DII Lady Flames, ranked No. 4 in Southeast Region, sweep Maryville at home
Liberty University’s ACHA Division II women’s hockey team swept Maryville University over the weekend at the LaHaye Ice Center (LIC), outshooting the Saints, 56-15, in a 3-0 victory on Friday night before getting goals from five different players in a 5-2 win in Saturday afternoon’s rematch, improving to 8-3-1 on the season.
The Lady Flames, which debuted at No. 4 in the first ACHA DII Southeast Region rankings, were coming off a 1-2 showing at the Navy Showcase in Annapolis, Md. — posting a 10-0 triumph over Loyola (Md.) University between a 3-0 loss to No. 3 Delaware and 5-3 setback against No. 2 Navy.
In Friday’s opener against Maryville, sophomore forward Laura Arfstrom started the scoring with 3:26 left in the first period by finishing an assist from freshman defenseman Katrina Walhof before sophomore forward Isabel Gracia netted the last two goals, unassisted with 58 seconds left in the first period and off an assist from freshman Isabel Crossman with 5:16 to go in the second.
There were no goals or penalties by either team in the third period and freshman goalie Abby Hodsden made 15 saves on the night to preserve her third shutout of the season.
In Saturday’s rematch, Liberty outscored the Saints, 3-0, in the second period — with all three goals coming in the final 2:46 — to open a 5-1 advantage. The Lady Flames sandwiched goals by freshman forward Guinivere Donovan unassisted and sophomore forward Brigh Cote assisted by Gracia around a score by Maryville defenseman Maggie Brawley to seize a 2-1 lead.
Lady Flames freshman defenseman Emma Wallace scored off an assist from sophomore center Madison Gaddy at the 2:46 mark before sophomore forward Camille Sponaugle and Arfstrom scored bang-bang goals off each other’s assists in the final 17 seconds, with sophomore wing Madison Conley also contributing a secondary assist on Sponaugle’s score.
Liberty only outshot the Saints (2-4) by a 33-25 count and junior goalie Alex Ritter made 25 saves for the Lady Flames.
After Thanksgiving Break, Liberty will return to the LIC to host Delaware on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 10:45 a.m.
By Ted Allen/Staff Writer