Mtl Mayor Plante watches Les Canadiennes at Bell Centre
Mtl Mayor Plante – Although Les Canadiennes lost the the first of a three game series against China’s Kunlun Red Star 3-1, it appears they have a new fan – the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante. She was there to support the team and took the time to speak with them in their dressing room before the game – much to their delight.
They dropped the first game, a historic event at the Bell Centre in a ‘Super Series’ against the new expansion team Kunlun Redstar, in front of an electric crowd of 5,187 fans on Saturday afternoon. Also in attendance was CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress, Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO Geoff Molson and the ambassador to China, Lu Shaye.
Montreal scored its lone goal in the first period when rookie forward Erinn Noseworthy tipped in the puck between Red Star goalie Yuqing Wang’s pads – assisted by defense player Melanie Desrochers.
Red Star defense Melanie Jue tied the game with less than five minutes left in the second period and then the team took the lead in the third period with a goal by Kunlun’s Jessica Wong. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Kelli Stack sealed the win for the Red Star with less than 10 minutes left in the game.
Yuqing Wang finished the game with 23 saves on 24 shots, while Les Canadiennes goal tender Emerance Maschmeyer finished the game with 18 saves on 21 shots. Wang was named the first star of the game, with Jessica Wong was second followed by Erinn Noseworthy of Les Canadiennes.
The game was the first time a Chinese professional hockey team played in a NHL arena – and also Les Canadiennes second trip to the Bell Centre.
In Game 2 on Sunday, Montreal won 5-3 tying, the series with goals by Desrochers, Marin (2), Beaulieu and Bettez, while Woo, Jue, Stack each scored a goal for the Red Star
Game 3 will take place on Tuesday, November 14th 2017 7:00pm at the Complexe Claude-Robillard (Michel-Normandin Arena).
Feature image: Mayor Valeěrie Plante and Brenda Andress – Founder and Commissioner CWHL – Photo Celine Gelinas
Bonnie Wurst – mtltimes.ca