(Montreal, Quebec) February 22, 2015 – It was a weekend to remember for the Montreal Stars.
Hosting the reigning Clarkson Cup champion Toronto Furies, the Stars came out big winners both on and off the ice, sweeping the weekend set while raising funds for the Wellness Initiative of the Cedars Breast Clinic at the
McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). As a result of yet another successful “Let’s Beat Breast Cancer!” game on Saturday, the Stars will donate over $8,500 to the clinic, which offers kinesiology, psycho-oncology, lymphedema therapy and exercise programs to women with breast cancer. With the fifth edition complete, the Stars have now donated more than $53,000 to the breast cancer cause over the years.
Mayor Denis Coderre took in the eventful evening as a sports fan and as a guest, participating in a ceremonial puck drop that also included CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress and breast cancer survivors.
Noémie Marin and Caroline Ouellette both enjoyed two-goal outings and scored their 100th career goals en route to Montreal’s triumphant weekend. The Stars (14-7-1) have now won six straight and sit two points behind the first-place Boston Blades, who will be in Montreal next weekend to close out the season.
Saturday, Feb. 21 at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena: 6-1 Montreal
As the snow came down outside the arena, the Montreal Stars were responsible for a flurry of their own inside.
Noémie Marin extended her point streak to six games when she opened the scoring on the power play at 9:45 of the first period. But the Stars’ lead wouldn’t last long, with Furies forward Julie Allen tying the score just 11 seconds later.
But that was all Toronto would get on the evening.
Emmanuelle Blais restored Montreal’s lead at 18:27 of the opening frame and from there, the goals kept coming.
Early in the second, Kim Deschênes scored her seventh of the season. Ann-Sophie Bettez extended her point streak to four games at 12:31 and less than two minutes later, Julie Chu connected on the power play to put the Stars up 5-1.
Marin, who picked up an assist on Chu’s tally, capped off the rout with her 100th career goal at 18:36 of the middle frame.
Game Summary: http://bit.ly/20150221TOR
Sunday, Feb. 22 at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena: 3-0 Montreal
In a game that was crucial for the Toronto Furies’ bid for a playoff spot, it was the Montreal Stars who came out firing on all cylinders on Sunday afternoon, dominating 14-1 on the shot clock and 3-0 on the scoreboard in the first period.
Shortly after the Furies hit the post, Caroline Ouellette drove up the right side and cut inside before tossing a backhand behind Furies goaltender Christina Kessler at 2:40.
Kim Deschênes made it 2-0 when she deflected Stacie Tardif’s point shot on a delayed penalty against Toronto and Sara Dagenais extended the lead with a backhand to Kessler’s left at 15:23.
Ouellette put the Furies into a deeper hole at 2:49 of the second when she notched her 100th career goal from the left circle on a 3-on-2 rush.
After not generating much for the better part of the afternoon, the visitors finally hit the scoresheet at 14:04 of the middle frame on a Natalie Spooner shot from slot that deflected up and landed behind Stars netminder Catherine Herron.
Ann-Sophie Bettez made it 5-1 when she picked up a rebound in front of the net for her 10th of the season at 13:30 of the third period.
Game Summary: http://bit.ly/20150222TOR
Final Games of the Regular Season Before the Clarkson Cup
The Montreal Stars will close out their regular season schedule on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, Feb. 29 when they host the Boston Blades at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena.
The Stars will practise twice this week at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena.
Wednesday: 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday: 9: p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Media are asked to confirm their presence and interview requests in advance.
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally run women's hockey league in the world. A not?for?profit organization, the league is dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. Affordably priced, all CWHL games showcase speed, finesse and skill. Since its inception in 2007, the CWHL has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play?off for the Clarkson Cup, the equivalent of the Stanley Cup in women's hockey.