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Flames skate past Alabama, Myers records second shutout

October 4, 2019  |  Pelham, Ala. 

Senior defenseman Josh Fricks (6) crashes the cage, stopping in the slot in front of Alabama goalie Gunnar Neilsen. test test test test
Senior defenseman Josh Fricks (6) crashes the cage, stopping in the slot in front of Alabama goalie Gunnar Neilsen.

Fall break came at the perfect time for Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team, which traveled south and passed its first road test this season with a 6-0 series-opening victory at Alabama, Friday night at the Pelham Civic Complex.

The Flames (4-0) scored twice in each period and senior forwards Quinn Ryan and alternate captain Brock Thompson both netted two goals.

Sophomore goalie Tyler Myers posted his second shutout in as many starts as his defense denied the Crimson Tide on all four of its power-play opportunities.

"I thought our guys played pretty well overall," Liberty Head Coach Kirk Handy said. "Tyler played well in net and our penalty kill was excellent for us again and we were able to score a couple of power play goals. That's a good game plan on most nights and our guys executed it fairly well."

After 17:30 of scoreless action to start the contest, Liberty capped the first period with two goals in the final 2:35, the first by senior forward and assistant captain Victor Blomberg off a scramble in front of the net. Then, just 14 seconds before the first intermission, sophomore forward Josh Fricks netted his team-high seventh goal of the season, extending Liberty's lead to 2-0.

Liberty held a commanding 27-11 lead in shots on Alabama after two periods

"The shot advantage was in our favor and defensively, the guys stuck to the game plan," Handy said. "It was a solid team effort."

Ryan scored his first goal less than two minutes into the second period to extend the Flames' lead to 3-0 before Thompson netted back-to-back power-play goals off assists from senior defenseman Jacob Fricks, lifting Liberty to a 4-0 lead late in the second period and 5-0 advantage early in the third.

Finally, freshman defenseman Colin Baird assisted Ryan's second goal, capping the scoring.

The Flames and Crimson Tide will face off in the series finale on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EST) with a livestream available through Alabama's website.

"Tomorrow we have to improve on a few areas of our game and continue to get better," Handy said. "That's a big thing for us. We've realized early in the season we went to work hard and continue to improve. It's a new day tomorrow, and another opportunity for us to get better."

 

By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

Flames freshman forward Matt Bartel battles Crimson Tide forward Taylor Bowman for the puck.

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