipiac University, 488 (13)    2    19-3-4    9
3    Miami University, 427        3    17-6-5    18
4    Boston College, 400        5    15-7-2    18
5    New Hampshire, 375        4    16-7-2    15
6    Western Michigan University, 337    6    17-6-5    18
7     University of North Dakota, 274    8    14-8-6    18
8    University of Denver, 240    10    15-8-4    18
9    Yale University, 238        7    13-6-3    9
10    St. Cloud State University, 233    13    17-10-1    6
11    Boston University, 149        9    13-10-1    18
12    University of Notre Dame, 104    11    16-11-1    18
13    Minnesota State University, 98    15    16-9-3    5
14    Niagara University, 85        NR    17-4-5    1
15    Nebraska-Omaha, 63        14    16-10-2    11
Others receiving votes: UMass-Lowell, 39; Union College, 12; University of Alaska, 7; Dartmouth College, 7; Ferris State University, 6; Merrimack College, 3; Ohio State University, 1.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    27-36-63    32%-25%-28%
Juniors:    29-58-87    35%-41%-38%
Sophomores:    23-38-61    27%-27%-27%
Freshmen:    5-11-16    6%-8%-7%

To This Point: A comparison through 25 games between this season and the last three seasons.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     13-8-4    16-5-4    9-14-2    16-7-2
HE Record    12-3-3    14-2-2    6-11-1    11-6-1
Goals scored    86    91    77    84
Goals scored/PG    3.44    3.64    3.08    3.36
Goals Allowed    79    60    80    57
Goals Allowed/PG    3.16    2.40    3.20    2.28
Shots    758    867    831    871
Shots Allowed    817    780    730    739
Power Play    18.3%     21.2%    18.1%    16.8%
    (20-109)    (24-113)    (17-94)    (16-95)
Penalty Kill    79.2%     79.5%    81.0%    92.6%
    (84-106)    (70-88)    (68-84)    (77-83)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses    Goumas
    18-18-36    22-19-41    18-11-29    10-22-32
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin    Downing
    6-22-28    10-26-36    6-21-27    10-9-19
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas    TVR
    15-12-27    5-25-30    6-16-22    6-13-19

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/5): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        10th    1.28 ppg
Goals Per Game:                   
Austin Block     50th       0.44 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             7th    0.88 apg
Power Play Goals:         
Austin Block     16th     5 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            11th    0.76 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           22nd           2.18 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         20th          .926
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     5th    .727
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          6th               3.36 g/gm
Scoring Defense         11th       2.28 g/gm
Scoring Margin            3rd        1.08
Power Play                   30th       16.8 pct
Penalty Kill                   1st        92.8 pct
Combined Special Teams   16th      52.2 pct
Team Winning Percentage 6th    .680

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/5): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas         2nd (32 pts)    5th (21 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block        8th (11g)       7th (8g)
        Kevin Goumas       10th (10g)        NR
        Grayson Downing10th (10g)    NR
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (22a)    4th (12a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     2nd (5g)    1st (4g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)    1st (2g)
GW Goals:     Austin Block       8th (2g)    NR
        Dalton Speelman 8th (2g)             NR
        Kevin Goumas       8th (2g)             NR
        T. van Riemsdyk    8th (2g)     NR
        John Henrion    8th (2g)    3rd (2g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk    1st (19 pts)     2nd (12 pts)
        Connor Hardowa    5th (14pts)    9th (9 pts)
        Justin Agosta    10th (12 pts)      9th (9 pts)
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas    3rd (+17)     3rd (+10)
        Grayson Downing 8th (+11)    9th (+8)
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st (112)    1st (87)
        Austin Block    5th (87)    5th (65)
Faceoff %:     John Henrion    1st (.635)     1st (.641)
        Jeff Silengo    4th (.596)    2nd (.619)
        Jay Camper    5th (.586)    6th (.592)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith    3rd (2.18)     1st (1.85)
Save Percentage:    
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.925)     1st (.940)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    1st (.727)     1st (.719)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/5):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.36/2nd    311/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.26/1st    2.00/1st
Power Play         16.8/4th    17.6/3rd
Penalty Kill         92.8/1st    94.9/1st
Special Teams Net       +13/1st     +12/1st
1st Period Scoring          21/2nd      14/3rd
2nd Period Scoring       34/1st      24/1st
3rd Period Scoring        28/4th         18/4th
Overtime Scoring           1/1st            0/NA

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     L, 1-4            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:
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Bobby Butler: Albany Devils (AHL)
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: Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Lanny Gare: Löwen Frankfurt (Germany3)
Darren Haydar: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Leksand (Allsvenskan)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Damon Kipp: South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
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 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) , WZEI-FM 101.5 (Meredith/Concord) 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 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
T. van Riemsdyk    MVP Battle for RiverStone Cup    1/26    

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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