The PWHPA Dream Gap Tour concludes the Montreal showcase with a shooter thriller

The Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association Dream Gap Tour concluded the first showcase event of its fourth season on Sunday in Montreal, with Team Scotiabank and Team Harvey bouncing back from matchday one defeats.

The PWHPA Dream Gap Tour will then head to Truro, NS, (November 4-6) before heading to Pittsburgh (November 25-27). Each stop will include all four PWHPA teams, showcasing some of North America’s best female hockey players.

Team Scotiabank overtook Team Adidas with a 5-0 win to start the day, led by Canadians Ella Shelton and Rebecca Johnston with two goals each. Mélodie Daoust also added a goal, while fellow Canadian Olympian Kristen Campbell was named a player of the game after posting the shutout.

Shelton, a defender from Ingersoll, Ontario, opened the scoring early with a shot over American goalkeeper Aerin Frankel’s blocker from the left circle. He added the insurance goal at the end of the first period with a shot from the point, while Johnston scored in the last minute of the period in a two-on-one counterattack.

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

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Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ontario made no mistake as she kept the break two-on-one

Sunday’s last game was a completely different story, with a penalty goal from Clair DeGeorge lifting Team Harvey’s over Team Sonnet.

The match was drawn 1-1 at the start of the third period in a close battle that saw both goalkeepers shine. Sonnet team goalkeeper Lindsay Browning was named the second star of the game behind DeGeorge, who also scored in the third period to give his team the advantage momentarily.

Alex Poznikoff put Team Harvey’s in first place in the opening period with a rebound goal, while American star Hilary Knight scored the equalizer at the end of the second period after jumping on a loose puck in front of the net.

The Sonnet team responded quickly to equalize the game after DeGeorge’s goal in the third period, with Alexa Vasko finding the bottom of the net for her second goal of the showcase.

Canadian superstar Marie-Philip Poulin scored a backhand goal for Team Harvey’s on the first shot of the shootout.

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Marie-Philip Poulin’s marvelous penalty shootout brought Team Harvey to victory

Canadian national team captain Marie-Philip Poulin scores with a nimble move in the shootout for Team Harvey’s and continue to claim a 3-2 win over Team Sonnet in the Dream Gap Tour action from Montreal.

Abby Roque was denied Team Sonnet’s first shot by goalkeeper Geneviève Lacasse. Team Harvey forward Jessie Eldridge hit the post on the next shot, but Lacasse blocked with a glove against Knight on the other side.

Jamie Lee Rattray missed the chance to win for Team Harvey’s when her backhand went off the post, while fellow Canadian Olympian Brianne Jenner extended the shooting for Team Sonnet with a goal in the legs from Lacasse.

But DeGeorge stepped up on the next shot, beating Browning with his five-hole goal that would ultimately be the winner. Rebecca Leslie was in a must-see scenario on the next shot and Lacasse made the big stop to seal the 2-1 penalty on penalties and the 3-2 game win for Team Harvey’s.

Both winning teams on Sunday secured three points. Unlike the previous three seasons, each match will count towards the season standings.

PWHPA’s mission is to create a playable North American women’s professional ice hockey league that displays the largest women’s professional ice hockey product in the world.

Live coverage of every PWHPA game this season will be available worldwide on cbcsports.ca, CBC Gem, CBC Sports YouTube channel and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android.

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