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

Minutemen Top Warriors, 3-1

Saturday, February 5, 2005

North Andover, Mass. - UMass senior forward Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ont.) scored with less than two minutes to play in the second period and rookie forward Matt Burto (Orange, Conn.) scored just 28 seconds into the third period to turn a tight hockey game into a 3-1 win over Merrimack in Hockey East play on Saturday night at J. Thom Lawler Arena.

UMass snapped a seven-game winless streak with the win to improve to 11-16-2, 5-11-2 Hockey East, while Merrimack lost its eighth consecutive game, falling to 8-20-2, 1-16-1.

Vitek's goal came after Merrimack sophomore goaltender Jim Healey (Holyrood, N.F.) stopped a shot from the right circle by junior forward Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.). Vitek found the rebound at the left side and put it past Healey before he could get across the net.

Burto scored after Healey made point blank saves on senior forward Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.) and freshman forward P.J. Fenton. Burto finally pushed home the rebound, giving the Minutemen the final 3-1 lead.

Merrimack dominated the first period, outshooting UMass 10-3. Junior defenseman Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, Minn.) set up a pair of breakaways, finding junior forward Brent Gough (St. Albert, Alta.) with a blue line to blue line feed in the opening minutes, and later setting up sophomore forward Justin Mills (Edgerton, Alta.), but both players just missed the net with their shots.

UMass, however, got on the board first, scoring a power play goal less than two minutes into the second period. Burto sent a floating wrist shot from the right circle towards Healey, and MacDonald tipped the puck down into the net for his first goal of the season.

Merrimack junior defenseman Rob LaLonde (Williamsville, N.Y) tied the game at the 12:24 mark of the second period, scoring his fifth goal of the season on a give-and-go with senior forward Steve Crusco (Waltham, Mass.) with junior forward Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) also adding an assist on the play.

Healey made 22 saves for the Warriors. Senior Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) got the win for UMass, coming in off the bench when junior Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) was injured in the second period.

Merrimack will face top-ranked Boston College on the road next Friday, while the Minutemen will travel to Durham, N.H., to play the University of New Hampshire.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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