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Montreal, QC (Mar. 12, 2018) –– Sarah Lefort secured Les Canadiennes’ 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at the Bell Sports Complex, scoring with 2:19 left in the game to sweep the Calgary Inferno and closeout the season with 22 victories in 28 games this season. The game was broadcast live on Sportsnet.
Les Canadiennes finish the 2017-18 regular season atop of the league and are set to face the Markham Thunder in a best two-of-three series on Mar. 16, 7:30 p.m., Michel Normandin arena, Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m., Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, and Mar. 18, 2:30 p.m. (if needed), Michel Normandin Arena. Montreal has made the playoffs each year since the inception of the CWHL 11 years ago.
Sunday was a night to remember for Les Canadiennes, who played in front of a sold-out crowd for a second game in a row after their “Pink in the Rink” game on Saturday, when they shutout Calgary 4-0. Noémie Marin surpassed teammate Caroline Ouellette by scoring her 132nd and 133rd career goals, establishing a new record. She made history on Saturday by becoming the first ever Les Canadiennes’ player to play 200 games in the CWHL, and is only one of three players in league history to reach that milestone. Hilary Knight made her debut for the blue, white, and red, showcasing a powerful physique and impressive shot in the team’s victory.
Three Stars: 1) Noémie Marin (2G, 1A) 2) Ann-Sophie Bettez (3A) 3) Sarah Lefort (1G)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/169
Next week’s playoff match-up promises to be exciting: every game between the two rivals this season were decided by one goal. The Thunder ended the season with eight wins in 10 games and have bolstered their lineups with the return of Canadian Olympians Jocelyne Larocque, Laura Fortino, and Laura Stacey. Les Canadiennes will be able to count on the return of Olympian Lauriane Rougeau, who played her first two games with the team on Mar.10 and 11, and the addition of Knight.
The team will practice Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michel Normandin Arena. For interview requests, please contact [email protected].
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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