PWHL Toronto’s shutout of Montreal at Scotiabank Arena sets women’s hockey attendance record

Kristen Campbell earned a 30-save shutout and Toronto took the “Battle on Bay Street” over visiting Montreal 3-Zero earlier than a record crowd in Professional Women’s Hockey League motion on Friday.

The PWHL’s first sport at Scotiabank Arena set a league and women’s hockey attendance record with a crowd of 19,285.

The crowd surpassed the earlier mark of 18,013 from Canada’s sport towards Finland at the 2013 women’s world championship in Ottawa. The earlier skilled women’s hockey record was 13,316 from a Montreal-Minnesota sport at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 6.

“Once again, PWHL fans have made history,” stated Jayna Hefford, PWHL Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations.

“With a record-setting efficiency on a nationwide stage, our followers made the “Battle on Bay Street” an unforgettable, inspirational second — and we could not be extra appreciative.”

Jesse Compher and Hannah Miller scored a purpose apiece whereas Victoria Bach added an empty-netter for Toronto (6-5-0), which prolonged its successful streak to 4 video games.

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PWHL Toronto blanks Montreal in entrance of record-breaking crowd

Toronto defeats Montreal 3-Zero for his or her fourth straight victory. The sold-out crowd of 19,285 at Scotiabank Arena set a brand new attendance record for women’s hockey.

Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 21 pictures for Montreal (6-2-2), which fell to 0-1-1 towards Toronto this season.

Canadian women’s nationwide basketball workforce star Kia Nurse, the cousin of PWHL Toronto star Sarah Nurse, carried out the ceremonial puck drop.

Toronto discovered itself in some bother early within the first interval. After Emma Maltais was despatched to the penalty field for tripping at 6:30, Renata Fast joined her a minute later for hooking to provide Montreal a 5-on-Three benefit.

But Toronto blocked a quantity of pictures, with Campbell additionally standing tall within the face of some clear seems to be from Maureen Murphy and Kennedy Marchment, amongst others.

Natalie Spooner had some of Toronto’s higher scoring possibilities with a wrist shot at 4:11 and a one-timer with 1:09 left within the body on a feed from Nurse.

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Toronto turned it up offensively with extra high quality possibilities within the second interval, whereas stopping Montreal from getting many clear seems to be at Campbell.

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The Professional Women’s Hockey League matchup between Montreal and Toronto was a extremely anticipated sport and when the venue was upgraded to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena to extend seating capability, tickets bought out shortly. This has ladies and supporters of skilled women’s sports activities leagues celebrating with the sensation of long-awaited acknowledgement and a rising pleasure for what’s to return.

Maltais hustled down the ice for a unfastened puck and despatched a backhand move into the slot for Spooner who could not get it previous Desbiens simply over a minute in.

Just beneath eight minutes in, Spooner drove into Montreal’s zone, drawing the eye of three defenders, and dropped a move to a trailing Nurse however her shot was blocked.

Maltais despatched in one other move from behind the purpose to an open Nurse who fired a shot from the left faceoff circle however hit the submit at 10:55.

Compher lastly broke the impasse at 5:11 of the third interval, to the delight of the deafening house crowd waving their rally towels. She took a feed in entrance from Brittany Howard, who was behind the web, and fired it in over Desbiens’s left shoulder.

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Natalie Spooner on Canada successful Rivalry Series, PWHL Toronto’s turnaround

Host Rob Pizzo is joined by PWHL Toronto ahead Natalie Spooner, recent off serving to Canada to victory over the United States within the rivalry sequence.

After Maggie Connors went to the penalty field for hooking at 6:14, Toronto nearly scored two short-handed targets. Maltais went in on a breakaway however was stopped by Desbiens, shortly adopted by Nurse establishing Spooner who was stonewalled in entrance.

With Renata Fast going off for cross-checking at 8:44, Montreal turned up the strain with a number of pictures from Marie-Philip Poulin and one from Kati Tabin however could not remedy Campbell.

Miller doubled Toronto’s lead with 4:39 remaining within the third. She fired in a wrist shot five-hole coming down the left facet of the ice.

Bach scored with 4:07 left after Desbiens was pulled for an additional attacker.

Toronto welcomes New York at Mattamy Athletic Centre subsequent Friday.

Montreal returns house to host Minnesota on Sunday.

The full schedule of PWHL video games airing on CBC Sports this season is obtainable right here.

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