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    February 16, 2022 Harrisburg, Pa. RSS |

    Liberty University’s ACHA Division III men’s hockey team shut out West Virginia on its home ice Friday night, outshooting the Mountaineers, 75-16, in a 4-0 victory, before rallying from an early 1-0 deficit to deal Penn State Harrisburg a 4-1 setback on its home ice on Saturday night.

    The Flames (11-6-1) stretched their winning streak to five games heading into this weekend’s regular-season-ending series against Christopher Newport University at the LaHaye Ice Center (LIC).

    Graduate forward and alternate captain Jerrell Campbell started the scoring midway through the first period of Friday night’s game with an assist from junior wing Kenny Fogarty. The Flames then added three goals in the final 6 minutes, 36 seconds of the third to break open a tight contest.

    Freshman forward Luke Bessire scored on a power play off assists from junior forward and head captain Jaime Ross and freshman forward Eric Abbatte. Junior center Christian Kline capped the scoring with back-to-back goals, the first off feeds from senior defenseman Jordan Chamberlain and freshman center Randy Plaisance with 3:52 remaining and the last assisted by junior wing Andrew Pascarella 1:14 later.

    Graduate goalie Clayton Pierce recorded 16 saves to earn the shutout for the Flames.

    In Saturday’s rematch, PSU Harrisburg scored a shorthanded goal just over five minutes after the opening faceoff before Liberty answered with two goals in the final 5:33 of the period, including the unassisted equalizer by senior wing Will Fortugno. Just 3:02 later, Fogarty netted the game-winner off an assist from Chamberlain, lifting Liberty to a 2-1 lead.

    Then in the second, the Flames padded their advantage with two more even-strength goals, the first by Kline assisted by William Spuhler just over three minutes in, and second by freshman forward Carson Desmarais unassisted at the 10:50 mark.

    The Flames outshot the Nittany Lions, 42-37, and Pierce made 36 saves to preserve the victory.

    Liberty will be back in action this weekend when it hosts Christopher Newport University on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the LIC, with Sunday’s game being Senior Day for Campbell, Chamberlain, Fortugno, Pierce, fellow goalie Sam Bell, and defenseman Mike Eisaman.

    The Flames will then host the ACCHL Championships against CNU, College of Charleston, High Point, East Carolina University, Navy, Maryland, and West Virginia from Feb. 25-27, with the top four teams advancing the College Hockey Federation (CHF) National Championships in West Chester, Pa.

    Liberty junior center Johnny Kettelle skates between two Panthers at the LIC.