Flames will face past four ACHA DI national champs in 2014
April 11, 2014 | Lynchburg, Va.
Twelve games against the past four national champions highlight the 2014-15 schedule for Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team, released this week.
The 37-game schedule features 23 home games at the LaHaye Ice Center.
Following exhibition games against teams from Richmond and Potomac, the Flames will open their season with a two-game series against the Naval Academy, the team that eliminated them in the second round of this year's National Championships, Sept. 19-20 at LaHaye.
"We're really looking forward to that, obviously," Liberty Head Coach Kirk Handy said. "But each game on our schedule will give us a chance, night-in and night-out, to play against a top team … and will allow us to grow as a team throughout the year."
The Flames will take two major road trips in the fall semester — to 2013 national champion Minot State University in North Dakota Oct. 11-10 and 2014 national champion Arizona State on Oct. 23. The Beavers will later visit LaHaye in the Flames' regular-season finale, Feb. 20-21.
"Adding Minot is a huge addition for us," Handy said. "That's a team we haven't played but one time before, a few years ago, so we're excited to meet them again."
The other two recent national champions on the slate are Davenport University (2011), which Liberty will host Oct. 17-18 before meeting in Michigan on Nov. 20 to decide the Blue and Gray Cup, and Delaware (2012), Nov. 7-8 at LaHaye and Jan. 30-31 at Fred Rust Arena in Newark, Del., site of this year's DI men's and women's national tournaments.
"Teams like Oakland, Davenport, Delaware, and Stony Brook are teams we play year-in and year-out," Handy said. "We have a great deal of respect for them and we look forward to renewing our rivalries with them. Stony Brook (the national runner-up to ASU) had great success this year so playing them four times will be key matchups for us as well."
ACHA Division I Men's Hockey 2014-15 Schedule
Sept. 19, 20 — Navy
Sept. 26, 27 — Ithaca College
Oct. 3, 4 — Arizona
Oct. 10, 11 — at Minot State
Oct. 17, 18 — Davenport
Oct. 23 — at Arizona State
Oct. 24, 25 — at Arizona
Oct. 31, Nov 1— at West Virginia
Nov. 7, 8 — Delaware
Nov. 14, 15 — Stony Brook
Nov. 20 — at Davenport
Nov. 21, 22 — at Oakland
Dec. 6 — Virginia Tech
Jan. 10, 11 — at Stony Brook
Jan. 16, 17 — Rochester College
Jan. 23, 24 — Ohio
Jan. 30, 31 — at Delaware
Feb. 6, 7 — Oakland
Feb. 13, 14 — West Virginia
Feb. 20, 21 — Minot State