Bourdon records third shutout of season
DURHAM, N.H. -- Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) made 14 saves to record her third shutout of the season and lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 1-0 Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
UNH extended its unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) to improve to 15-4-3 overall and 7-0-1 in Hockey East. Maine, which entered the game with a seven-game winning streak, is now 11-6-2, 2-4-1.
Bourdon now has 10 career shutouts, including two in five games vs. Maine.
Following a scoreless first period in which the Black Bears recorded a 5-4 shot advantage, the Wildcats took advantage of a power play to score the only goal of the game. A shot from the right point by Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) deflected off Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) in front of the net to Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), who shot the puck into the open near side of the net from the right post. The goal at 5:12 was one second after the Maine penalty expired.
Maine's best chance to score occurred with 20 seconds remaining in the second period, when Kate Sunstrum picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in alone on Bourdon. After entering the offensive zone on the right wing, Sunstrum cut down the slot. Bourdon held her ground and denied Sunstrum's attempt to stuff a forehand inside the left post.
The Black Bears called time out with 1:36 remaining in the game, then pulled goaltender Rachel Gettings with 45 seconds to play. She was forced back into the net four seconds later with a center-ice faceoff, but exited again for the final 36 seconds. Bourdon made one save by denying Brigitte Laflamme from close range to preserve the shutout.
Gettings finished with 20 saves, including 10 in the middle stanza.
New Hampshire and Maine conclude this two-game series Jan. 15 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.