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PWHL Minnesota evens series with Toronto after Butorac's 2OT winner

Claire Butorac scored early in the second overtime to give Minnesota a 1-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday night to force a decisive fifth game in the semifinal series.

Minnesota forward scores game's lone goal to force decisive Game 5 on Friday

Hockey players celebrate a game-winning goal by jumping on top of each other in a pile
PWHL Minnesota players dogpile on forward Clair Butorac after she scored the winner in double overtime, giving her team a 1-0 victory over Toronto in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday. (Angelina Katsanis/Star Tribune via The Associated Press)

Claire Butorac scored early in the second overtime to give Minnesota a 1-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday night to force a decisive fifth game in the semifinal series.

It was the fourth-straight shutout in the series but the first to go into overtime. The home team has won each game with Game 5 back in Toronto on Friday.

The winner between top-seeded Toronto and fourth-seed Minnesota will face third-seeded Boston for the inaugural PWHL championship. Boston swept Montreal with three overtime wins.

Butorac cashed in on a loose puck in front of the net 4:27 into the second overtime. Sophie Jaques dumped the puck from the point behind the net where Liz Schepers got the bounce off the boards and redirected it backwards, through her legs. The puck bounced off the side of the net and out front for Butorac to clean up.

WATCH | Minnesota forces Game 5 after double-OT victory over Toronto:

PWHL Minnesota force decisive Game 5 with double overtime winner against Toronto

2 months ago
Duration 1:42
Claire Butorac scored 4:27 into the second overtime period, as Minnesota stayed alive with a 1-0 win over Toronto. Game 5 of the PWHL semifinals goes Friday night in Toronto.
Minnesota goalie Maddie Rooney made 19 saves for her second-straight shutout. Toronto's Kristen Campbell had 28 saves, including 14 in the third period to help get the game into overtime. Butorac's goal was Minnesota's only shot in the second overtime.

The teams combined for five penalties and are now a combined zero for 20 on power plays in the series.

Toronto played without Natalie Spooner, the league's leading goal-scorer (20) and scoring champion (27 points) during the regular season. She suffered a knee injury in the previous game and is out for the playoffs.

WATCH | Spooner exits Game 3 with lower-body injury:

Natalie Spooner leaves game with lower-body injury

2 months ago
Duration 0:25
PWHL Toronto's Natalie Spooner left the game with a lower-body injury in the third period of game three against Minnesota Monday night.

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