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    January 21, 2023 Maryland Heights, Mo. RSS |

    Liberty University’s No. 1-ranked ACHA Division I women’s hockey team used a hat trick from junior forward Rianna Spanier and two goals and three assists from sophomore forward Brielle Fussy to roll to a 9-1 victory over Lindenwood (Mo.) University, Saturday night at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. The Lady Flames (18-0-1) got back on the winning track by taming the No. 11 Lady Lions (5-10-1), who were the last team to beat them before McKendree (Ill.) University ended their ACHA DI women’s hockey record 57-game winning streak in overtime on Friday,

    “It was a good way to end the weekend and bounce back from the loss to McKendree,” Liberty Head Coach Chris Lowes said. “We fell behind 1-0 early on a broken play and a short breakaway on (junior goalie Amanda) Storey, on Lindenwood’s first shot of the night. I was happy with our response, especially the next three to four shifts following their goal. We had a lot of girls step up tonight, which was good to see, and obviously Brielle and Ri led the way with their big nights.”

    Storey made 13 saves in the contest, keeping the host Lady Lions off the scoreboard for all but the game’s first goal,

    “Amanda made some good saves and managed the game well,” Lowes said.

    The Lady Flames opened a 3-1 lead after the first period on goals by senior forward Linzy Jedrzejek, graduate forward and head captain Shelby Bradford, and Spanier, before adding four unanswered goals in the second to seize a commanding 7-1 advantage. Spanier completed her hat trick with two more scores by the end of the second stanza and sophomore forward Haley Battles and sophomore defenseman Peyton Carle also found the net as Liberty outshot Lindenwood by a 15-2 margin in the period. Fussy added two goals in the third period after distributing three assists in the first two as the Lady Flames outshot the Lions 45-14 for the contest.

    Liberty will return to the LaHaye Ice Center on Thursday night at 9 a.m. for the opener of a three-game series against No. 5 Minot State, which will be the teams’ first meeting since the Lady Flames defeated the Beavers in the 2019 and 2020 WMCH Tournament championship games.

    By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

    Graduate forward and head captain Shelby Bradford scored one of the Lady Flames’ three first-period goals.