WARRENDALE, Pa. — The top-seeded Moon Tigers poured it on in a 9-2 rout of Central Valley in the quarterfinals of the 2018 PIHL Division 2 playoffs.
The Tigers got two-goal nights from Shawn Hytla, Zachary Wildasin and Logan Zarin as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead after the fist period and never really looked back. Defenseman Jordan Chamberlain scored the eventual game-winner early in the third and Lukas Konescni stopped 17 of 19 to let the Tigers advance.
Moon dropped down from the Double-A classification after the 2016-17 season after combining with OLSH to form one team. The result has been a mix of skill and depth that has been a challenge for opponents at the Division 2 level.
The Tigers finished the regular season 17-1 and haven’t lost since December, giving the Moon squad the perception of a juggernaut looming over the proceedings in the second division.
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The Tigers will face the winner of Elizabeth Forward at Connellsville. Those teams play on Tuesday. The other semifinal is set, with Ringgold advancing over Trinity, 4-1, and Burrell routing Kennedy Catholic, 7-3.
Both semifinals will be played on March 12 at RMU Island Sports Center.