2004-05

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

Scoring
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
Goals
1. Bryan Schmidt 13
2. Mike Alexiou 11
3. Matt Johnson 10
4. Jordan Black 9
5. Brent Gough 6
Assists
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 Complete Sweep, 4-2

Saturday, December 11, 2004

North Andover, Mass. - Senior captain Steve Crusco (Waltham, MA) scored the game-winner and Matt Byrnes (Lincoln, RI) and Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, MN) each had two assists as Merrimack (6-10-2) defeated Princeton (4-9-1) by a score of 4-2. Crusco, Mike Alexiou (Pickering, ONT), Justin Mills (Edgerton, ALB), and Jordan Black (Canton, MI) each scored for the Warriors as they swept the weekend series over the Tigers in front of 736 at J. Thom Lawler Arena.

Sophomore goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, NFD) stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced, while his teammates poured 37 total shots on his counterpart, Eric Leroux (London, ONT) at the other end of the ice. Darroll Powe (Kanata, ONT) and Patrick Neundorfer each scored in the loss for the Tigers.

The Warriors got on the board first, scoring 10:59 into the game when Alexiou wristed a loose puck past Leroux. Alexiou gathered the puck as it deflected directly off the backboards on teammate Jordan Fox's (Kirkwood, MO) attempt from the blue line, and the sophomore winger immediately ripped his shot for the 1-0 Merrimack lead. Mills added a goal at the 17:20 mark, when he directed a rebound into the net. Byrnes won a face-off in the Princeton zone and dropped it to Ryan Sullivan (Toronto, ONT) at the point, who got off a clean shot which was saved by Leroux. Mills then found himself on the doorstep for the put-in, bringing the score to 2-0 in favor of the Warriors.

Princeton cut the lead in half at 10:55 of the second period when Powe scored his first of the year, reaching a loose puck before Merrimack goaltender Jim Healey could cover it up. The Tigers' sophomore forward dove headfirst and poked the puck past Healey for the 2-1 score. Princeton then tied the game at 15:27 on a power play goal, ending a streak of 25 straight successful penalty kills by the Warriors. Center Patrick Neundorfer (Cleveland, OH) collected the rebound of a Grant Goeckner-Zoeller shot from inside the slot for the 2-2 tie.

Crusco responded less than two minutes later at 16:58 with the go-ahead goal. Johnson raced up the right boards with Crusco charging through the slot and centered a pass to Crusco for a one-timer and a 3-2 Merrimack lead.

Merrimack furthered its lead in the third, when Black took matters into his own hands. On the power play, Black picked up a sitting puck on the blue line and skated through the Tiger defense, netting a goal to finish the scoring.

The Warriors break for exams and will return to action in the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. against host Minnesota on Dec. 22.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information

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