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Montreal Stars defend national women's hockey title

Vanessa Davidson's goal midway through the second period proved to be the winner as the Montreal Stars defended their Clarkson Cup Canadian Women's Hockey League championship title with a 4-2 victory over Brampton HC on Sunday.

Alyssa Cecere, Emmanuelle Blais and Caroline Ouellette, who was chosen tournament MVP, also scored for Montreal.

Former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson, whom the Cup is named after, presented the winning trophy to the Stars.

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"It means so much and is an amazing feeling," Ouellette said. "We are known as a team that scores a lot of goals but in the tournament we played very well defensively."

Courtney Birchard and Cherie Piper each scored in the third period for Brampton.

After a goalless first period, Montreal got on the board 23 seconds into the second when Cecere fired a shot past Brampton goalie Liz Knox.

Ouellette made it 2-0 at the four-minute mark when she converted on a beautiful setup pass from Sabrina Harbec on a 2-on-1 break.

Davidson made 3-0 at 12:18 for what would be the eventual winner. Brampton scored twice in the final period but couldn't beat Stars goaltender Jenny Lavigne to complete a comeback.

"Jenny played so well and it was her time to get the glory," said Ouellette, referring to Lavigne playing backup behind Kim St. Pierre in previous years. "She allowed only two goals in the entire tournament."

Blais cemented the victory on a marker with seven minutes to play.

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Four players from the Stars will take part in the Canadian selection camp for the 2012 world championships: Ouellette, Meghan Agosta, Catherine Ward and Blais. Players will report to camp Monday night in Ottawa.

Stars winger Julie Chu will be looking to crack the U.S. squad.

Brampton will also send four players to the Canadian selection camp: Jayna Hefford, Gillian Apps, Piper and Birchard.

Molly Engstrom hopes to earn a roster spot with the United States.

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