One day after a 7-3 win, Les Canadiennes saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Furies on Sunday at the Mastercard Centre. Amanda Makela was outstanding for her first win of the season, making 28 saves against the team she was a part of last season.
It was the first time Montreal lost on the road this season. Catherine Herron allowed two goals on four shots in the first period before being pulled.
Toronto opened the scoring when Brittany Zuback beat Herron with a shot close to the net just 1:58 into the game to give the Furies the 1-0 lead for the second straight game.
This time, however, the Furies would extend their lead. Emily Fulton would finish a scramble in front to beat Herron.
Montreal would end up with an extended five-on-three later in the period, but could not beat former teammate Makela. Makela was Montreal’s third goaltender last year but did not play in a game. Les Canadiennes outshot Toronto 8-4 in the opening 20 minutes.
After the first period, Herron was replaced by Emerance Maschmeyer. Maschmeyer made 13/14 saves.
Montreal would get another power play early in the second, but again Makela came up big with some big saves on Sarah Lefort to keep the game 2-0.
The Furies would continue to stifle the Montreal offence playing a great defensive game with the lead, content to keep the play going end to end without many chances.
Toronto would have a five-on-three of their own, but they would capitalize on it. Fulton would get her second goal of the game to open a 3-0 lead when she would capitalize on a one-timer after a cross-ice feed from Carlee Campbell.
Montreal would fight back, however, scoring two goals in 1:04 to cut the lead to 3-2 very quickly with two power play goals.
Kayla Tutino got Montreal on the board finishing a one-timer from the left circle after a beautiful feed from Karell Emard to cut the lead to 3-1, and after Michelle Saunders would go off for body checking, Montreal would get another one.
Only 12 seconds into the power play, Marin would fire one past Makela from a similar spot to cut the lead to 3-2.
After another Montreal penalty was killed early in the final period, Maschmeyer made a great save on Jess Vella to keep it a one-goal game early in the third period. Vella stepped out in front, but Maschmeyer stuck out the pad.
Moments later, Makela stopped Marion Allemoz on a breakaway as Les Canadiennes had a great opportunity to tie the game in the opening minutes of the third period.
After the line of Marin, Emard and Ann-Sophie Bettez sustained a bunch of pressure in the offensive zone, Emard took a penalty after a Toronto stick was caught between her legs and she threw it. The penalty would be killed off by Les Canadiennes.
With the goaltender pulled in the final minute, Montreal’s Sarah Lefort would take a penalty which ended any hope of a comeback bid with 46 seconds remaining as Montreal couldn’t tie the game shorthanded.
On Saturday, Montreal fell behind 1-0 in the opening minute, but would score four goals to close out the first period.
The line of Marin, Emard and Bettez all got goals in the opening frame as did defender Melanie Desrochers.
Bettez and Marin would each add another goal as Les Canadiennes had three goals in the second period to open a 7-1 lead. Erinn Noseworthy got the other goal.
Toronto got goals from Jenna Dingeldein (who scored the opener), Sydney Kidd and Jessica Platt. Kidd and Platt scored in the third period to make it 7-3, which is how the game ended.
Les Canadiennes are still tied for first place in the CWHL with 28 points in 17 games, tied with the Kunlun Red Star. Kunlun has played one more game.
Montreal hosts the Vanke Rays, who are in fourth place, for three games next week. They play Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. All games are at the Michel Normandin arena.