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Lady Flames open UMass Showcase by blanking Lady Rams

October 12, 2018  |  Amherst, Mass. 

Graduate defenseman C.J. Tipping assisted two of the Liberty's four goals Friday vs. Rhode Island. (Photo by Kevin Manguiob) test test test test
Graduate defenseman C.J. Tipping assisted two of the Liberty's four goals Friday vs. Rhode Island. (Photo by Kevin Manguiob)

In Friday night's first game of the UMass Showcase, Liberty University's ACHA Division I women's hockey team shut out Rhode Island for the fourth time in a row, winning 4-0 on freshman goalie Megan Peterson's first shutout and ACHA victory for the Lady Flames.

"We had a long trip up today after we were delayed in leaving, but the girls were able to shake that off and played a decent game," Liberty Head Coach Chris Lowes said. "Megan stopped one breakaway and a couple odd-man rushes, so she made a few good saves when we made mistakes."

The Lady Flames swept the Lady Rams all three times they met last season on the road — in the UMass Showcase opener, 7-0, and a series at Rhode Island by 4-0 and 7-0 scores.

On Friday night back at the Mullins Center, Liberty outshot Rhode Island 20-3 in the first period, scoring the lone goal on the power play with 4:48 remaining when Rachel Gibson tapped in a backdoor feed from junior and senior forwards and assistant captains Vanessa DeMerchant and Lauren McDonald.

Less than a minute and a half into the second period, junior forward Alex Smibert deflected in a shot from the point off the stick of graduate defenseman C.J. Tipping for a 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Flames added two more second-period scores, the first on a power play with sophomore forward Danica Polson redirecting another shot by Tipping into the net with 10:58 left. Finally, with 4:19 to go, junior forward Aly Morris scored off assists from Polson and Smibert.

"That was a line we tried last weekend, and they had another good game for us tonight," Lowes said.

Peterson saved a breakaway opportunity late in the second period, one of her 16 saves for the game as the Lady Flames outshot the Rams, 49-16.

Liberty will take on Davenport in Saturday's second game of the UMass Showcase, starting at 4 p.m., before facing Bishop's (Quebec) University on Sunday at 7 a.m.

"We didn't play Davenport last year, so they are a little bit of an unknown, but we will be ready to go," Lowes said.

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