AMHERST, MASS. – Grand Valley State University faced off with Liberty University in their first game of the ACHA showcase on Friday, November 4. Grand Valley, who came slid into the No. 5 spot in the last ACHA ranking took down No. 2 Liberty, 4-2.
Kendra Myers registered a hat trick to lead the Lakers to victory for her first hat trick of the season. Megyn Beebe grabbed her ninth goal of the season as she tallied the first GV goal of the game in response to Liberty at the 10:00 mark in the second period.
Lauren Allen earned her second win in 2016, making 59 saves on 61 shots Liberty threw at her. Grand Valley, despite the 4-2 win, was outshot 61-19. The Lakers allowed a single short-handed goal while tallying a power play goal themselves from Myers.
Beebe’s goal had assists from Riley Crook and Myers, while Myers first goal had an assist from Taylor Lampar to get her ninth point this season. Haley Keary grabbed her fifth assist this year on the Myers power play goal, with a second assist from Beebe.
The Lakers (4-4-2) take on No. 3 University of Massachusetts (7-2-1) today at 4:30 for their second showcase game.
Michigan State University, also an attendee of the ACHA showcase, took on the No. 3 ranked University of Massachusetts in their first game of the weekend. The Spartans took down the Minutemen with just two goals to improve to 4-1-1 in ACHA play.
Kelsey Cross snagged both goals, and both on the power play. No scoring in the third period led to Hannah Johnson picking up her first shutout of the season, as she moves to 3-0 between the pipes.
Andrea Uglietta assisted the first Cross goal for her sixth point of the season, while Olivia Lord grabbed the lone assist on the second Cross goal to secure the win. Johnson earned her shutout by stopping 35 shots on goal, while the Spartans threw 32 shots on the UMASS goaltender.
Michigan State looks towards University of Rhode Island for game two of the ACHA showcase, with the puck drop set for 2pm today, in Massachusetts.
The third CCWHA team who ventured to the ACHA showcase is University of Michigan. The Wolverines faced off with No. 10 Rhode Island in game one, with Michigan falling short, 2-1.
Mercedes Reyes tallied her second goal of the season after a scoreless first period to break the goose eggs on the scoreboard. Rhode Island would go on to score two unanswered goals, one to end the second period and the other late in the third period.
Bailey Hamill was in goal for Michigan, moving to 1-5 thus far in ACHA play. The Wolverines play No. 2 Liberty at 7pm for the second time this season, first in the showcase.
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager
Graphic: Maria Barlow