February 27, 2014

Men's Hockey Wraps up Regular Season with Weekend Series at Merrimack (Fri., Feb. 28; 7 p.m.) (Sat., Mar. 1; 7 p.m.)

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will wrap up the regular season with a weekend series at Merrimack College at Lawler Arena. The first game is set for Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. while Saturday's game will start at 7 p.m. as well.

Scouting Merrimack: The Warriors come into the weekend with an overall record of 7-20-3 and a Hockey East mark of 2-14-2. Most recently, Merrimack fell in a pair of games to Vermont (Fri., Feb. 21/Sat., Feb. 22). On Friday, the Catamounts claimed the win on Friday with a score of 4-1 and again on Saturday with a final score of 4-3.

Senior Mike Collins leads the team with 23 points, totaled from 12 goals and 11 assists. Freshman Chris LeBlanc is second on the team with six goals and six assists for 12 points. He is tied with four teammates for power play goals (2).

Rasmus Tirronen comes into the weekend with a record of 6-13-3 with one shutout. He has a goals against average of 2.64 and a save percentage of .904. Sam Marotta omes in with a record of 1-7-0, a goals against average of 3.06, and a save percentage of .876.

Scoring Leaders vs. the Warriors:
Player    GP    G-A-P    
Grayson Downing    6    3-2-5
Trevor van Riemsdyk    6    0-5-5
Nick Sorkin    8    0-5-5
Dalton Speelman    9    2-0-2
Eric Knodel    6    1-1-2
Dan Correale    3    1-0-1
Collin MacDonald    1    1-0-1
Jeff Silengo    7    1-0-1
Casey Thrush    6    1-0-1
Kevin Goumas    10    0-1-1
Matt Willows    6    0-1-1
Justin Agosta    6    0-0-0
Maxim Gaudreault    2    0-0-0
Brett Pesce    2    0-0-0
Jay Camper    2    0-0-0
Harry Quast    1    0-0-0

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
DeSmith    5/304:11    10    1.97    2-2-1    136    .943
Wyer    1/58:27    3    3.07    0-1-0    32    .914

DeSmith Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-20-12        60:00    W    24    1    25
1-21-12        60:19    L    23    3    26
2-11-12        65:00    T    34    1    35
1-26-13        60:00    W    35    2    37
2-2-13        58:52    L    20    3    23
Totals        304:11    2-3-1    136    10    146

Wyer Game-by-Game vs. the Warriors
Date        Min    Res.    Svs.    GA    Shots
1-25-13        58:27    L    32    3    35
Totals        58:27    0-1-0    32    3    35

Two Hat Tricks in One Season: Matt Willows recorded his second hat trick of the season in Monday's 3-1 win over BU, becoming the first 'Cat since Stevie Moses recorded four goals on two occasions in the 2011-12 season.

Five Goals, Two Games: With is hat trick in Monday's 3-1 win and a pair of goals in the 4-3 home victory over BU, he was the first Wildcat to score five goals in two games since Grayson Downing scored a hat trick at Denver (Nov. 24, 12) and two goals the following game against UMass Lowell (Nov. 30, 12).

The NY Connection: Kevin Goumas (Long Beach), Justin Agosta (East Meadow), Brett Pesce (Tarrytown), and Matt WIllows (Congers), who all hail from New York, accounted for 14 points in the two wins over Boston University. Matt Willows recorded five goals, Agosta notched four assists, Goumas tallied three assists while Pesce notched to helpers.

Closing in on 100 Assists: Kevin Goumas has recorded 96 assists in his career, putting him just four shy of 100 for his career. He would become just the 16th Wildcat in program history to achieve the feat. Darren Haydar was the last skater to hit the mark in 2001-02.

Starting Short: Friday night's (Feb. 14) opening goal of the game for Dan Correale was the fourth shorthanded goal of the season for the Wildcats. Matt Willows, Jeff Silengo and Grayson Downing have the other three.

The Great Wall of Casey: Junior netminder Casey DeSmith made double-digit saves (12,13,12) in each of the three periods in Friday night's 4-3 win (Feb. 14). In the post game press conference, head coach Dick Umile said "Casey earned two points for us tonight."

Opening with a Bang: UNH started the game with three goals in the first period in a 4-3 win over Boston University (Feb. 14). Dan Correale, Eric Knodel and Matt Willows each lit the lamp. It was the first time the 'Cats netted three in a period since Jan. 3 againt Nebraska-Omaha.

Scoring in Three Different Ways: UNH's three goal first period featured a shorthanded goal (Correale), a power play goal (Knodel), and an even strength goal (Willows). It was the first time the 'Cats have scored in three different situations since a 9-0 win at UMass on Nov. 9.

Saluting the Seniors: Prior to Friday's game against BU on Feb. 14, a special ceremony took 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, were all honored prior to the game.

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.

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. He is up to 154 games played in his career.

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.
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 18 goals and 15 assists for 30 points through his first 34 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.

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 2/26)
1    Boston College    58    25-4-4    .8182    1    .6106*    1
2    Minnesota    57    21-4-5    .7833    2    .5998    2
3t    Union    55    22-6-4    .7500    3    .5789*    3
3t    Ferris State    55    23-7-3    .7424    4    .5697*    4
5    St. Cloud State    54    18-7-5    .6833    7    .5637*    5
6    Wisconsin    53    19-9-2    .6667    8    .5598*    6
7    Quinnipiac    52    21-8-5    .6912    5    .5532    8
8    UMass.-Lowell    51    20-8-4    .6875    6    .5533    7
9    Northeastern    50    18-10-4    .6250    11t    .5503*    9
10    North Dakota    49    18-9-3    .6500    9    .5494    10
11t    Cornell    47    14-7-5    .6346    10    .5489    11
11t    Vermont    47    17-11-3    .5968    16    .5428    12
11t    Colgate    47    16-11-5    .5781    22    .5411    13
14t    Michigan    44    15-10-3    .5893    19t    .5398    14
14t    Notre Dame    44    19-12-2    .6061    15    .5393    15
16    Providence    42    17-9-6    .6250    11t    .5389*    16
17t    Maine    41    15-11-4    .5667    23    .5364    17
17t    Yale    41    14-8-5    .6111    14    .5309    18
19    Minnesota State    39    19-13-0    .5938    17t    .5298    19
20t    New Hampshire    38    18-15-1    .5441    26t    .5295    20
20t    Minnesota-Duluth    38    13-13-4    .5000    32t    .5234    22
22t    Ohio State    37    15-10-3    .5893    19t    .5254    21
22t    Western Michigan    37    15-12-5    .5469    25    .5208    23
24    Clarkson    35    17-14-3    .5441    26t    .5154    24
25    Rensselaer    34    13-13-6    .5000    32t    .5134    26
--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 2/26): Below is a list of where UNH players and the team rank nationally.
Individual         Rank         Stats    
Points Per Game:
    Kevin Goumas    T-17th     1.21 ppg
Goals Per Game:
    Matt Willows    T-26th     0.53 gpg
    Nick Sorkin          T-40th    0.47 gpg
Assists Per Game:
    Kevin Goumas     T-10th     0.82 apg
    T. van Riemsdyk    T-26th     0.73 apg
Power Play Goals:
    Nick Sorkin     T-39th     6 ppg
Short-Handed Goals:
    Matt Willows     T-43rd    2shg
Game-Winning Goals:
    Matt Willows     T-4th     6 gwg
Points Per Game (Defensemen):
    T. van Riemsdyk T-5th     0.88 ppg
    Eric Knodel     T-17th     0.71 ppg
    Justin Agosta     T-20th     0.68 ppg
Goals Against Average:
    Casey DeSmith     T-23rd     2.32 gaa
Save Percentage:
    Casey DeSmith     T-25th      .921 sp
Winning Percentage:
    Casey DeSmith     T-33rd     .552 wp
Shutouts:
    Casey DeSmith     T-28th     2
Team
Scoring Offense         19th     3.12 g/gm
Scoring Defense         17th       2.53 g/gm
Scoring Margin            17th      0.59
Penalty Minutes     59th     7.4
Power Play     12th     21.3%
Penalty Kill     29th     82.0%

Among the League Leaders (Thru 2/26): Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
        Player    All Games    HE Games
Points:     Kevin Goumas     5th (33pts)     T-7th (21pts)
        Matt Willows    T-11th (34pts)     T-9th (19pts)
        Nick Sorkin     T-12th (34pts)     T-16th (14pts)
        Justin Agosta        T-19th (13pts)
Goals:     Matt Willows     T-5th (18g)     T-5th (10g)
        Nick Sorkin     T-9th (16g)     T-9th (8g)
Assists:       Kevin Goumas     4th (27a)     T-3nrd (16a)
        Justin Agosta        T-9th (11a)
PP Points:    Kevin Goumas    T-12th (3pts)    T-8th (7p)
        Brett Pesce        T-12th (6p)
PP Goals:     Nick Sorkin     T-9th (6g)     T-9th (3g)
        Eric Knodel    T-14 th (5g)
        Brett Pesce    -    T-10th (3g)
        Matt Willows     T-14th (5g)     -
SH Goals:     Matt Willows    T-12th (2g)    T-1st (2g)
        Grayson Downing    T-7th (1g)
        Dan Correale        T-8rd (1g)
        Jeff Silengo        T-15th (1g)
GW Goals:     Matt WIllows     T-1st (6g)     T-1st (4g)
Def. Scoring:     Eric Knodel     T-1st (34pts)     T-4th (12pts)
        Brett Pesce    -    T-3rd (12 pts)
        T. van Riemsdyk     T-2nd (26 pts)     T-9th ( 9pts)
        Justin Agosta     T-4th (34pts)     T-2nd (13pts)
Fr. Scoring:     Tyler Kelleher     -     T-11th (10pts)
Plus-Minus:     Matt Willows     T-6th (+23)     T-3rd (+14)
        Kevin Goumas     T-7th (+22)     T-6th (+13)
Blocked Shots:     Eric Knodel     1st (80 blk)     T-2nd (43 blk)
        Brett Pesce     2nd (69 blk)     T-6th (38 blk)
        Justin Agosta    T-9th (56 blk)    T-7th (37 blk)
        Matias Cleland     10th (56 blk)     T-10th (34 blk)
Faceoff Percentage:
        Kyle Smith     T-3rd (.577)     T-2nd (.607)
        Kevin Goumas     T-4th (.567)    -
Goals Against Average:
        Casey DeSmith     7th (2.32)     7th (2.43)
Save Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     7th (.921)     8th (.917)
Winning Percentage:
        Casey DeSmith     9th (.552)     6th (.556)

Where UNH is Ranked in Hockey East (Thru 2/26):
    Overall                 HE games
Scoring Offense       3.12/3rd     3.17/2nd
Scoring Defense            2.53/7th     2.50/6th
Power Play %         21.3/3rd     23.5/2nd
Penalty Kill %       82.0/9th     84.3/5th
1st Period Scoring          30/4th     17/5th
2nd Period Scoring       39/T-2nd      21/2nd
3rd Period Scoring        36/5th         18/4th
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
2/17            -    RV    3rd
2/24            -    Rv    5th

THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 24)
Rk.      Team, Points  (FPV)    Last Poll    Record  Weeks
1    Boston College, 509 (33)    1    25-4-4    20
2    University of Minnesota, 477 (1)    2    21-4-5    20
3    Union College, 435        3    22-6-4    14
4    Ferris State University, 405    5    23-7-3    14
5    St. Cloud State University, 364    4    18-7-5    20
6    University of Wisconsin, 325    8    19-9-2    19
7    Quinnipiac University, 287    6    21-8-5    20
8    UMass Lowell, 280        7    20-8-4    19
9    Northeastern University, 232    9    18-10-4    7
10    University of North Dakota, 230    11    18-9-3    10
11    Cornell University, 163        13    14-7-5    14
12    Providence College, 103    12    17-9-6    20
13    University of Michigan, 94    10    15-10-3    20
14    Yale University, 51        14    14-8-5    20
15    Colgate University, 46        RV    16-11-5    1

Others receiving votes: University of Notre Dame, 42; University of Vermont, 27; University of Maine, 4; Minnesota State University, 4

USCHO.com Division I Men's Hockey Poll (Feb. 24)
Rk.    School    (FPV)    Record    Points    Lst Wk.
 1     Boston College                (49)       25- 4-4       999         1
 2     Minnesota                     ( 1)       21- 4-5       946         2
 3     Union                                    22- 6-4       901         3
 4     Ferris State                             23- 7-3       834         6
 5     St. Cloud State                          18- 7-5       781         4
 6     Wisconsin                                19- 9-2       732         8
 7     Massachusetts-Lowell                 20- 8-4       679         7
 8     Quinnipiac                               21- 8-5       650         5
 9     Northeastern                             18-10-4       588         9
10     North Dakota                             18- 9-3       575        11
11     Cornell                                  14- 7-5       479        13
12     Providence                               17- 9-6       450        12
13     Michigan                                 15-10-3       372        10
14     Notre Dame                               19-12-2       326        15
15     Yale                                     14- 8-5       300        14
16     Colgate                                  16-11-5       269        19
17     Vermont                                  17-11-3       261        16
18     Maine                                    15-11-4       141        17
19     Minnesota State                      19-13-0       86        NR
20     Denver                                   14-12-6        30        18
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 25, New Hampshire 23,
Minnesota-Duluth 15, Clarkson 13, Western Michigan 12, Air
Force 7, Mercyhurst 6.

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    W, 4-3
    NBC Sports Network

'Cats in the Olympics: With former Wildcat James van Riemsdyk competing in 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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