It was probably closer than Les Canadiennes would have hoped, but a 3-0 win over the Boston Blades secured their seventh straight win and moved them into sole possession of second place. They are now two points behind first place Calgary with two games in hand.
Montreal opened the scoring in the first period when Caroline Ouellette fired a slap shot past Blades goaltender Geneviève Lacasse. It was Ouellette's eighth goal of the season. Marie-Philip Poulin had the assist on a pretty drop pass.
Montreal outshot the Blades 59-16 in the game but only had a 1-0 lead going into the third period despite a 38-13 shot advantage after 40 minutes.
Les Canadiennes extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the second period when Karell Emard scored on a powerful point shot past Lacasse. It was Emard's sixth goal of the season. The rookie leads all Canadiennes defenders in goals. She was a forward before moving to defence this year and is showing her offensive skills.
They made the score 3-0 when Kim Deschênes scored her ninth goal of the season as the second year player prepares for her first All Star game next weekend.
Sydney Aveson, who started both games for Les Canadiennes this weekend, had her second straight shut out in as many days. She made 16 saves and despite the shot total, Boston had several very good scoring chances that she needed to be good on.
Les Canadiennes tried a new look this weekend, splitting Ann-Sophie Bettez from Ouellette and Poulin and the move paid off. Bettez, Deschênes and Katia Clement-Heydra had multiple points on the weekend. Bettez has moved into a tie for second in CWHL scoring over the weekend.
With the win, Les Canadiennes move into sole position of second place as they catch up on their games in hand on the other CWHL teams. They are off next weekend for the All Star Game but will have nine players participating. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet and we will have full coverage from the Air Canada Centre.
Their next games will be two of their biggest of the season, January 30 and 31 at home against the Calgary Inferno who are in first place. The games will be at the Etienne Desmarteau Arena.