Men's Hockey Enters into Home-and-Home Series with Massachusetts (Fri - 7:30 - WBIN-TV;FCS) (Sat - 7 - @UMass)

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RV/RV UNH (1-5-1, 0-2-0 HEA) vs. UMass (3-4-1, 1-1-1 HE)
Friday, Nov. 8 - 7:30 p.m. - Whittemore Center (6,501) | Durham, N.H.
Saturday, Nov. 9 - 7 p.m. - Mullins Center (8,373) | Amherst, Mass.

Television
Friday, Nov. 8 - 7:30 p.m. WBIN-TV & FOX College Sports
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Friday, Nov. 8 - 7:30 p.m.  (7:00 pregame show)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)
Saturday, Nov. 9 - 7:00 p.m.  (6:30 pregame show)
Dan Parkhurst (Play by Play), Pete Webster (Analyst)
Stations: WGIR-610 AM (Manchester), WQSO- 96.7 FM (Portsmouth), WPKX 930 AM (Rochester) , WZEI 101.5 FM (Concord), WASR 1420 AM (Wolfeboro), WTSL 94.3, 94.5, 1400 (Claremont), WEEY 93.5 FM (Keene)

Scouting the Minutemen: Massachusetts enters Friday's game with a 3-4-1 record including a 1-1-1 against Hockey East teams. The Minutemen most recently defeated Maine 2-1 on Saturday after a tie and two losses in their three prior games (all versus the Black Bears). Massachusetts is unbeaten on its home ice this season, posting a 3-0-1 record. However, they have struggled on the road with a 0-4-0 mark away from Amherst. The Minutemen have scored 2.50 goals per game this year while allowing 3.00 per contest. Junior forward Troy Power is the team's leading scorer with seven points (including 4 goals) this season. Junior GK Steve Mastalerz has started seven of eight games this year for Massachusetts, totaling 217 saves. He is 3-3-1 with a 2.16 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

Series History vs. Massachusetts: UNH has a 82-20-9 lifetime record vs. Massachusetts in 111 all-time meetings dating back to Feb. 13, 1926. UNH and UMass split the season series last season with a 1-1-1 mark. UNH is 12-3-4 in the last 19 meetings with the Minutemen.  Coach Umile owns a 43-12-8 all-time record against UMass in his coaching career. Junior Kevin Goumas is the active scoring leader against the Minutemen with 11 points in nine games. Casey DeSmith is 2-2-1 against UMass with a 2.22 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Minutemen:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas    9    2-9-11
Nick Sorkin    9    2-4-6
Casey Thrush    5    0-4-4
Matt Willows    5    2-1-3
Eric Knodel    6    0-3-3
Trevor van Riemsdyk    6    2-0-2
Grayson Downing    6    1-1-2
Dalton Speelman    8    1-1-2
Jeff Silengo    7    0-2-2
Jay Camper    3    0-1-1
Justin Agosta    6    0-0-0
Dan Correale         3    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    3    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    2    0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats vs. Massachusetts
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    5/306:15    11    2.20    2-2-1    170    .935

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
3-1-13        64:37    T    35    2    37
3-2-13        60:00    W    25    0    25
Totals        306:15    2-2-1    170    11    181

Breaking the Career Century Mark: Kevin Goumas became the 71st Wildcat in program history to break the 100 point plateau with an assist on UNH's first goal Saturday night against UMass Lowell. He became the first 'Cat to accomplish the feat since Phil DeSimone in the 2010-11 season.

Sorkin Shines Despite Team's Slow Start: Nick Sorkin has been a bright spot in the Wildcats early struggles. The senior forward has  points in six of seven games this season with three goals and three assists.

Coming Up Blank: Netminder Casey DeSmith blanked Massachusetts in his last contest against the Minutemen. He made 25 saves in the effort, backboning New Hampshire to a 4-0 win.

Streaks: Seven Wildcats have tallied point streaks of at least two games or more this season. Nick Sorkin and Matt Willows have recorded points in the last three games while Kevin Goumas has registered points in the last two.

Stellar Start for TVR; 23rd Nationally in Defensive Scoring: After being named the first Wildcat blueliner selected as an All-American First Team since Blake Kessell in 2011, junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is off to another terrific start. His six points lead the team, but also rank the alternate captain 23rd in the nation for points per game by a defenseman.

Wildcats Difficult Opening Schedule Continues: The Wildcats are off to a difficult 1-5-1 start, but have played six straight games against nationally-ranked teams, and their only win was over now-ranked Clarkson. UNH's losses came to teams with a combined 28-8-4 record including top-ranked Minnesota, third-ranked Michigan, 12th-ranked Rensselaer and 14th-ranked UMass Lowell.

The Road Ahead - 12 Games in November: The month of November will be the busiest of the season for the Wildcats with 12 games on the calendar. The schedule includes three home-and-home series against Hockey East rivals UMass Lowell, Massachusetts, and Northeastern as well as back-to-back games against the Friars in Providence. UNH will host two midweek matchups against Ivy League opponents Brown and Harvard before heading to Colorado Springs for two games against the Colorado College Tigers to close out the month.

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 11/4): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
Kevin Goumas           T-55th    1.00 ppg
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             T-71st    0.71 apg
Game-Winning Goals:
Tyler Kelleher    T-17th    1 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk            23rd    0.86 ppg
Eric Knodel     T-41st    0.71 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Jeff Wyer         31st           2.42 gaa
Save Percentage:
Jeff Wyer        41st      .914
Winning Percentage:
Jeff Wyer         T-36th    .500
Team
Scoring Defense         T-30th       2.86 g/gm
Scoring Margin            41st      -0.57
Penalty Minutes    37th    11.9

Among the League Leaders (Thru 11/4): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Goals:    Kevin Goumas    T-11th (3g)        T-7th (1g)
        Nick Sorkin    T-11th (3g)        T-7th (1g)
Assists:       T. van Riemsdyk    T-12th (5 a)         -
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-20th (3 pp)         -
        Matt Willows    T-20th (3 pp)        T-3rd (2 pp)
PP Goals:    Kevin Goumas    T-4th (2g)        T-1st (1g)
GW Goals:     Tyler Kelleher     T-2nd (1g)         -
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     T-5th (0.86 ppg)     T-9th (0.50 ppg)
        Eric Knodel          T-8th (0.71 ppg)     T-9th (0.50 ppg)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel    4th (17 blk)         T-1st (8 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Jeff Silengo     6th (.611)         -
Goals Against Average:
        Jeff Wyer    10th (2.42)        -
        Casey DeSmith     16th (3.02)         13th (3.92)
Save Percentage:
        Jeff Wyer    12th (.914)        -
        Casey DeSmith    15th (.891)         13th (.843)
Winning Percentage:
        Jeff Wyer     T-10th (.500)         -

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 11/4):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       2.29/11th    2.50/T-5th
Scoring Defense            2.86/8th     4.00/T-9th
Power Play %         16.2/7th     15.4/5th
Penalty Kill %        74.2/11th    62.5/10th
1st Period Scoring          4/T-6th      1/6th
2nd Period Scoring       9/T-6th      2/T-4th
3rd Period Scoring        3/T-10th         2/T-3rd
Overtime Scoring           0/T-5th      0/T-2nd

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
9/23            13    NP    3rd (pre)
9/30            NP    13    3rd (pre)
10/7            12    NP    3rd (pre)
10/14        13    13    2nd
10/21        13    14    2nd
10/28        RV    RV    2nd
11/4            RV    RV    9th

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class    G-A-P    G-A-P %.
Seniors:    9-13-22    56-48-51
Juniors:    4-10-14    25-37-33
Sophomores:    2-3-5    13-11-12
Freshmen:    1-1-2    6-4-5

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 4)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    University of Minnesota, 510 (34)    1    5-0-1    6
2    University of Michigan, 447    4    6-1-1    6
3    University of Notre Dame, 380    2    6-2-0    6
4    St. Cloud State University, 379    8    5-0-1    6
5    Providence College, 370    3    5-1-1    6
6     Quinnipiac University, 364    9    8-1-0    6
7    Miami University, 356        5    5-2-1    6
8    Boston College, 315        7    4-2-1    6
9    Yale University, 193        11    2-1-1    6
10    University of North Dakota, 154    6    2-3-1    6
11    University of Mass.-Lowell, 153    14    5-3-0    5
12    University of Wisconsin, 137    12    3-2-1    6
13    Rensselaer, 128        10    5-2-1    3
14    Cornell University, 56        15    3-1-0    2
15    Clarkson University, 40        RV    7-2-1    1
Others receiving votes: Lake Superior State University, 39; Boston University, 22; Ferris State University, 11; University of Minnesota Duluth, 9; Union College, 8; Minnesota State University, 6; St. Lawrence University, 2; University of New Hampshire, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Nov. 4)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
1     Minnesota                     (50)        5- 0-1      1000         1
 2     Michigan                                  6- 1-1       900         4
 3     St. Cloud State                           5- 0-1       824         9
 4     Notre Dame                                6- 2-0       804         2
 5     Quinnipiac                                8- 1-0       791         7
 6     Providence                                5- 1-1       784         3
 7     Miami                                     5- 2-1       777         6
 8     Boston College                        4- 2-1       695         8
 9     Yale                                      2- 1-1       513        11
10    Rensselaer                                5- 2-1       486        10
11    North Dakota                          2- 3-1       478         5
12    Massachusetts-Lowell                  5- 3-0       452        15
13     Wisconsin                                 3- 2-1       434        13
14     Lake Superior                             4- 1-1       329        12
15     Cornell                                   3- 1-0       292        14
16     Clarkson                                  7- 2-1       252        17
17     Boston University                     4- 4-0       156        18
18     Minnesota State                       3- 3-0       144        16
19     Ferris State                              5- 2-0       107        NR
20     Minnesota-Duluth                      4- 3-1        79        20
Others receiving votes: Northeastern 54, St. Lawrence 34, Union 30, Harvard 22, New Hampshire 13, Bowling Green 11, Air Force 10, Alaska 10, Brown 8, Western Michigan 7, Nebraska-Omaha 4.

UNH Hockey on Television(Subject to change or additional):
DATE    GAME    Time/Result
Sat. Oct. 12    vs. Minnesota     L, 2-3
    FSN+
Fri. Oct. 18     vs. Michigan     T, 1-1 (OT)
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Oct. 19     vs. Michigan     L, 2-3 (OT)    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Nov. 2     vs. Mass.-Lowell    L, 2-3 (OT)    
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 8     vs. Massachusetts     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Tue. Nov. 12     vs. Brown     7:00 PM            Live Well Network | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 22     at Providence     7:00 PM            Cox Sports on OCN
Tue. Nov. 26     vs. Harvard     7:00 PM            Live Well Network | FOX College Sports
Sat. Dec. 7     vs. Boston College     7:00 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Jan. 3     vs. Neb.-Omaha    7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Jan 24    vs. Maine    7:30 PM
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Jan 25    at Maine    7:00 PM
    FOX College Sports | WFVX Fox 22
Fri. Jan. 31     vs. Notre Dame     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame    4:00 PM
    NESN
Fri. Feb. 7     vs. Vermont     7:30 PM            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Feb. 14    vs. Boston University    7:00 PM
    NBC Sports Network

'CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Mike Beck: Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Austin Block: HIFK (ET-Finland)
Bobby Butler: San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Matt Campanale: Manchester Monarchs (AHL)
Joe Charlebois: HC Bolzano (Austria)
Greg Collins: HYS The Hague (Netherlands)
Phil DeSimone: Jokerit (ET-Finland)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (DEL - Germany)
Matt Fornataro: Leksand (Allsvenskan - Sweden)
Brian Foster: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Milano Rossoblu (Italy)
Lanny Gare: Löwen Frankfurt (Germany3)
Connor Hardowa: KooKoo (Mestis)
Darren Haydar: EHC München (DEL-Germany)
Kevin Kapstad: Leksand (Allsvenskan - Sweden)
Blake Kessel: Iowa Wild (AHL)
Damon Kipp: Reading Royals (ECHL)
Jason Krog:  HV71 (ET - Finland)
Peter LeBlanc: Hershey Bears (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Storhamar (Norway)
Kevin McCarey: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Jacob Micflikier: Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Steve Moses: Jokerit (ET-Finland)
Jerry Pollastrone: Dundee Stars (EIHL)
Nick Poole: Milton Keynes Lightning (EPIHL)
Josh Prudden: Tilburg Trappers (Netherlands)
Mike Radja: Nippon Paper Cranes (Asia League)
Kevin Regan: Fife Flyers (EIHL)
Steve Saviano: Djurgården (Allsvenskan)
Mike Sislo: Albany Devils (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Toronto Marlies(AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
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:  Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is the younger brother of former Wildcat and current Toronto Maple Leaf forward James van Riemsdyk. Associate Head Coach Jim Tortorella is the brother of Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.

'Cats Selected in the NHL Draft: Two current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft. Eric Knodel (Toronto) and Brett Pesce (Carolina) have been drafted. Jay Camper is the younger brother of Bruins' prospect and former Miami University star Carter Camper.

UNH on the Radio:  In 2013-14, UNH athletics is proud to annouce the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network is made up of 10 stations with blanketing coverage across the state. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the seventh straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey since the 1993-94 season.
Location        Call Letters    Station #
Concord-Meredith    WZEI-FM    101.5
Dover-Portsmouth-Rochester    WPKX-AM    930
Dover-Portsmouth-Rochester    WQSO-FM    96.7
Keene        WEEY-FM    93.5
Lebanon-Claremont-Hanover    WTSL-AM    1400
Lebanon-Claremont-Hanover    WTSL-FM    94.3
Lebanon-Claremont-Hanover    WTSL-FM    94.5
Manchester        WGIR-AM    610
Nashua        WSMN-AM    1590
Wolfeboro        WASR-AM    1420
Worldwide        UNHWildcats.com    Live Stream

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.

Granite State Connection: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Collin Bourque (Goffstown) Ryan Randall (Durham) and Casey DeSmith (Rochester) all hailing from the Granite State.

'Cats Picked Third in Preseason Coaches' Poll: The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was voted third, along with Notre Dame, in the Hockey East Association Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced Tuesday during the league's annual media day at Legends Restaurant in the TD Garden.The Wildcats, who racked up 84 points, have been picked third in two out of the last three preseason polls and finished in the top three in Hockey East five of the last seven seasons, including three regular-season titles.

2013-2014 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll:
Rk.         Team (FPV)                 Pts
1.            UMass-Lowell (7)                104
               Boston College (4)               104
3.            New Hampshire               84
               Notre Dame                   84                       
5.            Providence                    79
6.            Boston University                67
7.            Merrimack                    54           
8.            Maine                    45                       
9.            Vermont                 34           
10.         Massachusetts                 32
11.         Northeastern        28        

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