PRINCETON, N.J. - Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), a freshman goaltender on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, turned aside all 28 shots she faced to shut out Princeton University in her collegiate debut, a 3-0 UNH victory Saturday afternoon at Hobey Baker Rink.
UNH, ranked No. 9 in the nation, improved to 4-2-1 overall and is 1-0-1 in Women's Hockey East. Princeton is now 3-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC).
Bourdon, who became eligible to play Nov. 10, recorded 14 of her 28 saves in the second period. She also withstood a span of 1:27 late in the third period in which the Tigers pulled their goalie, Megan Van Beusekom (28 saves), in favor of an extra skater.
The teams skated to a scoreless tie through the first two periods and midway through the final frame before Martine Garland (Toronto, Ont.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 14:11 on her first collegiate point - a goal on a shot from the high slot. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) recorded her team-leading eighth point with an assist.
Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) helped secure the victory with a pair of tallies in the final minute. Her first was an empty-net goal with 44 seconds to play, then VanMassenhove pushed the lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal at 19:59. The two goals is a career high for VanMassenhove, who was shifted from defenseman to forward - the position she played her first three years as a Wildcat - last weekend.
Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) recorded a career-high two assists as she set up both of VanMassenhove's tallies. Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) was credited with an assist on the power-play goal.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 16 (2 p.m.) at Yale University. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 20 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.