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Les Canadiennes Sweep Toronto Furies, Move To 4-0

It seems pre-season predictions placing Calgary and Montreal at the front of the league were right on.

Shanna Martin

In the second half of their two-game series, Les Canadiennes de Montreal scored two second period goals, and took their season-opening win streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the Toronto Furies.

Goaltender Sydney Aveson, a California native who went to Plattsburgh State University, got her first CWHL start and win for Les Canadiennes, making 18 saves. It didn't come without a little drama, as she left the game momentarily with an equipment issue, and was replaced by Charline Labonté for just over two minutes. Labonté made two saves while in the game.

Kim Deschênes continued her torrid pace, opening the scoring and getting the only goal of the first period. She followed up a two-goal, two-assist effort Saturday night with another two goals, including an empty netter. She is now tied for the CWHL lead with four goals on the season and shares the team lead in scoring with Caroline Ouellette, each with seven points.

Les Canadiennes peppered Olivia Ross, who was making her first CWHL start for the Furies, with 34 shots.

Kori Cheverie scored for Toronto just over a minute into the second period, tying the game up at 1-1. Under five minutes later, Ouellette tipped a Cathy Chartrand shot on the power play, and opened up a lead they would not give up. Leslie Oles scored to make it 3-1. It was her first CWHL goal in her second stint in the league. She previously played in the league prior to going to university.

The Furies would make it 3-2 in the third period, as former Canadienne Carolyne Prevost scored on the power play, but Ann-Sophie Bettez's goal, followed by Deschenes' empty netter, put the game out of reach.

The league is off next week as several players take part in the 4 Nations Cup. Montreal's next game will be November 14 in Alberta as they battle for first place with the Calgary Inferno. The Inferno are also 4-0 after sweeping the Boston Blades in Boston this weekend.

1 Calgary Inferno
4 4 0 0 8 +18
2 Les Canadiennes de Montreal
4 4 0 0 8 +14
3 Brampton Thunder
4 2 2 0 4 -3
4 Toronto Furies
6 1 4 1 3 -10
5 Boston Blades
6 1 5 0 2 -19