Liberty dominates Louisville in DII Showcase final, 14-4
January 14, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team concluded play in its Division II Showcase on Sunday with a dominating 14-4 triumph over Louisville at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Flames (9-4-1) defeated the Cardinals (11-12) for the third time this season after an Oct. 13-14 sweep in Kentucky by 4-2 and 9-3 scores.
Senior Marshal King started the scoring on Sunday at the 17:26 mark, finishing a feed from spring semester pick-up Eric Masters with a wrist shot into the top right corner.
Less than two minutes later, Masters tipped in a shot launched from the top of the circle by sophomore defenseman Jackson Roy for his first goal at the DII level, extending the lead to 3-0.
With 34 seconds to go in the first period, freshman forward Michael Niederer sent an entry pass to Flanders out front, where he was checked immediately after releasing a one-timed shot blocked by Louisville goalie Greg Russell. Senior forward Paul Lamoureux controlled the rebound and maneuvered around Russell before lifting a wrist shot into the open net to make it 4-0.
Sophomore defenseman Ryley Richardson scored for the first time this season four minutes into the second period on a shot from the top of the right circle that Russell let trickle over his glove and across the goal line.
A minute later, Lamoureux pocketed his second goal of the game on a rebound of a shot by Flanders that he set up with a pass from deep in the right circle. Soon afterwards, Masters netted his second score by batting in a loose puck on the rebound of his fast-break wrist shot set up by Niederer, stretching the Flames' edge to 7-0.
After forward Tyler Samuelson got the Cardinals on the scoreboard with a high shot off the glove of Liberty junior goalie Blake Scott moments later, Lamoureux completed his hat trick with an open wrist shot from the right side off a cross-crease feed from sophomore forward Drew Crilly at the 8:49 mark.
Niederer set up senior defenseman Sean Bakker for a backhanded score in the left crease just over a minute later before Crilly received a long outlet from Wilson and scored shorthanded to make it 10-1 in favor of the Flames with 3:35 left in the second period.
Louisville scored on a set play to start the third period and Louie Abounader stole the puck back in the right circle and fired in a backhand less than a minute later to draw the Cardinals within 10-3.
King scored the Flames' first goal of the third period on a rebound of a driving shot by Masters at the 17:04 mark before Louisville answered with Nathan Newport's fifth goal of the weekend.
Senior defenseman Nathan Glick sent a beautiful assist across the goal mouth to Lamoureux for a point-blank finish on his fourth goal with 6:49 to go before he netted his fifth off an assist from Clarke with 2:58 to go and the Flames on a power play. Roy capped the scoring with a putback of his own shot less than a minute later.
Liberty will return to action in the LaHaye Ice Center this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against Delaware before hosting Maryland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.