Liberty DII men take two from Temple, raise record to 10-0
October 12, 2013 | Lynchburg, Va.
Friday night, in a 5-2 victory over Temple at the LaHaye Ice Center, Liberty University ACHA Division II men's hockey sophomore forward Paul Ingles scored the Flames' final two goals in the last 15 seconds of the second period and closing five seconds of the third.
Ingles, who played on Liberty's DI squad last season, picked up where he left off in Saturday afternoon's rematch, putting away assists from senior forward Brad Docksteader and freshman forward Devon Docksteader just three and a half minutes into a 6-1 triumph.
"That line's just continuing to be dangerous," Flames head coach Chris Lowes said. "Ingles, he's the energy and intensity on that line so it's nice to see him get three goals this weekend because a lot of times he's doing the grunt work to set up Devon and Brad. As a centerman, he's got a lot of responsibilities so it was good to see him get on the board and be rewarded for his work."
The Owls (3-4), whose only two previous losses this season came in overtime against DII powers Maryland and Penn State, knocked Liberty (10-0) out of the second round of the Southeast Regional Tournament to advance to the ACHA DII national tournament in 2012.
"That's a good team with a good history," Lowes said. "They're better than the score indicates. They're the best team we've played thus far."
The Flames got strong play from their defensive lines, enabling sophomore goalie Nick Devine to allow just three goals in two games.
"Our D just possessed the puck really well," Lowes said. "We really stressed that a lot this past week and it's something we've been working toward and I thought this weekend was a breakout weekend for them."
Facing much stiffer competition than they had in last weekend's road trip to Pittsburgh (a 9-2 win) and West Virginia (a 9-1 rout), Liberty's defensemen held up under the pressure and helped spark the fast-break attack with tape-to-tape passes to the forwards' sticks.
"Our D corps, top to bottom, was real solid," Lowes said. "(Temple) is a better team so we had to close quickly and attack them when they were in our end. When the puck went into the corner, we had to get there first or there with them, not give them time to set up and square up and put pucks on our net."
A day after being outshot 39-37, the Flames dominated the Owls in that department on Saturday, 41-21.
"Our whole defensive corps played pretty well, forcing the shots wide," said Devine, who made 57 saves in the two games. "Honestly, we couldn't have done it without our backcheck from our forwards. They did a great job coming back and supporting."
Liberty was only whistled for two two-minute penalties after serving six Friday night.
"We stayed out of the box tonight," Lowes said. "That was the big difference from last night, and we made them pay on the power play."
On Friday, after Devon Docksteader broke the scoring ice with an unassisted score three minutes into the action, sophomore forward Jeff Boschman pushed the Flames' lead to 2-0 with less than 15 seconds left in the first period, finishing assists from Bobby Cervone and Johnny Cotton. Freshman forward Jordan Barstead made it 3-1 off feeds from sophomore defenseman Nat Arbour and Boschman before Ingles capped the scoring.
Saturday, it was more of the same as Cervone made it 2-0 by putting away passes from sophomore forwards Peter Kazmierczak and Josh King just four minutes after Ingles' opening goal. Brad Docksteader put Liberty up 3-1 with an unassisted second-period score before Barstead one-timed a short cross from Boschman and sophomore defenseman Lucas Ebel and freshman defenseman Bannon Lynott chipped in a fast-break feed from sophomore forward Jeremy Miller in the closing minute and a half of the third.
"Five on five, we're good down low," Lowes said. "We were dumping the puck in and we were able to put pressure on their D and cause turnovers. Our cycle, we were just able to possess the puck for shifts at a time and wait for the opportunity to put pucks on net. All four lines did a good job of that."
The Flames will travel to the Roanoke Civic Center to face their closest Southeast Region rival, Virginia Tech, next Friday night before hosting the Hokies on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the LaHaye Ice Center.
"They've had a real good start to the season, so it's going to be a battle," Lowes said, noting they shut out Maryland 3-0 on Friday before dealing previously undefeated UMBC a 5-3 setback on Saturday to improve to 6-1. "We're looking forward to renewing our rivalry."
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