Matchup Preview: Flames face-off against Virginia Tech.
November 20, 2011 | Lynchburg,VA
Matchup: #8 Liberty Flames (13-5-3) faceoff against Virginia Tech (5-6-2) this Monday night at 7:30.
All-Time Series: The Flames have won all 5 matchups they have played against the Hokies, outscoring them 55 to 8 over that time.
Scouting Liberty: Despite dropping to 11th in the ACHA in points scored, forward, Brent Boschman continues to lead the Flames in points with 34 (11 goals, 23 assists). Forward, Andrew McCombe had an excellent weekend in Oklahoma, racking up 2 goals and 3 assists and comes into this game ranked third on the team in points with 21. It is also worth noting that sophomore, Rick Turner has the team high in goals with 17, but also ranks second among the top ten ACHA teams in goals. Defenseman, Matt Sherry (4 goals and 5 assists) had a solid weekend in Oklahoma, scoring 2 goals for the Flames. In addition, Josh Cornelissen remained the top defensemen when it comes to points scored with 15. Blair Bennett, in net for the Flames, has a .91 save percentage and 2.71 goals against. He is coming into this game with a record of 7-4-2, and is fresh off his second shutout of the season.
Scouting Virginia Tech: Playing in the division II of the ACHA, Virginia Tech has had an up and down season. After winning their first two games of the season, the Hokies only won 3 of their next 11 games. In addition, Virginia Tech has only won 1 of 7 games on the road this season. Andres Morales, Virginia Tech's leading scorer, leads the team in both goals and assists with 6 and 7 respectively. After that, Virginia Techs scoring is fairly balanced as they have 3 players that are tied for second on the team with 8 points. The Hokie defense corps is headed up by senior, Joel Samuels who has 2 goals and 5 assists. Virginia Tech netminder, Anthony Wolak has seen the most action in net. He posts a 92% save percentage and a 2.66 GAA with 1 shutout.
Previous Matchups: Liberty exploded for 11 goals that last time these two teams met, last December and won by a 5-goal margin. While most of the scoring came from players who are no longer on the team, captain Joe Smith had 1 goal and 1 assist, while Scott Morongell and Aaron Semiao also registered points.
Derek Young - Club Sports - November 30, 2011