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Montreal (November 15, 2017) – Les Canadiennes de Montréal (7 GP: 5-2-0) lost 6-3 against the Kunlun Red Star (7 GP: 3-4-0) Tuesday night in a heated contest that featured 14 penalties split between each side. The Red Star leave Montreal with the edge in the best-of-three Super Series with two wins. The teams will face off next in Shenzhen, China when Les Canadiennes visit the Red Star at the end of February for another two games.
The Red Star were looking to avenge Sunday’s loss and got off to a strong start in front of a vibrant crowd at Michel Normandin arena, packed with students and families. Les Canadiennes ran into some penalty trouble in the first period as they found themselves shorthanded on four occasions. Red Star’s defender Melanie Jue scored less than five minutes into the opening frame on the powerplay. Forward Kelli Stack doubled the Red Star’s lead at even-strength midway through the period, while forward Madison Woo took advantage of another powerplay to give her team a 3-0 lead.
The first period intermission benefitted Les Canadiennes as they came back roaring in the second period. Les Canadiennes’ strong forecheck in the Red Star’s zone forced their opponents to take four consecutive penalties. Forward Kayla Tutino scored on the powerplay to make it 3-1 and forward Ann-Sophie Bettez potted a second goal for Montreal to reduce the Red Stars’ lead to one. Twenty-two seconds later, Red Star forward Shiann Darkangelo restored the Red Star’s two-goal advantage.
Stack scored her second goal of the game early in the third period to make it 5-2. Both teams combined for 10 penalties in the last frame. Les Canadiennes’ veteran forward Noémie Marin scored with less than five minutes left in the game on the powerplay. It was her third goal and fourth point in two games. Les Canadiennes pulled goaltender Catherine Herron for an extra attacker but Red Star’s Stephanie Anderson scored an empty-net goal to seal the win.
Herron finished the night with 22 saves on 27 shots. The Red Star’s Finnish Olympic netminder Noora Raty, who played her first game of the Super Series, stopped 35 of 38 shots.
Stack was named first star of the game, followed by teammate Darkangelo and Montreal’s Bettez.
Game summary: http://www.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/95
Les Canadiennes are off until Dec. 2 when they will pay visit to the Markham Thunder, followed by the Toronto Furies on Dec. 3. They will return to Montreal to face the Furies on Dec. 9-10. For tickets, click here.
The team will be holding a practice this Thursday at Michel Normandin arena from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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