Third-period comeback allows DII Flames to split with Ohio
February 2, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to salvage a split with Ohio University with a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Flames scored four consecutive goals in the final 10:50 of regulation to stage the dramatic comeback, sparked by freshman forward Darren Carter's snipe from the top of the left circle. Sophomore Division III call-up Alex Norwinski scored the tying goal on a backhanded rebound of a shot by freshman defenseman Charlie Wilkie with 6:36 remaining in regulation.
Flames freshman left wing Peyton Nash scored the game-winner at the 3:52 mark, threading a fast-break feed from sophomore center Michael Niederer through the five hole of Ohio goalie Ryan Dunning for a 4-3 lead. Niederer intercepted an outlet pass and clinched the win with an empty-net score with 1:16 to play. Sophomore goalie Adam Partridge improved to 14-2 with the victory.
Liberty (18-5, ranked third in the Southeast Region) came into the series having won 14 of its previous 15 games before having its eight-game winning streak snapped in Friday night's first game, a 5-2 setback.
Ohio (10-8-1, ranked 14th) opened the scoring with 1:56 left in the first period before the Flames responded to tie the contest in the first minute of the second period when Nash received a crossing pass from senior right wing Matthew Perri and fired a shot from the top of the left circle past Dunning.
Carter lifted Liberty to a 2-1 lead with a rocket from the top of the right circle with 9:47 left in the second period before the Bobcats netted four unanswered goals in the third period.
The Flames will conclude their regular season Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Stevenson at the LaHaye Ice Center before competing in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey (MACH) South Division playoffs, Feb. 22-24 at Delaware. Liberty will then host the March 1-3 Southeast Regional tournament, needing two wins to return to the ACHA DII National Championships, set for March 22-26 near Dallas.