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

Howard Backstops No. 1 Maine, 2-1

Saturday, January 18, 2003

North Andover, Mass. -- Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, NY) stopped 35 shots including 28 over the final two periods as No. 1 Maine (19-2-3, 9-1-2) edged Merrimack (8-10-4, 5-7-2) in Hockey East action. Robert Liscak (Skalica, Slovakia) scored the game-winner at the 11:07 mark of the third period to lift Maine to a 2-1 victory in front of 2,933 at the Volpe Center.

Maine took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal midway through the first period. Lucas Lawson (Braeside, ONT) finished off a 2-on-1 breakaway off a pass from Martin Kariya (North Vancouver, BC) at the 11:19 mark. Merrimack then dominated play in the second period, outshooting the Black Bears 14-4 but Howard stopped all 14.

The Warriors continued to press in the third period, with Tim Reidy (Shrewsbury, MA) hitting the crossbar four minutes in on a 2-on-1 rush. Three minutes later, Reidy led another 2-on-1 and fed Ryan Cordiero (Somerset, MA) on the doorstep to even the score with his second goal of the season at the 6:58 mark. Chris Heisten (Anchorage, Alaska) helped set up the game-winner when he tried to pass the puck in front. The puck was deflected towards the goal but Joe Exter (Cranston, RI) reached back with his stick to stop it. Liscak was waiting on the doorstep and put back the rebound for his tenth goal of the season.

Merrimack fired a flurry of shots after pulling Exter with 52 seconds left but Howard was up to the task, helping the top-ranked Black Bears to hang on. Exter finished with 25 saves in the loss for the Warriors.

It was the first time that Merrimack had outshot an opponent in a game this season (36-27). Maine was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Merrimack was 0-for-4.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information (edited).

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