No. 4 Merrimack posts fifth consecutive victory against Franklin Pierce
RINDGE, NH -- Behind a season-high six-goal performance by Greg Melaugh, No. 4 Merrimack picked up their fifth consecutive win with a dominating 17-4 win against Franklin Pierce.
"We looked good [on Wednesday]," head coach Mike Morgan said. "We continued to click on offense, kept a good team to a low score defensively, won a lot of faceoffs and also controlled the middle of the field. It was a good overall effort and we need to continue to have urgency in practice to improve on some mistakes."
The Warriors jumped out quick and put the Ravens away as they opened the game on a 8-0 scoring run, including scoring a season-high five goals in the first 15 minutes of the contest.
Melaugh powered the Merrimack offense, which has averaged 18 goals a game during its last two conference victories, with a season-high six goals on eight shots on goal. The six-point performance for Melaugh moved him into a tie for eighth place on the Merrimack scoring charts with current head coach and former Warrior Mike Morgan. Sophomore Jamie Shand finished the game with a season-high five points, three goals and two assists, while Corey Lunney continued his hot start with three goals and an assist to go along with two ground balls.
Melaugh opened the scoring for the Warriors less than two minutes into the first period as he took a Lunney feed and found the back of the net for his 15th goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Lunney made the score 2-0 as he fired home his 18th marker of the season with the assist going to Kyle Guilbert.
The Warriors ended the first period with three goals to give them a season-high five first-period goals. Mike Perdie, Shand and Bryan Pollack each scored in the final seven minutes of the period for Merrimack. Pollack's goal was his first of the season and second career. The Warriors finished off their 8-0 run to open the game in the second as Melaugh scored twice and Lunney scored once before Erik Kelly and Cody Kelley scored for the Ravens, making the score 8-2 in favor of Merrimack at half.
The two teams traded two goals at the start of the third period as Melaugh scored twice with assists to Shand and Paul Jones to make the score 10-4. Merrimack dominated the end of the third as they scored five consecutive goals. The five Warrior goals were scored by Melaugh, Lunney, Ryan Poirier, Brett Axelson and Tim Towler.