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Les Canadiennes lose first game of the season

Team falls to 6-1-0 after loss in series opener to Toronto

Catherine Herron made 28 saves.
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Les Canadiennes were without Charline Labonté and Julie Chu and had one of their worst showings in the last few seasons in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Furies on Saturday night at the Mastercard Centre.

It was Montreal’s first loss of the season, and their first regular season loss since February 13 of last season. It was their first loss to Toronto since January 11, 2015.

Caroline Ouellette opened the scoring in the first period to give Montreal the lead on the power play when her shot tipped off a skate and past Christina Kessler. It was the 290th point of Ouellette’s CWHL career as she gets closer to being the first player in league history to reach 300 points.

Ouellette is now tied for the league scoring lead with teammate Marie-Philip Poulin. Both players have 12 points.

Les Canadiennes would have trouble staying out of the penalty box, racking up four penalties in the first two periods and it was right after the fourth expired that Jenelle Kohanchuk would score from the point to tie the game. There were only 13 seconds remaining in the period.

Early in the third, Toronto would take the lead for good when Kelly Terry would score past Catherine Herron, who was making her third start of the season. Herron would make 28 saves in the loss.

Toronto would outshoot Montreal 30-19, the lowest shot total Les Canadiennes have had all season, and even going back to last season. It was also the most shots they have allowed this year. They were outshot 13-3 in the second period.

Les Canadiennes are still tied for first place as across the Greater Toronto Area, the Brampton Thunder defeated the Calgary Inferno 5-2. Both teams are now 6-1-0.

The second game of the series will be this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Calgary and Brampton will face off at 1:30 p.m.

NOTES: Amanda Makela backed up Herron with Labonté not on the trip. Brittney Fouracres and Alyssa Sherrard returned to the lineup after missing last weekend’s games in Saint-Georges. They took the place of Julie Chu and Emilie Bocchia.