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Flames eyeing third ESCHL Tournament title in four seasons

March 6, 2020  |  West Chester, Pa. 

Senior defenseman Jacob Fricks (right) watches the Flames' last home game Saturday. (Photo by Ellie Richardson) test test test test
Senior defenseman Jacob Fricks (right) watches the Flames' last home game Saturday. (Photo by Ellie Richardson)

Liberty University's second-ranked ACHA Division I men's hockey team, which won its third consecutive Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) regular-season title, will contend for its third ESCHL Tournament championship in four seasons this weekend at the Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, Pa.

The top-seeded Flames, who finished 31-4 in the regular season and 18-2 in ESCHL action, will play No. 4-seeded Delaware, a 5-4 winner over No. 5 Rhode Island, in Saturday's 5 p.m. semifinal showdown.  

The top four seeds advanced to the semifinals as third-seeded NYU defeated sixth-seeded defending ESCHL Tournament champion Syracuse, 6-4, in Friday's first quarterfinal and will face No. 2 Stony Brook in Saturday's second semifinal.

Sunday's championship game is set for 2:30 p.m.

"Our No. 1 task is to go there and win the title," Liberty Head Coach Kirk Handy said. "That's one of our big goals at the beginning of the year and something we'll have our sights set on. We understand it's a big task ahead of us, but we're excited to embrace the opportunity."

Last season, the Orange edged the Flames in double overtime in the final, preventing Liberty from three-peating as tournament champions after joining the league in 2016-17.

All games are being webcast live by Delaware Hockey on its YouTube Channel with radio broadcasts also available.

Handy said the veteran squad that features 14 seniors has played consistently throughout the season, overcoming injuries with a next-man-up mentality.

"We believe in the guys in the locker room and are proud of them for managing the ups and downs of the season like we have, which is real important," Handy said. "To get to where we're at right now, consistency has been a big part of it. Because of the experience we had last year, especially, our guys know what it's going to take to get to that next level."

Senior forward Jordan Bochinski said the Flames need to carry out their game plan with precision and continue to build on the momentum they have gained from winning the last 11 games of the regular season, including a Jan. 21-22 sweep of top-ranked Adrian College.

"We've got to stay even-keeled," Bochinski said. "We know what makes us successful. We know what we have to do. For our guys, it's just a matter of executing on all four lines. We can't have just one line working. We have depth on our team and we need every guy to show up. We know that and I think everyone will show up."

The tournament serves as a tune-up for the Flames in preparation for the March 19-24 ACHA DI National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

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Schedule
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Sep 18, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center
vs.
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Indiana University of Pennsylvania
DAYS
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MINS
SECS
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vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sep 18, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sep 19, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

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vs. University of Las Vegas Nevada
Sep 24, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

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vs. University of Las Vegas Nevada
Sep 25, 11:59 PM - Lahaye Ice Center

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vs. Syracuse University
Oct 9, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Full Schedule

Mar 20
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at ACHA National Tournament
CANCELLED

Mar 8
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at ESCHL Playoffs vs Stony Brook
W (4-0)

Mar 7
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at ESCHL Playoffs vs Delaware
W (4-2)

Feb 29
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vs. University of Alabama
W (9-1)

Feb 28
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vs. University of Alabama
W (9-1)

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