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 Come Back To Defeat Warriors, 4-2

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Providence, R.I. - Sophomore forward Colin McDonald scored two goals in the third period to help Providence turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East game on Saturday night at Schneider Arena. Sophomore defenseman Jeff Caron (Moncton, N.B.) scored a goal and had an assist to lead the Warriors.

Providence improved to 10-19-4, 5-14-4 Hockey East, while Merrimack broke a school record with its 13th consecutive loss, falling to 8-25-2, 1-21-1.

After falling behind 1-0 early in the second period, Merrimack scored the next two goals to take its first lead in a game since leading 2-1 in the third period of a 5-2 loss to UMass Lowell on January 15th. It broke a string of 526:05 over ten games that the Warriors had not led.

Junior forward Matt Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) tied the score with a power play goal just over three minutes after the Friars got on the board. Caron (Moncton, N.B.) had his shot from the left point blocked, and Providence senior goaltender David Cacciola (Burlington, Mass.) saved a shot by freshman forward Hank Carisio (Cheshire, Conn.) but couldn't find the rebound at the left post. Johnson flipped the loose puck over the sprawling goaltender for his 10th goal of the season.

Caron gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead with just over two minutes to play in the period, taking a feed from sophomore forward Jordan Black (Canton, Mich.) at the left point and firing a slap shot over Cacciola's blocker for his fifth goal of the season.

McDonald (Wethersfield, Conn.), however, scored two goals in a span of less than three minutes to put the Friars back on top in the third period. He tied the score 31 seconds after the penalty expired, as the Friars continued to pressure in the Warrior zone. McDonald sent a slap shot from the slot over Merrimack sophomore goaltender Jim Healey's glove at the 7:37 mark for his 10th goal of the season.

McDonald gave the Friars a 3-2 lead with a power play goal just over two minutes later on a nearly identical play, taking a feed from sophomore forward Bill McCreary (Howell, Mich.) at the top of the right circle and beating Healey's glove with another high slap shot.

Providence senior forward David Carpentier (Faribault, Minn.) put the game away with another high one-time shot from the top of the right circle with less than three minutes to play.

Sophomore forward Jamie Carroll (Andover, Conn.) gave the Friars a 1-0 lead, scoring a power play goal just six seconds into the man advantage opportunity in the second period. Senior forward Chris Chaput (Pawtucket, R.I.) won a faceoff in the Merrimack zone back to sophomore forward Chase Watson (Media, Pa.), whose shot from the point was blocked in front. Carroll picked up the loose puck and fired a low shot into the right side of the net at the 4:17 mark.

Healey (Holyrood, N.F.) made 30 saves for the Warriors, while Cacciola made 19 saves before being replaced in the closing minutes by senior Mike Wolfe (Milford, Conn.), who made one save.

The Warriors wrap up the 2004-05 season next Thursday, hosting UMass Lowell for senior night at 7 p.m. at J. Thom Lawler Arena.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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