No. 5 Men's Hockey Entertains Massachusetts for Two-Game Home Series (Fri - 7:30 - WBIN/FCS Atlantic) (Sat - 7:00 - WBIN/FCS Atlantic)

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#5/5 UNH (17-8-5, 12-7-3 HEA) vs. Massachusetts (11-17-2, 8-14-1 HEA)
Friday, March 1 -- 7:30 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.
Saturday, March 2 -- 7 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.

Television
FOX College Sports & WBIN - Friday, March 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
FOX College Sports & WBIN - Saturday, March 2 - 7 p.m.
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, March 1 - 7:30 p.m.  (7:00 p.m. pregame show)
Nate Bridges (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)
Saturday, March 2 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)

Flagship Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester)
The Wave - 96.7 FM (Portsmouth) - The Sports Animal 930 AM (Rochester)

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

Scouting the Minutemen: Massachusetts enters this weekend's two game series with UNH at 11-17-2 overall and 8-14-1 in Hockey East.  The Minutemen played Maine last weekend and suffered a 0-2 loss on Friday, but bounced back with a 5-2 win on Saturday.  Maine evened the score to 2-2 in the second period, but Massachusetts retaliated with three goals during the third period.  The Minutemen finished the night with a 27-25 shot advantage and won 32 of 58 face-offs.  Four Massachusetts players had multi-point nights against Maine in this series.  Earlier in that week, Massachusetts suffered a tough loss to Northeastern in overtime.  At the end of the third period, the score was tied at 4-4 and with 56 seconds remaining in overtime Northeastern scored the game-winner.  Overall, Massachusetts is 2-5-0 over the last seven games.  Offensively, the Minutemen are led by Branden Gracel a junior with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points.  Following closely behind is Michael Pereira, a junior with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points.  At the start of the season, the Minutemen mainly used the sophomore goalie, Kevin Boyle but as of late Steve Mastalerz has seen more playing time.  Boyle is 8-10-2 with a 2.73 GAA and a .897 save percentage in 20 games.  Sophomore Mastalerz is 3-6-0 with a 3.25 GAA and a .884 save percentage in 11 games this season.      

Series History vs. Massachusetts: UNH has a 81-20-8 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 109 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH has captured the past two season series with Massachusetts by posting a 6-3-1 mark over the last 10 meetings. UMass won this year's only meeting 2-1 in overtime at Mullins Center. UNH is 11-3-3 in the last 16 meetings with the Minutemen.  Coach Umile owns a 42-12-7 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Junior Kevin Goumas is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with eight points in six games. Casey DeSmith is 1-2-0 against UMass with a 2.97 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Minutemen:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas    7    2-6-8
Brett Kostolansky    10    1-3-4
Nick Sorkin    7    2-2-4
Greg Burke    6    1-2-3
Trevor van Riemsdyk    4    2-0-2
Grayson Downing    4    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    7    0-2-2
John Henrion    8    1-1-2
Austin Block    9    0-2-2
Dalton Speelman    6    1-1-2
Matt Willows    3    0-1-1
Jay Camper    2    0-1-1
Casey Thrush    3    0-1-1
Eric Knodel    4    0-1-1
Connor Hardowa    9    0-1-1
Scott Pavelski    5    0-0-0
Justin Agosta    4    0-0-0
Dan Correale         1    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    1    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    3/181:38    9    2.97    1-2-0    110    .924

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Minutemen
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
2-24-12        60:00    W    48    3    51
2-25-12        58:30    L    28    4    32
11-2-12        63:08    L    34    2    36
Totals        181:38    1-2-0    110    9    119

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (Feb.27)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    31    23-4-5    .7969    1    .5816    1    14-3-4    .7619
2    Minnesota    30    21-6-5    .7344    2t    .5641    2    10-5-3    .6389
3    Miami    29    21-8-5    .6912    4    .5550    3    14-6-4    .6667
4    UNH    27    17-8-5    .6500    7t    .5482    4    11-7-3    .5952
5t    North Dakota    26    17-9-6    .6250    10    .5455    6    12-9-4    .5600
5t    Boston College    26    18-9-3    .6500    7t    .5420*    9    9-5-3    .6176
7    Minnesota State    25    20-9-3    .6719    5    .5460*    5    9-9-1    .5000
8    Niagara    23    21-6-5    .7344    2t    .5427*    8    3-3-0    .5000
9t    Mass-Lowell    22    19-9-2    .6667    6    .5448    7    6-7-0    .4615
9t    Western Mich.    22    18-8-8    .6471    9    .5384    11    9-5-4    .6111
11    St. Cloud State    21    19-12-1    .6094    11    .5412*    10    13-10-1    .5625
12t    Denver    18    16-10-5    .5968    13    .5367    12    9-9-4    .5000
12t    Dartmouth    18    13-10-4    .5556    20    .5216    16    9-6-2    .5882
14t    Notre Dame    16    19-12-3    .6029    12    .5329    13    7-9-3    .4474
14t    Yale    16    14-10-3    .5741    17    .5281    14    6-9-3    .4167
14t    Rensselaer    16    15-12-5    .5469    22t    .5202    17    9-9-4    .5000
17t    St. Lawrence    13    16-12-4    .5625    18    .5153    19    6-7-2    .4667
17t    Boston Univ.    13    15-14-2    .5161    28    .5142    22    10-9-1    .5250
17t    Robert Morris    13    18-12-2    .5938    14t    .5117    24    5-3-2    .6000
17t    Alaska    13    14-14-4    .5000    29t    .5062    26    10-8-2    .5500
21    Union    12    15-12-5    .5469    22t    .5147    21    7-6-3    .5312
22    Neb-Omaha    11    18-12-2    .5938    14t    .5235    15    6-10-1    .3824
23    Ferris State    10    15-13-4    .5312    26t    .5119    23    5-9-2    .3750
24    Ohio State    9    13-14-7    .4853    31    .5040    27    6-9-6    .4286
25t    Providence    7    13-10-7    .5500    21    .5193    18    4-8-5    .3824
25t    Wisconsin    7    14-11-7    .5469    22t    .5152    20    5-10-3    .3611
25t    Northern Mich.    7    14-16-4    .4706    36    .5014    31    10-11-3    .4792
28    Colgate    6    14-14-4    .5000    29t    .5032    28    6-9-2    .4118
29    Merrimack    5    14-12-6    .5312    26t    .5108    25    6-9-2    .4118
30    Colorado Coll.    2    12-15-5    .4531    40    .5028    29    6-12-3    .3571
31t    Holy Cross    1    17-12-3    .5781    16    .5020    30    2-5-1    .3125
31t    Brown    1    10-11-6    .4815    34    .5004    32    2-10-5    .2647

Wildcats Stamp Ticket to Hockey East Postseason for League-Best 25-Straight Seasons: By virtue of its 4-3 win over Vermont on Feb. 22, the Wildcats have punched their ticket to the Hockey East playoffs for a league-best 25-straight seasons.

Home Sweet Home: After playing just two home games in February, the Wildcats will play the final four games of the regular season at home. The Wildcats are 9-3-1 at home this season.

Four "Control their Own Destiny": After Tuesday night's makeup games, there are four team atop the league standings that can control their own destiny by winning the final four games of the regular season to ensure at least a share of the conference's regular season championship.

Smoother Road: UNH was just 5-11-3 on the road in 2011-12. The Wildcats concluded the 2012-13 season with a 7-5-4 road mark.

View from the Top; First Time Since February 2011: UNH captured first place with a three-point weekend. It marks the first time since February 25, 2011 the Wildcats were first in the Hockey East standings.

Six Teams Separated by Two Points: The race of home-ice and the Hockey East regular season title could not get much closer. Just two points separate first place from sixth place. UNH, Boston College, UMass-Lowell and Providence (28 pts) are tied for first place. Merrimack is just one point behind the trio with 27 points, while Boston University is in sixth place with 26 points.

Where They Can Finish: UNH can finish no worse than sixth place in the regular season, matching last year's finish. New Hampshire has already ensured that it will finish ahead of Vermont, Northeastern, Massachusetts and Maine.

'Cats Own Three-Game Unbeaten Streak: The Wildcats are riding a three-game unbeaten streak. Here is a look at the longest unbeaten streaks in the country.
Current Unbeaten Streak:              W- L- T          Games
    Providence                            3- 0- 4              7
    UMass Lowell                          5- 0- 0              5
    Minnesota State                       4- 0- 0              4
    Cornell                               3- 0- 1              4
    New Hampshire                     1- 0- 2              3
    Connecticut                           3- 0- 0              3
    Robert Morris                         3- 0- 0              3
    Holy Cross                            2- 0- 1              3
    Quinnipiac                            2- 0- 1              3
    Notre Dame                            1- 0- 2              3

Working Overtime: UNH has played overtime in three of the last five games and eight times overall this year. The 'Cats are 1-1-6 in those games this season.

Powerful Power Play: UNH scored four power play goals over the weekend against Vermont. The Wildcats netted three power play goals for the first time since Dec. 5, 2010 when the Wildcats went 3-for-7 in a 5-1 win over Vermont. UNH was 3-for-8 last night.

van Riemsdyk Produces in Vermont: Trevor van Riemsdyk setup three of UNH's four goals on Friday night and netted New Hampshire's lone goal on Saturday at Vermont. He has four multi-assist efforts this season.

Record When TVR Contributes Offensively: UNH is 11-0-4 when van Riemsdyk has a point. The squad is 9-0-3 when the defenseman has an assist with a 5-0-1 mark when he lights the lamp.

4 Score: UNH has scored four goals or more 15 times this season with a 13-1-1 mark in those games.

'Cats Allow A Season Low 14 Shots: UNH allowed just 14 shot on net in a 4-3 win over the Catamounts.

Wildcats and Black Bears Flex for NESN: NESN has decided to flex one of the greatest rivalries in college hockey for the regular season finale. UNH and Maine will now be played March 9 at 4 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. The border war will follow Bruins' hockey and preceed Red Sox baseball.

Block Party: Austin Block matched a career-high with two goals on Friday night. The senior is enjoying a breakout season with 13 goals and three multi-goal efforts this season. Block has six power play goals this season.

Willows Lights the Lamp for Second-Consecutive Game: After scoring just one goal in his first 38 games, Matt Willows has goals in back-to-back games.

When Leading After Two: UNH is 13-0-1 when leading after two periods.

DeSmith Leads Hockey East in All Major Categories: Casey DeSmith leads Hockey East in every goaltending category.
Goals Against Average:    Overall    Hockey East
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (2.20)     1st (1.96)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.925)     1st (.935)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     2nd (6.85)     1st (.667)

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
2/18            5    5    3rd
2/25            5    5    1st

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 25)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Quinnipiac                    (37)       23- 4-5       975         1
 2     Minnesota                     (10)       21- 6-5       948         2
 3     Miami                         ( 2)       21- 8-5       907         3
 4     Boston College                ( 1)       18- 8-3       835         4
 5     New Hampshire                        17- 8-5       770         5
 6     North Dakota                             17- 9-6      734         6
 7     St. Cloud State                          19-12-1       670         7
 8     Western Michigan                     18- 8-8       650         8
 9     Minnesota State                          20- 9-3       635         9
10    Denver                                   16-10-5       515        10
11     Notre Dame                               19-12-3       489        11
12     Massachusetts-Lowell                 18- 9-2       487        12
13     Nebraska-Omaha                       18-12-2       356        14
14     Niagara                                  21- 6-5       335        16
15     Yale                                     14-10-3       323        13
16     Wisconsin                                14-10-7       237        18
17     Merrimack                                14-11-6       199        17
18     Dartmouth                                13-10-4       119        19
19     Boston University                        14-14-2       112        15
20     Providence                               13-10-7        80        NR
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer 57, St. Lawrence 36, Union 14, Ferris State 12, Alaska 3, Robert Morris 2.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 25)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Quinnipiac University, 506 (30)    1    23-4-5    12
2    University of Minnesota, 471 (3)    2    21-6-5    21
3    Miami University, 447 (1)    3    21-8-5    21
4    Boston College, 406        4    18-8-3    21
5    New Hampshire, 368        5    17-8-5    18
6     University of North Dakota, 333    6    17-9-6    21
7    Minnesota State University, 261    9    20-9-3    8
8    Western Michigan University, 260    7    18-8-8    21
9    St. Cloud State University, 257    8    19-12-1    9
10    UMass-Lowell, 179        12    18-9-2    12
11    University of Denver, 166    10    16-10-5    21
12    University of Notre Dame, 134    11    19-12-3    21
13    Niagara University, 107        15    21-6-5    4
14    Yale University, 82        14    14-10-3    12
15    Nebraska-Omaha, 50        NR    18-12-2    12
Others receiving votes: Merrimack College, 24; Providence College, 12; Dartmouth College, 8; University of Wisconsin, 6; Boston University, 2; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1.

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    30-39-69    31%-24%-26%
Juniors:    31-63-94    32%-38%-36%
Sophomores:    28-48-76    29%-29%-29%
Freshmen:    7-15-22    7%-9%-8%

To This Point: A comparison through 30 games between this season and the 2007-08 season.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     21-7-2    16-9-5    15-10-5    18-7-5    12-15-3    17-8-5
HE Record    17-4-2    12-7-4    14-5-4    16-4-3    9-12-2    12-7-4
Goals scored    105    91    104    108    90    96
Goals scored/PG    3.50    3.03    3.47    3.60    3.00    3.20
Goals Allowed    72    85    97    74    90    69
Goals Allowed/PG    2.40    2.83    3.23    2.47    3.00    2.30
Shots    922    998    996    1,030    986    1,030
Shots Allowed    887    888    920    953    886    886
Power Play    19.4%     13.3%    16.9%    20.8%    19.3%    18.0%
    (28-144)    (22-165)    (22-130)    (27-130)    (21-109)    (22-122)
Penalty Kill    87.2%     82.9%    78.9%    82.6%    82.2%    89.9%
    (136-156)    (131-158)    (97-123)    (90-109)    (74-90)    (89-99)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    van Riem    Butler    Thomp.    Moses    Goumas
    13-26-39    10-21-34    24-20-44    24-22-46    20-12-32    10-24-34
    Radja    Butler              Thompson    Sislo    Sorkin    Downing
    18-20-38    7-17-24         15-17-32    10-29-39    6-25-31    12-13-25
    JVR    Sislo                Kessel    DeSimone    Goumas    TVR
    11-14-25    17-6-23         6-25-31    8-26-34    7-18-25    7-18-25

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/25): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        15th    1.13 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             8th    0.67 apg
Power Play Goals:         
Austin Block     12th     6 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            26th    0.67 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           20th           2.20 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         21st          .925
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     9th    .685
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    4
Team
Scoring Offense          13th               3.22 g/gm
Scoring Defense         8th       2.30 g/gm
Scoring Margin            4th        0.96
Power Play                   24th       18.03 pct
Penalty Kill                   3rd        89.9 pct
Combined Special Teams   20th      51.3 pct
Team Winning Percentage 5th    .650

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/25): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas    4th (37 pts)        5th (23 pts)
        Grayson Downing12th (25pts)       NR
        T. van Riemsdyk    12th (25 pts)     18th (18 pts)
Goals:       Austin Block    8th (13g)              6th (10g)       
Assists:       Kevin Goumas    1st (24a)     3rd (16a)
        T. van Riemsdyk       7th (18a)      6th (15a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     1st (6g)     1st (5g)
        Eric Knodel           NR          9th (3g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing1st (3shg)     1st (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    6th (1shg)         NR
GW Goals:     John Henrion     NR     3rd (2g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (25 pts)     1st (18 pts)
        Eric Knodel          NR        6th (12 pts)    
Plus-Minus:     Kevin Goumas     5th (+16)     NR
        Grayson Downing8th (+13)     6th (+10)
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     2nd (126)     1st (101)
        Austin Block     7th (102)     6th (80)
Faceoff %:     John Henrion     1st (.623)     2nd (.625)
        Jeff Silengo     5th (.589)     3rd (.609)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (2.20)     1st (1.96)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.925)     1st (.935)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     2nd (6.85)     1st (.667)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/25):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.20/2nd     2.96/3rd
Scoring Defense            2.30/1st     2.09/1st
Power Play         18.0/3rd     18.8/2nd
Penalty Kill         89.9/1st    90.7/1st
Special Teams Net           +15/1st     +14/1st
1st Period Scoring          23/1st      16/2nd
2nd Period Scoring       39/2nd      29/1st
3rd Period Scoring        33/2nd         23/2nd
Overtime Scoring           1/2nd           0/3rd

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.

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     W, 4-3            NESN
Sat. Feb 23     at Vermont     T, 1-1 OT            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
Sat. Mar. 9     vs. Maine     4:00 p.m.             NESN

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Mike Beck: Frisk Asker (Norway)
Bobby Butler: New Jersey Devils (NHL)
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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