Hockey returns home

FIRE — Forward Kyle Garcia (18) scored his fifth goal of the season in Liberty’s 7-3 win over Rochester in the latter game of their two-game series.  Leah Seavers

No. 11 Flames split home series for the sixth consecutive time this year Liberty men’s Division I (DI) hockey team split its first home series of the spring semester 1-1 against Rochester College Jan. 17 and 18. The 11th-ranked Flames came out slow in their first game against the unranked …

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Hockey hunts Hens

THE CHASE — Forward Luke Simon hawks down opponent. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames split home series against University of Delaware Hens It was a tale of two games as Liberty University’s men’s Division I (DI) hockey team split their Nov. 7-8 weekend series against the University of Delaware 1-1. After dropping the first game 6-4 despite an early three-goal lead, neither players …

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Puck-drop preparation

Breakaway — Flames forwards Lindsay LeBlanc and Ryley Egan race down the ice last season against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

24 players make the final cut for the men’s Division 1 Flames hockey team Approximately 100 hockey players laced up their skates at the Lahaye Ice Center this fall in hopes of making one of the three Liberty University men’s club hockey teams. Two weeks of skates, scrimmages, coach evaluations …

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Spring, the season of success


Hockey, baseball, lacrosse, golf and track and field programs for the Flames excell during the spring season Unlike a year ago, there were not any Cinderella runs from sports that carried over from the fall. Both basketball teams were ousted in the Big South Conference tournament, and while Division I …

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Hockey routs

The LaHaye Ice Center was packed with fans Friday, Sept. 27, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Towson University Tigers 10-0. In the game, Flames goaltender Blair Bennett was back in the net for the first time since tearing his ACL at the end of last season. Although Liberty outshot …

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Ready to skate

DROP THE PUCK — The Flames kick off the season against the Atlanta Jr. Knights Friday, Sept. 6. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty University’s Division I Men’s hockey team has high expectations for the upcoming year after finishing last season ranked 13th among American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) teams. With a mix of returning starters and fresh faces for the new season, the Flames look to make another trip to the postseason. …

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Clutch in the preseason

The Lady Flames clinch victory in the final seconds against the Hamilton Hawks. With 23.7 second left in regulation, Liberty Lady Flames forward Sarah Stevenson battled her way through two defenders and slapped in the game-winning goal from the right wing against the Hamilton Hawks, giving…

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Flames lose in semifinals

Survival— Liberty was 1-1 before the game against Ohio. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

A breakaway goal late in the second period by junior forward Christian Garland sparked a 7-1 victory by the Liberty University men’s D1 hockey team in the first round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) tournament vs. John Carroll University Friday, March 1. However, the win was short- lived …

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Flames ousted from tourney

Suspense — Josh Klakring prepares for a faceoff against Radford. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty falls in the second round to James Madison in OT Liberty University forward Chad Docksteader placed a perfect shot behind the Radford University goaltender to clinch the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference (BRHC) first-round victory over the Highlanders, 4-3. However, Liberty was downed by James Madison University 4-3 in overtime. …

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Seniors victorious

Farewell — Rick Turner scored a hat trick in the final home game of his career at Liberty. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty University’s Head Hockey Coach Kirk Handy always wants his team to score first. Winning teams score first. Winning teams put their opponent in a hole quick and keep them pinned down for the entire contest. After struggling lately in the first period, the Flames got on the board early …

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Lady Flames sweep Rams

Relentless — Lady Flames out-scored the Lady Rams 17-1. Photo credit: Kyle Milligan

Lady Flames stays perched at No. 1 in the nation with win The Liberty University Lady Flames Division I hockey team defeated the Colorado State Lady Rams 3-0 Friday, Feb. 2, on the strength of two goals scored by senior Laura Del Monte. On defense, sophomore goaltender Sam Rupp delivered …

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Men’s DII Hockey picks up two victories

Vanquished — Liberty easily defeated Delaware 8-5 behind Brad Docksteader’s two goals.   Photo credit: Kyle Milligan

The Kennesaw State DII men’s hockey team entered Friday’s contest riding a huge wave of momentum and a 16-0 record. That momentum hit a wall at the LaHaye Ice Center when the Liberty Flames defeated the visiting Owls in a shootout, 4-3.

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Div. II hockey comes up short

Struggle — The men’s DII team came up just short against Rider University Saturday. Photo credit: Timothy Sutton

Penalties, poor line changes, trips to sin bin foil LU comeback in third period Victory flirted with the Liberty men’s DII hockey team but sided with Rider University, Saturday, Dec. 1. Liberty went down 1-0 in the first period but came back to overtake the Broncs, earning a 2-1 advantage …

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Delaware hands Flames two losses

Speed — Bram Erickson makes a play on the puck. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The Liberty University D1 men’s hockey team lost by one goal to defending American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) champion University of Delaware Friday, Nov. 9th. The game was a defensive struggle down to the wire, but the Flames were unable to hold off the Blue Hens, losing 2-1. The Flames …

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Liberty Flames D2 hockey win puts them back on top

The Liberty University men’s Division II hockey team beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 5-3 Saturday, Nov. 3. The game marked a great ending to the weekend series against Tech, flipping the score for the Flames, who had lost 5-3 the night before. “Tonight’s game went a lot better than last …

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