Freshman line of Adamek, Battles, Fussy ignites Lady Flames’ attack against Warriors
Freshman forward Brielle Fussy scored twice and added one assist to spark Liberty University’s three-time defending ACHA Division I national championship women’s hockey team to a 5-0 victory over Indiana Tech, Friday night at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Lady Flames (6-0) outshot the Warriors (5-2-1) — who were coming off sweeps of Miami (Ohio) and Penn State — by a 56-19 count and sophomore goalie Amanda Storey recorded her second consecutive shutout.
Liberty struck first with 11:51 left in the first period on graduate forward Shelby Bradford’s second-effort putback from deep in the right crease after recovering a rebound of freshman defenseman Sammy Peebles’ shot from the right point.
“We had good net traffic on that one and they battled hard in the blue paint and were rewarded with a dirty goal,” Lady Flames Assistant Coach Justin Forth said.
Liberty doubled its advantage at the 8:11 mark when junior defenseman Julia McDonald received a pass back from freshman forward Brielle Fussy at the top of the left circle and threaded a shot through traffic that glanced off the skate of a defenseman into the lower right corner pocket.
Fussy netted the Lady Flames’ first two goals of the second period. On the first, Haley Battles skated the puck around the right circle and made a diving, backhanded crossing pass to fellow freshman forward Zosia Adamek in the left crease. Indiana Tech goalie Izzy Varner blocked Adamek’s shot right to Fussy in the slot, where she slammed the rebound into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead with 15:19 left in the period.
“Those three are clicking right now and they get excited when each other scores so it’s fun for them to play together and they’re doing a lot of good things right now,” Forth said. “Bri (Fussy) brought a lot of good energy tonight and she does the little things right and was able to get rewarded for her hard work.”
“I’m having fun with that line,” Adamek added. “We’re all three freshmen and we’re moving the puck really well and bringing lots of energy, so it’s super exciting to see. We really like how we’re clicking. We’ve got to prove ourselves so we’ve got to get all of the energy and shots on net, everything we can do to pump up the team.”
Then, with Liberty on a penalty kill, Fussy stole the puck at the top of Indiana Tech’s circle and recovered the rebound of her own pass off the boards before skating through the right circle and beating Varner shorthanded with a shot through the five hole with 11:45 to go in the second.
Sophomore forward Yannick Truter stretched the Lady Flames’ lead to 5-0 with just under 2:00 remaining in the stanza after taking a short outlet pass from graduate forward Shannon Fehr and skating all the way up the right wing before cutting across the crease and lifting a beautiful backhanded wrist shot into the upper netting.
“I’ve known Yannick (Truter) for a long time now and just seeing her in a whole new setting as a captain, it’s really inspiring to see as she helps me grow as a player,” said Adamek, who grew up 45 minutes from Truter on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Ademek’s younger sister, Sophia, a former Vancouver Island Seals teammate of Truter’s, is planning to visit Liberty for College For A Weekend (CFAW) from Oct. 28-30 and considering joining the Lady Flames to form their second set of siblings along with Brityn and Brielle Fussy.
Liberty will look to extend its 15-game winning streak, dating back to last season, and completing the sweep when it battles the Warriors in Saturday’s rematch at 4:30 p.m. at the LIC.
“We’ve just got to take everything from today and just build on it, keep the energy going,” Adamek said.
By Ted Allen/Staff Writer; Video by Patrick Strawn/Club Sports Director of Video & Media