OTTAWA, ONT – Les Canadiennes de Montreal defeated the Calgary Inferno 3 – 1, on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to win the 2017 Clarkson Cup. The 2017 Clarkson Cup title is the 4th in the Montreal team’s history. The game was Montreal’s 7th total and 3rd straight appearance in the Final.
Les Canadiennes de Montreal Captain and 2017 CWHL MVP Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC) scored the game-winner at 5:24 of the 2nd period with an assist from Cathy Chartrand (Nominingue, QC) and Julie Chu (Fairfield, CT). Montreal opened the scoring, with Katia Clement-Heydra (St-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC) getting the scoring started at 12:36 of the 1st period with assists from Noémie Marin (Acton Vale, QC) and Karell Emard (Marieville, QC).
Poulin scored shortly into the second to give Montreal a 2 – 0 lead, which they held until late in the 3rd when Calgary’s Jill Saulnier (Halifax, NS) scored at 12:57 of the 3rd period to bring the Inferno within one.
Montreal made the most of an Inferno empty net, and Poulin put the finishing touches on the Montreal victory with an empty net goal at 18:08 of the 3rd.
2017 CWHL Goalie of the Year Charline Labonte (Boisbriand, QC) stood tall for Les Canadiennes in net, turning away 26 of 27 shots and claimed both the game’s first star and the Clarkson Cup Playoff MVP titles to go alongside her first Clarkson Cup. Les Canadiennes Marie-Philip Poulin was named the game’s 2nd star and Calgary Inferno forward Jill Saulnier the 3rd star.
The 2017 Clarkson Cup was the 9th annual CWHL championship presented by Scotiabank and the 2nd in partnership with the Ottawa Senators. The Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes de Montreal reached the Clarkson Cup Final after defeating Toronto and Brampton respectively in their best-of-three playoff series semi-finals last weekend.
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About the Clarkson Cup: First awarded in 2006 to Canada’s National Women’s Team, the Clarkson Cup was commissioned by the Right Honorable Madame Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada. Her dream was to create a trophy that would be played for by North America’s top women’s hockey club teams. It was first awarded in 2008 to that year’s CWHL champions, the Montreal Stars. Since then, it has become a coveted prize for all female players and is widely regarded as the ultimate achievement in our game. In 2013, the Clarkson Cup was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
About the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL)
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines.
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About the Ottawa Senators
One of seven NHL franchises based in Canada, the Ottawa Senators returned to the league in 1992 following a 58-year absence. Ottawa won 11 Stanley Cups during its original reign from 1903 to 1934. The modern-day Senators have captured four titles in the Northeast Division and a Presidents’ Trophy in 2002-03. Since 1992, the Senators together with its foundation, alumni, partners and fans have now contributed more than $100 million to community initiatives in the National Capital Region. For more information, visit www.ottawasenators.com