DI Flames outshoot Knights in shootout
September 15, 2012 | Lynchburg, Va.
LeBlanc got things started three minutes into the game as he took a pass from Ryley Egan and beat Atlanta Jr. Knights goalie Austin Campbell to put Liberty up 1-0. LeBlanc lit the lamp for the second time midway through the second period off an assist from Bram Erickson to put the Flames up 2-0. Daniel Fendius got the Knights on the board on a penalty shot a minute later. Erickson pounded home a loose puck 41 seconds later for his second of the year to put Liberty up 3-1.
Atlanta kept grinding and cut the deficit to 3-2 on a power play goal by Alex Goodhue with just under 9 minutes to go. The Knights could not find the equalizer for much of the remainder of the period, until Derek Makimaa scored with 33.6 seconds remaining after the Knights had pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker.
"We need to learn how to put our proverbial foot on their throat," Liberty head coach Kirk Handy said. "We let them back in the game and it almost cost us."
Neither team was able to get the winner in the five-minute overtime period, although Steven Bellew came the closest as he put one in the net just moments after the final buzzer in the period, as the teams entered a shootout.
Makimaa missed in the first round and Danny Logan put Liberty up 1-0. Jordan Simmonds evened things at 1 before Leblanc put Liberty ahead with a nifty backhand over Campbell's blocker. Jeremy Bost tied things at 2, which set the stage for Turner's heroics.
Blair Bennett played all 65 minutes in net plus the shootout to pick up his first win of the season. Campbell played the whole night in net for the Knights to take the loss.
Liberty welcomes 2012 national qualifier Mercyhurst College for a doubleheader next Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.).