March 25, 2012
Montreal, Brampton in Clarkson Cup final
By RAY SPITERI, QMI Agency
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. - The Montreal Stars and Brampton Hockey Club will meet for a second time at this year's Clarkson Cup — this time with the Cup on the line.
Montreal has the best record during the four-day tournament at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, winning all three of its games.
Brampton are 2-1, with its only loss coming at the hands of the Stars Friday afternoon in an evenly-played game, which ended 2-0 in favour of Montreal.
The championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Montreal needed overtime Saturday afternoon to keep its record perfect and beat the Boston Blades 5-4 in what was the most exciting game at this year's Clarkson Cup.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Shannon Sisk and Gigi Marvin. Montreal's Dominique Thibault brought the Stars back to within one with a goal in the dying seconds of the opening 20 minutes.
Catherine Ward scored for Montreal in the second to tie the game, setting up what was a thrilling third period.
The Blades regained the lead through Erika Lawler. The advantage was short lived, however, as Sabrina Harbec drew the Stars level before Meghan Agosta gave Montreal the 4-3 lead. But with less than a minute to go, Lawler scored her second of the game for Boston, sending the contest into overtime.
It didn't take long for Montreal's Caroline Ouellette to end it, just 45 seconds in fact. With the loss, Boston fell to 1-2 and was eliminated from the tournament.
Earlier in the day, Brampton defeated Toronto 4-2.
After a scoreless first period, Brampton scored three unanswered goals. Scoring were Molly Engstrom, Vicki Bendus and Allyson Fox.
Toronto scored 40 seconds apart in the third period through Kristy Zamora and Frances McPhail to put a little scare into Brampton, but Laurie Dupuis' empty-net goal with 16 seconds left iced the game for Brampton.
The loss sends Toronto to 0-3 and eliminates them from the tournament.