Bellarmine plays the best game of the season with a 12-8 victory. Bellarmine (2-5) pulled away in the second half to pick up a big 12-8 win over VMI (1-1). A nip and tuck contest between the clubs saw player of the game, Benny O’Rourk (4g,2a) kick off the scoring at 12:21 then performed Act 2 just thirteen seconds later and Bellarmine was in front, 2-0.
Unimpressed, VMI fired back with Ryan Perouty (3g) ending the low-scoring first quarter with the 2-1 Knights lead. It took just :41 for Scout Ripley (1g) to even things up. Bellarmine countered with goals :36 apart from Luke Legnard (1g) and Landon Trout (3g) making it 4-2 for the Knights.
Then it became “you score, we score” with Michael Santos (3g) for the Keydets. Griffin Bowie (1g,2a) countering, and Santos with his second to end the half, with the Knights holding a 5-4 lead. Bellarmine started to flex their muscles and put together a big second half.
Michael Rubak (1g) pushed it to 6-4 and, again, VMI had an answer when Jon Fant (1g,3a) hit rope behind JC Higginbotham.
O’Rourk checked back in and a run was upon us with O’Rourk setting up Kyle Playsted (1g,2a) and Landon Trout achieving his second and it appeared Bellarmine had found another gear. VMI would counter with three of their own with two coming in the quarter.
Perouty and Santos made it a 9-7 game with 15:00 left. The Keydets made it a one-goal affair when Perouty attained his hat trick.
That would be the last hurrah for VMI as Bellarmine closed it out with scores from, Landon Trout getting his hat trick on the advantage,
O’Rourk sealing the player of the game and Jon Robbins (1g) to close out a much-needed Bellarmine victory. Head Coach, Andrew Whitley was understandably upbeat after the game.
“This was against a conference opponent and had that conference playoff feel to it, so it’s a huge credit to our guys to be able to dig deep and be able to outscore them 3-0 down the stretch,” Whitley said.
Using a face-off tandem of JT Simonton and Mott Ury, the Knights took 15 of 22 draws. JC Higginbotham had 13 saves for the Knights with Anthony Merida countering with 15. Shots were 36-31 Bellarmine with 27-21 on goal. The Knights also controlled the ground ball battle, 32-27. Bellarmine plays the best game of the season with a 12-8 victory.