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PWHPA Weekend in Montreal Sees Each Team Win: Game-by-Game Recap

The first stop in the 2022-23 PWHPA season saw stellar performances from Erin Ambrose, Sarah Potomak, Kristen Campbell and more.
PWHPA Dream Gap

Professional women’s hockey returned to competition this weekend with the PWHPA’s Secret Dream Gap Tour dropping the puck in Montreal.

Four teams featuring many of the world’s top players competed representing Team Scotiabank, Team Harvey’s, Team Sonnet, and Team Adidas. Each team won a game on the opening weekend of play. Below are game-by-game recaps from the weekend.

Day 1 Game 1: Ambrose Plays Hero For Team Sonnet

In the opening game, Team Sonnet needed last-second heroics from Canadian national team member Erin Ambrose to take the 4-2 win.

In the first period, USA defender Megan Keller opened the scoring on the 2022-23 season. Keller took a pass in the left circle from American teammate Kelly Pannek before beating Sonnet netminder Nicole Hensley along the ice. In the second period, Scotiabank’s Alexa Vasko found a bouncing puck in the slot banging home a shot beating Emerance Maschmeyer, who is also a member of Team Canada.

Later in the second frame, USA Olympian Abby Roque finished off a 3-on-0 tapping home a pass from the top of the crease to give Team Sonnet a 2-1 lead heading to the third. Team Scotiabank answered back as Rebecca Johnston broke in alone ripping a shot low blocker side eluding Hensley.

With the game looking like it would end in a tie through regulation, Erin Ambrose rushed the puck through the neutral zone before dumping it into Team Scotiabank’s zone. Ambrose continued to apply pressure and grabbed a turnover before going blocker side to score the game-winner with only 26 seconds remaining. 

Seconds later, Brianne Jenner would add an empty netter for (Sonnet) insurance. Jenner was named the player of the game.

Day 1 Game 2: Potomak Leads Team Adidas’ Comeback

Team Canada standout Sarah Potomak led a comeback for Team Harvey’s over Team Adidas, lifting her team to a 4-2 win to open their Secret Dream Gap Tour season.

Just beyond the midway point in the first period, Jamie Lee Rattray took a rebound off the draw, spun and slid home a puck on her backhand to make it 1-0 for Team Harvey’s. Later, Team Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin took a redirected puck in the slot, turned and shot along the ice to increase Harvey’s lead to 2-0.

Team Adidas would not quit, however, as Kelly Gribbons answered back just over a minute later by blasting home a rebound in a goal front scramble. Shortly after, Potomak scored a beautiful goal for Team Adidas freezing Ann-Renee Desbiens with a fake from the right circle before walking below the goal line and reaching back out to tuck the puck in.

In the third period, Adidas took their first lead of the game as Jill Saulnier fed a puck across the midline on a 2-on-1, and Kendall Coyne-Schofield roofed a shot bar down to score. With the net pulled, Potomak scored her second of the game to secure the 4-2 win for Team Adidas.

Day 2 Game 1: Campbell Steals The Shutout For Team Scotiabank

On Day 2 of the opening weekend of the Secret Dream Gap Tour, Team Scotiabank bounced back with a convincing 5-0 win over Team Adidas. Kristen Campbell was spectacular in net for Team Scotiabank, recording the shutout and being named player of the game.

Offensively, Canadian national team veterans paced Team Scotiabank with Ella Shelton and Rebecca Johnston each scoring a pair, while Melodie Daoust scored her first goal. Johnston also chipped in a pair of assists.

Shelton’s first of the game stood as the game-winner taking a pass through the seam from Alex Carpenter before ripping a shot top shelf from the left circle.

Day 2 Game 2: Team Harvey’s Wins In A Shootout

The final game of the weekend saw Team Sonnet take on Team Harvey’s, a game which required overtime for Harvey’s to grab the 3-2 decision.

To open the scoring, Alex Poznikoff found a rebound from Lee Stecklein’s point shot to make it 1-0 for Team Harvey’s. 

Future Hall of Famer and Team Sonnet forward Hilary Knight tied the game at one each pouncing on a puck while shorthanded with less than four minutes remaining in the second period.

Heading to the third tied, both teams came out looking to finish the weekend with a win. Clair DeGeorge followed a breakaway and scored from the top of the crease to make it 2-1 for Team Harvey’s. Just over 30 seconds later though, Team Sonnet evened the score yet again as Alexa Vasko found the puck following a strange bounce off the backboard and scored.

The game would end tied and head to a shootout where Team Harvey’s earned the 3-2 win with Genevieve Lacasse shutting the door in net and Clair DeGeorge earning the deciding goal for Harvey’s.

The tour continues in Truro, N.S. on Nov. 4 to 6, where each team is scheduled for three games apiece.


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