Les Canadiennes used two wins to vault themselves into first place in the CWHL as they swept their two-game road series with the Calgary Inferno this weekend.
They are now on a eight game winning streak, and they have not lost a road game all season.
Saturday: W 2-1 (SO)
Calgary got off to a great start in this one, dominating the first 20 minutes. They outshot Montreal 12-4 in the opening frame and if it wasn’t for Emerance Maschmeyer, things could have gotten out of hand.
The Inferno did get the game’s first goal when Elana Lovell scored 9:50 into the period. Lovell created a turnover and was tripped up in the Montreal end. The puck then found Brittany Esposito, who found Lovell alone at the right circle and who one-timed the puck past Maschmeyer.
Montreal would go into the third down 1-0, but it wouldn’t take them long to tie the game up. Only 50 seconds into the period, Kayla Tutino kept the puck in at the Calgary line and found Sarah Lefort who used her wrist shot to fire one over the shoulder of Inferno goaltender Toni Ross.
The game would end up going into a shootout, and Lovell and Esposito scored on their first attempts, while Montreal countered with a goal from Katia Clement-Heydra. Lefort scored as Montreal’s third shooter to keep the game going, and then Marion Allemoz (who centered Les Canadiennes’ top line with Noemie Marin coaching Canada’s development team in Germany) scored in the fifth round to end the game.
Sunday: W 3-0
After making 27 saves on Saturday, Maschmeyer made her second straight start and made 24 saves in a 3-0 shutout win against her former team.
Montreal got off to a much better start in this one, outshooting Calgary 17-4 in the first period and scoring two quick goals.
Erin Ambrose opened the scoring with her first career CWHL goal 10:52 into the frame on an assist from Tracy-Ann Lavigne, who notched her first CWHL point on the play.
Just 1:39 later, Clement-Heydra scored her fifth goal of the season assisted by Natalie Barrette and Lefort.
Ann-Sophie Bettez would add her team-leading 11th goal of the season on an unassisted effort with under three minutes remaining in the frame.
Lindsey Post made 30 saves for Calgary in the loss. Montreal’s penalty kill was 7/7, increasing their season percentage to 82.4%.
Montreal now has a eight-game winning streak and will next play the Toronto Furies on January 20-21.