Flames engulf host Panthers, Mountaineers, improve to 8-0
October 5, 2013 | Morgantown, W.Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team's attack was dominant on its fall break road trip to Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
In the Flames' 9-2 triumph over the Panthers on Friday night and 9-1 victory over the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon, they outshot their opponents by a total margin of 103-25.
Both of Pittsburgh's scores off Liberty net-minder Nick Devine came during a five-minute roughing penalty on Peter Kazmierczak for head-to-head contact.
"Last night, they got five power plays," Liberty head coach Chris Lowes said. "We were pretty dominant with possession of the puck. We controlled possession and it could have been a lot worse. We took the foot off the gas a little bit and lengthened our bench."
Against the Panthers, who Liberty outshot 38-15, senior forward Brad Docksteader scored twice and set up three more scores and freshman forward Devon Docksteader netted two goals and distributed two assists to pace the attack.
Paul Ingles added a goal and two assists and the Flames got single scores from fellow sophomore forwards Jeff Boschman, junior defenseman Clinton Nigh, and sophomore forward Eric Burke, who finished the first goal of his Liberty career top shelf on a shorthanded breakaway.
Against West Virginia, where the Flames outshot the Mountaineers 65-10 and didn't get called for a single penalty, senior forward Bobby Cervone and freshman forward Jordan Barstead each scored two goals, with Barstead adding an assist. Kazmierczak distributed three assists, both Docksteaders recorded one goal and one assist, Boschman added one goal and two assists, and sophomore forward Josh King and sophomore defender Parker McIntyre each netted one goal.
Cary Byron got the start between the pipes Saturday against West Virginia and allowed a first-period goal before shutting out the Mountaineers the rest of the way.
Lowes said the rare road trip was definitely worthwhile, especially over the four-day weekend.
"They were only an hour and a half apart and it was good to have a road trip fairly early on the season to get the guys together and bonding and building our chemistry," he said. "It was a good road trip and w tried to establish good habits for the rest of the season. Now, our schedule will tighten up."
Liberty (8-0) hosts Temple, a team it lost to 6-5 in a shootout in Philadelphia before beating 6-4 at home last season, next Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the LaHaye Ice Center.
"Temple gave us two really good games last year," Lowes said, noting the Owls took Penn State to overtime before losing on its home ice Saturday. "These games will be big for the (ACHA DII Southern Region) rankings."