For the second consecutive year and the seventh time in the last nine seasons, Les Canadiennes are headed to the Clarkson Cup Final.
Montreal advanced to the CWHL’s championship game after sweeping its best-of-three semi-final series against the Brampton Thunder with 7-1 and 5-1 victories before two packed crowds on Friday and Saturday. Defenceman Cathy Chartrand led the offence with five points (one goal, four assists), Marie-Philip Poulin (two goals, two assists) and Caroline Ouellette (four assists) contributed four points apiece while Kim Deschênes led all goal-scorers with three tallies in the two games.
Les Canadiennes now begin preparations for a rematch of last year’s Clarkson Cup Final against the Calgary Inferno, who clinched their spot with a win in a decisive Game 3 against the Toronto Furies. Montreal leads the CWHL in Clarkson Cup appearances in addition to a League-best three titles.
Les Canadiennes finished in second place behind the Inferno in the CWHL’s regular season standings but held the edge in their six meetings this season, posting a 3-2-1 record against the defending Clarkson Cup champions.
The CWHL’s final regular season standings feature a plethora of Canadiennes and Inferno talent. Montreal finished with three of the top four scorers in the CWHL this season, with Poulin leading the way followed by Ann-Sophie Bettez, who was one point behind, and Ouellette while Calgary came in right behind with Brianne Jenner, Bailey Bram, Rebecca Johnston and rookie Iya Gavrilova.
The match-up also features two of the top three defencemen in the League in Chartrand and Calgary’s Meghan Mikkelson and the top three goaltenders in Montreal’s Charline Labonté and Inferno netminders Emerance Maschmeyer and Genevieve Lacasse.
The Clarkson Cup will take place on Sunday, March 5 at 4 p.m. at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa and will be broadcast live nationally on Sportsnet. The League will hold its annual awards ceremony on Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m.