DIII Flames sweep IUP to end semester on four-game streak
December 14, 2017 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division III men's hockey team concluded its fall semester schedule with a sweep of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's DIII squad, Friday and Saturday at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Flames (9-7), who won five of their first six games before losing their next six, enter the Christmas break on a four-game winning streak after the 6-0 and 3-0 shutouts of the Crimson Hawks. Liberty is just outside of the ACHA DIII regional top-15 rankings, updated on Wednesday, with only the top 10-ranked teams in the final poll qualifying for regional playoff action.
Senior center Jonathan Klakring netted a hat trick in Friday night's opener, scoring in all three periods. Just 3:43 into the first, he put back a rebound of his own shot that clanged off the left post, set up by freshman center Francis Marticorena and freshman defenseman Thomas Kazmierczak, before finishing feeds from senior left wing Kyle Jassmann and Marticorena 12:07 into the second period and freshman defenseman Trevor Foley and Jassmann 13:28 into the third.
Freshman right wing Scott Chisholm scored the goal of the game 6:57 into the opening stanza, receiving a short pass from freshman left wing Keegan Spours and wrapping his shot around IUP goalie Aaron Dobrolsky on a breakaway, falling down as he finished the play.
Senior forward James Brady added an unassisted score midway through the second period.
Sophomore goalie Clayton Pierce posted the shutout for the Flames.
In Saturday afternoon's rematch, junior goalie Derek Guzik kept IUP off the scoreboard while junior forward Andrew Barlass scored twice, off assists from senior forward Zachary Mitchell 4:37 into the first period and senior center Kade McDaniel and Foley 2:14 into the second. Marticorena capped the scoring off assists from Jassmann and Foley with 5:14 left in the second stanza.
Liberty will open its spring schedule with a weekend road trip to Richmond on Jan. 19 and Radford on Jan. 20.