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Maschmeyer and Jenner star as Ottawa beats Minnesota 4-0

OTTAWA – While her teammates took a few minutes to get going on Saturday night, Emerance Maschmeyer held down the fort.

OTTAWA – While her teammates took a few minutes to get going on Saturday night, Emerance Maschmeyer held down the fort.

The Ottawa goaltender made 35 saves for her second shutout of the Professional Women’s Hockey League season in a 4-0 win over Minnesota.

“They had a game in hand, so I knew there could be a little bit of chaos right away,” Maschmeyer said. “But my job is to stay calm and kill plays whenever I can.”

Captain Brianne Jenner was equally impressive with a hat trick, while Ashton Bell also scored for Ottawa (8-0-6-6).

Jenner couldn’t remember the last time she scored a hat trick, but thought it might have been in college.

Nicole Hensley made 18 saves for Minnesota (8-4-3-6), which had won all four previous games against Ottawa.

The win was much needed as Ottawa is locked in a battle with Boston (6-4-2-9) for the fourth and final playoff spot. Ottawa has a two-point lead and the two will face off on Wednesday night.

“There’s going to be a lot of back and forth,” Ottawa coach Carla MacLeod said. “It’s going to be a race all the way to the final and I think the most important thing for us is that we isolate ourselves and just continue to grow and do what we do and that gives us the best chance to get us where we want to go. to go.”

Before the break in the Hockey World Cup, Minnesota was on a five-game winning streak but has now dropped back-to-back games.

“Guess we’ll go back to Minnesota and get back to work,” said a visibly frustrated Kendall Coyne Schofield. “We’re looking at the things we need to work on for the last two games.”

Minnesota came into the first inning flying, but Maschmeyer made a couple of big saves to set the tone of the game. Ottawa didn’t register its first shot until 10:07 a.m.

“She (Maschmeyer) was really huge for us,” Jenner said. “You know, it’s no surprise that she was player of the game. I think she gave us a chance to calm down a bit.

The home side got a break when Hensley went to play the puck behind the net and it took a weird bounce off the boards between her feet to bounce forward, leaving a wide open net for Jenner to score her sixth of the season at 17 :14 hours. .

The second period was Ottawa’s worst this season, scoring only 11 goals, but they found their rhythm and took a 3-0 lead.

Jenner scored her second of the match at 4:07. Minnesota’s Maggie Flaherty fell behind the net, allowing Emily Clark to jump on the puck and feed Jenner in front.

Midway through the period, Ottawa broke in with a 2-on-1, with Vanisova making a great pass under Flaherty’s stick to Bell, who scored in the open end.

Minnesota’s best chance to get back into the game came early in the third when they had a 24-second lead with two players but were unable to capitalize on it or the ensuing power play.

Minnesota went 0-for-4 on the power play.

“We’re getting a lot of pucks to the net again,” Minnesota coach Ken Klee said. “We get chances, but we don’t take them.”

Jenner made it rain and scored her third at 15:39 of the third period, hitting a shot over Hensley.

“I was just trying to keep up with (Tereza Vanisova) and (Darryl Watts),” Jenner said of her linemates. “I thought they played great and was lucky to get a few lands on my stick.”

COMMENTS

Seventeen players from the two teams represented their countries at the recent 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Utica, NY

NEXT ONE

Ottawa: Hosts Boston on Wednesday.

Minnesota: Hosts Boston on Saturday, April 27.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2024.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press