Emerance Maschmeyer retires with 35 and Brianne Jenner has a hat trick as Ottawa beats Minnesota 4-0

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Emerance Maschmeyer was Ottawa’s best player from start to finish, making 35 saves in a 4-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Captain Brianne Jenner registered a hat trick, while Ashton Bell scored the other goal for Ottawa (8-0-6-6).

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

The win allowed Ottawa to take a two-point lead over Boston for the fourth and final playoff spot, making Wednesday’s matchup between the two that much more important.

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.

Jenner made it rain, scoring her third at 15:39 of the third period.

A solid second period allowed Ottawa to extend its lead to 3-0.

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 Tereza Vanisova making a great pass under Flaherty’s stick to Bell, who scored in the open end.

Despite being shut down for much of the period, Ottawa came out of the first inning with a 1-0 lead.

Maschmeyer made some big saves to save her teammates as they struggled to keep up with Minnesota. Ottawa didn’t register its first shot until 10:07 a.m.

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. .

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


Minnesota: Hosts Boston on April 27.

Ottawa: Hosts Boston on Wednesday.


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