van Riemsdyk named Hockey East First Team All Star; Goumas and DeSmith earn Honorable Mention distinction
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – University of New Hampshire sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star, while sophomore netminder Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) were named Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Stars. Thursday’s announcements were made at the league awards banquet, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.
van Riemsdyk headlines the group after having a stellar season from the blue line. The sophomore recorded seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points, tops among league defensemen. He finished with two power-play goals, two game-winners and one shorthanded tally. van Riemsdyk notched a career-high four points, all of which were assists, in New Hampshire’s 6-2 win over Merrimack (Jan. 26) in the battle for the RiverStone Cup at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. He recorded a trio of helpers as the Wildcats topped Vermont, 4-3 (Feb. 22). In all, he registered multiple points in 11 games and is ranked first in Hockey East and fourth nationally in defensive scoring.
DeSmith earned Honorable Mention All-Star status after compiling a record of 18-9-7 with five shutouts. He posted a .924 save percentage and a career-best 2.24 goals-against average. The sophomore set a UNH program record after playing 203 minutes, 32 seconds of consecutive shutout hockey, spanning four games (Nov. 4-Nov. 18). DeSmith was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week five times over the course of the season and also took home Hockey East Goalie of the Month honors in October and November.
Goumas was also tabbed to the Honorable Mention All-Star squad after posting career-high marks in goals (10), assists (32) and points (42). He is the first Wildcat to eclipse the 40-point barrier since 2010-11. Goumas registered a 10-game point streak (Nov. 2-Dec. 6) during which he notched 19 points (7g, 12a). Against second-ranked Denver (Nov. 24), the junior paced a dramatic Wildcats’ comeback with a career-high five points, including a hat trick and two assists. All three of his goals came in the third period.
The Wildcats hope to extend the season with an at-large bid to the 16-team field for the 2013 NCAA Division I Championship tournament. The NCAA Selection Show is Sunday, March 24 at on ESPNU. If selected, the Wildcats would compete March 29-30 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by UNH, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5. _________ http://unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2012-13/releases/20130321g5wzmp