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Toronto, Ontario (December 4, 2017) – Les Canadiennes de Montréal (9 GP: 7-2-0) have regained the path to victory, defeating the Markham Thunder (12 GP: 3-7-2) 3-2 in a shootout and the Toronto Furies (11 GP: 3-7-1) 8-3 in back-to-back road games this weekend.
Star forward Ann-Sophie Bettez marked her first weekend as Les Canadiennes’ captain by scoring four goals – including a hat-trick against the Furies – and one shootout goal to lift Montreal to two wins. Katia-Clément Heydra shone as well, adding her second and third goals of the season. Noémie Marin, Marion Allemoz, Karell Émard and Cathy Chartrand also found the back of the net.
Les Canadiennes sit in third place in the CWHL with 14 points.
Saturday, Dec. 2: 3-2 (SO) Les Canadiennes
The Markham Thunder dominated Les Canadiennes in the opening frame, outshooting the visitors 11 to 4. Laura McIntosh gave Markham a 1-0 lead near the midway mark of the first period.
Kristen Barbara doubled her team’s lead 41 seconds into the second period. That goal seemed to wake Les Canadiennes. They roared back with 18 shots against the Thunder’s nine. Veteran forward Noémie Marin scored to reduce Markham’s lead to one goal.
Bettez scored her first goal of the weekend, tying the game at two-a-piece early in the third period. After a scoreless overtime period, the game went into a shootout. Bettez scored the game-winner with a low and powerful shot that beat Markham’s goaltender Erica Howe, while netminder Emerance Maschmeyer shut the door on all three Markham shots. In total, Maschmeyer made 22 saves while Howe stopped 30 pucks.
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/106
Sunday, Dec. 3: 8-3 Les Canadiennes
Les Canadiennes dominated from start to finish, scoring eight times on 43 shots.
Katia Clément-Heydra opened scoring 27 seconds into the game. Eleven seconds later, Bettez doubled her team’s lead. Les Canadiennes ended the opening frame with a 3-0 lead thanks to Bettez’ second goal of the afternoon and outshot Toronto 17 to 4.
Montreal’s scoring spree continued in the second period. Clément-Heydra scored a short-handed goal and Marion Allemoz scored her second goal of the season to give Les Canadiennes a 5-0 lead.
The Furies replaced goaltender Sonja van der Bliek with Sami Jo Small midway through the game. The change gave Toronto some energy when Jenna Dingeldein scored her team’s first goal of the game on a powerplay. However, Karell Émard found the back of the net before the period was over. Les Canadiennes were up 6-1.
Toronto stepped it up in the final frame with 14 shots on goal. That effort paid off when Carolyne Prevost scored near the halfway mark of the third period. But there was no stopping Les Canadiennes. Bettez completed her hat-trick and veteran defender Cathy Chartrand scored the team’s eighth and final goal of the game. Toronto’s Emily Fulton scored the Furies’ third goal with less than a minute left in the game.
Maschmeyer was back in net for Montreal and made 22 saves on 25 shots.
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/107
Toronto and Markham will get their shot at revenge when Les Canadiennes host them in the upcoming weekends. Montreal will face Toronto at Michel Normandin Arena on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, the team will be raising its Clarkson Cup banners (2009, 2011, 2012, 2017). Members of last year’s roster, such as Caroline Ouellette and Julie Chu, will be in attendance.
Les Canadiennes will welcome the Thunder on Dec. 16 at the Bell Sports Complex for their annual “You Can Play” game in support of equality in sports regardless of sexual orientation or gender. The series will conclude on Dec. 17 at Michel Normandin arena.
The team’s full schedule is here.
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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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