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Gartelman

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- No. 5 Limestone outscored No. 9 Mars Hill 12-0 over a 36:14 stretch overcoming an early first-quarter deficit en route to posting a 15-5 victory against the Lions in a non-conference showdown at “The Rock” on Saturday. Limestone goalie Steve Gartelman made 17 saves while Jackson Decker scored four goals, Riley Loewen added a six-point day to help lead the Saints offensive charge.

Limestone improved to 11-1 overall and in the process extended their NCAA Division II South Region win streak to 44 games which includes an 11-0 mark on the season while the Lions dropped to 11-2 -- both overall and within region action.

The first of Decker's goals proved to be the game winner with 1:48 left in the opening period taking a feed from Tor Reinholdt to break a 2-2 tie and give the Saints a one-goal lead, less than a minute after Loewen scored the first of his three goals to tie the game.

With the Saints up 3-2 after one quarter, Decker would follow with a man-up tally 2:47 into the second quarter depositing a pass from Loewen, who had three assists on the day, extending the Saints' advantage to 4-2 with Limestone thriving from then on outscoring Mars Hill 5-0 the remainder of the period to grab a 9-2 advantage at the intermission.

In that pivotal second quarter of action, Limestone held a 15-3 edge in both shots and ground balls while winning all six face-off attempts.

Decker and Loewen were two of the five Saints who had multiple point games. Shayne Jackson recorded two goals and a pair of assists, Zach Cummings added two goals and Desi Gonzalez had a goal and assist.

Between the pipes, Gartelman after yielding a first-period goal to T.J. Cowx -- who led the Lions with two goals and two assists -- would then not allow another until 0:44 remained in the third period when Jimmy McBride worked off a Cowx pass, snapping a span of 36:14 of shut out play. Gartelman, who faced 22 shots-on-goal, is now 11-2 on the season. Mars Hill keeper Dylan Price made 14 saves in falling to 11-2.

At the faceoff-X Jake Ternosky won 12-of-17 attempts and corralling four ground balls while Anthony Starnino scooped up seven balls off the field and caused two turnovers as did fellow defensemen Glenn Trovato.

Limestone cleared on 20-of-21 attempts, while the Lions did so on 18 of their 21 tries. The Saints scored once in a man-up situation (four attempts) while Mars Hill was 0-for-2.