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Montreal, QC (December 17, 2017) – Goaltending sensation Emerance Maschmeyer backstopped Les Canadiennes to a 2-1 shootout victory against the Markham Thunder Sunday afternoon. Montreal closes out 2017 with six wins in a row with 22 points (13 GP: 11-2-0). The team sits in second place in a three-way tie for first place with the Calgary Inferno and the Kunlun Red Star.
Les Canadiennes, who defeated the Thunder 5-4 (OT) on Saturday, faced Markham for the last time this season in front of an electric crowd at Michel Normandin Arena.
It was a quiet first period for both teams. Les Canadiennes’ second line of Katia Clement-Heydra, Kayla Tutino and Sarah Lefort swarmed goaltender Elizabeth Knox for much of the game but Knox shut the door on several occasions.
Knox was a much busier goaltender in the second period, facing 15 shots to Maschmeyer’s four. Montreal’s consistent pressure led to forward Marion Allemoz’ fourth goal of the season past the halfway mark of the game. With 4:32 left in the second frame, Markham’s Becca King tied the game at one-a-piece but the goal was refused because of goaltender interference.
With 9:35 played into the third period, Jamie Lee Rattray scored her third goal in two games to make it 1-1 to bring the game into overtime.
Maschmeyer was put to the test once again, making six saves, including one in the dying seconds of OT, to keep her team alive. In the shootout, she stopped all three shots she faced, while Clement-Heydra scored the game-winner to give Les Canadiennes a 2-1 victory.
Maschmeyer made 22 saves, while Knox stopped 32 shots.
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/118
Les Canadiennes are on holiday break for three weeks before travelling to Calgary to face the Inferno on Jan. 6 and 7.
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