Toronto Furies Wins First Clarkson Cup Title in Overtime
sunday march 23, 2014
photo courtesy of Jess Desjardins/CWHL
Sarnia Native #27 Carolyne Prevost assisted on the overtime winning goal just :33 seconds into the period that gave Toronto a 1 – 0 win over the Boston Blades. This is the first Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) Clarkson Cup title for the Toronto Furies.
"The championship game was an exciting game." Carolyne Prevost said "We knew Boston had a great team and obviously some dangerous forwards to be aware of on the ice."
To begin the over time period Boston was shorthanded and the Furies had a four on three advantage. The power play goal was set up by Prevost who made a pass from behind the net.
"Once I saw the puck behind the net I wanted to turn around and get an opportunity right away. I saw that Brit (Smith) was open In the slot and passed it to her as quick as I could. Seeing that puck go in was a great feeling! We all jumped everywhere on the ice and the rest of the team tackled us down. It was a little hard to breathe at the bottom of the pile but it was so exciting sharing that moment with my teammates!
Heading into the final Boston was undefeated in the three game round robin, allowing only three goals.
Toronto went 2 – 1 in round robin action. In their first game the Furies defeated the Calgary Inferno 3 - 2. In their second matchup they lost to Boston 2 -1 and the third game Toronto defeated the Montreal Stars in a shoot out with a final score of 3 – 2. (Prevost former team)
Toronto struggled on their power play attempts as they went one for nineteen during the round robin games and before the final goal was scored they were zero for five.
Toronto’s netminder Christina Kessler was named the MVP of the game after stopping all 25 shots. Kessler made a big save in the third period stopping a shorthanded breakaway attempt on U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight who had four goals against Calgary the day before.
Brittany Ott made 23 saves for Boston in the final game and allowed only 4 goals throughout the tournament.
"All tournament it seemed like it was a battle of the goalies. The championship game was similar. Kessler had an unbelievable tournament for us and it really was a team effort on the win." Prevost said
Natalie Spooner who assisted on the overtime winner and scored two game-winning goals in the round robin was namved MVP of the tournament.
This is the Toronto Furies first Clarkson Cup win in the six year history of the Cup.
"I'm so happy to be part of the very first Clarkson Cup championship with the Toronto Furies!" Prevost said "It was an unbelievable finish to our season! We were the underdogs going into the tournament but we managed to peak at the right time and that's what playoff hockey is all about."
About the CWHL
The CWHL is the premier, professionally run women's hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation.
The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines.
Since the CWHL’s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.
"The league has grown a lot in its 5 years and hopefully it will begin to get more sponsorships and support. People often follow women's hockey every 4 years when the Olympics are on but this is the league most of these Olympians play in. I definitely encourage people to keep watching and supporting the women's game outside of the Olympics because there is some great hockey being played." Prevost said.
Prevost has balance school and hockey this season. As well as playing hockey Prevost is currently in teachers college in the French system in Toronto. The league is a professional league but the women do not get paid and they play for the love of the game. With the league being non paying the Ladies have to have a job/career while playing in the CWHL.