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Flames blanked by Beavers in ACHA DI opener at Minot State

October 2, 2015  |  Minot, North Dakota 

Liberty senior forward and alternate captain Danny Logan skates against Minot State during last season's sweep of the Beavers at the LaHaye Ice Center. test test test test
Liberty senior forward and alternate captain Danny Logan skates against Minot State during last season's sweep of the Beavers at the LaHaye Ice Center.

Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team left Lynchburg in time to avoid the effects of Hurricane Juaquin in Virginia only to be blindsided in North Dakota, suffering a 7-0 setback in its ACHA season opener against Minot State in MAYSA Arena.

The loss was a kind of payback for the Beavers (3-0), who were swept by the Flames (1-1) in last year's regular-season-ending series at the LaHaye Ice Center.

Minot State, ranked third in this week's ACHA DI poll, went on to reach the Final Four of the ACHA DI National Championships for the fourth year in a row after winning it all in 2013.

After outshooting Liberty 12-8 and opening a 1-0 advantage after the first period, the Beavers (3-0) only held an 11-10 second-period shot advantage, but racked up four more goals to pad their lead to 5-0 over the ninth-ranked Flames.

Defensman Austin Yano struck first for Minot State, converting the only goal of the first period past Liberty sophomore goalie Josh Halpenny. Senior forward Jeremy Johnson, who ranked seventh in the ACHA in scoring last season, pushed the lead to 2-0 on a power play early in the second period before senior captain Brett Nespor made it 3-0 with a shorthanded breakaway in the final seconds of a Beavers penalty kill.

Nespor, Minot State's second-leading scorer last season, later netted his second goal in the third period to stretch the Beavers' advantage to 6-0 before fellow forward Lyndon Lipinski capped the scoring in the final eight minutes.

"We will use this game as a learning tool," Liberty Head Coach Kirk Handy said.

The two teams will face off again Saturday at 8:35 p.m. (EST) in a game webcast live on pay-per-view.

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Sep 18, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center
vs.
Men's D1 Hockey
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
DAYS
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MINS
SECS
Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sep 18, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sep 19, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. University of Las Vegas Nevada
Sep 24, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. University of Las Vegas Nevada
Sep 25, 11:59 PM - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Syracuse University
Oct 9, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

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Mar 20
Men's D1 Hockey
at ACHA National Tournament
CANCELLED

Mar 8
Men's D1 Hockey
at ESCHL Playoffs vs Stony Brook
W (4-0)

Mar 7
Men's D1 Hockey
at ESCHL Playoffs vs Delaware
W (4-2)

Feb 29
Men's D1 Hockey
vs. University of Alabama
W (9-1)

Feb 28
Men's D1 Hockey
vs. University of Alabama
W (9-1)

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