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Two power-play goals lift Flames to 3-1 win at West Chester

November 30, 2017  |  West Chester, Pa. 

Flames freshman forward Sam Carlson controls the puck in front of a West Chester player in the teams' first meeting on Sept. 23 at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Leah Seavers) test test test test
Flames freshman forward Sam Carlson controls the puck in front of a West Chester player in the teams' first meeting on Sept. 23 at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Leah Seavers)

Junior defenseman Zane Schartz's unassisted empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation clinched a 3-1 victory for Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team in Thursday night's opener at ESCHL South Division rival West Chester in the IceLine Quad Rink No. 1.

"It was a tight game, a lot tighter (than we would have liked)," Flames Head Coach Kirk Handy said. "West Chester played well tonight. You have to give them credit. Their goalie made a lot of big saves."

Liberty (14-6, 12-2 ESCHL) was held scoreless for the first 12 minutes before sophomore defenseman Jacob Fricks capitalized on the first of the Flames' two power-play goals on the night. Fricks finished feeds from senior forward Victor Blomberg and freshmen forward Cole Gammer on an odd-man rush for a 1-0 advantage.

Senior forward Grant Garvin doubled Liberty's lead with its second power-play goal less than seven minutes into the second period by controlling a pass from Schartz and weaving his way through the offensive zone before putting away a rebound of his own blocked shot past Golden Rams goalie Breandan Colgan.

"It was a nice goal, but I felt like we needed to have a little more," Handy said. "We didn't play very well tonight. Maybe it was post-turkey (recovery). It wasn't a great effort."

West Chester (4-11-1, 1-9-2) trimmed the deficit back to a 2-1 by ending the shutout bid for junior goalie Cole Burack with just over a minute to play in the second period.

Liberty outshot the Golden Rams 27-10 on the night with Colgan making 25 saves and Burack repelling nine.

"He played really well for us," Handy said. "It was a big ESCHL game and it'll be another big one (Friday) night. It starts with me on down, we have to be better tomorrow."

The puck drops at 9:15 p.m. for Friday night's rematch at the IceLine Quad Rink No. 3.

 

By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

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