Hockey East: 1-22-1
• Full Schedule/Results
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
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)
1. Jim Healey .889
2. Frank McLaughlin .883
3. Casey Guenther .855
Power Play (HE)
Durham, N.H. - Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alta.) scored two goals in the first and second periods to give New Hampshire an early lead, and the Wildcats scored three third period goals to turn a one-goal game into a 6-2 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East game on Friday night.
UNH, ranked seventh nationally, improved to 16-5-2, 9-1-1 in Hockey East. Merrimack fell to 8-17-2, 1-13-1. Junior defenseman Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, Minn.) led the Warriors with a goal and an assist, while freshman forward Jordan Fox (Kirkwood, Mo.) added two assists.
Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) started the third period scoring flurry for the Wildcats when Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) found him open in the slot. The rookie forward beat Merrimack junior goaltender Frank McLaughlin (Drexel Hill, Pa.) with a shot between his legs, giving UNH a 4-2 lead at the 3:29 mark.
Senior forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) extended the lead to three goals just 1:11 later, scoring a power play goal from the right side on a bang-bang play from senior forward Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) and senior defenseman Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.).
Mark Kolanos (Calgary, Alta.) closed the scoring with 8:15 to play, sending a rebound into the top left corner after McLaughlin kicked away a redirected shot.
While Merrimack lost by four goals, the Warriors nearly tied the game less than a minute into the final frame when Schmidt clanged a slap shot off the left post.
The Wildcats jumped out to a quick two-goal lead, with Fornataro and Callander scoring in the first 6:05. Radja found Fornataro open at the right circle, and Fornataro's slap shot rang off the far post to give UNH a 1-0 lead at 2:10.
The Wildcats padded the lead less than four minutes later, scoring a 5-on-3 power play goal. Sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) fed Callander from behind the net, and Callander beat McLaughlin with a shot into the upper netting for his 15th goal of the season.
Schmidt cut the lead to one goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the first period when his slap shot from the point deflected off a Wildcat defender and past rookie netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.). The goal was the 12th of the season for Schmidt, who leads the nation's defensemen in both goals and points.
Fornataro gave UNH a 3-1 lead less than two minutes into the second period when sophomore forward Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) fed him by the open left side of the net for his second goal of the game.
Merrimack again cut the lead to one before the second intermission, as Fox, Schmidt and junior forward Brent Gough (St. Albert, Alta.) combined for a pretty power play goal at the 7:34 mark. Fox wheeled the puck from the left corner to the slot, where Schmidt one-touched it to Gough at the right side. Gough one-timed his shot from a tough angle past Regan, who was unable to recover in time.
Regan made 30 saves for the Wildcats, while McLaughlin stopped 26 shots for the Warriors.
Merrimack heads to Boston to face Northeastern at Matthews Arena on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
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