Hockey Closes Out the Season With a 5-3 Loss to Merrimack
March 3, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Nick Parillo scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead Merrimack College to a 5-3 victory over the University of Massachusetts in Hockey East action tonight at the William D. Mullins Center. It was the last game of the season for the Minutetmen, while the Warriors will play at New Hampshire next week in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.
Merrimack opened the scoring at the 12:52 mark of the first period when Luke Smith netted his first goal of the season with assists going to Ryan Kiley and Tim Reidy. Massachusetts evened the score just over a minute later when senior Martin Miljko (Etobicoke, Ontario) scored off a rebound of a Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) shot. Senior Toni Söderholm (Helsinki, Finland) also assisted on the goal. The Warriors regained the lead with 1:56 remaining in the first period when Anthony Aquino scored off a feed from Alex Sikatchev to give Merrimack the 2-1 lead.
The Warriors took a two-goal lead just 57 seconds in the second period when Parillo netted his first goal of the game. Sikatchev and Aquino picked up the assists on the only goal of the period.
Mauldin brought the Minutemen to within one when he scored off a rebound of his own shot at the 12:55 mark of the third period. Söderholm and Miljko assisted on the goal. Merrimack came back with Parillo's second of the game to take a 4-2 lead at the 15:28 mark. Junior forward Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) cut the Warriors lead to 4-3 when he scored from the slot with 3:41 remaining in the game. Freshman Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) assisted on the goal.
The Warriors iced the game with an empty net goal by Ryan Cordeiro with 23 seconds remaining.
Senior Mike Johnson (Excelsior, Minn.) made 29 saves in the net for Massachusetts, while Joe Exter stopped 34 shots for the Warriors. The victory improves Merrimack to 11-21-2 overall and 6-16-2 in Hockey East, while the loss ends Massachusetts season with an 8-24-2 overall record and a 3-19-2 record in Hockey East.
Mauldin became the first freshman to lead the Minutemen in scoring since Rob Bonneau and Warren Norris tied for the team lead in the 1993-94 season. Mauldin ended the year with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points.
Merrimack 2-1-2 -- 5 (11-21-2 overall / 6-16-2 HE)
Massachusetts 1-0-2 -- 3 (8-24-2 overall / 3-19-2 HE)