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Montreal, QC (December 11, 2017) – In front of sellout crowds at Michel Normandin Arena, Les Canadiennes de Montréal (11 GP: 9-2-0) ousted the Toronto Furies (13 GP: 3-9-1) 7-1 and 7-3 this weekend. With 18 points in 11 games, Montreal sits second in the league, in a close race for first place with the Calgary Inferno and the Kunlun Red Star.
On Sunday afternoon, Les Canadiennes celebrated their league-leading four Clarkson Cups (2009, 2011, 2012, 2017) in fashion by unveiling their championship banners in a pre-game ceremony that featured Cup winning captains, and the 2016-17 team, including such legends as Nathalie Déry, Kelly Sudia, Cathy Chartrand, Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux, Noemie Marin, Caroline Ouellette, Julie Chu, and Charline Labonté.
Veteran forward Noémie Marin’s four-goal performance this weekend – including a hat-trick in Sunday’s tilt– moved her into second place on the CWHL all-time points list with 236 points in 186 games. Ouellette sits first with 309 points in 170 games.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017: 7-1 (Les Canadiennes)
After scoring a hat-trick last weekend against Toronto, Ann-Sophie Bettez picked up where she left off last Sunday, opening the scoring at 5:31 into the opening frame to give Les Canadiennes a 1-0 lead. Forward Kim Deschênes and defender Cassandra Poudrier found the back of the net to triple Montreal’s lead. The Furies’ Jessica Platt scored Toronto’s lone goal of the game towards the end of the period.
It was all Montreal from then on. Dynamic veteran forward Emmanuelle Blais scored her first goal of the season in the second period to give Les Canadiennes a 4-1 lead.
Tensions flared as both teams combined for seven penalties in the third period, including two major penalties to Toronto. Noémie Marin, Deschênes and Erinn Noseworthy took advantage of three powerplays to lead Les Canadiennes to a dominant 7-1 victory.
Les Canadiennes goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer made 17 saves while Furies netminder Amanda Makela stopped 33 shots.
Three stars: 1. Kim Deschênes (2G, 2A) 2. Emmanuelle Blais (1G.1A) 3. Cathy Chartrand (2A)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/109
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017: 7-3 (Les Canadiennes)
After an emotional opening ceremony, Les Canadiennes found themselves on the wrong side of the score board when the Furies’ Cassidy Delainey scored to give Toronto a 1-0 advantage 2:52 into the first period. However, it didn’t take long before Montreal got going. Marin scored the first of her three goals of the afternoon to tie the game at 7:27. Twenty-three seconds later, former Furies forward Jordanna Peroff scored her first goal of the season to give Montreal a 2-1 lead.
Furies captain Carolyne Prevost defeated Montreal goaltender Catherine Herron to tie the game in the second period.
Les Canadiennes re-established their lead in the third period. Marion Allemoz gave Montreal a 3-2 edge, while Marin added her second goal of the afternoon. Katia Clement-Heydra scored off a rebound to double Montreal’s lead. Toronto’s Jenna Dingeldein scored for the Furies before Marin completed her hat-trick with less than a minute left in the game. Sarah Lefort added the team’s seventh goal en route to a 7-3 victory.
Three stars: 1. Noémie Marin (3G) 2. Cassandra Poudrier (1A) 3. Katie Gaskin (2A)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/111
Montreal will face the Markham Thunder in a pair of games on Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for the team’s annual “You Can Play” game which aims to support equality in hockey regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The team is back at Michel Normandin Arena (Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard) on Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m.
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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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