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Les Canadiennes sweep Boston, remain in first place

It was a milestone weekend for several Montreal players

Shanna Martin / Eyes on the Prize

Les Canadiennes are in a tight race for the top spot in the CWHL, and couldn’t afford to give up any points, and they didn’t this weekend. Montreal won both games against the Boston Blades this weekend, and hold a four point lead on the Kunlun Red Star for the top spot. Montreal has played one more game.

It was also a milestone weekend for Les Canadiennes. Caroline Ouellette scored her 131st CWHL goal to set the record for most career goals, and goaltender Marie-Soleil Deschênes made her first CWHL start, getting her first win and shutout in the process.

Saturday: W 5-4 (shootout)

Despite the top team in the CWHL playing the bottom team, the Blades put together a tremendous effort in the series opener.

The Blades took a 2-0 lead early on, scoring twice in the opening 3:26. Melissa Bizzari scored both goals, including one just 34 seconds into the game.

Montreal would respond with Ann-Sophie Bettez scoring just 56 seconds into the second period on the power play. But Boston would re-open their two-goal lead with Kate Leary's sixth of the season.

Les Canadiennes would fight back less than two minutes later with Sarah Lefort scoring her first of three in the game at 14:14 of the period.

Lefort would tie the game at 3-3 just 36 seconds into the third period, but once again Boston would re-take the lead. Less than three minutes later, Taylor Wasylk would score her third of the season to give Boston a 4-3 lead.

But Lefort would complete the hat trick at 11:25 of the period, with Noémie Marin getting her third assist of the game.

After overtime solved nothing, it would be Lefort to score the goal to seal the shootout win for Montreal.

Emerance Maschmeyer made 17 saves on 21 shots for Montreal. Lauren Dahm made 48/52 saves for Boston.

Sunday: W 6-0

It was a much better start for Les Canadiennes on Sunday. Bettez and Marin scored 32 seconds apart (at 3:35 and 4:07) of the first period to give the Fabs an early 2-0 lead.

Later in the period, Ouellette would get her record-breaking 131st career goal to break the tie between her and Jayna Hefford. Marin, for her part, now has 129 goals.

Ouellette banged in a loose puck from the side of the net to give Montreal a 3-0 lead.

In the second period, Bettez would score her second of the game and in the third period, Lefort (again) and Katia Clement-Heydra would score 1:30 apart to make it a 6-0 game.

Deschênes made 15 saves for her first win and shutout in her first game. Dahm made 21/25 saves in the first 40 minutes. Amanda Carridi played the final period and made 11 saves on 13 shots.

Notes

  • Cassandra Poudrier missed her third and fourth straight games with an injury. Nachi Fujimoto played in her place once again. Catherine Herron, Montreal’s backup goaltender did not dress for either game. Deschênes was the backup on Saturday before starting on Sunday.

CWHL Standings

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
MONTREAL 22 19 3 0 38 103 47
KUNLUN 21 17 4 0 34 72 36
CALGARY 20 13 3 4 30 76 45
VANKE 23 12 10 1 25 68 80
MARKHAM 23 9 7 7 25 56 63
TORONTO 25 7 16 2 16 47 94
BOSTON 22 1 18 3 5 35 92