By Don Simmonds
Coming in to this weekend?۪s back-to-back games against the Montreal Stars just one point behind the fourth place Toronto Furies, the Brampton Thunder were looking for at least one win to bolster their chances of earning a spot in the Clarkson Cup.
On Saturday night Brampton put up a good fight against the three-time Clarkson Cup champion Stars, but ultimately fell 4-3 in the end.
Montreal?۪s No̩mie Marin scored a natural hat trick and Caroline Ouellette added one goal and two assists to become the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League (CWHL) all-time leading scorer while the Thunder?۪s Lindsay Vine scored two goals and Jamie Lee Rattray added two assists.
Vine opened the scoring midway through the first period when she turned and fired a shot past Charlene Labont̩. Marin answered back before the period was over when she deflected a pass from Julie Chu past Liz Knox.
The second period was all Montreal, as Marin scored two power play goals to give the Stars a 3-1 lead going into the third.
In the 20 minutes of play, Jess Jones added a short-handed goal before Vine tied the score. In the end, Ouellette?۪s marker with 2:30 remaining would be the game winner.
Labont̩ made 31 saves for Montreal, while Knox turned away 27 shots for Brampton. Marin was named first star, Ouellette second star and Vine third star of the night.
Additional Reporting by Melissa Boufounos