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    December 7, 2012 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    The Liberty University Division III men’s hockey team outscored opponents 36-10 in its last five games, extending its win streak to 13 and concluding play in 2012 on a high note. The Flames are ranked eighth in the South according to the latest American Collegiate Hockey Association rankings.

    The Flames hosted Maryland for a pair of games Dec. 1-2 to finish up their 2012 slate, beating the Terrapins 4-1 and 5-0, respectively. Goalie John Hyland recorded the first shutout of the year for Liberty.

    The weekend of Nov. 16-17 the Flames split time between the road and home, first facing Radford in the Roanoke Civic Center in a 4-3 win and then hosting Northern Virginia Community College for an eventual 13-2 rout. The NVCC game marked the sixth time Liberty put double-digits on the scoreboard this season and the third time in as many weekends.

    The Flames began the month of November with a pair of wins on the road Nov. 2-3, first at Old Dominion 10-1 and then against Virginia Commonwealth in Glen Allen, Va., by a score of 3-1. Liberty then handed George Mason George Mason a 10-4 loss at the Ice Center on Nov. 10.

    Brandon Cockburn leads Liberty in points with 35 and goals at 24. Chris Gurreri is the team leader in assists with 14. Austin Crossley is second in points with 27.

    Hyland (6-0) and Byron Cary (7-1) have shared time in the net. Hyland has a 1.98 goals against average and a .91 save percentage and Cary a 2.11 GAA and .92 percent save percentage.

    Liberty enters Christmas break at 14-0-1 and will resume play at home Jan. 18, 2013 when the College of William & Mary comes to town. Game time is set for 11 p.m.