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Shenzhen, CN (Dec. 15, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes overcame two one-goal deficits to defeat the KRS Vanke Rays 6-3 at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Saturday with goals from Marie-Philip Poulin (2), Ann-Sophie Bettez, Sarah Lefort, Erin Ambrose and Katia Clement-Heydra.
Les Canadiennes are the first CWHL team to complete a perfect series sweep in China. They conclude 2018 with five consecutive victories that dates back to Dec. 1.
Les Canadiennes capitalized on an early powerplay opportunity when Baiwei Yu was sent to the penalty box for hooking. Poulin defeated netminder Kimberly Newell to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. The Rays’ Emma Woods tied the game soon after on a powerplay as well. Hanna Bunton then took advantage of a defensive scramble in Les Canadiennes’ zone to gain their first lead of the three-game series.
Montreal was down a goal halfway through the second period before Bettez tipped in Ambrose’s shot from the point to equalize the scoreboard. Soon after, Alex Carpenter buried a loose puck past Emerance Maschmeyer to make it 3-2. However, it was a short lived lead. After winning the faceoff in the Rays’ zone, Ambrose unleashed a powerful one-timer from the point to score Les Canadiennes’ third goal of the game. Poulin then found herself on a breakaway and scored the game-winning-goal with less than a minute left in the middle frame.
In a controversial call, the Rays’ were given a penalty shot near the halfway mark of the third period. Carpenter went one-on-one with Maschmeyer who made a solid glove save and maintained Montreal’s one-goal lead. Clement-Heydra found the back of the net with a precise shot in the corner to make it 5-3. Lefort scored the final goal of the game, potting a rebound past Newell.
Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G) 2. Emerance Maschmeyer 3. Hanna Bunton (1 G, 1 A)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/749
Les Canadiennes will break for the holidays before playing their first two games of the new year against the Toronto Furies on January 5th at 12:30pm and January 6th at 1:30pm. The first matchup will be featured on Sportsnet as part of the network’s first ever CWHL Weekend.
Sunday’s game will be the team’s annual You Can Play game, an organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports , including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. Prior to the game, fans can indulge in fun activities to support this initiative including a selfie competition and a silent auction fundraiser with unique collectible items.
Tickets to Jan. 5 (Sportsnet): https://bit.ly/2zQx9aa
Ticket to Jan.6 (You Can Play): https://bit.ly/2Ecu5rQ
Team practices will resume in January. For interview requests and additional information, please contact [email protected]
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