La Force de Montréal wins its inaugural game

Montréal Force wins its inaugural match


Several saves by goalkeeper Tricia Deguire in the shootout allowed the Montreal Force to take the honors of the very first game in its history, by a score of 5 to 4, against the Beauts of Buffalo on Saturday night at the Northtown Center. 

The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) expansion team is off to a good start in the only women's professional league in North America, but it took overtime to determine the winners.

In the third period, Sarah Lefort and Kim Deschênes hit the target twice in nine seconds to first tie the game and then make it 4-3. Claudia Kepler, however, brought everyone back to square one.

On penalties, Deguire yielded to the first player to come in front of her, before closing the door to the next seven. Samantha Isbell delivered Montreal by scoring in the eighth round.

Who better than the captain to get there with the first goal in Force history? Halfway through the first period, Ann-Sophie Bettez accepted the return to the slot from Catherine Daoust to score this historic goal.

“This is our first game. We only had one preparatory meeting, so this is technically our second game. I'm very proud of our team and what we've created offensively,” she said on returning to the locker room during a short interview with PHF analysts.

Jade Downie-Landry completed the mark in regular time for Montreal. Deguire, meanwhile, concluded with 30 saves.

“A great victory for our group, we improved as the game progressed. I really enjoyed the third period, we still have a lot to work on, but it's good to get our first win on the road,” said head coach Peter Smith in a press release. /p>

The Force and the Beauts will meet again on Sunday, once again at the Northtown Center. The Quebec team will return home on November 26, at the Verdun Auditorium.