Former Badgers Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight helped lead the Boston Blades to their first Clarkson Cup in team history, defeating the Montreal Stars, 5-2, on Saturday, March 23, in Markham, Ontraio.
Both Montreal and Boston clinched spots in the title game after starting the 2013 Clarkson Cup playoffs with a 2-0 record. In Friday’s championship preview, Montreal edged Boston 1-0, as the Stars went through round-robin action without conceding a single goal.
However, Boston rebounded the following day and used five power-play goals to down the defending Clarkson Cup champions.
Prior to the 2013 Clarkson Cup championship game, Knight was recognized as the league’s Most Valuable Player. In just her rookie season, Knight led the Blades with 17 goals and 15 assists. Her 32 regular-season points was third most in the league. She lived up to her MVP honors, leading all skaters at the 2013 CWHL Playoffs with five points in four games.
Duggan, an assistant captain for the Blades, chipped in two assists in the four playoff games. She missed part of the season due to injury, but still finished the regular season with 13 points.
Two other former Badgers skated at the 2013 Clarkson Cup playoffs, Carolyne Prévost for Montreal and Mallory Deluce for Toronto.
Prévost opened the postseason with a goal in the Stars’ 5-0 win against Brampton on March 20. She also started for Montreal in their round-robin game against Boston, March 22.
Deluce tallied one assist for the Furies’ opening game against Boston. Toronto took a 2-1 lead over the eventual Clarkson Cup champs in the second period, but Boston scored two unanswered goals for the win.
Finished tied for 12th in league scoring with 20 points (six goals and 14 assists) ... played in 23 games for the Furies ... scored the game's first goal, before collecting two assists, including the lone helper on an 4-3 overtime winner at Brampton (Oct. 20) ... tallied one assist in a 4-3 overtime loss the following night against Brampton (Oct. 21) ... scored one goal and recorded one assist in the Nov. 17 game against Alberta which was played in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto ... scored two goals, one short-handed, in 3-1 win over Alberta (Nov. 19) ... tallied four assists in the three-game series against Alberta on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 ... recorded three assists in Toronto's 4-3 win against Montreal (Jan. 6) ... scored the game winner and recorded an assist in the 7-3 win at Brampton on Jan. 12 ... assisted one goal at Boston on Jan. 20 ... scored Toronto's lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Boston on Feb. 23 ... tallied one assist against Montreal on March 3 ... recorded one assist in Toronto's Clarkson Cup playoff game against Boston on March 20.
Missed part of the season due to injury, but finished tied for 23rd in league scoring with 13 points (five goals and eight assists) ... played in 14 games for the Blades ... recorded four assists on Sept. 30 in a 6-4 exhibition win against Northeastern, including helping on the game-winning goal to cap off Karen Thatcher's hat trick ... assisted on the game winner in a 4-3 exhibition win against Boston College (Oct. 6) ... scored the third goal in the series finale against Montreal on Oct. 21 to help the Blades to a 4-1 victory ... recorded one assist in a 4-3 win against Toronto on Oct. 27 ... recorded two assists in a 6-3 loss to Montreal on Jan. 12 ... recorded one goal and one assist in 5-2 win against Toronto on Jan. 20 ... recorded a season-high four-point weekend against Brampton (March 2-3), scoring two goals in the opening game and notching two assists in the second game ... had a two-point (1 goal, 1 assist) weekend against Brampton to close out the regular season, March. 9-10 ... tallied two assists in the 2013 Clarkson Cup playoffs to help Boston claim its first Clarkson Cup.
#9 | Molly Engstrom
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Played in eight games for the Blades ... recorded two assists against Toronto in a 4-3 win on Oct. 27 ... scored her first goal of the season, on the power play, in a 3-1 win against Alberta on Dec. 8.
Named CWHL's 2013 Most Valuable Player ... finished third in regular-season scoring with 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) ... led the CWHL with five game-winning goals ... played in all 24 games for the Blades ... recorded an assist on the Blades' fourth goal in a 4-4 exhibition tie against Boston University on Oct. 6 ... scored on the power play for Boston's third goal in a 4-3 come-from-behind win in a n exhibition against Boston College on Oct. 13 ... recorded an assist on the Blades first goal in an eventual 3-2 overtime loss on Oct. 20 against Montreal to open the regular season ... tallied first two goals in a 4-1 win over Montreal on Oct. 21 ... tallied one assist on the power play in a 2-1 win at Toronto (Oct. 28) ... scored one goal in each game and tallied three assists in the Blades' sweep of Montreal on Nov. 17-18 ... matched her UW career record, scoring five goals in an exhibition against Team Russia on Nov. 27 ... recorded two assists in 5-2 win against Brampton (Dec. 1) ... scored three goals in the three-game series against Alberta (Dec. 8-10), including a game-winner on Dec. ... recorded one goal and one assist in 6-3 loss to Montreal on Jan. 12 ... netted one goal and assisted one in 5-2 win against Toronto on Jan. 20 ... recorded one goal and one assist in the two wins against Alberta over Feb. 1-3 series ... recorded one goal in both games against Toronto (Feb. 23-24), including the game-winner in the series opener ... recorded a natural hat trick in the third period against Brampton (March 3) to secure a 4-1 win for the Blades ... recorded one goal and two assists in the final game of the regular season, March 10 vs Brampton ... led all skaters at the 2013 Clarkson Cup playoffs with five points (one goal and four assists), to help Boston claim it's first Clarkson Cup.
#2 | Erika Lawler
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Missed the 2012-13 season due to injury.
#12 | Meaghan Mikkelson
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Finished tied for 10th among league's defenseman in scoring with seven points (three goals and four assists) ... two game-winning goals was also tied for most by a single defenseman in the league ... played in all 23 games for Alberta ... recorded first point of the season with an assist in an 8-2 loss to Brampton on Oct. 28 ... scored Alberta's second goal in a 3-2 win the following night against Brampton (Oct. 29) ... scored game-winning goal against Boston on Feb. 2 ... scored the game-winner and recorded one assists in a 3-2 win at Brampton (Feb. 24), before tallying one assist the following day in a 4-1 loss ... recorded one assist in final game of the regular season, March 10 vs Montreal.
Finished tied for 18th in league scoring with 15 points (five goals and 10 assists) ... Played in 21 games for the Stars ... scored her first CWHL goal in a 5-3 loss to Boston on Nov. 17 ... recorded three assists in series against Toronto (Nov. 24-25) ... scored one goal in each game of the Dec. 8-9 series against Brampton, while also recording one assist in the 8-3 win on Dec. 9 ... recorded two goals, one game-winning, and three assists in 9-3 win against Brampton ... tallied a season-high three assists in a 6-2 win against Alberta on March 8 ... scored one goal in the Stars' 5-0 win over Brampton in the 2013 Clarkson Cup playoffs.
#14 | Bobbi-Jo Slusar
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Missed part of the season due to injury ... played in 12 games for Alberta.