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Montreal (November 12, 2017) – Les Canadiennes de Montréal (5 GP: 4-1-0), proud partners of the Montreal Canadiens, lost their first game of the 2017-18 CWHL season 3-1 against the Kunlun Red Star (5 GP: 2-3-0) in front of an electric crowd of 5, 187 fans at the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Les Canadiennes are proud to have received new incumbent mayor Valérie Plante, CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress, Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO Geoff Molson and the ambassador to China Lu Shaye.
Montreal scored its lone goal in the first period. Rookie forward Erinn Noseworthy tipped in the puck between Red Star netminder Yuqing Wang’s pads. Defender Melanie Desrochers assisted on the play. Wang finished the game with 23 saves on 24 shots.
Red Star defender Melanie Jue tied the game with less than five minutes left in the second frame. The Shenzhen-based team took the lead in the third period thanks to Jessica Wong. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Kelli Stack sealed the win for the Red Star with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Les Canadiennes netminder Emerance Maschmeyer finished the game with 18 saves on 21 shots.
Wang was named first star of the game, followed by Wong and Noseworthy.
The afternoon tilt between both teams marked the first time a Chinese professional hockey team played in a NHL arena. It was also Les Canadiennes second trip to the Bell Centre.
Both teams face off again on Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m., at Michel Normandin arena for the second game of the “Super Série”. An autograph session will be held immediately after the game. Click here for tickets to the game.
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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