DII Flames repel Louisville's comeback bid in first away game
October 13, 2017 | Louisville, Ky.
Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team withstood a five-on-three penalty kill in the final minute of its 4-2 victory Friday night at Louisville, the Flames' first road trip of the season.
Junior goalie Blake Scott made 32 saves to preserve the win for Liberty (3-0), which outshot the Cardinals, 45-34.
"Blake played a great game; he was the catalyst," Flames first-year Head Coach Ben Hughes said. "He kept us in the game by making some really good saves that if he didn't make, it could have been a different outcome."
Rob Ward netted Liberty's first goal less than five minutes after the opening faceoff off assists from fellow senior forward Paul Lamoureux and sophomore forward Andy Clarke.
At the 11-minute mark, sophomore forward Drew Crilly extended the Flames advantage to 2-0, assisted by Clarke and senior defenseman Sean Bakker before sophomore forward Jamie Crane scored unassisted four minutes later for a 3-0 Liberty lead.
"We dominated the first period," Hughes said. "Then in the second, Louisville scored two goals — one on a power play (at the 17-minute mark) and one short-handed (with 1:18 left)."
Senior wing Sam Hisey converted the Flames' fourth goal at 14:21 in the second period, finishing a backdoor feed from senior center Michael Perri off a secondary assist from junior defenseman Nathan Glick.
A scoreless third period featured a total of seven penalties, four on the Flames.
"We took way too many penalties so there was a lot of going back and forth on special teams," Hughes said. "We played a very good first period, but slowed down the rest of the way. We hung on strong and persevered, though, and can learn a lot from this. We want to stay disciplined and be consistent."
Liberty has a quick turnaround for its rematch at Louisville, set for 3 p.m. Saturday.