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Montreal, QC (Nov. 25 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (10 GP: 7-3-0) dropped the weekend matchups against the Calgary Inferno (10 GP: 9-1-0) 4-2 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday.

With the victories, the Inferno are currently first in the CWHL with 18 points while Les Canadiennes remain third with 14 points.

Game 1: Les Canadiennes 2, Inferno 4

Les Canadiennes and the Inferno were off to a fiery start with several scoring chances coming both ways. Kaitlin Willoughby defeated Montreal goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer with a shot from the slot to give Calgary the lead 8:31 into the first period. Les Canadiennes tried countering with offensive pressure but the Inferno doubled their tally on the counter-attack a few minutes later with a goal from Rebecca Johnston. With 1:07 remaining in the opening frame, Brigette Lacquette scored off a rebound to give the Inferno a 3-0 lead.

Determined to overcome the three-goal deficit, Montreal scored two goals in the second period. Mélodie Daoust scored her seventh goal of the season in a wide open net. Less than five minutes later, Ann-Sophie Bettez defeated netminder Alex Rigsby top-shelf to reduce Calgary’s lead to one goal.

Johnston added her second goal of the night on the penalty kill with 44 seconds played in the third period to re-establish the Inferno’s two-goal lead. The Inferno captured a 4-2 victory over Les Canadiennes.

Three Stars: 1. Rebecca Johnston (2 G)  2. Kaitlin Willoughby (1 G) 3. Ann-Sophie Bettez (1 G, 1 A)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/735

Archived broadcast: http://www.thecwhl.com/mtlcgy241118

Game 2: Les Canadiennes 2, Inferno 3

Less than 24 hours later, both teams were back in action at the Winsport Arena A. Les Canadiennes took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Bettez and Marie-Philip Poulin. Maschmeyer was back in net for Montreal and made 13 saves in the opening frame.

The Inferno retaliated early in the second period. Halli Krzyzaniak scored a shorthanded goal and Zoe Hickel tied the game near the halfway mark. While both teams looked to be heading into overtime, the Inferno’s Blayre Turnbull scored the game winning goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game to give Calgary the victory.

Three stars: 1. Blayre Turnbull (1 G)  2. Zoe Hickel (1 G)  3. Emerance Maschmeyer (29 saves)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/737

Les Canadiennes look to bounce back next weekend when they return home to face the Worcester Blades on Dec. 1, at 6:30pm and Dec. 2 at 1pm. Saturday’s game will be broadcast by the CWHL.

On Sunday, fans and media are invited to join the team’s Alumni Celebration festivities which includes a hot stove panel featuring Cassandra Poudrier and Julie Chu. The panel, in collaboration with the Grindstone Foundation, will address their CWHL careers, their impact on women’s hockey and their new careers. The event begins at 11:15 in the mezzanine area at Place Bell’s community rink. It is free for season ticket holders, alumni, and those who purchased tickets to the Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 games.

Fans are encouraged to donate to the Grindstone Foundation, which helps “young female players participate and improve their skill development in hockey.”

These will be Montreal’s final home games of 2018 before the team embarks on a trip to China to face the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.

Tickets to Dec. 1: https://bit.ly/2Kr49tR

Tickets to Dec. 2: https://bit.ly/2RcBgnq


Practice schedule:

Nov. 29: Place Bell, 8pm-9:30pm (closed to public)

Dec.  4-6: Michel Normandin Arena, 8:30pm-10pm (open to public)

For interview and accreditation 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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

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