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Montreal falls short in shootout loss to New York

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Montreal was down early but found a way to pull off an amazing comeback before losing on the road in New York.

In a short season of only 24 games points mean everything and on Wednesday night despite a 3-2 shootout loss to New York at UBS Arena Montreal managed to gain a point and stay in a tie for first place in the PWHL standings.

” I was happy with our resiliency”, Montreal head coach Kori Cheverie told the media post-game. ” It was really important to keep on banking as we move closer to playoff contention and we will keep building on those moments and banking them in the vault.”

Alex Carpenter scored two goals for the home team who secured their first win on home ice and New York native Abbey Levy had a game to remember.

” We need to play the full game and we have been in that situation where we need to start the game strong and we haven’t the past two games but we keep managing to get points and one point isn’t enough and it’s hard to get three in this league and we can put together a full 60 minutes we can be in a good spot and New York outplayed us in the first and it’s tough to play down two goals.”

Montreal took the game’s first penalty 90 seconds in when Maureen Murphy was called for cross-checking and 60 seconds later Carpenter got a puck and scored top shelf on Anne Renee Desbiens to open the scoring early.

With 2:36 left in the first Emma Woods got penalized for boarding but Carpenter a minute and 15 seconds later managed to score a jailbreak goal as she got a quick pass from Abby Roque and sniped a puck once again into the back of the net.

” I think it shows that our team has character”, said Ann Sophie Bettez after the game. ” We never gave up even if we were down 2-0 and that was one of the key takeaways and I was really proud of the team.”

With 4:48 left in the second period Micah Zandee Hart took another penalty for the home team and this time it was Laura Stacey roofing one past Levy to make it 2-1.

Montreal thought they tied the game eight minutes into the third when Marie Phillipe Poulin took a shot on net and it went off Stacey and into the back of the net but after a long review the goal was waved off and Cheverie confirmed post-game that she was informed there was incidental contact on the play.

A minute later the visitors responded as Tereza Vanisova drove to the net and Murphy was able to get the puck and slip it past Levy into the back of the net to make it 2-2 and after a short review once again of the goal the refs deemed it a good goal.

” It was huge”, Stacey told me when asked about how pleased she was with the team’s response. ” It shows a lot of character in that locker room and we are a resilient bunch and we won’t back down that easily and I think that showed tonight.”

60 minutes solved nothing so the game shifted into overtime where once again it was the battle of the goalkeepers and after five minutes the game was decided by a shootout where Levy made four saves and Carpenter and Roque scored for New York to seal the win.

” Unfortunately it wasn’t the result we wanted at the end of the day but after being down 2-0 and having that goal disallowed and to rally and forcing OT and a shootout our team can be proud of the effort.”

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