Lady Flames split national championship rematch with Lynx
September 28, 2019 | Wentzville, Mo.
Lindenwood Belleville, last season's national runner-up, showed it is not ready to concede a third consecutive ACHA Division I championship to Liberty University's ACHA Division I women's hockey team in Saturday night's rematch at the FSI Shark Tower near St. Louis.
The Lynx (2-1) turned the tables on the Lady Flames (1-1) following Friday's shutout loss, opening a 3-0 lead after the second period and holding on for a 4-1 upset victory. Lindenwood Belleville outshot Liberty by a 29-25 margin.
"Their execution was better," Lady Flames Head Coach Chris Lowes said. "Our energy was a little low. They capitalized early on a couple and we didn't respond very well."
Lynx forward Alicia Williams scored the game's first goal off assists from linemate Hallie Fisher and defenseman Lindsay Gillis, who netted the second score with Lindenwood Belleville on a power play, finishing feeds from defenseman Tessa O'Connor and forward Marissa Delry.
Liberty trailed 3-0 after Spicer scored off assists from Fisher and Delry in the second period, but the Lady Flames cut the deficit to 3-1 just 13 seconds into the third. Freshman forward Yannick Truter scored her second goal in as many games off an assist from junior forward Danica Polson.
The Lady Flames had a goal disallowed right after they scored their first one, causing their comeback bid to stall, with the official ruling that the puck went in the net off a Liberty player's glove.
Lynx forward Dakota McAlpine capped the scoring off an assist from Jamie Riselay with 13:30 remaining in regulation, knocking Lady Flames starting goalie Nadia Rupoli out of the contest after the collision as she put the puck in the net off a rebound.
Freshman Kayla Savoie-Penton relieved Rupoli and made five saves without allowing another goal in her Liberty debut. She will start in Sunday's 2 p.m. (EST) contest at McKendree University.
"We are still learning who we are as a team," Lowes said. "It is always a process to learn how to win and to do it consistently against top teams. The good thing is we get a chance to rebound (Sunday) against a very good McKendree team and I expect we will see a better response."