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Montreal, QC (Mar. 11, 2019) – Les Canadiennes triumphed over the Markham Thunder in a fierce three-game semi-final series. The team will make their eighth trip to the Clarkson Cup Final, having won last in 2017.
They will face the Calgary Inferno in the Clarkson Cup Final for the third time in four years, on March 24th at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto at noon.
After shutting out the Thunder last Friday 3-0, Les Canadiennes fell short in a 4-3 loss in Game 2 before putting up a dominant performance in the final tilt of the series, earning a 5-0 shutout win.
“I think everyone contributed and played to the best of their abilities,” said associate coach Caroline Ouellette. We were very connected, starting with our penalty kill, and after we made some adjustments. The players executed the game plan to perfection and were more aggressive. I don’t think the Thunder expected that.”
Leaving the first period with a 1-0 lead thanks to Mélodie Daoust, Les Canadiennes’ offense exploded in the second frame as they went on to score three goals in 3:04. Jill Saulnier doubled the team’s lead before defense Lauriane Rougeau, who played an exceptional series, scored on a powerplay less than two minutes later. Hilary Knight tripled the club’s tally over a minute later.
Les Canadiennes first-line combination comprised of Knight, Daoust and Saulnier was dominant, putting up a total of 16 points in three games.
“It’s fun to play with great players,” said Knight. “That’s one of the reasons I came up here, among others. You start playing with awesome players and the love of the game becomes contagious in the greatest way possible.”
Second-year forward Tracy-Ann Lavigne scored a powerful top-shelf goal from the left face-off circle near the halfway mark of the game. Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer earned her second shutout of the playoffs, stopping 17 shots.
Three stars: 1. Hilary Knight (1 G, 2 A) 2. Mélodie Daoust (1 G, 1 A) 3. Lauriane Rougeau (1 G, 1 A)
Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/799
Les Canadiennes will prepare for what promises to be an intense final showcase this season against the Calgary Inferno. The top two teams in the regular season, Calgary held the edge in wins with four in six games, while Montreal triumphed in their last tilt of the regular season.
For tickets to the Clarkson Cup Final, click here.
Schedule for team practices in March:
Mar. 12-14: 8:00pm-9:30pm, Place Bell (closed to public)
Mar. 18-19-21: 8:00pm- 9:30pm, Place Bell (closed to public)
For all media inquiries, including attendance to practices, please contact [email protected].
***Media must submit their accreditation requests for the Clarkson Cup Final by Wednesday, Mar. 13, and fill out the following online form: https://bit.ly/2J5kAPb
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