Second-period surge carries Flames' DII men past Falcons
September 28, 2013 | Lynchburg, Va.
Three goals in a span of 81 seconds midway through the second period helped Liberty University's ACHA DII men's hockey team erase a 3-2 Bowling Green State lead en route to a 7-4 victory over the Falcons,
The Flames killed a 5-on-3 Falcons power play a few minutes later before sophomore forward Paul Ingles added his second score late in the period for a commanding 6-3 advantage.
"All in all, it was a good effort by our penalty killers," Liberty coach Chris Lowes said. "Unfortunately, it had to be. We probably took a few more penalties than we would have liked."
BGSU was ranked No. 5 in the Southeast Region, one spot behind the Flames, last year before advancing to the ACHA DII national tournament as the Southeast runner-up.
The two teams each took 36 shots, with Liberty goalie Nick Devine making 32 saves to earn the victory.
Senior forward Brad Docksteader started the scoring for Liberty 11:11 into the first period when he chipped a shot taken by Jordan Barstead over Bowling Green goalie Justin Bockbrader from near the right post. Four minutes later, Parker McIntyre took a pass from Docksteader and fired a shot from the top of the right circle deflected into the net from in front of the cage by freshman forward Devon Docksteader.
But Bowling Green struck right back to tie it up with two goals over the next minute and a half. Rick Shaffer netted the equalizer on a breakaway after receiving a long outlet pass up the middle of the ice from Jarrett McGraw and finished with a backhanded shot into the top left corner. At the 14:40 mark of the second period, Michael Harrington lifted the Falcons to a fleeting 3-2 lead by slamming home a short pass from Brad Ahbe in the left crease.
Twenty-five seconds later, the Flames knotted it back up at 3-3 when Johnny Cotton, who scored a goal and distributed three assists in Friday night's 9-2 victory over visiting Christopher Newport, fed Jeff Boschman a pass behind the cage and Boschman spotted Barstead in the left crease for a quick finish.
"That was a real nice play, Boschman from the side of the net," Lowes said. "That's just Jeff. He's been doing it all year. All our lines really stepped up. I think we had a goal from every line, so that's a good sign."
Less than a minute after that, Ingles netted what proved to be the game-winner, through the glove of Bockbrader off a pass from the left corner by Docksteader, for a 4-3 advantage.
Sophomore defender Nate Arbour added a goal just under the 13-minute mark before Ingles put away a fast-break feed from Devon Docksteader with a backhanded shot from point-blank range to make it 6-3.
"The game was full of momentum swings," Lowes said. "We had a couple bad penalties and that let them get back in, but we had a good surge there in the second. Having a three-goal lead made us pretty comfortable. "
Shaffer converted another breakaway opportunity after stealing the puck from Barstead at mid-ice and lifting a shot that bounced off the left post and Devine's back into the net.
Freshman defenseman Bannon Lynott got that goal back in the closing seconds of a power-play with his first score of the year. He took a fast-break assist from Brandon Cox and unloaded a shot from the middle of the ice that whizzed past Bockbrader and landed top shelf.
Following a slow start Friday at home against CNU, Liberty got its attack in high gear, scoring three goals in the second and five more in the third, with Barstead collecting two goals and three assists and Brad Docksteader adding two goals. His first was unassisted, giving the Flames a 2-1 lead less than five minutes into the second period and his second capped the scoring in the final five minutes off feeds from Barstead and Ingles, who also contributed three assists.
Liberty travels to play Pittsburgh and West Virginia over its fall break next Friday night in Harmarville, Pa., and Saturday afternoon in the Morgantown Municipal Ice Arena, respectively.
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