By Melissa Milonow
Cherie Piper had two goals and an assist while Lori Dupuis scored one goal and added two assists to help lead Brampton to a 7-0 win over Toronto, Saturday, on the night of their retirement ceremony at Victoria Park Arena.
In front of a packed house, Thunder veterans Piper and Dupuis were honoured in a pregame ceremony outlining their outstanding achievements in the CWHL and extensive careers with the National Women?۪s Team.
As it was the final game of the regular season, standings were also on the line, as the winning team would finish in third.
The Thunder head into the Clarkson Cup, March 20-23 in Markham, with a 10-12-2 regular season record. The team was good for 71 goals, and allowed 83 in 24 games.
Three Brampton players finished top 10 in league scoring: Jayna Hefford with 15 goals and 13 points was fourth in league scoring, while Gillian Apps and Laura McIntosh finished tied in eighth with 24 points each.
Apps opened the scoring for the Thunder Saturday night, with two goals in the first period. Hefford and Dupuis would add two more in the second period to give Brampton a convincing 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Hefford scored her second of the game just 41 seconds into the final period and Piper added two more to seal the deal.
Tara French was a powerhouse at the blue line, with four assists while Mallory Johnston and Lindsay Vine had two assists each.
Earning her third shutout of the season, the most in the league, was Florence Schelling who was named the game?۪s second star.
The first star of the game went to Jayna Hefford while Piper and Dupuis were both named the game?۪s third star.
Brampton will meet Montreal first at the Clarkson Cup, Wednesday at 2:00pm, in a rematch of last year?۪s Clarkson Cup final.
On Thursday the Thunder will play Boston at 11:00am while Friday?۪s game will be against Toronto at 7:00pm.
All games are being played out of Centennial Arena in Markham. Tickets can be purchased online or at the doors.