Montreal Stars win Clarkson Cup!

Posted by Amey Doyle on March 26, 2012
Montreal Stars win Clarkson Cup!

Doyle Hockey Development would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Montreal Stars for winning back-to-back Clarkson Cup Championships! Summer camp staff members include Caroline Ouellette, Catherine Ward, Alyssa Cecere, Julie Chu and Vanessa Davidson.  Please find below an article posted in the Montreal Gazette.

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - There won’t be a parade down Ste. Catherine St. or thousands of fans to welcome them home, but the Montreal Stars are Clarkson Cup champions.

Again.

The Stars held on for a 4-2 victory Sunday over the Brampton Thunder in the Clarkson Cup final in Niagara Falls, Ont., the equivalent of the Stanley Cup for women’s hockey. The Stars have now been crowned Canadian Women’s Hockey League champions for the second straight year and the third time in four seasons.

Dare we utter the phrase dynasty? They definitely deserve to be lauded in some fashion.

Montreal went undefeated at the Clarkson Cup tournament, beating Toronto 7-0, Brampton 2-0 and Boston 5-4 in overtime, before Sunday’s win over Brampton. Montreal’s Caroline Ouellette was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

“The Clarkson Cup is so special to us,” said Ouellette, an assistant captain with the Stars. “We all grew up watching the Stanley Cup playoffs and seeing players get their names on the Cup. To see our names engraved on our league’s Cup is just as special.”

With both rosters boasting Olympians, Montreal and Brampton put on a show. The energy in the first period didn’t result in goals, but the teams combined for six penalties.

Montreal dominated the second period, taking a 3-0 lead on goals by Alyssa Cecere, Ouellette and Valerie Davidson. Early Brampton pressure, including several power plays, were thwarted by Stars goaltender Jenny Lavigne, who was solid throughout the tournament.

“There are so many Olympians now playing in the league, and any team can win on a given night,” Ouellette said. “The CWHL competition is now that good.”

Ouellette added that one of the keys to victory was Montreal’s penalty-killing in the second period.

Brampton managed to make a game of it in the third, as Courtney Birchand broke Lavigne’s shutout bid. But Emmanuelle Blais scored at 12:54 of the third on a goalmouth scramble to put the Stars up 4-1. Thunder forward and Canadian Olympic veteran Cherie Piper scored an unassisted goal on a hard drive to the net at 17:27, but then took an interference penalty at the 18-minute mark, effectively ending Brampton’s comeback bid.

Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson was on hand to present the Cup that bears her name to the Stars.

“It’s tough (facing Montreal),” said Brampton captain and Canadian national team mainstay Jayna Hefford. “It’s fun because they’re so good, and it makes us have to play our best hockey to be successful. They’re a dangerous team and they sort of just keep coming at you, wave after wave.”

Ouellette and teammates Meghan Agosta, Emmanuelle Blais and Catherine Ward leave Monday for the Team Canada selection camp for the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship. There are 28 players invited to the selection camp, but only 21 will be picked for next month’s tournament in Vermont.

Boston’s Erika Lawler, a U.S. Olympian, was named the top forward at the Clarkson Cup, while Brampton’s Liz Knox edged out Lavigne as top goaltender and Brampton’s Molly Engstrom was named top defenceman.

For more information on the Montreal Stars and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, go to the website at cwhl.ca.


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