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CWHL: Two Of The Best In Action As Canadiennes Take On The Furies

Natalie Spooner and Marie-Philip Poulin (and their teams) go head to head as they battle in a tight scoring race

Marie-Philip Poulin (29), Natalie Spooner (Middle) and Ann-Sophie Bettez (24) are all in the top-six in CWHL scoring
Marie-Philip Poulin (29), Natalie Spooner (Middle) and Ann-Sophie Bettez (24) are all in the top-six in CWHL scoring

Montreal and Toronto has always been a rivalry on the ice but there is an added flair this year. With Marie-Philip Poulin joining Les Canadiennes, and Natalie Spooner already in Toronto with the Furies, two of the best hockey players in the world find themselves a part of this rivalry.

The two games go Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (broadcast on CWHL Live) and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be played at the Mastercard Center in Etobicoke.

And while the two teams aren't close in the standings, there is the added intrigue of the scoring race. The two players are a point apart heading into this weekend's series. Brampton plays Calgary in the other CWHL matchup this week.

Spooner has an insane 15 goals in 14 games along with six assists for 21 points. Spooner's big moment was when she had five goals and an assist in a 6-5 win over Calgary. Toronto joined Montreal as the only team to give Calgary a loss this season.

As for Poulin, she has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points. But she has only played 10 games this season. Montreal as a team has played 14 compared to Toronto's 16 but both players have missed two games as they were teammates for Canada's team at the 4 Nations Cup that was held earlier this season.

The other players in the scoring race are Elana Lovell of Calgary (19 points) and Jess Jones and Jamie Lee Rattray of Brampton (18 points). All players have played at least four games more than Poulin.

The two teams know what's up.

The Matchup
Calgary 14 12 2 0 24 64 32
Brampton 16 11 5 0 22 56 37
Montreal 12 10 2 0 20 51 19
Toronto 16 4 11 1 9 40 59
Boston 18 1 17 0 2 15 79

Montreal is in third spot in the CWHL, but have games in hand over the two teams in front of them - Brampton and Calgary who face off against each other this weekend. They are coming off of two shutout wins against the Boston Blades.

Toronto is having a tough season and is in fourth place. They were swept by Brampton last weekend, losing 3-0 and 5-4.

Charline Labonté MTL 8 1 0 1.33 .924
Sydney Aveson MTL 2 1 0 2.04 .898
Christina Kessler TOR 3 8 1 3.24 .911
Sonja van der Bliek TOR 1 1 0 2.55 .940
Olivia Ross TOR 0 2 0 5.42 .833

You could expect Christina Kessler and Charline Labonté to get the start tonight. Both are CWHL All-Stars. The two have faced off twice this season. Montreal is 4-0 against Toronto this season going 2-0 in their previous series in Toronto and Montreal.

Again, puck drop is shortly after 7:30 p.m. tonight and is on CWHL Live.