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TORONTO (CIS) – Team captain Kim Deschênes scored two goals and earned MVP honours in leading the Montreal Carabins to their first CIS title in program history as they edged the defending champion Calgary Dinos, 3-2, to cap off the 2013 CIS women’s hockey championship Sunday night at Varsity Arena.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wice/index

Not only is it their first national women’s hockey title, but also the first-ever CIS championship banner since the resurgence of the Montreal Carabins athletics program in 1995.

“To win a Canadian championship is a big accomplishment,” said Carabins head coach Isabelle Leclaire. “It’s a real honour to win the first of our organization. We will remember that moment for the rest of our lives.”

The Carabins join a list of six other teams to have claimed the banner since the inaugural championship in 1998. Montreal opened the tournament with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over the host Varsity Blues and secured their spot in the final with a 5-3 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds last night.

Despite only starting the program four years ago, Montreal has made three national championship appearances, winning the 5th place game in 2010, collecting silver in 2012 and earning the gold tonight.

“We won a championship in four years and that’s the same time that you have to prepare for the Olympic Games,” said Danièle Sauvageau, general manager of the Montreal Carabins women’s hockey program and former Team Canada head coach. “It’s the same kind of feeling as when we won Canada’s first Olympic gold in 2002.”

“It’s unbelievable,” commented Deschênes after the game. “I don’t know what to say. It’s magic. It’s not about who scored the goals, it’s about our memories in years to come.”

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