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Ottawa downs Toronto to remain perfect in PWHL’s Battle of Ontario

Ottawa’s Lexie Adzija scored an empty-net goal with 42.5 seconds left to give Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team a 3-1 triumph over Toronto on Tuesday night for its first home ice victory at TD Place.

Emily Clark and Brianne Jenner also scored for PWHL Ottawa, while Emerance Maschmeyer made 30 saves.

Brittany Howard scored the lone goal for PWHL Toronto. Erica Howe, who played part of her minor hockey career with the Ottawa Lady Senators, stopped 17 shots for her first hometown appearance.

This marked the second of five meetings between the two teams. Ottawa took the first game 5-1 on Jan. 13. Ottawa, holding a one-goal lead going into the third, managed to hold Toronto at bay despite Clark taking a slashing penalty with 2:16 left in regulation and Toronto pulling Howe for a two-player advantage.

Adzija scored the empty-netter to the thrill of the 6,316 fans on hand.

Trailing 2-1 in the second Toronto failed to capitalize on its two power-play chances. Ottawa had two great possibilities but Howe was solid keeping the game within reach for her teammates.

Ottawa opened the scoring, for the fourth consecutive time, at the five-minute mark when Clark beat Howe with a shot along the goal line. Toronto tied the game at 11:08 when Howard came across the blue line and wristed a shot past Maschmeyer.

Before Tuesday’s game, Ottawa was the only team that had not given up a first-period goal.

Jenner regained the lead less than a minute later taking a drop pass from Amanda Boulier for her first of the season.

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