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Montreal, QC (Jan. 6, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes scored six goals to defeat the Toronto Furies and swept their two-game series in front of a sold-out crowd at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Sunday afternoon.
Hilary Knight, Jillian Saulnier, Geneviève Bannon, Karell Emard, Ann-Sophie Bettez and Marie-Philip Poulin found the back of the net for Montreal. Emerance Maschmeyer made 23 saves.
The game was filled with dazzling plays, rushes and spectacular saves, and saw a plethora of highlight reel goals. Fans were treated not only to a fast-paced game between the two clubs – with only one penalty all game – but exciting activities off the ice to benefit You Can Play, including a selfie competition and silent auction.
“I thought our performance was very satisfactory for a first weekend together after a long break,” said associate coach Caroline Ouellette. She and associate coach and mentor Danièle Sauvageau both appeared behind the bench together for the first time. Joined by assistants Valérie Bois and Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux, they became the first four-person all-female bench staff in Les Canadiennes history.
“Our mandate as an organization has always been to develop female leaders – including coaches. It’s a notable day to see four such talented professionals behind the Les Canadiennes bench, not to mention so many fans in the stands to witness this electrifying performance by our team,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.
Montreal took the lead early in the game when Knight buried the puck off a rebound past goaltender Elaine Chuli. Near the halfway mark of the opening frame, Poulin, surrounded by three Furies players, managed to control the puck and brilliantly set up Saulnier who backhanded it top-shelf to double her team’s lead.
Racing down the ice on a 2-on-1, Bannon scored to triple Montreal’s lead in the second period. Toronto got on the scoreboard when rookie sensation Sarah Nurse defeated Maschmeyer, but Les Canadiennes quickly restored their three-goal lead thanks to Emard. Her goal was reviewed for a high stick but was allowed by the referees. Bettez added to Montreal’s tally, and Les Canadiennes ended the second frame with a 5-1 lead.
Looking to make a comeback in the game, the Furies scored two quick goals towards the end of the third period thanks to Jess Vella and Shannon Stewart. Poulin, who recorded two assists in this game, scored the insurance marker with less than five minutes left in the game to help Les Canadiennes capture their seventh straight victory.
“Today, we had contribution from all lines. It’s good for the team when we can take some pressure off the top two lines. It’s a win-win situation for everyone and we take pride in that,” said Emard.
Three Stars: 1. Jillian Saulnier (1 G, 2 A) 2. Karell Emard (1 G, 1 A) 3. Sarah Nurse (1 G)
Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/759
Les Canadiennes are back in action on home ice next weekend when they host the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6:30pm at Place Bell’s community rink and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1pm at Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.
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All practices in January will take place at Place Bell and are closed to the public.
Jan. 8: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Jan. 10: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Jan. 15: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Jan. 17: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Jan. 22: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Jan. 24: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Jan. 29: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Jan. 31: 8:00pm-9:30pm
For interview requests and to attend practices and games, please contact the media relations manager at [email protected] in advance.
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