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Montreal (October 15, 2017) – Ann-Sophie Bettez celebrated her birthday this weekend in style after scoring two goals and one assist in two games that helped lead Les Canadiennes to a weekend series sweep to open the 2017-2018 CWHL season.
Facing her former team, Kayla Tutino made quite the impression after scoring two goals in two games for Les Canadiennes. Montreal is now riding an eight-game win-streak against the Blades after defeating them all six times in the 2016-2017 CWHL season.
Saturday, Oct. 14: 5-2 Les Canadiennes
Despite leading 14-6 in shots on goal in the first period at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Les Canadiennes were down a goal after Boston Blades forward Michelle Ng gave her team the lead. That didn’t last long as Bettez tied the game with a shorthanded goal towards the end of the period.
Bettez doubled the team’s lead early in the second period. Melanie Desrochers and Karell Émard both scored their first goals of the season in the second frame to give Montreal a 4-1 advantage.
In the third period, Boston’s Kate Leary scored to narrow the gap to two goals. Tutino scored Montreal’s second shorthanded goal of the game to help lead her team to 5-2 victory.
Emerance Maschmeyer made her debut between the pipes with Montreal and faced less than ten shots each period. She finished the game with 17 saves.
Game summary: http://www.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/73
Sunday, Oct. 15: 5-3 Les Canadiennes
Montreal scored early and often at Michel Normandin arena at the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard. Forwards Kim Deschênes and Noémie Marin opened the flood gates with two powerplay goals to give Les Canadiennes a 2-0 lead. That was followed by two more goals by Katia Clément-Heydra and Cathy Chartrand to end the period with a 4-0 lead.
Boston Blades’ Kate Leary and Kristina Brown reduced Montreal’s lead by two goals after scoring twice on the powerplay. Chelsey Goldberg scored early in the third period to make it 4-3. Despite Boston’s consistent pressure to mount a comeback, Les Canadiennes defended well and Tutino added an empty net goal after the Blades took out their goalie for an extra player.
Catherine Herron was in nets for Les Canadiennes and stopped 17 shots.
Game summary: http://www.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/75
After a weekend off next week, the team will hit the road for their first games against the Markham Thunder, October 28 and 29 at the Thornhill Community Centre. The team’s next home game will be against the newly minted Kunlun Red Star team from China, on November 11 at the Bell Centre. https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/tickets/canadiennes.
The team’s full schedule is available here: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/schedule.
The team will practice twice this week, on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michel Normandin arena. Media are asked to please confirm their presence in advance.
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. A not-for-profit organization, the league is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. Affordably priced, all CWHL games showcase speed, finesse and skill. Since its inception in 2007, the CWHL has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play-off for the Clarkson Cup, the equivalent of the Stanley Cup in women’s hockey.
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