The Montreal Blitz easily took the measure of the Northeastern (Schenectady, NY) Nitro on Saturday at École Polyvalente Dalbé-Viau by a score of 42-0. With the win, the Blitz keeps its record pristine at 5-0 with only 11 points allowed. During the game, head coach Pierre Migner kept shouting “zero!” to his players, reminding them of the importance of allowing few points to obtain home-field advantage during the playoffs.
“We had insisted in preparation in intensity. This is what we showed today. I had asked my players to play with intensity, to avoid getting dominated physically because they have strong players. Physically we won the game,” said Migner.
Laurence Pontbriand scored the first touchdown early on putting the Blitz ahead by six. She got a second major a few minutes later catching quarterback Saadia Ashraf’s pass in the end zone between her legs. Sophie Roy ran on the next play for the two-point conversion. Before the end of the first quarter, it was 14-0 for the Blitz.
On the Northeastern’s next possession, the Nitro was forced to punt at its 30-yard line. Safety Jade Abboud caught the ball in her zone and ran right through Nitro’s defence for the touchdown. Abboud would finish the game with an interception and a touchdown.
“I saw a hole and I just ran into it. It was nice to get a touchdown also. I just played my game and my team helped me to run,” she said.
At 21-0 with 13:54 left in the second quarter, the game already looked out of reach for the Nitro. Early in the third quarter, the Nitro took possession at their three-yard line after a Blitz punt. They lost possession on the next play due to a fumble and Pontbriand was able to run for her third touchdown four plays later. The Blitz never looked back. Georgina Paull and Marie-Claude Vincent would get two more touchdowns for the Blitz which would take the game 42-0.
For Nitro’s head coach Richard Messmer, who fielded only 19 players including 15 rookies, the game’s result didn’t matter that much given the quality of Montreal’s play.
“Montreal has a great team. They’re playing at a level we’re hoping to get to. We’re really just a first year start-up team. You can’t give a team like Montreal the breaks. They don’t need the help. We had too many turnovers, too many mistakes. All the things didn’t go our way,” he said.