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CWHL weekend preview: Les Canadiennes look to keep rolling in Toronto vs. Furies

Winners of three of their first four games head on the road for the first time this season.

Shanna Martin

Les Canadiennes and the Toronto Furies face off for the first time this season, and for the second straight week, Montreal will face a team that is tied for first place in the CWHL standings.

Montreal is coming off of a sweep of the Markham Thunder where they never trailed, and now head to Toronto for their first road trip of the season.

Stop me if you’ve heard me before, but there is a lot of star power this weekend for the battle between these two teams. It’s a common refrain this year in the CWHL.

Toronto actually won the last game between these two teams, way back on January 21. An incredible 26 players (14 on Toronto, 12 on Montreal) are no longer on either team from that game.

Weekend schedule

Saturday, October 27 - Mastercard Centre Rink 1 - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 - Mastercard Centre Rink 1 - 1:00 p.m.

How to Watch

Saturday’s game will be streamed for free on CWHL Live.

Tickets

A rebuild in Toronto

There are a lot of new faces on the Toronto Furies this season. With a solid draft class, free agent signings and returning Olympians, Toronto is right back in the middle of a fight for a playoff spot.

New general manager Sami Jo Small and head coach Courtney Kessel have their team off to a great start, winning three of their first five games and they are currently on a three-game winning streak. Natalie Spooner leads the way with three goals, and rookie Sarah Nurse has a goal and an assist so far this year.

In goal, the three-headed monster of Canadian 4 Nations Cup national team player Shea Tiley, Elaine Chuli and last year’s emerging starter (and former Canadienne) Amanda Makela have been solid as well.

Toronto may not be at the level they want to be just yet, but it is an amazing turnaround and with all the turnover should continue to improve as the season goes on.

Fast and the Furies

Along with Spooner and Nurse, Renata Fast is another Canadian Olympian that Toronto gets back. She emerged as one of the top defenders on Team Canada, and watching her go up against the vaunted Canadiennes attack will be fun to watch.

The underrated veterans

Carolyne Prevost has put together a great CWHL career. She played one season with the Montreal Stars and is entering her sixth season with the Furies. She is ranked 20th all-time in CWHL scoring, and will be playing her 150th career game on Saturday. She is two points away from reaching 100 for her career. She also played with Hilary Knight at the University of Wisconsin.

By the Numbers

CWHL Standings

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
CALGARY 4 3 1 0 6 12 4
MONTREAL 4 3 1 0 6 15 6
TORONTO 5 3 2 0 6 8 10
SHENZHEN 6 3 3 0 6 13 14
MARKHAM 5 2 3 0 4 14 16
WORCESTER 4 0 4 0 0 2 14

Les Canadiennes Player Stats

# Name Pos GP G A P
# Name Pos GP G A P
11 Jill Saulnier F 4 3 4 7
15 Mélodie Daoust F 4 4 1 5
29 Marie-Philip Poulin F 4 0 5 5
14 Erin Ambrose D 4 0 4 4
24 Ann-Sophie Bettez F 4 2 1 3
16 Sarah Lefort F 4 2 1 3
21 Hilary Knight F 4 1 2 3
22 Maude Gelinas F 4 1 1 2
19 Katia Clement-Heydra F 4 0 2 2
18 Genevieve Bannon F 2 1 0 1
9 Kim Deschênes F 4 1 0 1
20 Marie-Joelle Allard D 2 0 1 1
2 Olivia Atkinson F 2 0 1 1
76 Karell Emard F 4 0 1 1
5 Lauriane Rougeau D 4 0 1 1
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
23 Sophie Brault D 2 0 0 0
12 Catherine Daoust D 4 0 0 0
17 Melanie Desrochers D 4 0 0 0
78 Tracy-Ann Lavigne F 4 0 0 0
38 Emerance Maschmeyer G 4 0 0 0
27 Taylor Willard D 4 0 0 0

Les Canadiennes Goaltending 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 4 3 1 0 75 5 1.26 0.933 0 238

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
18- Geneviève Bannon 78- Tracy-Ann Lavigne 22- Maude Gelinas
2- Olivia Atkinson

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

Toronto Furies Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
16- Sarah Nurse (5GP 1G-1A) 37- Anissa Gamble (5GP 0G-0A) 24- Natalie Spooner (3G-0A)
3- Brittany Howard (5GP 0G-1A) 22- Shiann Darkangelo (5GP 2G-0A) 12- Jess Vella (5GP 0G-1A)
2- Julie Allen (5GP 1G-2A) 27- Carolyne Prevost (5GP 1G-0A) 17- Emily Fulton (5GP 0G-0A)
28- Mackenzie MacNeil (2GP 0G-1A) 10- Shannon Stewart (4GP 0G-1A) Jessica Platt (4GP 0G-0A)
19- Brittany Zuback (3GP 0G-0A)

Toronto Furies Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
14- Renata Fast (5GP 0G-1A) 25- Emma Greco (5GP 0G-2A)
21- Megan Quinn (5GP 0G-0A) 9- Mellissa Channel (5GP 0G-1A)
4- Julia Fedeski (4GP 0G-0A) 6- Sena Suzuki (5GP 0G-0A)
23- Shannon Moulson (2GP 0G-0A) 96- Jordan Hampton (4GP 0G-2A) *INJ*

Toronto Furies Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
35- Shea Tiley (1-1-0, 1.51 GAA .946sv%)
29- Elaine Chuli (1-1-0, 3.00 GAA .915sv%)
34- Amanda Makela (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA 1.000sv%)