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Claire Dalton's hat trick leads PWHL Montreal past Ottawa 6-3

Montreal's Claire Dalton (42) scores against Ottawa goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer during third period PWHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, February 24, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Montreal's Claire Dalton (42) scores against Ottawa goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer during third period PWHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, February 24, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
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MONTREAL -

Claire Dalton scored three goals, including a short-handed effort which snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period, to lead Montreal to a 6-3 victory over Ottawa in Professional Women's Hockey League action Saturday at Verdun Auditorium.

The win moved Montreal (5-3-2-2) into first place with 24 points. That's three better than Minnesota, which has an opportunity to reclaim a share of the lead Sunday with a win at home over Boston.

Tereza Vanisova opened the scoring for Montreal with a power-play goal. It was only the fourth power-play goal this season for Montreal which came into the game with the worst power-play record in the league, succeeding on only 7.6 per cent of its opportunities.

Ann-Sophie Bettez and Maureen Murphy scored the other Montreal goals. Marie-Philip Poulin collected three assists.

Akane Shiga, Daryl Watts and Katerina Mrazova scored for Ottawa (3-0-4-5).

Ann-Renee Desbiens made 28 saves for the win while Ottawa's Emerance Maschmeyer made 19 stops.

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Ottawa is home to New York on Wednesday while Montreal plays Boston at home on March 2.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2024.

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