Oct 28, 2008

Flames recover after Friday night loss to blast Seawolves 13-2

by William Armstrong

Before every hockey game, Liberty men’s hockey coach Kirk Handy has a full 60 minutes of good hockey in the game plan.
The Flames only accomplished that in one of two games against the Stony Brook Seawolves this weekend, losing 4-3 in a shootout in the first game and winning 13-2 in the second game.

Colin Brumsted of the Seawolves made a bold prediction that his team would defeat Liberty twice on Liberty’s ice. That statement came after the Flames had previously swept the two game series at Stony Brook.

Taking a draw this weekend brings the Flames season series against Stony Brook to 3-1 and their overall record to 9-1-1.
The overtime loss snapped the Flames eight-game winning streak, but the Flames still have not had a loss in regulation since their season-opening loss to Oklahoma.

Friday night’s game lacked consistency and flow from both teams, and Liberty fell 4-3 in a shootout.

Junior Kyle Dodgson, in his first game back from an injury, scored the first time he touched the puck, skating in from center, cutting to the right and firing a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net.

Freshman Rob Vanwynsberghe’s whiffed shot turned into a great pass to junior Zac Bauman, which Bauman kicked back door to sophomore Johnny Chung, who scored on the wide-open net.

The Flames were up 2-0 early on and looked in control, but Stony Brook scored an unprecedented three unanswered goals, all in the first period, to take the lead 3-2 after one period of play.

“I felt good starting off the game, but as the first went on, we as a team fell apart,” freshman goalie Colin Way said.

The second period went without much flow or either team taking control, but in the third, Liberty started piling on chance after chance.
As the game went on, the crowd became louder and louder, trying to will the Flames on to victory.

Vanwynsberghe answered the call, as he stuffed home a rebound with just over a minute left to play, to send the game to overtime.
Liberty sustained momentum throughout overtime, but neither team found the back of the net, thus resulting in a shootout.
Seawolf leading scorer Angelo Serse’s kicked off the shootout for Stony Brook. His shot attempt caromed off of Way’s glove and into the net for the winning marker.

Not satisfied with the previous night’s effort, the Flames roared back with a 13-2 thrashing of the Seawolves on Saturday night.
The Flames struck first en-route to six unanswered goals, before Stony Brook notched its only two markers.

For the second consecutive night, Dodgson scored the first time he touched the puck, beating the goalie to the forehand on the breakaway.

Freshman Mackenzie Bauman added to the lead, sending a wrist shot on goal that squeaked through Seawolves goaltender Derek Stevens’ pads and trickling over the goal line.

Vanwynsberghe continued his stellar play this season by making a key defensive stop and collecting the loose puck. He raced toward Stony Brook’s net and sent a wrist shot over Stevens’ glove hand.

Dodgson circled around the cage and forced a shot on goal, which freshman Joe Smith stashed home.

Vanwynsberghe followed up collecting a loose puck and finding the top right corner, short side on Stevens.

Senior Josh Ahier put the Flames up 6-0 when he crashed the net and put home a loose puck for his first goal of the season.
After Stony Brook scored two goals, Vanwynsberghe carried the puck over the blue line and sent a scorching slap shot to the top right corner to end the first period scoring with the Flames holding a 7-2 lead.

Vanwynsberghe banked the puck off the boards to Chung, who made his way towards the net and found junior Zac Bauman backdoor for the put away.

Dodgson started a give and go from his own zone with junior John Langabeer, and sent a blazing slap shot over the right pad of newly-inserted Stony Brook goaltender Jack Dagnese.

After Dodgson’s goal, Liberty started picking up the physical game, which led to more scoring chances and goals.
Right off a faceoff, senior Kevin Hendrix put a wrist shot to the top left corner on the power play.

Junior Dave Semenyna kept the puck in the offensive zone, intercepting a clearing attempt along the blue line and fired a booming slap shot past Dagnese to extend the Flames lead to 10-3.

Sophomore Eric Reynolds used his speed to pull off a wraparound pass to Smith, who converted the easy backdoor tap in.
Freshman Josh Reynolds concluded the scoring, by connecting on a one timer, just outside the crease from Smith.

The No.4 ranked (ACHA) Flames head to Lindenwood University for a pair of weekend games. The team returns home to the LaHaye Ice Center on Nov. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. for a pair of games with West Chester University.


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