Flames land No. 4 seed for ACHA nationals in LFSN live show
February 17, 2014 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team found out where it will be seeded and who it will potentially play in the March 6-11 ACHA National Championships during a special Reveal Show hosted Monday night by the Liberty Flames Sports Network in its new Media Production Center at River Ridge Mall.
The Flames gathered in the conference room on the second floor of the LaHaye Ice Center to watch the live webcast, aired nationally and available now to be viewed on YouTube. The show, produced by School of Communication & Creative Arts students, was hosted by Flames sportscaster Rett McGibbon.
The Flames (28-6-2) remained ranked No. 4 and will face the winner of the first-round match between No. 13 Naval Academy and No. 20 West Virginia, a team the Flames swept this past weekend, on Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m.
If Liberty can get past that first test, it would face the winner between No. 5 Stony Brook and No. 12 Davenport on Sunday at 10 a.m., with a bid to the March 10-11 Final Four at stake. The complete tournament bracket is available online.
"I'm definitely excited about going to the national tournament," Liberty senior forward and captain Andrew McCombe said. "We have as good of a team this year as we've ever had. We're so much more balanced and I think we're built for playoff hockey. I'm excited to see what happens."
McGibbon was joined on the Reveal Show by Ryan Boyd, the voice of Ohio University's hockey team, with commentary and analysis provided by Liberty's Brandon Cockburn, Lauren Creekmore, Devan Mello, Patrick Strawn, and Dave Semenyna, who interviewed various coaches from around the ACHA.
This was the second straight year LFSN produced the ACHA Division I National Championships Reveal Show after also broadcasting the 2013-2014 Men's Division 1 Pre-Season Show on Sept. 17.
Senior goalie Blair Bennett said the national tournament, hosted by Delaware, is the destination the Flames have been driving toward all season.
"The guys are definitely all excited and we've been working hard all year just for this tournament," Bennett said. "That's been our focus all year."
McCombe said playing at Fred Rust Ice Arena in Newark, Del., which features an Olympic-sized rink, could give the Flames an advantage.
"It's going to be interesting on the Olympic ice, it should be a good dynamic," he said. "We have a good skating team and we're a kind of grind-it-out team, which is exactly what kind of team we need in the playoffs."
He said the team is prepared to raise its game to championship-level intensity.
"Playoff hockey's awesome," McCombe said. "It's 100 percent different than the regular season in every way. The regular season's one thing, but if you have your eye on the prize every game, you just focus on the journey and we're really excited that we're just about there now. We're excited to get there and put our stuff on and go after it."