Brown's Four-Game Winning Streak Snapped With 3-1 Loss To Merrimack

Jan. 25, 2003

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Merrimack (10-10-4) scored two goals in a span of 1:24 to break open a 1-1 game and hand Brown (9-7-2) its first loss in five games, 3-1, in a non-league men's ice hockey contest Saturday evening at Merrimack's Volpe Center.

After a period of scoreless action, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Matt Johnson just 3:03 into the second period. The goal was scored just three seconds after an interference penalty on Brown's Gerry Burke (Milton, MA) had expired.

The Bears knotted the contest at 13:36 of the same period when senior Jason Wilson (LaSalle, ONT) ripped a shot from the top of the face-off circle that beat Merrimack's Joe Exter beneath his pads. Freshman Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB) earned his first career point with the assist on the goal.

Merrimack regained the one-goal lead just 1:20 into the final stanza, scoring on the man-advantage after peppering junior Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) with three quick shots. The Warriors took a 3-1 lead just 1:24 later on a goal by Lucas Smith.

For the game, Danis finished with 33 saves in 59:26. Brown resumes action on Tuesday, January 28th when the Bears host Providence in the 17th annual Mayor's Cup. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and six lucky fans will have the chance to compete for $10,000 in the Cooper Tire Toss.

BROWN			0	1	0	x	--	1
MERRIMACK 0 1 2 x -- 3

First period - No Scoring; Penalties - BR, 1-2; MC, 1-2.

Second period - MC, Matt Johnson (Nick Pomponio, Brent Gough), 3:03;
BR, Jason Wilson (Cory Caouette), 13:36; Penalties - BR, 3-6; MC, 1-2.

Third period - MC (PPG), Marco Rosa (Alex Sikatchev, Tim Reidy), 1:20;
MC, Lucas Smith (Alex Sikatchev), 2:44; Penalties - BR, 0-0; MC, 2-4.

Saves
BR, Yann Danis, 11-14-8 - 33 (59:26); MC, Joe Exter, 7-19-4 -- 30 (60:00)

Records - BR, 9-7-1, 7-5-1 ECAC; MC, 10-10-4, 5-7-2 Hockey East.

Attendance - 1,052 (Volpe Center).