Flames return home for key ESCHL series with Stony Brook
November 1, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
When Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team last met Stony Brook, in the championship game of the ESCHL Tournament, Flames forward Cole Gammer netted the game-winning goal and goalie Cole Burack was named Tournament MVP after making 36 saves in the 2-1 triumph, Liberty's program-record 19th in a row.
Before sweeping the Seawolves on their home ice to start off the New Year, Jan. 13-14 in New York, Liberty had lost nine of the previous 12 regular-season matchups with Stony Brook.
Scouting Preview for Games 12-13: No. 13 Stony Brook (6-0-2, 2-0-2 ESCHL) at No. 8 Liberty (8-2-1, 3-0-1 ESCHL), Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.) at the LaHaye Ice Center. Both games will be webcast live by LFSN and carried by ESPN+.
All-Time Series: Liberty leads the series with Stony Brook, 25-14-3.
Liberty Scouting Report: The Flames sustained their first two regulation losses of the season last weekend at defending national champion Adrian. As a result, Liberty dropped three spots to No. 8 in this week's ACHA DI national rankings, the first of the season determined by computer rankings rather than coaches' votes.
While sophomore forward Jordan Bochinski leads the Flames with three game-winning goals, junior forward Quinn Ryan has established himself atop the team's list of scoring leaders with 12 goals and 12 assists. Garrett Nelson ranks second with 14 assists and Gammer is a close third with seven goals and six assists.
In goal, Burack (5-1-1) has a 3.00 goals-against-average and 88.3 save percentage, and fellow senior Josh Halpenny (3-1, 1.75 GAA, 93.2 SP) has posted two shutouts.
Stony Brook Scouting Report: The Seawolves, who have outscored opponents by a three-to-one margin this season (48-16), are coming off their second consecutive series split with an ESCHL opponent, losing a shootout to Rhode Island after winning the opener, 6-1. Previously, like Liberty, Stony Brook lost a shootout to Syracuse, the only other blemish on its record to date.
Stony Brook's top four scorers are all forwards — Nick Belger (10G, 9A), Joey Slevin (4G, 9A), Bradley Riccardi (6G, 6A), and Dustin Rinaldo (3G, 9A).
Richard Shipman has played the majority of minutes between the pipes for the Seawolves, posting a 4-0 record with a 1.61 GAA, 94.5 SP, and the team's only shutout. He is backed up by Rob Lockwood (1-0, 2.89 GAA, 91.9 SP) and Sean Keating (1-0, 0.90 GAA, 97.3 SP).
Coaches: Handy is in his 19th season as Liberty's head coach and has compiled an overall record of 413-174-27. Chris Garofalo, who is in his ninth season as the Seawolves' head coach, is 190-68-21 at the helm, including 139-33-11 since 2013.