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

Red Hot River Hawks Top Warriors, 3-1

Friday, January 14, 2005

Lowell, Mass. - Merrimack dropped its third straight game on Friday night, falling to red-hot UMass Lowell by a 3-1 score in a Hockey East game at Tsongas Arena.

UMass Lowell ran its unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest unbeaten streak in the nation, to improve to 12-5-2, 3-5-2 Hockey East. Merrimack fell to 8-15-2, 1-11-1. The teams will complete a home-and-home series on Saturday night at J. Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover.

The River Hawks got out of the gate early, with sophomore Jason Tejchma (Muskegan, Mich.) putting his own rebound past Warrior sophomore goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, N.F.) just 43 seconds into the game.

Sophomore defenseman Cleve Kinley (Powell River, B.C.) found junior forward Ben Walter (Langley, B.C.) with a breakaway pass through the neutral zone, and Walter shot five-hole for his 18th goal of the season to give UMass Lowell a 2-0 lead halfway through the second period.

Merrimack got back within one just over two minutes later, as junior winger Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored a power play goal on a one-timer that beat River Hawk rookie goaltender Peter Vetri (Windham, N.H.) to the glove side. Johnson was assisted by defensemen Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, Minn.) and Jeff Caron (Moncton, N.B.) on the play. The trio combined for the Warriors' lone goal on a 5-on-3 power play in last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Boston College.

UMass Lowell junior Brad King (Calgary, Alta.) had a chance to restore the two goal advantage with a penalty shot with 5:39 remaining, but Healey stuffed King's low bid with his right pad to keep the score 2-1 at the second intermission.

The River Hawks re-established the two goal lead with just over seven minutes to play in the third period, as junior Andrew Martin (Brampton, Ont.) scored on a one-time shot from the right point just seven seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage for UMass Lowell.

Healey was pulled for an extra skater with 3:38 to play, and while Merrimack had several excellent scoring opportunities, every shot was either blocked by a River Hawk defender or sailed just wide of the net.

Healey made 34 saves for Merrimack, while Vetri stopped 20 shots for UMass Lowell.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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