Lady Flames shut out UMass on its home ice in dominant series sweep
Facing a team that finished seventh in last season’s ACHA Division I rankings, Liberty University’s four-time defending national champion women’s hockey team played like the No. 1 team it is, shutting down the University of Massachusetts in Friday night’s opener, 4-0, and Saturday morning’s rematch, 5-0, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
The Lady Flames outshot the Minutewomen 54-7 in Saturday’s contest after holding a commanding 61-11 shot advantage on Friday.
After a scoreless first period in the opener, senior forward Yannick Truter, the reigning ACHA DI Player of the Year, netted the game-winner on a power play just over a minute into the second, putting away an assist from junior forward Carly Glover. Late in the second, Liberty added two more goals off assists from junior forward Brityn Fussy to seize a 3-0 lead, the first by Truter and last by junior forward Rianna Spanier. Then in the third, sophomore forward Haley Battles caped the scoring with a goal off an assist from freshman forward Brookelyn Beauchamp with just six seconds remaining in regulation.
Freshman goalie Alex Keith recorded her first shutout for the Lady Flames, saving all 11 shots fired her way.
In Saturday’s second game, Liberty capitalized on two of its six power-play opportunities and held UMass scoreless on its three chances with a 5-on-4 advantage. The Lady Flames outshot the Minutewomen 19-2 in the first period, getting goals from Fussy off feeds from senior forward Linzy Jedrzejek and sophomore forward Zosia Adamek at the 17:56 mark and by Adamek off assists from senior defenseman Julia McDonald and Jedrzejek with 15:00 to go.
Then in the second period, Liberty capped the scoring by adding three more goals while outshooting UMass 20-3. Graduate forward and head captain Shelby Bradford scored the first unassisted before Adamek netted her second goal of the game set up by Bradford and Glover. With the Lady Flames on the power play, Truter capped the scoring with her third goal of the series off Bradford’s second assist of the stanza.
Junior goalie Amanda Storey made six saves to record her third shutout of the season as Liberty (6-0) wrapped up its first road trip with a 3-0 mark, outscoring opponents 15-0 after Thursday’s 6-0 rout of Rhode Island.
The Lady Flames have next weekend off before returning to the road to challenge two NCAA Division III programs in Pennsylvania, Neumann University on Oct. 22 and Chatham University on Oct. 23.