Les Canadiennes beat the Boston Blades for the third time this season, 6-0, and will attempt to do so again this afternoon, as Montreal climbs the CWHL standings. They have now tied the Brampton Thunder for second with 26 points and Montreal still has three games in hand. They sit two points back of first place Calgary, with two games in hand on the Inferno.
Saturday night, Ann-Sophie Bettez opened the scoring just 1:15 into the first on a feed from Katia Clement-Heydra and Kim Deschênes. The Blades weren't able to get another shot on Sydney Aveson before captain Cathy Chartrand beat Geneviève Lacasse on a pass from Emilie Bocchia to put Montreal up 2-0.
Chartrand would find Marie-Philip Poulin's stick to make it 3-0 with 1:37 left to play in the first, before an unassisted Jordanna Peroff marker would put Les Canadiennes up 4-0 at the the end of the period, with Montreal outshooting Boston 12-2.
Boston had the first shot on goal in the second, but would find themselves down a player twice that period, with Olivia Keefe taking a hooking penalty, and Nicole Giannino taking an elbowing penalty, making it difficult for the Blades to mount a comeback,
Karell Emard's unassisted beauty of a goal in the third made in 5-0 Montreal, and with no looking back, Ann-Sophie Bettez closed in on third place in the CWHL scoring title with her 11th of the season from Clement-Heydra and Lauriane Rougeau to seal the deal and make it 6-0 Canadiennes, to give Aveson her first CWHL career shutout.
Montreal outshot Boston 48-9, a gap the Blades will likely try to close this afternoon.
Several former Blades (and now Pride members in the NWHL) were in attendance for Saturday evening's game, including Hilary Knight, Kacey Bellamy, Brittany Ott and Brianna Decker.
Les Canadiennes warmed up in Denna Laing jerseys, in honour of the Boston Pride player injured during the Women's Outdoor Classic in Foxboro.
3 - Emilie Bocchia (Montreal)
2 - Cathy Chartrand (Montreal)
1 - Ann-Sophie Bettez (Montreal)
It was Aveson's first career CWHL shutout in her fourth career start. Les Canadiennes will look to complete the weekend sweep this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. You can watch the game on CWHL Live.