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Montreal ready for historic game at Bell Centre against Toronto


On Friday Marie Philip Poulin, Laura Stacey, Danielle Sauvageau, Kori Cheverie, and Anne Renee Desbiens met the media ahead of the big tilt against Toronto on Saturday at the Bell Centre.

It’s been a long time coming and after seeing a packed Scotiabank Arena Montreal was in the mood to beat another record booking the Bell Centre for a Saturday afternoon game that sold out in 20 minutes flat.

“The fans asked to have a game here at the Bell Centre and we heard them,” Sauvageau said. “As the players said last night it’s going to be a great hockey game.”

Unfortunately for Montreal playing Toronto hasn’t gone well this year and head into Saturday’s game having lost all four meetings this season but the players are eager to fix that.

“To be able to play at the Bell Centre is incredible,” Poulin said. “You feel the chills and the atmosphere and it’s amazing and I am super excited to get on the ice tomorrow.”

Laura Stacey echoed those sentiments saying it is a dream come true to be able to play in such a big arena in front of so many fans who have been nothing but supportive.

“For me, it’s a dream,” Stacey said. “It is something that we thought was never possible and that feeling of jumping on the ice is completely unexpected and something that we never felt before.”

Desbiens says the idea of playing at the Bell Centre never crossed their minds at the beginning of the season and that they were just focused on the foundation of the league.

:”I don’t think we ever pictured it,” Desbiens answered. “To fill the Bell Centre was something I thought we would accomplish later on and with people still looking for tickets I feel 21,000 isn’t enough and it shows how much support the team has.”

In regards to the game, Poulin was asked what the team needs to do to take advantage of this opportunity and potentially make a statement against their biggest rivals.

“We are all aware of our record against Toronto this season,” Poulin responded. “We need to continue to ride the momentum we had last night in Verdun so at the end of the day our goal is to win and we know there are only four games left and we know the playoffs are coming but we are taking it one game at a time and we need a 60-minute performance and we need to improve every game.”

Montreal head coach Kori Cheverie was also able to chime in on the question and gave us her expectations for Saturday afternoon where the team has a chance to clinch a playoff spot and move into first place with a regulation win.

“It’s going to be an amazing experience at the Bell Centre tomorrow,” Cheverie said. “The fact we are playing Toronto in an important meeting this season and there is lots on the line and there is so much parity in this league that even with four games left every point matters and every game matters so our group is ready.”

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