Defense, Faceoffs Help Belmont Abbey to 7-6 Win over Trojans in Conference Semifinals

Defense, Faceoffs Help Belmont Abbey to 7-6 Win over Trojans in Conference Semifinals

TIGERVILLE, S.C. - Dylan Harmon won nine of his 13 faceoffs, and the number 3 seed Belmont Abbey earned a 7-6 victory over the number 2 seed Mount Olive to advance to Sunday's Conference Carolinas Championship.  Belmont Abbey now stands at 12-4 this season.  Mount Olive is now 11-5.

Jason Hollister got The Abbey on the board first, with a score at the 9:17 mark.  The Trojans tied the game at one in the final minute of the quarter, and that was all the scoring in the opening period.  Callum Tanner put The Abbey back on top with 10:26 to play in the second.  Mount Olive again tied the game up, but Wiedemann gave the Crusaders the lead with 2:31 remaining in the quarter, and Belmont Abbey owned a 3-2 lead at halftime.  The strong Crusader defense forced four Mount Olive turnovers in the half.

The third quarter was all Abbey.  Tanner scored on a pass from Wiedemann to give The Abbey a 4-2 lead early in the third.  Later in the period, the Crusaders scored three goals in a span of 1:35, two of which were scored by Jack Pigott.  This gave Belmont Abbey a 7-2 lead heading into the final quarter.  The Crusaders outshot the Trojans 10-6 in the quarter.  The Abbey also won four of the quarter's five faceoffs.

Mount Olive scored two man-up goals in the fourth, but the defense held up, and limited Mount Olive to six shots.  The Crusaders finished off the 7-6 victory.

On the day, Tanner and Pigott led the Crusaders' offensive attack with two goals each.  On the defensive side, Anthony Cesario caused two Mount Olive turnover.  Harmon won nine of his 13 faceoffs.

Belmont Abbey will face the number 1 seed Limestone College on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m.