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Montreal scores twice in final minutes and rallies to beat Minnesota 4-3 in PWHL

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Montreal scores twice in final minutes and rallies to beat Minnesota 4-3 in PWHL
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Montreal scores twice in final minutes and rallies to beat Minnesota 4-3 in PWHL

2024-04-19 10:57 Last Updated At:11:01

MONTREAL (AP) — Kristin O’Neill scored twice, and Montreal rallied in the final minutes to beat Minnesota 4-3 on Thursday night in the Professional Women’s Hockey League.

Trailing 3-2, Montreal pulled its goalie for an extra attacker with 2:49 left in the game, and the move paid off. Laura Stacey scored past Minnesota goaltender Maddie Rooney and tied the game with 2:23 left.

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Minnesota's Sofie Jacques, left, and Montreal's Sarah Bujold vie for the puck during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Kristin O’Neill scored twice, and Montreal rallied in the final minutes to beat Minnesota 4-3 on Thursday night in the Professional Women’s Hockey League.

Minnesota's Brooke Bryant (17) scores on Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Minnesota's Brooke Bryant (17) scores on Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Mikyla Grant-Mentis, left, collides with Minnesota's Kelly Pannek (12) during the first period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Mikyla Grant-Mentis, left, collides with Minnesota's Kelly Pannek (12) during the first period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Laura Stacey (7) celebrates her tying goal against Minnesota with Maureen Murphy (15) during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Laura Stacey (7) celebrates her tying goal against Minnesota with Maureen Murphy (15) during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) makes a save against Minnesota's Sofie Jaques (5) as Montreal's Marie-Philip Poulin defends during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) makes a save against Minnesota's Sofie Jaques (5) as Montreal's Marie-Philip Poulin defends during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Kristin O'Neill (43) celebrates her goal against Minnesota during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Kristin O'Neill (43) celebrates her goal against Minnesota during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

After Minnesota’s Maggie Flaherty took a minor penalty for holding, O’Neill scored her second of the game with 46 seconds remaining, completing the come-from-behind win.

Both teams returned to action after a nearly month-long break for the world championships. Montreal got significant contributions from Canadians who won gold.

Captain Marie-Philip Poulin and Stacey each had a goal and two assists, and Erin Ambrose had four assists for Montreal (8-3-4-5), which snapped a four-game skid. Elaine Chuli made 25 saves.

Poulin, who helped Canada win gold with two goals in the world championship final, returned to PWHL action after missing three games with an undisclosed injury.

Grace Zumwinkle, Kelly Pannek and Brooke Bryant scored for Minnesota (8-4-3-5), which had its five-game win streak snapped. Sophie Jaques had three assists. Rooney stopped 33 shots.

Montreal moved within one point of Minnesota for second place in the league standings. Both teams have four games remaining.

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Minnesota's Sofie Jacques, left, and Montreal's Sarah Bujold vie for the puck during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Minnesota's Sofie Jacques, left, and Montreal's Sarah Bujold vie for the puck during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Minnesota's Brooke Bryant (17) scores on Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Minnesota's Brooke Bryant (17) scores on Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) during the second period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Mikyla Grant-Mentis, left, collides with Minnesota's Kelly Pannek (12) during the first period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Mikyla Grant-Mentis, left, collides with Minnesota's Kelly Pannek (12) during the first period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Laura Stacey (7) celebrates her tying goal against Minnesota with Maureen Murphy (15) during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Laura Stacey (7) celebrates her tying goal against Minnesota with Maureen Murphy (15) during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) makes a save against Minnesota's Sofie Jaques (5) as Montreal's Marie-Philip Poulin defends during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal goaltender Elaine Chuli (20) makes a save against Minnesota's Sofie Jaques (5) as Montreal's Marie-Philip Poulin defends during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Kristin O'Neill (43) celebrates her goal against Minnesota during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal's Kristin O'Neill (43) celebrates her goal against Minnesota during the third period of a PWHL hockey game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP)

KALAMATA, Greece (AP) — Nine Egyptian men went on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations.

Outside the courthouse, a small group of protesters clashed with riot police as the proceedings got underway. There were no reports of serious injuries but two people were detained.

The defendants, most in their 20s, face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges over the sinking of the “Adriana” fishing trawler on June 14 last year off the southern coast of Greece.

International human rights groups argue that their right to a fair trial is being compromised as they face judgment before an investigation is concluded into claims that the Greek coast guard may have botched the rescue attempt.

More than 500 people are believed to have gone down with the fishing trawler, which had been traveling from Libya to Italy. Following the sinking, 104 people were rescued — mostly migrants from Syria, Pakistan and Egypt — and 82 bodies were recovered.

The protesters could be heard inside the packed courtroom as presiding judge Eftichia Kontaratou read out the names of the nine defendants.

Defense lawyer Spyros Pantazis asked the court to declare itself incompetent to try the case, arguing that the sinking occurred outside Greek territorial waters. “The court be turned into an international punisher,” Pantazis told the panel of three judges. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres last year described the shipwreck as “horrific."

The sinking renewed pressure on European governments to protect the lives of migrants and asylum seekers trying to reach the continent, as the number of people traveling illegally across the Mediterranean continues to rise every year.

Lawyers from Greek human rights groups are representing the nine Egyptians, who deny the smuggling charges.

“There’s a real risk that these nine survivors could be found ‘guilty’ on the basis of incomplete and questionable evidence, given that the official investigation into the role of the coast guard has not yet been completed,” said Judith Sunderland, an associate director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch.

Authorities say the defendants were identified by other survivors and the indictments are based on their testimonies.

The European border protection agency Frontex says illegal border detections at EU frontiers increased for three consecutive years through 2023, reaching the highest level since the 2015-2016 migration crisis — driven largely by arrivals at the sea borders.

Police guard outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police guard outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester bleeds after clashes with police outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester bleeds after clashes with police outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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