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Flames reap multiple ESCHL honors after championship year

April 2, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Junior forward Quinn Ryan earned ESCHL MVP honors after netting 26 goals and 37 assists. (Photo by Nathan Spencer) test test test test
Junior forward Quinn Ryan earned ESCHL MVP honors after netting 26 goals and 37 assists. (Photo by Nathan Spencer)

Liberty University ACHA Division I men's hockey Head Coach Kirk Handy was selected as the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) Coach of the Year and junior forward and Flames leading scorer Quinn Ryan was named the ESCHL Most Valuable Player in the league awards announced this week.

The Flames (26-7-4) defended their ESCHL regular-season title to clinch an autobid to the ACHA DI National Championships in Frisco, Texas. After winning ESCHL Tournament titles in its first two seasons in the league, Liberty was dethroned by Syracuse in the March 17 championship game, 3-2 in overtime.

At nationals, the Flames advanced to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2008 with a 7-2 victory over Arizona before their season ended with a 4-3 loss to top-ranked Lindenwood.

Head Coach Kirk Handy led the Flames to an ESCHL regular-season title defense. (Photo by Leah Stauffer)

Ryan was joined by junior defenseman Garrett Nelson on the ESCHL First Team while junior defenseman Jacob Fricks and sophomore forward Cole Gammer were selected to the second team.

Nelson was also recognized on the All-Defensive Team, along with senior forward Zak Hayes.

The league's All-Academic Team included Ryan and Nelson, as well as senior defensemen Matt Cruickshank and Basil Reynolds, junior defenseman Josh Bergen, sophomore forwards Jordan Bochinski and Devin Pierce, and junior forwards Victor Blomberg, Andy Clarke, Cody Clarke, and Brock Thompson.

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