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Emerance Maschmeyer shines as Les Canadiennes beat Markham Thunder in OT

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Maschmeyer wins the goaltending duel vs. Erica Howe

Jess Bazal / CWHL

Emerance Maschmeyer made 33 saves and Cathy Chartrand scored 3:35 into overtime as Les Canadiennes extended their season-opening winning streak to three on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over the Markham Thunder at the Thornhill Community Centre.

Both Maschmeyer and Erica Howe were perfect in regulation in what was a battle between Team Canada’s two alternate goaltenders for the Olympics.

Howe came into the game with back-to-back shutouts, so she still has not allowed a goal in regulation. She now sports a 0.35 GAA and .990 save percentage. Howe made 35 saves in the OT loss. Maschmeyer moves to 2-0 on the season.

Chartrand’s goal was assisted by Kim Deschênes. It was Chartrand's second goal of the season. Last season, Chartrand became the top scoring CWHL defender of all-time and seems poised to extend that record. She is tied with Deschênes, Kayla Tutino and Ann-Sophie Bettez for the team scoring lead with three points.

Markham did have several power play opportunities in the game, but Montreal's penalty kill was up to the task. Montreal killed all six penalties they took, including a 1:01 five-on-three in the second period. Montreal went 0/2 on the power play.

Montreal played with the same lineup as they did in the season opener which meant that Lore Baudrit returned to the lineup in place of Erinn Noseworthy. Montreal plays with 12 forwards and seven defenders. CWHL rules allow up to 20 skaters being dressed.

One notable change is that Tutino started the game on a line with Bettez and Katia Clement-Heydra, taking Sarah Lefort's spot from the season opener vs. Boston.

The three stars of the game were, predictably, Chartrand along with Maschmeyer and Howe.

The two teams face-off with first place on the line at 12:30 p.m. in Thornhill on Sunday. Markham currently has a one-point lead because of the overtime loss, but they have played two games more than Montreal.

The Thunder tend to swap goaltenders in back-to-back’s so Liz Knox (1-1, 1.63 GAA, .950 save percentage) should get the start on Sunday. Montreal split the first weekend of the season, but in the past the team started Charline Labonté in back-to-backs against top teams. Maschmeyer could get her second straight start or it could be Catherine Herron (1-0, 3.25, .850).