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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.
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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