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

River Hawks Come From Behind, 6-5

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Lowell, Mass. -- Steve Slonina and Bobby Robins scored a pair of goals each to lead UMass Lowell (8-10-1, 1-8-0) to a 6-5 win over Merrimack (7-8-3, 4-5-1). Marco Rosa scored twice in the Hockey East loss for the Warriors.

Rosa gave the Warriors an early 2-0 lead, scoring a pair of goals within the first five minutes of play. He started with a breakaway goal 37 seconds into the contest. Eric Pedersen sprung Rosa, leading him into the River Hawk zone alone against UMass Lowell goaltender Dominic Smart. Rosa faked a shot before bringing the puck back to his backhand and flipping it into the upper right hand corner of the net. Joe Exter also assisted on the score for the first point of the senior captain's career. Rosa's second of the game came at the 4:53 mark, when he slid a low wrist shot from the top of the slot past the stick of Smart.

UMass Lowell scored its first goal of the game at the 7:10 mark. Slonina broke up the left boards, beat a Merrimack defenseman and headed straight to net, sending the puck between the pads of Exter. Merrimack took a 3-1 lead on Lucas Smith's first goal of the season. The senior tipped in a shot from the left point by Derek Kilduff at the 11:13 mark. The River Hawks pulled back within one at 14:23 of the first period on Robins' first career goal. Merrimack went up 4-2 on another tip-in goal, this time it was freshman Brent Gough tipping in a shot from the right point by defenseman Tony Johnson with 45 seconds remaining in the period.

The River Hawks opened the scoring in the second period when Slonina wobbled in a wrist shot from the left circle. Ed McGrane tied the score at 4-4 with his 14th goal of the season, finishing off a pass from behind the net from Peter Hay. Alex Sikatchev gave the Warriors back the lead with an unassisted goal. After Tim Reidy sent the puck around the boards, Smart came out behind the net to stop the puck but couldn't control it and it was deflected to Sikatchev, who flipped it into the empty net. Robins scored his second of the game at the 18:00 mark, tipping in a loose puck from in front of the net and the teams went into the second intermission tied at 5-5.

Elias Godoy gave UMass Lowell the lead with his fourth goal of the season at the 14:13 mark of the third period. Godoy carried the puck from the left circle through the slot before beating Exter low on his stick side, the eventual game winner.

Merrimack returns to action on Friday night when it travels to No. 15 Massachusetts for a Hockey East contest (7 p.m.).

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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