Kodiak’s own Carly Glover has made an immediate impact with her new collegiate hockey team.
In her first four games with ACHA Division I Liberty University, the sophomore Glover — a 2020 graduate of Kodiak High — has dazzled with a two-goal game and a game-winner in overtime.
Her sudden-death heroics came on Oct. 3 when her goal gave Liberty a 3-2 victory over Lindenwood University. That came on the heels of her two-goal performance in a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Washington Pride, a U19 travel team, on Sept. 25.
Glover, a 5-foot-8 forward, spent the 2020 season at NCAA Division I Merrimack College and recently transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty is the three-time defending champion of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Glover made history last season when she became Kodiak High’s first collegiate hockey player.
“I had been thinking about it and I just made the decision,” Glover told the school’s athletic website. “Liberty seemed like a better option for me, and I’m really enjoying it. The girls are super nice and really helpful.”
Glover’s goal against Lindenwood came in the final two minutes of overtime and 15 seconds after her goalie saved the game, blocking a breakaway opportunity.
“Glover had a really good finish, a nice low, hard shot for the game-winner,” Liberty Assistant Coach Justin Forth told the school’s athletic website. “It was good to see the girls get the winner, and it’s good to boost team morale and know that even when we’re in those close games, they can find a way to win.”
Liberty is off to a 4-0 start and next plays on Oct. 16 at Stevenson University in Maryland. The ACHA season goes until February.
Kordell Pillans and the University of Montana got back in the win column with a 31-14 triumph over Dixie State Saturday in Missoula, Montana.
Montana’s offense piled up 440 yards in improving to 4-1 on the season. The Grizzlies lead 24-0 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Pillans, a 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School, is a 6-foot-6, 330-pound redshirt senior offensive guard for Montana. This is his second season with Montana after playing two seasons at Mesa Community College.
Montana returns to Big Sky Conference play on Saturday with a home game against Sacramento State at 11 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.