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DIII Flames conclude up-and-down season on a high note

February 14, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Flames freshman defenseman Thomas Moores passes the puck at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Andrew Snyder) test test test test
Flames freshman defenseman Thomas Moores passes the puck at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

Liberty University's ACHA Division III men's hockey team, which featured nine freshmen alongside eight seniors, concluded a rollercoaster of a season with a 10-4 triumph over Methodist University on Saturday at the LaHaye Ice Center to finish above the .500 mark.

Senior forward Zach Mitchell started the scoring for the Flames (12-11) just over five minutes after the opening faceoff by putting back the rebound of his own point-blank shot off an entry pass from freshman defenseman Trevor Foley.

Fellow senior forward Robert Piccerillo lifted Liberty to a 2-0 lead four minutes later by finishing a two-on-one break by skating around a defenseman in the right circle, deking past the goalie, and lifting a backhander into the open net.

Freshman forward Thomas Kazmierczak made it 3-0 with 3:35 left in the first period by one-timing a Methodist defenseman's clearing attempt from the top of the right circle inside the left post.

After the Monarchs cut the deficit to 3-1, Flames senior left wing Kyle Jassman answered quickly by maneuvering his way into the left circle and putting away an open shot for a 4-1 advantage with 1:11 to go in the first.

Less than a minute into the second period, Foley picked up a loose puck at the red line and skated through traffic before finishing with a forehand around the goalie, making it 5-1. Four minutes later, senior forward James Brady netted the Flames' sixth goal on a shot from the high slot into the top right corner of the cage. Mitchell netted his second goal in the right crease off a putback of a shot from the high slot by senior Matthew Graham to stretch Liberty's lead to 7-1.

Five minutes into the third period, Methodist scored its second goal before cutting the Flames' edge to 7-3 five minutes later. Liberty freshman wing Scott Chisolm responded on a breakaway counterattack at the 7:54 mark before the Monarchs trimmed the deficit to 8-4.

The Flames tacked on two goals in the final 90 seconds to cap the scoring. Jassman made a smooth move around the goalie and put the puck in the back of the net with 1:28 to go before Mitchell completed his hat trick with 36 seconds left in the final game of his career, celebrating by sliding on his back on the ice. 

Men's D3 Hockey Links
Schedule
Results
Sep 22, 1:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center
vs.
Men's D3 Hockey
Richmond
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HOURS
MINS
SECS
Men's D3 Hockey
vs. Richmond
Sep 22, 1:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D3 Hockey
at Coastal Carolina University
Oct 5, TBD - Conway, SC

Men's D3 Hockey
at Coastal Carolina University
Oct 6, TBD - Conway, SC

Men's D3 Hockey
vs. CNU
Oct 12, 9:45 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D3 Hockey
vs. CNU
Oct 13, 1:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Full Schedule

Feb 10
Men's D3 Hockey
vs. Methodist University
W (10-4)

Feb 3
Men's D3 Hockey
at Duke University
W (5-1)

Feb 2
Men's D3 Hockey
at University of North Carolina
L (2-6)

Jan 27
Men's D3 Hockey
at UNC Wilmington
L (1-6)

Jan 26
Men's D3 Hockey
at UNC Wilmington
L (3-5)

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