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Les Canadiennes advance to Clarkson Cup Final with emphatic 5-0 win

Montreal’s CWHL team moves on to the winner-take-all championship game.

Shanna Martin

Les Canadiennes defeated the Markham Thunder in Game 3 of their CWHL Semifinal by a score of 5-0, eliminating last year’s champions to earn a spot in the Clarkson Cup Final.

The best-of-three series began on Friday with Montreal claiming a 3-0 victory over Markham. Emerance Maschmeyer earned the shutout to get the first CWHL Playoff victory of her career in her fifth attempt, following an incredible regular-season performance that should see her named the goaltender of the year at the annual awards show on March 22.

Facing elimination, Jenna McParland responded with a natural hat trick for Markham on Saturday, and the Thunder survived a late pushback from Les Canadiennes to stay alive with a 4-3 win.

Their hopes of coming all the way back to take the series were dashed quickly in the second period of Game 3. Already with a 1-0 lead, Montreal received goals from Jillian Saulnier, Lauriane Rougeau, and Hilary Knight in a span of 3:04 to put the game out of reach.

The Clarkson Cup Final will take place on March 24, and be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet. Les Canadiennes will play the winner of the series between the Calgary Inferno and Toronto Furies (currently in progress). Montreal will be aiming for a second championship in three seasons.