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Montreal, QC (Mar. 6, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes de Montréal and the Markham Thunder will renew a feisty rivalry as they clash this weekend in a best of three playoff series for a berth in the Clarkson Cup Final. This will be the third season running that the two teams will meet in the playoffs.
Here is the schedule for the series:
Game 1: Friday, Mar. 8, 7:30pm, Place Bell Community rink in Laval
Game 2: Saturday, Mar. 9, 6:00pm, Bell Sports Complex in Brossard (Live streamed by the CWHL)
*Game 3 (*if necessary): Sunday, Mar. 10, 1:30pm, Bell Sports Complex in Brossard
Les Canadiennes will look for redemption after their early playoff exit in 2018 against Markham, who went on to win the Clarkson Cup.
This season, Les Canadiennes, who finished second in the league, won four of six games against the Thunder, splitting the final two games of the regular season.
Les Canadiennes will have to rely on top talent at both ends of the ice to defeat the Thunder, and look to maintain their edge in the specialty teams game. Backstopped by Emerance Maschmeyer, who maintained the league’s best GAA (1.45) and save percentage (0.935) in the regular season, Montreal is bolstered by a solid defensive corps comprised of Erin Ambrose, the league-leading defense in points (24) and steadfast blueliner, Lauriane Rougeau. Up front, Montreal will rely on deep forward ranks.
The Thunder are led by a solid first trio centred by rookie sensation Victoria Bach, and rounded out by Jamie Lee Rattray and Laura Stacey. On the backend, the team will rely on the return of captain Jocelyne Larocque, who missed the last two games of the season against Montreal, and the defensive pairing of Laura Fortino and Megan Bozek.
Goaltender Erica Howe will likely get the start in the series for the Thunder. She faced Les Canadiennes in all six games and was the starting goalie in five. Howe faced a total of 216 shots from Montreal and maintained a .912 SV%. The netminder played her best games against Les Canadiennes in their final two matchups of the season, stopping 69 of 73 shots.
Tickets to Game 1 on Friday: https://www.showpass.com/series1-montreal/
Tickets to Game 2 on Saturday: https://www.showpass.com/series2-montreal/
Tickets to *Game 3 on Sunday (*if necessary): https://www.showpass.com/series3-montreal/
The team practices Thursday, Mar. 7, from 8pm-9:30pm at Place Bell. Media members can request to attend practice with the Media Relations Manager at [email protected].
Please confirm attendance to the playoff games by Thursday, Mar. 7 at midnight with [email protected].
About the CWHL
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