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Montreal, QC (Feb. 3, 2019) ––– After a weekend full of thrilling hockey, Les Canadiennes de Montréal and the Calgary Inferno split the contests, with the Inferno winning 5-4 on Saturday and Les Canadiennes taking Sunday’s game 3-0 at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
The Inferno remain first in the league with 37 points and Les Canadiennes maintain their second place position with 35 points.
With a goal on Saturday, Ann-Sophie Bettez sits second all-time for points in the CWHL, surpassing former teammate Noémie Marin.
Game No. 1: Inferno 5, Les Canadiennes 4
Both teams put on a show for the fans Saturday evening. The talent and skill between the clubs was not lost on fans with a flurry of breathtaking scoring chances and highlight-reel saves on both ends of the ice. Les Canadiennes got on the scoreboard first with Hilary Knight finding the back of the net on a powerplay. Less than two minutes later, Bettez doubled Montreal’s tally.
Special teams were crucial in this opening period. The Inferno capitalized on two powerplays with goals from Rebecca Leslie and Halli Krzyzaniak, while Brianna Decker scored a shorthanded goal to give Calgary a 3-2 lead.
Building off their momentum, the Inferno took a two-goal lead when Decker sent a backhand pass to captain Rebecca Johnston, who defeated netminder Geneviève Lacasse. Soon after, on a two-on-one, Jill Saulnier fed the puck over to Marie-Philip Poulin who deked goaltender Alex Rigsby and cut Calgary’s lead by one goal before the end of the second period.
Les Canadiennes tried to tie the game in the final frame but Blayre Turnbull restored the Inferno’s two-goal lead with a powerful slapshot from the slot. Poulin found the back of the net once more but the Inferno escaped with a 5-4 victory.
“From a fans perspective, I think this was an incredible, exciting game,” said associate coach Caroline Ouellette. “With the intensity and the back-and-forth play, no one took a shift off. We still have to sharpen up some aspects of our defensive game but we’re already confident that we’re getting better.”
Three Stars: 1. Brianna Decker (1 G, 2 A) 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G, 2 A) 3. Rebecca Johnston (1 G)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/770
Game No. 2: Inferno 0, Les Canadiennes 3
Motivated to avenge their loss from the previous night, Les Canadiennes came out of the gates flying, earning a powerplay early in the opening frame. Both teams played well defensively and goaltenders Alex Rigsby and Emerance Maschmeyer had to remain vigilant throughout the entire game, facing several deflected and screened shots. Les Canadiennes’ consistent pressure in the offensive zone paid off when Jill Saulnier scored the first goal of the afternoon with 52.9 left in the first period.
Les Canadiennes came out firing in the second period, with the first trio of Ann-Sophie Bettez, Marie-Philip Poulin and Jill Saulnier leading the offence. Poulin deked Rigsby and scored a beautiful goal off the backhand to double the team’s tally 33 seconds into the period. Les Canadiennes outshot the Inferno through two periods of play with a 29-17 advantage over their rivals.
Les Canadiennes managed to stifle the Inferno’s offence by shutting them down in the neutral zone and making good defensive plays. The Inferno pulled their goalie for an extra forward but Poulin found the empty net and Les Canadiennes earned a 3-0 victory.
“I think this weekend showed that we are two great teams on the ice,” said Ann-Sophie Bettez. It was two of the best games I’ve played in the CWHL and it shows the growth of women’s hockey and it feels really good to have finished the weekend with a win.”
Three Stars: 1. Emerance Maschmeyer (24 saves) 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G, 1 A) 3. Hilary Knight
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/773
Les Canadiennes will host the Toronto Furies on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2pm at Étienne Desmarteau Arena. For tickets, please click here.
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February’s practice schedule:
Feb. 5-7: 8:00pm-9:00pm at Place Bell (closed to the public)
Feb. 12-14: 8:30pm-10:00pm at Michel Normandin Arena at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard (open to the public)
Feb. 19-21: 8:00pm-9:30pm
About the CWHL
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