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The 2016 CWHL Clarkson Cup at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa was a game of firsts. It was the first time in women’s professional hockey history that a non-exhibition game was played in an NHL rink. The Calgary Inferno made their first Clarkson Cup appearance. And, with the Inferno’s 8-3 victory over the Les Canadiennes de Montreal, it was also their first Clarkson Cup win.
The Inferno came into the game as the slight underdog, with Les Canadiennes being the number one team in the league. But from the start, Calgary never seemed to be the underdog. The Inferno’s Rebecca Johnson opened the scoring at 2:26 in the first period. Montreal’s Marie Philip-Poulin answered five minutes later only to have Calgary’s Brianne Jenner score before the first ended. The Inferno never lost the lead again in the game.
At the end, four Inferno players had scored two goals apiece, and their goaltender, Delayne Brian, had saved 38 shots to bring the Cup to western Canada. Brian was the first star and MVP of the playoffs as well. According to a league press release, Inferno players players Kanae Aoki and Aina Takeuchi became the first Japanese players to win the Clarkson Cup.
They played with sticks and a puck, and a net.