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    October 25, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty University’s ACHA Division II men’s hockey team won two out of three games over the weekend in a showcase at the LaHaye Ice Center, opening with a 6-4 triumph over UMass-Amherst on Friday night before being shut out by Trine University 4-0 on Saturday, and then turning the tables on Rider University with a 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon.

    Against UMass-Amherst, the Flames (10-2-1) outshot the Minutemen (6-2) by a 39-29 margin and sophomore goalie Lane Skon made 25 saves.

    Liberty junior forward Roman Lamoureux sparked the attack by netting two of its three first-period goals before adding a second-period assist and third-period roughing penalty, when two players for both teams were assessed 10-minute misconduct infractions.

    Sophomore forward and head captain Josh Harrell added a second-period goal and two first-period assists and forwards Cooper Neal, a junior, sophomore Joshua Sherwood, and freshman Thomas Kayner contributed single scores in the first, second and third stanzas, respectively, Kayner’s on a power play.

    Liberty was outshot by Trine (6-2) by a 34-25 margin, with senior goalie Stephen Sanders making 30 saves. The Flames finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Against Rider, junior wing Trevor Granzow scored both of Liberty’s goals in the first period, finishing feeds from Harrell midway through the frame and two seconds before the first intermission. After a scoreless second period, Granzow assisted Lamoureux less than 2 minutes into the third to stretch the Flames’ advantage to 3-0 before freshman center Josh Martin capped the scoring exactly 4 minutes later off assists from Kayner and freshman defenseman Joseph Rohrer.
    For the game, Liberty outshot the Broncs (2-5) by a 46-21 margin and Sanders recorded 21 saves to post the shutout.

    The Flames are off this weekend before returning to the LIC to host Cincinnati on Nov. 5 at 9:45 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

    Freshman forward Thomas Kayner takes a faceoff against Marauders forward Garrett Freeman.

    Head Coach Ben Hughes is still waiting the verdict on an appeal of the first-game forfeit ruling from Liberty’s Homecoming Weekend series-opening shootout against reigning ACHA DII national champion University of Mary.

    The Flames had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Game 1 at 2-2 on power-play goals by Martin (assisted by Lamoureux and sophomore forward David Hauke) late in the first period and graduate defenseman Alex Norwinski (assisted by Granzow) midway through the third. That forced overtime and a shootout, which resulted in a forfeit when both teams repeated their second shooters in the seventh round, with Harrell converting his second attempt and Skon stopping Mary defenseman Johnny Witzke’s second shot, as he had the previous six Marauders’ tries.

    Then, in Saturday’s rematch, both teams were held scoreless through 60 minutes of regulation before Mary netted the game-winner with 1:51 remaining in the 5-minute extra period. Skon started both games for the Flames, facing 32 shots each day and making 30 saves on Friday and 31 Saturday. Liberty’s penalty kill unit was successful on all five of Mary’s power-play opportunities. Meanwhile, the Flames went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

    “It was a really, really tight game,” Hughes said. “That’s all you can ask for. These guys are good (but) I think we played some of our best hockey. What it gives us is confidence that we can do it. Our defense was good. We had a couple guys step up today that led the D corps, but overall we just pressed the pace. We played with urgency, tried to play fast, tried to play in their zone, and then our goaltender made some good saves.”

    By Ted Allen/Staff Writer; Videos by Patrick Strawn/Club Sports Director of Video & Media

    Sophomore goalie Lane Skon and freshman defenseman Logan Starkey fend off Mary forward Alex Flicek.