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

No. 1 Wildcats Edge Warriors, 4-3

Friday, November 1, 2002

Durham, N.H. -- Nick Pomponio had a goal and an assist, but the Warriors fell short of downing the No. 1 team in the country on Friday night in Durham, N.H.

Cam DeYoung and Tony Johnson also scored and Alex Sikatchev had a pair of assists as Merrimack (1-3-1, 1-1-0) fell 4-3 to the University of New Hampshire (3-0-2, 1-0-1) in Hockey East action. Tim Horst had a goal and two assists for UNH, which scored a pair of goals in the final period to come back from a late 3-2 deficit.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead 8:36 into the game on a slapshot by DeYoung. Brendon Clark dropped the puck back to DeYoung at the left point and the sophomore ripped it past the glove of UNH goaltender Michael Ayers for the first goal of his career.

UNH evened things up at the 11:23 mark on a goal by Horst after he received a feed from Abbott. Preston Callander netted the lone goal of the middle period, putting back a rebound off a shot from the left point by Horst and the Wildcats went into the second intermission up 2-1.

The line of Pomponio, Alex Sikatchev, and Tim Reidy clicked twice early in the third period to give the Warriors back the lead. The first came 1:10 into the period, when Pomponio stuffed in a centering pass by Reidy for his fourth goal of the season. At the 4:04 mark, Pomponio took the puck into the Wildcat zone and dropped it to Sikatchev on the left point. Sikatchev then ripped a shot that trickled through Ayers and Tony Johnson was waiting behind him to put it in the net and give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.

UNH tied it with a fortunate bounce of the puck. After a shot by Colin Hemingway was saved and bounced into the corner, Josh Prudden threw it back toward the net and it hit Exter's skate, off the post and into the net. The Wildcats took the lead back when Steve Saviano sprung Sean Collins on a breakaway and the sophomore beat Exter for the game-winner.

The Warriors return to action Sunday night, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. when they host Dartmouth of the ECAC in a nonleague game.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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