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Montreal, QC (Jan. 31, 2018) ––– Les Canadiennes de Montréal (20 GP: 17-3-0) again shutout the Vanke Rays (21 GP: 11-9-1) 2-0 at Michel Normandin Arena, sweeping the three-game series against the Chinese expansion team Tuesday night.
The Rays were hungry for a goal early in the game, displaying more intensity and pressure in Les Canadiennes’ zone. Montreal ran into some penalty trouble in the first period, giving up a 5-on-3, but the Rays were unable to capitalize.
While Vanke played their best hockey of the series, Les Canadiennes were the only team to find the back of the net. Emmanuelle Blais scored her third goal in as many games to give Montreal a 1-0 lead in the second period. Noémie Marin tipped in a shot from the point from Cathy Chartrand to defeat goaltender Elaine Chuli, who made 38 saves in the game. Meanwhile, Emerance Maschmeyer finished the game with 20 saves. Caroline Ouellette assisted on both goals and has four points (4A) in three games.
Prior to puck-drop, Les Canadiennes held a special ceremony to honour Jordanna Peroff’s 100th career game in the CWHL and featured Caroline Ouellette’s “Girls Hockey Celebration” peewee All-Star hockey team on the red carpet. The all-female Pee-Wee team will compete in the famous Québec International Pee–Wee Hockey Tournament this February, and features several current and former Canadiennes as coaches, including Ouellette, Kim St. Pierre and Cassandra Dupuis.
Three stars: 1. Caroline Ouellette (2A) 2. Noémie Marin (1G) 3. Emerance Maschmeyer (20 saves)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/142
Les Canadiennes practice on Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michel Normandin Arena before they travel to Boston to face the Blades on Saturday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 4., 1 p.m. at the Larsen Skating Rink at Eruzione Center.
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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