Feb 3, 2009
by BJ Williams
The Liberty Flames hockey returned home to the LaHaye Ice Center this weekend following a split against the No. 4 ranked University of Delaware last week. However, their schedule did not get any easier this weekend as they were met by the No. 2 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.
Head Coach Kirk Handy’s Flames were hoping to get off to a fast start against the No. 2 team in the ACHA. In front of a packed house on Friday night inside the LaHaye Ice Center, that is exactly what they did.
Penn State finally ended the Flames scoring run with a power play goal from Lukas DeLorenzo, while Marek Polidor also added a goal to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the second period. Liberty increased its lead to three again on Hendrix’s second power play goal of the evening. Tim O’Brien pulled Penn State to within two, but Jonathan Chung iced the game for Liberty as the sophomore scored the Flames’ third power play goal of the night.
The two teams traded shots the remainder of the game but none found their way into the back of the net as the Flames picked up the 6-3 win. Dodgson finished the game tied with Zac Bauman for the team high with four points (one goal and three assists) while Bauman notched four assists.
“It was huge to get a win over a quality team like Penn State,” Dodgson said. “We wanted to show that we aren’t a No. 7 team, but a team that could be in the top five.”
Docksteader agreed with his teammate, adding, “We need to play with the same intensity tomorrow night if we want to get another win.”
Penn State jumped on top of the Flames in a very physical game and kept the pressure up. The Flames got within two at 5-3 thanks to a pair of goals from freshman Joe Smith and one from senior Josh Ahier, but Penn State added three power play goals late and picked up an 8-3 win.
Polidor led the Penn State attack with a pair of goals on the night.
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