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 Earn Split With Wayne State, 5-4

Saturday, October 23, 2004

North Andover, Mass. - Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN) netted a pair of power play goals in the third period, including the game-winner with 6:41 remaining, to lift Merrimack (2-3-0) to a 5-4 win over Wayne State (2-2-0). Matt Byrnes (Lincoln, RI) finished with four assists and Jeff Caron (Moncton, New Brunswick) added three assists as the Warriors split the weekend series at the J. Thom Lawler Arena.

Jordan Black (Canton, MI) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 18:29 mark of the first period. The sophomore put back a rebound off a slapshot by Jeff Caron (Moncton, New Brunswick) for his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Black has recorded a point in four of the first five games.

John May tied the score at the 9:42 mark of the second period. The score did not remain tied for long as Chris Murphy (Sparta, NJ) scored the first goal of his career just 18 seconds later to put the Warriors back up by one. Wayne State's Mike Forgie (Scarborough, Ontario) tied the game 2-2 at the 12:20 mark of the second period when he stuffed in a loose puck rebound off a shot by Jason Baclig (Leamington, ONT).

Wayne State netted a pair of quick goals early in the third period to jump out to a 4-2 lead. Jason Bloomingburg (Canton, MI) started the third period scoring one minute and 19 seconds into the period with his sixth goal of the season. Tyler Michel (Sudbury, Ontario) followed at the 3:45 mark with a shorthanded goal, marking the fourth straight game that Merrimack has surrendered a shorthanded goal.

Merrimack answered with three straight power play goals, starting with Schmidt who took advantage of a 4-on-3 situation by sneaking a wrist shot past Wayne State goaltender Matt Kelly (Hull, MA) at the 9:02 mark. Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, NY) tied the game at 4-4 at the 12:00 mark, just eight seconds after the Warriors went on a 5-on-3 power play.

The game-winner was set up after Byrnes won a face off in the right circle to Caron, who dropped the puck back to Schmidt at the right point. The junior defenseman then fired a slapshot past Kelly on his stick side for the game-winner.

Goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, Newfoundland) made 36 saves for Merrimack including 16 in the second period. Kelly stopped 25 shots in the loss for Wayne State.

Merrimack returns to action Friday night at the J. Thom Lawler Arena with a Hockey East game against Maine. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information

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