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Canadiennes sweep weekend series vs Furies

Les Canadiennes improved their record to 7-1-0 with a pair of wins at home against the Toronto Furies this weekend

Shanna Martin

Montreal came into Sunday afternoon's contest against the Toronto Furies hot off a 3-1 win over a Toronto team whose goaltender stood on her head Saturday evening. Christina Kessler wasn't between the pipes on Sunday afternoon, but they were met with a similar challenge in Sonja van der Bliek.

The Furies recently acquired van der Bliek from the Brampton Thunder in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, and she made her debut with Toronto in exquisite fashion. Despite giving up five goals (the sixth goal that Les Canadiennes scored was an empty netter), she made 48 saves, and displayed fantastic rebound control in the 6-3 loss.

"It definitely gets in your head when that happens,' said Canadiennes forward Jordanna Peroff after the game. "I think we kept it rolling. It would have been a different game if we weren't able to score."

Peroff scored her first goal as a member of the Canadiennes when she found the back of the net off a beautiful set up from Kim Deschênes and Cathy Chartrand in the third period. What does a CWHL player do with the puck after she scores her first goal with her new team?

"They gave me [the puck], they put a little label on it. My first Canadiennes goal," Peroff said with a smile.

Though the total shot count this weekend would lead you to believe this wasn't much of a contest (85-36 through the two games), Toronto actually really brought their 'A' game in both matchups. Natalie Spooner displayed her speed and skill on more than one occasion, and scored two of Toronto's three goals on Sunday afternoon. It just wasn't enough to beat the team that boasts the best first line in the league in Ann-Sophie BettezMarie-Philip Poulin and Caroline Ouellette.

Bettez scored her first hat trick of the season, but enjoyed the challenge that Toronto presented Montreal. Her first goal was a thing of beauty. (Highlights via TVA Sports)

"It was fun that Toronto came out to play. When we went there, we beat them twice. Today they really showed us some opposition and it was a good game," said Bettez.

Poulin, who picked up another three assists this afternoon, leads the CWHL in scoring with 18 points through six games played. In fact, she has either scored or assisted on 66.6% (18/27) of the goals scored in the six games she has played this season.

She tied the game at one with this rocket on the power play.

Another beautiful goal was scored by Karell Emard. The rookie defender, who was a forward in university and CEGEP, scored her fourth goal of the year on an accurate wrist shot.

The Canadiennes record improves to 7-1-0 with the pair of back-to-back wins, second only to the Calgary Inferno, who have played two more games than Montreal. Montreal has now won three straight games.

Montreal's next game is Saturday December 12th in Brampton when they take on the Thunder for the first time since beating them 4-0 and 5-2 on opening weekend.

THREE STARS:

3 - Natalie Spooner (TOR)
2 - Marie-Philip Poulin (MON)
1 - Ann-Sophie Bettez (MON)