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Les Canadiennes Fall To Brampton Thunder

Les Canadiennes lost their second game of the season on Saturday night

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Les Canadiennes de Montreal were shut out for the first time this season as the Brampton Thunder and Erica Howe put together a stellar game to defeat Montreal 4-0.

Brampton continued their home winning streak and are now 5-0 at home this season. Montreal had swept the season opening series at home in the first two meetings between the two teams.

The Thunder now have a four point lead over Les Canadiennes for second place but Montreal has four games in hand.

Sydney Aveson got her second start of the season for Montreal as news came out that Charline Labonté would miss both of this weekend's games with a lower body injury.

After a scoreless first period, Jamie Lee Rattray scored on Aveson on a breakaway for her eighth goal of the season. Shortly after, Jenna McParland scored from the half wall for her sixth of the year to open a 2-0 lead which is the way it stayed after 40 minutes.

Montreal had a golden opportunity to get back in the game late in the second. With under two minutes remaining, Brampton took back-to-back penalties to give Montreal a 5 on 3. Unfortunately, Les Canadiennes could not do anything on the power play, mustering only a few shots from the outside.

When Les Canadiennes were able to get chances, Howe was there. She shut down Montreal all night. She moved to 5-2 on the season. Howe made 39 saves as Montreal outshot Brampton 39-21 including 32-11 through two periods.

In the third period, a Montreal defender missed grabbing the puck and allowed Brampton's Dania Simmonds to break in alone and beat Aveson.

With eight minutes left in the third period, Montreal used the extreme strategy to pull their goalie to get some offence going. After some neutral zone faceoffs with the goaltender back in, Aveson was once again pulled until Jess Jones scored her 11th goal of the season into the empty net.

The two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Brampton. It will be the last game for Les Canadiennes until January.