Montreal scored a revenge win against Boston on the road at the Tsongas Center on the campus of UMASS-Lowell.
Laura Stacey scored less than three minutes into the extra period to secure Montreal’s third consecutive win while Elaine Chuli remained a perfect 3-0 on the season making 26 saves.
“Every time Elaine has been in the net she has given us a chance to win”, said Montreal head coach Kori Cheverie.” Tonight was no different and she continues to look more comfortable every game and another great performance.”
Montreal came out firing on all cylinders in the first period and unlike the last three games had a solid start to the game and finished the first period outshooting Boston 10-3.
” I am really happy with our group and I recently mentioned stick details were key and I was pleased with the amount of sticks we got blocking them from getting chances and it was an overall better defensive effort.”
Erin Ambrose opened the scoring with less than five minutes left in the first period as she drove to the net and was able to get a puck past Boston goalkeeper Aerin Frankel 5 hole and Montreal went into the first intermission with a lead.
” I liked our game today and it was tight all the way through with low scoring and I like the progress of our team and we continue to learn and grow.”
Montreal kept the 1-0 till about four minutes into the third period when Sarah Bujold, unfortunately, turned the puck over to Hannah Brand who made a quick pass to Sophie Shirley who was able to beat Chuli with a powerful shot that went into the back of the net to the delight of the home crowd.
” We basically put a puck right on their stick in the slot but if that didn’t happen I was confident that we were going to get the shutout win.”
60 minutes solved nothing so once again the game shifted into overtime and halfway into the period Stacey went right to the net and got a perfect pass from Ambrose and was able to score to secure Montreal’s third straight win.
” I just drove to the net and put my stick on the ice and she made a beautiful pass”, Stacey told the Montreal media on the post-game Teams call. ” I was really patient because there were a lot of sticks on the ice and I knew she could find me and I really didn’t have to do anything so I was lucky on that one.”
I asked Stacey what was the mentality on the bench after being scored on and she feels the team responded in the right way and didn’t get frustrated or deflated for a second.
” Every time you get scored on you take a step back and look at what went wrong and I really think our team has done a good job with that and at the end of the day Hockey is Hockey, Sports are Sports and there is going to be ebbs and flows even ups and downs but how we get back up is extremely important and we did a really good job at that tonight.”
I asked Chuli after the game how she felt securing another win and getting so close to a shutout and she was pretty pleased with her overall performance.
” I am happy we pulled that one out”, she responded. ” I am super proud of the group and we stuck with it and scored some good road points for sure.”
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