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

Friars Edge Warriors, 5-4

Friday, October 15, 2004

Providence, R.I. - Bill McCreary scored two goals, including the game-winner with 12:22 to play, to give Providence (2-0-0, 1-0-0 HE) a 5-4 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East game.

The Warriors (1-2-0, 0-1-0 HE) got a pair of goals each from Jordan Black and Matt Johnson. Jim Healey made 30 saves in net.

After PC's Chris Chaput scored a shorthanded goal just 4:36 into the game on Merrimack's first power play opportunity, the Warriors struck back just :14 later as Black converted a feed from Nick Pomponio with Matt Byrnes also assisting.

The Friars then scored twice to take their first of two two-goal leads on the night. Freshman Dylan Cox recorded his first collegiate goal when he put in a rebound from the left circle after two saves by Healey. The goal came at 7:41. Then at 11:43, McCreary scored his first of the night when he stole the puck at center ice, carried into the zone and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Healey.

But with PC on a power play late in the period, Johnson scored his first of the night when he stole the puck in his own zone and carried up ice on a 2-on-1. Johnson used Brent Gough as a decoy and lifted the puck over the left shoulder of PC netminder David Cacciola (25 saves) to cut the Friars' lead to 3-2 after one.

The only goal of the second was scored by PC's Colin McDonald at 2:06, as McDonald picked up a loose puck off the draw to Healey's left and rifled it over Healey's left shoulder.

The Friars carried a 4-2 lead into the third, but Merrimack struck for two goals in 1:15 to tie the game. As a PC power play was expiring, Warrior defenseman Bryan Schmidt fed Johnson for another 2-on-1, and again Johnson used Gough as a decoy, this time firing a slap shot past Cacciola low to the stick side at 3:27. It was Johnson's second goal of the game.

Then at 4:42, Black stole an errant pass from behind the PC net and deposited it to tie the game at 4-4 on his second of the night and third of the young season.

Merrimack was called for too many men on the ice at 7:14, and Providence wasted no time in capitalizing as McCreary deflected Eric Lundberg's shot from the right point past Healey at 7:38 to regain the lead for the Friars at 5-4.

The Warriors pulled Healey for an extra attacker in the final minute but were unable to get the tying goal.

PC outshot Merrimack, 35-29. The Warriors were 1-for-6 on the power play, while PC was 1-for-7. Each team scored a shorthanded goal.

The Warriors return to action on Friday, October 22 for their home opener, a nonconference game against Wayne State (7:00 p.m.). The teams will also meet again at Lawler Arena the following night.

- Mike Machnik

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