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Les Canadiennes extend winning streak to three, beat Toronto Furies 5-1

If Les Canadiennes are looking to match the season-opening win streak their male counterparts had, they are a third of the way there.

Shanna Martin

Kim Deschênes scored twice and added two assists as Les Canadiennes de Montreal used a three-goal third period to defeat the Toronto Furies 5-1 on Saturday.

Les Canadiennes were without Marie-Philip Poulin and Lauriane Rougeau, as they travelled to Sweden earlier in the week, along with Toronto's Natalie Spooner, for Team Canada's entry in the 4 Nations Cup. Noémie Marin was also absent from Les Canadiennes lineup.

Those departures allowed Deschênes to play on Montreal's second line with rookies Leslie Oles and Katia Clement-Heydra, and that trio was very good with Oles contributing two assists and Clement-Heydra adding one of her own.

Montreal opened the scoring when defender Karell Émard created a turnover in the Toronto zone. Oles picked up the puck and fired a pass to a wide-open Deschênes who made no mistake with the finish.

They doubled their lead in the second period when Ann-Sophie Bettez pounced on a rebound while Montreal was on a 5-on-3 advantage and jammed the puck past Toronto goaltender Christina Kessler, who made 36 saves in the loss.

The Furies cut the lead to one when they launched a two-on-one rush. Charline Labonté turned aside the original shot, but the puck found a trailing Ashton Hogan who had a wide open net.

Les Canadiennes almost had a third before the end of the second, but Bettez's shot beat Kessler just after the buzzer sounded.

In the third period, Montreal re-took a two-goal lead when Émard took a shot from the slot and beat Toronto's goaltender. Émard then got caught up with Hogan's stick and barrelled into Kessler after the puck went in the net. It was her first CWHL goal.

Cathy Chartrand scored later in the period, with Deschênes adding her second near the end the final frame, as Les Canadiennes coasted to the finish. They out-shot the Furies 41-11, getting more shots in each period than their opponents managed in the entire game. Labonté wasn't tested much but did make some big saves.

Les Canadiennes are now on top of the CWHL along with the Calgary Inferno at 3-0-0. They finish the two-game set against Toronto tomorrow at 12:15 PM EST.

Canadiennes lineup @ Toronto - Oct 31

Goaltenders
Charline Labonté
Sydney Aveson

Defence
Julie Chu - Karell Emard
Cathy Chartrand - Carly Hill
Chelsea SaundersSophie Brault

Forwards
Ann-Sophie Bettez - Caroline OuelletteEmmanuelle Blais
Leslie Oles - Katia Clement-Heydra - Kim Deschênes
Emilie BocchiaAlyssa SherrardJordanna Peroff
Melinda PrevostSara LachanceAudrey Morand