Shand Scores Four to Lead No. 4 Merrimack Past Bentley

NORTH ANDOVER, MA #4 Merrimack stayed hot on Tuesday night as they won their seventh straight game and ninth straight at Martone-Mejail Field as they downed the Bentley Falcons, 14-3.

Merrimack (7-1, 6-0 NE-10) returns home on Saturday as they play host to conference foe Pace for a 1:00 pm start.

The Warriors dominated the opening half of play on Tuesday as they took the commanding 6-1 lead into the locker room after 30 minutes of action.

The Warriors had 11 players record at least one assist and eight players that scored at least one goal on Tuesday. Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) stayed hot for the Warriors as he scored a team-high four goals and added an assist. Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) finished off his impressive night with three goals and one assist to go along with two ground balls.

Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) and Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) each finished with three points in the victory while Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) continued his great play between the pipes with eight saves and only allowing two goals.

Ryan Poirier (Warwick, RI) opened the scoring just less than three minutes into the game as he took a great feed from Brett Axelson (Cazenovia, NY). Lunney made the score 2-0 four minutes later as he buried the ball behind the Falcons goaltender with the assist going to freshman Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.).

The Warriors pushed the score to 4-0 as Melaugh scored after a nice play by Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.). Perdie also scored his sixth goal of the season before the Falcons scored their first goal of the game with eight seconds to play in the first quarter.

The Warriors extended their lead to 6-1 at halftime as Shand and Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) both picked up their first goals of the contest.

Shand and Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) scored two goals less than two minutes into the third quarter to give Merrimack the dominating 8-1 lead. Tim Matheson ended the Warriors four goal scoring streak as he beat Reagan with a low shot.

Merrimack was able to get three straight goals to end the third quarter to make the score 11-2 heading into the final frame. Lunney, Axelson and Shand found the back of the net for the Warriors.

The Warriors opened up the fourth quarter with back-to-back man up goals from Melaugh and Shand before the play of the night was turned in by Merrimack. Melaugh got hit and with the delay penalty call upcoming, he scooped the loose ball between his legs and beat the Bentley goalie over his right shoulder. The between the legs goal, made the score 14-2 in favor of the Warriors and Matheson finished off the scoring with his second marker of the game for the Falcons.

For the game, Merrimack outshot their opponents 38-25 while also forcing 23 Bentley turnovers on the night. Merrimack finished the game going 23 for 27 on their clearing attempts while also scoring on 2 of 3 man up chances on the night.

Defensively, Merrimack was led by sophomore Brandon Waiter (Westport, CT) who finished off his impressive night with a season-high five caused turnovers and six ground balls while Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) caused four turnovers and scooped up four ground balls. Coskren finished off his night going 9 for 18 on his faceoff attempts and scooping up a team-best six ground balls.

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Merrimack sophomore attack Jamie Shand scored four goals to lead the No. 4 Warriors to a 14-3 victory over Bentley Tuesday night.

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