Matchup preview: Flames take on defending National Champs
October 20, 2011 | Lynchburg, VA
Matchup: #13 Liberty Flames (8-0-2) faceoff against the 2011 ACHA champion #2 Davenport Panthers (1-2-0) this Friday and Saturday. The puck will drop at 7:30 on both nights.
All-Time Series: The Flames have had a storied rivalry with the Davenport Panthers going 6-7 against them since 2006.
Scouting Liberty: Forward, Brent Boschman, continues to lead the entire ACHA Division 1 in points with 19 (5 goals, 14 assists). Forward, Rick Turner, with 10 goals scored on the season, is averaging a goal a game, and captain, Joe Smith, is coming off a good game, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist in the game against Kennesaw State. The Flames got back defenseman, Matt Sherry last week who racked up 4 total points in the game against KSU. In net, Liberty goaltenders, Blair Bennett (4-0-1) and Clayton Brown (4-0-1), have split time, and both have the same goals against average with a 1.97 mark.
Scouting Davenport: The Panthers have played only 3 games so far this season, dropping 2 of 3 matchups in the ACHA Showcase Tournament. In those three games the scoring has been fairly balanced for Davenport, with 4 players tied for their team lead in points with 2. One of those players is Ben Dykstra who had 49 points last season, 5 of which came against the Flames. Davenport has only 3 points amongst their defensemen with Jonathan Frank and Taylor Keyworth with 1 goal apiece. Sophomore goaltender, Phil Graveline has a 2.00 GAA and a save percentage of 94%. Davenport returns 7 seniors, but also brings in 11 freshmen.
Previous Matchups: Liberty dropped all 4 meetings with Davenport last season before Davenport went on to win the ACHA championship game. Davenport outscored Liberty by a 32-11 margin last season .
Derek Young - Club Sports - October 20, 2011