Les Canadiennes will be playing their first games in Worcester as they face the newly relocated Blades for the first time this season. While Montreal will be looking to maintain momentum, Worcester will be trying to turn their season around.
Saturday November 17 - 3:30 p.m. EST - DCU Center
Sunday November 18 - 12:30 p.m. EST - Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Centre
Saturday’s game will be at the 12,000 seat DCU Center and the home of the Worcester (former Wheeling) Nailers HC of the ECHL. It will be the first part of a double header as the Nailers will face off against the Orlando Solar Bears after the CWHL game.
Last season, as the Boston Blades, the team struggled. This season the team has both a new coach and a new name. The team hired Paul Kennedy to replace former coach Kacy Ambroz, who only just joined the team last January. Kennedy has worked with the USA National team. While the team name may be different, the season start is looking familiar.
Their record last season was lacklustre, with the team having just one win to their 24 losses and three losses in overtime or a shootout. This season’s start has the Blades with a record of 0-9, with the team having been shutout five times, and having scored only four goals.
In their four games against each other last season, Montreal won 5-2, 5-3, and 6-0 in regulation time and 5-4 in the shootout.
Montreal’s start to this season highly contrasts with Worcester’s. Montreal split their first series, against Calgary, then went on to claim two wins against each of Markham and Toronto. Montreal will be coming to the series riding on the confidence of a 7-0 win over Toronto. Worcester on the other hand will be looking to battle back after their recent trip to Shenzhen, China where they were outscored 20-2 over the three games.
This will be the first time Canadiennes forward Hilary Knight will face off against her former CWHL team. The Blades drafted Knight in 2012, and they won two Clarkson Cups during her three seasons with the team.
Emerance Maschmeyer is currently riding a shutout streak and is making a strong case that she is the best goaltender in women’s hockey right now, including her time with Canada at the 4 Nations Cup. She leads all CWHL starters with a 0.84 GAA and .956 save percentage.
Emerance Maschmeyer is running a 256:13 shut-out streak through her last six appearances for club and country. https://t.co/0v3QABEVSv— Kirsten (@kmtwhelan) November 11, 2018
Les Canadiennes and the Calgary Inferno are tied for first in terms of point percentages, but the two teams ahead of them have played more games. Shenzhen has hosted Worcester and Markham in China over the last week, which is why they have played more games. Calgary is on the road in Toronto this weekend.
By the Numbers
Les Canadiennes Player Stats
Worcester Player Stats