In a year where Jaromir Jagr is still performing at a high level at the top level of the sport, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Caroline Ouellette is on pace for her best CWHL season since 2011-12.
Ouellette had four goals in Les Canadiennes’ 10-0 win over the Boston Blades on Sunday afternoon. Karell Emard had her first CWHL hat trick in the win as well. Kim Deschênes, Sarah Lefort, and Marion Allemoz (her first career goal) also scored for Montreal.
Catherine Herron made 26 saves for the shut out.
Perhaps more importantly, Ouellette’s efforts have moved her to 299 points all-time in the CWHL, and she can get to that mark fittingly at the Bell Centre on Saturday during the team’s heritage game.
300 points is the equivalent of 1000 NHL points if you adjust for games played per season. The CWHL plays 24 to the NHL’s 82. Ouellette would be the first person to hit that mark despite playing the equivalent of less than seven seasons.
Remember, women’s hockey players usually take the entire CWHL season off during Olympic years.
The four goals also moved her to 128 career goals, just two behind Jayna Hefford’s 130 for first place in CWHL history.
Ouellette hasn’t put up the numbers she has just because she continues to play. Her 1.87 points per game over her CWHL career is higher than all but three of the top-21 scorers in CWHL history. Those players? Meghan Agosta, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Jennifer Botterill.
The 65 points between her and Hefford (who sits second in CWHL scoring) is bigger than the gap between fourth and 20th.
Ouellette has also taken over the CWHL scoring lead from teammate Marie-Philip Poulin, who didn’t play yesterday. She has 21 points in 12 games compared to Poulin’s 18 in 11 games.
In other milestone watches, Ann-Sophie Bettez had three assists, moving her one point from fourth place all-time in league scoring. Cathy Chartrand also had an assist and moved within two points of becoming the leading CWHL scorer among players who played exclusively on defence. She is behind Annie Guay.
With the win, Montreal now moves into first place. They are one point ahead of the Calgary Inferno who come into Montreal next weekend. The Inferno have two games in hand. They play two games against each other, Saturday at the Bell Centre, and Sunday at the Etienne Desmarteau arena. Both games start at 1:30 p.m.