Jan 30, 2007

Hockey destroys Virginia Tech 13-0 in the LIC

by Jake Petersen, Sports Reporter
After splitting last weekend’s decision with defending ACHA champion Oakland University, the Liberty University Men’s hockey team squared off Friday night with Division-II in-state rival Virginia Tech looking to get back to their winning ways.

Freshman Scott Beech, who recently joined the Flames via Littleton, Colorado, ignited the spark which eventually turned into a bonfire by grabbing a rebound off the shot of sophomore Pete Masterton and putting it past Tech’s goalie for a 1-0 lead.

Although the “new guy” at Liberty, Beech says he has enjoyed being here thus far and gave a lot of credit to the student body.

“It’s been great so far. The students here are just so awesome and they really don’t make you shy away at all. Also, Coach (Handy) is one of the easiest guys to talk to and really fun to be around,” said the former British Columbia minor leaguer.

“The guys on the team are great, just a fun bunch of guys to play with. I’m really looking forward to helping the seniors get that national title and just try to make everything worth while because these are great memories.”

Only minutes after Beech’s goal, junior Jimmy Stewart got into the scoring act after sophomore Josh Ahier found him from behind the goal, increasing the lead to 2-0.

Midway through the first period, Flames junior goalie Mike Binnie came up with a clutch save, protecting the fragile 2-0 lead.

Liberty was then able to take advantage, pushing its lead to 3-0 when senior Jon Ziegler found senior Jordan Wilson for one of his two goals on the night.

Things would not get much better for the Hokies after that.

At the 2:37 mark in the first period, sophomore Fred Boothman found fellow sophomore Jay Pagett, who connected after his shot was deflected by a Tech defenseman.

After another Virginia Tech defensive breakdown at the 1:41 mark, sophomore Kevin Hendrix made the score 5-0 off Wilson’s assist, sending the Flames into the locker room with a comfortable lead which they would not relinquish.

The Flames dominated the second period, scoring another four goals to make the score 9-0 by period’s end.

Masterton and Ahier scored the first two goals of the period and Wilson recorded his second goal of the night when he lit up the scoreboard after some nifty moves through the zone by Ahier.

Freshman Scott Lilly also recorded a goal in the second period when he one-timed a shot past Tech’s goalie off a beautiful pass from junior Kevin Dykstra.

The Flames continued their assault on the Hokies, recording four more goals in the third period en route to a 13-0 victory.

Sophomore Ben Shaw started off with a slap shot that found the back of the net early on in the period.

Freshman Steve Jensen, Beech, and Lilly also scored for the Flames. Jensen was also a force on the defensive end, punishing any Hokie who tried to get past him with some lethal hits.

Consequently, the player was called for high sticking on the puck, and the goal was waived off by the officials, preserving Binnie’s shutout.

Although the win was a team effort, Head Coach Kirk Handy felt many of the players who don’t usually get too many minutes stood out tonight.

“Scott Lilly and Jay Pagett really gave us a lot of energy off the bench,” said Handy.
“This game was a good chance to get some players in who don’t normally get in and it also provided an opportunity to rest some guys.”

Handy feels this victory will give his team a lot of confidence heading into next weekend’s showdown with the Wildcats from the University of Kentucky.

“We don’t know a whole lot about them, but they did lose to Davenport by one goal, and Davenport is a team that beat us early on in the year.

“We’ll take this week to practice hard and really get our four lines going in order to prepare for next weekend.”

Contact Jake Petersen at jtpetersen@liberty.edu.

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