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LES CANADIENNES EARN 3 OUT OF 4 POINTS VS. VANKE RAYS

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Montreal, QC (Jan. 13, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes hosted the KRS Vanke Rays this weekend on home ice for what proved to be two exciting and competitive hockey games.

The Rays fought three goal deficits to win 4-3 (SO) on Saturday on the community ice rink at Place Bell in front of a sold out crowd. Les Canadiennes dominated the Rays on Sunday in front of an energetic crowd at Michel Normandin Arena, shutting out their opponents 4-0.

Game 1: Les Canadiennes 3, Vanke Rays 4 (SO)

Les Canadiennes were off to a good start against the Rays, scoring 1:30 into the game when Sarah Lefort defeated goaltender Noora Räty. Both teams generated quality scoring chances but Räty and Emerance Maschmeyer made several highlight-reel saves throughout the game.

The score remained the same past the halfway mark before the Rays’ Emma Woods tied the game before the end of the second frame. Unlike the first two periods of play, the third period featured several goals. Les Canadiennes’ Katia Clement-Heydra and Marie-Philip Poulin gave Montreal the lead twice but the Rays’ Madison Woo and Alex Carpenter tied the game each time.

With a 3-3 tie after 60 minutes of play, the game went into overtime, and then required a shootout. Hilary Knight was the only Montreal player to solve Räty, as Clement-Heydra, Poulin, and Ann-Sophie Bettez were all turned away. Maschmeyer stopped Woods and Hannah Miller, but Carpenter defeated the Montreal netminder and Hanna Bunton scored the game winner for the Rays.

“We were very satisfied with the way we played in the third period. We know we need to begin Sunday’s game the way we finished tonight’s game: with intensity from all lines and by following our game plan,” said associate coach Danièle Sauvageau.

Three stars: 1. Hanna Bunton  2. Noora Räty (25 saves) 3. Emerance Maschmeyer (19 saves) 

Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/761

Game 2: Les Canadiennes 4, Vanke Rays  0

Les Canadiennes were dominant against the Rays throughout Sunday’s contest. Goaltender Geneviève Lacasse made her debut in net for the first time this season after being sidelined with an injury. The veteran goaltender earned the shutout win in her first ever appearance with Les Canadiennes.

“I felt ready and confident and it felt amazing to back on the ice,” she said. “The bigger the game, the better the opponent, the more fun I have. I missed that adrenaline rush. Being able to share the ice with teammates felt great.”

The Rays thought they had scored in the opening frame but the goal was disallowed because the net moved out of place. Les Canadiennes peppered the Rays with quality scoring chances for 60 minutes. That pressure paid off when rookie defence Taylor Willard shot a bullet from the point, only to be deflected by Poulin. Räty made the initial save but Les Canadiennes’ captain buried the rebound to give her team a 1-0 lead.

Knight doubled Montreal’s lead in the second period when she defeated the Finnish netminder blocker side. The tension and intensity between both teams was on the rise as the game progressed, with both club’s taking a couple of penalties in the second frame. Bettez served a two-minute, and a 10-minute misconduct for head contact, but Les Canadiennes managed to successfully stifle the Rays’ chances in the offensive zone.

In the third period, Jill Saulnier made it 3-0 after shooting a one-timer from the slot. The crowd erupted in cheers for a fourth time when rookie Olivia Atkinson scored on a wrap-around after stealing the puck from Räty behind the net.

Three Stars: 1. Geneviève Lacasse (18 saves) 2. Jill Saulnier (1 G, 1 A)  3. Katia Clement-Heydra (1 A) 

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/763 

Les Canadiennes are off next weekend as the CWHL prepares for the annual All-Star Game on Jan. 19-20. The weekend festivities will feature seven Les Canadiennes players, including Erin Ambrose, Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Emerance Maschmeyer, Hilary Knight, Lauriane Rougeau and Jill Saulnier.

The following weekend, Les Canadiennes will be on the road to face the Markham Thunder, Jan. 26 at 7:30pm at the Thornhill Community Centre and Jan. 27 at 12:30pm at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex.

MEDIA

All practices in January will be held at Place Bell in Laval and are closed to the public.

Jan. 15: 8:00pm-9:30pm

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 accreditation to practices and games, please contact [email protected].

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES SET TO CLASH AGAINST KRS VANKE RAYS

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Montreal, QC (Jan. 9. 2019) –– Les Canadiennes and the KRS Vanke Rays are set to face off this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6:30pm on Place Bell’s community ice rink and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:00pm at Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.

It will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season. Les Canadiennes swept their three-game series against the Rays in December, outscoring them 15-5. Second in the league with 28 points, Montreal has won its last seven games dating back to Dec. 1. The Rays are coming off two consecutive wins over the Worcester Blades. Currently fourth in the CWHL with 19 points, they have played an extra game over Les Canadiennes.

Both teams possess players in the league’s top 10 scorers. Marie-Philip Poulin, who recorded her first hat trick of the season against the Toronto Furies on Jan. 5, and Ann-Sophie Bettez are locked in a tight race for first in the league with 32 points each, having scored the same amount of goals (15) and assists (17). Erin Ambrose remains the best defence in the CWHL, sitting fourth with 22 points.

Meanwhile, the Rays’ Alex Carpenter is having another solid season with 21 points in 18 games and ranks sixth. Second year forward Hanna Bunton closes the top 10, recording a point-per-game with 18 points in 18 games.

Tickets are selling fast for both games. Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday’s game here and Sunday’s game here. Les Canadiennes will host a “Skate with Les Canadiennes” following Sunday afternoon’s tilt.

MEDIA

Media must confirm their attendance at games before Friday, Jan. 11 at 3pm.

All practices in January will take place at Place Bell and are closed to the public.

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 accreditation, please contact [email protected].

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES VICTORIOUS OVER FURIES 6-3

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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.

To purchase tickets for Saturday’s game at Place Bell, click here: https://bit.ly/2CShF7A

To purchase tickets for Sunday’s game at Michel Normandin Arena, click here: https://bit.ly/2GYoicA

Media

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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About the CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES START NEW YEAR WITH A 3-1 WIN OVER FURIES

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Montreal, QC (January 5, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes came out on top, winning 3-1 against the Toronto Furies this Saturday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for the team’s annual Sportsnet game.

“It was a great way to start 2019 – we were able to take care of our house and created good offense, resulting in 3 goals,” said associate coach Danièle Sauvageau.

It was an action-packed game from start to finish as the two rivals faced off in their first of two games. Les Canadiennes have now won six games in a row.

Captain Marie-Philip Poulin led her team with a hat trick with the help of Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 A) and Jillian Saulnier (1 A). Carolyne Prevost scored the lone goal for the Furies.

Les Canadiennes started out firing with two goals in the first period, beating their opponents with speed and execution. Nearing the end of the first period, Poulin carried the puck through the neutral zone and buried it past Shea Tiley to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. She found the back of the net once again before the end of the opening frame on the powerplay.

Both teams picked up the pace in the second period with more physical play. Poulin completed her hat trick 33 seconds into the final frame off a one-timer in the slot. Prevost ended Emerance Maschmeyer’s three-game shutout streak by scoring a goal off her backhand. The Furies’ pulled their goalie for an extra player and pressured Les Canadiennes in their zone with several scoring chances, but Montreal’s defence blocked several shots and Maschmeyer remained calm and collected in net. Geneviève Bannon almost scored an empty net goal but hit the post.

Maschmeyer saved 18 out of the 19 shots on goal, while Tiley stopped 24 shots.

“Toronto has some really good forwards and a lot of speed, so I managed my depth and took up the net. On the six-on-four, there were a lot of bodies in the front of me but my teammates blocked many shots,” said Maschmeyer.

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/755

Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (3 G) 2. Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 A) 3. Emerance Maschmeyer (18 saves)

Les Canadiennes and the Furies are back in action tomorrow at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for the team’s annual You Can Play game. Fans can participate in Les Canadiennes’ activities, including a silent auction that will feature several collectable items like a signed Poulin jersey, and a “Fabs” selfie competition. YCP is an organisation that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans in sports.

The game is almost sold-out. Fans can purchase tickets online here or at the door.

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

If You Can Play, Then You Can Play

After the holiday break and the start of a new year, Les Canadiennes are ready to kickstart the second half of the CWHL season against the Toronto Furies on Jan. 5th and 6th on home ice.

It’s not only an opportunity to face a great rival, battle for victory and solidify their position as a top contender in the CWHL playoff race, but also a chance for Les Canadiennes to play to their annual You Can Play game on Sunday, Jan. 6,  in front of a near-sold-out crowd.

“For us, it’s important to be able to be a fan of the people out there supporting us,” said star defence Erin Ambrose. “It’s going to be a great weekend of hockey especially with the Sportsnet game as well [on Saturday] – an exciting start to the second half of the season.”

Photo credit: Céline Gélinas/CWHL

In 2012, the CWHL became the first professional sports league to partner with YCP, an organisation that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans.

“If there’s a fan out there who is struggling with their gender or with their sexuality, we can show them that we support them no matter what, no matter how they identify, they are welcome [in sport],” said Cavender Salvadori, YCP’s program manager. I think that a lot of times, people in the LGBTQ+ community don’t really get to experience allies, so it’s important to have partners like the CWHL.”

Each CWHL club organizes a YCP game, with plenty of fun and engaging activities for fans. Players proudly don the rainbow-coloured tape on their sticks in support of the project and partake in a ceremonial puck drop. This year in Montreal, fans can place bids on items in a silent auction that will include a signed Marie-Philip Poulin jersey, and participate in the team’s “Fabs” selfie competition.

For Salvadori, such games are prime examples of how hockey can be a space for all athletes to express themselves freely, and excel in sport.

“You will be welcomed, you will be accepted into the community, and it’s not going to change how we see you as a player,” he added.

When it comes to mobilizing athletes, coaches and fans, Ambrose feels like hockey can be at the forefront of representation and inclusivity in sport. In her experience, the sport has provided an inclusive environment, but she has noted important changes in recent years.

“I think for the most part, women’s hockey has been very welcoming and accepting but it’s become more and more accepting as I’ve grown up. I think with more people speaking out and just being proud in general, that’s been really important. Not just for hockey, but for athletes in general in the LGBTQ+ community.”

Photo credit: Shanna Martin-Book/CWHL

The Keswick, Ontario native believes that it’s important for all athletes to be united regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Such unity was on display last summer at the Montreal Pride Parade. Ambrose was joined by fellow teammate Tracy-Ann Lavigne, as they marched down the city’s downtown core alongside other athletes.

“I think our team, for example, is so accepting of every individual,” she added. “The hockey community is definitely one of the more outspoken sports, and [we hope to be] frontrunners in showing that.”

LES CANADIENNES OPEN 2019 AGAINST THE TORONTO FURIES

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Montreal, QC (Jan. 2, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes will begin the new year by hosting the Toronto Furies on Jan. 5 at 12:30pm and Jan. 6 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Sportsnet and the first of two back-to-back CWHL games aired on the network that weekend.

Les Canadiennes are riding a five-game win streak that includes a perfect trip in China in December. Second in the league with 24 points, Montreal is currently three points behind the Inferno with a  game in hand.

As the team that has scored the most goals (69) and allowed the least goals (19) in the league in the first half of the season, the team possesses some of the best offensive and defensive talent. Ann-Sophie Bettez and Marie-Philip Poulin are tied for first place in the CWHL with 26 points. Meanwhile, Erin Ambrose continues to impress as the only defence in the league among the top 10 scorers with 21 points (5 G, 16 A). Between the pipes, Emerance Maschmeyer’s stellar play has been on display since the start of the season. The netminder has the best GAA in the league (1.39) and the second highest save percentage (.938).

The Furies are currently fifth in the league with 14 points. Since the end of November, they have picked up the pace, winning four of their last five games before the holiday break. A talented roster that includes Natalie Spooner and rookie Sarah Nurse, both of whom are among the top 10 scorers with 18 and 17 points respectively, the matchup between the two clubs promises to be exciting.

Fans can participate in Les Canadiennes’ activities surrounding their annual You Can Play game on Sunday, including a silent auction that will feature several collectable items and a “Fabs” selfie competition. YCP is an organisation that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.

Tickets for Saturday’s game (Sportsnet): https://bit.ly/2zQx9aa

Tickets for Sunday’s game (You Can Play): https://bit.ly/2Ecu5rQ

Media

All practices in January will take place at Place Bell and are closed to the public.

Jan. 2: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Jan. 3: 8:00pm-9:30pm

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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About the CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES COMPLETE PERFECT TRIP IN CHINA

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Shenzhen, CN (Dec. 15, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes overcame two one-goal deficits to defeat the KRS Vanke Rays 6-3 at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Saturday with goals from Marie-Philip Poulin (2), Ann-Sophie Bettez, Sarah Lefort, Erin Ambrose and Katia Clement-Heydra.

Les Canadiennes are the first CWHL team to complete a perfect series sweep in China. They conclude 2018 with five consecutive victories that dates back to Dec. 1.

Les Canadiennes capitalized on an early powerplay opportunity when Baiwei Yu was sent to the penalty box for hooking. Poulin defeated netminder Kimberly Newell to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. The Rays’ Emma Woods tied the game soon after on a powerplay as well. Hanna Bunton then took advantage  of a defensive scramble in Les Canadiennes’ zone to gain their first lead of the three-game series.

Montreal was down a goal halfway through the second period before Bettez tipped in Ambrose’s shot from the point to equalize the scoreboard. Soon after, Alex Carpenter buried a loose puck past Emerance Maschmeyer to make it 3-2. However, it was a short lived lead. After winning the faceoff in the Rays’ zone, Ambrose unleashed a powerful one-timer from the point to score Les Canadiennes’ third goal of the game. Poulin then found herself on a breakaway and scored the game-winning-goal with less than a minute left in the middle frame. 

In a controversial call, the Rays’ were given a penalty shot near the halfway mark of the third period. Carpenter went one-on-one with Maschmeyer who made a solid glove save and maintained Montreal’s one-goal lead. Clement-Heydra found the back of the net with a precise shot in the corner to make it 5-3. Lefort scored the final goal of the game, potting a rebound past Newell.

Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G)  2. Emerance Maschmeyer  3. Hanna Bunton (1 G, 1 A)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/749

Les Canadiennes will break for the holidays before playing their first two games of the new year against the Toronto Furies on January 5th at 12:30pm and January 6th at 1:30pm. The first matchup will be featured on Sportsnet as part of the network’s first ever CWHL Weekend.

Sunday’s game will be the team’s annual You Can Play game, an organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports , including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. Prior to the game, fans can indulge in fun activities to support this initiative including a selfie competition and a silent auction fundraiser with unique collectible items.

Tickets to Jan. 5 (Sportsnet): https://bit.ly/2zQx9aa

Ticket to Jan.6  (You Can Play): https://bit.ly/2Ecu5rQ

Media

Team practices will resume in January. For interview requests and additional information, please contact  [email protected]

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES EARN 5-1 WIN OVER KRS VANKE RAYS

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SHENZHEN, CN (Dec. 14, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes soared to a 5-1 victory against the KRS Vanke Rays on Friday at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.

Ann-Sophie Bettez found the back of the net twice, while Katia Clement-Heydra, Kim Deschênes and Marie-Philip Poulin also added goals.

Les Canadiennes struck early in the opening period. Rushing into the offensive zone, Poulin deked defence Emma Woods and dropped a pass to Bettez who unleashed a one-timer to defeat netminder Noora Räty.

Soon after, Clement-Heydra received a nifty pass from Geneviève Bannon on a two-on-two and backhanded the puck past the Finnish netminder to double the team’s tally. Les Canadiennes gained a 3-0 lead as Bettez took advantage of a defensive scramble to score her second goal of the game, her fifth goal in China this trip. Towards the end of the period, Baiwei Yu scored her team’s sole goal off a slapshot on a powerplay.

Les Canadiennes took advantage of their powerplay when Poulin released a powerful snipe past the halfway mark of the game to restore Montreal’s three-goal lead. Nearing the end of the second period, Deschênes used Baiwei Yu as a screen to defeat Räty top-shelf and scored Les Canadiennes final goal of the game. Räty was replaced by rookie netminder Kimberly Newell for the remainder of the game.

Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 1 A)  2. Ann-Sophie Bettez (2 G)  3. Emerance Maschmeyer

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/748

Les Canadiennes will conclude their trip in China on Saturday when they face the KRS Vanke Rays for their third and final game at 2:30pm (CST) and will be live streamed on the Rays’ Twitter page.

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

BETTEZ’ HAT TRICK STINGS KRS VANKE RAYS

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Shenzhen, CN (Dec. 12, 2018) –– Ann-Sophie Bettez scored a hat trick to lead Les Canadiennes past the KRS Vanke Rays 4-1 at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Wednesday.

Associate coach Danièle Sauvageau earned her first victory behind the Montreal bench.

After a scoreless first period, Les Canadiennes’ sustained pressure in the offensive zone paid off. Past the halfway mark of the game, Montreal was on the penalty kill but that didn’t stop them from scoring. Marie-Philip Poulin found herself on a 3-on-1 with defense Melanie Desrochers and Bettez. Eyeing the net, Poulin dropped the puck behind for Bettez who potted her first goal of the game. A few minutes later, on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Poulin sniped the puck past netminder Noora Räty to give Les Canadiennes a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Montreal’s offensive surge carried into the third period. On another odd-man rush, Jillian Saulnier, who returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a hand injury, briefly lost then regained control of the puck and passed it to Bettez who backhanded it past Räty. Hanna Bunton scored the Rays’ lone goal on a powerplay nearing the end of the game. The Rays pulled their goalie for an extra forward on another powerplay but Bettez netted her third goal for the hat trick.

Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer turned away 28 shots while Räty made 23 saves.

Three stars: 1. Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 G, 1 A) 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 2 A) 3. Hanna Bunton (1 G)

Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/746

Les Canadiennes and the Rays are back in action on Friday, Dec. 14, for game two of their three-game series in China. The matchup will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

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LES CANADIENNES SET TO FACE KRS VANKE RAYS FOR THREE-GAME SERIES

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Montreal, QC (Dec. 11, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (12 GP: 9-3-0) are in China for a three-game series against the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (13 GP: 7-5-1) this Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm (CST), Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm (CST) and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30pm (CST) at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.

Friday’s game will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.

Les Canadiennes are coming off two straight wins over the Worcester Blades and are looking to close 2018 on a high note before breaking for the holidays. Three players are currently among the CWHL’s top 10 in scoring, with captain Marie-Philip Poulin tied for first place with 20 points. Assistant captains Ann-Sophie Bettez (18 points) and Erin Ambrose (17 points) are third and fourth respectively. Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer continues to shine in the crease with the best GAA (1.31) and save percentage (0.939) in the league.

Due to injuries in the forward ranks, Les Canadiennes have called up Kayla Tutino from the extended roster. Tutino, a first-overall draft pick in 2016, played two seasons in the CWHL with the Blades and Les Canadiennes.

Danièle Sauvageau will be behind the bench for the team in China. Les Canadiennes announced last week that Sauvageau and Caroline Ouellette will be associate coaches for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

After an offseason merger between the two former Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays teams, the Chinese club sits fourth in the league with 15 points, three points behind the second-ranked Les Canadiennes. With top forwards Alex Carpenter, Cayley Mercer and Hanna Bunton and world-class netminder Noora Räty, along with promising rookies Hannah Miller and Leah Lum, the matchup will be an impressive showcase of skill and passionate hockey.

Les Canadiennes will break for the holidays following the series. They will be back in action in January on home ice, hosting the Toronto Furies on Jan. 5 at 12:30pm and Jan. 6 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Sportsnet and will be one of two games featured on the network as part of the first-ever CWHL weekend on Sportsnet. The following day, the team will play its annual You Can Play game, a non-profit organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. The game will also feature several fun activities, including a selfie competition and a silent auction fundraiser with unique collectible items.

Tickets to Jan. 5 (Sportsnet): https://bit.ly/2zQx9aa

Ticket to Jan.6  (You Can Play): https://bit.ly/2Ecu5rQ

Media

Team practices will resume in January. For interview requests and additional information, please contact [email protected].

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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. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]