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Wildcats' Agosta doing it all
UNH senior defenseman Justin Agosta is proving to be an effective two-way player for the Wildcats this season.
Agosta delivered a pretty pass to Dan Correale and the sophomore forward made a nice move in close and put a backhander past the Nebraska-Omaha goalie for another UNH goal.
"Justin's just been picking it unbelievably lately," said fellow senior defenseman Eric Knodel, who hasn't been shabby himself. "He's been scoring goals on the power play and making great passes like he did tonight, setting up guys for goals. He's been unbelievable for us offensively."
They may have just what they need with Agosta's emerging offense giving them a bit of a three-man wrecking crew from the blue line.
Van Riemsdyk led the defensemen in the league with four goals and 18 assists for 22 points heading into Saturday night's rematch against Nebraska-Omaha at the Whittemore Center. He had a season-high three assists on Friday night.
Last week, Agosta had two key points in a 3-2 win over Princeton in the consolation game of the Florida College Classic.
"The play was set up either for him to take the shot or make a play down to Grayson Downing," said coach Dick Umile. "He read the play very well and put it away. It was a good play on his part."
Agosta, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and out of East Meadow N.Y., has come on strong offensively.
"I've been pretty happy with that, considering in the first eight games I had one assist," he said. "Brett and I have had more and more power-play chances and I've been joining the rush, and the points have started to come."
"Justin's having his best year," Umile said. "He's a smart hockey player, he handles the puck extremely well and sees the ice very well.
He's probably handling the puck more and getting more into the rush.
The Wildcat defensemen are doing the job collectively at their own end of the ice.
"The defensive corps is a good group for us," Umile said. "They've played well throughout the season and that's one reason we're outshooting our opponents. They don't get shots to the net."
There's a potential bonus with Agosta, too. Neither he nor Knodel played in a single game as true freshman.
There's the chance Agosta could return for a redshirt season.
That, said Umile and Agosta, is something that will be discussed later.