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

Minuteman Comeback Edges Warriors, 4-3

Friday, January 10, 2003

Amherst, Mass. -- Greg Mauldin's goal with 1:34 remaining snapped a 3-3 tie and gave host Massachusetts (13-7-1, 7-5-0 HE) a 4-3 win over Merrimack (7-9-3, 4-6-1 HE) in a Hockey East game.

Mauldin's goal completed a three goal third period comeback for No. 14 UMass, which entered the period down 3-1. Merrimack lost its second straight game in which it had multiple two goal leads (2-0, 3-1).

Lucas Smith had a goal and an assist for the Warriors, while Steve Crusco set up two goals in his first game since Oct. 22. Crusco returned to the lineup two and a half months after suffering a freak injury in practice which severed five tendons and an artery in his wrist.

Nick Cammarata scored his first goal of the season for Merrimack, and Bryan Schmidt also scored. Joe Exter turned aside 36 shots as UMass outshot the Warriors, 40-21, including 23-7 in the final period. Merrimack was 1-for-2 on the power play while UMass was 2-for-5 with both goals coming in the third period.

The Warriors took a 2-0 lead after one on goals by Cammarata and Smith. Cammarata stepped up to rifle home a feed from Matt Johnson behind the net on the power play at 7:07 after Crusco had dug the puck out of the corner. Then after a UMass power play expired, Nick Pomponio came out of the penalty box to force an errant pass by the UMass defense, and Smith blasted home his second goal in two games past UMass goaltender Gabe Winer (18 saves).

Thomas Pock cut the Merrimack lead in half midway through the second when he stepped up to blast home a pass from Chris Capraro behind the net on a 4-on-4 situation, but Schmidt got that back three minutes later with a slap shot through a screen from the right point, giving Merrimack a 3-1 lead at the end of two.

The third period was all UMass. Matt Anderson pulled the Minutemen within one on the power play at 6:30 when he set up in front and converted a backhand pass from Mauldin after Exter had saved Nick Kuiper's shot from the right point. Then on UMass's second power play of the period, Tim Turner tied the game at 13:35 when he corraled Pock's wide slap shot off the back boards and stuffed it past Exter short side.

Mauldin scored the winner at 18:26, banging in a centering pass from Anderson behind the net. Merrimack pulled Exter for an extra attacker in the final minute, but Winer stopped Brent Gough on the doorstep with :15 left to seal the win.

The teams rematch at Merrimack's Volpe Center Saturday night at 7 p.m.

By Mike Machnik.

Box Score

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