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2019 Clarkson Cup Preview and Game Thread: Les Canadiennes vs Calgary Inferno

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Everything you need to know about the CWHL championship.

Shanna Martin / CWHL

For the third time in four seasons, Les Canadiennes will be facing off against the Calgary Inferno in the Clarkson Cup final. The championship is a one-game, winner-take-all matchup.

Emerance Maschmeyer will be getting the start for Montreal, while CWHL Goaltender of the Year Alex Rigsby will be starting for the Calgary Inferno. The two have had several classic battles this season, and internationally. The last time they faced off for a championship was at the 2016 World Championships Gold Medal game where Team USA won 1-0 in overtime.

The game will be held at the Coca Cola Coliseum in Toronto. Puck drop is at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. It will be broadcast live on Sportsnet in Canada and on Sportsnet Now. It will be on NHL Network in the United States.

2019 Clarkson Cup
Montreal Canadiennes vs Calgary Inferno
Start: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Coca Cola Coliseum, Toronto
TV: Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Canada), NHL Network (USA)
Live Stream (Canada): Sportsnet Now

By the Numbers

Les Canadiennes player stats

# Name Pos GP G A P
# Name Pos GP G A P
29 Marie-Philip Poulin F 26 23 27 50
24 Ann-Sophie Bettez F 26 18 30 48
11 Jill Saulnier F 20 11 18 29
14 Erin Ambrose D 26 6 18 24
15 Mélodie Daoust F 14 11 9 20
19 Katia Clement-Heydra F 26 6 13 19
21 Hilary Knight F 23 9 8 17
16 Sarah Lefort F 26 7 9 16
5 Lauriane Rougeau D 28 2 14 16
76 Karell Emard F 28 6 8 14
9 Kim Deschênes F 28 4 7 11
18 Genevieve Bannon F 26 2 5 7
27 Taylor Willard D 26 2 5 7
17 Melanie Desrochers D 28 1 6 7
12 Catherine Daoust D 27 2 3 5
22 Maude Gelinas F 25 3 1 4
2 Olivia Atkinson F 17 2 1 3
72 Emma Martin D 12 1 2 3
88 Kayla Tutino F 5 1 1 2
78 Tracy-Ann Lavigne F 28 1 1 2
47 Emmanuelle Blais F 2 0 2 2
38 Emerance Maschmeyer G 20 0 2 2
23 Sophie Brault D 17 0 1 1
20 Marie-Joelle Allard D 24 0 1 1
Maude Nicol G 0 0 0 0
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes G 4 0 0 0
60 Genevieve Lacasse G 4 0 0 0

Calgary Inferno player stats

# NAME POS GP G A P
# NAME POS GP G A P
6 Rebecca Johnston F 27 15 24 39
19 Brianne Jenner F 27 19 13 32
14 Brianna Decker F 23 12 14 26
16 Rebecca Leslie F 27 11 15 26
44 Zoe Hickel F 24 7 16 23
40 Blayre Turnbull F 25 12 9 21
22 Kacey Bellamy D 27 6 15 21
4 Brigette Lacquette D 24 2 16 18
51 Katelyn Gosling D 25 9 7 16
7 Venla Hovi {I} F 25 4 10 14
21 Halli Krzyzaniak D 27 4 9 13
13 Kelty Apperson F 25 3 3 6
17 Kaitlin Willoughby F 27 1 5 6
3 Tori Hickel D 27 1 4 5
9 Dakota Woodworth F 27 2 2 4
11 Eden Murray F 17 1 3 4
28 Louise Warren F 19 0 4 4
18 Aina Mizukami {I} D 18 1 1 2
5 Kelly Murray D 27 0 2 2
10 Rhianna Kurio F 14 0 1 1
2 Laura Dostaler F 16 0 1 1
8 Erica Kromm F 22 0 1 1
33 Lindsey Post G 1 0 0 0
41 Annie Belanger G 9 0 0 0
1 Alex Rigsby G 17 0 0 0

Goaltender stats

# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes MTL 4 4 0 0 80 4 1.00 0.950 2 240
38 Emerance Maschmeyer MTL 20 15 4 1 446 29 1.45 0.935 4 1200
60 Genevieve Lacasse MTL 4 2 2 0 90 10 2.53 0.889 1 237
41 Annie Belanger CGY 9 8 1 0 167 12 1.39 0.928 4 518
1 Alex Rigsby CGY 17 14 2 1 417 35 2.04 0.916 1 1027
33 Lindsey Post CGY 1 0 1 0 26 3 3.14 0.885 0 57

Calgary Inferno lineup

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
1- Alex Rigsby
41- Annie Belanger
33- Lindsay Post

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
22- Kacey Bellamy 51- Katelyn Gosling
21- Halli Krzyzaniak 4- Brigette Lacquette
3- Tori Hickel 5- Kelly Murray
18- Aina Mizukami

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
44- Zoe Hickel 14- Brianna Decker 6- Rebecca Johnston
16- Rebecca Leslie 19- Brianne Jenner 9- Dakota Woodsworth
17- Kaitlyn Willoughby 40- Blayre Turnbull 7- Venla Hovi
13- Kelty Apperson 28- Louise Warren 10- Rhianna Kurio
8- Erica Kromm 2- Laura Dostaler 11- Eden Murray

Les Canadiennes de Montreal lineup

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
38- Emerance Maschmeyer
60- Geneviève Lacasse
35- Marie-Soleil Deschênes

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
5- Lauriane Rougeau 12- Catherine Daoust
17- Melanie Desrochers 14- Erin Ambrose
27- Taylor Willard 20- Marie-Joelle Allard
23- Sophie Brault 72- Emma Martin

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
11- Jill Saulnier 15- Mélodie Daoust 21- Hilary Knight
16- Sarah Lefort 29- Marie Philip Poulin 24- Ann-Sophie Bettez
9- Kim Deschênes 19- Katia Clement-Heydra 76- Karell Emard
2- Olivia Atkinson 78- Tracy-Ann Lavigne 18- Geneviève Bannon
22- Maude Gelinas

*Marie-Philip Poulin is day-to-day with a lower-body injury

They said it

  • “[The key to victory] will be who has the best team. Not just the best players but having the best team and for us our slogan was ‘The Perfect Mix’ and we really believe that we’re ready and we have everything we need in our power to lead us to be the best we can be [on Sunday].” - Les Canadiennes forward Ann-Sophie Bettez
  • “Last weekend was a big weekend back home for the community and for Nova Scotia. It definitely has been a huge focus for the past few weeks but now that we’re winding down [...] it’s obviously time to gear the focus to Clarkson Cup, so just stay in the moment and keeping our eyes on the prize.” - Les Canadiennes forward Jill Saulnier
  • “We have a lot of depth in our lineup so on any given day anyone can step up and score a big goal up and down the lineup.” - Calgary Inferno forward Brianne Jenner.
  • “They are always very competitive games. There’s a lot of talent on both teams and it’s a real showcase for women’s hockey and for our rivalry. I love playing against Montreal and beating them so hopefully we have that success.” - Calgary Inferno forward Rebecca Johnston