Toronto, ON – The Toronto Furies returned to action on Sunday afternoon with hopes of accomplishing a first. Sweeping Les Canadiennes de Montreal in a two game weekend series.
A three-goal first period helped the Furies top Les Canadiennes 5-2 at MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Michella Cava opened the scoring just 1:12 into the opening frame when she took a pass from Julie Allen and put it past Montreal goaltender Catherine Herron. Just over a minute later it was Allen again except this time she was the one putting it past Herron off a point shot from Carlee Campbell and with that the Furies had a 2-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game.
Montreal would head to the box in a penalty filled first period when Emmanuelle Blais was called for cross checking at 5:26 mark giving the Furies their first power play opportunity of the game. It would be Allen again, with her second of the game and the period, giving the Furies the 3-0 lead. Assisting on goal were Natalie Spooner and Erin Ambrose.
Shots after the first period were 10-8 in favour of Toronto.
The Toronto Furies would start the second period on a power play with Kim Deschenes still in the penalty box serving her tripping penalty carried over from the first. Les Canadiennes would kill off the penalty and take control of the play as they pushed to get back into the game trailing by three.
It would be Lauriane Rougeau who broke Christina Kessler`s shutout at the 12:06 mark of the second period. Marie-Philip Poulin would get the sole assist on the goal.
Shots at the end of the second period were 9-5 in favour of Montreal.
Roles were reversed at the start of the third period as Les Canadiennes would start on the power play with Jenelle Kohanchuk in the penalty box serving a full two minutes for a hooking call at the 20:00 minute mark of the second period. With that, Noemie Marin made the score 3-2 at 1:27 off a goal from Cathy Chartrand and Karell Emard.
Les Canadiennes continued to push and outshoot the Furies in an attempt to tie the score, however it was Toronto who would find the back of the next when Kohanchuk sent Kelly Terry on a break to make the score 4-2.
Terry would head off for holding at 17:49 of the the third period giving Montreal a chance to cut the Furies lead in half. Herron would head to the net during the power play giving Montreal a two-man advantage. Once again, it would be Toronto who would find the back of the net when Renata Fast fired one down the ice and into the empty net.
Herron returned to the net but not for long as she would head back to the bench at the 00:52 mark of the third period. Despite out shooting the Furies 15-7 in the third, the Furies would get the win and the sweep.
Sunday marked the final game in November for the Furies. They will have next weekend off and return to action on December 3rd as they take on GTA rivals Brampton Thunder. Puck drop is 6:30 pm at Brampton Memorial Arena.
Final Shots: TOR 22 MTL 32
Tim Hortons Three Stars:
3. Caroline Ouellette
2. Kelly Terry ( 1G )
- Julie Allen ( 2G ; 1A )