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DII men's hockey swept at FGCU; hosts UMass this weekend

March 25, 2021  |  Fort Meyers, Fla. 

Junior forward Charlie Wilkie skates along the boards behind senior forward Blake Flanders. (Photo by Luke Bobbey) test test test test
Junior forward Charlie Wilkie skates along the boards behind senior forward Blake Flanders. (Photo by Luke Bobbey)

Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team, which swept Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in its Jan. 25-26  spring semester series opener in Fort Meyers, Fla., returned to the Sunshine State over the weekend, only to be swept by the Eagles in Friday's and Saturday's regular season-ending series at Hertz Arena.

The Flames (8-7-3, ranked third in ACHA Division II) scored first in the opener when freshman forward Roman Lamoureux finished an assist from freshman defenseman Stephen Guadalajara just 1 minute and 1 second after the faceoff. But although Liberty outshot eighth-ranked FGCU, 33-29, the Eagles (8-5) shut the Flames down for the final 59 minutes in a 3-1 victory.

FGCU forwards and leading scorers Dylan Cantwell and Brandon Beard scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period before Liberty pulled junior goalie Dakota Cyhaniuk, and Eagles forward Wyatt Engelmann capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the final 1:19 of the third.

In Saturday's rematch, Cantwell opened the scoring with 2:28 remaining in the first period before Flames senior forward Blake Flanders tied it up off an assist from junior forward Daren Carter with 15:39 left in the second. Power-play goals by Seth Cohen and Jack Cohen, the Eagles' third- and fourth-leading scorers, put the Eagles back on top in the first half of the second period before sophomore forward Luke McFarlane cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 1:49 mark by finishing a feed from Lamoureux.  

FGCU extended its lead to 4-2 early in the third before Flanders trimmed it to 4-3 with his power-play goal off assists from senior forward Michael Niederer and McFarlane. Cantwell padded the Eagles lead to 5-3 before Flames senior forward Tim Doe brought Liberty back to 5-4 off assists from Lamoureux and freshman defenseman Daniel Hauke with 13:52 remaining in regulation.

However, despite outshooting FGCU 40-29, Liberty was unable to net the equalizer. Both teams converted 50 percent of their power-play opportunities with the Flames going 2-for-4 and Eagles 3-for-6.

Liberty will host the University of Massachusetts in a three-game exhibition series at the LaHaye Ice Center this weekend, with games set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. That will be the Flames' last action before traveling to Bismarck, Fla., for the April 15-20 ACHA DII National Championships.

Men's D2 Hockey Links

No events scheduled for this team.

Apr 19
Men's D2 Hockey
at Nationals Semi - University of Mary
L (0-7)

Apr 17
Men's D2 Hockey
at Florida Gulf Coast University
W (4-1)

Apr 16
Men's D2 Hockey
at Aurora University
W (8-5)

Apr 15
Men's D2 Hockey
at Concordia Univ-Wisc.
W (2-0)

Mar 28
Men's D2 Hockey
vs. Exhibition Game
W (3-1)

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