The Force gives the entire battle to the Six
The Toronto Six and Montreal Force put on quite the show Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Financial Coliseum. However, Brittany Howard’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout gave Team Ontario a 3-2 win in the first of two games this weekend in Rimouski.
Howard beat goaltender Marie-Soleil Deschênes with a brilliant fake shot to put the puck between his pads and give his team the win.
Trailing by points after seeing the Six score their two goals in just over a minute early in the second period, Montreal tied the game before the end of the period thanks to Brooke Stacey. Left alone in the goal, the Force striker took advantage of Alexandra Labella’s pass to make it 2-2.
“We played very well. Toronto is first overall (Premier Hockey Federation). We had deficiencies in defense. We will have to block more shots, but overall we had a good battle,” Labelle explained after the game.
Success in Rimouski
She was returning to Rimouski, nine years after winning the Dodge Cup with the Patriotes du Cégep de Saint-Laurent at the Colisée Financière Sun Life, the symbol of Quebec’s hockey championship.
“I’ve already had success here. Before the game, I told myself that this is the place for me. I enjoyed the experience of playing on the same ice that hosted Sidney Crosby,” said Alexandra Labelle.
La Force opened the scoring in the middle of the first period. In a play similar to his team’s second goal, Labelle took a pass from Stacey and beat goalkeeper Elaine Chuli with a free kick into the top of the net.
An exceptional audience
The six responded with lightning speed at the beginning of the second quarter, scoring two quick goals. Kati Tabin eluded Deschênes’ caution with a perfect shot from the blue line, before Michela Cava capitalized on a breakaway to give Toronto the lead.
“Except for the beginning of the second half, we played very well. Toronto is a great team. I think we put on a good show. The audience was exceptional. This is a great opportunity for us to sell women’s hockey,” said Force head coach Peter Smith.
In the notebook
Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting Maude Charron joined the ceremonial scrimmage before the match… Captain ForceAnn-Sophie Bettez, was warmly sent off during the presentation of the players, before the match… The match was shown on TVA Sports…. The Six and the Force will face off again on Sunday at 2pm at Sun Life Financial Coliseum.