The Mack Report

Umile Says DeSmith Will Start Saturday

NORTH ANDOVER — New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile told reporters on Friday that sophomore Casey DeSmith will start in goal on Saturday afternoon when Merrimack College travels to the Verizon Wireless Arena to take on the fourth-ranked Wildcats.

DeSmith sat out his first game of the season on Friday, a 3-2 loss for the Wildcats. Junior goaltender Jeff Wyer stopped 32 shots in the loss, which was just the second of his career.

DeSmith leads Hockey East in both goals-against average and save percentage. But, he has been pulled in two of his last three starts.