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Montreal, QC (February 10, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes came out on top winning 4-1 against the Toronto Furies Saturday afternoon at the Centre Étienne Desmarteau as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
Les Canadiennes have triumphed for fifth and final time this season over the Furies.
The day began early when assistant captain Mélodie Daoust surprised youth players at the Coupe Montréal tournament with a visit – and Jillian Saulnier and Toronto’s Renata Fast were featured live on Sportsnet as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The Clarkson Cup also made an appearance at the centre as part of the day’s festivities.
The afternoon tilt featured goals from Ann-Sophie Bettez, Marie-Philip Poulin, Kim Deschênes and Karell Emard. Natalie Spooner scored the lone goal for the Furies.
With only 3:27 played in the first period, Les Canadiennes opened scoring with a sneaky goal by Bettez assisted by Poulin and Saulnier. The Furies responded by picking up the pace but couldn’t find the back of the net. Goalie Emerance Maschmeyer remained collected in her crease and was helped by Lauriane Rougeau who made several important defensive plays, including a thrilling dive to block a slap shot.
The second period featured strong passing sequences from both teams. With the clock winding down in the second frame, Poulin skated the puck up the ice and scored an unassisted, top-shelf goal.
The third period saw equal opportunities from both sides. An interference penalty against Les Canadiennes led to a short-handed goal by Deschênes, whose shot from the blue line snuck past Furies goalies Elaine Chuli. The Furies retaliated and found the back of the net near the end of the game when Spooner, stationed in front of the net, scored a top-shelf goal assisted by Sarah Nurse. Emard quickly answered back with a goal off a rebound to help Les Canadiennes capture the 4-1 win.
“It was nice collective effort, with four different players adding goals, ” said associate coach Danièle Sauvageau. A victory against Toronto is always special, and a fun way to celebrate Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.”
Several Les Canadiennes players finished the day as special guests of the Montreal Canadiens, cheering on the Habs as they faced the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.
Three stars: 1. Ann-Sophie Bettez (1 G) 2. Lauriane Rougeau (2 A) 3. Natalie Spooner (1 G)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/791
With four regular season games remaining, Les Canadiennes will face the Worcester Blades on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30pm and Sunday, Feb. 17 a 12:30pm on the road.
The team practices on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb, 14 at Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard from 8:30pm to 10pm. For interviews or other media requests, please contact [email protected].
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