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College hockey notes

UNH credits defense for No. 1 ranking

In the latter part of the 2011-12 season, New Hampshire coach Dick Umile developed an inkling that his 2012-13 team had the potential to be a strong one.

Then-freshman goaltender Casey DeSmith was blossoming into a top-flight player, the defensive corps was gaining valuable experience, and scoring was balanced.

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