Overall: 8-26-2
Hockey East: 1-22-1
Nonconference: 7-4-1

Home: 4-12-0
Away: 1-13-1
Neutral: 3-1-1
Overtime: 0-0-2

Full Schedule/Results

Team Leaders

1. Bryan Schmidt 13-18--31
2. Matt Johnson 10-17--27
3. Jeff Caron 5-20--25
4. Mike Alexiou 11-5--16
4. Matt Byrnes 2-14--16
4. Steve Crusco 3-13--16
1. Bryan Schmidt 13
2. Mike Alexiou 11
3. Matt Johnson 10
4. Jordan Black 9
5. Brent Gough 6
1. Jeff Caron 20
2. Bryan Schmidt 18
3. Matt Johnson 17
4. Matt Byrnes 14
5. Steve Crusco 13
Power Play Goals
1. Bryan Schmidt 8
2. Mike Alexiou 6
2. Matt Johnson 6
4. Jeff Caron 4
4. Brent Gough 4
Shorthanded Goals
1. Jordan Black 2
1. Matt Johnson 2
3. Brent Gough 1
Goals Against Avg.
1. Jim Healey 3.73 (7-19-2)
2. Frank McLaughlin 4.07 (1-4-0)
3. Casey Guenther 5.79 (0-3-0)
Save Percentage
1. Jim Healey .889
2. Frank McLaughlin .883
3. Casey Guenther .855
Power Play (HE)
39-215 18.1%
(16-128 12.5%)
Penalty Kill
187-222 84.2%
(121-143 84.6%)

Game Recap

Warriors Power Past Tommies, 5-2

Saturday, October 2, 2004

North Andover, Mass. -- Five different players scored to lead Merrimack to a 5-2 exhibition win over St. Thomas University of New Brunswick at the Lawler Arena. It was the first intercollegiate action for both teams.

Bryan Schmidt, Matt Johnson, Mike Alexiou and Brian Boulay all scored power play goals for the Warriors, and Steve Crusco added an even strength goal. Crusco also had an assist for a two-point night, and Jeff Caron had two assists.

Unofficially, the teams combined for 192 penalty minutes as Merrimack was penalized 26 times for 84 minutes, while the Tommies were penalized 34 times for 108 minutes. As a result, the game was filled with power plays, with Merrimack scoring four times on 18 chances and St. Thomas scoring twice on 13 tries.

Three goaltenders played a period each for the Warriors. Jim Healey started and stopped all six shots he faced in the first while his team built a 4-0 lead. Casey Guenther came in for the middle stanza and stopped three of five, although both goals against came on the power play. Junior Frank McLaughlin saw the first intercollegiate action of his career in playing the third period and turned aside all 12 St. Thomas bids to be named as the game's number one star. Schmidt and Crusco were the second and third stars.

For St. Thomas, Mike Couch and Kyle McAllister each scored a power play goal. Aaron Molnar (20 shots, 16 saves) and Andrew Sim (15 shots, 14 saves) split duties between the pipes.

The Warriors outshot the Tommies, 35-23.

Merrimack took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Schmidt and Johnson. Schmidt beat Molnar with a low one-timer stick side during a 5-on-3 at 1:05, and then on the ensuing 5-on-4, Johnson tipped in a shot by Caron after a feed from Brent Gough. Crusco made it 3-0 at 14:39 when he wristed a shot high to the glove side after a faceoff win by freshman Jeff Royston, with freshman Jarrett Sousa also assisting. Then at 16:28, Alexiou tipped a shot by Ryan Sullivan through the pads of Molnar on the power play to make it 4-0 Merrimack after one.

Couch got the Tommies on the board 7:24 into the second when he drew Guenther out and slipped a shot past him on the power play. Boulay got that one back for the Warriors with a power play shot through a screen from the right point at 15:00, but with 1:20 left in the period, McAllister pulled the Tommies within three again as he deflected a shot by Nick Theriault up high during a 5-on-3.

There was no scoring in the third.

Merrimack opens regular season play at the Maverick Stampede in Omaha, Neb., on Sat. Oct. 9 against Rensselaer at 4:00 p.m. Central time. St. Thomas visits Massachusetts-Lowell Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

- Mike Machnik

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