Doe nets three goals as DII Flames sweep Nittany Lions
October 5, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team swept Penn State, its biggest rival in the Southeast Region, Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Flames (6-0), who lost to the Nittany Lions in the past two Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey (MACH) championship games, staged a 4-0 shutout in Friday's first game before holding on for a 3-2 victory in Saturday's rematch.
After a scoreless first period in the opener, Liberty capitalized in the closing seconds of a power play at the 17:31 mark in the second period when junior forward Michael Niederer sent a backhanded assist through the goalie box to sophomore forward Timothy Doe for a point-blank finish and 1-0 edge.
Less than two and a half minutes later, Niederer stole the puck back in the offensive zone and sent a beautiful back-door pass to Doe deep in the right crease where he one-timed a shot over sprawling Penn State goalie Jack Breen into the back of the net for a 2-0 Flames advantage.
Luke McFarlane stretched Liberty's lead to 3-0 with 4:54 left in the second by rifling a shot from the top of the left circle off a faceoff from fellow freshman forward Jaime Ross.
Doe and Niederer teamed up for a third time for the Flames to cap the scoring at the 15:50 mark when Doe pressured the puck behind the Penn State cage, forcing a turnover right to Niederer in front. He stopped it with his skate before slapping a shot over the shoulder of Breen for the final score.
Sophomore goalie Dakota Cyhaniuk posted his third consecutive shutout.
Penn State started the scoring on Saturday and ended Cyhaniuk's 201-minute shutout streak with 15:24 left in the first period when Adam Alavi put away a diving crossing pass from the right end line. Liberty knotted the score at 1-1 just over 10 minutes later when sophomore forward Charlie Wilkie sent an assist from the back boards to Payton Nash who sneaked a backhanded shot from a sharp angle in the right circle through traffic at the 5:12 mark.
The Nittany Lions leaped back into the lead with 5:04 left in the second period when Joe DeLaurentis pounced on a loose puck deep in the left circle and one-timed a shot past Cyhaniuk for a 2-1 advantage.
|Graduate defenseman Drew Crilly controls the puck.|
Liberty netted the equalizer at the 14:17 mark of the third period by capitalizing on a three-on-two break with Niederer sending a spectacular cross-crease assist onto the tape of junior forward Blake Flanders' stick for an easy putaway.
Less than two minutes later, the Flames tacked on the game-winner by finishing a two-on-one fast-break opportunity when sophomore forward Justin Barstead intercepted the puck and skated it up the left boards before feeding a crossing pass to Doe in the inside edge of the right circle for a top-shelf wrist shot.
Liberty will return to the LaHaye Ice Center this weekend for its Fall Showcase when it will host UMass-Lowell on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan State University of Denver on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and North Carolina State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.