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Flames second in first ACHA DII Southeast Region rankings

November 8, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Freshman forward Luke McFarlane is one of 10 Flames in double digits in points with nine goals and seven assists through 13 games. (Photo by Ellie Richardson) test test test test
Freshman forward Luke McFarlane is one of 10 Flames in double digits in points with nine goals and seven assists through 13 games. (Photo by Ellie Richardson)

A 12-1-1 start against a challenging schedule helped Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team debut at No. 2 in this week's first Southeast Region rankings.

The Flames are off to their best record through 13 games in three seasons under Head Coach Ben Hughes. Liberty began the 2016-17 season, its last under Chris Lowes before he became head coach of the Lady Flames' ACHA DI squad, at 13-0 en route to a runner-up showing at the ACHA DII National Championships.

They earned a 12.23 computer ranking, second only to defending ACHA DII national champion Florida Gulf Coast University (12.93) and ahead of No. 3 Cincinnati (11.01), a team Liberty edged, 4-3, Oct. 26 near St. Louis in the second game of a three-game showcase at Lindenwood University.

Liberty can avoid having to play in the Southeast Regional tournament — where it was eliminated by North Carolina State in the second round last year — and clinch an autobid to the March 19-24 national tournament in Frisco, Texas, by remaining in the top two in the final regular-season rankings. The Wolfpack are the only team to defeat the Flames this season, 5-3 on Oct. 13 in Lynchburg, Va.

This weekend, Liberty is hosting reigning ACHA DIII men's hockey national champion Sault (Ste. Marie, Ontario) College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the LaHaye Ice Center. The Cougars are off to an 11-2-1 start and ranked first in the Central Region in their first season of competition at the ACHA DII level.

Men's D2 Hockey Links
Schedule
Results
Oct 23, TBD - Maryland Heights, MO
Men's D2 Hockey at Lindenwood University Showcase
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Men's D2 Hockey
at Lindenwood University Showcase
Oct 23, TBD - Maryland Heights, MO

Men's D2 Hockey
at Lindenwood University Showcase
Oct 24, TBD - Maryland Heights, MO

Men's D2 Hockey
at Lindenwood University Showcase
Oct 25, TBD - Maryland Heights, MO

Men's D2 Hockey
at Drexel University
Dec 4, 7:00 PM - Philadelphia, PA

Men's D2 Hockey
at Drexel University
Dec 5, 7:00 PM - Philadelphia, PA

Full Schedule

Mar 20
Men's D2 Hockey
at ACHA National Tournament
CANCELLED

Feb 16
Men's D2 Hockey
at MACH Playoffs - Rowan University
W (3-1)

Feb 15
Men's D2 Hockey
at MACH Playoffs - University of Delaware
W (8-3)

Feb 14
Men's D2 Hockey
at MACH Playoffs - University of Maryland
W (6-2)

Feb 9
Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Temple University
W (2-0)

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