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    November 11, 2022 Adrian, Mich. RSS |

    In a battle between the top two teams in the nation and rematch of the 2018 championship game, Liberty University’s No. 1-ranked, four-time defending ACHA Division I national champion women’s hockey team needed the first hat trick of junior forward Carly Glover’s career — capped by the game-winner with 4:28 remaining in regulation — to pull past No. 2 Adrian (Mich.) College, Friday night at the Arrington Ice Arena.

    “It’s a great building to play in and a tough place to play,” said Lady Flames Head Coach Chris Lowes, whose team debuted at No. 1 in the ACHA DI rankings released on Wednesday. “Adrian is a tough and talented team and looked faster than last year. We made some mistakes and did not have consistent energy as a team. I did like our focus, though, and the resiliency we showed.”

    Liberty (11-0) extended its ACHA DI-record winning streak to 51 games, dating back to the 2020-21 season, while Adrian slipped to 8-1.

    Glover started the scoring with her first goal of the season, assisted by junior forwards Rianna Spanier and Brityn Fussy with 12:43 left in the first period. The Lady Bulldogs tied the game 10 minutes later on a goal by defenseman Kenna Goodwin before Spanier responded 1:05 after that on a power-play goal set up by sophomore defenseman Madison Glynn and sophomore forward Haley Battles.

    With 16:40 to play in the second, Adrian retied the contest on a power-play goal of its own by forward Erika McDonald before seizing a 3-2 lead at the 15:08 mark on a goal by forward Gabby Jex.

    Lady Flames sophomore forward Zosia Adamek netted the equalizer on a power play off assists from senior forward Yannick Truter and Glover with 12:47 to play in the period before Glover gave Liberty a 4-3 edge unassisted in the opening minute of the third. After forward Lady Bulldogs forward Keira Eagleson tied it at 4-4 at the 14:05 mark, Fussy put Liberty back on top with an unassisted score with 12:39 remaining in regulation. Adrian’s Hailey Wiltshire tied the contest for the fifth time on the night, finishing a feed from Jex with 11:13 to go, before Glover converted the game-winner off an assist from Spanier.

    “We had some girls step up and make some plays that led to goals, especially coming off an offensive struggle last game (a 1-0 win at home against Miami (Ohio) University),” Lowes said.

    The Lady Flames capitalized on two of their three power-play opportunities and killed four of the Lady Bulldogs’ five chances.

    Liberty was outshot Adrian, 40-30, and junior goalie Amanda Storey made 35 saves.

    “Amanda battled in net, got a couple tough bounces and heavy crease traffic, but finished strong and made some big saves down the stretch,” Lowes said. “I am looking forward to another tough test tomorrow.”

    The puck will drop on Saturday’s rematch at 11 a.m., streamed live on Adrian College TV.

    By Ted Allen/Staff Writer