Les Canadiennes have secured their first series win in China after winning the second of three games 5-1 on Friday morning in Shenzhen against the KRS Vanke Rays.
Ann-Sophie Bettez had two more goals and now has five goals in the two games in China. Marie-Philip Poulin and Kim Deschênes each had a goal and an assist in the win, and Sarah Lefort had two assists.
Emerance Maschmeyer again was solid in net, allowing only one goal. Noora Räty was pulled from the game after allowing Montreal’s fifth goal. Räty was 3-0 last year against Montreal.
Bettez opened the scoring for the Canadiennes in the first period as she converted the perfect pass from Poulin.
Montreal took a 2-0 lead when Katia Clement-Heydra made a nifty move in front to score her second goal of the season.
Bettez would get her second goal of the period and extend her hold on the CWHL goal scoring lead with her 13th of the year. No other CWHL player has more than nine goals.
Bettez would have another breakaway later in the game, but was stopped by Räty.
Shenzhen would score a power play goal of their own when Baiwei Yu scored her first goal of the year, but that was as close as the Rays would come.
Poulin scored her goal on the power play, unleashing her patented one timer from the top of the offensive zone, picking the corner on Räty.
Kim Deschênes would score her third of the season with a perfectly placed shot of her own before the end of the second period.
Kimberly Newell replaced Räty for the final 25 minutes of the game and did not allow a goal. The two teams will play their third and final game of the series Saturday morning at 1:30am EST.