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Worcester, MA (Nov. 18 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (8 GP: 7-1-0) scored a combined 14 goals to sweep the weekend series against the Worcester Blades (11 GP: 0-11-0) 5-0 on Saturday and 9-0 on Sunday.
Montreal is undefeated in their last six games this year. Eight different players found the back of the net this weekend, including Marie-Philip Poulin (3 G), Hilary Knight (3 G), Ann-Sophie Bettez (2 G), Taylor Willard (1 G), Erin Ambrose (2 G), Emma Martin (1 G), Mélodie Daoust (1 G) and Catherine Daoust (1 G).
Goaltenders Emerance Maschmeyer (21 saves) and Marie-Soleil Deschênes (27 saves) both recorded shutouts.
With the victory on Sunday, head coach Dany Brunet recorded his 100th win in the CWHL and remains first in the league for wins by a head coach in the league.
Game 1: Les Canadiennes 5, Blades 0
Les Canadiennes commanded the Saturday showcase, a double-header bill with the Worcester Railers at the DCU Centre.
Knight found the back of the net early in the first period with a backhand shot off a pass from Katia Clement-Heydra. The pair repeated their magic in the second period when Clement-Heydra battled to win the faceoff, feeding Knight’s deadly one-timer.
Poulin had a strong performance, scoring her first two goals of the season: the first was on a precise shot off a pass from Bettez on an offensive charge, and the second a laser slapshot off a faceoff won by Mélodie Daoust. Assistant-captain Ann-Sophie Bettez recorded the fifth and final goal for Les Canadiennes. She blocked a puck in the neutral zone and defeated the Blades’ defence before beating goaltender Jetta Rackleff blocker side.
The Blades’ netminder had a strong performance making a total of 44 saves. The Blades had a difficult time piercing Les Canadiennes defence, and only managed to get 21 shots on goalie Emerance Maschmeyer, who gained her third shutout in a row.
Three stars: 1. Hilary Knight (2G), 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (2G), 3. Jetta Rackleff (44 saves)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/731
Game 2: Les Canadiennes 9, Blades 0
Montreal picked up right where they left off on Saturday, peppering the Blades with 58 shots. Assistant captain Mélodie Daoust opened scoring 1:08 into the game, assisted by Poulin, who earned five assists, and Bettez, who recorded three assists. The captain followed up with her third goal of the season to make it 2-0. Knight recorded her fifth goal of the year to give Les Canadiennes a 3-0 lead.
The Blades replaced goaltender Mariah Fujimagari with Jetta Rackleff in the second period but Montreal continued adding to their tally with Bettez and blueliner Taylor Willard making it 5-0. Rookies Catherine Daoust and Emma Martin, who played her first game in a Les Canadiennes uniform on Saturday, recorded their first CWHL goals.
In the third period, assistant captain Erin Ambrose scored her first two goals of the season. Deschênes recorded her first shutout of the season as well. The Blades’ goaltenders made a combined 49 saves.
Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 5 A) 2. Ann-Sophie Bettez (1 G, 3 A) 3. Hilary Knight (1 G, 2 A)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/734
Les Canadiennes will travel to Calgary next weekend to face the Inferno on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7:30pm (MST) and Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10:30am (MST) at the WinSport Arena A. Les Canadiennes will have home ice advantage against the Blades on Dec. 1 at 6:30pm and Dec. 2 at 1:00pm on the community ice rink at Place Bell. These will also be Montreal’s first home games in over a month. For tickets to the games, click here.
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