Uncertainty in the net for ‘Cats
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 02:10
The No. 13 Wildcats were left with a bitter taste in their mouths following Saturday’s overtime loss to Michigan. The Wildcats skated to a tie with the Wolverines last Friday night and came out with just one point on the weekend.
“It’s real frustrating,” senior Kevin Goumas said after the game on Saturday. “We couldn’t take advantage of our [scoring] opportunities and it would’ve been nice to come out with at least two points.”
Missed opportunities were the story of the weekend for UNH. The Wildcats had two breakaways and a penalty shot denied by Michigan, as well as going 1-12 on the powerplay between both games.
RPI is ranked one spot ahead of UNH in the USCHO rankings, sitting at No. 12. The Engineers are currently 3-1-0, starting their season with a 6-0 win over Sacred Heart. After a 7-2 loss to No. 5 Boston College, the Engineers rebounded with two straight wins, 3-1 win over No. 13 Boston University and 7-1 over Sacred Heart. RPI is off to its best start since 1999-2000, when it started the season 6-0-0.
The Engineers are led in scoring by Ryan Haggerty (7g) and are captained by younger bother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi, Matt Tinordi. Much like UNH, RPI also employs a goaltender by committee, with Scott Diebold and Winnipeg Jets prospect Jason Kasdorf.
As of Wednesday’s press conference, a starting goalie had not been named for Saturday’s game, but the Wildcats are sure to be confident with whoever is between the pipes when the puck drops. Alternate captain Jeff Wyer (.962 save percentage) is 1-0-1 this season while last year’s full-time starter Casey Desmith (2.98 GAA, .918 save percentage) has lost his first two decisions of the year.
Blue liner Trevor van Riemsdyk leads the Wildcats in points with five, all on assists. After his two-goal night on Saturday, Kevin Goumas jumped to second in points (2g, 2a) over captain Eric Knodel and Nick Sorkin (2g, 1a each). Goumas currently owns 98 career points and is looking to become the 71st Wildcat to eclipse the 100-point plateau in a career.
Since UNH joined Hockey East in 1984, the Wildcats are 10-6-0 versus RPI and are 24-21-0 all-time.
Freshman winger Tyler Kelleher has taken over the top line wing spot, playing alongside Goumas and Grayson Downing. “He’s a very clever player,” UNH head coach Dick Umile said on Friday. “He’s not shy out there, he’ll try to make plays.” Kelleher notched his first collegiate goal against Clarkson in the team’s opening game of the season.
Goumas left Saturday’s game with an apparent shoulder injury in the first, but returned and scored two goals.
When asked about it after the game, Goumas was quick to shoot down the notion that he was injured. “It was nothing,” Goumas said. “I’m good to go.”