The Montreal LPHF team recorded its third consecutive win by defeating Boston 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Tsongas Centre.
Laura Stacey scored for the third consecutive game to lead her team to victory. Alain Chuly made 26 saves in front of the cage, while Marie-Philippe Poulin added two assists.
Montreal also defeated Ottawa 2–1 in their most recent meeting, thanks to a goal from Stacey in regular time and Maureen Murphy’s first goal of the season in overtime.
Although Montreal’s primary goalkeeper is Ann-Rene Desbiens, Montreal head coach Cory Chevry said his team always had a chance to win when Chuly was in net.
“Tonight was no different,” Cheverie said. She looks more and more comfortable with each match and once again she gave us a great performance. ,
“I’m happy we could win,” the goalkeeper said. The game opens up a lot in overtime. I am very proud of the group. ,
Erin Ambrose opened the scoring for Montreal on Sunday with her second goal of the season, and her second against the same team.
Tereza Vanisova gave her coach a scare in the second period while Montreal was attacking extensively. He attempted a throw which deflected and passed between the pads of his own goalkeeper Chuli without entering the net.
In fact, thanks to Sophie Shirley, Boston was able to tie the score in the third period. This was the first goal of his campaign.
This was the second game of the season between Montreal and Boston. The U.S. team won 3–2 in overtime on January 13, while Montreal played its first home game in its history at the Auditorium de Verdun.
Forward Kristin O’Neal was inactive, having been held out as a preventive measure.
The Montrealers play their next game on Friday at Toronto.
Montreal recovered from a difficult start to the match
Montreal had a tough start to the match, having difficulty getting out of their own zone. This gave Boston the opportunity to put a few shots on Chuli’s net, but the goalkeeper did not give up.
Montreal got its first chance to score about nine minutes into the opening period. Tereza Vanisova was alone between two facing circles in the Boston area, and fired a wrist shot which Frankel caught and held.
Brandt took the first penalty of the game, giving Montreal a numerical advantage midway through the first period.
Montreal, which had scored just one goal in 24 power plays before Sunday’s game, threatened the net in the second minute on Brandt’s penalty, but failed to find the back of the net.
Ambrose opened the scoring for Montreal with 4:01 remaining in the first period. The forward made her way to the net and beat Erin Frankel with a backhand between the pads.
Despite a slow start to the match, Montreal finished the first period with a 9–4 lead in shots.
Like the first period, Boston started the second period better than Montreal. Chuli kept his team in the game by stopping three dangerous shots in less than a minute. Boston had the first six shots of the period and Montreal had not put a single shot on Frankel’s net after eight minutes of play.
At 4:12 of the game in the third period, Shirley finally tied the score after beating the Montreal goalie.
Sara Bujold took a shot near her net, trying to get rid of the disc, but Brandt was close and blocked it. Brandt immediately pushed the puck to his teammate, who was in a good position to shoot and Shirley scored.
Both teams exchanged some good scoring chances in the final minutes of regulation, but neither was able to break the tie and overtime was necessary.
On a two-on-one playoff, Ambrose passed the puck to Stacey, who only had to redirect it toward the net, which was wide open. Pauline started the game after recovering the puck near his own blue line, following a pass that was almost intercepted by Boston.