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 Top Crusaders With Late Rally, 6-3

Friday, January 24, 2003

North Andover, Mass. -- Merrimack (9-10-4) scored five unanswered goals including four over the final 4:08 to come back and defeat Holy Cross (10-12-0). Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN) scored twice including the game-winner and Brent Gough (St. Albert, ALB) had a goal and an assist as the Warriors survived in North Andover. Jonas Tomiuck (Wainfleet, ONT) had two goals and Tyler McGregor (Ajax, ONT) added three assists in the loss for Holy Cross in front of 1,141 at the Volpe Center.

Holy Cross took an early lead when Tomiuck scored 4:48 into the game. After Tyler McGregor took advantage of a Merrimack turnover in its own zone, he fed Tomiuck at the right side of the net and the sophomore finished for his ninth goal of the season. Merrimack evened the score on Derek Kilduff's (Marion, MA) second goal of the year. From the right circle Nick Pomponio (Livonia, MI) slipped the puck through a Holy Cross defenseman and Kilduff skated onto it before beating Holy Cross goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, ME).

Blair Bartlett (Dryden, ONT) gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at the 13:00 mark of the second period on another play set up by McGregor. From the left corner, McGregor fed Bartlett in front and the freshman slipped the puck past the stick of Guenther and into the left corner of the net. Holy Cross then took a two-goal lead 1:34 into the third period on Tomiuck's second of the game. Gough pulled the Warriors back within one at the 11:13 mark of the final period, scoring his eighth of the season.

Sophomore Brendon Clark (Reading, MA) started the late charge by the Warriors at the 15:52 mark, beating Queseda from the left boards to tie the score at three. Schmidt then netted the game-winner, tipping in a shot from the left point by Eric Pedersen (Saugus, MA) at 16:48. Schmidt now has seven goals over his last five games.

Trailing by one, Holy Cross pulled its goalie but the Warriors responded by tying a school record for fastest consecutive goals. Schmidt flipped in an empty net goal at 19:30 before Steve Crusco (Waltham, MA) scored on the ensuing faceoff six seconds later.

Rookie goaltender Casey Guenther (Boissevain, MAN) stopped 18 shots including 11 in the second period for his first collegiate victory.

Merrimack concludes its nonconference schedule Saturday night at home against Brown of the ECAC. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information (edited).

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