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

McLaughlin, Warriors Top UMass, 5-2

Saturday, November 6, 2004

North Andover, Mass. - Junior goaltender Frank McLaughlin (Drexel Hill, PA) made 41 saves in his first career start to lead Merrimack (3-5-0, 1-3-0) to a 5-2 win over UMass (5-4-0, 3-2-0) on Saturday night. Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, MN), Rob LaLonde (Wiliamsville, NY) and Mike Alexiou (Pickering, ONT) each had a goal and an assist for the Warriors in front of 1,867 at J. Thom Lawler Arena.

McLaughlin was most impressive in the third period as he stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Now in his third season with the team, McLaughlin hadn't seen any collegiate action until a relief appearance in the third period of the team's 5-1 loss to Wayne State earlier this season.

Stephen Jacobs (Westminster, MA) and Tim Vitek (Dresden, ONT) each scored for the Minutemen and Michael Kostka (Ajax, ONT) assisted on both goals.

The Warriors took an early lead on Jeff Caron's (Moncton, NB) second goal of the season. Caron surprised Minutemen goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, MA) with a shot from the top of the left circle that went over his shoulder, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead 2:15 into the game. UMass tied it at the 17:06 mark with a rebound goal by Jacobs. After McLaughlin saved a shot from the right point by Kostka, Jacobs was at the doorstep to knock in the loose puck.

Hank Carisio (Chesire, CT) gave the Warriors the lead back 1:30 into the second period. After Jordan Hart's (Huntington, NY) shot went wide, Carisio collected the loose puck and beat Winer for his second goal of the season. LaLonde then gave the Warriors a two-goal cushion exactly five minutes later. After a pair of shots by Alexiou and Steve Crusco (Waltham, MA) were saved, the puck ended up on the stick of LaLonde at the left circle and he also netted his second of the year.

Schmidt put the Warriors up 4-1 at the 1:21 mark of the final period with a power play goal. The junior defenseman then also set up the final goal of the game, feeding Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie) at center ice to set up a 2-on-1 opportunity. Johnson then left the puck in the slot for Alexiou, who netted his fourth goal of the season at the 8:42 mark. Vitek added the last score of the game, putting back a rebound of another Kostka shot at the 16:02 mark.

The Merrimack penalty killing unit held UMass scoreless in 11 power play attempts. The Warriors have now killed 34 straight penalties over the past four games. Merrimack went 2-for-8 on the power play, converting on both power play opportunities in the third period.

Winer finished with 23 saves including 14 in the second period. Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, ME) made a pair of saves as he played the final 4:47 for the Minutemen.

Merrimack visits Boston University Friday night. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information

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