Match-up Preview: Liberty takes on Oakland University
January 1, 2012 | Lynchburg, VA
Matchup: The #6 Liberty Flames (18-6-4) will host the #14 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (18-10-1) this Friday and Saturday at 7:30.
All-Time Series: Liberty is 8-7-2 since the 2007 season against Oakland. However, the Flames boast a 6-1-1 record against the Golden Grizzlies at home.
Liberty Scouting Report: Ranking third in the entire ACHA in points, Brent Boschman comes into this game with 20 goals and 31 assists. Against Davenport, the junior forward put up a whopping five goals and four assists. Alongside him is Rick Turner who's scored 26 goals in only 27 games, which is good enough to put him fourth in the entire ACHA. Freshman, Ryan Kerr is also coming off a strong weekend, logging a goal and four assists against Davenport. On the blue line, Josh Cornelissen has also put forth strong effort lately. Coming into this matchup with 24 points on the season, Cornelissen hopes to stay hot as he registered a five point weekend at Davenport. Blair Bennett proved he could be relied on in net this past weekend, stopping 78 total shots that he faced in the two games combined.
Oakland Scouting Report: Oakland has a trio of forwards that LU needs to be on the lookout for. Junior, Adam Novack leads the Golden Grizzlies in points with 36, posting thirteen goals and twelve assists. Right behind him are a pair of freshmen, Billy Balent and Anthony Colizza, who both have registered fourteen goals and twelve assists. Defenseman, Dustin Hopfner has put up 29 points for Oakland, including a very impressive ten goal mark. Former Liberty goalie, Matt Toter has split time in net with Corey Hrischuck this season. Toter logs a 3.15 GAA and .87 save percentage while Hrischuck has a 2.77 GAA and a .90 save percentage.
Previous Matchups: Liberty traveled to Michigan to take on Oakland back in September. The Flames split the series; however, they registered their first win on Oakland's rink in almost three years. Liberty won the first game by the score of 4-1. In that game, Ryley Egan registered two goals, while Caleb Grow notched his first goal of the year, and Andrew McCombe scored a shorthanded goal. Additionally, Jake Hannon had two assists, and Clayton Brown made 27 saves on 28 shots. The Flames lost game two of the weekend series by the score of 3-2 in a shootout. Brent Boschman had a goal and assist, but Oakland's Brandon Johnson tied the game with seven minutes left in the third period, and the Flames came up just shy in the shootout.
by Derek Young - January 2012
by Derek Young - January 2012 by Derek Young - JD