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On Sunday, the Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes de Montréal squared off in the Clarkson Cup final at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto. For those unable to watch the game in person, it was broadcasted on Sportsnet in Canada and NHL Network in the United States. In what was the most-anticipated game of the 2018-19 campaign, the Inferno came out on top in a 5-2 win over Les Canadiennes.
The fans did not have to wait long for the game’s opening goal, with Calgary forward Zoe Hickel getting her team on the board before the midway point of the first period. About five minutes later, defender Halli Krzyzaniak scored to put the Inferno ahead 2-0 going into the intermission. Calgary outshot Montréal 11-6 in the opening frame.
Early in the second period, Ann-Sophie Bettez responded for Les Canadiennes to cut the deficit in half. While on the power play, Inferno forward Brianna Decker picked up her third goal of the playoffs to restore Calgary’s two-goal lead. However, Bettez got her second tally of the game on a power play for Montréal to get them back to within one.
Trailing by one goal heading into the third period, Les Canadiennes made a late-game push. They outshot the Inferno 14-10 in the final frame, but Calgary goaltender Alex Rigsby shut the door. An insurance marker for the Inferno came on Hickel’s second of the game, while Rebecca Johnston scored an empty net goal to secure the win.
The final shots on goal were 30-27 in favour of Calgary, while each side was given five power play opportunities. Les Canadiennes were without captain Marie-Phillip Poulin, who was a major absence in their lineup due to injury. After scoring the game-winning goal, Decker was named the Clarkson Cup’s most valuable player.