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Montreal, QC (Dec. 16, 2017) –– Les Canadiennes defeated the Markham Thunder 5-4 in an overtime thriller in front of an electric crowd at the Bell Sports Complex.

It was the team’s annual “You Can Play” game and Les Canadiennes were off to a hot start. After Markham’s Jessica Hartwick was penalized for interference after colliding with Montreal forward Jordanna Peroff 7:44 into the first period, Cassandra Poudrier’s shot from the point was tipped-in by Karell Emard to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. Twenty-nine seconds later, Marion Allemoz doubled the score.

In the second period, interim captain Ann-Sophie Bettez tripled Montreal’s tally. With 10 goals in 12 games, Ann-Sophie Bettez is the first player in CWHL history to score at least 10 goals in six consecutive seasons. Despite Montreal’s three-goal lead, the Thunder showed tremendous character and hustled their way back into the game. Assistant captain Jamie Lee Rattray reduced Les Canadiennes’ lead to two past the halfway mark of the second frame. She added her second goal of the night less than two minutes later to bring the score to 3-2.

Three minutes and twenty seconds into the third period, assistant captain Kristen Richards tied the game at three-a-piece. Les Canadiennes’ veteran defender Cathy Chartrand scored on a 5-on-3 to bring the score to 4-3 and came close to doubling Montreal’s lead a few seconds later on the powerplay. However, the Thunder had other plans. With less than two minutes left in the game, Richards tied the game once more to send the game into overtime.

Les Canadiennes began overtime on the powerplay after Richards took a delay of game penalty, but Montreal was unable to capitalize with the extra attacker. Les Canadiennes’ continuous pressure in the offensive zone finally paid off when forward Kayla Tutino scored the game-winning goal with 2:24 left in extra-time.

The newest member of Les Canadiennes, Erin Ambrose, made her debut for the bleu-blanc-rouge. The All-Star defender had two assists.

Three stars: 1. Jamie Lee Rattray (2G, 2A) 2. Karell Emard (1G, 2A) 3. Cathy Chartrand (1G)

Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/115

 During the game, Les Canadiennes raised $1, 061 through a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to “You Can Play”.

The Thunder will have a chance to redeem themselves on Sunday when they take on Les Canadiennes, 1:30 p.m., at Michel Normandin Arena. Les Canadiennes encourage fans to bring non-perishable goods for the team’s holiday food drive.

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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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