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Shenzhen, CN (Dec. 12, 2018) –– Ann-Sophie Bettez scored a hat trick to lead Les Canadiennes past the KRS Vanke Rays 4-1 at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Wednesday.
Associate coach Danièle Sauvageau earned her first victory behind the Montreal bench.
After a scoreless first period, Les Canadiennes’ sustained pressure in the offensive zone paid off. Past the halfway mark of the game, Montreal was on the penalty kill but that didn’t stop them from scoring. Marie-Philip Poulin found herself on a 3-on-1 with defense Melanie Desrochers and Bettez. Eyeing the net, Poulin dropped the puck behind for Bettez who potted her first goal of the game. A few minutes later, on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Poulin sniped the puck past netminder Noora Räty to give Les Canadiennes a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Montreal’s offensive surge carried into the third period. On another odd-man rush, Jillian Saulnier, who returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a hand injury, briefly lost then regained control of the puck and passed it to Bettez who backhanded it past Räty. Hanna Bunton scored the Rays’ lone goal on a powerplay nearing the end of the game. The Rays pulled their goalie for an extra forward on another powerplay but Bettez netted her third goal for the hat trick.
Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer turned away 28 shots while Räty made 23 saves.
Three stars: 1. Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 G, 1 A) 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 2 A) 3. Hanna Bunton (1 G)
Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/746
Les Canadiennes and the Rays are back in action on Friday, Dec. 14, for game two of their three-game series in China. The matchup will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.
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