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Montreal, QC (Jan. 27, 2018) –– Captain Ann-Sophie Bettez and Karell Emard recorded four (1G, 3A) and three points (1G, 2A) respectively to lead Les Canadiennes de Montréal (18 GP: 15-3-0) to a 7-3 victory over the Vanke Rays (19 GP: 11-7-1) Saturday evening in front of a packed crowd at Michel Normandin Arena.
In her first game back since giving birth in November, four-time Clarkson Cup champion Caroline Ouellette collected her first point of the 2017-18 CWHL season off a goal from Emmanuelle Blais in the first period.
Les Canadiennes dominated the shot clock with 45 shots against the Rays’ 12. Montreal scored five goals on 19 shots in the first period. Katia Clement-Heydra, Blais, Karell Emard, rookie Tracy-Ann Lavigne and Kayla Tutino each scored to end the first frame with a 5-0 lead. Lavigne recorded her first goal in the CWHL.
Vanke pulled starting netminder Elaine Chuli after the first period and replaced her with Tianyi Zhang. But Les Canadiennes picked up from where they left off. Clement-Heydra notched her second goal early in the second frame, her seventh of the season. Bettez scored the team’s seventh goal of the evening. The Rays fought back, with Xin He, Emily Janiga, and Hanna Bunton scoring three goals in a row in the second half of the game.
The crowd became restless in the third period, yearning to see Ouellette collect her 131st goal in the CWHL, which would set a new all-time league goal record. Her teammates passed her the puck on numerous occasions but she was unable to find the back of the net. Les Canadiennes cruised to a 7-3 victory.
Three stars: 1. Ann-Sophie Bettez (1G, 3A) 2. Karell Emard (1G, 2A) 3. Tracy-Ann Lavigne (1G)
Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/138
Both teams are back in action in less than 24 hours on Sunday, 1:30 p.m. at Michel Normandin Arena. A “Skate With Les Canadiennes” will take place after the game.
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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