February 13, 2013

Fifth-Ranked Men's Hockey Travels to Providence College (Wed - 7 p.m.)

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#5/5 UNH (16-7-3, 11-6-2 HEA) vs. Providence Coll. (10-10-6, 8-6-5 HEA)
Wednesday, Feb. 13 -- 7:00 p.m. - Schneider Arena (3,030) | Providence, R.I.

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
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 Wednesday's game with UNH at 10-10-6 overall and 8-6-5 in Hockey East.  After a 3-3 tie with New Hampshire, the Friars are 0-1-3 in their last four games. Providence jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period and held that lead until late in the second period. Both teams took advantage of early power play opportunities early in the third period. The Friars would take the lead with just over ten minutes left in third, but a Scott Pavelski goal with three minutes left sent to game in to OT. Overall, Providence is 2-2-3 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 10-8-5 with a 2.21 GAA and .919 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 82-51-15. Coach Umile owns a 51-22-8 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 first 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 seven points in seven games. Sophomore Casey DeSmith is 3-0-1 with a 2.17 GAA and a .936 save percentage.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Friars:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Dalton Speelman    7    3-4-7
Nick Sorkin    8    2-3-5
John Henrion    11    2-3-5
Kevin Goumas    7    1-4-5
Eric Knodel    5    1-3-4
Justin Agosta    5    0-4-4
Grayson Downing    5    2-2-4
Connor Hardowa    9    1-2-3
Brett Kostolansky    11    0-3-3
Casey Thrush    5    1-2-3
Maxim Gaudreault    2    1-2-3
Scott Pavelski    6    1-1-2
Greg Burke    8    2-0-2
Austin Block    10    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    6    1-0-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    5    0-1-1
Dan Correale    2    1-0-1
Jay Camper    3    0-0-0
Matt Willows    4    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    2    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    5/275:36    10    2.17    3-0-1    147    .936
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
2-10-13        65:00    T    39    3    42
Total        275:36    3-0-1    147    10    157

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

Pavelski Provides Late Goal: Scott Pavelski found the game of the net with just 3:26 left in regulation to lift the 'Cats to the draw. Pavelski had a career-high six shots on goal and has points in back-to-back games for just the second time all season.

Downing Heating Up: Grayson Downing notched a goal and an assist Sunday and has six points in the last four games for New Hampshire.

Powerful Power Play: UNH has scored four power play goals in the last four game (4-10; 40%) and have lit the lamp in the man-advantage in five of the last seven games.

Gaudreault Posts Career High Two Assists: Maxim Gaudreault had a career-high two points and two assists on Sunday afternoon against Providence College.

Firing Squad: The Wildcats fired 96 shots on net over the past two games.

DeSmith Gold Standard in Hockey East: Casey DeSmith leads Hockey East in every goaltending category.
Goals Against Average:    Overall    Hockey East
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (2.21)     1st (1.91)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.926)     1st (.940)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     1st (.717)     1st (.706)

Aiming for the Top: With a win Wednesday, UNH can claim 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: Jeff Silengo ranks first overall and in Hockey East play in faceoff percentage.  Additionally, John Henrion and Jay Camper both rank in the two 10 overall and in league play in that category.
Faceoff %:     Player    Overall    Hockey East
        John Henrion     2nd (.614)     2nd (.616)
        Jeff Silengo     4th (.596)     1st (.619)
        Jay Camper     10th (.553)     NR

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 six goals in four games (1.5 gpg). Downing and Correale hail from British Columbia, while Block is from California.

Tough "Road" Ahead for the Wildcats; Two Home Games in February: UNH will play the final four games of February on the road starting with PC and BC this week. The 'Cats have four-straight home games in March to end the regular season.

Wildcats Own Nation's 2nd ranked Penalty Kill: UNH continues to be the nation's best team on the penalty kill. The team has killed off 78-86 power play opportunities four short-handed goals in that span. UNH has allowed just six power play goals since the being of November.

Best in the Third, Period.: UNH is outscoring opponents 30-14 in third period this season (+16). The 'Cats 14 goals allowed in the third is seven less than its next closest competition. Additionally, UNH holds a commanding 20-8 (+12) margin in the third period in Hockey East play. The team is 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Henrion League Leading 116 Shots: John Henrion has a league-best 116 shots on net. NU's Kevin Roy is second with 114 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.13)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    31    21-3-4    .8214    1    .5885    1    13-2-3    .8056
2    Minnesota    30    19-5-4    .7500    2    .5687    2    9-4-3    .6562
3t    Miami    28    18-7-5    .6833    5t    .5564    3    13-5-4    .6818
3t    Boston College    28    17-7-2    .6923    4    .5547*    5    8-3-2    .6923
5    UNH    27    16-7-3    .6731    7    .5547    4    11-6-2    .6316
6t    North Dakota    26    16-8-6    .6333    9    .5470    6    11-8-4    .5652
6t    Western Mich.    26    18-7-5    .6833    5t    .5454    7    9-4-1    .6786
8    St. Cloud State    24    18-11-1    .6167    11t    .5453*    8    12-9-1    .5682
9    Yale    23    13-7-3    .6304    10    .5424    9    6-6-3    .5000
10    Minnesota State    21    18-9-3    .6500    8    .5422*    10    9-9-1    .5000
11    Niagara    20    18-5-5    .7321    3    .5381*    11    2-2-0    .5000
12t    Denver    18    15-9-5    .6034    13    .5351    12    8-8-4    .5000
12t    Notre Dame    18    18-11-1    .6167    11t    .5335    13    6-8-1    .4333
12t    Dartmouth    18    11-8-4    .5652    18    .5286    14    7-6-2    .5333
12t    Alaska    18    13-11-4    .5357    23t    .5223    16    10-8-2    .5500
12t    Boston Univ.    18    13-12-1    .5192    28    .5175    18    9-7-1    .5588
17    Mass-Lowell    15    14-9-2    .6000    14    .5283    15    3-7-0    .3000
18t    Neb-Omaha    12    16-12-2    .5667    17    .5196    17    6-10-1    .3824
18t    Union    12    13-10-5    .5536    19t    .5153    21    5-5-3    .5000
20t    Merrimack    10    13-10-5    .5536    19t    .5172    19    5-7-1    .4231
20t    Wisconsin    10    12-9-7    .5536    19t    .5168    20    4-9-3    .3438
20t    Northern Mich.    10    12-14-4    .4667    36    .5054    28    10-11-3    .4792
23t    Rensselaer    9    12-11-5    .5179    29t    .5141*    22    6-9-4    .4211
23t    Ferris State    9    14-12-4    .5333    27    .5128    23    5-9-2    .3750
23t    Colgate    9    13-11-4    .5357    23t    .5114    24    5-7-2    .4286
26t    Ohio State    7    12-12-6    .5000    31t    .5100    25    5-9-5    .3947
26t    St. Lawrence    7    13-11-4    .5357    23t    .5060    27    5-6-2    .4615
28    Providence    5    10-10-6    .5000    31t    .5088    26    3-8-4    .3333
29    Brown    3    9-9-5    .5000    31t    .5038    30    2-8-4    .2857
30t    Holy Cross    2    14-10-2    .5769    15    .5045    29    2-5-1    .3125
30t    Robert Morris    2    15-11-2    .5714    16    .5013    31    4-2-2    .6250
32    Colorado Coll.    0    11-14-5    .4500    37t    .5005    32    5-11-3    .3421

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
2/11            5    5    2nd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 11)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Quinnipiac                    (41)       21- 3-4       983         2
 2     Minnesota                     (9)       19- 5-4       949         1
 3     Miami                                    18- 7-5       874         3
 4     Boston College                           16- 7-2       819         5
 5     New Hampshire                        16- 7-3       779         4
 6     Western Michigan                     18- 7-5       748         6
 7     North Dakota                             16- 8-6       720         7
 8     St. Cloud State                          18-11-1       657         8
 9     Minnesota State                          18- 9-3       559        11
10     Yale                                     13- 6-3       557        10
11     Denver                                   15- 9-5       495         9
12     Notre Dame                               18-11-1       478        11
13     Boston University                        13-11-1       331        13
14     Massachusetts-Lowell                 14- 9-2       317        16
15     Niagara                                  18- 5-5       299        15
16     Nebraska-Omaha                       16-12-2       274        14
17     Dartmouth                                11- 8-4       216        17
18     Wisconsin                                12- 9-7       158        19
19     Merrimack                                13-10-5       151        20
20     Alaska                                   13-11-4        57        NR
Others receiving votes: Union 40, Providence 16, Ferris State 12, Northern Michigan 5, Colgate 2, St. Lawrence 2, Holy Cross 1, Rensselaer 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 11)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Quinnipiac University, 503 (28)    2    21-3-4    10
2    University of Minnesota, 470 (6)    1    19-5-4    19
3    Miami University, 424        3    18-7-5    19
4    Boston College, 402        4    16-7-2    19
5    New Hampshire, 377        5    16-7-3    16
6    Western Michigan University, 338    6    18-7-5    19
7     University of North Dakota, 316    7    16-8-6    19
8    St. Cloud State University, 259    10    18-11-1    7
9    Yale University, 238        9    13-6-3    10
10    Minnesota State University, 185    13    18-9-3    6
11    University of Denver, 164    8    15-9-5    19
12    University of Notre Dame, 136    12    18-11-1    19
13    Boston University, 78        11    13-11-1    19
14    Niagara University, 70        14    18-5-5    2
15    UMass-Lowell, 55        NR    14-9-2    10
Others receiving votes: University of Nebraska-Omaha, 29; Dartmouth College, 13; Merrimack College, 9; University of Alaska, 7; University of Wisconsin, 7.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    28-36-64    32%-24%-27%
Juniors:    29-59-88    33%-40%-37%
Sophomores:    24-41-65    28%-28%-28%
Freshmen:    6-13-19    7%-9%-8%

To This Point: A comparison through 26 games between this season and the last three seasons.
    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     13-9-4    17-5-4    10-14-2    16-7-3
HE Record    12-4-3    15-2-2    7-11-1    11-6-2
Goals scored    88    96    80    87
Goals scored/PG    3.38    3.69    3.08    3.35
Goals Allowed    82    64    81    60
Goals Allowed/PG    3.15    2.46    3.12    2.31
Shots    788    894    853    915
Shots Allowed    851    812    768    781
Power Play    17.9%     20.9%    19.4%    17.5%
    (20-112)    (24-115)    (19-98)    (17-97)
Penalty Kill    79.3%     80.0%    81.4%    90.7%
    (88-111)    (72-90)    (70-86)    (78-86)
Top 3 Scorers    Butler    Thompson    Moses    Goumas
    18-18-36    23-19-42    19-11-30    10-22-32
    Kessel    Sislo    Sorkin    Downing
    6-24-30    10-26-36    6-23-29    11-10-21
    Thomp.    DeSimone    Goumas    TVR
    15-13-28    5-26-31    6-17-23    6-14-20

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/11): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        12th    1.22 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             8th    0.85 apg
Power Play Goals:         
Austin Block     19th     5 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            11th    0.77 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           22nd           2.21 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         21st          .926
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     7th    .717
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          7th               3.35 g/gm
Scoring Defense         13th       2.31 g/gm
Scoring Margin            3rd        1.04
Power Play                   27th       17.5 pct
Penalty Kill                   2nd        90.7 pct
Combined Special Teams   19th      51.9 pct
Team Winning Percentage 7th    .673

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/11): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas         3rd (32 pts)     5th (21 pts)
        Grayson Downing   12th (21pts)    NR
Goals:       Austin Block        8th (11g)       8th (8g)
        Grayson Downing 8th (11g)     NR
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (22a)     4th (14a)
        T. van Riemsdyk   10th (14a)      8th (11a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     2nd (5g)     1st (4g)
        John Henrion        NR        10th (2g)
        Eric Knodel           NR          10th (2g)
        Kevin Goumas       NR         10th (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)     1st (2g)
        Trevor van Riemsdyk   5th (1shg)    NR
GW Goals:     Austin Block       9th (2g)     NR
        Dalton Speelman 9th (2g)             NR
        Kevin Goumas       9th (2g)             NR
        T. van Riemsdyk     9th (2g)     NR
        John Henrion     9th (2g)     3rd (2g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (20 pts)     1st (13 pts)
        Connor Hardowa 6th (14pts)     10th (9 pts)
        Eric Knodel          NR        10th (9 pts)
        Justin Agosta        NR         10th (9 pts)    
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas     3rd (+17)     3rd (+10)
        Dalton Speelman    NR        8th (+9)
        Grayson Downing 8th (+12)     8th (+9)
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st (116)     1st (91)
        Austin Block     5th (89)     6th (67)
        Kevin Goumas        NR        10th (62)
Faceoff %:     John Henrion     2nd (.614)     2nd (.616)
        Jeff Silengo     4th (.596)     1st (.619)
        Jay Camper     10th (.553)     NR
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (2.21)     1st (1.91)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.926)     1st (.940)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     1st (.717)     1st (.706)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/11):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.35/2nd     3.11/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.31/1st     2.05/1st
Power Play         17.5/3rd     18.4/2nd
Penalty Kill         90.7/1st    91.9/1st
Special Teams Net           +12/1st     +11/1st
1st Period Scoring          21/1st      14/2nd
2nd Period Scoring       35/1st      25/1st
3rd Period Scoring        30/3rd         20/3rd
Overtime Scoring           1/1st            0/2nd

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
Sun. Feb. 10     vs. Providence     T, 3-3 OT            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 - Germany)
Matt Fornataro: Västerås (Allsvenskan - Sweden)
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 - Sweden)
Blake Kessel: Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Damon Kipp: South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 (ET - Finland)
Peter LeBlanc: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Kevin McCarey: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Biel (NLA - Switzerland)
Steve Moses: Jokerit (ET - Finland)
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 - Sweden)
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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