MONTREAL 2011 CLARKSON CUP CHAMPIONS

The CWHL's Montreal team celebrates their win at the Clarkson Cup Finals presented by Scotiabank at the Barrie Molson Centre on March 27, 2011. (CNW Group/Scotiabank)

Caroline Ouellette takes in Montreal's win at the Clarkson Cup Finals presented by Scotiabank at the Barrie Molson Centre on March 27, 2011. (CNW Group/Scotiabank)

BARRIE, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - The 2011 Clarkson Cup, presented by Scotiabank concluded with the powerful Montreal team defeating Toronto 5 -0 at the Barrie Molson Centre.

Montreal got off to a 2 - 0 lead in the first period, The first goal was scored by Naemie Marin on a backhand from her off wing  at 14:47 as she converted a pass from Caroline Oullette. The second goal was scored at 7:29 from a face off in the Toronto end as Dominique Thibeault took the draw and Vanessa Davidson skated off the boards, picked up the puck and put a quick shot behind goaltender Sami Jo Small.

The lone goal of the second period was scored at 10:36 by Thibault on a nice outside drive cutting around the Toronto defender. She pulled the goalie across the crease and put the puck in the top corner. The shots at the end of the second period were 34 to 17 in favour of Montreal.

Montreal added two more in the third to capture the 5-0 win. At the 5:33 mark, Julie Chu feathered a nice pass to Ouellette just off the crease with Ouellette making a perfect low shot to score. The final goal of the game was scored with 2:42 left as Sarah Vaillancourt  picked up a pass from Ouellette and hit the mark on a quick shot from about five feet out.

Toronto goalie Sami Jo Small played well in defeat as Montreal controlled the game outshooting Toronto 51 to 26. Toronto did threaten offensively early in the game and could have turned the contest around but Montreal goaltender, Kim St. Pierre, came up with exceptional saves to earn the shutout and ultimately crown Montreal the Clarkson Cup Champions 2011.

Madame Clarkson's daughter, Kyra Clarkson, was on hand to present the prestigious Cup to Montreal's captain, Lisa Marie Breton-Lebreux. The Three Stars of the Game: First Star - Dominique Thibault, Montreal. Second Star - Vanessa Davidson, Montreal. Third Start - Jennifer Botterill, Toronto. The Most Valuable Player of the Clarkson Cup was Montreal's scoring leader, Sarah Vaillancourt.

For more information or to get complete game statistics, please visit www.cwhl.ca.

About CWHL
Comprised of many former and upcoming Olympic athletes, the CWHL was established in 2007 by the players themselves. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey in Canada while providing a place where the best female hockey players can train and compete. By day, these women are moms, have successful careers, and graduate from top tier universities. By night, they're Canada's finest female hockey players - unpaid, underestimated, and ultimately unknown. Several players in the league have played with the Canadian and US Olympic teams that house Canada's next generation of Olympians striving to play hockey at the highest level. In 2007, the CWHL partnered with Scotiabank, the Official Bank of the NHL, NHLPA, NHL Alumni and CWHL. This sponsorship has been key in the development of the league.

About Scotiabank
As the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHLPA®, NHL Alumni™ and the CWHL, Scotiabank is very proud to be Canada's Hockey Bank. Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues. Through its partnerships, Scotiabank's hockey programs enrich the communities where Canadians live and work by engaging fans and players in new ways to celebrate our game. Scotiabank supports the passion and pride Canadians feel for hockey and believes it is fundamental to helping young people learn about teamwork, camaraderie and the spirit of competition. Scotiabank's partnership with Pro Hockey Life provides exclusive in-store and online discounts to the Bank's customers, promotes advice on equipment and enhances the grassroots community programs of both companies. Scotiabank also has partnerships with the Montreal Canadiens®, the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome, and the Ottawa Senators® whose home arena is Scotiabank Place. For more information on Scotiabank's hockey programs visit www.scotiahockeyclub.com.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world over the last 5 years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com

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