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 Gain Weekend Split, 4-3

Saturday, January 11, 2003

North Andover, Mass. -- Tony Johnson scored with 7:27 left to snap a 3-3 tie and send Merrimack (8-9-3, 5-6-1 HE) on to a 4-3 win over No. 14 Massachusetts (13-8-1, 7-6-0 HE) in a Hockey East game.

Merrimack broke a three game losing streak while UMass had a three game winning streak come to an end. The Warriors got two goals from Bryan Schmidt, both on the power play, and a pair of assists from Eric Pedersen. Ryan Cordeiro scored the other Merrimack goal, his first of the season. Joe Exter turned aside 34 shots to earn the win. Merrimack played just its seventh game at home in 20 contests (5-1-1).

UMass outshot Merrimack, 37-18, with a 29-12 edge over the final two periods after Merrimack had taken a 2-0 lead after one. Each team was 2-for-5 on the power play.

The line of Greg Mauldin, Matt Anderson and Stephen Werner did all the scoring for UMass, with Anderson scoring two goals and Werner the third. Each player had three points on the night.

Schmidt scored both of his goals in the first period, each on the power play, to stake Merrimack to a 2-0 lead. At 7:52 he collected the puck after Pedersen had a shot blocked from the right point and fired a wrist shot past UMass goaltender Gabe Winer (14 saves) to give Merrimack the first lead for the 15th time in 20 games (7-5-3).

The freshman defenseman would block a shot by UMass's Sean Regan with Exter down and out, preventing a sure goal, and then score another goal to put the Warriors up by two at 17:29. This time, Marco Rosa dug the puck out along the right boards to Pedersen at the point, and Pedersen quickly swung it over to Schmidt on the weak side for another wrist shot and Schmidt's fourth of the season -- his third in two games.

UMass came right back with two power play goals of their own in the second to forge a 2-2 deadlock after two. After Mauldin had a shot blocked, the puck bounced to the right of Exter, and a player from each team dove for it. Anderson got just enough of the puck to chip it over the Warrior goaltender for the seventh goal of his rookie season at 2:56, making it 2-1. Then midway through the period, the same unit clicked again for UMass to tie the game. Mauldin's shot was stopped by Exter, but the puck rolled behind him and Werner got to it first to flip it in for his ninth of the season.

Merrimack regained the lead 1:27 into the third when Cordeiro had a shot in the slot blocked and then fired the rebound past Winer, making the score 3-2. But the Minutemen tied it again at 7:02, Anderson carrying out of the left corner and lifting a wrist shot just under the crossbar from the bottom of the left circle, over Exter's left shoulder. It was Anderson's second of the night.

With the score tied 3-3 and UMass on a rush, Lucas Smith hit Minuteman Mike Warner at the Merrimack blue line, forcing a turnover that sent Tony Johnson up the right side quickly. Johnson let a shot go right the top of the right circle that snuck under the crossbar short side, regaining the lead for good for the Warriors.

UMass surprised with some shorthanded pressure in the last two minutes after an interference penalty, forcing Exter to make his best saves of the night to preserve the win, including robbing Tim Turner on a 2-on-1. Winer also had to stop Matt Johnson on a breakaway to keep the Minutemen within striking distance as the ice opened up at both ends. Winer exited for a sixth attacker in the final :30 but to no avail, and Merrimack escaped with the 4-3 win.

Merrimack hosts Maine Fri.-Sat. Jan. 17-18 at 7 p.m. each night.

By Mike Machnik.

Box Score

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