Liberty Travels to play Stony Brook Seawolves in NY:
January 1, 2012 | Lynchburg, VA
After sweeping the Seawolves in November, the sixth ranked Liberty Flames traveled up to Long Island for another series against #16 Stony Brook. In game one, Liberty fell behind thanks to a Stony Brook powerplay goal with 52 seconds left in the first period. The Seawolves extended their lead less than a minute into the second; however the Flames answered back as Boschman netted his 14th goal of the season while the teams were playing four-on-four. Then with less than a minute to go, Joe Smith beat the Stony Brook netminder through the five hole to tie the game at two. Rick Turner turned it on in the third, scoring two goals and bringing his team leading total to 21. However, with only thirteen seconds left and the goalie pulled, Stony Brook tied the game. After a scoreless overtime, the game progressed into a shootout. With three rounds in the books, the shootout was tied at one, with Smith scoring the only goal for LU. After Stony Brook scored on their 4th attempt is was up to Josh Cornelissen to keep the game alive for the Flames. Unfortunately he and the Flames came up just short.
In game two the Flames got off to a slow start again as they trailed by two goals just eight minutes into the game. However, Liberty responded quickly thanks to goals by Andrew McCombe, Joe Smith, and Rick Turner in the first period, all coming at even strength. This showed the Flames' strong depth as a goal was scored from each of the top three lines. Brent Boschman, then, opened the scoring in the second period with an unassisted goal to bring LU's lead to three, but the Seawolves weren't going away easy. With two consecutive goals, the Flames saw their lead evaporate. Fortunately, Turner scored his fourth goal of the weekend, and that was quickly followed by McCombe's second goal of the game. The Flames began the thrid period on the powerplay and capitalized thanks to Josh Cornelissen's fifth goal of the season. Clayton Brown then held his ground and stopped all twelve shots he faced that period to give the Flames the victory. By game's end, Brown stopped 35 of 39 shots, putting forth a very strong effort.
Liberty will look to carry momentum into their series this weekend with the #13 Davenport Panthers, a team that the Flames have recently struggled against, dropping their last six games played against them.
by Derek Young - January 2012