๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Clarkson & Isobel Cups Awarded, Fortino & Larocque Join Triple Gold Club

The biggest day of the year in women’s club hockey has come and gone, with the Clarkson and Isobel Cups being awarded and two Canadian defenders joining the unofficial women’s Triple Gold Club.

The first tilt saw the Markham Thunder, a surprise finalist after eliminating the defending champion Canadiennes de Montrรฉal, taking on the Kunlun Red Star, a first-year team made up of American expats and emerging Chinese stars, also a surprise finalist, meet for the CWHL’s Clarkson Cup in Toronto. After goals by Nicole Brown for Markham and Kelli Stack for Kunlun sent the game to overtime, it was Laura Stacey potting the winner 2:49 into the extra frame, beating Kunlun keeper Noora Rรคty, who stood on her head for much of the game, stopping 37 of 39 shots, compared to her team’s lowly 18. This marks the first Cup for the Thunder, who moved to Markham for the 2017-18 season after 20 years in Brampton.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of the Markham Thunder, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kristen Barbara, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Megan Bozek, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nicole Brown, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Megan Delay, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laura Fortino, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Lindsay Grigg, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jessica Hartwick, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Erica Howe, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Becca King, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Liz Knox, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nicole Kosta, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jocelyne Larocque,ย defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laura McIntosh, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jenna McParland, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jamie Miller, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Fielding Montgomery, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jamie Lee Rattray
,ย forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kristen Richards, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Dania Simmonds, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Devon Skeats, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laura Stacey,ย forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Karolina Urban, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alexis Woloschuk, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Taylor Woods, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Melissa Wronzberg, forward

And south of the border in the NWHL, it was a rematch of the 2017 Isobel Cup in Newark, New Jersey, with the Metropolitan Riveters meeting the defending champion Buffalo Beauts. But this year, it was Riveter Alexa Gruschow who got the lone goal of the game just 5:33 into regulation, but a solid Riveter defence and a 21 save shutout performance by Katie Fitzgerald gave the Riveters their first ever Cup on home ice, just a year after leaving New York for New Jersey.

Our congratulations go out as well to the players, management and fans of the Metropolitan Riveters, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Harrison Browne, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sarah Bryant, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Courtney Burke, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Hillary Crowe, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Miye D’Oench, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kiira Dosdall-Arena, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Katie Fitzgerald, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Alexa Gruschow, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Cheeky Herr, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lindsey Hylwa, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ashley Johnston, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Bray Ketchum, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kelsey Koelzer, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Erika Lawler, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Rebecca Morse, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kelly Nash, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Packer, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Michelle Picard
, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Tatiana Rafter, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Rebecca Russo, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Jenny Ryan, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kimberly Sass, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lauren Wash, forward

The former victory also saw two new women join the Triple Gold Club, with Canadian defenders Laura Fortino and Jocelyne Larocque adding to their World Championship and Olympic Gold Medals, which they both first won in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Fortino has also won gold at the Four Nations Cup (2014), and has silver at the Olympics (2018), Worlds (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Four Nations (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017), while Larocque also has three Nations Cup titles (2010, 2013, 2014), along with silver from the Olympics (2018), Worlds (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Four Nations Cup (2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017). Our congratulations go out to the 25th and 26th women to join this prestigious club!

Photo Credit: Markham Thunderย IIHFHHOFIOC



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