UNH is an interesting team. The past few years, they lose a number of top scorers, and the question is naturally raised: Can they get offense? Every year, the senior class rises to the occasion and carries the team into NCAA playoffs, home ice, and a winning record. A look at the team:
Forward wise, UNH loses it’s top 3 scorers to graduation. Paul Thompson, Mike Sislo, and Phil DeSimmone all graduated. They were also responsible for most of their power play goals in the past year (Thompson alone scored 12 of 31 power play goals for UNH). Luckily, UNH returns a number of players who can pick up the slack, and some incoming freshmen who can add offense. Look for Dalton Speelman, Jr. to build off last season where he scored 10 goals. Also look for Steve Moses (Sr..), Mike Borisinek (Sr.), and John Henrion (Jr.) to step up to the challenge and have highly productive seasons. They also bring in Matt Willows from the EJHL, who scored 70 points in 40 games and was the leagues top forward to add some scoring ability. Grayson Downing, who scored 70 points in 52 games in the BCHL will also be able to hit the ground running.
Defensively, UNH loses 3 of their 6 regular defensemen, 2 to graduation and Blake Kessel, their top defenseman, to an early signing. UNH will need to rely on their 3 remaining defenseman to step up their game. UNH brings in Trevor van Riemsdyk, James little brother, who will likely be a offensive defenseman and put to use immediately in the lineup. Defense is likely the weak spot for UNH, but it’s still relatively strong compared to the league.
Finally, UNH returns their top goalie Matt Di Girolamo, who had a stellar season last season, with a .923 save percentage, and 2.44 GAA. If he keeps those stats, or does even better, UNH will be very well off.
Overall, UNH has a veteran team with lots of players ready to step up and will likely be a strong team yet again.