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

No. 13 UMass Lowell Defeats Warriors, 5-1

Thursday, March 3, 2005

North Andover, Mass. - Five different players scored a goal and junior forward Ben Walter (Langley, B.C.) had three assists to lead No. 13 UMass Lowell to a 5-1 win over Merrimack in a Hockey East contest on Thursday night at Lawler Arena.

The River Hawks improved to 20-9-4, 11-9-3 Hockey East with the win. Merrimack finished the season 8-26-2, 1-22-1, extending its school record losing streak to 14 games.

Merrimack scored the game's first goal just under six minutes into the game, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead for the first time since Jan. 15, the last time the Warriors faced the River Hawks this season. Senior forward Steve Crusco (Waltham, Mass.) set up the goal on a 2-on-1 with sophomore forward Mike Alexiou (Pickering, Ont.), passing to the right wing, where Alexiou beat UMass Lowell goaltender junior goaltender John Yaros (Bayside, N.Y.) with a shot to the near post for his 11th goal of the season.

Junior forward Bobby Robins (Peshtigo, Wis.) tied the score for the River Hawks just over two minutes later, beating Warrior senior goaltender Casey Guenther (Boissevain, Man.) on a rebound in the crease.

UMass Lowell took its first lead less than five minutes into the second period when sophomore forward Rene Gauthier (Tecumseh, Ont.) sent junior linemate Mark Pandolfo (North Andover, Mass.) on a breakaway with a blue line-to-blue line pass. Pandolfo lifted his shot over Guenther's blocker for his sixth goal of the season to give the River Hawks a 2-1 lead.

UMass Lowell sophomore forward Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, N.J.) increased the lead to two goals less than a minute and a half later, tipping junior defenseman Kim Brandvold's (Oslo, Norway) screen shot into the net at the 6:14 mark.

The River Hawks took a 4-1 lead just 35 seconds into the final period. Sophomore forward Todd Fletcher (Chelmsford, Mass.) was behind the Warrior net when he found sophomore defenseman Cleve Kinley (Powell River, B.C.) creeping in from the point. Kinley took Fletcher's feed and shot high over Guenther's blocker for his seventh goal of the year.

Junior forward Danny O'Brien (South Boston, Mass.) put the game away with 1:28 to play, scoring a power play goal with assists from Walter and junior forward Elias Godoy (West Vancouver, B.C.).

Yaros made 23 saves for the River Hawks, while Guenther stopped 42 shots. Merrimack was outshot 47-24, including 20-5 in the second period.

The River Hawks will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, hosting Providence at 7 p.m.

Courtesy Merrimack Sports Information.

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