Nov 14, 2006
Liberty Hockey downs Terrapins
by A.J. Karidis
In the first game of the weekend series,
Junior net-minder Mike Binnie was the story of the game along with the Flames’ hard-working offense.
“When the goalie plays well, it helps with the momentum of our team. It’s a momentum changer,” said Head Coach Kirk Handy.
Binnie’s biggest save of the night came 11 minutes into the game when a neutral zone turnover allowed
“The game started slow, but once we established a physical presence and started fore-checking we created momentum and put the puck in the back of the net,” said Handy.
Freshman Kyle Dodgson opened the scoring five minutes into the first period when he took a pass from freshman standout Dave Semenyna and scored from a tough angle.
The first was scored by junior Kevin Dykstra and the second by sophomore Kevin Hendrix on another breakaway.
Within the first minute-and-a-half of the second period, the Flames added goals from freshman Zac Bauman and senior Jordan Wilson to go up 5-0.
Then things got dicey. Halfway through the second period,
“That’s something we talk about,” said Handy. “We know we’re a better hockey team than (they are). We need to play at our level and outwork them.”
The second game of the series seemed to pick right up where the first left off.
Semenyna’s impressive puck-handling netted him three goals during the two-game series.
“Dave is an older freshman,” said Handy. “His poise and calmness with the puck is what sets him apart.”
“I worked in
“We had some mental lapses on their two goals,” said Handy. “We were trying to score rather than defend our own end.”
Things got rough again in the second period when a scrum broke out in front of the net. Terrapins goalie Jeremy Chernock got involved, causing Binnie to cross center ice and confront him. The two wrestled to the ground before they were broken up, and each was handed a game misconduct.
“It’s hockey. Sometimes, even your goalie has to come past the center-line to send a message,” said Semenyna.
The message was sent as
“We’re excited about the games coming up.
“I think we can (win the national championship),” said senior captain Jon Ziegler. “It’s going to be tough. We have to get hot at the right time like (last season’s team) did. I think we have quite a good shot.”
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