BOURDON, HEKLE, MICFLIKIER NAMED TO FINALISTS FOR NCAA SKILLS CHALLENGE
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, as well as senior forward Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and senior goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) of the Wildcat women’s hockey team, was selected among 89 finalists for the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge by the NCAA, which was announced on Thursday, Dec. 7th.
    Micflikier has posted 19 points (3g, 16a) as UNH’s third leading scorer, while Hekle has tallied nine points in her final season at UNH in 17 games. Bourdon has started in 13 games for the ‘Cats with a 10-2-1 overall record to go along with a 1.52 GAA and  a .906 save percentage.
    The finalists were pared down from an original list of 181 student-athletes, who were nominated by their head coaches. 
    From this list, the selection committee, consisting of NCAA staff members, members of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, Nike Bauer Hockey and the six Division I men’s ice hockey conferences, will select the 32 players that will compete in the event.
    The Skills Challenge competition will once again be held in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders.  The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
    The second annual Skills Challenge will be held Friday, April 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and will be shown live on ESPNU.  The NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the event will be available for purchase after the first of the year.
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