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Markham, ONT (Jan. 27, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes and the Markham Thunder returned from the All-Star Break with two exciting hockey games this weekend. Both teams split the contests, with the Thunder prevailing 2-1 on Saturday and Les Canadiennes triumphing 6-2 on Sunday.
Game 1: Les Canadiennes 1, Thunder 2
Les Canadiennes outshot the Thunder 47 to 22 but Markham proved to be more opportunist than their counterparts as Victoria Bach, the league’s leading rookie in points with 23 points, scored two goals to sink Montreal Saturday evening.
Bach opened scoring in the first period, defeating goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer glove side. Jamie Lee Rattray fed Taylor Woods a brilliant cross-ice pass from the half-wall but Woods’ shot missed the net. With the puck bouncing off the boards, Bach buried it past Maschmeyer for a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, Marie-Philip Poulin served a two-minute minor penalty for hooking. With the Thunder on the powerplay, Bach unleashed a powerful shot assisted by Rattray and Megan Bozek to double the Thunder’s lead. Before the end of the second frame, top-defender Erin Ambrose reduced Markham’s lead to one goal after her shot from the left faceoff circle went off the post and into the net.
The third period featured spirited hockey as Les Canadiennes were eager to tie the game. Peppering goaltender Erica Howe, Montreal upped the ante but were unable to solve Howe. With seconds remaining in the game, Les Canadiennes had ample scoring chances but their three final shots were blocked by three Thunder players, leading Markham to a 2-1 victory.
Three Stars: 1. Victoria Bach (2 G) 2. Erica Howe (46 saves) 3. Laura Stacey
Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/765
Game 2: Les Canadiennes 6, Thunder 2
Les Canadiennes were off to a strong start, with Karell Emard opening the flood gates early in the first period on Sunday. Jillian Saulnier scored the first of her eventual four goals, defeating netminder Liz Knox top shelf to double Montreal’s lead.
In an effort to regroup, the Thunder called a timeout after falling 2-0. However, Montreal was on a roll and couldn’t be stopped. For a second game in a row, Les Canadiennes outshot the Thunder 39 to 26. Poulin tripled Montreal’s lead early in the second frame and Saulnier gave Les Canadiennes a 4-0 advantage by the end of the period. Knox was then pulled from the game and replaced by Erica Howe.
In the third period, Laura Stacey got Markham on the scoreboard, ending Geneviève Lacasse’s five-period shutout streak. Saulnier completed her hat trick past the halfway mark of the final frame. Bach scored Markham’s final goal while Saulnier tallied her fourth of the afternoon, leading Les Canadiennes to a 6-2 rout.
Three stars: 1. Jill Saulnier (4 G, 1 A) 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 3 A) 3. Victoria Bach (1 G, 1 A)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/766
Les Canadiennes are back on home ice next weekend when they face the Calgary Inferno for a battle for first place in the CWHL on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. For tickets to the games, click here.
The team will practice at Place Bell on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 9:30pm. For interview requests, please contact [email protected].
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