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

River Hawks Defeat Warriors, 5-2

Saturday, January 15, 2005

North Andover, Mass. - UMass Lowell scored three goals in a span of 3:22 to turn a 2-1 third period deficit into a 5-2 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East contest on Saturday night in J. Thom Lawler Arena.

The River Hawks moved the nation's best unbeaten streak to 11 games (9-0-2), improving to 13-5-2, 4-5-2 Hockey East. Merrimack lost its fourth consecutive game to fall to 8-16-2, 1-12-1.

Sophomore forward Todd Fletcher (Chelmsford, Mass.) started the run for the River Hawks after Merrimack sophomore goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, N.F.) mishandled a floating wrist shot with his glove, giving Fletcher a lane to poke the puck past him with 8:09 to play. Sophomore linemate Chris Fontas (Nashua, N.H.) scored just 2:17 later, following his own rebound to give UMass Lowell a 3-2 lead.

Junior forward Elias Godoy (West Vancouver, B.C.) finished the flurry 67 seconds later, stealing the puck from Healey, who was attempting to clear the zone, and firing a shot into the upper right corner to give the River Hawks a two-goal cushion with just 4:47 to play. Junior forward Andrew Martin (Brampton, Ont.) added an empty net goal for UMass Lowell, which has catapulted from ninth to a tie for fifth in the Hockey East standings in the last two weeks.

Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) got the Warriors on the board less than six minutes into the game, beating UMass Lowell rookie goaltender Peter Vetri (Windham, N.H.) on a breakaway with a low shot at the right post. Johnson got the breakaway by blocking a clearing attempt by a River Hawk defender at the UMass Lowell blue line, giving the junior forward his eighth goal of the season and a three-game goal scoring streak.

UMass Lowell junior forward Ben Walter (Langley, B.C.) tied the score with his 19th goal of the season on a power play halfway through the second period, deflecting the puck off Healey with a bad angle shot from the right side.

Rookie forward Jordan Fox (Kirkwood, Mo.) gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead with his first collegiate goal before the second intermission, getting a pass from freshman linemate Derek Pallardy (Chesterfield, Mo.) across the blue line and beating his defender before sweeping from right to left across the face of the net and sliding a low backhand shot into the far side of the net.

The River Hawks outshot Merrimack 39-19. The Warriors, however, killed seven of eight UMass Lowell power plays, including two 5-on-3 situations. Healey finished with 34 saves to fall to 7-13-2, while Vetri improved to 9-2-2 with 17 saves.

Merrimack, now four points behind Providence for eighth place in the conference standings, goes on the road next weekend to face the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern. The River Hawks travel to Brown for a non-conference game on Tuesday.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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