Handy offers midseason update on 14th-ranked Flames
December 13, 2017 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey Head Coach Kirk Handy sat down with Club Sports Video Coordinator Gabe Henderson for a mid-season edition of the Coaches' Club as the Flames ride a five-game winning streak into their month-long Christmas break.
Liberty (16-6, 13-2 ESCHL) remained at the No. 14 spot in this week's ACHA Division I rankings after sweeping Indiana University of Pennsylvania this past weekend in the final series of the Fall semester.
The Flames currently sit atop the ESCHL regular-season standings which determine the conference's sole autobid to the ACHA DI National Championships, set for March 8-13 in Columbus, Ohio.
Liberty's DI men will open their Spring semester schedule with a key series Jan. 13-14 at No. 11 Stony Brook, which leads the ESCHL's North Division. After losing three of four regular-season meetings, Liberty dethroned the four-time defending champion Seawolves in last year's ESCHL Tournament final to take a 10-game winning streak into nationals.
"It's not only a conference game, but they're nationally ranked in front of us, so it'll be a big game," Handy said. "Every game is important. We have had the first half of the year to juggle around lines and different personnel and it's up to us to take it to the next level as we move forward into the second half."