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DII Flames complete 'Battle of Blue Ridge' sweep of Hokies

December 1, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Flames senior captain Jackson Roy skates against the Hokies at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Jessie Rogers) test test test test
Flames senior captain Jackson Roy skates against the Hokies at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Jessie Rogers)

Freshman center Johnny Kettelle's hat trick on Saturday night at the LaHaye Ice Center helped Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team hold off Virginia Tech, 7-5, to complete a home-and-away weekend sweep of the Hokies.

The Flames (12-3-2) clinched the best-of-three "Battle of the Blue Ridge" series by winning Friday night's game hosted by Virginia Tech at the Lancerlot Sports Complex in Vinton, Va., 8-2. Liberty had defeated the Hokies, 9-1 at LaHaye, in the teams' first meeting on Oct. 14.

Freshman center Tim Doe scored the Flames' first two goals on Friday, with both assisted by junior forward Drew Crilly and freshman forward Devin Melice, as Liberty overcame an early 1-0 deficit.

Midway through the second period, Bryce Harrison stretched the Flames' edge to 3-1 with his first goal at Liberty, finishing feeds from fellow sophomore defenseman Kyle Martin and junior defenseman Ryley Richardson. After Virginia Tech's Brendan Hoey answered five minutes later, Liberty extended its lead to 6-2 with three scores in the final four minutes. Freshman defenseman Charlie Wilkie netted the first, set up by freshman forward Darren Carter, before freshmen right wing Joseph Nash and defenseman Adam Partridge scored, both off assists from senior defenseman Jackson Roy.

Crilly and Roy tacked on third-period goals for the final scores and freshman goalie Dakota Cyhaniuk made 20 saves in the win as the Flames outshot the Hokies, 43-22.

In Saturday's rematch at Liberty, Kettelle netted his first goal as a Flame off an assist from junior defenseman Brandon Drumheller just over two minutes after the opening faceoff before freshman left wing Cullen Briggs finished a feed from Drumheller. Senior forward Eric Masters pushed the Flames' advantage to 3-0 off assists from Nash and Crilly.

Virginia Tech pulled within 3-2 on back-to-back goals by Hoey and David Dachille before Masters responded with his second score, assisted by Martin with 2:24 left in the first period.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Kettelle netted his second goal off a backdoor assist from Crilly before the Hokies rallied to trim the deficit to 5-4 with two goals over a three-minute span. Kettelle completed his hat trick off an assist from senior wing Matthew Perri before Crilly padded Liberty's lead to 7-4, converting a pass from Doe to cap the Flames' scoring.

Virginia Tech netted the only goal in a third period plagued by 12 penalties.

Liberty outshot Virginia Tech, 46-30, and sophomore goalie Adam Partridge made 25 saves to raise his record to 10-2-1.

The Flames ended their fall schedule by winning 10 of their final 11 games. They will open the spring semester by hosting a Jan. 18-20 showcase against Maryland, Marist, and Cincinnati.

Men's D2 Hockey Links
Schedule
Results
Jan 18, 6:30 PM - LaHaye Ice Center
vs.
Men's D2 Hockey
Liberty Showcase - University of Maryland
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HOURS
MINS
SECS
Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Liberty Showcase - University of Maryland
Jan 18, 6:30 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Liberty Showcase - Marist College
Jan 19, 7:30 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Liberty Showcase - University of Cincinnati
Jan 20, 1:30 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D2 Hockey
vs. University of Delaware
Jan 27, 3:30 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Ohio University
Feb 1, 6:30 PM - Lynchburg, VA

Full Schedule

Dec 1
Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Virginia Tech
W (7-5)

Nov 30
Men's D2 Hockey
at Virginia Tech
W (8-2)

Nov 18
Men's D2 Hockey
at Stevenson University
W (8-2)

Nov 17
Men's D2 Hockey
at University of Maryland
W (8-2)

Nov 11
Men's D2 Hockey
at University of Delaware
L (4-5) OT

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