DI men look to defend home ice from Seawolves
December 6, 2012 | Lynchburg, Va.
The Flames prepare to host Stony Brook this weekend, coming off a tough three-game road trip, in which the Liberty University Division I men's hockey team posted two victories.
This is Liberty and Stony Brook's second time facing off for a two-game series this season, with the Nov. 17-18 series resulting in a split. The Seawolves successfully defended their home ice by a 6-4 spread in Happauge, N.Y., before Liberty lit up the scoreboard the following night, scoring five unanswered at one stretch in the first two periods, to take the next game 6-3.
Following the win Liberty embarked on its trip where the Flames notched a 5-3 revenge win over Davenport and rolled to a 5-1 victory and eventual split with last year's American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship runner-up Oakland.
Scouting Preview, Games 23-24: No. 15 Stony Brook University (9-5-1) vs. No. 12 Liberty University (12-9-1) Dec. 7 (8 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) at the LaHaye Ice Center.
Liberty Scouting Report: A 7-3 loss to Oakland last Saturday snapped a three-game Flames winning streak, the longest for Liberty since starting the season 8-0. Despite the loss, the Flames look to be showing signs of life once again after dropping nine of 10 following an unbeaten September.
Rick Turner leads the Flames in points with 44 and is second in the ACHA for goals (27) and top five for points. During the road trip, Turner put up five points in three games, including four goals. Ryley Egan leads Liberty in assists with 19 and is second on the team in points with 28.
Flames captain Andrew McCombe continues to look strong on the ice for Liberty, posting five points (three goals) in the last three games.
In the net Blair Bennett (7-5) had a strong opening game against Oakland, making 36 saves. He has a 3.29 goals against average and a .90 save percentage.
Stony Brook Scouting Report: After splitting with Liberty Nov. 17-18, Stony Brook travelled to West Chester University Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and secured two wins, 6-2 and 5-2.
Nick Barbera leads the Seawolves in points with 16 and is tied with Daniel Cassano (14 points) for the most goals on the team at eight. Andrew Balzafiore has 12 assists to lead the team.
Goalie Brendan Jones (4-2-1) has played the most games for Stony Brook and maintains a strong save percentage (.91) and GAA (3.44).
All-time Series: Liberty leads the all-time series at 14-2-3.
Coaches: Kirk Handy is in his 13th season as Flames head coach, with an overall record of 269-117-13. Chris Garofalo is in his third season as head coach of the Seawolves, and has been with the team since 1992, filling many roles from player to general manager to coach. He has an overall record of 49-30-3.