DII Lady Flames rebound from home losses, sweep Cal-Penn
January 31, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Playing four games in four days this past weekend, Liberty University's ACHA Division II women's hockey team equaled its total number of contests from the entire fall semester. After finishing 4-0 in fall play, the Lady Flames ranked 10th in the ACHA DII Eastern Region, were swept by top-ranked Bishop's University by 2-0 and 8-1 scores on Friday at the LaHaye Ice Center before traveling to California University of Pennsylvania and sweeping the Vulcans by 14-1 and 11-2 scores on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
"After the first two periods, our team's speed kicked in and we were able to net 10 goals in the third period," Liberty Assistant Coach Rena Leone said of the first game at Cal-Penn. "Overall, everyone contributed to our win."
The Lady Flames (6-2) outshot their hosts by a 67-15 margin in the first game and by a 75-18 in the second, with senior goalie Kelly Hutton combining for 30 saves in the two triumphs.
Senior forward Chelsey Greenwood and sophomore forward Kira Rice both netted hat tricks and sophomore forward Brittany Hegele and freshman forward Madeleine Niederer added two goals apiece in the opener, with Rice scoring twice shorthanded as Liberty was on the penalty kill.
Freshmen forwards Paige Arnosti and Hope Stengler, graduate forward Catharine Burrell, and senior forward Tia Bakker also scored, with Bakker's being the first of her career after joining the Lady Flames this semester. Niederer distributed three assists and Greenwood, Rice, Stengler, sophomore forward Alexis Early, and junior defenseman Holly Turner set up two goals apiece.
In Sunday's rematch, Greenwood recorded her second hat trick, Arnosti and Burrell both scored two goals, and Hegele, Bakker, Niederer, and senior forward Kaitlyn Langabeer added single scores while Greenwood and Hegele both dished out two assists.
The Lady Flames return to the LaHaye Ice Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for a series against Pittsburgh. Liberty swept the Panthers on the road on Oct. 27-28, winning by 3-1 and 5-0 scores.