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

Caron, Warriors Upset No. 10/11 Harvard, 6-4

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Minneapolis, Minn. - Merrimack's power play converted on four of its five opportunities to propel the Warriors to a 6-4 victory over tenth-ranked Harvard in the consolation game of the Dodge Holiday Classic at Minnesota. Harvard outshot Merrimack by a 40-19 margin, but goalie Jim Healey was outstanding for the Warriors, making several outstanding saves (36 total) while Harvard netminder Justin Tobe was victimized for six tallies in his third start of the season.

Jeff Caron had four assists for Merrimack and was named to the All-Tournament Team, while Minnesota natives Bryan Schmidt and Matt Johnson each had a goal and two assists. The Warrior penalty kill held Harvard's fourth ranked power play scoreless on four chances.

Merrimack got the first goal of the game while skating on the power play. Johnson was set up on the outer cusp of the left circle, got the puck from Schmidt at the point, took one stride in and whistled a slapper over the right shoulder of Tobe. The Crimson had its best chance of the period soon thereafter, when Tom Cavanagh had the puck out to the left of Healey and carried it unmolested through the crease. He held it until Healey committed and went down, but as he flipped the puck high netward, Healey was able to stab it from midair with his glove hand to keep Cavanagh and the Crimson off the board. Despite being outshot 12-7 in the first stanza, the Warriors went into the first intermission ahead 1-0.

Merrimack struck again just 1:30 into the second, getting another on the man advantage. Caron had the puck out at the left point, and his slapshot was tipped in front by blueliner Scott Drewicki for the 2-0 lead. It was Drewicki's first career goal in just his second game as a Warrior (30th overall).

Harvard began to dictate the pace of play soon thereafter, and their increased level of play paid dividends at 7:28. Charlie Johnson won the faceoff in the offensive zone back to Ryan Lannon, who lightly tapped it back to a waiting Dylan Reese at the point. Reese ripped a shot from his spot out to Healey's right, and tickled the twine behind the netminder for his fourth of the season.

The Warriors scored another power play goal with under a minute and a half remaining in the second stanza. Freshman Mike Fournier was camped on the doorstep out to Tobe's right, and a cross-slot pass from Schmidt was batted past the netminder to give Merrimack its third power play tally of the night. Fournier's shot was just the third of the period for the Warriors, but two found their intended destination and were enough to give Merrimack the 3-1 lead at the break.

While the Crimson carried play to come out early in the third, it was Merrimack which was able to get on the board again early in the frame to take a three-goal lead. Sophomore sniper Mike Alexiou was left alone in front, and Brendon Clark, tied up with two defenders in the corner, slid a simple pass to his unmarked teammate who one-timed it over the right shoulder of Tobe.

After Minnesota native Dave Watters got the Crimson to within 4-2 with his first collegiate tally at 6:02, the Warriors would tack on two more to extend their lead to 6-2. Schmidt was hit with a homerun pass coming out of the penalty box by Jordan Fox, and his breakaway wrist shot sailed over the shoulder of Tobe for his tenth of the season at 10:34. The sixth tally came from assistant captain Brent Gough on the power play, as he tallied his second of the year off assists from Johnson and Caron.

The Crimson refused to roll over as time ticked away, as the squad struck for two tallies to cut it to 6-4 in the final two minutes of the game. Tyler Magura potted his second of the season on a goalmouth scramble after a Noah Welch offering was saved by Healey, and Andrew Lederman got one in the final seconds off an assist from freshman - and Minnesota native - Mike Taylor.

Merrimack returns to action Thur. Dec. 30 against Brown in the first round of the UConn Hockey Classic in Storrs, Conn. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy Harvard Sports Information (edited)

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