Team Harvey’s wins PWHPA Dream Gap Tour women’s hockey showcase at home in Montreal

Team Harvey’s (Montreal) defeated Team adidas (Minnesota) 6-3 on Sunday in the championship game at the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) Dream Gap Tour showcase in Montreal.

Six different players found the back of the net for the Montreal squad, while goalkeeper Marie-Soleil Deschênes delivered a solid performance for the home ice victory.

The exhibition was held in Center 21.02 in Verdun Auditorium, which serves as the training ground for PWHPA’s Montreal hub.

It was the fifth and final stop of the 2021-22 PWHPA season, following showcases in Truro, NS, Ottawa, Toronto and Arlington, Va. Team Harvey’s also won the showcase in Ottawa last month.

PWHPA’s mission is to create a viable professional women’s hockey league in North America. It is divided into five training regions in North America: Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Minnesota and Boston.

Canadian Olympians Sarah Nurse and Jill Saulnier took part in the ceremonial puck drop on Sunday while wearing their Beijing gold medals.

Team Harvey’s took control early and kept their foot on the gas.

Catherine Dubois put the puck through the legs of goalkeeper Sydney Scobee to give them the early lead in the first period. Sarah Lefort added the insurance goal a few minutes later after Kristin O’Neill delivered a perfect pass to set her up for a one-hour on the doorstep.

O’Neill scored his own goal later in the first period to give Team Harvey’s a commanding 3-0 lead en route to the second.

Team Harvey’s continued to take advantage of opportunities in the second period as Catherine Daoust intercepted a pass and gave the puck to Kim Deschênes for the team’s fourth goal.

Rebecca Leslie increased the lead by one goal in the third period, but Team adidas responded to the powerplay with Laura Fortino spoiling the shutout. The Minnesota squad added another power-play goal just minutes later when Brittany Howard buried a rebound to make it a 5-2 game.

The comeback effort continued with Annie Pankowski scoring the third goal of the season for Team adidas, but Ann-Sophie Bettez halted the wave of momentum by scoring the sixth goal for Team Harvey’s to secure victory.

Team Scotiabank wins Secret Cup

Earlier on Sunday, Team Scotiabank (Calgary) came out on top in the consolation match with a 6-5 win over Team Bauer (Boston).

The victory also gave Team Scotiabank the Secret Cup after winning two showcase championships this season.

Team Bauer’s Meghan Turner had leveled the match with four minutes left of the third period, but Calgary native Rhianna Kurio scored the clear signal with 42 seconds left to give Team Scotiabank the win.

Team Scotiabank’s Alexandra Poznikoff got himself booked for a foul.

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