Calgary, ALB (Jan. 7, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (15 GP: 13-2-0) have begun 2018 on the right foot, winning back-to-back games against the Calgary Inferno (14 GP: 10-1-3) 2-1 (SO) on Saturday, and 3-0 on Sunday at WinSport Arena A in their first meetings since the 2017 Clarkson Cup Final.
Montreal claims first place in the league with 26 points. The Inferno trail behind with 23 points and have one game in hand.
Emerance Maschmeyer excelled in the crease against her former team, stopping 51 of 52 shots over the weekend. Forwards Sarah Lefort and Katia Clement-Heydra picked up a goal and assist each, while Montreal’s newest acquisition, defensive stalwart Erin Ambrose, recorded her first goal of the season.
Les Canadiennes have won eight games in a row, snapping the Inferno’s 10-game win streak on Saturday and handing them their first regulation loss of the season on Sunday.
Montreal will be back on the road on January 20th and 21st against the Toronto Furies.
Saturday, Jan. 6: 2-1 (SO) Les Canadiennes
Marion Allemoz scored in a shootout and Maschmeyer made 27 saves to lead Montreal to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Inferno during the team’s annual “Keep The Beat” game, in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
After a scoreless opening frame, where Maschmeyer made 12 saves, Calgary’s Elana Lovell scored midway through the second period. Sarah Lefort sniped the puck top corner 50 seconds into the third period to tie the game at one-a-piece.
Both teams displayed tremendous discipline, combining for two penalties throughout the entire game.
In overtime, neither team could score and the game was sent into a shootout. Clement-Heydra and Lefort scored for Montreal, while Lovell and Brittany Esposito found the back of the net. Maschmeyer ultimately stopped three Inferno players and Allemoz defeated Calgary Toni Ross to give Montreal the victory.
Ross made 20 saves, while Maschmeyer stopped 27 shots.
Three stars: 1. Emerance Maschmeyer 2. Brittany Esposito 3. Elana Lovell
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/123
Sunday, Jan. 7: 3-0 Les Canadiennes
Montreal dominated the first period, firing 17 shots at netminder Lindsey Post. Defender Erin Ambrose opened scoring 10:53 into the game. Less than three minutes later, Clement-Heydra doubled Montreal’s lead.
Unlike Saturday’s game, both teams lacked discipline throughout the match, combining for 15 penalties total.
The goal-deficit ignited the Inferno in the second period as they fired 16 shots on goal but Maschmeyer shut the door on each occasion.
Les Canadiennes’ captain Ann-Sophie Bettez defeated Post with less than five minutes left in the game, ultimately dashing Calgary’s hopes for a comeback.
Post ended the game with 30 saves, while Maschmeyer stopped all 24 shots.
Three stars: 1. Erin Ambrose 2. Lindsey Post 3. Emerance Maschmeyer
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/125
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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