No. 4 Merrimack blasts Saint Rose
Warriors’ Lunney scores four goals for second game in a row
ALBANY, N.Y. -- No. 4 Merrimack remained undefeated with a 15-6 victory against Saint Rose on Sunday afternoon. Behind a seven-point performance by Mike Perdie the Warriors are now 4-0 on the season.
Perdie recorded a game-high six assists and one goal on the afternoon for the Warriors in the victory. Corey Lunney led the way for Merrimack in goals with four for the second consecutive game.
The Warriors leading scorer, Jamie Shand, also scored four goals in the victory. Greg Melaugh continued his solid play with two goals and one assist while DJ Brown tallied one goal and one assist.
The Warriors opened up the scoring less than 1:30 into the game as Lunney connected to give Merrimack the early 1-0 advantage. The Golden Knights scored soon after when Rich Bamberger found the back of the net after a Kevin Fleming assist.
Kyle Guilbert would score a goal with 5:32 remaining in the opening period after a Perdie assist to spark a Warriors 5-0 run. Shand would connect on a goal a little more than a minute minute later to close out the first period for the Warriors, holding the 3-1 lead.
Shand, Lunney and Melaugh would each score to start off the second period for the Warriors to extend their lead to 6-1 with 5:51 remaining in the opening half. The Golden Knights however would string together back-to-back goals to close out the first half.
The Warriors went into halftime with the 6-3 lead. The Warriors held the advantage in shots in the first half, 21-14. The Warriors were also 14-16 on clear opportunities in the opening half while Saint Rose was 6-11. Merrimack was also 1-1 in extra man opportunities while the Golden Knights were only successful on one of their four chances.
The Golden Knights would open the second half on fire as they scored the first three goals to make the score 6-6 with 10:23 remaining in the third period. Merrimack took a timeout which would turn the momentum in its favor.
The Warriors would connect on the final nine goals of the game after taking the early second-half timeout.
Brown would opened up the Warriors' scoring with the man up goal after a Perdie assist. Shand and Lunney would both connect during the next five minutes to extend the Warriors lead to three at 9-6.
The Golden Knights would call a timeout after the Lunney goal but couldn’t slow down the Merrimack momentum as Paul Jones would find the back of the net just 20 seconds later to give Merrimack the 10-6 lead.
Lunney would give Merrimack the 11-6 advantage heading into the fourth period off of a Perdie.
The Warriors closed the fourth period with four goals and Perdie would be a part of three.
Merrimack finished with a 47-27 advantage in shots on the afternoon and going 4-6 on extra-man opportunities. The Warriors finished the game going 21-23 on clear opportunities and scooping up 45 groundballs compared to the Golden Knights 34.
In between the pipes, Morgan Green dominated the second half of play, making seven of his 12 saves. Saint Rose’s Nick Longo finished the game with seven saves on the afternoon.