RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — No. 4 Merrimack cruised to a 14-6 victory against Rollins on Thursday evening.
The Warriors were led offensively by Corey Lunney who finished the night with four goals and one assist. Greg Melaugh tallied three goals and three assists on the night for the Warriors. Jamie Shand picked up his first-career goal and also recorded a team-high four assists.
The Warriors started off the game with a score 15 seconds into the opening half as Mike Perdie found the back of the net off of an individual move to get free. The Warriors poured in three more first-period goals as Lunney, Jordan Tiger and Matt Marini all scored to give Merrimack the 4-0 advantage after one period of play.
Perdie would extend the Warriors lead to 5-0 after a nice pass from Shand set him up in front of the net all alone. The Tars would respond with their first goal of the game less that 20 seconds later as Peter Harvey scored after he won the faceoff.
Melaugh would score the final two goals of the opening half off of Shand passes to give the Warriors the 7-1 lead. The Warriors held the advantage in shots in the first half 33-12.
The Warriors opened up the second half of play with a 4-0 run as Paul Jones started the run less than a minute into the third period as he found the back of the net off of a Perdie assist. Melaugh, Shand and Lunney connected on the other three goals during the run for the Warriors as the score was extended to 11-1 in favor of Merrimack.
Rollins connected on a goal to put the Warriors scoring streak to an end but Lunney scored less than 30 second later to give the Warriors the 12-2 advantage.
Rollins would connect on the final-four goals of the night to make the score 14-6.
The Warriors would finish the game holding the advantage in shots 51-31 and groundballs 33-27. Rollins held the advantage in faceoffs, 15-9. The Warriors finished the game going 3-6 in extra man opportunities while the Tars were held to 2-5.
Peter Schielke led the way defensively for the Warriors locking down the Tars offensive threats. Perdie finished off his night with two goals and one assist for the Warriors in the victory.
Merrimack’s Morgan Green improved to 3-0 on the season after recording six saves while Connor Reagan recorded four saves in the final period of action to preserve the victory. Rollins’ Andrew Sheerin made 13 saves.