Montreal (November 12, 2017) – Les Canadiennes de Montre?al (5 GP: 4-1-0), proud partners of the Montreal Canadiens, lost their first game of the 2017-18 CWHL season 3-1 against the Kunlun Red Star (5 GP: 2-3-0) in front of an electric crowd of 5, 187 fans at the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Les Canadiennes are proud to have received new incumbent mayor Valerie Plante, CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress, Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO Geoff Molson and the ambassador to China Lu Shaye.
Montreal scored its lone goal in the first period. Rookie forward Erinn Noseworthy tipped in the puck between Red Star netminder Yuqing Wang’s pads. Defender Melanie Desrochers assisted on the play. Wang finished the game with 23 saves on 24 shots.
Red Star defender Melanie Jue tied the game with less than five minutes left in the second frame. The Shenzhen-based team took the lead in the third period thanks to Jessica Wong. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Kelli Stack sealed the win for the Red Star with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Les Canadiennes netminder Emerance Maschmeyer finished the game with 18 saves on 21 shots.
Wang was named first star of the game, followed by Wong and Noseworthy.
The afternoon tilt between both teams marked the first time a Chinese professional hockey team played in a NHL arena. It was also Les Canadiennes second trip to the Bell Centre.
Both teams face off again on Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m., at Michel Normandin arena for the second game of the “Super Serie”. An autograph session will be held immediately after the game. Click here for tickets to the game.
Montreal (November 13, 2017) – Less than 24 hours after losing to the Kunlun Red Star (6 GP: 2-4-0) 3-1 at the Bell Centre, Les Canadiennes de Montre?al (6 GP: 5-1-0) redeemed themselves Sunday afternoon, defeating the Red Star 5-3 and taking game two of the three-game “Super Serie.”
Head coach Dany Brunet became the most successful coach in CWHL history with 76 wins after the victory.
In front of a vibrant crowd at Michel Normandin arena, Les Canadiennes got off to a hot start when defender Melanie Desrochers scored her second goal of the season 35 seconds into the game. Star forward Ann-Sophie Bettez came close to doubling her team’s lead after deking a Red Star player but went wide of the net.
Over seven minutes into the game, Les Canadiennes goaltender Catherine Herron, who finished the afternoon with 25 saves on 28 shots, fed the puck through the neutral zone to forward Katia Clement-Heydra who passed it to veteran forward Noemie Marin. Marin outmuscled her opponents and beat netminder Yuqing Wang and doubled the home team’s lead. Wang was pulled after allowing two goals on three shots and was replaced by Siye He, who faced 30 shots and made 27 saves.
The change in the back-end gave the Red Star new life. Forward Madison Woo reduced Les Canadiennes’ lead by one goal seconds after Marin’s goal.
It was a tightly contested battle throughout the entire game. The Red Star tied the game in the second period thanks to defender Melanie Jue’s second goal in two games. Halfway through the period, Montreal’s rookie defender Laurence Beaulieu scored her first goal with Les Canadiennes from the right faceoff circle to defeat Siye blocker side. Forward Karell Emard and Marin earned assists on the play.
Les Canadiennes continuous pressure against the Red Star paid off once more when Marin scored her second goal in a scrum to restore her team’s two-goal lead.
Montreal’s momentum carried through into the third period as Bettez scored 41 seconds into the frame. The Red Star didn’t let a three-goal lead intimidate them, creating several scoring chances, one of which led to forward Kelli Stack’s goal to make it 5-3. Les Canadiennes stifled the Red Star’s final come-back attack, with Herron making several key saves to help lead Montreal to victory.
Marin was named first star of the game, followed by Emard and Red Star forward Jessica Wong.
Clement-Heydra, Emard and Kim Deschenes each earned two assists in the afternoon tilt.
The “Super Serie” concludes Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at Michel Normandin arena. The night will feature a special student discount on tickets ($10) and concession food. For tickets, click here.
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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.
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