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

Healey, Warriors Tie No. 9/10 Maine, 2-2

Friday, December 3, 2004

Orono, Me. - Merrimack tied No. 9/10 Maine, 2-2, in overtime on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Merrimack scored two goals in the second period to take the lead, but Maine's Keith Johnson tied the game 2-2 in the third period. Maine had a commanding 39 to 12 advantage on shots in the game, but could not score in overtime. Maine is now 9-6-2 (5-3-1 Hockey East) and Merrimack is 4-9-2 on the season (1-7-1 in Hockey East).

"With the shots as uneven as it was, it can get frustrating," said head coach Tim Whitehead. "But that is why hockey is such an exciting game - you never know what is going to happen. Clearly if we had capitalized on the early power plays it would have given us the momentum. We did not get pucks to the net in the first period like we were able to in the second and third periods. I am impressed with the heart that Merrimack showed in finding ways to keep it out of the net. They earned the one point tonight."

The Black Bears had the first three power play opportunities of the game, but were not able to capitalize on the advantage despite several strong chances. Merrimack's first shot on net was at 12:30 into the period, which was saved by Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y.). With only 22 seconds remaining in the period, Jeff Mushaluk (Armstrong, British Columbia) and Michel Leveille (Levis, Quebec) combined on the assist for Brent Shepheard (Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia) to score the goal. The first period ended with Maine having a seven to three advantage on shots.

Merrimack bounced back in the second period, with Bryan Schmidt scoring on a delayed penalty with an extra attacker on the ice at 5:54 when Howard made an initial save, but the rebounded shot rolled behind Howard and crossed the goal line. Schmidt was assisted by Matt Johnson and Nick Pomponio. The Warriors took the lead shortly later when at 8:34 Jordan Black fired a wrist shot past Howard for the goal. Matt Byrnes and Jordan Hart had the assists. Maine had two more power play chances in the period, but again did not score with the advantage. The Black Bears had a twelve to four advantage on shots in the second period.

Maine was able to tie the game at 3:51 into the third period when Keith Johnson (Windsor, Conn.) put the puck over the right shoulder of Jim Healey for the goal. Johnson was assisted by Travis Wight (Fannystelle, Manitoba) and Mike Hamilton (Victoria, British Columbia) on the goal. Following the goal, Maine had another power play opportunity and again had strong chances at the net, including shots by Billy Ryan (Milton, Mass.), Greg Moore (Lisbon, Maine) and Tim Maxwell (Sherwood Park, Alberta) that were all saved by Healey. With ten minutes remaining in the game, Josh Soares (Hamilton, Ontario) hit the right post with a shot. Jon Jankus (Stoney Creek, Ontario) had the Black Bears' final shot attempt of the period with thirty seconds left which was saved. In the period, Maine had a 16 to five edge on shots.

For the second straight game for Maine, the action carried over to overtime. Again, the Black Bears kept the action in the Merrimack zone, not allowing a shot attempt in the extra session. Maine had several chances to win in overtime, including a shot by Leveille that was saved and a shot by Troy Barnes (Pembroke, Ontario) that was saved as well. Healey had four saves in the period for Merrimack.

In goal, Maine's Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) had two goals against and 10 saves. For the Warriors, Jim Healey (Holyrood, Newfoundland) had two goals against and 37 saves. Maine had 1 penalty for 2 minutes and Merrimack had 6 for 12 minutes. On power plays, Maine was 0-6 and Merrimack was 0-1. For the game, Maine outshot Merrimack 39 to 12.

The Black Bears return to Alfond Arena against Merrimack on December 4 for the final home game before Christmas break. For tickets or more information, please call 207-581-BEAR or visit www.GoBlackBears.com.

Courtesy Maine Sports Information

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