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Canadiennes punch their Clarkson Cup Final ticket with a 7-1 win over the Furies

Les Canadiennes wrap up their best-of-three series with the Furies in two games, sending Toronto home with 5-1 and 7-1 losses.

Shanna Martin

Les Canadiennes finished off their series with the Toronto Furies with a 7-1 win on Saturday night in front of a packed house at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Montreal finds themselves headed to Ottawa to compete for the Clarkson Cup in a winner-take-all showdown against the Calgary Inferno on Sunday March 13.

Calgary beat the Brampton Thunder 4-3 Saturday evening, winning that series in two games as well.

"We want to go all the way this year," said Caroline Ouellette after the game. "Right now we feel great. We feel confident. We feel ready. It's a privilege to make it to the final in the league, and now we have to show up and be the better team."

Montreal opened the scoring with a pair of goals from Ouellette and Cathy Chartrand in the first period, giving Les Canadiennes a 2-0 lead after 20.

Defender Julie Chu arrived seven minutes into the first period, as she was coaching a Concordia Stingers playoff game this afternoon. Her dad drove her to the game while she changed in the backseat.

"Thankfully there was no traffic," she said, laughing. "It's a good thing it's a Saturday."

The late arrival didn't seem to slow her down, as she found the back of the net twice in the second period. She initially had a hat trick but her first goal was changed when it was shown Chu's shot was tipped in by Ouellette.

Ouellette set a CWHL Clarkson Cup record with a two goal night to go along with four assists for a total of six points. She had four goals and four assists in the series.

Alyssa Baldin had the lone marker for the Furies in the second period, with Kori Cheverie getting the assist.

Marie-Philip Poulin had the goal of the game 6:37 into the third period when she toe-dragged around a Furies defender before putting the puck by Sonja van der Bliek, who replaced Christina Kessler after the fifth Montreal goal.

"We've got to be proud of ourselves. I think it was great teamwork," said Poulin. "We were so lucky all year to have volunteers who came and helped us out and it's so amazing. It's just a big family. I'm so happy. We didn't just do it for us, but for everyone in Montreal."

Lauriane Rougeau scored Montreal's seventh and final goal of the game on the powerplay, with Ouellette and Ann-Sophie Bettez picking up the assists.

Les Canadiennes' Charline Labonté made 14 saves in the win.

"This year, I think we're even better than we were last year," said Labonté after the victory. Montreal was beaten by the Boston Blades in overtime in the Clarkson Cup final last season. "There was a bitter taste in our mouths since last year's tough loss. We really truly believed that we could do it."

Tickets are on sale now for the Clarkson Cup on Sunday March 13 in Ottawa, and can be purchased here.