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

Gare Leads No. 6 UNH, 8-3

Sunday, January 4, 2003

Durham, N.H. -- Lanny Gare scored a career-high four goals to lead sixth-ranked New Hampshire to an 8-3 Hockey East victory over Merrimack at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which had 12 skaters record a point -- 10 of whom had a multiple-point game -- is now 13-4-2 overall and 7-2-1 in the conference while Merrimack is now 7-7-3, 4-4-1. Merrimack had a four game winning streak snapped.

Holding a 3-1 lead after two periods, UNH outscored Merrimack 5-2 in the final frame. Gare scored 34 seconds into the stanza to extend UNH's lead to 4-1 but the Warriors' Matt Johnson trimmed the deficit to two goals, 4-2, at 3:59. Gare, who became the first Wildcat to score four goals in a game since Jason Krog in 1999, scored a power-play goal at 6:46 and struck again for his fourth goal of the night at 11:01 to give the Wildcats a 6-2 cushion.

Merrimack pulled goaltender Joe Exter (41 saves) at that point, but Preston Callander scored 1:30 later for a 7-2 Wildcat advantage. UNH pulled Michael Ayers (13 saves) with that five-goal lead and Jeff Pietrasiak stopped four shots and allowed a Brent Gough goal (15:20) the remainder of the way.

Warriors' backup goalie Casey Guenther surrendered two goals, including the last of the game by Callander with 2:02 remaining, and was credited with three saves.

Steve Saviano (goal, assist) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 4:21 into the game when his shot from the right circle deflected off a defenseman in the slot and ricocheted into the net. Merrimack tied the game, 1-1, on an Eric Pedersen power-play goal at 6:02. Pedersen, with the assistance of Alex Sikatchev and Marco Rosa, fired a shot through traffic from the top of the slot. New Hampshire broke a 1-1 tie on second-period goals by Sean Collins at 13:13 and Gare at 14:15.

Colin Hemingway finished with three assists while Mike Lubesnick, Justin Aikins, Joshua Prudden, Patrick Foley and Garrett Stafford each recorded two assists.

Merrimack returns to action on Tuesday night when it travels to Mass.-Lowell for a Hockey East contest (7 p.m.).

Courtesy UNH Sports Information (edited).

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