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

Mavericks Edge Warriors, Take Stampede

Sunday, October 10, 2004

OMAHA, Nebraska - Bill Thomas scored two goals, including the game-winner with 12:31 left, to give Nebraska-Omaha (2-0-0) a 4-3 win over Merrimack (1-1-0) in the championship game of the Maverick Stampede before 3,741 at the Qwest Center.

Thomas was named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Merrimack sophomore forward Mike Alexiou (Pickering, ONT) and sophomore defenseman Jeff Caron (Moncton, NB) along with UNO forward Scott Parse and goaltender Chris Holt, and Rensselaer defenseman Scott Romfo.

Alexiou led the Warriors on the night with a goal and an assist. Freshman forward Jeff Royston (Bowden, ALB) scored his first collegiate goal, and Caron also had a goal. Sophomore goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, NEWF) turned aside 34 Maverick shots in a losing effort.

Merrimack nearly got on the board when freshman Jordan Hart (Huntington, NY) was stopped on the doorstep by UNO goaltender Holt. Several minutes later, the Mavericks took a 1-0 lead on the power play at 8:39 when Thomas beat his man on the left wing and fired a shot past Healey to the far side. Bryan Marshall made it 2-0 UNO at 11:59 with a similar shot after gaining the puck off the left wall.

Alexiou cut the lead in half midway through the second when he intercepted a clearing pass by Holt and fired it into the net from the left circle before Holt could get back in the crease.

The teams then exchanged goals before the end of the period. Mike Lefley set up on the doorstep and banged in a centering feed from Dan Hacker behind the net on the power play at 17:49. But Merrimack went on a power play of its own with :30 remaining in the period, and just before the buzzer, Caron took a feed from junior Brent Gough (St. Albert, ALB) and blasted it past Holt from the right point to pull the Warriors within one at 3-2 after two.

The Warriors came out strong in the third and tied the game just 2:20 in when Alexiou fed Royston on a 2-on-1 rush, making it 3-3 and erasing UNO's second two-goal lead of the night.

But Thomas would score the game-winner on the shorthand at the 7:29 mark. Scott Parse intercepted a Warrior pass in the Maverick end and went off to the races with Thomas on a 2-on-1. Healey stopped Parse's initial shot, but Thomas followed the rebound and slammed it in to snap the tie and send UNO on to the win. Healey left the ice for a sixth attacker in the final :18, but Holt made a pair of saves to preserve the win.

The Warriors were outshot in every period and 38-21 for the game. Merrimack was 1-for-7 on the power play, while UNO was 2-for-7.

The Warriors return to action on Friday, October 15 at Providence (7:00 p.m.). It will be the Hockey East opener for both teams.

- Mike Machnik

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