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

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
1. Brent Gough 12
1. Marco Rosa 10
3. Bryan Schmidt 9
4. Matt Johnson 8
5. Tim Reidy 7
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

Exter, Warriors Blank Huskies, 1-0

Saturday, December 7, 2002

Boston, Mass. -- Brendon Clark scored in the second period and Joe Exter stopped 26 shots to lead Merrimack to a 1-0 victory over Northeastern in Hockey East action on Saturday night.

Merrimack improves to 5-6-3 and 4-3-1 in Hockey East, good for fifth place at the holiday break, while Northeastern falls to 5-8-2 overall and 1-6-1 in the conference.

The 4-3-1 league record marks the first time the Warriors have been over .500 at Christmas in 12 years. In 1990-91, Merrimack started 4-3-0 in league play. It is also Merrimack's best start ever through eight games since joining Hockey East in 1989. The Warriors' previous best start was 4-4-0 in both 1990-91 and 1998-99.

The lone goal of the game came at the 5:57 mark of the middle period. Tony Johnson chipped the puck up the right boards to Lucas Smith, who took the puck to the right corner before snapping a centering pass to Clark in front. The sophomore stuffed it home for his third goal of the season and first game-winner.

The biggest of Exter's 26 saves came in the first period when he stopped a shorthanded breakaway by Northeastern's Mike Morris at the 12:24 mark. The senior captain, who earned his fourth career shutout, has not allowed a goal in his last 113:07 in net.

Merrimack has gone 3-0-1 in its last four Hockey East games. The win was their first on the road this season (1-5-2). It was also the 10th time in 14 games that Merrimack has scored the game's first goal (4-3-2).

"It's always frustrating when you lose, especially when you play well and it could've gone either way," said NU coach Bruce Crowder. "Goaltenders can make a difference. Exter's playing well and Merrimack has a stingy defense."

The Huskies tried a furious rally in the third, but Exter with the help of his defensemen and the post, held off Northeastern. At the 10:32 mark, Jason Guerriero deflected Brian Swiniarski's shot off the right post. Mike Ryan, Eric Ortlip and Trevor Reschny all had chances at close range that either sailed wide, were stopped by Exter, or cleared from the crease by a well-positioned defenseman.

"We had some great chances, but couldn't capitalize on any scoring opportunities," Crowder said. "When you don't score you may tie a few games, but you're certainly not going to win any."

The Warriors are off until Dec. 28-29 when they will compete in the Rensselaer HSBC Holiday Hockey Tournament in Troy, N.Y. against Rensselaer, Princeton and Wayne State.

Courtesy Merrimack & Northeastern Sports Information (edited), some info added by Mike Machnik.

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