EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Breaking News

Sports

February 23, 2013

Merrimack looking for seconds

NORTH ANDOVER — Until Christmas, if you’re weren’t named Mike Collins, you weren’t doing much scoring for Merrimack College.

At the team’s Christmas break, Collins lead the team with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists), which was more than double everyone else on the team. He had scored more than 20 percent of the Warriors’ goals and was the only player with double-digit points.

Since the Warriors returned from their mini-vacation though, they’ve started to find goals from other sticks.

Collins still leads the team in scoring in the second half (16 points), but Brian Christie, a freshman who has been playing as Collins’ center, has 10 points since the start of the spring semester, as has junior Shawn Bates.

Bates has centered a second line — with sophomore Josh Myers on the right wing — that has become a formidable compliment to Collins’ top-end scoring touch.

“We both compliment each other with our speed,” said Bates, who along with Myers are two of the fastest skaters on the team. “After the break we came back hungry. We had one line, and really only one guy (Collins) producing, so we wanted to help out and we weren’t doing that in the first half. Getting away for a little bit for that break I think helped restart things for us.”

The line had been helped with the addition of Clayton Jardine, but he was injured in Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Providence after taking a leg-on-leg collision with Providence forward Shane Luke. Jardine is expected to miss a few weeks, at least, while be recuperates.

“It’s still wait and see,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said of Jardine’s status. “He’s got some healing to do. We’ll know more in a week or two, once we retake some pictures and see where he is. He’s back to work now and his job is to get healthy. If in fact we do what we say we want to do, then there’s a lot of hockey left, so who knows, hopefully we can get him back and get ready to go.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season
Boston Sports
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Pedroia on Lester: ‘It would be tough to see him in another uniform’ Farrell announces Workman will start in place of Lester Gasper vs Tanguay: Is Lester to blame for current situation? Mike Carp speaks out on wanting to leave the Red Sox Shaughnessy: Sox fans deserve to be mad if Sox trade Lester Ty Law: Revis may get Pats ‘over hump’ Ortiz fires back at Tampa Bay Ray’s Chris Archer Curran Camp Observations: Pats Veteran Defensive players excited to be back together 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp