2002-03

Overall: 12-18-6
Hockey East: 7-13-4 7th
Nonconference: 5-3-2

Home: 9-4-3
Away: 2-14-3
Neutral: 1-0-0
Overtime: 1-1-6

Full Schedule/Results
Final Statistics

Team Leaders

Scoring
1. Brent Gough 12-12--24
2. Matt Johnson 8-14--22
2. Marco Rosa 10-12--22
4. Bryan Schmidt 9-12--21
5. Tim Reidy 7-9--16
Goals
1. Brent Gough 12
1. Marco Rosa 10
3. Bryan Schmidt 9
4. Matt Johnson 8
5. Tim Reidy 7
Assists
1. Matt Johnson 14
2. Brent Gough 12
2. Marco Rosa 12
2. Bryan Schmidt 12
5. Tony Johnson 10
5. Alex Sikatchev 10
5. Lucas Smith 10
Power Play Goals
1. Tim Reidy 5
1. Bryan Schmidt 5
3. Matt Johnson 3
3. Marco Rosa 3
Shorthanded Goals
1. Marco Rosa 1
Plus / Minus
1. Rob LaLonde +10
2. Lucas Smith +7
3. Bryan Schmidt +6
4. Tony Johnson +4
5. Brendon Clark +2
5. Steve Crusco +2
Goals Against Avg.
1. Joe Exter 2.91 (11-16-6)
2. Casey Guenther 4.44 (1-2-0)
Save Percentage
1. Joe Exter .915
2. Casey Guenther .855
Power Play (HE)
24-145 16.6%
(14-86 16.3% 8th)
Penalty Kill
139-175 79.4%
(76-97 78.4% 7th)

Game Recap

Warriors Skate To 4-4 Tie With Dutchmen

Saturday, October 12, 2002

North Andover, Mass. -- Senior defenseman Randy Dagenais (Valrita, ONT) scored with 51 seconds remaining in regulation as Union (0-1-1) came from behind to earn a 4-4 tie with Merrimack (0-0-1). Freshman forward Nick Pomponio (Livonia, MI) scored twice and senior Joe Exter (Cranston, RI) made 38 saves for Merrimack, which squandered a 3-0 first period lead in its season-opener.

Pomponio scored six minutes and 43 seconds into his collegiate career. After defenseman Tony Johnson (Woburn,, MA) fed Pomponio on the left point, the freshman ripped a shot past Union goaltender Marc Wise (Aspen, CO). Merrimack struck again 30 seconds later, when Tim Reidy (Shewsbury, MA) carried the puck up the left boards, fought off a couple of defensemen and slid the puck by Wise. Pomponio scored his second of the period at the 11:27 mark of the first. After he passed to Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, MN) behind the net, Johnson gave the puck right back to him on the right side and Pomponio gave the Warriors a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Union got on the board with 23 seconds remaining in the first period. Palkovich intercepted a Warrior pass at center ice and carried the puck up the right side. After faking a pass, Palkovich wristed the puck low past Exter's right pad. Beal pulled the Skating Dutchmen within one at the 12:26 mark of the second period. After a Merrimack penalty on Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, NY), Beal scored off the ensuing face off with assists going to Bryan Campbell (Hannon, ONT) and Dagenais. With the middle period coming to a close, Wise was forced out of position and Merrimack's Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN) shot at the net was saved by Union forward Kris Goodjohn (Calgary, ALB). The puck was sent back out to Schmidt at the point and the freshman defenseman scored his first collegiate goal off a slapshot, giving the Warriors a two-goal lead with 23 seconds to play in the period.

Union netted its second power play goal of the game 2:55 into the third period when Marc Neron (Moonbeam, ONT) scored his first of the season, pulling the Skating Dutchmen within one at 4-3. With 1:18 remaining in regulation time, Union pulled Wise and the extra skater paid off 28 seconds later. Goodjohn won the face off sending the puck back to Jordan Webb (Nepean, ONT) who immediately passed to Dagenais at the left point. Dagenais shot found its way through a crowd, hit Exter's glove and trickled into the net to send the game to overtime.

Union out-shot Merrimack 42-25 including a 17-5 advantage in the third period. Union went 2-for-7 on the power play while holding Merrimack scoreless on six power play opportunities.

Merrimack returns to action next weekend with a pair of games at Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 18-19.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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