Flames earn win in physical matchup
September 8, 2012 | Lynchburg, Va.
The Liberty University Division I men's hockey team notched its second-straight win over the Hampton Jr. A Whalers with a 9-3 win Saturday afternoon at the LaHaye Ice Center. The Flames won the first matchup 9-1 Friday night.
Senior Rick Turner posted back-to-back hat tricks in the series to lead the Flames' offensive attack.
Alex Brissette of Hampton scored the game's first goal on a knuckler that just got over the glove of Flames goaltender Clayton Brown to give the Whalers their first lead of the weekend, 1-0, just four minutes into the game.
The Flames quickly found the equalizer as Ryley Egan finished off the first Flames power play off a nifty pass from Lindsay LeBlanc to tie the game at 1. LeBlanc then got into the goal column himself off an assist from Bram Erickson to give Liberty the lead 2-1. Egan scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 on a one-timer off an assist from assistant captain Matt Sherry.
The Whalers would not go quietly as Cam Snyder cut the deficit to 3-2 on a power play after Flames defenseman Scott Morongell got whistled for cross-checking early in the second period.
Brissette tied the score at 3 on another power play goal after Steven Bellew was sent off for roughing midway through the frame, while Luke Baumgarten was sent off with a 10 minute misconduct penalty after a scuffle with Clayton Kanemitsu of the Whalers. The sequence ignited the Flames as Bram Erickson took a loose puck and stuffed it home to give Liberty the lead for good.
Turner slapped one home off an Egan assist and Paul Ingles picked up his first career goal on a pass from Morongell. Turner one-timed for his second goal of the game and Liberty had a 7-3 lead at the end of the second period. The intensity and physicality carried over into the third period, as the teams were whistled for a combined 50 penalty minutes, including 3 major misconduct penalties. Through it all, Turner completed his hat trick, tipping a puck past goalie Blake Scott, who had come on in relief of starter Taylor Kraft, and Ryan Kerr slapped home a loose puck midway through the third to complete the scoring.
Clayton Brown played all 60 minutes in the goal for his second win.
Liberty improved to 2-0 on the season, and will be back in action at the Ice Center on Friday Sept. 14, hosting the Atlanta Jr. A Knights for a twin bill — the second of six-consecutive home weekends to start the year for Liberty. Puck drop for the first game is set for 7 p.m.