DII Flames suffer first setback to Virginia Tech in Roanoke
October 18, 2013 | Roanoke, Va.
Despite outshooting Virginia Tech 44-31, Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team came up on the short end of a 5-3 decision, Friday night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The Flames (10-1) suffered their first defeat after being outscored 4-2 in the opening 20 minutes.
"We had mental mistakes and missed assignments," Liberty head coach Chris Lowes said. "They got two flukey goals, but on their power play goal, the second goal of the night, their guy (Alex Hashmi) drove wide around our defenseman, came in on the crease, and put it into the net."
Freshman forward Devon Docksteader got one goal back for the Flames off assists from his brother, senior forward Brad Docksteader, and freshman defenseman Ryan Sidon before the Hokies' junior forward Zack Walz snuck a shot that banked off Liberty goalie Nick Devine and into the net from near the endline.
Freshman forward Jordan Barstead pulled the Flames back within 3-2 with a breakaway score near the end of the first period, assisted by sophomore forward Jeff Boschman.
However, late in the first period, Virginia Tech's Nick Adams received the puck alone in the slot and beat Devine gloveside with a low, hard shot to pad the Hokies' lead to 4-2.
The Flames dominated the second period, outshooting Virginia Tech 13-8 but failing to capitalize on a couple power play opportunities. Devon Docksteader scored again off assists from Brad Docksteader and Parker McIntyre on the first shift, 21 seconds into the second period. However, that would be the Flames' final goal of the game.
"We played really well, we just couldn't find another goal," Lowes said. "We had lots of power plays. We were all over them. We had good possession, but they made the most of their breaks and got good bounces. They just got the breaks and we didn't."
Nine minutes into the third period, a Virginia Tech player banked a point-blank shot off the skate of a Flames defenseman, deflecting the puck past Devine into the net for the game's final goal, sealing the Flames' first defeat.
The two teams take to the ice again for a rematch Saturday at 3 p.m. at the LaHaye Ice Center.
"We really need to salvage a split, and play more solid," Lowes said. "This was our first loss, and we're excited to get the short turnaround to play them again. We just need to put together a more complete game and avoid the defensive lapses."