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

Rosa Hat Trick Leads Warriors, 6-1

Saturday, February 15, 2003

North Andover, Mass. -- Marco Rosa (Whitby, ONT) had his first career hat trick to lead Merrimack (12-13-5, 7-10-3) to a 6-1 win over No. 4 Boston College (19-8-3, 14-5-1) in front of 2,753 at the Volpe Center. Joe Exter (Cranston, RI) had 27 saves including 11 in the first period to help Merrimack to the Hockey East victory.

Rosa had his wrist broken on a hit by BC's Andrew Alberts midway through the final period with the score 5-1. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, MN) finished with three assists, Steve Crusco (Waltham, MA) added a goal and an assist and defensemen Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN) and Nick Cammarata (Canton, MA) had two assists apiece. Stephen Gionta (Rochester, NY) scored the lone goal in the loss for BC, which took the season series two games to one.

Gough got the Warriors going 3:51 into the game, scoring on the team's first shot on goal off a feed from Johnson. The next three goals would be scored by Rosa, with the first coming at the 16:56 mark of the first period. The junior carried the puck up the left boards and all the way around the far side of the net and whipped a backhand off goaltender Tim Kelleher (Belmont, MA). BC managed an 11-5 advantage in shots in the first period but Exter stopped all 11.

Rosa netted the lone goal of the second period, scoring on a Warrior power play at the 12:59 mark. The junior rifled a slapshot from the point that deflected off a BC player's stick and went over the shoulder of Kelleher.

Rosa completed the hat trick 28 seconds into the third period, stuffing in a rebound off a shot by Johnson. Gionta got the Eagles on the board at the 4:13 mark of the final period. After a shot by Brett Peterson (Northborough, MA) was blocked by a BC defenseman, it deflected straight to Gionta who immediately sent it past Exter. Crusco put the Warriors up 5-1 with his sixth goal of the season at the 5:42 mark. After a nice feed from Cam DeYoung (Whitby, ONT) sent Crusco through the slot alone, he snapped a backhand shot that beat Kelleher high. Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, NY) added the final goal at 11:45 of the third, blasting a slapshot past the glove of Kelleher from high in the slot after a drop pass by Crusco. The goal came with Merrimack skating 5-on-3 as a result of a penalty to Alberts for the hit on Rosa.

Merrimack finished 3-for-6 on the power play while holding BC to an 0-for-4 clip. The two teams combined for 56 penalty minutes in the game, 28 of which came in the third period.

The Warriors host New Hampshire Wednesday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

NOTES: Rosa, the Warriors' leading scorer, had his wrist broken on a hit by BC's Andrew Alberts with 9:24 left and the score 5-1. He is expected to miss the rest of the season...The Warriors continued their strong play at home (9-2-3)...Merrimack never trailed, leading 2-0 after one and 3-0 after two...When scoring first, the Warriors are 10-6-4...Rosa's hat trick was the first of his career and gave him the team lead in goals (10) before his season ending injury...Rosa's second period power play goal broke the team's 0-for-17 slump over five plus games...Junior defenseman Eric Pedersen remained sidelined with an abdominal strain...The Warriors' six goals matched a season high (Holy Cross, 6-3)...BC had not lost a game by more than three goals before tonight.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information (edited).

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