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

No. 1 Maine Battles To Tie Warriors, 5-5

Friday, January 17, 2003

North Andover, Mass. -- Francis Nault (Tracy, QUE) scored with 43 seconds to play in regulation to help No. 1 Maine (18-2-3, 8-1-2) earn a 5-5 tie with Merrimack (8-9-4, 5-6-2). Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN) scored twice and Brent Gough had a goal and three assists for Merrimack while Greg Moore (Lisbon, ME) had a pair of goals for Maine in front of 2,892 at the Volpe Center.

Moore struck first for the Black Bears at the 13:52 mark of the first period. The freshman weaved through the slot before letting go a wrist shot into the upper left corner of the net. Martin Kariya (North Vancouver, BC) gave Maine a two-goal cushion at the end of the first, putting back a rebound with 30 seconds to go in the period.

Merrimack responded with three unanswered goals in the second period. Schmidt netted the first of his two goals at the 2:03 mark, taking a feed from Eric Pedersen (Saugus, MA) in the left circle for a power play goal. Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, MN) then took the puck the length of the ice to tie the game. After an Exter save went straight to Gough, he fed Johnson who beat a pair of Black Bears before scoring his seventh of the season. Schmidt gave the Warriors the lead with a shot from the slot that beat Doyle on his glove side. Exter made 21 saves in the period and the Warriors went into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.

Five goals were scored by the two teams in the third period including four over the final five minutes of regulation. Moore evened the score at the 7:56 mark of the third period, with Ben Murphy (North Andover, MA) winning a faceoff in the Warrior zone and carrying to the bottom of the left circle for a pass in front that hit Moore's leg and went in. Merrimack defenseman Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, NY) put the Warriors back up by one, blasting a slapshot from the point that hit the crossbar and dropped in the net. It was the first goal of LaLonde's career. Maine tied the game at 4-4 when Todd Jackson (Cortland, NY) netted his 10th goal of the season at the 17:52 mark.

Merrimack regained the lead with 1:10 remaining in the third period after Tony Johnson dropped the puck back to Gough on the left side and he immediately beat Maine goaltender Frank Doyle (Guelph, ONT). Trailing 5-4, the Black Bears pulled Doyle and six seconds later Nault sent the game into overtime with a screen shot from the left point.

Joe Exter (Cranston, RI) finished with 43 saves while Doyle stopped 20. The two teams meet again tomorrow night at 7 PM in the Volpe Center.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information (edited).

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