Sep 19, 2006

LU hockey preps with blue-white game

by Jared Pierce, Asst. Sports Editor


With the beginning of hockey season quickly approaching, the Flames had one last opportunity to fine-tune their game plan.

They took the opportunity to play an inter-squad game and experience fast-paced hockey.

Despite the fact it was just a scrimmage, the pace was brisk and the hitting was reminiscent of a vital conference game.

With a healthy crowd on hand, the Flames got underway with their first game of the season on home ice.

The LaHaye Ice Center, with its new seating capabilities, provided a great atmosphere for the home fans to get their first look at the team this season. The blue squad was coached by Head Coach Kirk Handy and Assistant Coach Jeff Lowes while the white squad was led by Associate Head Coach Jeff Boettger.

Goals were not at a premium as each team garnered two goals in the first period. Among the highlights were blue squad forward Jordan Wilson’s laser at close range and white squad forward John Langabeer’s assist to fellow forward Ben Shaw for a goal in front of the net.

The second period went much the same, as both squads combined for three more goals. Forward Pete Masterson, defender Justin Forth and forward Josh Ahier all had goals in the second period. By the end of the period, the score was 4-3 in favor of the blue squad.

In the third period, the blue squad finished off their counterparts with a 6-3 victory.

Both starting goalies, Rhett McGibbon for the white team and Dalton Stoltz for the blue team, were stellar.

Despite the fact that both sides scored a high amount of goals, the defense was solid and the line changes were crisp. Though it is only mid-September, there was very little early season sloppiness.

The Flames host the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Friday and Saturday night at the LaHaye Ice Center.

Contact Jared Pierce at jpierce2@liberty.edu.

 


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