Weekend preview: The two best teams in the CWHL battle in Calgary

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Make no mistake when you look at the CWHL standings, the Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes are the two best teams in the league.

Both teams are undefeated since splitting their opening weekend series against each other and now it is the Inferno who have home ice advantage. Calgary is riding a seven-game winning streak and Montreal a six-game streak, a result of Calgary winning the second of two games in the opening series.

Weekend schedule and how to watch

Saturday, November 24, 9:30pm EST – WinSport Arena A (free stream here)
Sunday, November 25, 12:30pm EST – WinSport Arena A

The scorers are among the best

If you look at the CWHL’s leading scorers by points-per-game (the Shenzhen Rays have played five more games than Calgary and Montreal, which skews the overall totals), the top nine play for the two teams facing off in Alberta this weekend. Marie-Philip Poulin leads the way, with Calgary’s Rebecca Johnston not far behind. Les Canadiennes have scored 37 goals this season, and the Inferno has 36, topping the league in goals-per-game.

The goaltenders are the best, too

If you look at the top goaltenders in the league, they are also dominated by Montreal and Calgary. Emerance Maschmeyer, Alex Rigsby, and Annie Belanger lead the league among qualified goaltenders in goals against average and save percentage, and that doesn’t even consider Marie-Soleil Deschênes’s shutout in her only game last weekend.

Battle for top spot

The winner of the six-game round robin (the two teams face off in Montreal later in the season) may very well be the team that ends up winning the Chairman’s Trophy as the top regular season team in the CWHL. Both teams have not lost a game to another CWHL team, but have had some close calls.

The two games have been very close, as they were both 2-1 late in the game. Calgary’s 3-1 win was secured with an empty net goal.

By the Numbers

CWHL Standings

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
SHENZHEN 13 7 5 1 15 39 25
CALGARY 8 7 1 0 14 36 10
MONTREAL 8 7 1 0 14 37 6
MARKHAM 9 5 3 1 11 23 22
TORONTO 9 3 6 0 6 14 28
WORCESTER 11 0 11 0 0 4 62

Les Canadiennes player stats

# Name Pos GP G A P
# Name Pos GP G A P
29 Marie-Philip Poulin F 8 3 10 13
24 Ann-Sophie Bettez F 8 5 6 11
15 Mélodie Daoust F 8 6 4 10
21 Hilary Knight F 8 5 5 10
14 Erin Ambrose D 8 3 7 10
11 Jill Saulnier F 6 3 6 9
19 Katia Clement-Heydra F 8 1 6 7
5 Lauriane Rougeau D 8 0 6 6
27 Taylor Willard D 8 2 3 5
16 Sarah Lefort F 6 2 1 3
2 Olivia Atkinson F 5 1 1 2
18 Genevieve Bannon F 6 1 1 2
22 Maude Gelinas F 7 1 1 2
12 Catherine Daoust D 8 1 1 2
9 Kim Deschênes F 8 1 1 2
78 Tracy-Ann Lavigne F 8 1 1 2
72 Emma Martin D 2 1 0 1
23 Sophie Brault D 4 0 1 1
20 Marie-Joelle Allard D 5 0 1 1
17 Melanie Desrochers D 8 0 1 1
60 Genevieve Lacasse G 0 0 0 0
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes G 1 0 0 0
38 Emerance Maschmeyer G 7 0 0 0
76 Karell Emard F 8 0 0 0

Calgary Inferno player stats

# NAME POS GP G A P
# NAME POS GP G A P
6 Rebecca Johnston F 8 5 7 12
14 Brianna Decker F 8 5 4 9
40 Blayre Turnbull F 8 4 5 9
19 Brianne Jenner F 8 5 3 8
44 Zoe Hickel F 8 0 8 8
7 Venla Hovi {I} F 8 3 4 7
16 Rebecca Leslie F 8 3 4 7
4 Brigette Lacquette D 8 1 6 7
22 Kacey Bellamy D 8 1 5 6
21 Halli Krzyzaniak D 8 2 2 4
9 Dakota Woodworth F 8 1 2 3
13 Kelty Apperson F 6 2 0 2
51 Katelyn Gosling D 6 1 1 2
18 Aina Mizukami {I} D 6 1 1 2
3 Tori Hickel D 8 1 1 2
11 Eden Murray F 8 1 1 2
28 Louise Warren F 6 0 1 1
8 Erica Kromm F 8 0 1 1
17 Kaitlin Willoughby F 8 0 1 1
Lindsey Post G 0 0 0 0
10 Rhianna Kurio F 3 0 0 0
41 Annie Belanger G 4 0 0 0
1 Alex Rigsby G 4 0 0 0
2 Laura Dostaler F 5 0 0 0
5 Kelly Murray D 8 0 0 0

Goaltenders

# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes MTL 1 1 0 0 27 0 0.00 1.000 1 60
38 Emerance Maschmeyer MTL 7 6 1 0 134 5 0.72 0.963 3 418
1 Alex Rigsby CGY 4 3 1 0 89 4 1.01 0.955 1 239
41 Annie Belanger CGY 4 4 0 0 89 5 1.36 0.944 2 220