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

Zanon Leads UNO Comeback Win, 5-3

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Omaha, Nebr. -- Matt Johnson scored a pair of goals and added an assist but Merrimack (3-6-3) squandered a 3-0 lead in its 5-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (5-7-2) on Saturday night.

All-American defenseman Greg Zanon had two goals and three assists for the host Mavericks, while Micah Sanford added two goals and an assist.

Casey Guenther made 31 saves in his first collegiate start but the Mavericks scored five unanswered goals over the final 23 minutes in front of 8,314 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Johnson got things going at the 10:38 mark of the first period for the Warriors. Derek Kilduff threw the puck in toward the net from the left point, creating a scramble in front with Nick Pomponio and Johnson both poking at the puck before Johnson stuffed it in. Brent Gough put the Warriors up 2-0 at the 17:53 mark of the first. After receiving a pass from Marco Rosa at the right circle, Gough beat UNO goaltender Dan Ellis low into the right side of the net.

Johnson gave the Warriors a three-goal cushion five minutes into the second period on another score set up by Rosa. After Rosa stole the puck on the left boards in the UNO zone, he sent Johnson in alone and the freshman snuck it between the pads of Ellis for his fourth goal of the weekend.

The Warriors maintained that lead until giving up a pair of power play goals at the end of the second period. The Mavericks did not waste time taking advantage of a two-man advantage situation, scoring six seconds after a 5-on-3 started. Greg Zanon blasted the puck past Guenther from the top of the right circle to get UNO on the board at 17:36 of the middle period. Gus Groslie followed with a power play goal with 44 seconds remaining in the second period.

The Mavericks struck quickly in the third period with a pair of goals 25 seconds apart. Micah Sanford scored at the 3:13 mark and Zanon followed at 3:38, giving UNO a 4-3 lead. It marked the first time Merrimack has trailed in a game since its 2-1 loss to BU on Nov. 9, a span of 234 minutes and 38 seconds. Sanford added an insurance goal at the 16:04 mark, walking in from the right circle and lifting the puck over the left shoulder of Guenther to seal the victory.

The Warriors return to Hockey East play Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. when they host Providence at the Volpe Center.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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