After falling 5-4 to the Inferno on Saturday, Les Canadiennes came out hard on Sunday afternoon. When Jenna Cunningham was sent to the penalty box, the best powerplay in the league found a way beat the best penalty kill in the league, as Marie-Philip Poulin capitalized, getting the puck past Delayne Brian with relative ease. By the end of the first period, les Canadiennes and the Inferno were tied at nine shots a side, with Montreal out to a 1-0 lead.
Blayre Turnbull came close to tying it early in the second period, after beating Canadiennes netminder Charline Labonté, and ringing one off the post. Soon after, Julie Chu would score unassisted, putting Montreal up by two. The second period would see each team manage eight shots on goal.
The Inferno started the third period on the penalty kill again, killing off the remaining 45 seconds of a Kanae Aoki hooking penalty drawn by Poulin late in the second. A few minutes after Aoki was out of the box, Poulin would score her second of the game thanks to a beautiful play by Chelsey Saunders and Ann-Sophie Bettez, putting les Canadiennes up 3-0.
Poulin would complete the hat trick on a set up from Caroline Ouellette, putting les Canadiennes up 4-0 late in the third period, before Kim Deschênes would score the empty netter to seal the deal, and give Montreal a 5-0 victory over Calgary.
All in all, it was pretty evenly matched through the first two periods, but les Canadiennes were clearly the dominant team, particularly in the third period, while the Inferno's lack of discipline never allowed them to catch up. Les Canadiennes weren't exactly disciplined themselves, taking six penalties. Despite spending so much time in the box, Montreal only gave up 23 shots to Calgary, a rather impressive feat for a team that found itself on the penalty kill for a good chunk of the game.
This weekend was about finding out which undefeated team was the best in the CWHL. With matching 4-1 records, that question remains to be answered.
1) Marie-Philip Poulin (scored the first hat trick of her CWHL career)
2) Charline Labonté (responded perfectly to Saturday's 5-4 loss with a 5-0 shutout victory)
3) Julie Chu (scored a goal and was a defensive juggernaut on Sunday)
Les Canadiennes are off next weekend, and will be back in action on Saturday November 28th when they return home to host the Toronto Furies. Tickets available here.