Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez consolidated their lead in the Canadian Women's Hockey League with one goal each after the Canadians defeated the Toronto Furies 4-1 on Saturday.
The victory at Étienne Desmarteau arena (the former home of the team), named in honor of Caroline Ouellette, coach of the Canadian women, was not enough to place Montreal No. 1 in the CWHL standings as the Calgary Inferno humbled the winless Worcester Blades 10-0 in Calgary – a game that was double-scoring because their scheduled Saturday game was canceled due to delays displacement.
Kim Deschênes and Karell Emard also scored for Montreal against Toronto, while Natalie Spooner spoiled the Emerance Maschmeyer shutout at the end of the third period. Maschmeyer stopped 25 of 26 shots, while Toronto's Elaine Chuli made 28 saves.
Poulin leads the CWHL with 49 points in 24 games (23 goals, 26 assists), ahead of Bettez at 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists). But Calgary remains at the top of the CWHL with 41 points, four more than Montreal. Montreal has a game in hand and will face the Blades 0-23 next weekend on the road. Montreal ends their season with matches at Place Bell in Laval against the Markham Thunder on February 23 and 24.