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Les Canadiennes win the 2017 Clarkson Cup

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Marie-Philip Poulin scored the game-winning goal in the CWHL championship.

Chris Tanouye

After the heartbreak of losing last year, Les Canadiennes have claimed the Clarkson Cup for the 2016-17 season.

The team from Montreal took the lead early, getting a goal from Katia Clément-Heydra in the first period to open the scoring.

Marie-Philip Poulin made it a two-goal advantage in the second frame, squeaking one through Calgary Inferno goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer.

Calgary made it interesting in the third, with Jillian Saulnier potting a goal to reduce the lead to a single goal.

The Inferno kept up the pressure looking for an equalizer, with several lengthy stints around the crease of Charline Labonté.

But it was an empty-net goal from Poulin, after an aggressive play near the blue line from Caroline Ouellette, and a perfect pass from Julie Chu, that gave Les Canadiennes their two-goal lead back.

A last push by the Inferno wasn’t enough to get back into the game, and Les Canadiennes claimed the Clarkson Cup trophy in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s 10th season.

Be sure to check back soon for a full recap of the game with reaction from the winning side.