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Montreal, QC (Mar. 14, 2018) – Les Canadiennes de Montréal will open the 2018 CWHL playoffs against the Markham Thunder in a best of three semi-final series.
Game 1 will take place on Mar. 16, 7:30 p.m., Michel Normandin Arena, Game 2 on Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m., Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, and Game 3 (if needed) on Mar. 18, 2:30 p.m., Michel Normandin Arena.
Saturday and Sunday’s playoff games will be live-streamed and archived on TheCWHL.com.
The series promises to be an exciting showcase between the Thunder and Les Canadiennes as every game between the two rivals this season was decided by one goal.
Les Canadiennes have closed their regular season with seven wins in 10 games, including two important victories against the Calgary Inferno this past weekend where the team welcomed back Canadian Olympian Lauriane Rougeau and American Olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight joined the lineup.
Montreal can count on four of the league’s best scorers, including interim captain Ann-Sophie Bettez, Noémie Marin, Sarah Lefort, and Katia Clement-Heydra. Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer has been exceptional in her first season with the team, putting up a 1.78 goals-against-average and .920 save percentage. She is tied with Noora Raty with six shutouts this season, breaking Charline Labonté’s 2015-16 record of five shutouts in a regular season and repeated that feat in 2016-17.
After becoming the most successful coach with his 76th regular season win against the Kunlun Red Star on Nov. 12, 2017, head coach Dany Brunet can break the record for the most wins in the CWHL playoffs, as he is tied for second place with eight. The Kunlun Red Star’s head coach Digit Murphy sits first with nine wins.
Since the beginning of the year, the Thunder have won nine of their last 11 games and have not lost in regulation time since Nov. 24. Markham has bolstered their lineup with the additions of Canadian Olympians Jocelyne Larocque, Laura Fortino and Laura Stacey. Goaltenders Erica Howe and Liz Knox have been solid for the Thunder, with Howe recording 2.18 GAA and .930 SV% and Knox putting up 2.23 GAA and .921 SV%. Jamie-Lee Rattray continues to lead Markham’s offense, finishing third in the Angela James Bowl race with 39 points.
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The team practices on Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michel Normandin arena. For interview requests, please contact [email protected].
Accreditation requests must be made by Friday, Mar. 16, at noon.
On Saturday, please contact Hélène Lapointe for questions concerning Game 2.
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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