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Scouting Boston University: The Terriers enter the weekend with an overall record of 8-16-4 and a Hockey East mark of 3-8-3. Most recently, BU fell in the consolation round of the Beanpot Tournament to Harvard by a score of 6-2. Evan Rodrigues got the Terriers on the board first, but Harvard scored the next three goals. Ahti Oksanen scored the next goal for BU, but Harvard scored an additional three goals to put the game out of reach.

Oksanen leads the squad on offense with 21 points from six goals and 15 assists. He has four power play goals to lead the team. Robbie Baillargeon is right behind him with 20 points from seven goals and 11 assists. Cason Hohmann leads the Terriers in goals with nine and adds nine assists for 18 points.

Sophomore Matt O'Connor has started 17 of 18 games played in net for BU and comes in with a record of 6-6-4. He has a 2.91 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Classmate Sean Maguire has started 11 of 13 games played and has a record of 2-10-0, a goals against average of 3.22 and a save percentage of .910.

SCORING LEADERS VS. THE TERRIERS:
Player    GP    G-A-P
Kevin Goumas                 12                4-3-7
Nick Sorkin    12    3-3-6
Casey Thrush                 6                2-1-3
Matt Willows                 6                 0-3-3
Grayson Downing     8     1-2-3
Dalton Speelman     12    0-3-3
Trevor van Riemsdyk     9     1-1-2
Justin Agosta                 9                0-3-3
Eric Knodel                 9                 1-0-1
Dan Correale    2    0-1-1
Maxim Gaudreault    2    1-0-1
Jeff Silengo                 10               0-0-0
Jay Camper                 2                 0-0-0
Brett Pesce    3    0-0-0
Collin MacDonald    2    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmtih     7/465:01    18     2.32    3-4-0     239    .930
 
DeSmith's Game-by-Game vs. the Terriers
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
12-8-11         59:23     L     32     2     34
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
11-10-12        60:00    W    24    1    25
11-18-12        60:00    W    45    1    46
12-6-12        58:34    L    24    3    27
Total:         465:01     3-4-0     239     18     257

Injury Report: Junior forward Grayson Downing is out of the lineup after suffering a shoulder injury in Friday's (Feb. 7) game vs. Vermont. Junior blueliner Trevor van Riemsdyk (ankle) remains out of the lineup.

Saluting the Seniors: Prior to Friday's game, a special ceremony will take place to honor the seniors of the men's hockey program. Eric Knodel, Jeff Wyer, Kevin Goumas, Justin Agosta, Dalton Speelman, Nick Sorkin and Jeff Silengo, as well as student manager Josh Carter, will all be honored prior to the game. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports.

Out of the Box: The Wildcats are the least penalized team in the nation, averaging just 7.4 penalty minutes per game.

Strength of Schedule: This season, the Wildcats have played 23 of 32 games against nationally ranked teams. They hold a record of 8-14-1 in those games.

First Career Game for Granite Stater: Junior Ryan Randall played in his first career game for the Wildcats on Saturday, Feb. 8 against Vermont.

Loss on a Friday: Friday night's loss to Vermont (Feb. 7) was the first loss on a Friday since falling to Union at home on Jan. 17. It was just the fourth loss on a Friday of the season.

Down One, One Up: Matt Willows scored the third shorthanded goal of the year for the Wildcats in Saturday's (Feb. 1) win over No. 14 Notre Dame. Grayson Downing recorded the first of the year in a 9-0 win over UMass (Nov. 9) while Jeff Silengo scored one the following weekend at Northeastern (Nov. 15).

150 and Counting: Senior Dalton Speelman played his 150th career game on Saturday, Feb. 1. In the game he tallied his fifth goal of the year and 30th of his career.

Career-Night: Blueliner Brett Pesce earned a new career-high mark for points in a game in Friday night's 4-2 win over Notre Dame (Jan. 31) with three. He scored UNH's first goal on a power play and assisted on the next two, including Kevin Goumas' game-winning power play goal.

One of '603 Reasons': The Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.) recently published an article saying that UNH hockey is one of '603 Reasons' people say New Hampshire is special. The piece talks about the traidition of hockey at UNH and the history.

The Sorkin-Goumas Connection: Kevin Goumas and Nick Sorkin have teamed up on 14 goals this season. Sorkin has assisted Goumas on six while Goumas has assisted Sorkin 10 times.

Spreading the Wealth: On the season, a total of 21 different skaters have tallied at least one point. Collin MacDonald was the most recent 'Cat to record a point with his first goal of the season in a 5-2 win over Notre Dame on Saturday (Feb. 1).

Willows' Progression: Junior forward Matt Willows is having a career year with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points through his first 32 games. As a freshman, he played in 20 games and recorded a total of three assits on the year. Last year, he played in 29 games and had eight goals and five assists for 13 points.

Selling out the Whitt: The 'Cats have played in front of sellout (6,501 attendance) crowds six times this season at the Whittemore Center. Here is a list of the games:
Date    Opponent        Result
Oct. 5    vs. Acadia*        W, 6-3
Oct. 19    vs. Michigan (No. 5)        L, 2-3 (OT)
Dec. 7    vs. Boston College (No. 9)    L, 1-2
Jan. 24    vs. Maine (No. 20)        W, 3-2
Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame (No. 14)    W, 5-2
Feb. 8    vs. Vermont (No. 19)        L, 1-2
* Denotes exhibition contest.

Wins vs. Losses: In the 16 wins for the Wildcats this season, they have tallied 69 goals and 125 assists and are averaging 4.31 goals per game. The team has allowed just 24 goals in the 16 games, making 450 saves on 474 shots faced (.949 save percentage). On special teams, the team has only relinquished five power play goals to opponents.

In the 15 losses, UNH has scored 28 goals and 51 assists, averaging 1.86 goals per game. They've allowed 57 goals and made saves on 373 shots of 425 faced (.878 save percentage). They've also allowed 10 power play goals in those games.

Moving Up the Ranks: Senior forward Kevin Goumas sits in 43rd place on the all-time scoring list. His 131 career points (38g, 93a) have him just one point behind Derek Bekar (65g, 67a) and Eric Flinton (62g, 70a) who are tied for 41st with 132 points.

van Riemsdyk on the Ballot: Junior blueliner Trevor van Riemsdyk is on the ballot for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Fan Voting. By logging onto www.hobeybaker.com, fans can vote once every 24 hours. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is college hockey's most prestigious award earned by the nation's most outstanding player.

Division I Men's Hockey Pairwise (as of 2/12)
1    Boston College    58    22-4-3    .8239    1    .6061*    1
2    Minnesota    57    19-4-5    .7614    2    .5966    2
3t    Union    55    19-6-3    .7324    5    .5721*    3
3t    Ferris State    55    20-6-3    .7589    3    .5709*    4
5    Quinnipiac    54    20-5-5    .7448    4    .5669*    5
6    UMass.-Lowell    53    19-7-3    .7014    6    .5599*    6
7    Wisconsin    52    16-8-2    .6339    11    .5595*    7
8    St. Cloud State    51    15-6-5    .6642    8    .5576*    8
9    Cornell    49    12-5-5    .6743    7    .5567*    9
10t    Michigan    48    14-7-3    .6552    9    .5553    10
10t    Northeastern    48    16-10-3    .6088    15    .5448*    11
12    Vermont    47    15-9-3    .6119    14    .5447    12
13    Minn,-Duluth    46    13-9-4    .5741    22    .5427    13
14    Colgate    45    14-11-3    .5493    28    .5360    15
15    Providence    44    15-8-5    .6196    12    .5414*    14
16t    Maine    42    13-10-3    .5708    23    .5356    16
16t    Yale    42    12-7-4    .6126    13    .5331*    17
18    North Dakota    41    14-9-3    .5827    20    .5326    18
19    Clarkson    40    17-11-2    .6069    18    .5322    19
20t    Notre Dame    38    16-12-1    .5373    29    .5306*    20
20t    Minnesota State    38    17-13-0    .5882    19    .5287    21
20t    Western Michigan    38    14-10-4    .5669    24    .5283    22
23t    Denver    35    13-9-6    .5620    25    .5248    23
23t    New Hampshire    35    16-15-1    .4969    32    .5231    25
25    Ohio State    34    14-9-3    .5812    21    .5243    24

--The PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the RPI. (USCHO.com).

Wildcats Among National Leaders (Thru 2/12): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
    Kevin Goumas    19th     1.19 ppg
    Nick Sorkin     T-40th     1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
    Nick Sorkin     T-30th     0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
    Kevin Goumas     T-16th     0.77 apg
    T. van Riemsdyk    T-23rd     0.73 apg
Power Play Goals:
    Nick Sorkin     T-17th     6 ppg
    Matt Willows     T-30th     5 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
    Grayson Downing T-35th     1shg
    Jeff Silengo     T-35th    1shg
    Matt Willows     T-35th    1shg
Game-Winning Goals:
    Matt Willows     T-8th     4 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
    T. van Riemsdyk T-5th     0.88 ppg
    Eric Knodel     15th     0.72 ppg
    Justin Agosta     43rd     0.59 ppg
Goals Against Average:
    Casey DeSmith     30th     2.35 gaa
Save Percentage:
    Casey DeSmith     27th      .920
Winning Percentage:
    Casey DeSmith     41st     .519
Shutouts:
    Casey DeSmith     T-16th     2
Team
Scoring Offense         21st     3.09 g/gm
Scoring Defense         21st       2.56 g/gm
Scoring Margin            18th      0.53
Penalty Minutes     59th     7.4
Power Play     T-10th     21.4%
Penalty Kill     23rd     83.0%
Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/12): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas     4th (37pts)     T-4th (18pts)
        Nick Sorkin    T-7th (32pts)     T-8th (14pts)
        Matt Willows     12th (28pts)     T-8th (14pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-18th (23pts)     T-22nd  (9pts)
        Grayson Downing -    T-22nd (9pts)
Goals:     Nick Sorkin     T-4th (16g)     T-5th (8g)
        Matt Willows     T-9th (13g)     -
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     4th (23a)     T-3rd (13a)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-9th (19a)
        Tyler Kelleher     -     T-7th (9a)
        Matt Willows    -    T-7th (9a)
        Eric Knodel    -    T-7th (9a)
PP Points:    Kevin Goumas    -    T-5th (6pts)
PP Goals:     Nick Sorkin     T-4th (6g)     T-4th (3g)
        Brett Pesce    -    T-4th (3g)
        Matt Willows     T-8th (5g)     -
SH Goals:     Grayson Downing T-10th (1g)     T-5th (1g)
        Jeff Silengo     T-10th (1g)     T-5th (1g)
        Matt Willows     T-10th (1g)     T-5th (1g)
GW Goals:     Matt WIllows     T-3rd (4g)     T-3rd (2g)
Def. Scoring:     Eric Knodel     T-1st (23 pts)     2nd (11pts)
        Brett Pesce    -    T-3rd (10 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-1st (23 pts)     T-6th ( 9pts)
        Justin Agosta     T-5th (19pts)     T-6th (9pts)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher     -     T-4th (10pts)
Plus-Minus:     Matt Willows     7th (+19)     T-5th (+10)
        Kevin Goumas     T-8th (+18)     T-8th (+9)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel     1st (73 blk)     2nd (36 blk)
        Brett Pesce     2nd (65 blk)     4th (30 blk)
        Justin Agosta    T-9th (51 blk)    5th (32 blk)
        Matias Cleland     10th (49 blk)     8th (27 blk)
        Matias Cleland    T-9th (51 blk)    T-9th (29 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith     T-3rd (.575)     6th (.589)
        Kevin Goumas     T-4th (.566)    -
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     8th (2.35)     8th (2.48)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     8th (.920)     8th (.915)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     9th (.519)     8th (.500)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/12):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.09/6th     3.12/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.56/8th     2.56/7th
Power Play %         21.4/T-2nd     23.8/1st
Penalty Kill %       83.0/7th     86.7/3rd
1st Period Scoring          26/T-4th     13/T-4th
2nd Period Scoring       37/2nd      19/1st
3rd Period Scoring        35/3rd         16/T-3rd
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        NP    RV    3rd
1/6/14        RV    20    3rd
1/13            RV    17    5th
1/20            -    RV    6th
1/27            -    RV    6th
2/3            RV    20    4th
2/10            -    RV    4th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 10)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 509 (33)    2    21-4-3    18
2    University of Minnesota, 455 (1)    1    19-4-5    18
3    Union College, 407        6    19-6-3    12
4    Ferris State University, 402    4    20-6-3    12
5    Quinnipiac University, 375    3    20-5-5    18
6    St. Cloud State University, 353    5    15-6-5    18
7    UMass Lowell, 298        7    19-7-3    17
8    University of Wisconsin, 280    12    16-8-2    17
9    Providence College, 244    9    15-7-5    18
10    Cornell University, 187        8    12-5-5    12
11    University of Michigan, 177    10    14-7-3    18
12    Northeastern University, 158    11    16-9-3    5
13    Yale University, 79        13    12-7-4    18
14    University of Vermont, 41    RV    15-9-3    1
15    Clarkson University, 34        14    17-11-2    13

Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 33; University of Denver, 25; University of North Dakota, 9; Colgate University, 5; Minnesota State University, 3; University of Maine, 3; University of Notre Dame, 2; Air Force Academy, 1

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 10)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (47)       21- 4-3       997         2
 2    Minnesota                     (3)       19- 4-5       917         1
 3     Union                                    19- 6-3       889         4
 4     Ferris State                             20- 6-3       817         5
 4     Quinnipiac                               20- 5-5       817         3
 6     St. Cloud State                          15- 6-5       746         6
 7     Massachusetts-Lowell                 19- 7-3       715         7
 8     Wisconsin                                16- 8-2       646        12
 9     Providence                               15- 7-5       618         8
10     Michigan                                 14- 7-3       509        10
11     Cornell                                  12- 5-5       493         9
12     Northeastern                             16- 9-3       474        11
13     Yale                                     12- 7-4       344        13
14     Clarkson                                 17-11-2       267        14
15     Vermont                                  15- 9-3       262        19
16     Minnesota-Duluth                     13- 9-4       254        17
17     North Dakota                             14- 9-3       209        16
18     Denver                                   13- 9-6       201        15
19     Colgate                                  14-11-3       105        NR
20     Notre Dame                               16-12-1        92        18

Others receiving votes: Maine 64, Western Michigan 25,
Minnesota State 15, Ohio State 14, Air Force 8,
Nebraska-Omaha 1, New Hampshire 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    W, 3-2
    WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Jan 25    at Maine    L, 2-4
    FOX College Sports | WFVX Fox 22
Fri. Jan. 31     vs. Notre Dame     W, 4-2            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Sat. Feb. 1    vs. Notre Dame    W, 5-2
    NESN
Fri. Feb. 7     vs. Vermont     L, 2-5            WBIN | FOX College Sports
Fri. Feb. 14    vs. Boston University    7:00 PM
    NBC Sports Network

'Cats in the Olympics: With former Wildcat James van Riemsdyk heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he became the sixth Wildcat in program history to play for his country at the Olympics. Here is a list of those Wildcats:
Rube Bjorkman    1948-52    USA
Bob Miller    1976    USA
Steve Leach    1988    USA
Adrien Plavsic    1992    Canada
Jeff Lazaro    1994    USA
James van Riemsdyk    2014    USA

'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 handlesthe play-by-play for the seventh straight season, while Pete Webster does 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
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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