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Les Canadiennes look to keep win streak going vs. Shenzhen

Montreal hosts their visitors from China for the only time this season.

CWHL

About one month after becoming the first Canadian team to sweep their games in China, Les Canadiennes will hope the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays won’t return the favour. Shenzhen are in town for the only time this season for two games this weekend.

Schedule

Saturday, January 12 - 6:30 p.m. - Place Bell Community Rink (Laval)
Sunday, January 13 - 1:00 p.m. - Centre Sportif Claude Robillard (Michel Normandin Arena)

For live stream, keep an eye on Shenzhen’s Twitter account as they may have one.

CWHL Standings

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
CALGARY 18 15 2 1 31 76 34
MONTREAL 17 14 3 0 28 78 23
SHENZHEN 19 10 8 1 21 58 42
MARKHAM 19 9 7 3 21 57 56
TORONTO 17 7 10 0 14 37 55
WORCESTER 20 0 20 0 0 12 108

The Scoring Race

The biggest storyline surrounding either team - and maybe in the league itself - is the scoring race between teammates Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez. Poulin currently leads with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 17 games. Bettez is two points behind with 15 goals and 16 assists. In fact, the two were tied with identical lines, but the league added two assists for Poulin that were not credited previously.

The closest player to the two Canadiennes is Rebecca Johnston who has 12 goals and 16 assists in 18 games for the Calgary Inferno.

A first glimpse of Alex Carpenter

Last year, shockwaves were sent throughout the women’s hockey world when Team USA cut Alex Carpenter from their Olympic roster. Carpenter then joined the CWHL for the rest of the season, but it was after the team played in Montreal. This weekend will be Carpenter’s first game in Montreal. She leads the Rays with 13 goals and 11 assists in 20 games and sits in fourth in league scoring. She is one of the top talents in the world.

Looking for revenge

Last year, Les Canadiennes were 5-4-1 against the Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays, and it was the Kunlun Red Star who beat them at the Bell Centre. And it was that series in Montreal that set the Red Star on a long winning streak on their way to the Clarkson Cup final, where they lost to the Markham Thunder.

This year, there is only one Chinese team and Montreal is 3-0 against them but you can bet Montreal will be looking to hold court at home. They are currently on a seven game winning streak since Caroline Ouellette and Danièle Sauvageau were officially named coaches for the remainder of the season.

Les Canadiennes projected lineup

Les Canadiennes forwards

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

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

By the Numbers

Les Canadiennes player stats

# Name Pos GP G A P
# Name Pos GP G A P
29 Marie-Philip Poulin F 17 15 18 33
24 Ann-Sophie Bettez F 17 15 16 31
14 Erin Ambrose D 17 5 17 22
11 Jill Saulnier F 11 4 11 15
15 Mélodie Daoust F 10 7 6 13
21 Hilary Knight F 14 6 7 13
16 Sarah Lefort F 15 5 8 13
19 Katia Clement-Heydra F 15 3 8 11
9 Kim Deschênes F 17 3 5 8
5 Lauriane Rougeau D 17 1 7 8
76 Karell Emard F 17 3 4 7
18 Genevieve Bannon F 15 2 4 6
27 Taylor Willard D 15 2 4 6
22 Maude Gelinas F 14 3 1 4
12 Catherine Daoust D 17 1 3 4
17 Melanie Desrochers D 17 0 4 4
72 Emma Martin D 7 1 2 3
2 Olivia Atkinson F 11 1 1 2
78 Tracy-Ann Lavigne F 17 1 1 2
23 Sophie Brault D 11 0 1 1
20 Marie-Joelle Allard D 14 0 1 1
60 Genevieve Lacasse G 0 0 0 0
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes G 2 0 0 0
88 Kayla Tutino F 3 0 0 0
38 Emerance Maschmeyer G 15 0 0 0

Shenzhen Rays player stats

# NAME POS GP G A P
# NAME POS GP G A P
5 Alexandra Carpenter {I} F 19 13 11 24
9 Hanna Bunton {I} F 19 8 13 21
18 Cayley Mercer {I} F 19 5 14 19
67 Emma Woods {I} D 19 6 6 12
91 Rachel Llanes F 14 5 7 12
49 Jessica Wong D 19 3 9 12
34 Hannah Miller {I} F 12 6 4 10
7 Leah Lum F 19 4 4 8
6 Melanie Jue D 19 0 6 6
12 Stephanie Anderson {I} F 19 3 2 5
51 Madison Woo F 19 1 3 4
88 Qinan Zhao D 19 0 4 4
2 Baiwei Yu D 19 1 2 3
15 Minghui Kong F 19 1 1 2
23 Xin Fang F 19 0 2 2
93 Zhixin Liu D 19 0 2 2
4 Lu Wen F 10 1 0 1
3 Michelle Ng F 19 1 0 1
25 Rose Alleva D 13 0 1 1
31 Yuqing Wang G 1 0 0 0
33 Kimberly Newell G 9 0 0 0
41 Noora Raty {E} G 12 0 0 0
98 Rui Zhu F 15 0 0 0

Note: (i) denotes Import player. Goalies are exempt (e)

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 15 12 3 0 334 22 1.47 0.934 3 895
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes MTL 2 2 0 0 36 0 0.00 1.000 2 120
31 Yuqing Wang KRS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 0 20
33 Kimberly Newell KRS 9 5 2 0 147 13 1.80 0.912 2 432
41 Noora Raty {E} KRS 12 5 7 0 338 29 2.53 0.914 2 688