Oct 6, 2009

Women’s hockey wins first DI series

by Kelly Marvel

The Lady Flames hosted their first Division I matchups this weekend against Penn State University, tying on Friday night with a score of 3-3 and highlighted by a come-from-behind victory in Saturday’s game, 4-3.

Penn State started off the first period Friday night with a power-play goal by forward Laura Vogelgesang. Liberty answered back as junior forward Kristin Frescura fought off two Penn State defenders to score unassisted, tying the game at the first intermission.

The Lady Flames got in some penalty trouble at the start of the second period but freshman forward Carly Peleshok was able to shake off the defense to score short-handed, giving Liberty 2-1 advantage. Liberty cushioned their lead to 3-1 when junior forward Brooke Harris scored off a pass from Frescura. Penn State answered quickly with a goal from forward Chelly Deiling, ending the period down 3-2.

Penn State tied up the game early in the third period on a power play with Vogelgesang’s second goal of the night. The Lady Flames defended their goal well in the third period, forcing the game to go into overtime. Liberty stepped up their game in the overtime period and did not allow Penn State to come into Liberty’s zone, but the offense was not able to get anything going in the five minute period, resulting in the tie.

The Lady Flames had 49 shots on goal and held Penn State to only 27. Sophomore goaltender Patti Smith had a solid showing behind the net, saving 24 of the 27 shots on goal.

Liberty suited up again Saturday night ready to win game two. The Lady Flames dominated the puck for the entire first period, but the offense was kept at bay and the score was knotted at zero at the end of the first period.

Penn State scored twice in the second period, first with a goal off Smith’s pads and again at the 3:10 mark.

Down 2-0, Frescura and Peleshok answered quickly on a two-on-one break. Frescura scored on a pass from Peleshok, putting the Lady Flames on the board and just 40 seconds later, Peleshok scored on the Nittany Lions again with a pass from Harris, tying the game at 2-2 at the end the second period.
Penn State broke the tie in the third period with an unexpected deflection off Harris’s stick, giving Penn State a 3-2 advantage.

At the 5:35 mark, sophomore forward Misty Pirus scored on a pass from freshman forward Chantel Rosewell, tying the game at 3-3. The Lady Flames fought hard and took control of the game in the last minutes of the period with shot attempts by Peleshok and Harris. Junior forward Sara Wilson scored the game-winning goal in the last minute of the period, giving Liberty the 4-3 win.

Smith got her second win of the season, saving 27 of 30 shots on goal.

“The girls never gave up; they fought hard for every inch of that game and deserved the win,” Harris said.

The Lady Flames travel to Michigan over fall break for a four game trip against the University of Michigan, Grand State Valley University and Western Michigan University.

Contact Kelly Marvel at krmarvel@liberty.edu.

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