Lady Flames hockey player named player of the year » Liberty News

Junior forward Yannick Truter, Liberty’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 13 assists in the regular season, was named CAHA Division I Women’s Hockey Player of the Year. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

Liberty University CHAA Division I women’s hockey player Yannick Truter has become the third Lady Flames player in the past four seasons to receive the Zoe Harris Award, which honors the player of the year of the ACHA in the regular season.

“It was a huge honor, and I’m so grateful and blessed to have been able to have it,” Truter said. “The support I got from my teammates was just amazing, and a lot of them could have won too. You can’t be successful if you don’t have people around you who are great hockey players. “, good friends, good teammates. It’s an honor to be able to carry a letter on this team and play with girls of such caliber. I’m grateful for the privilege of being able to play with them.

Truter, a junior forward, follows graduate defenseman Dana McLeod who won the award last season and joined her on the ACHA first team this year, and former forward Lauren McDonald, who became the first recipient of the Lady Flames in 2019.

“Yannick is just a top athlete,” Liberty head coach Chris Lowes said. “She is an elite skater, stickhandler and goal scorer and has been a dynamic player in the league for the past three years. She does everything for us, plays in all situations as a two-way center and works hard without the puck. Obviously, as captain, she plays an important leadership role and sets the standards and culture for our team. We are super excited for her and she is very deserving.

The team is aiming for a fifth national championship this weekend. Freedom (22-0), the Ranked #1 league team since the start of the season, rides a 37-game winning streak in the ACHA DI Nationals at Centene Community Ice Center and will meet No. 9 Maryville University in the quarterfinals today, Friday March 18, 7 p.m. EST.

“It’s going to take a lot of focus, mental and emotional preparation for us to be ready to give it our all and give 100% on the ice,” Truter said. “Even if we are unbeaten this season, taking a shift is definitely not an option because you never know what will happen at the nationals. It’s a make or break time.

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Catherine J. Martinez