Closing Weekend of CWHL 2012-13 Regular Season a Possible Brush with History
While parity was the theme of the 2012-13 CWHL season, the closing weekend leaves many things unresolved.
Perhaps the biggest unresolved issue is the regular season scoring title.
Despite a four-point lead the Boston Blades have not been guaranteed of anything yet. Their 17-4-1 record makes the black and gold the class of the league, but Montreal is trailing close behind with a 15-5-1 mark.
Montreal has three games remaining, all against last place Team Alberta. The Furies have two games remaining with the third place Toronto Furies, who are looking to climb over the .500 mark.
For Montreal to claim the regular season title, they need to go undefeated and Boston must go winless.
The upcoming weekend will also determine whether Knight or Bettez emerges as the scoring leader among rookies.
Hilary Knight has established herself as an elite scorer. She sits second overall in the CWHL scoring race with 29 points. Although fellow rookie (and Montreal sniper) Ann-Sophie Bettez also has 29 points, Knight holds the advantage in goals scored.
Also, with the series on home ice, Montreal fans will have the opportunity to possibly witness history.
As Agosta-Marciano of the Montreal Stars looks to create more distance between herself and Knight in the scoring race, a three-game set against last place Alberta should have Agosta-Marciano highly motivated.
Should Agosta-Marciano hold on as the CWHL’s scoring leader, it will make her the first player in the history of the league to not only win the Angela James Bowl twice, but also the first to do so in consecutive seasons.
However, these three aren't the only ones looking to make a dramatic end to their rookie season.
While Genevieve Lacasse has wrapped up the title as winningest goaltender with 12 wins, she has the opportunity to capture a rare triple crown among goaltenders. Currently sitting first overall in the league in wins and goals against average, Lacasse is one shutout away from the league lead.
Should she manage to rank first in all three categories, it would mark the first time that a rookie netminder achieved such a remarkable feat.
And the No. 1 rookie, Montreal’s Cathy Chartrand, is looking for her own piece of history.
The rookie sensation sits first overall among CWHL defenders in the scoring race among defenders. Chartrand heads into the closing weekend with 18 points—five goals and 13 assists.
The next closest competitor is Anne Schleper with 15 points.
Perhaps the most intriguing race is the one involving the last goal of season.
As Montreal hosted the first contest of the season, it will also hold the last. While Sara Dagenais logged the first goal of the entire season, will she manage to close out her rookie year as the one who scores the last goal of the season?
With Montreal facing a last-place Alberta squad, it is highly possible that the final game may feature an empty net.
This would definitely make the race to score the last goal of the season much more dramatic.
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