GAME NOTES: Men's Hockey Returns Home to Host Nebraska-Omaha for Pair of Games (Fri. - 7:30 p.m. | WBIN/FOX College Sports) (Sat. - 7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will return to the Whittemore Center as it hosts the University of Nebraska-Omaha for a two-game weekend series. The first game is set for Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. while the second is slated for Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.

Scouting the Mavericks: Nebraska-Omaha is off to a 8-7-1 start overall and a 5-2-1 mark in NCHC play. The Mavericks are coming off a 0-1-1 series (12/6, 12/7) at Colorado College, falling in the first game by a score of 4-2 and playing to a 1-1 draw that resulted in a UNO shoot out victory.

Josh Archibald leads the Mavericks on offense with 17 points from 11 goals and six assists through the first 16 games. Three of his goals are game winners and three have come on the power play. Ryan Walters is right behind him with 16 points. He has lit the lamp four times and dished out 12 assists. Each of his four goals have come on power plays. Ryan Massa has seen the most time in net for UNO, starting each of the nine games he has played. He has a 5-3-0 record with a goals against average of 3.02 and a save percentage of .888.

Wins vs. Losses: In the 10 wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 43 goals and 75 assists and are averaging 4.30 goals per game. The team has allowed just 11 goals in the 10 games, making 268 saves on 279 shots faced (.961 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished five power play goals to opponents.

In the 10 losses, UNH has scored 21 goals and 38 assists, averaging 2.10 goals per game. They've allowed 40 goals and made saves on 219 shots of 259 faced (.846 save percentage). They've also allowed eight power play goals in those games.

Striking First: In the 10 Hockey East games played so far, the Wildcats have scored first eight of them. In 19 total games, UNH has scored the first goal in 13 of them.

First-Career Game for Maller: Playing just 125 miles away from his hometown, freshman Dylan Maller played in his first-career game in a 3-2 win over Princeton at the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla.

Cracking the Top-10: Junior netminder Casey DeSmith is currently 10th on the all-time games played list for goaltenders with 77. He also moved into the ninth spot this season in career saves with 2020.

Six Periods, 92 shots: The Wildcats rifled a total of 92 shots in the two games played over the weekend, notching 46 in each.

Defensive Minded Attacking: UNH defensemen accounted for eight of the 15 points registered last weekend. Brett Pesce notched a career-high two points in the 3-2 win over Princeton.

Sorkin Soaring in 2013-14: After battling an injury and being limited to 29 games in 2012-13, Sorkin registered two goals and 15 assists for 17 points. In 2013-14, he already has 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points through 21 games played.
 
All-Tournament at the Florida College Classic: Senior captain Eric Knodel earned a spot on the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team for his performance in the two games. He notched a pair of assists from the blueline and thwarted many opposing attacks.  

James van Riemsdyk Headed to Russia: Former UNH hockey standout James van Riemsdyk was selected to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team to compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He is just one of five Wildcats in program history to receive the honor of representing the United States at the Olympics.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE MAVERICKS:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
No current players have faced Nebraska-Omaha

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/1): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
Kevin Goumas           T-49th    1.00 ppg
Nick Sorkin    63rd    0.95 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Nick Sorkin    37th    0.52 gpg
Grayson Downing    T-71st    0.43 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Trevor van Riemsdyk             T-32nd    0.71 apg
Kevin Goumas    44th    0.65 apg
Power Play Goals:
Nick Sorkin    T-22nd    4 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
Grayson Downing    T-17th    1shg
Jeff Silengo    T-17th    1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
Tyler Kelleher    T-26th    2 gwg
Nick Sorkin    T-26th    2 gwg
Matt Willows    T-26th    2 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
Trevor van Riemsdyk    5th    0.90 ppg
Eric Knodel    T-24th    0.67 ppg
Justin Agosta    33rd    0.62 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Casey DeSmith    22nd    2.17 gaa
Save Percentage:
Casey DeSmith    33rd      .919
Winning Percentage:
Casey DeSmith     T-41st    .500
Shutouts:
Casey DeSmith    T-8th    2
Team
Scoring Offense         19th       3.10 g/gm
Scoring Defense         23rd       2.48 g/gm
Scoring Margin            19th      0.62
Penalty Minutes    57th    7.9
Power Play    29th    19.6%
Penalty Kill    T-38th    79.7%


Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/1): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:    Kevin Goumas     T-8th (20p)        T-4th (9p)
        Nick Sorkin     T-8th (20p)        T-4th (9p)
        T. van Riemsdyk     10th (19p)        T-4th (9p)
        Grayson Downing T-17th (15p)        T-4th (9p)
        Matt Willows    T-19th (14p)        T-11th (8p)
        Eric Knodel    T-19th (14p)        T-11th (7p)
Goals:    Nick Sorkin     T-4th (11g)        T-6th (5g)
        Grayson Downing T-7th (9g)        T-2nd (6g)
Assists:       T. van Riemsdyk    4th (15a)         T-8th (5a)
        Kevin Goumas    8th (13a)        T-1st (7a)
        Tyler Kelleher    -        T-4th (6a)
PP Points:     T. van Riemsdyk    T-5th (8p)         T-1st (5p)
        Grayson Downing -        T-1st (5p)
        Tyler Kelleher     -        T-6th (4p)
PP Goals:    Nick Sorkin    T-4th (4g)        T-5th (2g)
        T. van Riemsdyk     -        T-5th (2g)
        Grayson Downing -        T-5th (2g)
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing  T-6th (1g)         T-2nd (1g)
        Jeff Silengo    T-6th (1g)        T-2nd (1g)
GW Goals:     Tyler Kelleher     T-6th (2g)         T-6th (1g)
        Nick Sorkin    T-6th (2g)        T-6th (1g)
        Matt WIllows    T-6th (2g)        T-6th (1g)
        Justin Agosta    -        T-6th (1g)
        Casey Thrush    -        T-6th (1g)
Def. Scoring:     T. van Riemsdyk     1st (19 p)         1st ( 9p)
        Eric Knodel    T-2nd (14 p)        T-3rd (6p)
        Justin Agosta    T-4th (13p)        T-3rd (6p)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher    -        T-2nd (7p)
        Nick Sorkin    -        T-5th (+6)
        Kevin Goumas    -        T-5th (+6)
Shots on Goal:     Grayson Downing T-4th (71 sog)         T-5th (32 sog)
        Kevin Goumas    -        T-7th (31 sog)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel    1st (61 blk)         2nd (31 blk)
        T. van Riemsdyk    6th (42 blk)        5th (24 blk)
        Brett Pesce    7th (38 blk)        -
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith    3rd (.587)        2nd (.625)
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     7th (2.17)         8th (2.31)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith    10th (.919)         10th (.909)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     T-9th (.500)         T-6th (.500)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/1):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.10/5th    3.30/1st
Scoring Defense            2.48/8th     2.40/7th
Power Play %         19.6/6th     22.2/3rd
Penalty Kill %        79.7/10th    81.5/8th
1st Period Scoring          17/8th     9/T-2nd
2nd Period Scoring       26/T-1st      12/1st
3rd Period Scoring        21/5th         11/2nd
Overtime Scoring           1/T-1st      1/T-1st

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
11/11        RV    RV    3rd
11/18        RV    20    3rd
11/25        RV    20    2nd
12/2            RV    18    2nd
12/9            RV    RV    3rd    
12/16        RV    RV    3rd
12/30            RV    3rd
            
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 16)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Minnesota, 503 (28)        1    12-2-2    12
2    Ferris State University, 442 (2)    4    14-2-3    6
3    University of Michigan, 436    3    10-2-2    12
4    St. Cloud State University, 416 (2)    2    11-2-3    12
5    Providence College, 396    5    11-2-3    12
6     Boston College, 307        6    10-4-2    12
7    Union College, 306        9    12-3-3    6
8    Quinnipiac University, 287    8    13-3-3    12
9    Clarkson University, 246    7    12-3-1    7
10    UMass Lowell, 211        10    11-5-0    11
11    Yale University, 152        11    6-3-3    12
12    Miami University, 87        12    9-7-2    12
13    Cornell University, 83        14    7-4-2    6
14    University of Notre Dame, 77    13    10-7-1    12
15    University of Wisconsin, 60    15    8-5-1    11

Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 35; Lake Superior State University, 14; University of Nebraska-Omaha, 8; University of Denver, 5; University of New Hampshire, 4; Rensselaer, 3; University of Maine, 1; Minnesota State University, 1

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Dec. 30)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Minnesota                     (37)       12- 2-2       987         1
 2     Ferris State                  ( 9)       14- 2-3       934         2
 3     St. Cloud State               ( 1)       11- 2-3       876         4
 4     Providence                    ( 3)       13- 2-3       869         5
 5     Union                                    12- 3-3       769         6
 6     Boston College                       12- 4-2       742         7
 7     Michigan                                 10- 4-2       694         3
 8     Quinnipiac                               13- 3-4       667         8
 9     Massachusetts-Lowell                 13- 5-0       642        10
10    Yale                                      7- 3-3       486        11
11    Clarkson                                 12- 5-1       451        9
12    Miami                                     9- 7-2       400        12
13     Wisconsin                                10- 5-1       392        14
14     Notre Dame                               10- 7-1       368        13
15     Cornell                                   8- 4-3       328        15
16     Denver                                   10- 6-3       198        17
17     Northeastern                             10- 6-2       181        16
18     Lake Superior                            10- 7-1       126        18
19     Nebraska-Omaha                        8- 7-1       105        19
20     Vermont                                  10- 6-1        99        NR
Others receiving votes: Minnesota State 57, Maine 47, North
Dakota 30, Rensselaer 22, Ohio State 12, Bentley 8, New
Hampshire 7, Western Michigan 3

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     W, 4-1            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Tue. Nov. 12     vs. Brown     W, 4-2            Live Well Network | FOX College Sports
Fri. Nov. 22     at Providence     W, 3-2 (OT)            Cox Sports on OCN
Tue. Nov. 26     vs. Harvard     L, 3-6            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Dec. 7     vs. Boston College     L, 1-2            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)
John Henrion: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
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)
Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)
Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)
Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Trevor Smith: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
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
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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