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Montreal, QC (Mar. 17, 2018) –– Markham Thunder forward Jamie Lee Rattray scored the game-winner 5:05 into overtime to take game one of the 2018 Clarkson Cup semi-final Friday night at Michel Normandin Area.
Goaltenders Emerance Maschmeyer and Erica Howe shone, making 29 and 34 saves respectively.
Les Canadiennes and the Markham Thunder played a spirited game of hockey, with many chances coming on both ends of the ice. Early in the first period, Caroline Ouellette missed a wide-open net on a two-on-one. Seconds later, the Thunder’s Laura Stacey outskated Montreal’s defence and found herself alone in front of Maschmeyer, who made a brilliant pad save.
Both goaltenders made important saves to keep their teams in the game. Les Canadiennes had two powerplay opportunities early in the second period but were unable to capitalize. Maschmeyer was put to the test once again, this time against Jenna McParland but the netminder made the save. Kim Deschênes came close to getting Les Canadiennes on the scoreboard, but hit the post. It was Markham that broke the ice first, as Nicole Kosta’s precise shot defeated Maschmeyer on the top left corner to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead with 8:02 left in the period.
Three minutes and twelve seconds into the final frame, veteran forward Emmanuelle Blais capitalized on a rebound off a shot from Marion Allemoz to tie up the game. Chances continued to come on both ends of the ice but overtime was needed for the sixth time this season to decide the winner.
Rattray scored the game winner for Markham 5:05 into overtime.
Three stars: 1. Jamie Lee Rattray (1G) 2. Erica Howe (34 saves) 3. Emerance Maschmeyer (29 saves)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/341
Les Canadiennes must win Game 2 to keep their Clarkson Cup hopes alive. The game will take place Saturday, Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Sports Complex. It will be live-streamed and archived on TheCWHL.com.
For tickets to the game, click here.
Please contact Hélène Lapointe for questions concerning Game 2.
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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