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

Huskies 5, Warriors 1

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

North Andover, Mass. - The first line of Brian Swiniarski (Newburyport, MA), Jason Guerriero (Manorville, NY) and Joe Santilli (Westwood, MA) combined for nine points to lead Northeastern (6-5-1, 3-2-0) to a 5-1 win over Merrimack (3-9-0, 1-7-0). Swiniarski had two goals and an assist, Santilli had a goal and two assists and Guerriero dished out three assists in the Hockey East victory in front of 1,734 at Lawler Arena.

Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, NY) netted the lone goal for Merrimack and Jim Healey stopped 17 of 19 shots over the final two periods. Steve Birnstill (Commack, NY) and Jared Mudryk (Leduc, Alberta) added goals for Northeastern and Keni Gibson (Stittsville, ONT) made 28 saves in the win.

The Huskies jumped out to a quick lead when Santilli scored his third goal of the season just 41 seconds into the game. Birnstill then took advantage of Northeastern's second power play opportunity. After Guerriero carried the puck around the back of the net, he fed Birnstill at the top of the left circle and the sophomore defenseman slid a low wrist shot between the pads of Merrimack starting goaltender Frank McLaughlin (Drexel Hill, PA). Swiniarski put the Huskies up by three when his shot from the top of the slot ricocheted off the crossbar and into the net for his fifth goal of the season. Guerriero set up all three Husky goals in the first period.

Merrimack closed within two on a goal by LaLonde at 5:05 of the second period. Sophomore Mike Alexiou (Pickering, ONT) set up the score, feeding LaLonde at the top of the left circle and the junior defensemen beat Gibson for his third goal of the season. Merrimack killed all four penalties in the second period and Jim Healey, who replaced McLaughlin at the start of the second, stopped all eight shots he faced in the middle period to keep the game within reach.

Northeastern regained its three-goal lead at the 5:31 mark of the third period. A shot by Carter Lee (St. Louis, MO) was saved by Healey but Mudryk crashed the net and put back the rebound for his fourth goal of the season. Swiniarski added an insurance goal at 11:58 of the third period, providing the final margin of victory.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information

Box Score

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