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

Warriors Capture Title, Exter Named MVP

Sunday, December 29, 2002

Troy, N.Y. -- Merrimack scored three goals in the first period and got 36 saves from tournament Most Valuable Player Joe Exter to win the 52nd Annual Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/HSBC Holiday Tournament the oldest college hockey holiday tournament in the nation 4-1 over Wayne State, at the Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y.

With the victory, Merrimack increases its winning streak to four games and improves its overall record to 7-6-3. Wayne State falls to 6-11-0 overall.

Exter, a senior from Cranston, R.I., finished with 58 saves on 60 shots in two games, including 22 saves in a 2-1 win over Rensselaer on Saturday night. Named to the All-Tournament Team were Exter in goal, Merrimack's Marco Rosa, and Maxim Starchenko and Nathan Rosychuk, both from Wayne State, as the forwards and Merrimack's Tony Johnson and Tyler Kindle from Wayne State on defense.

Freshman forward David Breen put the Warriors ahead, 1-0, at 3:10 of the first period when he batted the puck out of midair to tally the first goal of his collegiate career. Classmate Rob LaLonde took a shot from the left point that Breen deflected on goal. His initial shot was stopped but not covered and Breen batted the puck in from the left side of the crease for the goal. LaLonde and Dennis Sullivan, who is also a freshman, assisted on the play. It was Sullivan's first collegiate point.

Merrimack took a two-goal lead on a well-played two-on-one between Rosa and Tim Reidy. Reidy carried the puck down the right side and patiently waited for Rosa, who was driving to the net. Rosa, a native of Whitby, Ont., put the puck into the open net as the Wayne State netminder, David Guerrera, was playing Reidy. Rosa then made it 3-0 when he skated into the offensive zone and slipped a backhander past Guerrera that barely crossed the goal line. The red light came on and Rosa was credited with his second of the game and fourth of the season. Matt Johnson, a freshman, earned the only assist on the play.

Wayne State, who is also known as the Warriors, pulled to within two goals when Starchenko scored his third goal in the last two games. A senior forward, Starchenko was the beneficiary of nice passing on a three-on-two as he banged home a feed from Jack Redwood. Nathan Rosychuk also assisted on the play. Merrimack regained its three-goal lead when Nick Pomponio, who assisted on the Warriors' second goal, deflected a Tony Johnson shot past Guerrera. LaLonde also earned a point on the goal, which came with Merrimack on the power play.

Merrimack returns to action on Saturday night when it travels to nationally-ranked New Hampshire for a Hockey East contest (7 p.m.).

Courtesy Rensselaer Sports Information (edited).

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