Les Canadiennes and the Calgary Inferno found themselves in similar situations to start the CWHL season: both teams boasted 4-0 records; both teams' rosters were bolstered by Olympic gold medalists in the off season (Hayley Wickenheiser for the Inferno, Marie-Philip Poulin for les Canadiennes); both teams didn't spend a lot of time in the penalty box.
Tensions flared in the battle of the undefeated teams on Saturday evening, as four penalties were handed out in the first period, with Calgary capitalizing on their first powerplay advantage, as well as their first shot of the game.
This afternoon, both teams will try to stay out of the penalty box and use their special teams effectively. Up until last night, Calgary had been perfect on the penalty kill, but les Canadiennes boast the league's best power play, and were able to find the back of the net with the man advantage.
Who to watch on les Canadiennes:
Caroline Ouellette: She scored two goals in the second period versus the Inferno on Saturday, and leads the league in scoring with 5 goals and 4 assists in 5 games played.
Who to watch on the Inferno:
Elana Lovell: She was drafted 34th overall in the seventh round at the CWHL player entry draft this past August. The 25 year old rookie is tied with Ouellette in points with 9 on the season, including a game winning goal.
Brianne Jenner: she leads the CWHL in +/- with a +10 through 5 games. It's hard to score when she's on the ice.
Between the pipes:
MONTREAL: Charline Labonté was in goal for Montreal's 5-2 loss to Calgary Saturday night; she's played in back-to-back situations before this season, but the capable Sydney Aveson is the likely netminder for this afternoon's contest. (1-0, 2.11 GAA, .900 SV %)
CALGARY: Delayne Brian faced a lot of rubber in 39 shots last night, four more than she had faced in her two previous starts combined. With the goaltending load split evenly between Brian and Kathy Desjardins thus far this season, you can expect to see Desjardins get the start this afternoon. (2-0, 1.50 GAA, .927 SV%)
The puck drops on Canadiennes-Inferno this afternoon at 1:15 PM eastern time. An audio stream can be heard online here.