PWHL: Carpenter Scores Twice as New York Tops Montreal, 3-2

MONTREAL (Florida Sports Wire)  – Alex Carpenter scored two first period goals and added the shootout winner to lead New York to a 3-2 win against Montréal at UBS Arena on Wednesday.

With her two goals, Carpenter now has eight on the season and five in her last three games.

She opened the scoring just 2:43 into the game, a powerplay marker to make the game 1-0. The 30-year-old center finished a smooth passing play with teammates Jaime Bourbonnais and Abby Roque by firing a wrist shot over the shoulder of Montreal’s Ann-Renée Desbiens.

Carpenter extended her league lead in points late in the frame after Roque jumped on a puck at her own blue line and had a clear-cut, shorthanded breakaway. Desbiens made the initial save, but Roque picked up her own rebound and then sent the puck across the ice to Carpenter, who one-timed it in.

Carpenter now has 14 points on the year, three ahead of Toronto’s Natalie Spooner.

After Roque scored in the third round of the shootout to give New York a 1-0 edge, it was Carpenter once again who put the game away for her team, scoring top-shelf on Desbiens to secure the victory in the fourth round. New York’s Abbey Levy stopped all four of Montréal’s attempts.

Carpenter scored two overtime winners in a row prior to Wednesday night’s game, with the shootout winner marking the third consecutive game that the center sealed two points for her team in extra time.

Despite their loss, Montréal nearly completed a comeback after falling behind 2-0 in the first.


In the second period, Montréal took advantage of a late powerplay to cut New York’s lead to 2-1. On the play, Laura Stacey picked up the puck behind the net and walked in from the side boards, rifling a shot through a screen in front for her sixth of the season. Catherine Dubois and Tereza Vanišová picked up assists on the play.

Montréal evened up the score 2-2 midway through the third period when forward Vanišová drove to the net hard, sending the puck across the crease onto the stick of teammate Maureen Murphy, who directed it into the open side past Levy. The assist was Vanišová’s second of the game and eighth overall.

Murphy’s goal was confirmed following video review of the dislodged net prior to the puck crossing the line. The sequence transpired exactly one minute after video review disallowed a Montréal goal by Laura Stacey due to goaltender interference.

After a five-minute 3-on-3 overtime saw each team record four shots, the game ended by a final score of 3-2 in the shootout in favor of the home team.

The win was New York’s third in a row and their first on home ice.

Levy, a native of nearby Congers, NY, made 21 saves to pick up her first-ever professional win. Desbiens made 20 saves in the loss.

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