PWHPA Dream Gap Tour wraps up Montreal showcase with shootout thriller

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The Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association’s Dream Gap Tour wrapped up the primary showcase occasion of its fourth season on Sunday in Montreal, with Team Scotiabank and Team Harvey’s rebounding from opening-day losses.

The PWHPA Dream Gap Tour will subsequent head to Truro, N.S., (Nov. 4-6) earlier than going to Pittsburgh (Nov. 25-27). Each cease will embody all 4 PWHPA groups, showcasing among the high ladies’s hockey gamers in North America.

Team Scotiabank rolled previous Team Adidas with a 5-0 win to begin the day, led by Canada’s Ella Shelton and Rebecca Johnston with two objectives apiece. Mélodie Daoust additionally added a purpose, whereas fellow Canadian Olympian Kristen Campbell was named participant of the sport after posting the shutout.

Shelton, a defender from Ingersoll, Ont., opened the scoring early with a shot over the blocker of American goalie Aerin Frankel from the left circle. She added the insurance coverage purpose late within the first interval with a shot from the purpose, whereas Johnston scored within the last minute of the interval on a two-on-one break.

It was a giant win for Team Scotiabank, who fell 4-2 to Team Sonnet on Saturday to kick off the showcase.

WATCH | Rebecca Johnston scores as Team Scotiabank wins in Montreal:

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Sudbury, Ontario’s Rebecca Johnston made no mistake as she stored on the two-on-one break

Sunday’s last sport was a distinct story fully, with a shootout purpose from Clair DeGeorge lifting Team Harvey’s over Team Sonnet.

The sport was tied 1-1 coming into the third interval in a decent battle that noticed each goaltenders shine. Team Sonnet goalie Lindsay Browning was named the sport’s second star behind DeGeorge, who additionally scored within the third interval to momentarily give her staff the lead.

Alex Poznikoff put Team Harvey’s on the board first within the opening interval with a purpose off a rebound, whereas American star Hilary Knight scored the equalizer late within the second interval after pouncing on a free puck in entrance of the online.

Team Sonnet responded rapidly to tie the sport following DeGeorge’s purpose within the third interval, with Alexa Vasko discovering the again of the online for her second purpose of the showcase.

Canadian famous person Marie-Philip Poulin scored a highlight-reel backhand purpose for Team Harvey’s on the primary shot of the shootout.

WATCH | Marie-Philip Poulin scores stunning shootout purpose for Team Harvey’s:

Marie-Philip Poulin’s great shootout purpose leads Team Harvey’s to victory

Canadian nationwide staff captain Marie-Philip Poulin scores with a slick transfer within the shootout for Team Harvey’s and so they go on to say a 3-2 win over Team Sonnet in Dream Gap Tour motion from Montreal.

Abby Roque was denied on Team Sonnet’s first shot by goalie Geneviève Lacasse. Team Harvey’s ahead Jessie Eldridge hit the put up on the following shot, however Lacasse made a glove save towards Knight on the opposite finish.

Jamie Lee Rattray missed an opportunity to win it for Team Harvey’s when her backhand went off the put up, whereas fellow Canadian Olympian Brianne Jenner prolonged the shootout for Team Sonnet with a purpose by the legs of Lacasse.

But DeGeorge stepped up on the subsequent shot, beating Browning with a five-hole purpose of her personal that will finally stand because the winner. Rebecca Leslie was in a must-score situation on the subsequent shot, and Lacasse made the large cease to seal the 2-1 shootout win and 3-2 sport victory for Team Harvey’s.

Both profitable groups on Sunday secured three factors. Unlike the earlier three seasons, every sport will depend towards season-long standings.

The PWHPA’s mission is to determine a viable skilled ladies’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the best product of ladies’s skilled ice hockey on the earth.

Live protection of each PWHPA sport this season shall be obtainable worldwide on cbcsports.ca, CBC Gem, CBC Sports’ YouTube channel and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android.

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