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CWHL Weekend Preview: Les Canadiennes look to rain on Thunder’s parade

Montreal faces off against the Clarkson Cup champions, who haven’t lost in regulation in 2018.

Shanna Martin

After facing the Calgary Inferno in a rematch of the 2016 and 2017 Clarkson Cup final, Les Canadiennes now get set to host the 2018 Champion Markham Thunder for two games this weekend.

Les Canadiennes and the Thunder have a long-standing rivalry and these games are always heated and usually close.

There will be a lot of star quality on display as one of the best defenders in the sport, Laura Fortino will go head to head against Marie-Philip Poulin, Hilary Knight and a Montreal attack that has only three goals through two games.

The Thunder are on an unbelievable run, as well.

Weekend schedule

Saturday, October 20 - Complexe Sportif Bell (Brossard) - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 - Michel Normandin Arena (Complexe Claude-Robillard) - 1:30 p.m.

How to Watch

Complexe Sportif Bell: 8000 Boul. Leduc, Brossard (Québec) J4Y 0E9

Michel Normandin Arena: 850 Avenue Émile-Journault, Montréal, QC H2M 2E2
Public Transit: Crémazie Metro

Tickets

Playoff Memories

Les Canadiennes will face-off against the Markham Thunder for the first time since their elimination from last years Clarkson Cup Playoffs.

The series, which lasted two games, had Markham winning 2-1 in overtime, and 4-1, before going on to win the Clarkson Cup. Last year’s regular season meetings between the two teams had Montreal winning all five games. All of those games were close in score and were decided by one goal, with two being won in overtime and one in the shootout.

What has changed?

The roster Montreal is icing this will have some substantial differences from last season. First, the return of both team’s Olympians is bound to have significant on ice implications. Olympic MVP Melodie Daoust is playing her first season with Montreal after being drafted in 2017. Hilary Knight, though present for the playoffs, will be playing her first full season in Montreal. It will also be her first season alongside captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who was also absent last season due to the Olympics. Montreal also has newly acquired Olympians Geneviève Lacasse and Jillian Saulnier. Montreal’s roster will be lacking some of the players from last years playoff meetup, with top players such as Caroline Ouellette, Cathy Chartrand and Noémie Marin having retired in the off-season.

Markham’s roster will also be different as a result of a number of off-season acquisitions. Brooke Webster, who averaged a point per game last season with the Vanke Rays, has joined the team. Angela James Bowl co-winner Jess Jones will also be returning to Markham after spending a year in the NWHL. All of Markham’s Olympians - Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, and Laura Stacey - had returned for last year’s playoffs.

This Season

The season has started off well for the Thunder who won both games in their opening weekend beating the Worcester Blades 6-0 and 4-1. Montreal won the first game against Calgary 2-1, and lost the second 3-1. This is the first of three series between the two teams.

By the Numbers

CWHL Standings

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
MARKHAM 2 2 0 0 4 10 1
SHENZHEN 3 2 1 0 4 9 4
CALGARY 2 1 1 0 2 4 3
MONTREAL 2 1 1 0 2 3 4
TORONTO 3 1 2 0 2 4 9
WORCESTER 2 0 2 0 0 1 10

Markham Player Stats

# NAME POS GP G A P
# NAME POS GP G A P
7 Laura Stacey F 2 1 5 6
8 Laura Fortino D 2 0 4 4
93 Nicole Kosta F 2 0 4 4
22 Jess Jones F 2 3 0 3
12 Victoria Bach F 2 2 1 3
26 Jamie Lee Rattray F 2 1 1 2
17 Nicole Brown F 2 1 0 1
11 Ailish Forfar F 2 1 0 1
71 Daniella Matteucci D 2 1 0 1
94 Megan Bozek D 2 0 1 1
3 Jocelyne Larocque D 2 0 1 1
91 Jenna McParland F 2 0 1 1
25 Taylor Woods F 2 0 1 1
18 Kelly Gribbons F 0 0 0 0
27 Erica Howe G 1 0 0 0
37 Liz Knox G 1 0 0 0
19 Dania Simmonds D 1 0 0 0
10 Alexis Woloschuk D 1 0 0 0
24 Kristen Barbara D 2 0 0 0
2 Becca King F 2 0 0 0
23 Gina Repaci D 2 0 0 0
9 Kristen Richards F 2 0 0 0
16 Brooke Webster F 2 0 0 0

Les Canadiennes Player Stats

# Name Pos GP G A P
# Name Pos GP G A P
15 Mélodie Daoust F 2 1 0 1
22 Maude Gelinas F 2 1 0 1
16 Sarah Lefort F 2 1 0 1
24 Ann-Sophie Bettez F 2 0 1 1
12 Catherine Daoust D 2 0 1 1
21 Hilary Knight F 2 0 1 1
78 Tracy-Ann Lavigne F 2 0 1 1
29 Marie-Philip Poulin F 2 0 1 1
11 Jill Saulnier F 2 0 1 1
18 Genevieve Bannon F 0 0 0 0
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes G 0 0 0 0
60 Genevieve Lacasse G 0 0 0 0
72 Emma Martin D 0 0 0 0
20 Marie-Joelle Allard D 1 0 0 0
23 Sophie Brault D 1 0 0 0
14 Erin Ambrose D 2 0 0 0
2 Olivia Atkinson F 2 0 0 0
19 Katia Clement-Heydra F 2 0 0 0
9 Kim Deschênes F 2 0 0 0
17 Melanie Desrochers D 2 0 0 0
76 Karell Emard F 2 0 0 0
38 Emerance Maschmeyer G 2 0 0 0
5 Lauriane Rougeau D 2 0 0 0
27 Taylor Willard D 2 0 0 0

Goaltender Stats

# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
38 Emerance Maschmeyer MTL 2 1 1 0 37 3 1.52 0.919 0 118
27 Erica Howe MRK 1 1 0 0 24 0 0.00 100 1 60
37 Liz Knox MRK 1 1 0 0 15 1 1.00 0.933 0 60

Rosters

Les Canadiennes Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
15- Mélodie Daoust 29- Marie Philip Poulin 24- Ann-Sophie Bettez
21- Hilary Knight 16- Sarah Lefort 11- Jill Saulnier
76- Karell Emard 19- Katia Clement-Heydra 9- Kim Deschênes
2- Olivia Atkinson 78- Tracy-Ann Lavigne 22- Maude Gelinas
18- Geneviève Bannon

Les Canadiennes Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
27- Taylor Willard 14- Erin Ambrose
5- Lauriane Rougeau 12- Catherine Daoust
17- Melanie Desrochers 23- Sophie Brault
20- Marie-Joelle Allard 72- Emma Martin

Les Canadiennes Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
38- Emerance Maschmeyer
35- Marie-Soleil Deschênes
60- Geneviève Lacasse

Markham Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
12- Victoria Bach 9- Kristen Richards 26- Jamie Lee Rattray
91- Jenna McParland 16- Brooke Webster 7- Laura Stacey
17- Nicole Brown 93- Nicole Kosta 22- Jess Jones
11- Ailish Forfar 25- Taylor Woods 2- Becca King
18- Kelly Gribbons

Markham Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
8- Laura Fortino 71- Ella Matteucci
3- Jocelyne Larocque 94- Megan Bozek
23- Gina Repaci 24- Kristen Barbara
10- Alexis Woloschuk

Markham Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
27- Erica Howe
37- Liz Knox