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

Wayne State Tops Warriors, 5-1

Friday, October 22, 2004

North Andover, Mass. - Jason Baclig (Leamington, ONT) had a goal and two assists to lead Wayne State (2-1-0) to a 5-1 victory over Merrimack (1-3-0). Nate Higgins (Calgary, ALB) scored the game-winner midway through the second period on what turned out to be Wayne State's only even-strength goal of the night. Blake Stewart (Roselle, IL) netted the lone goal for Merrimack as it lost its third straight game since starting the season with a victory.

Higgins and Mike Forgie (Scarborough, ONT) each finished with a goal and an assist for Wayne State as it downed Merrimack at J. Thom Lawler Arena. Stavros Paskaris (Dearborn, MI) started things off for Wayne State with a shorthanded goal five minutes and three seconds into the game. It marked the third straight game that Merrimack has given up a shorthanded goal.

Merrimack evened the score 53 seconds into the second period on Stewart's first goal of the year with assists going to Jordan Black (Canton, MI) and Matt Byrnes (Lincoln, RI). Black is tied for the team lead with four points and has recorded a point in three of the first four games. Higgins gave Wayne State the lead for good with his first goal of the year at the 10:28 mark of the second period. Baclig netted a power play goal at the 12:50 mark of the second period to give the visitors a comfortable 3-1 advantage at the second intermission.

Forgie and Jason Bloomingburg (Canton, MI) added power play goals in the third period to put the game away. Wayne State goaltender Matt Kelly (Hull, MA) set the tone by making 14 saves in the first period and went on to finish with 23 in the game. Merrimack played three different goaltenders on the night. Jim Healey (three goals, 13 saves, 34:42), Casey Guenther (two goals, six saves, 17:33) and Frank McLaughlin (0 goals, six saves, 7:45) each saw action in the Warrior net.

Merrimack went 0-for-8 on the power play while Wayne State went 3-for-9. Wayne State scored four of its five goals on special teams as it netted a shorthanded goal as well as three power play scores.

The two teams return to action tomorrow night at J. Thom Lawler Arena with game time slated for 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information

Box Score

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