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Montreal, QC (January 5, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes came out on top, winning 3-1 against the Toronto Furies this Saturday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for the team’s annual Sportsnet game.
“It was a great way to start 2019 – we were able to take care of our house and created good offense, resulting in 3 goals,” said associate coach Danièle Sauvageau.
It was an action-packed game from start to finish as the two rivals faced off in their first of two games. Les Canadiennes have now won six games in a row.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin led her team with a hat trick with the help of Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 A) and Jillian Saulnier (1 A). Carolyne Prevost scored the lone goal for the Furies.
Les Canadiennes started out firing with two goals in the first period, beating their opponents with speed and execution. Nearing the end of the first period, Poulin carried the puck through the neutral zone and buried it past Shea Tiley to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. She found the back of the net once again before the end of the opening frame on the powerplay.
Both teams picked up the pace in the second period with more physical play. Poulin completed her hat trick 33 seconds into the final frame off a one-timer in the slot. Prevost ended Emerance Maschmeyer’s three-game shutout streak by scoring a goal off her backhand. The Furies’ pulled their goalie for an extra player and pressured Les Canadiennes in their zone with several scoring chances, but Montreal’s defence blocked several shots and Maschmeyer remained calm and collected in net. Geneviève Bannon almost scored an empty net goal but hit the post.
Maschmeyer saved 18 out of the 19 shots on goal, while Tiley stopped 24 shots.
“Toronto has some really good forwards and a lot of speed, so I managed my depth and took up the net. On the six-on-four, there were a lot of bodies in the front of me but my teammates blocked many shots,” said Maschmeyer.
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/755
Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (3 G) 2. Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 A) 3. Emerance Maschmeyer (18 saves)
Les Canadiennes and the Furies are back in action tomorrow at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for the team’s annual You Can Play game. Fans can participate in Les Canadiennes’ activities, including a silent auction that will feature several collectable items like a signed Poulin jersey, and a “Fabs” selfie competition. YCP is an organisation that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans in sports.
The game is almost sold-out. Fans can purchase tickets online here or at the door.
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