No. 20 Men's Hockey Takes on Dartmouth in Battle for the RiverStone Cup XIII Saturday, Jan. 11 at Verizon Wireless Arena (5 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team is set to take on intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XIII on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m.

Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green come into the game with an overall record of 2-11-2, not including Wednesday's game against Boston University, and an ECAC mark of 2-8-0. In its most recent action, Dartmouth battled to 1-1 draw at the University of Vermont. Grant Opperman gave the Big Green a 1-0 lead at the 16:13 mark of the second period, but the Catamounts leveled the score at 5:05 of the third period. Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant made 33 saves in the game, including 14 in the first period and 13 in the third. 

Dartmouth is led by Eric Neiley, who comes into the game with 13 points on nine goals and four assists. Four of his goals have come on power plays. Brandon McNally is second in points with a pair of goals and seven assists. Andy Simpson and Ryan Bullock each have eight points. Simpson's stem from three goals and five assists while Bullock has lit the lamp once and dished out one assist.  

Grant has seen the most action in net for the Big Green as he has started each of the 10 games he has played. He comes in with a record of 2-6-2, a goals against average of 3.59 and a save percentage of .895. Senior Cab Morris has made four starts and five appearances in net for DC and has yet to win a game (0-4-0). He has a goals against average of 4.74 and a save percentage of .826. Sophomore James Kruger has started the only game he has appeared in and garners a record of 0-1-0. He has a 2.99 goals against average and a .850 save percentage. 

The Ultimate Warrior:  Junior fowrard Matt Willows was named the Warrior Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East after he recorded a total of five points in two games over the weekend as the Wildcats swept Nebraska-Omaha with a 6-3 victory on Friday and a 5-2 on Saturday. In Friday's game, Willows recorded a goal and three shots. On Saturday, Willows recorded his second career hat trick, all of which came in the third period. His natural hat trick was the first for UNH since Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) accomplished the feat at Denver on Nov. 24, 2012.

Wins vs. Losses: In the 12 wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 53 goals and 94 assists and are averaging 4.42 goals per game. The team has allowed just 16 goals in the 12 games, making 316 saves on 332 shots faced (.952 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. 

A Bunch of Big Shots: The Wildcats have outshot opponents in each of the last 10 games by a total of 372-252. In three of those games, UNH has sent 41-plus shots at opposing goalies. 

That's a Special Team: In each of New Hampshire's last five power play goals, the combination of Kevin Goumas, Nick Sorkin, Matt Willows, Eric Knodel and Trevor van Riemsdyk have been on the ice. Knodel and Willows each have two power play goals while Sorkin has one. 

A Night of Firsts: Freshmen Dylan Maller and Collin Bourque each recorded their first career points in Friday's 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 3). Bourque's came on the third goal of the game while Maller's happened on the game winner.

Cracking the Top-10: Junior netminder Casey DeSmith is currently tied for eighth on the all-time games played list for goaltenders with 79. He also moved into the ninth spot this season in career saves with 2,068. 

Defensive Minded Attacking: UNH defensemen accounted for seven points in Friday's 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha. Trevor van Riemsdyk led the way with three points on three assists while Eric Knodel lit the lamp twice. Justin Agosta and Dylan Maller each tallied an assist. 

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 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points through 23 games played. 

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 six Wildcats in program history to receive the honor of representing the United States at the Olympics, joining the company of Rube Bjorkman (1948-52), Bob Miller (1976), Steve Leach (1988), Adrien Plavsic (1992) and Jeff Lazaro (1994) .

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.  

Scoring Leaders vs. the Big Green:

Player GP G-A-P

Kevin Goumas 3 0-3-3

Nick Sorkin 3 0-2-2

Trevor van Riemsdyk 2 0-2-2

Grayson Downing 2 0-1-1

Jeff Silengo 3 0-1-1

Dalton Speelman 3 0-0-0

Casey Thrush 2 0-0-0

Jay Camper 1 0-0-0

Eric Knodel 2 0-0-0

Justin Agosta 2 0-0-0

Collin MacDonald 1 0-0-0

Brett Pesce 1 0-0-0

Maxim Gaudreault 1 0-0-0

 

Goaltending Stats

Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%

DeSmith 119:34 4 2.01 1-1-0 48 .923

 

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Big Green

Date Min Res. Svs. GA Shots

1-14-12 59:43 W 21 1 22

12-30-12 59:91 L 27 3 30

 

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 1/8): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.

Individual     Rank     Stats

Points Per Game:

Kevin Goumas       21st 1.18 ppg

Nick Sorkin 39th 1.09 ppg

Trevor van Riemsdyk 63rd 0.96 ppg

 

Goals Per Game:

Nick Sorkin 41st 0.52 gpg

Matt Willows 52nd 0.48 gpg

Assists Per Game:

Kevin Goumas 16th 0.82 apg

Trevor van Riemsdyk         19th 0.78 apg

Power Play Goals: 

Nick Sorkin T-10th 5 ppg

Eric Knodel T-26th 4 ppg

Matt Willows T-26 4 ppg

Short-Handed Goals: 

Grayson Downing T-20th 1shg

Jeff Silengo T-20th 1shg

Game-Winning Goals:

Matt Willows T-6th 3 gwg

Tyler Kelleher T-31st 2 gwg

Nick Sorkin T-31st 2 gwg

Points Per Game (Defensemen):

Trevor van Riemsdyk 4th 0.96 ppg

Eric Knodel 14th 0.74 ppg

Justin Agosta 35th 0.61 ppg

Goals Against Average:

Casey DeSmith 20th 2.21 gaa

Save Percentage: 

Casey DeSmith 33rd  .918

Winning Percentage:

Casey DeSmith T-31st .556

Shutouts:

Casey DeSmith T-8th 2

Team

Scoring Offense     13th   3.30 g/gm 

Scoring Defense     22nd   2.48 g/gm 

Scoring Margin        11th  0.83

Penalty Minutes 56th 7.9

Power Play 21st 21.0%

Penalty Kill 35th 80.6%

 

Among the League Leaders (Thru 1/8): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.

Player All Games HE Games

Points: Kevin Goumas T-5th (26pts) T-6th (9pts)

Nick Sorkin 7th (25pts) T-6th (9pts)

T. van Riemsdyk T-10th (22pts) T-6th (9pts)

Grayson Downing - T-6th (9pts)

Matt Willows T-12th (19pts) T-11th (8pts)

Goals: Nick Sorkin T-4th (12g) T-6th (5g)

Matt Willows T-6th (11g) -

Grayson Downing T-9th (9g) T-3rd (6g)

Assists:   Kevin Goumas T-3rd (18a) T-2nd (7a)

Tyler Kelleher - T-5th (6a)

T. van Riemsdyk T-3rd (18a) T-10th (5a)

PP Points: T. van Riemsdyk T-4th (9p) T-1st (5p)

Grayson Downing - T-1st (5p)

Tyler Kelleher - T-6th (4p)

PP Goals: Nick Sorkin T-2nd (5g) T-5th (2g)

T. van Riemsdyk - T-5th (2g)

Grayson Downing - T-5th (2g)

SH Goals: Grayson Downing  T-7th (1g) T-2nd (1g)

Jeff Silengo T-7th (1g) T-2nd (1g)

GW Goals: Matt WIllows T-3rd (3g) T-7th (1g)

Tyler Kelleher T-8th (2g) T-7th (1g)

Nick Sorkin T-8th (2g) T-7th (1g)

Justin Agosta - T-7th (1g)

Casey Thrush - T-7th (1g)

Def. Scoring: T. van Riemsdyk 1st (22 pts) 1st ( 9pts)

Eric Knodel 2nd (17 pts) T-4th (6pts)

Justin Agosta T-3rd (14pts) T-4th (6pts)

Fr. Scoring: Tyler Kelleher - T-2nd (7pts)

Plus-Minus: Kevin Goumas 6th (+15) T-6th (+6)

Nick Sorkin - T-6th (+6)

Shots on Goal: Grayson Downing 3rd (77 sog) T-7th (32 sog)

Kevin Goumas - 10th (31 sog)

Blocked Shots: Eric Knodel 1st (64 blk) 2nd (31 blk)

T. van Riemsdyk T-3rd (48 blk) 5th (24 blk)

Faceoff Percentage:

Kyle Smith 3rd (.589) 1st (.625)

Goals Against Average:

Casey DeSmith 8th (2.21) 8th (2.31)

Save Percentage:

Casey DeSmith 11th (.918) 10th (.909)

Winning Percentage:

Casey DeSmith T-9th (.556) T-6th (.500)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 1/1):

Overall             HE games

Scoring Offense   3.30/3rd 3.30/2nd

Scoring Defense        2.48/8th 2.40/8th

Power Play %     21.0/3rd 22.2/3rd

Penalty Kill %    80.6/9th 81.5/8th

1st Period Scoring      19/4th 9/3rd

2nd Period Scoring   30/1st  12/1st

3rd Period Scoring    26/4th     11/2nd

Overtime Scoring       1/T-1st  1/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

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

1/6/14 RV 20 3rd

Scoring by Class: 2013-14 breakdown of scoring by class.

Class G-A-P G-A-P %.

Seniors: 31-47-78 53-46-48

Juniors: 19-30-49 32-29-30

Sophomores: 7-15-22 12-15-14

Freshmen: 2-11-13 3-11-8                 

THE NATIONAL POLLS: 

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 6)

Rk.  Team, Points  (FPV) Last Poll Record  Weeks

1 Minnesota, 510 (34) 1 13-2-3 13

2 St. Cloud State University, 454 4 11-2-3 13

3 Ferris State University, 418 2 15-3-3 7

4 Boston College, 387 6 13-4-2 13

5 Union College, 361 7 12-3-3 7

6 Providence College, 349 5 13-3-4 13

7 Quinnipiac University, 314 8 15-3-4 13

8 UMass Lowell, 287 10 14-5-1 12

9 University of Michigan, 273 3 10-4-2 13

10 Yale University, 173 11 7-3-4 13

11 Clarkson University, 136 9 12-6-2 8

12 Cornell University, 116 13 8-4-3 7

13 Miami University, 115 12 9-7-2 13

14 University of Wisconsin, 94 15 11-6-1 12

15 University of Notre Dame, 52 14 10-8-1 13

Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 16; Minnesota State University, 9; University of Vermont, 6; University of Denver, 5; University of New Hampshire, 3; Colgate University, 1; University of Maine, 1

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Jan. 6)

Rk. School (FPV) Record Points Lst Wk.

 1 Minnesota                 (42)   13- 2-3   989     1

 2 St. Cloud State           ( 8)   11- 2-3   922     3

 3 Ferris State                     15- 3-3   876     2

 4 Union                            12- 3-3   823     5

 5 Boston College                   13- 4-2   804     6

 6 Providence                       13- 3-4   763     4

 7 Quinnipiac                       15- 3-4   715     8

 8 Michigan                         10- 4-2   667     7

 9 Massachusetts-Lowell             14- 5-1   637     9

10 Yale                              7- 3-4   495    10

11 Clarkson                         12- 6-2   467    11

12 Cornell                           8- 4-3   387    15

13 Miami                             9- 7-2   383    12

14 Wisconsin                        11- 6-1   361    13

15 Notre Dame                       10- 8-1   300    14

16 Northeastern                     11- 6-3   254    17

17 Denver                           10- 6-4   190    16

18 Vermont                          10- 6-3   148    20

19 Lake Superior                    11- 8-1   103    18

20 New Hampshire                    12-10-1   71    NR

Others receiving votes: Minnesota State 36, Maine 27, Ohio

State 24, North Dakota 22, Colgate 13, Nebraska-Omaha 11,

Bentley 4, Air Force 3, Rensselaer 3, Bowling Green 1 

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 W, 6-3 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)

Garrett Stafford: Färjestad (SHL)

Craig Switzer: HC Innsbruck (Austria)

Paul Thompson: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)

Mike Sislo: New Jersey Devils (NHL)

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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