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

Friars Top Warriors, 4-1

Friday, February 25, 2005

North Andover, Mass. - Sophomore forwards Bill McCreary and Bryan Horan each scored a goal and added an assist to lead Providence to a 4-1 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East game at J. Thom Lawler Arena on Friday night.

Providence moved into a tie with idle UMass for seventh place in the Hockey East standings with the win, improving to 9-19-4, 4-14-4 in Hockey East play. The Warriors fell to 8-24-2, 1-20-1, tying a school record with their 12th consecutive loss.

After a scoreless first period, Providence junior forward Torry Gajda (Westfield, Mass.) gave the Friars a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period. Senior center Chris Chaput (Pawtucket, R.I.) found Gajda wide open at the far post from the left corner, and Chaput put the puck into the wide open net before Merrimack senior goaltender Casey Guenther (Boissevain, Man.) could recover.

Guenther, making just his second start of the season, kept the game close, holding Providence scoreless despite three Friar power plays spanning 7:29 in the second period. Over three minutes of that time was due to a five-minute major for spearing on senior forward Steve Crusco (Waltham, Mass.). Crusco also received a game disqualification and will miss Merrimack's game at Providence tomorrow night.

Horan (Farmington, Conn.) gave Providence a two-goal cushion early in the third period when McCreary (Howell, Michigan) found him open with a cross-ice pass from the left. Horan one-timed the puck into the open net at the 2:45 mark for his second goal of the year.

A trio of Merrimack rookie forwards cut the lead back to one less than three minutes later. Mike Fournier (Anchorage, Alaska) found Jordan Fox (Kirkwood, Mo.) with an up-ice pass to the blue line. Fox gained the zone, then found Hank Carisio (Cheshire, Conn.) open on the left wing. Carisio fired the puck past Providence rookie goaltender Tyler Sims (Fort Worth, Texas) for his fourth goal of the season.

Warrior junior Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had a great chance to tie the game late in the third period when sophomore Matt Byrnes (Lincoln, R.I.) set him up on a breakaway, but Johnson fired his shot wide right.

McCreary restored the Friars' two-goal lead just minutes later, taking a pass from Horan in the neutral zone and working all the way to the right post before lifting a backhand top shelf past Guenther.

Providence sophomore forward Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, Con.) added an empty net goal with less than a minute to play.

Sims made 26 saves for the Friars, while Guenther stopped 32 shots for the Warriors.

The teams will finish the season series at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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