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Susanna Tapani scores her second OT winner of the series to help Boston advance to the PWHL finals

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Susanna Tapani scores her second OT winner of the series to help Boston advance to the PWHL finals
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Susanna Tapani scores her second OT winner of the series to help Boston advance to the PWHL finals

2024-05-15 10:39 Last Updated At:10:41

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Susanna Tapani scored her second overtime winner of the series to help Boston rally past Montreal 3-2 on Tuesday night and advance to the Professional Women’s Hockey League championship series.

Boston, which swept Montreal in the best-of-five series, will play for the inaugural Walter Cup against either Minnesota or Toronto.

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Boston defender Emily Brown (2) is defended by Montreal forward Kristin O'Neill (43) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Susanna Tapani scored her second overtime winner of the series to help Boston rally past Montreal 3-2 on Tuesday night and advance to the Professional Women’s Hockey League championship series.

Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) reacts after a trying goal by Boston forward Hannah Brandt during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) reacts after a trying goal by Boston forward Hannah Brandt during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston goalie Aerie Frankel (31) makes a save against Montreal forward Laura Stacey (7) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston goalie Aerie Frankel (31) makes a save against Montreal forward Laura Stacey (7) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Hannah Brandt, left, forward Amanda Pelkey, center, and defender Jessica Digirolamo, right, celebrate a goal by Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Hannah Brandt, left, forward Amanda Pelkey, center, and defender Jessica Digirolamo, right, celebrate a goal by Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Sophie Shirley (9) is congratulated for a goal against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Sophie Shirley (9) is congratulated for a goal against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston fans celebrate a tying goal by forward Hannah Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston fans celebrate a tying goal by forward Hannah Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal defender Amanda Boulier reacts to the team's overtime loss to Boston in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal defender Amanda Boulier reacts to the team's overtime loss to Boston in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani (88) scores against Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) during overtime of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani (88) scores against Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) during overtime of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani, rear, celebrates her overtime goal against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani, rear, celebrates her overtime goal against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston players, including defender Jess Healey (97), celebrate an overtime win against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston players, including defender Jess Healey (97), celebrate an overtime win against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston has won five consecutive games, while Montreal ended the season on a four-game losing streak.

Tapani's game-winning goal came just 62 seconds into the extra period. Alina Müller cut back to the middle of the ice for a shot that bounced off the pad of Ann-Renée Desbiens and Tapani was left open at the back door for an easy tap in.

Tapani also won Game 1 on Thursday when she pounced on a loose puck in the blue paint for the first overtime goal in PWHL playoff history.

Five of the seven games between the two teams this season went to overtime, including the longest game in PWHL history at over 111 minutes on Saturday that Taylor Wenczkowski clinched in triple overtime.

Aerin Frankel, who set a PWHL saves record for a second straight game with a 56-save performance on Saturday, kept Boston in Game 3 after falling behind 2-0 in the second period. She finished with 32 saves.

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Boston defender Emily Brown (2) is defended by Montreal forward Kristin O'Neill (43) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston defender Emily Brown (2) is defended by Montreal forward Kristin O'Neill (43) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) reacts after a trying goal by Boston forward Hannah Brandt during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) reacts after a trying goal by Boston forward Hannah Brandt during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston goalie Aerie Frankel (31) makes a save against Montreal forward Laura Stacey (7) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston goalie Aerie Frankel (31) makes a save against Montreal forward Laura Stacey (7) during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Hannah Brandt, left, forward Amanda Pelkey, center, and defender Jessica Digirolamo, right, celebrate a goal by Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Hannah Brandt, left, forward Amanda Pelkey, center, and defender Jessica Digirolamo, right, celebrate a goal by Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Sophie Shirley (9) is congratulated for a goal against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Sophie Shirley (9) is congratulated for a goal against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston fans celebrate a tying goal by forward Hannah Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston fans celebrate a tying goal by forward Hannah Brandt against Montreal during the third period of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal defender Amanda Boulier reacts to the team's overtime loss to Boston in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Montreal defender Amanda Boulier reacts to the team's overtime loss to Boston in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani (88) scores against Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) during overtime of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani (88) scores against Montreal goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) during overtime of a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani, rear, celebrates her overtime goal against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston forward Susanna Tapani, rear, celebrates her overtime goal against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston players, including defender Jess Healey (97), celebrate an overtime win against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Boston players, including defender Jess Healey (97), celebrate an overtime win against Montreal in a PWHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The third day of the Republican National Convention kicks off Wednesday with Republicans — led by the newly nominated Donald Trump and JD Vance — shifting to issues of national security and foreign policy.

Republicans are expected to focus on Democratic President Joe Biden's handling of the ongoing crises in Europe and the Middle East. Former Trump administration officials are expected to take the stage to outline what foreign policy would look like in a second Trump term.

The lineup will include speeches from Richard Grenell, Trump's former acting director of national intelligence, and Scott Neil, who served as a Green Beret in Afghanistan.

And Vance is expected to accept his party's nomination for vice president.

Here’s what to watch for on the third day of the RNC:

Despite his relative celebrity after publishing the memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” the 39-year-old Ohio senator is unknown to many Americans — and even to many top Republicans in Milwaukee. He'll get the chance to address a national audience Wednesday night.

Expect a speech that introduces his family — his wife, Usha, and their three children — and his endorsement of Trump's policies.

Vance beat out North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to be Trump's running mate. He has developed a strong rapport with the former president over the years, speaking regularly by phone.

Trump has also complimented Vance’s beard, saying he “looks like a young Abraham Lincoln."

Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro was released from a Florida prison on Wednesday and is expected to speak hours later at the Republican National Convention.

Navarro, who was a Trump trade adviser, was released from custody after completing a four-month sentence for refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Navarro will head straight to Milwaukee to speak at the third night of the RNC. He is set to speak in the 6 p.m. hour Central time, according to a person familiar with the schedule who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the schedule’s official release.

Many of the speeches Wednesday will take aim at the Biden administration's handling of global issues, including the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, according to Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, with the theme of “Make America Strong Once Again.”

“Under Joe Biden, the weakest commander-in-chief in our country’s history, America has become a global laughingstock,” the committee claimed in a statement.

Republicans see foreign policy as one of their strongest campaign issues, arguing that America's standing on the world stage was stronger under Trump despite the party's growing isolationist shift.

“I can tell you, countries around the world, leaders, are absolutely uncomfortable with the unpredictability of Donald Trump," Grenell, Trump’s former ambassador to Germany, said during a reporters' roundtable Monday. “And when I say uncomfortable, that means they don’t know exactly what he’s going to do next. And that’s a positive for us.”

It is an argument he will likely make again Wednesday night.

While the focus of Wednesday's session is expected to be beyond America's borders, Republicans are expected to also highlight how Biden's supposed “weakness” on immigration is also endangering the U.S. reputation abroad. Many speakers have already documented claims that a growing number of foreign terrorists have been able to illegally get into the U.S. from Mexico. Republicans have pointed to the arrests last month on U.S. soil of eight people from Tajikistan with suspected ties to the Islamic State group.

Associated Press writers Alanna Durkin Richer and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

Follow the AP's coverage of the 2024 election at https://apnews.com/hub/election-2024.

A supporter holds his hat during the national anthem at the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A supporter holds his hat during the national anthem at the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Georgia delegate Kathleen Thornman takes a picture with her phone during the Republican National Convention Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Georgia delegate Kathleen Thornman takes a picture with her phone during the Republican National Convention Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Delegates dance during the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Delegates dance during the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is seen during a walkthrough for the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is seen during a walkthrough for the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Texas delegates cheer during the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Texas delegates cheer during the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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