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 Engineers, Advance To Stampede Final

Saturday, October 9, 2004

OMAHA, Nebraska - Sophomore goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, NEWF) made 29 saves and Merrimack (1-0-0) scored three power play goals to defeat Rensselaer (0-1-0), 5-3, and advance to the championship game of the Maverick Stampede. The Warriors will take on host Nebraska-Omaha, a 4-1 winner over Connecticut, on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. (Central).

Sophomore defenseman Jeff Caron (Moncton, NB) led the way with three assists, a career high, while junior defenseman Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN) and sophomore forward Matt Byrnes (Lincoln, RI) each had a goal and an assist. Five different players scored for Merrimack, with sophomore forward Mike Alexiou (Pickering, ONT) tallying the game-winner four minutes into the third.

Sophomore Jordan Black (Canton, MI) gave Merrimack the lead during a delayed penalty at 10:53 of the first when he fired the puck from in tight past Engineer goaltender Andrew Martin (11 saves). Caron and Byrnes assisted on the goal.

Rensselaer tied the game with just over three minutes remaining in the first as Chris Hussey beat Healey on a short angle rebound shot after a shot by C.J. Hanafin.

The Engineers took what proved to be their only lead of the night 2:27 into the second when Matt McNeely blasted the puck through a screen from the right point after a faceoff win by Oren Eizenman. The goal came just four seconds into a 4-on-4 situation.

But the Warriors would score four of the game's final five goals, starting with Byrnes' tying goal during a 5-on-3 at 13:42. Caron's shot from the right point was deflected in by Byrnes in front, with Schmidt also assisting. Then with just :25 remaining in the second, Schmidt scored a power play goal of his own to give Merrimack a 3-2 lead after two. Senior Steve Crusco (Waltham, MA) won a draw to the right of Martin, and Caron moved the puck to Schmidt at the right point for the shot.

Rensselaer tied the game at 3-3 just :36 into the third when Nick Economakos converted a feed across the slot from Kevin Croxton. But at 3:51, Alexiou put the Warriors ahead for good when his centering pass hit the stick of Engineer Scott Romfo in front and redirected past Martin to make it 4-3. It was Merrimack's third power play goal of the night, assisted by goaltender Healey and junior Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, NY).

Freshman Hank Carisio (Cheshire, CT) gave Merrimack insurance with his first collegiate goal at 12:06 when he beat a defender up the left side and cut in front to fire a wrister past Martin.

Rensselaer outshot Merrimack in the third, 13-3, and 32-16 on the night, but Healey and the Warriors withstood a furious late rally, including a :42 6-on-3 advantage with Martin pulled for an extra attacker.

Merrimack was 3-for-13 on the power play, while Rensselaer was 1-for-8.

- Mike Machnik

Box Score

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