DII women’s defenseman representing Mexico Warriors in Latin American hockey tournament
Dominique Dueñas-Abin, a senior defenseman on Liberty University’s ACHA Division II women’s hockey team, is in Coral Springs, Fla., this week playing for the Mexico Warriors in the women’s division of the Amerigol Latam Cup Tournament, held at the Panthers IceDen, home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. The tournament, which includes four rounds of pool play, concludes with championship and consolation games on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Dueñas-Abin, originally from Mexico City, transferred to Liberty from El Paso (Texas) Community College before her junior year. Prior to joining the Lady Flames and pursuing a B.S. in Criminal Justice through the Helms School of Government, she played for the National Mexican Female Hockey Team from 2018-21, after playing her prep career at Banff (Alberta, Canada) Community High School. She won the Dr. Nobel Award for academic achievement and the Most Sportsmanlike Player Award through the Banff Hockey Academy in 2017-18.
The Warriors, who won their first gold medal at a full International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) world championship event as one of six teams in their division in Iceland in March 2017, are competing with a roster of 14 players. Dueñas-Abin is one of five defensemen on the squad.
Mexico will open tournament play against Columbia on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. EST, before facing Chile at 8:30 p.m., Puerto Rico on Thursday at 9:45 p.m., and Argentina on Friday at 9:30 p.m. All games, including those in the tournament’s Division 1, Division 2, U20, U16, and U12 divisions, will be streamed live on the pay-per-view HockeyTV website.
Dueñas-Abin will be back in Lynchburg, Va., in plenty of time for the Lady Flames’ 2022-23 season opener on Sept. 30 against West Virginia University set for 9:45 p.m. at the LaHaye Ice Center.