With a 5-4 Win Over Liberty, Vanderbilt Picks up First Nationals Win in Program History

With a 5-4 win over Liberty University, Vanderbilt earned its first Nationals win in program history. 


Andrew Shearson made 53 saves on 57 shots to keep the Commodores in the game from start to finish. 


Freshman Dominick Kamssu led the Commodores with a goal and two assists for three points. Julian Yang and Andrew Fietz each scored two points in the win. 


The Flames struck first with a power play goal late in the first. 


The second period was wildly back-and-forth. Kamssu scored for Vanderbilt to even it up, but Liberty went back up less than two minutes later.


Five minutes in, Fietze scored Vanderbilt’s second game-tying goal, and less than a minute later, Yang put them ahead. 


Midway through the period, the Flames tied it up, and with three minutes left, they went ahead. Going into the second intermission, Liberty was up 4-3.


Six minutes into the third, Harrison Parent, assisted by Kamssu and Braden Pichel, tied it for Vanderbilt. It was the third game-tying goal for the Commodores. 


Reese Popkin scored the game-winning goal on the power play with less than five minutes to go. 


The Commodores deployed five fewer skaters than the Flames, and they were heavily outshot, 22 to 57, but they still picked up a much-needed victory.