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Favourites Boston and Montreal win openers at Clarkson Cup

The Clarkson Cup is seen in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Thursday March 7, 2013.

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Tournament favourites Boston and Montreal each won their opening games as the four-team Clarkson Cup women's hockey tournament kicked off Wednesday.

Montreal started its quest for a third straight Canadian women's hockey league with a 5-0 rout of the Brampton Thunder. Catherine Ward led the Stars offensively with three assists.

Dominique Thibeault, Haley Irwin, Carolyne Prevost, Emmanuelle Blais and Ann-Sophie Bettez scored for Montreal, while Charline Labonte made 25 saves.

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Florence Schelling stopped 32 shots for Brampton.

Earlier, the Boston Blades, Montreal's chief rival and the top team in the regular season, edged the Toronto Furies 3-2 on Gigi Marvin's game-winning power-play goal with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.

Kate Buesser scored the other two goals for Boston, which swept the six-game series with Toronto during the CWHL's regular season.

Amber Bowman and Natalie Spooner replied for Toronto.

Toronto faces Montreal on Thursday, while Boston faces Brampton.

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