March 12, 2013

No. 7 Men's Hockey Travels to Fourth-Seeded Providence College for Best-of-Three Hockey East Quarterfinals

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#7/7 UNH (18-9-7, 13-8-6 HEA) at #17/RV Providence (15-12-7, 13-8-6 HEA)
Friday, March 15 -- 7:00 p.m. -  Schneider Arena (3,030) | Providence, R.I.
Saturday, March 16 -- 4:00 p.m. -  Schneider Arena (3,030) | Providence, R.I.
(if necessary) Sunday, March 17 -- 4:30 p.m. -  Schneider Arena (3,030)

Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, March 15- 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. pregame show)
Saturday, March 16 - 4:00 p.m.  (3:30 p.m. pregame show)
Sunday, March 17 - 4:30 p.m.  (4:00 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)

Tickets: On Sale Now!
Please Note: Only games 1 and 2 are on sale through the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office. Game 3 (if necessary) will go on sale immediately following game 2 through the Providence College Box Office.

Price: $15.00 To purchase tickets visit or call the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office at 603-862-4000, extension 5. Tickets will be available through the box Office until Wednesday, March 13th at 5:00 PM

Scouting the Friars: The Friars are coming off a split-weekend series with regular season champion UMass Lowell. Providence secured a 3-0 victory over the River Hawks on the road on Friday, but fell 4-1 in Saturday's game. Junior Derek Army leads the squad in goals (13) and adds 10 assists for 23 points. He has a pair of power play goals and a game winner. Sophomore Ross Mauermann has the same point total, stemming from 12 goals and 11 assists. He has three power play tallies and game-winning goals. Senior Tim Schaller has 21 points on seven goals and a team-leading 14 assists on the year. Rookie Mark Jankowski has lit the lamp six times and dished out 10 assists for 16 points. Freshman goalie Jon Gillies has made starts in all 31 games he has played this season and posts a record of 15-10-6 with five shutouts. He has a goals against average of 2.06 and a save percentage of .932. Russ Stein has started three of the four games he has seen the ice in and has a record of 0-2-1, a goals against average of 4.05 and a save percentage of .879.

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 82-52-15. Coach Umile owns a 51-23-8 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 regular season series 0-2-1. Dalton Speelman is the active leader in scoring with seven points in eight games. Sophomore Casey DeSmith is 3-1-1 with a 1.98 GAA and a .942 save percentage.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Friars:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Dalton Speelman    8    3-4-7
Nick Sorkin    9    2-3-5
John Henrion    12    2-3-5
Kevin Goumas    8    1-4-5
Eric Knodel    6    1-3-4
Justin Agosta    6    0-4-4
Grayson Downing    6    2-2-4
Connor Hardowa    10    1-2-3
Brett Kostolansky    12    0-3-3
Casey Thrush    6    1-2-3
Maxim Gaudreault    3    1-2-3
Scott Pavelski    7    1-1-2
Greg Burke    8    2-0-2
Austin Block    11    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    6    1-0-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    6    0-1-1
Dan Correale    3    1-0-1
Jay Camper    4    0-0-0
Matt Willows    5    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    6/334:11    11    1.98    3-1-1    180    .942
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
2-13-13        58:35    L    33    1    34
Total        334:11    3-1-1    180    11    191

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

SCORING LEADERS IN HE QUARTERFINALS
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas     5     1-4-5
Austin Block     4     1-2-3
Connor Hardowa     8     1-2-3
Casey Thrush    1    2-0-2
Grayson Downing    3    1-1-2
Nick Sorkin     5     1-1-2
Brett Kostolansky     5     0-2-2
Matt Willows    3    0-2-2
Greg Burke     6     1-0-1
Justin Agosta    3    0-1-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman     5     0-0-0
John Henrion     7     0-0-0
Scott Pavelski     5     0-0-0
Jeff Silengo     4     0-0-0
Eric Knodel    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats in HE Quarterfinals
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    3/228:04    11    2.89    1-2-0    114    .912

DeSmith Game-by-Game in Hockey East Quarterfinals

Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
3-9-12        82:00    W    32    2    34
3-10-12        58:22    L    32    4    36
3-11-12        86:42    L    50    5    55
Totals        228:04    1-2-0    114    11    125

SCORING LEADERS IN HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Kevin Goumas     5     1-4-5
Austin Block     4     1-2-3
Connor Hardowa     8     1-2-3
Casey Thrush    1    2-0-2
Grayson Downing    3    1-1-2
Nick Sorkin     5     1-1-2
Brett Kostolansky     5     0-2-2
Matt Willows    3    0-2-2
Greg Burke     6     1-0-1
Justin Agosta    3    0-1-1
Trevor van Riemsdyk    3    0-1-1
Dalton Speelman     5     0-0-0
John Henrion     7     0-0-0
Scott Pavelski     5     0-0-0
Jeff Silengo     4     0-0-0
Eric Knodel    3    0-0-0
Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    3/228:04    11    2.89    1-2-0    114    .912

DeSmith Game-by-Game in Hockey East Tournament
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
3-9-12        82:00    W    32    2    34
3-10-12        58:22    L    32    4    36
3-11-12        86:42    L    50    5    55
Totals        228:04    1-2-0    114    11    125

UNH vs. Providence in Hockey East Playoffs: UNH is 10-4-0 lifetime against Providence in the Hockey East playoffs. The 'Cats are 8-4-0 lifetime in the Hockey East quarterfinals including a 2-0-0 sweep in their last meeting in 2007 at the Whittemore Center.

Close Calls: Six of UNH's nine losses have been by one goal this season. The Wildcats have played to seven ties and have won four one-goal games. Overall, the team has played in 17 games that ended in tie or were decided by one goal.

Knodel Continues to Be Red Hot: Eric Knodel registered a pair of goals, both on the power play, this weekend. He scored the game-tying goal at 16:22 of the third period. Knodel has points in six of the last seven games with three goals and five assists in that stretch. Knodel is one of five UNH players with 10 goals and is the first UNH blue liner with double-digit goals since Blake Kessel did so in 2009-10.

van Riemsdyk Leads Hockey East in Defensive Scoring: Trevor van Riemsdyk had four assists over the weekend with a pair of helpers each night. The sophomore defenseman finished with a league-best 22 points, five more than his closest competition. Additionally, van Riemsdyk's 29 points overall is five more than BC's Michael Matheson.

Powerful Power Play: The UNH power play has been red hot with goals in eight-straight games including a three-goal outpouring at Vermont on Feb. 22. New Hampshire has scored a power play goal in 14 of its 18 wins.

Back on the Kill: After allowing a pair of power play goals on Feb. 17, the Wildcat penalty kill got back on track blanking opponents in six-straight games and 22-straight power play opportunities. UNH is second in the nation in penalty kill with a 91.3 percent kill rate.

Working Overtime: UNH has played overtime in five of the last nine games and nine times overall this year. The 'Cats are 1-1-7 in those games this season.

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (March 11)
Rk.    Team    PR    W-L-T    Win %    Rk    RPI     Rk.    TUC    TUC %
1    Quinnipiac    31    24-5-5    .7794    1    .5757    1    15-2-4    .8095
2    Minnesota    30    24-7-5    .7361    2    .5654    2    12-6-3    .6429
3    Miami    29    22-9-5    .6806    4    .5526    3    12-6-2    .6500
4    Mass-Lowell    27    22-10-2    .6765    5    .5465    4    9-8-0    .5294
5t    North Dakota    25    19-10-7    .6250    10t    .5423    6    13-10-4    .5556
5t    Denver    25    19-11-5    .6143    12    .5408    7    13-10-4    .5556
5t    Boston College    25    20-10-4    .6471    7    .5407*    8    10-6-3    .6053
8    UNH    24    18-9-7    .6324    9    .5401    10    11-7-3    .5952
9    Minnesota State    22    22-11-3    .6528    6    .5434*    5    11-11-1    .5000
10t    Western Mich    21    19-9-8    .6389    8    .5386    11    7-5-4    .5625
10t    Yale    21    16-10-3    .6034    14    .5343    12    8-8-3    .5000
10t    St. Cloud State    21    21-14-1    .5972    16    .5338*    13    14-9-1    .6042
13t    Niagara    18    21-8-5    .6912    3    .5329*    14    4-4-0    .5000
13t    Rensselaer    18    17-12-5    .5735    18t    .5260    15    9-10-4    .4783
15    Notre Dame    16    21-12-3    .6250    10t    .5402    9    5-9-3    .3824
16t    Union    15    17-12-5    .5735    18t    .5207    17    7-7-3    .5000
16t    Boston Univ    15    18-15-2    .5429    25    .5169    20    10-9-1    .5250
18t    Wisconsin    13    17-12-7    .5694    20    .5208    16    8-9-3    .4750
18t    Dartmouth    13    15-12-5    .5469    23    .5177    19    8-7-3    .5278
20    Robert Morris    12    20-12-4    .6111    13    .5134    22    5-6-2    .4615
21t    Providence    11    15-12-7    .5441    24    .5187    18    6-10-5    .4048
21t    Alaska    11    17-16-4    .5135    30    .5068    26    8-7-2    .5294
23    Cornell    10    14-14-3    .5000    31t    .5076    25    9-9-1    .5000
24    St. Lawrence    9    18-14-4    .5556    22    .5134    21    6-10-1    .3824
25    Air Force    8    17-11-7    .5857    17    .5062    28    6-5-1    .5417
26t    Ferris State    6    15-14-5    .5147    28    .5096    23    4-9-2    .3333
26t    Brown    6    13-12-6    .5161    27    .5079    24    3-10-5    .3056
28t    Holy Cross    5    19-12-3    .6029    15    .5063    27    3-6-1    .3500
28t    Ohio State    5    14-15-7    .4861    33t    .5049    30    5-8-6    .4211
30    Neb-Omaha    2    18-16-2    .5278    26    .5051    29    5-11-1    .3235
31t    Colorado Coll    1    14-17-5    .4583    37t    .5023    31    8-15-3    .3654
31t    Merrimack    1    15-15-6    .5000    31t    .5018    32    6-11-1    .3611

Scoring by Class: 2012-13 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    36-43-79    33%-23%-26%
Juniors:    34-74-108    31%-39%-36%
Sophomores:    31-57-88    28%-30%-29%
Freshmen:    8-16-24    7%-8%-8%

When Leading After Two: UNH is 14-0-2 when leading after two periods.

To this Point Last Year: A comparison through 34 games over the past few seasons.
    07-08    08-09    09-10    10-11    11-12    12-13
Record     23-8-3    19-10-5    16-11-7    19-9-6    14-17-3    18-9-7
HE Record    19-5-3    15-8-4    15-6-6    17-6-4    11-14-2    13-8-6
Goals scored    114    106    116    119    99    109
Goals scored/PG    3.40    3.12    3.41    3.50    2.91    3.21
Goals Allowed    79    99    108    87    99    79
Goals Allowed/PG    2.30    2.91    3.18    2.56    2.91    2.32
Shots    1107    1111    1128    1145    1116    1166
Shots Allowed    1051    1012    1030    1088    1027    1008
Power Play    18.2%     12.2%    16.9%    21.0%    18.8%    18.7%
    (30-165)    (22-181)    (24-142)      (30-143)    (22-117)    (26-139)
Penalty Kill    87.4%     82.8%    80.7%    81.5%    83.3%    91.3%
    (153-175)    (144-174) (109-135)(101-124)    (85-102)    (105-115)
Top 3 Scorers    Fornataro    JVR        Butler     Thomp.    Moses    Goumas
    14-27-41    15-22-37    25-22-47        26-23-49    21-13-34    10-28-38
    Radja    LeBlanc     Thompson    Sislo    Sorkin    TVR
    19-21-40    12-15-27  16-18-34    12-31-43    8-25-33    7-22-29
    JVR    Sislo              Kessel     DeSim.      Goumas    Downing
    11-15-26    18-8-26      8-25-33           9-27-36    8-23-31    13-14-27

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
3/4            4    4    2nd
3/11            7    7    3rd

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (March 11)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Quinnipiac University, 504 (31)    1    24-5-5    14
2    University of Minnesota, 478 (3)    2    24-7-5    23
3    Miami University, 447        3    22-9-5    23
4     University of North Dakota, 366    5    19-10-7    23
5    Boston College, 358        6    20-10-4    23
6    UMass-Lowell, 345        7    22-10-2    14
7    New Hampshire, 270        4    18-9-7    20
8    St. Cloud State University, 240    8    21-14-1    11
9    Western Michigan University, 233    9    19-9-8    23
10    University of Denver, 202    11    19-11-5    23
11    Minnesota State University, 198    10    22-11-3    10
12    University of Notre Dame, 166    12    21-12-3    23
13    Yale University, 118        13    16-10-3    14
14    Niagara University, 53        NR    21-8-5    5
15    University of Wisconsin, 46    14    17-12-7    4
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 24; Providence College, 18; Union College, 10; Boston University, 2; University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (March 11)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Quinnipiac                    (39)       24- 5-5       977         1
 2     Minnesota                     (11)       24- 7-5       956         2
 3     Miami                                    22- 9-5       903         3
 4     North Dakota                             19-10-7       784         5
 5     Boston College                           20-10-4       758         6
 6     Massachusetts-Lowell                 22-10-2       746         7
 7     New Hampshire                        18- 9-7       663         4
 8     St. Cloud State                          21-14-1       620         8
 9     Western Michigan                     19- 9-8       596         9
10     Minnesota State                          22-11-3       582        10
11     Denver                                   19-11-5       553        12
12     Notre Dame                               21-12-3       489        11
13     Yale                                     16-10-3       386        13
14     Wisconsin                                17-12-7       307        14
15     Niagara                                  21- 8-5       287        15
16     Rensselaer                               17-12-5       267        17
17     Providence                               15-12-7       178        18
18     Boston University                        18-15-2       154        19
19     Union                                    17-12-5       122        20
20     Nebraska-Omaha                       18-16-2        67        16
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth 54, St. Lawrence 18, Merrimack 12, Air Force 6, Robert Morris 6, Alaska 5, Michigan 3, Ferris State 1.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 3/11): Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:    
Kevin Goumas                        16th    1.12 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Kevin Goumas             8th    0.82 apg
Power Play Goals:         
Austin Block     20th     6 ppg
Short Handed Goals:         
Grayson Downing     1st                     3 shg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            4th    0.85 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith           22nd           2.23 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith         22nd          .924
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     13th    .661
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith     2nd    5
Team
Scoring Offense          12th               3.21 g/gm
Scoring Defense         10th       2.32 g/gm
Scoring Margin            5th        0.88
Power Play                   20th       18.7 pct
Penalty Kill                   2nd        91.3 pct
Combined Special Teams   19th      51.6 pct
Team Winning Percentage 9th    .632

Among the League Leaders (Thru 3/11): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas           4th (38 pts)    7th (27 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk      15th (29 pts) 16th (22 pts)
        Grayson Downing  18th (27pts)   NR
Goals:       Austin Block      10th (14g)      10th (11g)
        John Henrion       NR                     10th (11g)      
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     1st (28a)     3rd (20a)
        T. van Riemsdyk    4th (22a)      5th (19a)
PP Goals:     Austin Block     3rd (6g)     2nd (5g)
        Eric Knodel    NR    2nd (5g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing 1st (3shg)     1st (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk    6th (1shg)         NR
GW Goals:     John Henrion     4th (3g)     4th (3g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (29 pts)     1st (22 pts)
        Eric Knodel          4th (19 pts)        2nd (17 pts)    
Plus-Minus:     Grayson Downing 8th (+13)     9th (+10)
        Kevin Goumas     5th (+16)     NR
        Eric Knodel              NR                      NR
Shots on Goal:      John Henrion     1st(143)     1st (118)
        Austin Block     9th (111)     9th (89)
Faceoff %:     Jeff Silengo     3rd (.589)     1st (.609)
        John Henrion     1st (.601)     2nd (.601)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     4th (2.23)     2nd (2.04)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     4th (.924)     2nd (.933)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     3rd (.661)     2nd (.640)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 3/11):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.21/2nd     3.00/3rd
Scoring Defense            2.32/2nd     2.15/1st
Power Play         18.7/2nd     19.5/2nd
Penalty Kill         91.3/1st    92.3/1st
Special Teams Net           +18/1st     +17/1st
1st Period Scoring          24/7th      17/7th
2nd Period Scoring       44/2nd      34/1st
3rd Period Scoring        40/3rd         30/4th
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 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     T, 2-2 OT            WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Sat. Mar. 2     vs. Massachusetts     W, 4-0            WBIN | FOX College Sports Atlantic
Fri. Mar. 8     vs. Maine     L, 3-4            NBC Sports
Sat. Mar. 9     vs. Maine     T, 4-4 OT            NESN
Sat. Mar. 16     at Providence (HE Q-Finals)    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: Nashville Predators (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    
John Henrion    HE co-Player of the Week    3/4
Casey DeSmith    HE Defensive Player of the Week    3/4

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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